Korg EA-1 mk1=good TB-303 emulation?

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Korg EA-1 mk1=good TB-303 emulation?

Post by Alex E » Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:52 am

I'm thinking the EA-1 could come in handy for 303 sounds. Does it make for a decent tb-303 substitue?
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Post by JSRockit » Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:26 am

Unfortunately no. It is useful for its price though.
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Post by tallowwaters » Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:28 am

i predict we get 2 constructive posts in this thread and the rest will be pointless bitching.

any takers?
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Post by RobotHeroes » Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:41 am

tallowwaters wrote:i predict we get 2 constructive posts in this thread and the rest will be pointless bitching.

any takers?
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For the price it sounds alright. You can probably get something useful out of it.

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Else if you really want a tb-303 clone there are several of those around but they will cost more than a used EA.
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Post by Alex E » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:14 am

Well that demo does have a 303 sound in it that sounds good enough for me. I think I know what my next paycheck will be spent on. 8)

Nobody yell at me for saying that- I just don't expect perfection and It's all I can afford right now.

It's a good 303 substitue for me because It's ubiquitous and cheap- just like the 303 used to be. And, to my ears it sounds like a good acid machine.
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Post by JSRockit » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:16 am

Alex E wrote:
It's a good 303 substitue for me because It's ubiquitous and cheap- just like the 303 used to be. And, to my ears it sounds like a good acid machine.
Hey, if it sounds good to you...it is good.
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Post by RobotHeroes » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:22 am

Alex E wrote: Nobody yell at me for saying that- I just don't expect perfection and It's all I can afford right now.
The only thing that is going to sound like some 303 perfection is an $1,800 used 303. :lol: Seriously wtf happened to the prices on that. My bro came across one years ago, at a couple hundred bucks, and now it's priced like a piece of gear that can sound like...everything. :lol:
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:03 am

The EA-1 is pretty cool. The distortion is nice, the audio input is nice, the delay is a lot of fun. It doesn't sound like a 303 but it's cheap. You can definitely make music with it.

Rewind 20 years:
The 303 is pretty cool. The resonance is nice, the accent is cool, the sequencer is confusing but kind of fun. It doesn't sound like a bass guitar but it's cheap. You can definitely make music with it.

it's ok, i'm prepared for the flaming from the 303 lovers out there.

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Post by breitt » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:52 am

Though this subject has been done to death here, I'll mention anyway that you ought to check out Future Retro's Revolution. Though more money than an EA-1, it is a much closer emulator of the sound and sequencing of a TB-303.
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Post by sacredcow » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:58 am

NO. it doesn't have velocity sensitivity or accents.
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Post by breitt » Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:11 am

sacredcow wrote:NO. it doesn't have velocity sensitivity or accents.
Are you referring to the EA-1 or the FR Revolution? The Revo has accents.
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Post by Tyler2000 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:46 am

The EA is fun, but a 303 it isn't. I guess you could swing the sound if you work at it, but I figure you could do that with alot of stuff.

It seems to me that what makes a 303 is the wack sequencer, right? I mean, I know it has "that sound", but it's all about wierd archaic basslines right? (note: the EA1 does not have an even similar seqencer)

And venturing further off topic: what is the obsession with 303s? It's creative suicide if you ask me. It can only do so much, and it's all been done. No offense meant. to anyone. at all. seriously dont' get mad.
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Post by Yoozer » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:32 am

Tyler2000 wrote: And venturing further off topic: what is the obsession with 303s? It's creative suicide if you ask me. It can only do so much, and it's all been done. No offense meant. to anyone. at all. seriously dont' get mad.
Hey buddy, -everyone- wants the prices to go down but this is not the tactic that's going to work with the 303 ;).

As for the Electribe; for an accurate and affordable simulation you're off better with software (D16 Phoscyon or AudioRealism Bassline) or the FutureRetro Revolution (which is still expensive but pretty cool). The Acidlab Bassline (v1 that is) just isn't it and the x0xb0x requires some assembly, but gets much, much closer.
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Post by crystalmsc » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:36 am

other than the EA, look for the also cheap Roland MC-09.
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Post by clueless » Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:42 am

To my ears the 303 is pretty much a one trick pony (but what a trick!) The EA-1 can be had for silly money and worth holding on to. People who say this won't be a future classic need to take a trip in a Tardis back to the 80s when the 303 was just another peice of gear to it's owners. I'm certainly holding on to all my tribes.

More fun than..... eh... a big bag of fun things!

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