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

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Post by JSRockit » Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:56 pm

Were more EA-1s sold than TB-303s? Anyone know?
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Post by 23 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:37 pm

JSRockit wrote:Were more EA-1s sold than TB-303s? Anyone know?
My bet would be on that yes, more EAs were sold than TBs.
I'm not 100% certain, but I'm pretty sure of that.

One thing is for certain, they aren't at all hard to find.

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Post by 23 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:52 pm

In regard to if the EA makes for a good 303....
I think that all depends.

People looking for "acid" sounds tend to vary on how hard up they are for a dead on 303 emulation.

Where the EA is concerned, if you more middle ground to loose on this issue, I think it would do you just fine.

Personally, there's so many 303 emulations that have been made out there (both in the hardware and software domain) that it's really not all that hard to get an adequate acid device. Granted it all sort of depends on how exact you want the sound.

The 303 sound, to this end, has been so outdone, that I think it's the "additionals" that things bring to the plate that make it worth looking at AND NOT it's ability to match the 303 exactly. In this regard, I think the EA brings a lot to the table. In essence, it's good at presenting a much more unique sound than the 303 while still presenting that sound in an "acid" type manner (the way it's sequencer works is fairly akin to the 303).

If you want a dead on 303 sound, there's much better avenues to go towards (and h**l, Rebirth is free).
But in all honesty, if someone left me with just my 303 and an EA, I'd probably gravitate more towards the EA due to the higher amount of flexibility it offers timbre wise.

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Post by adsr » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:26 pm

i am surprised that no one has mentioned the Novation Space Bass. all analog, audio in, cv/gate, and i still see them for under $200. a little more limited the EA-1 (no sequencer), but it does justice to the 303. on top of that its fun as h**l to use and i always get interesting bass and leads out of it.
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Post by JSRockit » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:28 pm

23 wrote:
JSRockit wrote:Were more EA-1s sold than TB-303s? Anyone know?
My bet would be on that yes, more EAs were sold than TBs.
I'm not 100% certain, but I'm pretty sure of that.

One thing is for certain, they aren't at all hard to find.
They aren't hard to find now...but will they be in 20 years?
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Post by Entropy Farmer » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:35 pm

They have the acid nature without having the 303's sound.

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Post by Vxster » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:35 pm

JSRockit wrote:Were more EA-1s sold than TB-303s? Anyone know?
I would be interested to know the actual sales figures (for the EA) to see how many they shifted but that there are an awful lot around. Various people claim the 303 sold between 10,000-20,000. For a comparison, the mc-303 sold over 50,000 units.

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Post by ronP » Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:58 pm

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All this EA-1mkII talk coaxed me to retrieve my own that I had loaned to a nearby studio; I sat down on the floor with headphones the past two evenings and just tweaked late into the night, and I am overwhelmed by this unit's range . . . from, yes, TB-303 sequences to shimmering, floating pad effects that evolve over time, the EA-1mkII can do a lot.

What I am really psyched about, though, is the organic percussive and vocal sounds that can be programmed and sequenced. Combine two such parts with a beat and a little play on some keys, and all sorts of songwriting and live play possibilities become probable.

I love my EA-1mkII!


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Post by JSRockit » Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:27 pm

Vxster wrote:For a comparison, the mc-303 sold over 50,000 units.
Then I would thing the electribe EA and ER did similar numbers and maybe more due to the fact they were out alot longer.
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Post by supermel74 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:00 pm

adsr wrote:i am surprised that no one has mentioned the Novation Space Bass. all analog, audio in, cv/gate, and i still see them for under $200. a little more limited the EA-1 (no sequencer), but it does justice to the 303. on top of that its fun as h**l to use and i always get interesting bass and leads out of it.
You mean the NEXT Space Bass

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Post by PitchBender » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:48 pm

EA is a great acid synth but not such a good 303 emulator.

Has anyone said that yet? :D

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Post by factual35 » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:48 pm

I wouldn't say its a replacement for a 303, but I personally wouldn't want it to be. The EA-1 can do a lot more then a 303, has a wider range of sounds, and is a better synth box in every way. I've been using my EA-1 for almost a year now, and use it on every track I make. I love it to death, and for the price [200 new] I don't think anything can beat it.

I still want a DX-200 tho. :D

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Post by Alex E » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:19 am

Okay so looking at these responses- It's no 303 fill-in but it's still good.
Well, actually I think I'm actually gonna get a TX81z next because it's less than $100 and I still need the latelybass preset for my 1990s synthpop/eurodance basslines. 8) But hey the EA-1 is definitely still on my list but just for a little bit later.
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Post by clueless » Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:36 pm

factual35 wrote:I wouldn't say its a replacement for a 303, but I personally wouldn't want it to be. The EA-1 can do a lot more then a 303, has a wider range of sounds, and is a better synth box in every way. I've been using my EA-1 for almost a year now, and use it on every track I make. I love it to death, and for the price [200 new] I don't think anything can beat it.

I still want a DX-200 tho. :D
There is a DX200 I have my eye on at my local "Hard off" store. $140. I am not sure if thats a bargain or not. The specs are what I am looking for and the demo's I have heard are nice.

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Post by nuketifromorbit » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:57 pm

clueless wrote:
factual35 wrote:I wouldn't say its a replacement for a 303, but I personally wouldn't want it to be. The EA-1 can do a lot more then a 303, has a wider range of sounds, and is a better synth box in every way. I've been using my EA-1 for almost a year now, and use it on every track I make. I love it to death, and for the price [200 new] I don't think anything can beat it.

I still want a DX-200 tho. :D
There is a DX200 I have my eye on at my local "Hard off" store. $140. I am not sure if thats a bargain or not. The specs are what I am looking for and the demo's I have heard are nice.
Thats a good price imo, I payed 260 for mine off ebay, and the price seems to fluctuate between 150 and 300 bucks currently.
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