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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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AshleyB from UK writes:
I'd agree, to an extent, on the push button thing!! My Asr10 had a replacement button panel a couple of hundred hours or so use ago, and that's on its way out also now!! I've tried to be less hamfisted on the new buttons but it seems to be fading all the same. They feel horrible and make you feel the thing is going to break any moment. They let the otherwise excellent build quality down big time.

Still, it must show that I use it a lot, and apart from the buttons, the thing still goes like new.

Pound for pound (or Dollar for Dollar) I've never seen anything that comes close to it.

The reverbs could have more control, but there's always the output expander. The sequencer is a slouch, but who doesn't own a computer these days. It get far to hot, but it never crashes (I must be lucky (: )

All this aside, if I get an idea, I can pretty much recreate it quickly and fairly easily on this keyboard. Not many bits of kit can do that on their own.

Oh and another thing, the bass kicks Akai's ass (or so I read in a magazine!).

Bought this thing new, a few years ago now, and it's still the one I turn to when starting a project.

Never regretted buying it, and never will.

Anyone who can't get results from this machine may as well give up music!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-01-2003 at 10:46
loophole a professional user from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
I have had my asr10 for 3 years. I must say we have been good friends. She is very good to me. Sadly I must let her go because I have to pay rent But I'm also going to get the etribe sampler. I love those things. they make writing music so much fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 21:20
Matthew Munari a part-time user from USA writes:
the ASR 88 RULES... BEST workstation ever, ASWESOME sequencer great effects chip all in one package, combine this with a nice synth like a jv1080 and you need nothing else! :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2000 at 00:59
Theron a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my ASR for about a year and spilled Heineken on the keyboard when it was off. I repair computers, so I went in. I noticed a Motorola 68030 processor on the propietary mainboard. Also the OTTO chip made me think of some quality. I had to remove the Mainboard, SCSI board, and several others. I removed all 61 springs from the keys and wiped down everything with a cloth and some windex. What really surprised me was the Siemens chip inside the keyboard housing. We all know that Siemens is the parent company of Nieve right? The final kicker of my suspiscion was that the keys themselves and possibly the housing was FATAR!

To summarize quickly, I totally cleaned the keys and keyboard assembly. It works fine. Its built like a brick and I believe its the best built sampling keyboard on the planet.

Great job Ensoniq!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Minko Kalsbeek a part time user from The Netherlands writes:
I've got the asr 10 rack version and I just love this sampler. CU

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