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Korg ELECTRIBER ER-1 Owner's Manual

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

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    • Be careful not to let metal objects get into the equipment. If something does slip into the equipment, 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

    Contents 1. Introduction ... 6 Main features... 6 About the data you create on the ER-1 ... 6 Make connections and play! ... 7 Example connections ... 7 Preparing to play ...7 2. Front and rear panel ... 8 Synthesizer section ... 8 Part Select section ...

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    Playing a pattern (Pattern Play) ...22 The timing at which patterns will change ... 22 Playing from the beginning of a pattern (Reset & Play) ... 22 About the tempo when the pattern is changed ... 22 Selecting parts ... 23 The Part Mute function ...

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    Creating a song ...34 Creating a song from scratch ... 34 Erasing song data (Clear Song) ... 34 Specifying a pattern for each position ...34 Editing a song ... 35 Inserting a pattern at a specified position (Insert Pattern) ... 35 Deleting a pattern from a specified position (Delete Pattern) ...

  • Page 6: Introduction

    1.Introduction 1. Introduction Thank you for purchasing the Electribe/R ER-1. The Electribe/R ER-1 is a unique and easy-to-use rhythm instrument that uses DSP synthesis tech- nology to help anyone from beginners to hard-core users to produce truly original music. By using the front panel knobs and keys, you can create analog percussion sounds intuitively, and easily create rhythm patterns using these sounds.

  • Page 7: Make Connections And Play

    Make connections and play! Example connections Power switch AC Local Voltage Preparing to play Be sure to turn off the power before making connections. Careless operation may damage your speaker system or cause malfunctions. 1. Connect the included AC adapter to the DC 9V jack, and plug the adapter into an AC outlet. As shown in the above diagram, hook the AC adapter cable around the adapter cable holder.

  • Page 8: Front And Rear Panel

    2.Front and rear panel 2. Front and rear panel The controls and other parts of the ER-1 can be broadly grouped as shown in the diagram. Synthesizer section 1. OSCILLATOR Here you can control the waveform and the pitch. • Wave: Select the basic waveform. •...

  • Page 9: Part Select Section

    Part Select section 1. Ring Mod (ring modulation key) This key switches modulation between parts (ring modulation) on/off. 2. Crash (crash part key) This key selects the cymbal part. When you press this key, the crash cymbal will sound. 3. H.Clap (handclap part key) This key selects the handclap part.

  • Page 10: Sequence Control Section

    2.Parts 9. Mode keys Use these keys to move to the desired mode: Pattern, Song, Global, or MIDI.During playback you can move to Global mode, but not to MIDI mode. 10. WRITE key Use this key when you wish to save settings that you modified in Pattern, Song, Global, or MIDI mode, or to save Pattern Set data.

  • Page 11: Connector Section

    4. Pattern Set key By holding down this key and pressing one of the step keys, you can switch to the pat- tern that you registered for that key. 5. Shift key This key is used in conjunction with other keys. When held down, it gives an additional function to another key.

  • Page 12: Basic Operation (quick Start)

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) 3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Conceptual diagram of the ER-1 On the ER-1, a song consists mainly of Patterns (which consist of Parts and delay settings) and event data (refer to p.36 "Recording performances or knob movements to a song (Event Recording)"). Structure of Song Songs: S01...S16 Pattern order...

  • Page 13: Listening To Patterns

    Listening to Patterns 1. Press the Pattern mode key to enter Pattern mode (the key will light). 2. Use the cursor [ ][ ] keys to make the parameter select LEDs indicate Pattern (top). 3. Rotate the dial to select the desired pattern (A01...A64, b01...b64, C01...C64, d01...d64).

  • Page 14: Striking Keys To Play Parts

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Striking keys to play Parts By striking the part keys, you can play the corresponding sounds. The audio-in parts will sound when an audio signal is connected to the audio input jacks. (Refer to p.19, "Connecting various sources to the audio inputs.") However even if sound is being input, it will not be heard if Audio In Thru is turned on.

  • Page 15: Striking The Part Keys Along With A Song Or Pattern

    Striking the part keys along with a song or pattern 1. In Song mode or Pattern mode, press the Play/Pause key to begin playback. 2. As you listen to the song or pattern, strike the part keys to play along. Modify (edit) the sound along with a song or pattern 1.

  • Page 16: 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 17: 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.38 "Metro- nome settings." 1. Press the Pattern Mode key (the key will light). Use the cursor [ ][ ] keys to make the parameter select LED indicate Pattern.

  • Page 18: Using A Motion Sequence

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Using a Motion Sequence What is a Motion Sequence? On parts other than the Accent part, you can record the changes you make to the sound using the knobs, and loop them for playback. This data is called a Motion Sequence (refer to p.28 "Motion Sequence"). There are two types of sequence.

  • Page 19: Connecting Various Sources To The Audio Inputs

    Connecting various sources to the audio inputs Let's try connecting various types of audio device (radio, or MD or CD player) or tone generator to the audio input jacks. Sound that contains no drums is most effective. Try out various types of sounds or music. Depending on the content, you may discover unexpectedly interesting results.

  • Page 20: Playing With Pattern Set

    3. Basic operation (Quick Start) Playing with Pattern Set What is Pattern Set? Pattern Set is a function that lets you register a favorite pattern to each of the sixteen step keys, and use the step keys to switch patterns. You can use this function to play a performance simply by selecting patterns one after the other When you hold down the Pattern Set key (the key will blink) and press one of the sixteen step keys, the pattern registered for that key will be...

  • Page 21: Synchronized Playback With The Ea-1

    Synchronized playback with the EA-1 By synchronizing the Electribe ER-1 and EA-1 you can enjoy even greater performance possibilities. Here's how you can make the EA-1 playback in synchronization with the tempo of the ER-1. Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT connector of the ER-1 to the MIDI IN connector of the EA-1.

  • Page 22: Pattern Mode

    4.Pattern mode 4. Pattern mode In this mode you can play patterns, or edit them to make new patterns. Press the Pattern mode key to enter Pattern mode. 256 patterns A01...D64 Pattern (A01) Rhythm patterns (maximum 64 steps) Parts Percussion Synthesizer 1 Step Step Step...

  • Page 23: Selecting Parts

    Selecting parts The ER-1 has the following eleven parts. • Four synthesizer parts produced by analog modeling • Two audio input parts which gate the audio signal from the AUDIO IN jacks • Open Hi-hat, Closed Hi-hat, Crash Cymbal, and Handclap parts that use PCM waveforms •...

  • Page 24: Creating A Pattern

    4.Pattern mode Creating a pattern There are two ways to create a pattern. You can start with a pattern that is similar to the desired result and then edit it, or you can create a pattern from scratch by specifying the sound and rhythm pattern for each part.

  • Page 25: Delay

    Level Adjust the output level. Rotating the knob toward the right will increase the volume. For the Accent part, this will ad- just the Accent Level (the degree to which the volume will be emphasized when Accent is on). (Refer to p.27 "Adding accents to a rhythm pattern.") Low Boost This emphasizes the low-frequency range of each part.

  • Page 26: Length, Scale/beat Settings

    4.Pattern mode Length, Scale/Beat settings You can set the length (the length of the entire pattern) and the basic beat (time signature).The Length and Scale/Beat you specify here will affect the correspondence between step keys and note values, and the maximum number of steps as shown in the following diagram.

  • Page 27: Creating A Rhythm Pattern

    Creating a Rhythm Pattern There are two ways to create a rhythm pattern. The first is Step Recording, in which you use the step keys to create the rhythm as you view the lit/unlit condition of the keys. The second is Realtime Recording, in which you strike the part keys at the timing at which you want to record each note.

  • Page 28: Motion Sequence

    4.Pattern mode 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 29: 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 30: Copying A Part (copy Part)

    4.Pattern mode Copying a part (Copy Part) You can copy the sound settings and rhythm pattern data (in- cluding motion sequence) from another part to the selected part. 1. If the pattern is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop playback.

  • Page 31: Pattern Set

    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 32: Saving A Pattern (write)

    4.Pattern mode 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.30) 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 33: Song Mode

    5. 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 ER-1. In addition to pattern playback, songs can also record rhythms and knob movements. Press the Song mode key to enter Song mode.

  • Page 34: Creating A Song

    5.Song mode 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 35: Editing A Song

    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 36: Changing The Pattern For A Specific Position

    5.Song mode Changing the pattern for a specific position 1. If you are playing back, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop playback. 2. Use the cursor keys to make the parameter select LEDs indi- cate Position. 3. Use the dial to select the position that you wish to modify. 4.

  • Page 37: Deleting Event Data From A Song (clear Event)

    Deleting event data from a song (Clear Event) This operation deletes all event data from the selected song. 1. If the song is playing, press the Stop/Cancel key to stop play- back. 2. Hold down the Shift key and press step key 15 (Clear Event). (The 15 key will blink.) 3.

  • Page 38: Global Mode

    6.Global mode 6. Global mode In Global mode you can set parameters such as Metronome or Protect. Press the Global mode key to enter Global mode. To execute Global mode, press the previous mode key. The settings you make in Global mode will be cancelled if you turn off the power without Writing.

  • Page 39: Synchronizing An External Midi Device To The Er-1 As Master (int)

    Synchronizing an external MIDI device to the ER-1 as master (int) 1. Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT connector of the ER-1 to the MIDI IN connector of the external MIDI device (sequencer or synthesizer etc.). 2. Use the cursor keys to make the parameter select LEDs indi- cate Clock.

  • Page 40: Midi Mode

    4. Transmit the data dump from the external MIDI device. Details on data dumps are provided in the MIDI implementa- tion chart of the ER-1. Consult your local Korg distributor for more information on MIDI implementation Ptn, SnG, ALL Do not touch the keys of the ER-1 while a data dump is in progress.

  • Page 41: Midi Filter Settings

    MIDI filter settings Here you can select the types of MIDI message that will be trans- mitted and received. For each character "PCE" in the display, select "O" if you want that type of message to be transmitted and received, or select "-"...

  • Page 42: Appendices

    8.Appendices 8. Appendices About MIDI 1. MIDI channels Similarly to a television, data can be received when the channel of the receiving device matches the channel on which the data is being transmitted. The transmit/receive channel of the ER-1 is set by the MIDI Channel setting in MIDI mode.

  • Page 43: Troubleshooting

    - When an Inquiry Message Request [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 01, F7] is received, the ER-1 will transmit an Inquiry Message [F0, 7E, nn, 06, 02, (nine bytes), F7] that means "I am a Korg ER-1 and my system version is ..."...

  • Page 44: Error Messages

    8.Appendices Error messages Er.1 Data could not be written. Er.2 When writing a song to a different song num- ber, the maximum number of recordable events was exceeded. Use the Clear Event operation to erase unwanted events from the song. Er.9 Protect was turned "on"...

  • Page 45: Example Sounds

    Example sounds Analog Kick 1 Analog Snare 1 Electric Tom 8.Appendices Analog Kick 2 Analog Snare 2 Analog Cowbell Noise Shot...

  • Page 46: Blank Chart

    8.Appendices Blank chart When you have created a sound that you like, you can store the knob and key locations in this page.

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  • Page 48: Index

    8.Appendices Index Accent ------------------------ 9, 27 ACCENT Part ---------- 9, 14, 27 Decay ---------------------- 8, 24 Level ------------------------ 8, 25 Low Boost ----------------- 8, 25 Pan -------------------------- 8, 24 AUDIO IN ---------- 9, 11, 19, 38 AUDIO IN Part -------------- 9, 19 AUDIO IN THRU ----------- 9, 19 Beat ------------------------- 16, 26 Beat LED --------------------- 9, 19...

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    Pattern Set ----------- 11, 20, 31 Play ----------------------- 20, 31 Registering ------------------- 31 Write --------------------------- 31 Peak --------------------------- 9, 19 Peak LED ------------------------- 9 PERCUSSION SYNTHESIZER ---------------------------------- 9, 19 Pitch --------------------------- 8, 24 Play Motion Sequence ------ 18, 28 Pattern ------------------- 13, 22 Song ---------------------- 12, 33 Position -------------------------- 33 Protect --------------------------- 39...

  • Page 50: Pattern Name List

    Big Beat B64 Hard Core DNB 1 Big Beat S08...S16: Blank S04: Bass Burn S05: Macrocaustic All Patterns and All Songs - ©1999 KORG Inc. All rights reserved. C Bank Tempo Pattern Name Style C01 Hard Core DNB 2 Big Beat...

  • Page 51: Midi Implementation Chart

    *1: Sent but not received when Global mode Clock is “Int.”When set to “Ext,” received but not sent. *2: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, also responds to Inquiry messages. Mode 2: OMNI ON, MONO Mode 4: OMNI OFF, MONO 1999.2.3...

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    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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