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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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OE a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It's true about the ASR when it comes to controlling other devices. I used to get blank screens when I boot up. One time I was running the computer sequencer hooked up to the ASR and the ASR went crazy. It never booted up again. I thought I would give it a couple of days rest but it would not boot. I called every shop and they would not fix it. Finally I got the number to the ENSONIQ Malvern Pennsylvania office and they finally said OK, send it in, but don't tell nobody. They charged me $275.00 dollars but they fixed my ASR, upgraded the memory to the full 16, and brought my baby back to life. This was last year. To this day if I hook up a midi cable to the midi out of the ASR it starts to act up. I can sequence it using Logic or an MPC2000XL fine just as long as I don't try to hook up the midi out. The bottom line is that I went trough hell to get the ASR working again because it's the phattest piece of equipment I have. All I do is sample so I haven't even played with LFO's,envelopes,pitch tables, transwaves etc... The ASR-10 is slowly fading away but I'm going to use mine until it's last breath. When it does die I'll use it as a cofee table.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-09-2001 at 12:25
Kurt a professional user from Santorini , GREECE writes:

I just wanted to say that exactly 5 minutes ago my ASR-10 crashed for the 3rd time tonight. This thing is not dependable for a TRUE workstation . Thing is is that the processor just cannot handle too much. It's only like 26 mhz so dont put it through too much like I do. This is the worse it has ever been though , 3 times in night ...c'mon that is UNNACCEPTABLE! Anyhow , I am still happy with it but I must fill you in on what I was putting it through to make it crash. It's really only when you use the sequencer that you are most at risk , especially when you slave it. I had the ASR controlling a cheap ass midified SK-1 along with a half broken TX-16w , clocking a crappy RX-15 drum box, and with that the ASR-10 was being slaved to another crappy mini-disc 8 track. Talk about budget but even with this set up the ASR still could not handle being told what to do in all different directions. It only likes to be the master and even then you still have to watch out . Lucky for me I know and can predict my ASR's sleeping habbits (read:Error - Reboot 144) and I back up everything to a floppy when I have more than a 1/4 of the memory used. The sequencer is so easy to use and I cant believe I still use it as my only sequencer. I have had the ASR for about 5 years now and am still discovering stuff every time I use it, REALLY. That's what it is good for. I dont think it's ever going to become a classic though , for some reason... Probably because it is so digital. There is nothing analog about it. The filters are not that good but all in all , the ASR is cool and absolutely not something you cannot learn in a day or even a year. It is immense all the stuff it can do. Just beware that it will crash if you use it to it's full potential. If you just want to sample bits and pieces of Britney Spears or "Scary" Spice then it will never crash , but if you use alot of sequencer memory and do weird things with your rig then BE may piss you off more than you like.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-09-2001 at 01:21
AL. a hobbyist user from San Diego, CA USA writes:
My ASR-10 is my best friend. It sucks how Ensoniq abandoned it and it's users though. They need to release some upgrades for it or even continue the ASR tradition of keyboards and desktops. The biggest thing that bothers me about it is the fact that there is only 8 instruments. I recommend this keyboard to everyone who wants a sampler. If you are into Hip-hop and want to hear what an ASR can do, go to If anyone has some tips and tricks I would love to learn about them (e-mail). PEACE!!!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-08-2001 at 00:22
Dj Spec a professional user from Madison, WI USA writes:
I love this machine - it's effects, it's playability.... it's so damn easy to use. I've also used the Triton and MPC 2000.... This machine seems to be a little more usable as far as 1) musicality 2) functionality and 3) practicality. While the other samplers are great machines, I think the ASR10 is a great buy for the money!

*also check out the waveboy stuff to get more outof it!*

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-11-2001 at 21:36
DJ TLI from Raleigh NC writes:
I have had my ASR since 93 and I couldn't live without it! I have learned a lot of interesting tricks that you can use the ASR for. The patch buttons and mod wheel have limitless uses and can be assinged to almost anything. It took me a couple of years to use the time stretch function effectively. I f anyone out there needs help let me know I have been deep in this machine and know a few things more than the average user. I just wish ensoniq would release a keyboard to answer the korg triton.. Like maybe an ASR-16 with 16 loadable instruments, a progammable analog style synth section with an appregiator that would be the bomb for hip-hop/electronica type production. overall 5 out of 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-25-2001 at 14:25
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