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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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hOtfUdGe a part-time user from Sydney Australia writes:
This unit seems timeless, with all the new samplers coming out by the day, the ASR-10 to me still, is the most capable sampler of today. So the new machines have more RAM, more voices etc. But seriously, having more RAM, sure it does allow you to load bigger patches like a piano that would sound better, but who really buys a sampler for good piano sounds? Samplers lack good velocity/after touch features of a synth, that allows you to give an emulated instrument real life qualities & feels, so seriously you be better off buying a good synth for instument sounds. Don't get me wrong, the ASR-10 has great sounds & with the layering feature, you can create real life instruments with a bit of elbow grease. I am just stating that, because so many peeps seem to review units nowadays by comparing it with other units, plus as an all in one thing. Some units are too unique to be compared & does what it does just perfect, & it shouldn't be judged as an all in 1 thing, like a sequencer, synth & all because surely everybody knows it's going to lack in certain areas because all in one workstation like units really suck at most things. So my review is based on the ASR-10's sampling features, because there is NOTHING out there like this. Even the newer ASR X Pro with it's over packed features misses what the ASR-10 has. For instance, haveing the keyboard ASR-10, all the buttons & functions are spread out very nice which makes it way faster to excess & more fun & creative to sample, which it's newer counter parts miss, 2nd the ASR-10 has the BEST support out of all the samplers out there, yes the company support sucks ass, but the user support is awesome, I have got 3rd party effects disk like waveboy & syntaur that practically takes the ASR-10 to another level, these are just JUICY & nothing out there sounds as deep & warm as the ASR-10 sampling wise. There is also a huge sound library available for it & a lot you can download from the web. There are several awesome programs made by peeps who own it that allows you to convert akai, wav, aif etc files so you can play it on your asr which makes it the ultimate rompler if you're into sounds, software like EPSDisk that you can download from the net allows you to format disk better than the ASR can so the samples load way faster, I could go on & on. This unit it very unique & fast when it comes to sampling & editing, it's effects section is what makes it the best sampler (my opinion) available nowdays, because it allows you to resample with effects & all, that saves you a lot time & you can get your sample into your tracks without fuss, so more time, to create & generate ideas, less time fidling with damn buttons just to get it up & happening. I could go on for days about how awesome this unit is but will cut it short, if you want something with personality & with ease of use, this is the unit. If you're looking for a sampler just to have a big sound library, then get something with more RAM. The ASR is for peeps who are into editing & making great bass drum & snare sounds, vocal stabs etc, this unit is great for hip-hop & dance being it's clean & has a deep warm A/D convertors & sounds great, I wouldn't recommended the sequencer on this, this unit used for making grooves is what it's best at, it will blow away the Akai MPC as a groove unit, but not as a sequencer, but whoever really uses onboard sequencers anymore?. Anyway I better jet, so my last words is, you can't go wrong having this unit even if you already have a sampler etc, this is a great addition to your rig & can be used as an 24bit effects unit stand alone & all, where you can get new effects on disk which makes this unit timeless. Cheers!

posted Tuesday-Jun-12-2001 at 12:39
Mike Hashimi a hobbyist user from SanJose writes:
I got my ASR 10 about 8 months ago. I know what it's capable of doing it's the badest machine that I know because my producer had one and made all my music on it. If anybody can give me tips on how to connect and use it better I would appreciate it and I will hook you up. I know the basics but thats all I know.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-17-2001 at 00:13
Kurt a professional user from California writes:
Hi Harold -

I did a little digging to find you an Operating System.

Here you go :

http://www.chickensys.com/kb/026.html

posted Monday-May-07-2001 at 01:52
EDGE a professional user from USA writes:
Can you say classic I started making beats on this in 93 its is still the best beat sampler out I own a Triton, MPC and tons of other synts I dont use the sequencer cause my production has got deeper but If you just need a head nod hip hop beat nothing does it like the ASR 10 Plus the synth inside it a monster you can do alot of programing with this keyboard stuff that the Triton can't do

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 23:29
loophole a professional user from usa writes:
There is so much that can be said about the asr 10. It can do so much and its so easy to use. I use it as the heartbeat of my production which is experimental and house. I also have the resonant filter disk from waveboy and that really sweetens up the asr10. I also love the jazz drums factory disk. The only bad thing about this sampler is you have to love it. because it is very tempremental. I only use it in the studio because mine doesn't like it when you move her. Incidentally I named mine AMY.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-18-2001 at 14:19
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