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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jon Amsler a professional user from USA writes:
I have owned the eps, eps16+, and the ASR10. The ASR10 can make great sounds. It can make very musical sounds and function well as a remix board when you learn how to use it best. BUT it is terribly compromised as a musical instrument. If you want to play a keyboard then the ASR has a big problem because the cpu is a 68000 and way underpowered for what the machine is trying to do. It is the same cpu that was in the EPS. So what? The timing of notes stinks. Eight one layer notes take 20+ ms to turn on. Eight two layer notes take 35+ ms to turn on. With two plus layers you can easily hear chords spread out and come in late. This is not the board for sequencing tight rhythm tracks. I wrote a letter to Ensoniq a while back and they acknowledged the issue saying that the ASR pushed the limits of what was possible since it was still a souped up EPS. If you want a good playable instrument then the EPS (either version) is still good even with the limitations. The ASR can do good stuff but not as a playable instrument. Note that the acronyms themselves should give you a clue that Ensoniq engineers realized the strengths and weaknesses of what they had. EPS is Ensoniq Performance Synth. ASR is Advanced Sampling Recorder. Whatever you find yourself using know its limitations.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-20-2000 at 22:24
derek a professional user from germany writes:
to all that have problems with the ASR crashing, you probably simply got the wrong ram simms, most of the time thats the problem. i got several ASRs, all fully expanded, and with 2 ASRs in the studio, working with them every day, i get perhaps something like 1 crash per year (probably even less, i cant even remember the last time it crashed).

only other possible problem i know could be that you dont have the "latest" OS (3.53), or you use the internal sequencer a lot, synced to external clock, a setup the ASR obviously doesnt like too much...

with an external sequencer, right OS and ram, the ASR simply *never* crashes IMHO.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-07-2000 at 03:43
somnaut a professional user from NY NY USA writes:
Sure, it crashes, but before it does that it sounds brilliant. I've found that without expanded memory the wait times on sound computation and other memory-shuffling functions are reduced. I have an only moderately expanded ASR, which I have purposely removed some memory from. It reduced crashing problems, and it's a faster machine now. I find that I don't really miss the xtra mem... everybody needs limits. I probably couldn't live without Waveboy's LO-FI effect, from the SONIQ-DEMOLITION disk. An unbelievably indespensable effect. No other effector doing "lo-fi" does what this effect does. Almost every other one I've seen drops the sample rate only, to give you a bunch of artifacts. Which is cool, but kind of played out. You don't always want to sound like the intro to a Meat Beat Manifesto tune. The Waveboy lo-fi actually mimicks a lo-fidelity transmission, like a walkie-talkie. It's an incredibly tasty midrange effect that doesn't wear on the ears. It's a strangely hi-fi lo-fi effect, if that makes any sense, and it's killing on vocals. The other thing about the ASR is that it's easy to mute and unmute your sequencer tracks live, so it's great for gradually unfolding a song over only a few sequences. I've done a lot of complex programming on it that made people drop their jaw in disbelief when I tell them it was sequenced on a hardware sequencer, on an ASR10. If you get creative with multiple copies of samples, with different loop points for really tight little stutters, and use the mod wheel to control the volume of these samples, you can come up with some amazing stuff. Stuff that people would assume had to come from Logic audio or Cubase. I'm talking tricky breakbeat stuff here. Proves once again that music is all in the mind, soul and will and not in the hardware itself (obviously there are limits to this statement). But I think that if you have some common sense, you can find ways to do what you hear in your head.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-10-2000 at 05:28
DJ TOMMY a professional user from CHINA-HONG KONG~~ASR-10R IS POWER writes:
I'M HIP HOP PRODUCER IN HONG KONG.MY FIRST SAMPLER IS S3000.BUT WHEN I'GET ASR-10R.I UNDERSTAND THIS SAMPLER IS SO POWER.SOUND SO FAT,CLEAN,STYLE.ALSO THE FX IS GREAT.SOME DISTOR& LO-FI IS USEFUL. BUT EASY GET FEVER.HARD TO OPEARTION.U MUST PRESS BUTTON AGAIN & AGAIN FOR THE PAGE.I JUST GET FOUR 30 PIN SIMME FOR 4 MEG LAST WEEK.NOW IS MORE POWER.AND THEN I GO TO BUG ASR CD ROM.BUT ONE OF I GET IS BAND FROM US CALL CHICAGO THE CD ROM. THE ORGAN&GUITAR SAMPLE IS ERRO.BUT I THINK I GET ASR10R IS THIS WORLD MOST CHEAP PEOPLE.I GET HER LAST YEAR NEW & V3.OS INCL 14 VOLUM FLOOPY JUST US$700.SO I LOVE HER ~~~ASR10R....baby

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-05-2000 at 17:13
Rick a part-time user from New York writes:
What can I say, this board is my pride & joy. Once you get inside of it there's no turning back. It does everthing you need & more. The resampling allows to make completly original sounds w/ bite. And when sequencing there are ways of making loops fit perfectly. Before I got my computer programs I used the onboard sequencer & found it worked rather well. Alot of critics complain that it craps out & crashes...BS! They just don't know what they're doing. Of course this is going to happen if you sit there impatiently pushing buttons waiting for it to respond. This happens w/ any computer based technology. You have to know how to work it. I find this board to be highly reliable. All & all when I think I have this board figured inside & out, I discover soething new it can do. Bought it used for $1300 & its one of the best investments I ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-27-2000 at 19:28
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