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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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orange9mm a professional user from southKorea writes:
tough ,, good punching sound.. thatz a basic sampler.. but fantastic powerful sampler! well done my choice!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-27-2003 at 14:04
jg a part-time user from atlanta writes:
I bought one used. As somebody else said the sound on this rocks. Very smooth sounding and nice clean bass. I purchased the Rfx unit for (They reduced the price now but call Emu) these effects are beautiful. This is about everything you need besides a sequencer and a keyboard. The only drawback is that the unit is somewhat buggy. for instance if you leave the unit running without using it for about an hour it will crash. The unit sometimes freeze momentarily when I load a sample and the screen sometimes go blank but I was able to get out of it by pressing panic on my controller or wait a few seconds. Emu/Ensoniq really need to consider the computer bugs for their next design because I feel bad giving this unit a four when it was otherwise the perfect sampler.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-11-2002 at 13:28
peter kadar a professional user from Canada writes:
I've had a mixed relationship with my sampler. I think the biggest problem I've had over the last 3 years has been reliability. I used to have to restart my machine every couple of hours because of "FATAL ERROR--Gen Trap Error". I can also relate to the corrupted data story further down the line. Finally I found purchasing such old ram in 64mb simms almost impossible, and I live in the 4th largest city in North America!

Nonetheless, now that I have gotten the machine fairly decked out, and with EOS 4.6, things are looking much better. I do like the sound quality, the ease of use, the depth of programming, and the speed of the offline sample functions. I highly recommend getting the DWAM upgrade; now that I have a computer keyboard connected, I work much faster, and rarely need to touch the machine itself.

I have to disagree with the people who don't dig the beat munging feature. Recently, I loaded a bank of drum sounds from the Planet Phatt soundset and programmed some beats into the (not so intuitive to use) sequencer. While the beat was playing back, I set the arpeggiator to random, set the range to one octave, and the rhythmic value to 16th notes. While this was all playing back, I sampled about 24 bars of semi intelligent randomness. After copying the sample, I individually beat munged different sections, and generated tons of really interesting beats and fills. It certainly sounded funktacious, and pushed my writing in ways that I wouldn't normally have thought of. This is before any filter variations, or resampling took place.

Most of the sounds that come with the machine (I got about 9 Cd Roms) are quite outdated by today's standards. I'm looking forward to filling my hard drive with some new sounds soon.

With all the advances of soft samplers today, like Kontakt, I'm not sure that the hardware sampler is the way to go. When I read reviews of programs like the one I just mentioned, I find my self thinking, "Yeah, but my Emu already kinda does that".

Now that I've got a more stable OS, and some cool options, I'm feeling like my sampler is finally coming into its own. I wish I could stream samples Giga Studio style, or at least not top out at 128MB of Ram, but now that it's well stocked, it's decent. It just took me a lot of money, frustration, and phone calls to California to get it together.

Having said that, I think that a newcomer today would fare much better, due to the price difference, and more mature OS. Definately check the competition, but if you're interested in sound quality, and especially ease of use, the Emu stuff will certainly fit the bill.

Be sure to top up the RAM as soon as possible.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-08-2002 at 05:00
Martin Eldrich writes:
It's sad to see that amatures like Kehmical is putting down the rating of this machine because of that they don't manage to read the manual. This is acctually a great machine. Probably the best sampler for that price ever. But it's a proffesional machine so if you have problems with it, then rtfm....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-01-2001 at 06:35
Raf Paredis a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
When I bought the sampler the yammie A4K and A5K where just released. I didn't have had a look at them. If I found out about them I would certainly checked out the A5K. The main reason is the EFX section. This is the only big complaint I have about the E5K. It doesn't have a good efx section. I know i could buy some outboard efx but hey, I'm a student and the E5K was already a big buy. The sound quality of the E5K is very good and you get 20 CD's with the unit, giving you a decent sound library to start with. I especially like the acoustic instruments of the libraries like sax, contrabass and other bass instruments. I recently bought a SCSI cable and Sonic Foundry Sound Forge. You can edit samples easily with your pc and transfer them to and from your sampler. It's a dream come true. Gonna stop now ...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-14-2001 at 17:48
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