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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Phil a part-timer user from USA writes:
I just got my Mirage a few days ago. $225 with the manuals, parameter card, and 30 disks. The cheapest midi casio will cost you that much. Bottom line: The board is great... for what it does. Don't buy this to use as your main sampler. Not in this day and age. Drop your library sounds into something else. The Mirage is for something entirely different. Sample sounds with the board. Dumping them is too much of a pain. Then hear your ordinary sounds transmuted into something wildly different. The 8 bit and low sampling rate makes it alias horribly... but I like that. Samples from the Mirage have their own timbres and feel. Great bass, squelchy filter, the aliasing can add all sorts of computech sounds with their own little rythmns. I plugged a delay up to it's input (no input to the delay) and got that great internal feedback going in it. Then I modulated the delay time while I sampled it 8 times. The Mirage added so much to the sounds I was able to build a noisy industrial drumkit from them. Not one sample was useless. The whole process took about 30 minutes. Fabulously gritty! And don't be afraid of the interface. It's not really that bad... just make sure you get the manuals and param card with it and it's a lot easier than you think. Get one of these if you want nasty, noisy, loud samples to use for industrial or grainy techno. It's not for everybody... it's for those in love with noise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-25-1998 at 23:59
Dan Bee a professional user from Canada writes:
This is not your everyday sampler. This sampler will take your sound source and warp it into something strange, moody and mysterious. This can be both good and bad. If you are looking for a clean, realistic sound, this is NOT your sampler, BUT, if you want a unique, one of a kind sample, this is it. The looping is tedious and quite anoying, but, when you finally get the right settings, it does the job. Sometimes, its great to take its weakest qualities and enhance them with really bad looping. It sounds like a skipping record!

This is one sampler that I believe will one day become a real collectors item. Right now is the best time to get them because nobody wants them. But, like the old moogs, the time will come, trust me.....

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Jim a part time user from USA writes:
It was quite a suprise to see such a great site on my &quot;old&quot; keyboard.

What are they now...15 years old.

The keyboard was way ahead of its time. If it would have been alot more

user freindly when it came out it might have been on top today. I thought of selling it many times since '85. Every time I needed some money.

For one reason or another, I have kept it. And... in the past two years my

musical path has brought me into the computer era, the inxpensive digital

home studio decade. I have become computer literate over the past

two years. When I got a pentium and could afford CakeWalk Home Studio

I couldn't wait to hook it all up and see what happened. THe Mirage is a

great controller with excellent touch sensitive feel. Thank God there is a midi standard. I just plugged it all in and it worked

Finally, an easy way to interface with the keyboard without having to

learn to program. ...Your history if you lose the manual. I have an AWE32, CakeWalk Home Studio, a Pentium 133 with 32 meg ram and

my stereo sound system plugged in and midi sounds great. I bought a sound library once and was blown away at how good it sounded...

the whole band, on this little keyboard. Are people still out there writing, and/or improving on the computer software

for the mirage ? Are there any studio or midi operating system software for the Mirage, user

friendly, that I could download ? How about Sounds, songs, patches,

drivers, etc. ? You get the idea,

***SideNote: A pentuim, lots of ram and a large drive are necessary to making

it fun to work &quot;in the studio&quot; and be productive.

(I have tried Cake on a 486...forget it, too slow) Thanks for the site.


Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Corey a part time user from USA writes:
i have been using this sampler for a few years now, and i love it. it does has local off. my band recently added an ASR-10, and we still use the mirage in addition to it, it really is great for screwed up analog sounds, the best is to sample an analog, and then screw around with it in the mirage, then pump it out through the VCF, and let the chaos reign! it is also really good for sampling break-beats, can't beat that 8-bit grit. the mirage is no longer sufficient for stand alone, but as part of an ensemble it excels. later

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Brendon Cassidy a professional user from USA writes:
It sounds so amazingly crummy that you would probably have to work 4+ hours to get a 90's sampler to be anywhere close. Extremely funky os makes this beast even more of a treat. The filters are great - nice and "fuzzy," like shag carpet. Well worth the few hundred dollars I paid for it in 92.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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