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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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rob s a professional user from USA writes:
what essentialy the esi-32 becomes is a great synthesizer!! Emu always makes unique sounding samplers- even if you dont have the turbo kit its capable of nicely texured,filtered and FAT sounds -it can rock it too.

it has a nice powerful breathy sheen at times -this sounds better than the EMAX II -although it is loosely based on the emulator III ( almost a clone)

the DAC-output are the same as the EMAX II-Emu designed special output filters to ensure a smooth filter a signal character.

posted Friday-Nov-07-2003 at 12:49
Alex a part-time user from Canada writes:
Incredible value for money. Capable of doing pretty much anything you could really want if you're not into pure sample based music. Sounds great and has tons of features. Picked mine up for about 200$ a year ago, i ve seen them at 150 on ebay.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-27-2003 at 15:09
greg a professional user from new jersey writes:
I have owned my Esi-32 since 1995 and got it for $500 ,at that time it was a steal,it had scsi already installed.Since then I've upgraded the memory to the max 32Mb. This is a good sampler to start with for it's ease of use and reliabilty. Emu still has a few turbo expansion kits left for it (while supplies last). It sounds good and if you can get one for a good price I say go for it. I have a large assortment of synths and other samplers (Kurweil K2000 and Akai z4) but the Esi-32 is still a useful favorite.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-23-2003 at 14:04
brian brunson a part-time user from New Orleans writes:
This is merely an impression, not a full-fledged review.

I picked up an ESI-32 about two weeks ago for $200 WITH SCSI, S/PDIF, and the older 3.0 turbo which included FX and the xtra outs. Retail for this was approaching 2 grand with the opitions.

So far I'm still waiting on my external zip and cd ROM drives to arrive in the mail ($40 for both on Ebay, but research compatibility on the ROM drive first)...and so I haven't had a lot of experience with the E-mu so far.

However, I offer the following: Interface is butt-easy to use, though digital processing is extremely annoying (doing anything internally with the ESI is sort of aggravating). Mapping is pretty simple but I wish there was more rhyme and reason to the arrangement of samples within the ESI-32.

This is my first sampler after years and years of using sequencers, boards, and modules exclusively. I have a good understanding of the snth process but am so ignorant of sampling... That being said I was already stealing and manipulating a beat from Fatboy Slim's 'Bird of Prey' within an hour of unpacking the unit. I have no sample discs yet so I'm ganking beats in order to learn how to use the machine. Turbo FX are fair, nothing more, nothing less. I haven't had a real chance to try some of the more interesting ones because the processing time is pretty long. Hell, this sampler will be SCSI'd to SoundForge eventually.

Look: You can get one of these fully loaded for a MAX of $400. Base models run for about 200. Ther is no way in hell you'll acheive any semblance of studio sampling with anything in that price range. And if you're still thinking about getting that SP-202 or 303, the DJ booth is over there...

If you're an actual musician looking to buy about forty synths via a sampler, I recommend the ESI. Once it's maxed out it is no longer a budget sampler by any stretch of the definition except that it sadly does NOT use the EOS. Fuck it. I mean, at the end of the day you have to evaluate what you need. A full-blown ESI-32 (all the outs, the scsi, the FX, etc), should sell for NOT more than $400. But in reality I've seen them from $150-350, depending on options (remember that the options cost as much as the actual sampler, retail). But much like buying a house, no one is going to pay extra because you painted the walls a certain color or added a washing machine that talked to you.

In other words, all the options in the world won't push the ESI over $350 bucks or so, in 2002, unless it gives head, too. Even then I'd offer $250.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-19-2002 at 06:49
JB a hobbyist user from United States writes:
FYI...for those of you with ESI-32s with SCSI who are sick of the floppy drive...I ripped mine out long ago and replaced it with a internal Jaz drive. It fits perfectly. All you have to do is modify the floppy power cable slightly to power the Jaz off the main board and plug in the internal SCSI cable. I can load a full 32M of data in about 30 secs, still a little slow but better than the floppy.

Anybody know what the latest operating system is for the ESI32, haven't upgraded it in a while. Is the 6215 Turbo kit still available, where can I get it? Any other cool upgrades still available for this older sampler?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-18-2002 at 13:46
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