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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
I personally think that the esi4000 is the best sampler at it´s price. There are a few things wich isn´t good, to few outputs and the dsp features takes a while. I got one with the turbo option for 7900skr(950§) I want to but another one cos the voices arent enough, 128 should be a minimum. skip the akai s3000 or yamaha A3000, this one is the one to get. for all kinds of music house to classical

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-22-2000 at 17:43
Peter Jansen a professional user from Netherlands writes:
After owning an Emax and an Esi 32 I now have a Esi 4000. I immediatly put in 128 RAM and the turboboard.

The good thing about EMU is that the interface stays the same. Once I learned to use the Emax, the Esi's were no problem at all.

The sound library is very good. Making your own samples is very easy to do, When using 128 RAM, you can use big samples, so the soubd quality is amazing!

Do you need an affordable sampler which does everything but make an espresso,

BUY IT!

PJ

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-20-2000 at 04:33
Peter Jansen a professional user from Netherlands writes:
After owning an Emax and an Esi 32 I now have a Esi 4000. I immediatly put in 128 RAM and the turboboard.

The good thing about EMU is that the interface stays the same. Once I learned to use the Emax, the Esi's were no problem at all.

The sound library is very good. Making your own samples is very easy to do, When using 128 RAM, you can use big samples, so the soubd quality is amazing!

Do you need an affordable sampler which does everything but make an espresso,

BUY IT!

PJ

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-20-2000 at 04:32
nighty a part-time user from Germany writes:
Now is the ***last chance*** to get a new EMU ESI-4000 Turbo (or an EMU with Turbo option board) for little money!

If you can't get the ESI-4000 Turbo (EMU do'nt produce them anymore) , take - a ESI-4000 - a Turbo Option Board - a 64MB RAM (be careful! it must be special memory that fit for the Turbo option board!) and you get an ESI-4000 TURBO.

I paid for this configuration at music city cologne (www.music-city.de) only 2300,-DEM (circa. 1240$) !!! Including 7 EMU- Sample CDROMS!

Sorry, this is no SPAM, but for this price you get at other gear dealers only a ESI-4000 Turbo with 16MB RAM and maybe 2 EMU CDROMS! Other gear dealers went about 300,-DM (ca. 162$) more than the above.

Q: What's going on at EMU?

They throw the new EMU ESI-2000 on the market, nearly for the same pricing as the ESI-4000 but the ESI-2000 has 2 Analog Outputs less?!?

Clearly: The ESI-2000 is'nt better than the ESI-4000, look yourself at www.emu.com, there is exactly the specifications of both samplers.

Why did EMU that?

With my brother, we asked us this in the past weeks often. We only can imagine, that too much people buy the ESI-4000 and not a bigger sampler.

BTW: What's the difference between the ESI 6-pole filters and the EOS Z-Plane filters?!?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-07-1999 at 15:19
aaron a part-timer user from USA writes:
Amazing. This sampler eats akai's for breakfast, and has a fine synth engine in there as well. Hard to imagine getting a better sampler/synth For $1000. A SCSI storage device is a MUST, though. For this, I'd recommend a ZIP 100 or 250.

Some folks diss the DSP tools because they are slow, but I'd rather have slow DSP than no DSP.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-13-1999 at 18:54
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