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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Alahazred a part-timer user from UK writes:
At last, a piece of music gear that does what it says it'll do in the ads... It records sections of digital audio, then allows you to play them back from a keyboard. Brilliant! It also has resonant filters, timestreeeetttttccccchhhhh, parametric EQ (doesn't do much?), doppler effect (wierd) and some transient merge thing that is guaranteed to transform your cheesey old sample into unusable squeeky muffle after a half hour wait. Yum. It doesn't do: pitch bends of more than 7 semitones, no reading of WAV's, no writing of samples in a form recognisable to the outsiede world, no sysex of mention, no sensiblly organized sample directory structure - you often have to have the same sample copied into every bank that uses it. The key entry bit is really tedious - is it just me or does everyone else spend more time naming the samples than actually sampling them? It's good, though. I like it and would just love to be able to afford the Calamari expansion, as the only real weakness is the original 4 outputs.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-26-1998 at 09:57
Sergey Sokolov (SergXp50) a part time user from Moscow, Russia writes:
ESi's digital processing of samples is extremely slow.

It has some very interesting fx, for example,

&quot;Transform Multiply&quot; function, but calculation of a

5-second sample takes 30-40 minutes :( Of course most

fx can be processed externally in computer making

SCSI interface a must-have.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Aural B a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just bought the esi-32 yesterday and I'm already making fat beats...Very easy to use (i only had experience with phrase samplers before I got this beauty) Zip drive, as anyone will tell you is a must. I wonder why co.'s even bother putting floppy drives in their samplers anymore. They've become all but impracticle.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
JASON KLEIN a professional user from MIAMI writes:
I have an ESI-32 with 32 megs and a Zip drive. I play a lot of dance music and alternative. I do a lot of programming with my ESI-32. It is very simple to learn and use. I am always looking to share ideas and tips with other ESI-32 users who try to mimic analog filter sounds and effects. Great sampler. I recommend getting a Zip.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Andrew Glover from Lincs, England writes:
Great Sampler, I mean Great.

I Use it with 8 meg + Zip. The Zip(or an external drive like it) is the

definitive add on for this sampler, transforming it into a far more powerful

and creative tool.

I belive the usual internal floppy drive found on samplers like this will soon

be replaced by hard drives like the Zip. Anyway, back to the sampler. I could afford the S2000 or the Esi, but there was

only one real choice.

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