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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
The ASR has a definite sound quality that cant be matched by software...5 out of 5....minus 2 for technical problems.....3

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-01-2003 at 11:54
Henry Lai a professional user from Hong Kong writes:
Seems like there's been but ASR bashing happening and all that talk about moving on. Yes the ASR is a bit long in the tooth in 2003 but to my ear it is still the best for hip hop and Rap songs.

Instead of buying more and more gears today, I buy more and more computers and I think softwares, and some hardwares, are the best way to go because upgrade is cheaper and they don't get obsolete as fast. I have Gigasampler, Halion and numerous other softsynth but whenever I want a really fat sound, I go back to my ASR. Yes for Hi Fi drum sounds you can't beat Battery, it's got that thump when you hit a tom tom. But I can get the same result and even more with my ASR with some compression added. Plus it's easy to navigate on the O.S. and the screen on ASR is good for your eyes ( working with computers for the past few years really did some damage to my eyes). It's the sound that counts and for the same reason people are paying unreal amount of money for a SP-1200 or MPC-60. For the groove? Even Cubase's got a MPC groove style, so what cannot be substitued by a computer? Character of the sound!

Nowadays you can pick up an ASR 2nd hand cheaply in ebay and comparing with the skyrocket price they are asking for the new synth, I know where to put my money. I have one ASR and one ASR-10. Plus they make very good Outboard Effect processors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-25-2003 at 01:21
Ensoniq samplers are still very much relevant. They never were the best built or most reliable but mine's never given me much trouble, despite being really beat up (don't blame me, I bought it that way). What makes them great is the nice interface, easy to use sequencer, great effects and great sound, all in one package. What makes them CLASSIC is the polyphonic aftertouch keyboard, synthesized loop algorithm, transwave modulation and that lovely thing that happens when the loop points are too close. No other samplers can do that and this makes Ensoniq samplers irreplaceable. Other companies are sort of catching up (Emu is anyway, most of the other brands still seem pretty lame) but in some ways Ensoniqs are still ahead of their time, maybe not anymore in sound and versitility, but there still tricks that only Ensoniqs can do. Motifs and Fantoms are alright if you're going for vanilla, but no thanks, Ensoniqs have much more appeal to me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-28-2003 at 08:37
Don a part-time user writes:
I notice there are many of you with questions regarding the ASR-10 (I have an ASR-10 Rack myself).

You can get the info you need at

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-01-2002 at 14:23
marty a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought my ASR-10 about a year ago and love to make music on this thing. Everything seems to work with you. It's fun to just play with sound in this way. Now all that has changed. The other night I was working away in my studio, and it just turned off. When you try to turn it on the lights will come on for a brief second, then nothing. Someone please tell me this has happened to them and it was a easy fix. I don't know what I'll do with out my ASR 10. I might have to go back to making tunes with my hand and armpit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-31-2002 at 17:15
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