Synth Site: Ensoniq: EPS 16 Plus: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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sjmojo a professional user writes:
good sampler i bought the rack ver. in 92 for $1200.keyboard ver. is notorious on every early ensoniq synth products,they needs key calibration everytime u power it on,and easily broken down w/o reasons. but its really warm sounding,great efx than the new asrx/pro.bad things are limited ram,limited assign of multi programs(they called it instruments)only,8,and its a trouble to load/save sample,they had to be a part of the instrument.not flexible as the akai o.s. but only for the sounds,its got 3.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 06:36
Redize a professional user from WI, USA writes:
I have owned an EPS-16+ for about four years now and gigged with it heavily for about two years. I have never had a problem with this unit, sometimes leaving it on for several days at a time. it is built very well and can put out booming sound via the amp boost function. the FX are excellent, especially the waveboy programs that can turn your EPS16 into everything from an external FX processor (audio-in disk), to a pseudo-vocoder (voder disk) and a lot of other things (check out the waveboy web site). It can sample up to 48 kHz which is pretty impressive for how old it is, but there is not a lot of memory. also, it takes DD disks, most disks today are all HD, i had to call at least 20 little computer stores before i found someone with a box of the DDs collecting dust. in general, with all of the mod routings and effects you can really mess up sounds, i often sample loops i create on my computer and they always gain a more sinister sound once the EPS gets a hold of them. this sampler does have a very hot output, so make sure you have a compressor if you really want to get articulate sound from this unit. overall this unit kicks and it will take you as far as you want it to.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-11-2001 at 11:21
giotto a professional user from Atlanta writes:
This is a very cool sampler to start out with. It is relatively easy to learn, and is very powerful in many ways modulation-wise. One thing you definitely need to do is stay away from the original sample libraries. They are SOOO dated. Unless you want to sound like michael jackson (I have that original Beat-It lead patch, a synclavier). Sampling is very easy. I had the EPS16+ rack, with mulitple outs and 2 megs of ram, which will do you for a drum kit or two, a bass and a few short lead sounds. It is possible to make a song with just an EPS, especially since the FX are some of the best to ever be contained in a synth of any sort....24 Bit, with butt-loads of parameters...almost too many. Sequencer is a simple step-type and is useable for getting your riffs down if you haven't got a computer. Looping is very easy, and you can to all sorts of Fat Boy Slim type stuff with releases and things of that nature. Just don't rely on the filters. They are LAME. I could never get them to do a damn thing until I got the WAVEBOY resonant filter algorythm. That program along with some others you can get that will load into the FX really expand the usefulness of an EPS. Clarity is quite good, and nicely warm. Not totaly crispy like an Akai can be, but still very cool for hats, and cymbals, etc. One of the main drawbacks is it's (sort-of) non traditional use of it's 8 outputs. Unlike an Akai where you can drive an instrument straight through an aux output, on an EPS the outputs are kind-of like "taps" into the fx chain. Patch in at one set and you get the sample clean, no matter what FX is selected. Patch in at the next set and you get the sample with part of the FX, say the reverb. The next set gets you the complete FX program, say the reverb along with the delay. This might be cool for some, but for me it is less useful than just being able to send an instrument to an output, alowing you to mix your levels outboard. Even though, a very cool sampler, and regardless of it's somewhat limited ram, it has top-notch FX and modulation that will keep it from ever being obsolete.

much respect, giotto

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-26-2001 at 00:16
James a part-time user from USA writes:
I have owned one of these EPS 16+ sampler/workstations for several years. The ratings at Synthsite are just about dead on. It has great sounds from Ensoniq's libraries and if you want some cool Moog sounds or Oberheim, sample a couple from a friend! While you won't get the real time parameter changes you could with an analog synth you can do a lot of shaping with the on-board effects.

It does not have the low-pass resonant filters I would have liked.

The sequencer and sampler are easy to use. It does not take long for the user to get familiar and I thought the manual explained some of the theory of sound and sampling pretty well.

This was my first sampler I fell pretty good it was the place to start. It also has a lot to offer the veteran player as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-19-2000 at 04:06
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