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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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nubey a professional user from USA writes:
This is my main sampler too,

I too have owned akai's which are all punch but lack any low end.

Side by side comparison of a sampled 808 kick,

Akai S2000: Sounds like a small fart of air going by, absolutely no bass timbre at all, in other words useless.

E-mu ESi4k: Sounds close it loses only about 10% of the super low end, but you can still use it to creat your symphony of 808 kicks, fun fun fun. And surprisingly musical. Great bass timbre.

All in all a much fuller rounder machine, with oodles of filters, easy to use (Made by Americans thank God), no crazy engrish explanations written by overtly technical Japanese manual writers. Oh yeah and the price, the sampler sounds as good as an S5k or S6k, betters the Yamaha's too.

All in all the best sampler for the buck now a days, small convenient, professional sounding, great great midi response, excellent assignable controllers, more in and out's than any other similary priced sampler too,.

If I could give more than a 5 I would, this is a great piece of gear do your self a favor and get one!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-03-1999 at 16:57
gary swearengin a part-timer user from usa writes:
oh yeah...i really wish the inputs were on the front as well. with my current setup, and just about any setup i can think of with the ESI in a rack, it's really hard to get to the inputs and change connections. however, i hear that having the ins on the back is really becoming the way to do things, especially when using a patch bay, so what do i know? =)

posted Wednesday-Jun-16-1999 at 22:53
Gary L. Swearengin a part-timer user from usa writes:
i just picked one of these up this week for $810 new. i'm familiar with synths, but this is my first sampler. after only a few hours with the manual and the unit, i think i've already pretty much got the basics down. i think i was sampling within about two hours, which is really cool. so far, the user interface is very intuitive and easy to get around. floppies suck...get one with a zip drive or some other source of external storage if at all possible (i'm already wishing i had one), and the turbo option would be really nice, too, but at this price and with these features it's hard to complain...

...speaking of which, my biggest (and really only) complaint at the moment is that you can't just save individual samples ("presets") to disk, you have to store entire banks. i'm also not sure if it's possible to fit more than one bank onto a disk, regardless of size. but i'm still new at this, and i could be wrong about both of those (please let me know if i am!).

to sum it up, i love it so far and wouldn't hesitate to make the purchase again. in fact, i don't think it's possible to get a better sampler for under a grand. the only other sampler i think i'd rather own than an ESI 4000 is an akai s-5000 or 6000 or maybe a kurzweil, but those are all about twice as much as the ESI and way out of my price range...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-16-1999 at 22:48
Joel Corelitz a part-timer user from USA writes:
Amazing. Cheap, powerful and easy to use. The big drawback is realtime control, but since most parameters can be assigned to velocity, this isn't too much of a problem.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-10-1999 at 14:38
KC from USA writes:
Great sampler. The OS system is great in my opinion. Great for loops, instruments . . . anything really its lovely. I give it an A+.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-1999 at 23:01
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