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Korg ES-1 Owner's Manual

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Thank you purchasing the Korg
ELECTRIBE·S ES-1. In order to
enjoy long and trouble-free use,
please read this manual carefully
and use the instrument correctly.
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    Thank you purchasing the Korg ELECTRIBE·S ES-1. In order to enjoy long and trouble-free use, please read this manual carefully and use the instrument correctly.

  • Page 2

    • Be careful not to let metal objects get into the equipment. If something does slip into the equip- ment, unplug the AC adaptor from the wall outlet. Then contact your nearest Korg dealer or the store where the equipment was purchased.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    About the Resample function ... 24 Assigning a sample sound to a sample part ... 24 Playing with Pattern Set ... 25 Using the ES-1 as a tone generator module ... 25 Synchronizing with an EA-1 or ER-1 ... 26 4. Sample mode ...27 Recording a sample ...27...

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    Directly sampling the sound of the ES-1 (Resampling) ... 28 Resampling from the beginning of a pattern or song ... 28 Resampling from the middle of a pattern or song ... 29 Resampling just one note of a part ... 29 Slice ...

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    Synchronizing the ES-1 with external MIDI devices (MIDI Clock) ... 53 Synchronizing the ES-1 to a master external MIDI device (Ext) ... 53 Synchronizing an external MIDI device to the ES-1 as master (int) ... 54 MIDI channel settings (MIDI ch) ...54 Setting the MIDI note number for each part (Note No.) ...54...

  • Page 6: Introduction

    You can assign sampled sounds to parts, use the panel knobs and keys to process the sound intuitively, and use these sounds to easily create rhythm patterns. The ES-1 is the ideal tool for any musician, DJ, sound creator, or DTM user who wants more originality in their musical creations.

  • Page 7: Make Connections And Play

    2. Connect one end of your audio cables to the line out jacks of the ES-1 (L/MONO, R), and connect the other end to your mixer or powered monitor speakers (amplified speakers) etc. If you will be listening in mono, use the L/MONO jack.

  • Page 8: Front And Rear Panel

    2. Front and rear panel 2. Front and rear panel The controls and other parts of the ES-1 each fall into one of six groups: Common section 1. MASTER VOLUME This knob adjusts the volume that is output from the line out jacks and the headphone jacks.

  • Page 9: Effect Section

    Effect section 1. EFFECT Here you can select the effect type, and control the effect. • Type: Select the effect type. • Edit 1: Adjust the effect. The result will differ depending on the type of effect. • Edit 2: Adjust the effect. The result will differ depending on the type of effect.

  • Page 10: Part Select Section

    2. Front and rear panel Part Select section 1. Slice (slice sample part key) This key selects the Slice Sample part. You can press this key to hear the assigned slice sample. 2. Audio In (audio in part key) This key selects the Audio In part. You can press this key to hear the external input sound.

  • Page 11: Step Key Section

    By holding down this key and pressing one of the step keys, you can switch to the pattern that you registered for that key. If you hold down this key and press the Rec key, the ES-1 will enter sampling-ready mode. If a pattern or song is playing back, sampling will begin immediately.

  • Page 12: Connector Section

    ES-1 data. 5. MIDI connectors MIDI data is received at this connector to control the ES-1 from an external MIDI device or to receive a data dump. OUT MIDI data is transmitted from this connector to control an external MIDI de vice or to transmit a data dump.

  • Page 13: Basic Operation (quick Start)

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Conceptual diagram of the ES-1 On the ES-1, a song consists mainly of a sequence of patterns (each with parts to which samples have been assigned, and effect and delay settings) plus event data ( p.51 “Re- cording performances and knob movements in a song (Event Recording)”).

  • Page 14: Listening To A Pattern

    A sample can be assigned to each Part ( p.15). The ES-1 lets you create and save up to 150 samples (100 monau- ral, 50 stereo), as long as the maximum sampling area of 95 seconds is not exceeded.

  • Page 15: Trying Out The Functions

    While a song or pattern is playing, press the Tap key three times or more at the desired tempo. The ES-1 will detect the interval at which you pressed the Tap key, and will set the tempo accordingly. The tempo can also be changed in this way even if the ES-1 is not currently playing a song or pattern.

  • Page 16: Modifying (editing) The Sound

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Modifying (editing) the sound 1. Press a part key to select the part that you wish to edit. 2. Use the knobs and keys of the Part Edit section to edit the sound. The Original Value LED will light to indicate the position of the knobs and keys for the original settings of the sound.

  • Page 17: Editing The Sound Of A Part, Effect, Or Delay While Hearing A Song Or Pattern

    Editing the sound of a part, effect, or delay while hearing a song or pattern 1. In either Song mode or Pattern mode, press the Play/ Pause key to begin playback. 2. Press a part key (the key will light) to select the part that you wish to edit.

  • Page 18: Modifying (editing) A Rhythm Pattern

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Modifying (editing) a rhythm pattern What is a Rhythm Pattern? A Rhythm Pattern is a sequence of rhythms (i.e., the timing at which a sound is heard) for an individual part. You can use the sixteen step keys to modify the rhythm pattern of each part. A rhythm pattern can also be recorded as you listen to the playback (realtime input).

  • Page 19: Using The Part Keys To Edit The Rhythm (realtime Recording)

    • Using the part keys to edit the rhythm (Realtime Recording) If you wish to hear the metronome while you record, refer to p.53 "Metronome settings." 1. Press the Pattern Mode key (the key will light). Use the cursor [L][M] keys to make the parameter select LED indicate Pattern.

  • Page 20: Saving A Pattern You Create (write)

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Saving a pattern you create (Write) Once the factory preset patterns are rewritten, it is not possible to restore them to their original state. If you do not want to loose the factory preset patterns, purchase a SmartMedia card and save the data ( p.55) to create a backup.

  • Page 21: Using A Motion Sequence

    Using a Motion Sequence What is a Motion Sequence? Changes that you make to the parameters of each part using the knobs and keys can be recorded and looped. These are called Motion Sequences. A Motion Sequence lets you record either Pitch/Speed, Filter, Level, or Pan, and Effect, Roll and Reverse individually for each part.

  • Page 22: Connecting Various Sources To The Audio Inputs

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Connecting various sources to the audio inputs Let's try connecting various types of audio devices (radio, MD or CD player or tone generator) to the audio input jacks. Try out various types of sounds or music. Depending on the content, you may discover unexpectedly interesting results.

  • Page 23: Let's Record A Sample

    Let’s record a sample The ES-1 makes it very easy for you to record a sample. Sampled sounds (samples) can be easily assigned to the parts of each pattern. The sampling area of internal memory can hold a maximum of 95 seconds, with up 150 samples (100 monaural, 50 stereo).

  • Page 24: About The Slice Function

    For details refer to p.30 “Slice.” About the Resample function Part sounds, patterns, and songs that you create on the ES-1 can themselves be sampled to create a new sample sound. This procedure is called Resampling. This allows sample sounds processed by effects and delay to be used as a new sample, letting you create samples that have even greater tonal variation.

  • Page 25: Playing With Pattern Set

    Using the ES-1 as a tone generator module Read this section when you wish to use the ES-1 with other connected MIDI equipment. Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT connector of your MIDI keyboard etc. to the MIDI IN connector of the ES-1.

  • Page 26: Synchronizing With An Ea-1 Or Er-1

    • On the EA-1 and ER-1, set the MIDI Filter parameter “P” to “O.” ( the EA-1 and ER- 1 owner’s manuals.) • On the ES-1, set the MIDI Note Number parameter to C-1—A-1 or A 8—G9 so that no conflict occurs. ( p.54 “MIDI note number settings for each part (Note No.)”).

  • Page 27: Sample Mode

    Pitch/Speed, Filter, Level, Pan Recording a sample The ES-1 lets you connect an audio device (e.g., CD or MD) or mic and record various sounds to use as samples. A maximum of 95 seconds can be sampled and kept in internal memory.

  • Page 28: Specifying The Start Location

    Directly sampling the sound 0...3145727 of the ES-1 (Resampling) The sound being played back by the ES-1 can be sampled di- rectly. This is called “resampling.” By resampling, you can cre- ate a sample that combines multiple samples, or use the sound of effects applied to an existing sample as a new sample.

  • Page 29: Resampling From The Middle Of A Pattern Or Song

    When you turn on the power (i.e., in the default state), sampling will be monaural. If you press the Play/Pause key during resampling, sam- pling will continue but the pattern or song playback will be paused. Resampling from the middle of a pattern or song 1.

  • Page 30: Slice

    4. Sample mode Slice Slice is a function that can be used to cut up a phrase into smaller elements so you can: • change the tempo of its playback without affecting pitch • change the rhythm pattern by turning on and off different sliced samples •...

  • Page 31: Tips For Achieving Good Results With Time Slice

    Tips for achieving good results with Time Slice • While it is best to first try to set a BPM that results in the smoothest playback of the sampled phrase, this may not al- ways result in the best Slice playback. In fact, it may be nec- essary to try different BPM values (including fractional BPM settings) within a +/- 3 BPM range.

  • Page 32: Deleting A Sample

    4. Sample mode Deleting a sample (Delete Sample) This function completely deletes a sample from memory. 1. Use the dial to select the sample that you wish to Delete. 2. Hold down the Shift key and press step key 14 (Delete Sample).

  • Page 33: Pattern Mode

    While the pattern is playing, press the Tap key three times or more at the desired tempo. The ES-1 will calculate the interval at which you pressed the Tap key, and will change the tempo accordingly. You can change the tempo in the same way even when playback is stopped.

  • Page 34: Selecting Parts

    5. Pattern mode Selecting parts The ES-1 has twelve parts, as follows. • Nine sample parts to which a sample can be assigned • A slice sample part to which a slice sample (which can inde- pendently handle separate notes in a phrase) can be assigned •...

  • Page 35: Creating A Pattern

    Either way, the ES-1 makes it easy for you to create your own original rhythm patterns.

  • Page 36: Editing Effect And Delay

    –64...63 Editing effect and delay EFFECT On the ES-1, you can select and use one of eleven types of effect for each pattern. The effect can be turned on/off for each part Example pitches (C3 input) by using the Effect key in the Part Edit section. Use the two knobs (Edit 1, Edit 2) to adjust the parameters, which will differ depending on the selected type of effect.

  • Page 37

    Ring Mod. (ring modulation) This effect applies modulation to the sound in order to cre- ate metallic resonances or unusual sound effects. Edit 1 _ Frequency Specifies the frequency of the modulation that will be ap- plied. The frequency will rise as the knob is rotated toward the right.

  • Page 38: Delay

    DELAY Delay is an effect that adds one or more delayed "echoes" to the sound. The delay effect of the ES-1 is a "cross-feedback delay." This feeds the delayed L and R signal back into the opposite side to produce a greater feeling of spaciousness from left to right.

  • Page 39: Setting The Length

    Setting the Length 1. If a pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop play- back. 2. Use the dial to select the pattern whose length you wish to set. 3. Hold down the Shift key and press step key 1 (Length). (Key 1 will blink.) 4.

  • Page 40: Setting The Roll Type

    5. Pattern mode Setting the Roll Type If you specify the Roll Type, the part steps for which Roll is “on” will be subdivided. You can select a subdivision of either 2, 3, or 4. 1. If a pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop play- back.

  • Page 41: Motion Sequence

    Motion sequence Playing a motion sequence A motion sequence can be played back in one of the following two ways, and you can select the playback method indepen- dently for each part. Smooth Knob values will be connected smoothly, and the sound will change smoothly.

  • Page 42: Playing A Delay Motion Sequence

    5. Pattern mode Playing a delay motion sequence A "delay motion sequence" is a special motion sequence just for the delay effect. Unlike a motion sequence for a part, the move- ments of two knobs, Delay Depth and Delay Time, can be re- corded simultaneously.

  • Page 43: Convenient Functions For Editing Patterns

    Convenient functions for editing patterns If you wish to save the pattern you edit using these func- tions, you must perform the Write operation before se- lecting a different pattern or turning off the power. Erasing rhythm pattern data from a part To erase the rhythm pattern data for the selected part, you can use one of the following two methods in addition to turning...

  • Page 44: Data Copy Within A Pattern

    5. Pattern mode Data Copy within a pattern Phrase pattern data (including motion sequence data) that you create for a pattern of length 1 can be copied to the steps of lengths 2...4. This function is a convenient way to create a pat- tern that uses similar phrases repeatedly.

  • Page 45: Editing Motion Sequence Data

    Editing motion sequence data You can edit the motion sequence of each part or the effect mo- tion sequence. The data can be edited in units of individual steps. Selecting a motion sequence Motion Dest. PCh (Pitch)...ti 1. Select the pattern that contains the motion sequence data you wish to edit.

  • Page 46: Pattern Set

    5. Pattern mode Pattern Set Pattern Set is a function that lets you assign your favorite pat- terns to each of the sixteen step keys, and switch them at the touch of a key. During playback, you can successively switch patterns to per- form a song.

  • Page 47: Saving A Pattern (write)

    Saving a pattern (WRITE) If you wish to keep the pattern data that you create, you must perform this Write operation. When you perform the Write op- eration, "Data Copy within a pattern" (p.44) will occur auto- matically, depending on the pattern length. If you intentionally want to discard your edits and revert to the original pattern data, simply select a different pattern without Writing.

  • Page 48: Song Mode

    A song consists of patterns arranged in the desired order of play- back. You can create and save up to sixteen songs in the internal memory of the ES-1. In addition to pattern playback, songs can also record rhythms and knob movements. Press the SONG mode key to enter Song mode.

  • Page 49: Creating A Song

    Creating a song Creating a song from scratch Here's how to create a song by placing patterns in the desired order. If you switch to a different song while editing a song, your edited data will be lost. If you wish to keep the edited song, you must perform the Write operation to save the song data.

  • Page 50: Editing A Song

    6. Song mode Editing a song You can insert a new pattern into a song, or delete an existing pattern. You can also add knob movements or your own per- formance to a song. If you wish to keep the edited song, you must perform the Write operation.

  • Page 51: Recording Performances Or Knob Movements Into A Song (event Recording)

    Recording performances or knob movements into a song (Event Recording) In addition to putting patterns together to create a song, Song mode also allows you to realtime-record knob movements and your performances on the part keys. Recording this data in Song mode is referred to as "event re- cording."...

  • Page 52: Saving A Song (write)

    6. Song mode Saving a song (WRITE) If you wish to save a song that you create, you must perform this Write operation. If you decide not to save the song data you create, simply switch songs without performing the Write operation. 1.

  • Page 53: Global Mode

    For details on synchronization settings of your external MIDI device, refer to the owner's manual for your device. Even if you set Clock to Ext, the ES-1 will operate with its own internal clock if no MIDI Clock messages are being received at its MIDI IN connector.

  • Page 54: Synchronizing An External Midi Device To The Es-1 As Master (int)

    4. Make settings on the external MIDI device (slave) so that it will receive MIDI Clock messages. 5. When you start playback on the ES-1, the external MIDI de- vice will begin playback in synchronization. When you perform the Reset & Play operation to begin playback from the beginning of the pattern, the ES-1 will transmit only a MIDI Start message.

  • Page 55: Using Smartmedia

    Samples (WAVE files, AIFF files) you create on your computer can also be loaded into the ES-1. The ES-1 can use 3 V (3.3V) SmartMedia of 4 MB — 64 MB. Load a file WAVE, AIFF Save a file Make sure that the SmartMedia card is oriented correctly, and insert it all the way into the SmartMedia slot.

  • Page 56: Loading Only A Single Sample From Smartmedia (sample Load)

    Turn off memory protect be- fore loading. ( p.56 “Memory Protect”) If there is insufficient free memory within the ES-1, it may not be possible to load the sample. Before you begin, use the Sample mode Memory function ( p.32) to check the remaining amount of sampling time.

  • Page 57: Appendices

    26, vv] (control change #06 and 38) (mm, vv: upper and lower bytes of the value, together expressing 16,384 steps) to set the value. The ES-1 uses only the MSB value (128 steps) of the Data Entry message. 5. If "stuck notes" occur If for some reason a note fails to stop sounding, you can usually switch modes to stop the sound.

  • Page 58: Troubleshooting

    · When an Inquiry Message Request [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 01, F7] message is received, the ES-1 will transmit an Inquiry Mes- sage [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 02, (9 bytes), F7] that means “I am a Korg ES-1, and my system version is ...”...

  • Page 59: Error Messages

    The file could not be loaded (or played) from the SmartMedia. Either the file format is wrong, or the data has been damaged. Files that can be loaded are ES-1 files, WAVE files (8 bit or 16 bit, monaural/stereo), and AIFF files (8 bit or 16 bit, monaural/stereo).

  • Page 60: Index

    8. Appendices Index Accent ---------------------- 10, 40 All Load -------------------------- 55 Audio In ----------- 10, 12, 22, 54 Audio In Mode ----------------- 54 Audio In Part -------------- 10, 22 AUDIO IN THRU ---------------- 8 Beat --------------------------- 8, 38 Beat LED -------------------------- 8 BPM Sync ------------------- 9, 38 Card ------------------------------ 55 Check...

  • Page 61

    Pattern Change timing --------------- 33 Play ----------------------- 14, 33 Rhythm ------------------- 18, 40 Set ------------------ 11, 25, 46 Write ---------------------- 20, 47 Pattern mode------------------- 33 Pattern Set---------------------- 11 Pattern Set Play ----------------------- 25, 46 Registering ------------------- 46 Write --------------------------- 46 Peak -------------------------------- 8 Peak LED ------------------------- 8 Phaser --------------------------- 36...

  • Page 62: Pattern Name List

    HIT2-Organ Hit HIT3-Raven Hit BAS1-Acoustic Bass BAS2-UK Garage Bass BAS3-Boosted Bass BAS4-Distorted Saw 49.ıı BAS5-Wah Guitar 060 50.ıı Drum Loop 107 51.ıı Drum Loop 120 52.ıı Percussion Loop 133 53.ıı Percussion Loop 100 ©2000 KORG Inc. All rights reserved. Tempo...

  • Page 63: Midi Implementation Chart

    O 0 – 15 *1: Sent but not received when Global mode Clock is “Int.”When set to “Ext,” received but not sent. *2: Master Volume and Inquiry messages are supported in addition to Korg exclusive. Mode 2: OMNI ON, MONO Mode 4: OMNI OFF, MONO 2000.5.15...

  • Page 64

    KORG products are manufactured under strict specifications and voltages required by each country. These products are warranted by the KORG distributor only in each country. Any KORG product not sold with a warranty card or carrying a serial number disqualifies the product sold from the manufacturer’s/distributor’s warranty and liability. This requirement is for your own protection and safety.

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