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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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zopollux a part-time user writes:
I owned a EII + for lots of years but sold it to purchase an ensoniq asr10.

Good points Analog filters, easy to use , nice modulation options, good bassy sound, classic library.

Bad Points Weak discdrives (need calibration now and then, well i had 2 drives in the +) Second memory bank (in + model) not shareable with bank A, Bad sluggish midi response, not a good sampler for drums for 2 reasons ,1 delta sigma conversion on the EII squeezes drums and makes them narrow sounding, 2 The worst parameter resolution on any sampler! start points increments are far to coarse, so no thight drums at any chance. With mac soundisigner and a rs232 things improve.

Crashy sequencer, keyboard contacts are weak.

SO on balance the EII is a bit of a dinosaur, its only good points are its library and analog filters. For the rest its best left in the past. I never regretted my switch to ASR10 (far warmer sound and very good for drums).

A no buy nowadays i guess.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-03-2004 at 05:02
steve porter a professional user from England writes:
Just picked up an Emulator II+HD and I have got to say I love it.The sound is fantastic its hard to believe its only an 8 bit sampler it blows my ensoniq miarge and prophet 2000 out of the water. The thing is a breeze to use and adds a nice bit of grit to the sound you sample,my machine came with an amazing collection of disks (450 floppies) all emulator and I beleive tears for fears disks(it used to belong to Ian stanley).

In short get one of these babys because they are still more interesting than the newer samplers,what you put in is not what you get out if you know what i mean the samples take on their own character.I will never part with this beast. easily a 5 out of 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-28-2004 at 03:55
Florian a professional user from Deutschland writes:
Der Emulator II ist für mich einer der besten Sampler die je gebaut wurden. Sein Klang ist einzigartig und von keinem Sampler der neueren Zeit zu übertreffen. Ich setze den Emulator II auch live ein und bin bisher nie enttäuscht worden. Live-Einsätze dieses Samplers konnte man ja auch schon bei Depeche Mode oder Front 242 sehen. Fazit: Ein Kult-Sampler der Extraklasse.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-09-2004 at 10:07
Ryan a hobbyist user from Denver writes:
I picked up an absolutely perfect Emulator II last year. It came in the original box along with 300 EII and Northstar disks, and a Macintosh LCII to run Sound Designer. The sound of the instrument is unique. It really adds a nasty sort of character to any sound sampled into it. The filter is very smooth and beefy. Try sampling an open sawtooth wave from any synthesizer and then reshape the sound using the EII's SSM filters. That should illustrate just how powerful the filters really are.

So far the disk drives have been perfectly reliable, but I do not think this particular EII has a lot of hours on it. Considering the price paid ($400.00), I think I got a lot of cool, vintage technology for the money.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-25-2002 at 12:42
simon a professional user from de writes:

this sampler and all that comes with it is the coolest thing on this planet.

in any other, modern sampler - you press the red button and it records. when finished, you can playback your sample.

but this machine is different because it gives any recording its own spirit... when you stand infront of it, close your eyes and press the keys it feels like allan wilder or martin gore are standing behind you and looking over your shoulder... :-)

spot it, buy it and love it!!!!!!!


mine has a problem and i´m looking for people, who can help me. i will give you a short discription of the problem, which my eII has, maybe you can tell me, what there is to do: it is a emulator II with two floppys and 17.2sec sampletime. when i record a sample all is good for the first 8-seconds, BUT THEN the sample gets distorted and unrecognizable... i have a few contacts to other people, they told me that it is probably a problem with the mem-chips. but i don´t think it is a good idea to swap all the memory-chips, because there are sooooo many... maybe you can help :-) thanx in advance

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-30-2002 at 08:19
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