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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Paradox a professional user from Bronx,New York... writes:
I am a sound designer,studio owner(small one),and disc jockey,and the ASR is the centerpiece of my studio.My only gripes are that I had to replace the first one immediately,yet Sam Ash music came right through,getting another to me ,and I ended up with an ASR with rackrails,2cords,2 sets of disks,etc,for my trouble.It runs extremely hot,so I just run a fan near it and my power amp.I am having problems with the sampling,yet I had made so many samples when I purchased it,it's not a priority right now.The processor is slow,and if anyone knows how to change it or fix it,please let me know,and we all need to get together and pressure Ensoniq to produce new hardware for the upgrades we all want.Now that the Hacker magazine is gone,is there a way for user's to interact?If there is,email me at Seti 170.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-21-1999 at 13:05
Replicant a professional user from Australia writes:
In my opinion, and for my work, the ASR-10 is simply the best sampler that exists. I have a fully expanded rack (16meg Ram, SCSI, digital I/O) and I wouldn't use anything else. One feature that sets it apart is the fact that NO OTHER SAMPLER has such a wide range of sample rates to choose from (everything from 44kHz right down to 6kHz!) - this is exceptional and allows you to make a sample as grungy and lo-fi as you could possibly want! Using these lower sample rates also saves a lot of memory - so you can get a helluva lot more out of 16 meg than most other samplers (that will only allow you to sample at full (44kHz) or half (22kHz) bandwidth). With this in mind, it easily stands up to newer models with 32 meg or more of Ram. The user interface is simple and easy to navigate, and once you spend some time with it, you can sample, edit & save with speed & ease. The effects are great (and there are plenty!), and the ability to resample with effects (from EQ and dynamics to reverbs, delays or distortion) makes this a sound designer's dream. Eight assignable outputs make the unit great for mixdown, and a good production tool, and hard drive storage is well implemented - I use a Zip Drive, and have never had any problems. Overall, a very flexible, impressive machine with superb sound quality & effects. As with any piece of gear though, a few things could be improved. The addition of resonant filters would be a godsend (and would probably have been enough to send this machine into legendary status) - the Waveboy rezfilter effect is good, but ties up the effects processing. Also, a couple of the more processor- intensive functions (like time compression/expansion) take quite a while to execute (particularly if large samples are involved) - a faster processor would be nice. Finally, graphic waveform editing would also enhance this machine greatly - but I guess you can load your samples into a PC for that (bit of a hassle though). These minor quibbles are the only reason I haven't given the machine a 5 out of 5 - but no machine is perfect. Ensoniq claim to have moved on to bigger & better things with their ASR-X desktop units but I'm not convinced - they've added a couple of new features but have also left off some of the features present in the original ASR-10. I believe the ASR-10 is still available though, but you're probably better off buying one 2nd hand - I've seen them as low as $1200, which is a real bargain.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-05-1999 at 11:35
norm a hobbyist user writes:
a hiphop producer's dream. a lot of people complain about the sequencer.. but if you know how to use it right, you'll get the results you want. the stuff that this board can do to your samples is amazing. the only thing bad about the asr10 is that it's too damn heavy!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-05-1999 at 14:57
JKoC a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
the good: -user interface is really easy to use -button layout is great -effects and fx routine -nice scratch pad sequencer -OS is updatable via software -clean sampling -very flexible sample editing

the bad: -scsi optional (and the kit is $400 canadian!!) -limited max sample ram -only 31 note polyphony! -only 8 "instruments" at a time... sucks -not msdos compatible disks -no res filters

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-18-1999 at 22:45
Jonas Nilsson a professional user from Sweden writes:
This thing simply rocks. It allows me to add a certain personality to my tracks. I won't give it away for anything.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-22-1999 at 21:51
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