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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a hobbyist user from Hampton,Va writes:
I dont know what the big problem of sampling time is with this machine because Im still learning to use the workstation and i have plenty of sample time to work with besides its the person behind the equipment not the gear.If you edit correctly you will have all the time you need.I'm new to this and still learning but i already know to chop up my beats and come up with my on material.If you want to be creative buy old ensoniq or emu equipment.If you want to sample somebodys elses material or 80's hits buy something with alot of sampling time that wont challenge your creativity.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-10-2002 at 13:57
castol a hobbyist user writes:
btw, my machine was very solid (very few crashes), minus the sequencer crashing when i did use it.

you'd be much better off with a cheap hardware sequencer i'd think than using the eps' sequencer.

posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 11:39
castol a hobbyist user from middletown writes:
maybe you ought to ask in the forums...i owned an eps16+ for a few years, i can tell you right now that it will not do smdi transfers at all.

what can be done though is using identical removable media drives, one for the eps and one for the computer.

the sequencer is pretty good, but it can be prone to crash the machine.

its a good sampler, excellent. the lack of memory means its uses are more for experimentation rather than perfect multisamples and humungous loops.

it takes a different asthetic working with it, cause of the limited memory. but memory is hardly the biggest concern nowadays. buy a newer sampler if it is.

what the eps gives you are some unique features and a nice architecture that you will be hard to find in a newer sampler, for the same price.


posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 10:14
Nick a professional user from Malvern, PA. writes:
Purchased the EPS Classic ..........(more like the bright idea New Coaca Cola Classic) as soon as it hit my distributor's showroom. Paid over $3000 for it. Yepp $3000. My longtime salesman told me this was the hottest on the market, loads while you work, loads while you play, upgradeable, even could play bells and whistles, ...and guaranteed to be a "long term" product he said. I took it right to our studio accompanied with the 8 output expander, and the 4X Memory upgrade for an additional 5 or $600.....whatever.....

Had it operational within minutes, nice..., but don't try to actually PLAY it! Crashes more often than Wile E. Coyote. Convinced that it wasn't capable of performing one whole recording session without querks, the 8 output expander was so poorly made it kept finding it's way out of the serial connector on the back of the keyboard and soon pulled it's little stunt while recording and fried up the display and some other choice overpriced items. FINALLY got the unit back, felt like it returned from an extended vacation. Used the EPS in the studio a couple hours a day, no major schedule, and same as when I purchased it, froze up every time I had a reeeal important command to "naming the instrument" oh...and always when I "saved a file" that I worked on for Eon's!!! Curious, we tested over 3 other identical EPS keyboards owned by either friends or business contacts and pleasantly found theirs to be worse off than ours. Unstable hardware, software was terrible and extremely overpriced. Two EPS Floppy's (new O.S. and a few weak sounds) $100? Checked into that too, same price everywhere. 20 Voice Capability? Nope. Voice Pop outs/Clips where it deemed necessary with no solution. EPS has personal problems with SMPTE Timecode too. We've concluded it suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) ... Tuning = (2 words) Nightmare. Slide Controls poorly made stopped functioning. Heavy enough to put you out on disability too! And it always get's it's revenge after transport at your next gig.

Our Floppy drive quit-for-good after it overheard us nickname it Lightnin'. Floppy was so slow I could skoot to the mini-market and back while loading "Grand Piano" or a real special sound like "Clavichord"! The EPS went back to the factory for service and did not see it for 2 solid months. Finally got the unit back, ....didn't even complain about the service duration, and some whiffty neeto tech put the wrong drive in it, aka 750. Broken down only loading half floppy a disk, EPS then forced you to eject 2x to get the other half. Called Ensoniq, they proudly said we must have dropped it, or it was damaged in shipping and we would have to pay........... Didn't EVEN make a fuss and threw it in the storage room labeled "Time Capsule". I just found that old unit today and is why I'm writing this. Interesting enough I have one of the "few" compatible SCSI's that just might help that treasure of a keyboard from it's "WHOPPING" 8MB 4X Expander. But of course Ensoniq was wayyyyyy ahead of us, inadvertenly it appears they sold us a "4X memory" card that had no SCSI port. Must be an option even if you pay for it. EPS is back in storage just "WAITING" to be discovered. Now that's what I call a classic!

sincerely, Nick

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-07-2002 at 13:34
Phil a professional user from London, UK writes:
Having run a pair of EPS's for about 13 years now, I cna honestly say that they are amoong the best performance instruments around. However, since one of my output expanders has blown up, I can say that they are among the worst. Does anybody out there know where to get one from? New or used, I don't care, just as long as it works. For the tekkies, it's an OEX 8 for the original Ensoniq EPS I'm after. Please let me know if you've got one you don't need any more...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-28-2001 at 07:00
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