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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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a professional user from USA writes:
There are ASR-10 SCSI cards out there. They show up on ebay from time to time. Also, If your software sample editor supports MIDI dump, you can dump samples over MIDI to the ASR-10.

I still use good old Floppy disks with mine and I have no problems.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-2004 at 12:38
william johnson a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I JUST BOUGHT AN ASR-10 IT HAS THE OPTION FOR SCSI BUT NOT THE CARD HONESTLY AM I SCREWED CAUSE I SEE THEY DON'T MAKE THESE CARDS ANY LONGER. WILL I BE ABLE TO EVEN USE THIS THING OR IS IT NOT EVEN WORTH KEEPING NOW? IS THERE ANOTHER ROUTE TO TAKE TO GET GOOD USAGE OUT OF THIS KEYBOARD? THANKS WILLIAM

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-19-2004 at 18:23
24-7 The Lunatic Under The Stairs a professional user from CALI writes:
Mann...I picked up my ASR10 in 93 and have luved it ever since. I had to replace the disc drive in 95 but that was after endless hours in the studio and numerous moves from gig to gig. What do ya expect, ya can't drive a caddy forever without a glich hear or there huh. For the most part the soundz are great. They work lovely when ya midi it up with a kick ass drum machine. Az ya can see I enjoy the ASR10 to the fullest. I have done projects with all the latest boardz out there but when I sit behind the Asr10 that's when the Lunatic lets loose...fa show...I'm currently in the market to buy another one... The ASR10 fa-show is a classic to own......c-ya

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-05-2004 at 21:49
david khan a hobbyist user from New Zealand writes:
For 1992 technology, a fabulous machine. Virtually an entire production studio in one box. I've had mine since 1996 (one of the last made, with the pretty LCD display). Effects still sound quite good even today. 44kHz reverbs, delays, choruses etc... have a nice richness & density - even if newer gear is, arguably, a bit "cleaner". Still I prefer my ASR10 reverbs to those on my Yamaha REV500 & that says something.

The manual is a War & Peace job, but is well written & explains things thoroughly.

Some basic specs: 31 voices @ 30kHz or 23 voices @ 44kHz. 50 30kHz effects algorithms in ROM, another 12 44kHz effects loadable from disc. 16 track (stereo tracks) sequencer. Sampling possible at 30kHz & 44kHz (CD quality, 16-bit). All the looping, crossfading, normalising functions you should need. Even time compression/expansion although the ASR10s weeny CPU speed makes this last operation very slow. Two track audio-recording is possible to a SCSI hard drive. Prior to getting a stand-alone Fostex hard disc recorder I used this function extensively. Basically it worked OK although compared to a knobs & faders recorder (or even one of many PC/Mac packages now available) it was a most cumbersome process.

The sequencer is without doubt the weak point of the machine. Don't expect it to perform to its theoretical limits - it won't! However as a sketch-pad it is perfectly adequate - just save things regularly.

No real hardware problems & my beasty has had plenty of use. I'd recommend using a line filter - reduces incidence of hangs & crashes.

I would recommend anyone buying an ASR10 to get one with SCSI & the maximum 16MB of RAM.

Some of the stock ASR10 sounds such as the grand piano still sound pretty good - but this is a machine for making your own mayhem on. The ASR10s ability to resample sounds & sequences ad infintum is probably the feature I have found most useful (I'm into electro-acoustic, industrial/ambient music). Surprisingly many more recent samplers won't let you do this - it has only become available on the Korg Triton in the last year or so. For those interested in sound design being able to condition raw sounds through effects (which on the ASR10 include high-quality parametric EQs, reverbs etc... as well as some lower-fi 33kHz guitar amp simulators & distortion algorithms) is essential.

I would say (given the new price of equivalent gear) that a 2nd hand ASR10, in good nick with expanded RAM & SCSI interface, is a serious proposition. The beast has a few idiosyncrasies (what doesn't?), but it still sounds great & has loads of creative potential.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-14-2003 at 23:18
Ms.Tris a professional user from Baltimore writes:
Wow I love the Asr10..that's my baby. Quick to make a mean beat on this and I have had mine for nine years. Only thing that ever happen was a chip got loose from the thump of the bass..opened up the back and just "snapped it back in"..nice!! power piece buy it if you can find it..

posted Saturday-Oct-04-2003 at 22:42
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