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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Joonas Id a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Bought mine last summer... love it! The exceptional keyboard (with key pressure), smooth & sweet (albeit strictly digital) sound, great Ensoniq FX, extensive programming capabilities with matrix modulation, TransWaves and loopable 6-stage envelopes are what sold me. The sequencer seems capable, although I haven´t really used it yet. My EPS-16+ has the RAM maxed at 2 MB, which is barely enough for multi-timbral work. The display ought to be bigger, and an SCSI HD would make sample load times that much faster... my EPS dosen't have the SCSI I/F, nor have I seen one for sale here in Finland (Ensoniq doesn't supply these parts anymore). Anyway, with a little patience the EPS-16+ is a great, versatile sound source.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-29-1998 at 06:50
doinger a professional user from narshville usa writes:
i bought my eps about 1-2 years ago (from the bass player of the kentucky headhunters for chrisakes!), and have had no complaints - great sequencer plus sample rates that run the gamut all the way up to 52 kHz! memory sucks, yeah, but where are you gonna find a cheap and yet still powerful sampler for under 500 bucks?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-19-1998 at 22:31
MDutton a part-timer user from United States writes:
I purchased my EPS new in 1990. It has never broken down once since I've owned it. It has been on the road with me in the past in very cold and very hot weather and always performs perfectly. The only problem has been floppy disks going bad on me but I've since made archives of all my sounds. I LOVE MY EPS !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-08-1998 at 03:07
Steve a professional user from USA writes:
The EPS was and still is a great sampler in the recording environment. People always tend to think more memory is better. The cold hard fact is that many top musicians still use this sampler to this day. (most notablely Jimmy Jam) This sampler has a HUGE library and you can get expanders (2x and 4x) and the 8 output expander thru Syntaur Productions. Alot of lo-fi tracks are done on this board to create a very distinct sound. It gives a sample a little more dirt than the pristine sampling capabilities of an ASR-X. Most people don't realize that if you take the recommended disks as described in the manual, you can use ASR sounds by formatting a disk on the Eps then downloading the sound from the ASR. AS long as you have the memory(blocks) to run the sound. The sound will be without effects of course but you if you buy an effects module like an Lexicon MPX-100, This board has some serious power. The sequencer is still a great tool to this day. It can pan and copy, but the most interesting things is the track clock. you can copy a track to an empty track then use the track clock to offset one of the tracks. Then if you pan one track left, the other right, you can create some really great flanges. This is great if you are in to dance tracks. I could go on about this piece of gear, I've had mine for years. It's not the fastest or cleanest on the block, but it's on most of the records of the 90's. There are plenty of Ensoniq 3rd Party companies that are more than willing to give help to any of your problems. (Syntaur Productions and Rubber Chicken software just to name a few) The average price for this board is 250-400. I recommend this Sampler to anyone who wants a workhorse with personality.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-09-1998 at 02:23
Thodoris Zioutos a professional user from Greece writes:
It is a Great sampler. It is the best on live when you play it loads, and at studio is also very well.

You can create unexpected sounds by sampling in low samplinkg rates and with the poly presure you can

your sound perfect.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
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