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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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rob writes:
"I've never used one of these. But i'm thinking of getting one. Only question I have is whether or not you can load .wav & .aiff sound files into it? Can anyone help? " -Not without soundforge + a SCSI card. EMU's use their own sample format, thought they can import Akai formats too. It's easy if you have a SCSI card and a sample editing software (Spark for Mac). Just do an SMIDI dump (SCSIMIDI).

posted Friday-Apr-26-2002 at 11:06
jlg a part-time user from floorida writes:
filters are excellent. midi implementation doesn't thrill me. I had to mess around with it for a while before it responded to my rm1x the way I wanted.

For the price its a damn good deal but I'm not thrilled with its interface and programming architecture.

If I had more money I would have gotten a yamaha a5000. Yamaha gear works reall well together (naturally) and it saves me from wasting time on midi routings and shit like that.

the filters are bad ass and for that reason alone i will keep the esi2000 forever. In the future i see myself using it to create sounds and then transferring those sounds to a yamaha sampler.

Its not a bad machine but it didn't really thrill me and I wont' be buying any more emu samplers. For the price however it is a great buy.

To hear the esi2000 go to http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/328/shogun_helix.html In particular "omigod" the vocal like sound in the background is a ultra processed and filtered sample done with the esi2000.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-15-2001 at 19:18
Chance's End a part-time user from Colorado, USA writes:
I got this sampler knowing full-well that it'd be a budget-level bargain-basement sampler. So my expectations were not very high. Needless to say, it has fulfilled my expectations, but nothing more. It can do all of the basic sampling features that all samplers can do. The Zones are really great, and allows great drum kit customization. The filters are absolutely wonderful, as I had heard previously.

Unfortunately, the modulation matrix is very limited. I expected to be able to do a few other things real-time, such as AM and FM modulation on samples. I also expected to be able to have better control over the range of MIDI controllers when assigned to various parameters. I also expected to have MIDI control over loop start and stop time (in order to emulate effects such as is done by BT).

However, this is a budget sampler, so I am not very upset. After all, I expected this to last only about a year in my setup.

The one thing that is really upsetting, though I knew it when I bought it, is that there is no external control of the unit beyond the MIDI control that is built into the machine. So nothing will replace the front panel. If SysEx were built into the machine, then a program like Cubase could have a front-end that could control all parameters.

But hell, this is a great piece of gear for what I paid for it ($550, which included an external SCSI drive and 6 sample CDs).

BTW: Don't expect to use this unit well without some sort of external storage (I use a Syquest SyJet drive, but anything will do). Most of the digital processing won't work without some sort of backup storage.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-10-2001 at 01:25
EXTRA MAYO a part-time user from USA writes:
I got my esi about 10 months ago and I am loving avery second of it.This machine is totally amazing I mean It has made my life a lot easier.I dont even know where to start.the more you play with it the funner it gets.It looks very simple and it is very simple but at a same time it is extrimly complex couse there is a lot of deferent stuf you can do with it.I got mine for 600$ and thats like out of here price and god bless an emu for that.I got a zipp drive hucked up to it and thats a very good way to go.I did not get the tturboo option because it is very axpensive allmoust the price of a unit it self.esi is a very ,very,very flexible machine and i cant stress that enough. I have no complaints.My sugestion to a new user is that you need to experiment with it a lot , try playing with it in many different ways and it is a very good tool to expres your self couse it is very simle.all in all this was my best ivestment.I know a lot about it so if you have any questions e-mail me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-03-2001 at 03:14
Audeo a part-time user from USA writes:
The ESI is the center of my studio. After 6 months I am still learning how to use this machine to the fullest. I am going to upgrade to a 6400 or 4xt though. Only 4 1/4" outs, and single MIDI hamper this otherwise perfect machine. With good MIDI programming in your sequencer the ESI-2000 sounds extremly professional. Just budget in external Zip $ CD Rom Drives, RAM, and DSPs (Effects, Compression).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-27-2001 at 05:20
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