Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

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Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by Rasputin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:42 pm

Aside from possible bug fixes, updates, and repair this firmware can be used with either the new or old model to change between the Wah effect and a non-global Delay effect. The MK2 v1.00 firmware will put non-global Delay onto the old plastic face models (which seems to be generally more useful and preferred), and MK1 v1.06 or v1.04 will put Wah onto the newer MK2 edition, should that be desirable.

Firmware v1.05 does exist for the MK1 model, but I don't have it and I don't think Korg tech support will release it at this point as v1.06 supersedes it. It's been rumored that a v1.07 for the MK1 exists, but I have seen no solid proof of this, nor information about what it fixes. As of 2016, Korg technical support is still offering v1.06 to users experiencing potential firmware trouble, so it's possible v1.07 was made but discontinued due to some kind of problem.

Korg Electribe ES-1 mki (MK1, plastic face) Firmware v1.04:


Korg Electribe ES-1 mki (MK1, plastic face) Firmware v1.06:


Korg Electribe ES-1 mkii (MK2, metal face) Firmware v1.00:


Factory Sound Bank for the original mark 1 version with the plastic body:


Factory Sound Bank for the revamped mkii version with the metal body:


Note: Either or both of these banks can be loaded into either version of the ES-1. These banks just correspond to what happened to be shipped with each particular model, so enjoy them both!

All Samples / Patterns / Songs Data Clear and Reset for User Data:


Note: Loading this bank is a lot easier than manually deleting or clearing every user object.

And just for the sake of completeness, this is the utility which extracts all samples from an ES1 bank and stores them in RIFF WAV format for computer manipulation or archival. This can be handy for precision trimming, especially for fixing sample click as the ES-1 has fade out editing but fade in cannot be set.

ES1 to WAV:


And an easy way to get all your WAVs named 1.WAV, 2.WAV, etc.

Korg ES-1 ElectribeOrganizer 0.8b (Sample Renamer)


And an easy way to get all your WAVs into the 32kHz format used by the ES-1. This is a GUI version of SoX that is compatible with Windows--very simple, quick, and high quality utility. QSoX version 0.36 seems to be broken under Windows--at least the pre-built binary version--so stick with 0.35.

QSoX 0.35 (Sample Rate Converter)


Also the user's manual of both editions:
MK1:
MK2:

Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any kind of ES1 bank construction software, so banks have to be manually built by hand on the sampler. Lots of "load WAV, save to bank, load WAV, save to bank" nonsense.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by Jabberwalky » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:10 am

I've done all these things, and much prefer the mod delay on my es1 mk1 vs the crappy wah. Great compile of information though! This was mostly just available through the dying Yahoo groups.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by ahteha » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:19 pm

this post is the best. thank you.
empty bank is very useful.
but i still cant understand how can i make a bank file on my pc? i didn't liked to load samples to es1 from memory card one by one... (((
by the way. http://free-audio-converter.net/ this utility can convert a pile of files to mono and lower khz rate in a few clicks.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by Rasputin » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:21 am

ahteha wrote:but i still cant understand how can i make a bank file on my pc?
That's because you can't. It all has to be done manually because no one has written a properly working bank management program.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by ahteha » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:59 pm

thats sad (
a tried to open .ES1 file with 7zip and it didnt worked )))

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by katchaco » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:00 am

My ES-1 its actually updated to de 1.06 firmware. Is it possible to change to the MKII 1.00 firmware without risk? Obviously to take advantage of the mod/delay option

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by katchaco » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:43 am

Will the MKII firmware on plastic face allow to use different effects per part? I found this on youtube and I don't know how this guy make it work


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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by Rasputin » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:43 pm

katchaco wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:43 am
Will the MKII firmware on plastic face allow to use different effects per part? I found this on youtube and I don't know how this guy make it work
Like most other samplers of the era with only one FX processor (such as EPS16, ASR, and SampleTrak): Resample.

Once you "print" the effect to a recorded sound then the FX processor can be used for something else.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by synzoneau » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:22 am

Thanks very much for archiving this I have the ES-1 mkI, i put them mkII firmware on it and the delay effect is much preferred!! I pulled this down from the Yahoo groups as well before they went down good to see it though :) Still wish someone would write an fx editor for it, so we could customise our own, guessing we need an ex Korg engineer for that.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by Jabberwalky » Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:50 pm

Seems that the old electribes have been abandoned by Korg, but there is one dude who seems very knowledgeable about the chip itself. http://electribe.cc/wp/about/ . Currently there is only an OS upgrade for the Er1. Perhaps he will open things up to the ES1.

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Re: Korg Electribe S (ES-1) Firmware and Factory Sounds

Post by groy » Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:18 pm

Jabberwalky wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:50 pm
Seems that the old electribes have been abandoned by Korg, but there is one dude who seems very knowledgeable about the chip itself. http://electribe.cc/wp/about/ . Currently there is only an OS upgrade for the Er1. Perhaps he will open things up to the ES1.
Neat site there! Thank you for the link.

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