Synth Site: EMU: ESI-32 Sample Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Ben George a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got an ESI on the cheap...about $650...for the money i paid i think it's great.

So far the sounds are kind of thin, but it may be that i haven't mastered sampling

yet. The filter is kinda whack, but it does the job. The cut copy and paste stuff

is really helpful for jungle (cutting up breaks). There is an upgrade now which adds

the filters from the Orbit module and also two effects, one delay/reverb stuff, the

other chorus/flange/distort stuff. It's expensive though-$495 list-$425 or so retail.

For that money, (ESI = $999, Effects = $400) i would get a Yamaha A3000 for $200

more bucks. If you can get it for the price i paid or so, do it...i like it. I would agree

with the others on this page--get a Zip drive...(i wish i had one, gotta save up, loading

by floppy disk is a pain in the aaaaasssssss)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Stefan Sjölund a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Bought it a couple of months ago for 6500 SKR (I don´t know how many dollars that is...)

But that was a great price anyway. It has SCSI and 8 megs and should really cost at least

9 or 10 thousand.

Haven´t been using it that much yet, but yesterday I bought a ZIP-drive and realized what a dream machine it

has become! Great!

I mean, for the price you get a lot of features.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Marck Surin alias KLAXON a hobbyist user from SLOVAKIA writes:
I think that ESI-32 is very good sampler,but its OUTS !!!

Only 1/4 jacks !! Look at AKAI 's' serie.

And the second problem is,that companies like TimeSpace or BestService are oriented

to AKAI at all.(Do not say me about Fuck compatibility ) Cao..See ya...(Sorry,I...)

[KLAXON]

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Norm MacDonald a part time user from USA writes:
I use my ESI as a supplemental sampler and an occasional wannabe synth, and I have found it to be a very powerful tool. Pros? Great construction...great interface, and VERY reliable. Mine has 32 megs which makes most operations a good bit quicker. Cons? I bought mine when they were fairly new, so my scsi and S/PDIF were extra...they really pushed the Syquest 270, and of course now mine is useless! Also, the ability to save performances that would load samples out of other banks, rather than having to save the same sample several times would be nice. Still, a great machine and great to use.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Stephane Schmitz a part time user from Belgium writes:
Great sampler for the bucks but it lacks one major thing : the ability to select in each preset the quantity of effect you want. You can only send each preset in one of the 2 different buses (I can do this with my Roland XP80). Otherwise no major problem. I had mine SCSI ready (ZIP drive), and I bought the turbo kit option, which is great : orbit filters, lots of FXs (2 independent FXs) and new os (3.02) BUT this last one appears to be buggy : some caracters are erased when and where they should not and sometimes I get system lock-outs. You should know this. And EMU too ! (Hope a new version will come soon, but it doesn't help you to work and the new OS is overall very stable and helps you to avoid some problems with your scsi hard drive and windows95 for example ...).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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