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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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char from Land of good weed writes:
I have owned my eps 16+ since it first came out back in 1992, It was my first introduction to any kind of synth and i have learned alot using it -especially how to sample and arrange rhytym loops, sample/synth patches etc,It is pretty simple yet it can do alot- its only flaw in my opinion(apart from occasional crashes when using in high performance modes)is that it has very limited tone generating capabilities-apart from samples. another thing- getting the flasbank installed is a must, ( i didnt-did get ram upgrade tho)it allowed storage of 2 mbs of sounds. If you didnt have it installed you constantly reload from disks.(a pain)I have often thought about selling it but why would I- it does almost everything these new fangled "sample boxes" can do and more- I mean it actually has a keyboard. Interface is very intuitive but more like a dx 7 than a 101.I find my os crashes less frequently when 1. I use latest OS 2. I use no efx and limit polyphony while arranging, 3. Don't use it when it gets hot- I give it a break, 4, save everything you do and make backups.A good surge protector wouldn't hurt. Easily worth as much as a nice dx 7/5 or a roland sh 101.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-22-1999 at 05:17
erik a professional user from USA writes:
i've had my eps16+ for years, and i'm quite happy with it, but it's pretty outrageous what people think they can sell one for. if you find one around US$600-700, that's pretty good. great sampling and sequencer combo. i was concerned that mine had something wrong with it, as every so often it would emit high screeching sounds while loading samples or the keyboard would "freeze" up while tweaking waveboy effects. but after reading some of these reviews, i think it's just part of the eps16+ "charm" :). no stereo sampling, but you can be creative and work around that, and fully expanded... you got yourself 4 megs. loading samples and sequences live can be a real pain in the booty, so mine has taken residence in the studio only; i've never toured with it. overall, not perfect, but very useable, musically inspirational, and great fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-11-1999 at 04:07
Kyle a hobbyist user from united states writes:
I am very pleased with this sampler, besides an occasional problem with keyboard calibration, I have not had a problem with it. The thing I like best about it is being able to get incredible odd sounds out of it by having modulators modulate themselves and other things like pitch, and filter, my only complaint is with no stereo sampling(correctable with the right trick) and a lack of memory. If you want to make loop based music buy a computer and acid, if you want to make crazy patches this is a great buy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-11-1999 at 15:43
cliff hall a hobbyist user from usa writes:
picked up my EPS 'classic' back in '91. it had just been discontinued (supplanted by the 16+).

it has been the greatest musical equipment purchase i've ever made. the interface is easy to pick up, and very powerful. the fact that this same interface was carried over to the 16+ and the ASR's is testiment to ensoniq's vision. the OS left room for future expansion to those other machines, and therefore a window of backward compatibility that, with it's support for the earlier mirage keyboard, proves that you don't have to rebuild the friggin' wheel everytime you put out a new peice of equipment. kudos to ensoniq!

i wish i'd upgraded the scsi/memory interface back when they were still around. if anyone knows where the upgrade kit is, i'd greatly appreciate it.

BTW, way back when, an interesting tidbit about the EPS is that it's input stage is twice as noisy as it's output stage. so, if you use some of the EPS utilities that are around for converting .wav files to the EPS, or if you take samples from an EPS16+ or ASR keyboard and play them back on the EPS, you'll find that the 'dirt' that seems to be an earmark of the EPS is gone! (of course any effects on a 16+ or ASR sample will be gone, but the basic sample format is the same)

-pax, cliff

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-10-1999 at 14:59
K. Richard Pixley a part-timer user from USA writes:
I had an original EPS (no 16 involved). I liked it a *lot*. Polytouch is fabulous and the available samples were extremely expressive.

Unfortunately, the bugger's finicky, (never did find a scsi disk that worked), buggy, (latest OS only crashed about once every 3 hours), and hard to maintain.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-04-1999 at 07:07
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