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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Jaime Anabalon a part-timer user from ca, usa writes:
there is so much you can do with this sampler, sooo many ways you can change and manipulate your samples. the library samples aren't the greatest, but if you are into doing your own sounds/loops, get this keyboard!!! listen to the depeche mode song "It's no good", andy is playing an emax II for those warm sweeps. This is a really different keyboard. prior to this I was a strict AKAI/Roland user. The emax II is an excellent sound tool!!! I got mine for $275 with a full floppy library, a cd rom drive, and three cd roms. the only thing is that it only has 4mb of memory. the original owner had brought up to 4mb from 2mb. I need more MEMORY!!!!!! if you know where i can get some more ram cheap, or any other good emax II sites, please email me!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-16-1999 at 16:38
Honest Steve a part-timer user from Texas, USA writes:
A very straightforward sampler that sounds good. I got mine used about 5 years ago with 6meg ram and use it as an extra multi timbral sound module. Editing loop points is just very difficult so I usually use a sample editor on my pc and then convert the wav file to SDS and use a freeware program called Dumpster to send via MIDI to the EMAXII. Then the mod and filter settings are easy to edit. I really like the variance parameter on some settings, can make the same sound different for each note-on. It has been very reliable and it worked without any problems with a Iomega Zip 100meg SCSI drive. If you have an EMAXII I highly recomend a setup like this. Sample loads are about 2-4 seconds for my full 6meg banks. Much faster than floppy disk.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-21-1998 at 18:36
D Morley a professional user from Germany writes:
Hmmm. I had one for a while, and it sounded good. One problem. The timing is so sloppy it's ridiculous. I use Roland 700 series and an EIII rack and they are much much tighter. Sonically it's ok, but I have to say, timing should be top of the list in a multitimbral machine, and it obviously isn't with the Emax II.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-24-1998 at 06:55
Benedict (Column 3-57) a professional user from Australia writes:
Suprised to see so many bad coments. I've had my Emax II for 7 years and love it. Before, I had a Emax. The Filters aren't Analog strong but I like them. The O/s is simple/doesn't get in the way.

Yes I would like a more powerful architecture but this is now an old machine. It was this or the Ensoniq EPS 16+ which had no resonant filters at all.

When the time comes I will definately upgrade to another EMU sampler, unless someone else manages to make a sampler that sounds this good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-23-1998 at 21:20
riCo a professional user from usa writes:
The most important thing to keep in mind if you are planing to buy a used emaxii

is to check the memory! the emax ii DOES NOT use standard simms. emu had a

proprietary memory board for the emax ii that was accompanied by floppy discs. the

discs were needed to tell the machine how much memory was in the machine - very

odd! these items are difficult to come by and can be very expensive. Beware -

if the memory in an emax has been expanded, the memory boards can be removed but

the machine will still think it has the expanded memory. (talk about a bug!)

the emax ii is by no means an exciting sampler by today's standards. it's clumsy

to work with, no dsp and you have to edit left and right samples separately.

but it does have a sound all it's own. a good secondary piece if you can find one

cheap.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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