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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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chase a part-timer user from US writes:
I've had my EPS 16+ for about 9 months now after having disk drive failures on a roland s-20, ensoniq mirage and akai s-900 (my history w/ used gear isnt so great)...this is definitely the best of the lot. i use it for drumsnbass/industrial stuff, and it sounds awesome. bought it used for about $500 and worth every penny...too bad i cant find the memory upgrade for it, but there are ways of working around it. i'd love to find another (EPS 16 or "classic")

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-31-1999 at 16:48
Richard from US writes:
i picked up my EPS third-hand, with the full 4x memory expansion, for 500 bucks. It's my first sampler, so it's taken me a while to figure ENSONIQ's often cryptic control set-up. The sequencer and performance functions aren't really difficult, but some of the sampling parameters have left me bewildered. Aside from my own incompetence with the instrument, it sounds great and allows for a lot of editing to sampled sounds, truly a synthesizer and not just a sampler. I occasionally get drive errors, but the worst consequence of the EPS's antics for me has been to reboot the thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-31-1999 at 01:09
Sluggo from USA writes:

posted Monday-Mar-29-1999 at 17:50
Sluggo from USA writes:
I saw in the review that it says:

"Upgrade Options : Opt. SCSI and output expander (Kbd. only - Rack standard)"

I just wanted to add that the rack version of the EPS 16 plus comes standard with 3 output pairs and 1 stereo mix out for a total of 8 outputs. SCSI is not standard on any Ensoniq sampler.

Also, if your thinking of getting one, do your self a favor and get the wave boy FX disks. The best thing I could say about this sampler is that it has one of the best interfaces to the sampling process ever created. Some time ago the process got convoluted and abstract... Every one started to copy Akai. I have owned an Akai S3000XL in the past and I now have a Kurzweil K2000. the EPS16+ is just so much easier to sample on and it's not because it's missing features or anything. It just comes from a time when sampling had to be really easy to use or no one would buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-29-1999 at 17:46
Rob R. a professional user from USA writes:
Your information on the use of a ZIP drive with the EPS 16+ is incorrect. You CAN use a zip but you must have some sort of power termination. A $30 dollar SCSI terminator from APS computer components does the trick. I have used a ZIP 100 with my EPS for 9 months with no problems. The difference in load times is incredible! (The factory two disk Bosendorfer piano loads in about 2 or 3 seconds!)

With Geibler's Ensoniq disk program and AWAVE you can transfer and manage your EPS library with a PC. (Well worth the cash.)

With a ZIP hooked up you can sample and save just about anything. In fact, this is the area that other reviewers have forgotten to mention: The EPS/EPS-16+ makes sampling almost effortless. Hook it to a source and push a button. Simple! The editing features are easy to use even if the interface can be a bit confusing if you're coming from a Synth background. These are sturdy, roadworthy keyboards. Get the 2 disk Bosendorfer sample and run that sucker filling, FULL sound. (Not the tinny "sampled" synth piano sound that every manufacturer seems ready to shove down the consumer's throught!)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-25-1999 at 17:07
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