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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Almark a hobbyist user from US writes:
The Ensoniq Mirage is a wonderful machine. I got my used from a friend for $75.00 I have had it a year now and have incorprated it into most of my electroic music i do alot of sampling so its great. Even though you have to use hex code, that is what makes it such an exciting keyboard sampler. I hope one day i get the monitor disk and learn how to do it all. I know this machine can do so much more than it says. The anolgue filters are great sounding, their controled digitly so you never have to start over, just save your program to disk. A plus for experimental electronic music. It will loop forever A great sampler get one if you can!


posted Wednesday-Oct-03-2001 at 23:10
CoreBacK from France writes:
Nice lo-fi sound. Perfect for breakbeats (jungle/hiphop/whatever). Adds presence and warmth to a mix, with its powerful filter. Not that hard to use, but not really fun eiher. But there are many ressources on the net, including those sample dump and wav/sysex progams...

However, it IS quite limited (not just the memory, although there are workarounds)) because of its only output...

I only used it for one sound at a time in my liveset, and had to load sounds with disks.... It was fun but when I had the opportunity to sell it along with my S1000PB I didn't hesitate a second.

Definitly not for the beginner... that would be a disapointment. Indeed it was my first sampler, but not my first piece of gear. I didn't have enough cash and was drooling over S950's with all these outputs...

posted Friday-Jan-05-2001 at 12:23
Eric vanLuijk a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Oh that Mirage. It really is a nice keyboard, however, it looks pale if you put it next to other samplers that have analog filters, like the Emulator II & Emulator III. Granted, these keyboards WERE between $8000 and $15000 a decade and something ago, nowadays however, they are hardly more expensive than a 2nd hand Mirage. It will become a classic none-the-less. Actually I already feel it is!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 17:07
U a part-time user from USA writes:
I love my samples extremely shitty and this one does it for me. It has awesome filters that sound harsh to my ears. I hardly ever sample above 20khz so all those that bitch about tiny sample times are the ones who try the stupid 40khz. I haven't even started to use the built-in sequencer yet. The parameter values have a broad range. If you like you're samples gritty and lo-fi, this one won't disappoint. Keep in mind that this was made in the early '80's, so it won't be a Yamaha SU-700. The construction of the keyboard is nice and solid metal. Skinny Puppy used the Mirage a lot. That alone is reason enough for me to buy one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-30-2000 at 00:02
tony a hobbyist user from chicago writes:
the mirage is not easy to use. but it is one of the most unique sounding samplers every made. it has a wonderfully simple analog style architecture, analog style ASDR envelopes, analog filters... another thing the mirage offers is a great user's group, and many operating systems! if you are already handy with HEX and you got a good memory, some experience designing sounds, then programming will be a snap. if you have developed your skills using modern cookie cutter groovebox style synths, you may want get back to making loops for your next mp3.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-12-2000 at 02:55
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