Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

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Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by blitzdj86 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:06 pm

Just wondering about the bitrate/sampling frequency of the old Korg ES-1,
and how the sound, sounds once it is effected, and output?

anything over 10-12 bit would be fine really..

amazingly, this cheap little box fits all my other requirements for specifications..(and will hopefully also serve as preparation/sequencer for the next gear I have my sights on (Vermona DRM-1 mk2))

(multiple outputs would be nice for sometimes. . but the main purpose of this sampler is a project to bring live, battery powered techno to the masses of people that will enjoy it least
(think on a train in peak hour, stern faced businessmen,etc.. And they sell so cheap these days that I'm not bothered)

Eagerly awaiting responses... for once a piece of gear that I can afford to buy without planning/saving for it. . :lol:

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:33 pm

32Khz/16 bit and it is not battery powered (though you can rig up an external battery pack).

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by blitzdj86 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:00 pm

meatballfulton wrote:32Khz/16 bit
Thanks, sounds good to me.
and it is not battery powered
i know
(though you can rig up an external battery pack).
Yep! I have one already for my ER-1 mk2

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by gmeredith » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:08 pm

I made an internal battery mod for my Es-1 Mk 1.
I wrote up a DIY guide and put it here In the Yahoo Elelctribes forum in the FILES section

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/electribe/

You have to join the group to access the files section, but it is worth it for the excellent resources there.

I love my ES-1 :D

Sampling quality:
really clean and crisp - you would think it was 44k sampling, not 32k. You can also load 32k or 44k wav samples via computer and memory card into it,and minimise any analog sample recording loss - although if you load 44k ones it plays them slowed down - easy to compensate for by tuning them back up again when loaded. I mention this because if you have some favourite 44k wav samples lying around, if you convert them to 32k using a wav editing program for loading into the ES-1, the conversion can trash the high frequencies unless it is a really good program, especially noticeable on cymbals and hihats - they come out fuzzy and raspy sounding instead of crisp hiss.

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by masstronaut » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:19 pm

blitzdj86 wrote:stern faced businessmen,etc.. And they sell so cheap these days that I'm not bothered
Yes, you too have your very own stern faced businessmen. Impress your guests, or just stick it in the corner and throw eggs / flick boogers at it. Just $9.99 while stocks last, see special packs for offers.

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by blitzdj86 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:40 am

quiet you! :lol:

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by matia » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:46 pm

The ES-1 always sounded very cool to me. There's something kind of punk about it and I have a special affinity for that first Electribe range (I still have my ER 1 mk 1). I never bought the ES 1 but had a lot of mates that used it and it sounded a little gritty but not like a S950 or Emulator. I did end up buying the ESX 1 and while it's not battery powered, the ESX 1 sounds incredible. Not perfect for everything but for bass and drums, this thing is incredibly warm and thick.

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by Dj Pound » Sat May 16, 2009 3:08 am

What a classic machine. I bought mine back in 2001 right around the time that it first dropped on the scene.
It was my first real sampler with a sequencer, and i actually preferred using it over my MPC 2k which i would get a year later.
And yes the sound is quite Thick, warm, crisp and FAT....LOL all the descriptions.

I was always under the impression that 32khz's was 12 bit!?!?!

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by blitzdj86 » Sat May 16, 2009 6:05 am

bitrate and sampling rate are 2 different things

32khz means there are 32000 'slices' of information for every second of audio.
kinda like framerate for video.

16 bit means each 'slice' is represented by a 16bit value


And I really love my ES-1 already. . although the SM card is pissing me off - I can't load anythign from the computer.. tried everything.. everything is the right format, etc etc..

I can save from the es-1 to the card, then load that - but the minute i put it near a computer, nothing will work anymore (including the previously working saved file)

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Re: Korg ES-1 mk1/2 - Sound quality?

Post by greatk123 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:31 pm

If your having issues with SmartMedia cards try reformatting it with a keyboard or the Electribe, worked for me. Sometimes when plugging in SmartMedia directly into the computer it stops working, think it rewrites information, but seems to work when using an adapter to computer.
How to load a sample is described at page 56 in the ES-1 manual, press 'global' first which isn't mentioned in the manual, then shift+card(pad 15) to access the card and then follow the instructions.

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