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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Klauss a professional user from Germany writes:
This is one of the best alternatives for a professional sampler !!

I've worked with akai and emu (even the old 80's models), but Yamaha has an oustanding instrument to be considered by all kinds of musicians (from hard-core techno dudes to movie-score dudes)...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 10:39
Kamilof a professional user from New York City writes:
This sampler is very powerful, easy-to-use, great set of effects, incredible filters, big and clear display, professional sound quality........

It also has a nice feature to slice loops into more segments (just like using Re-Cycle), the effects can be used for external sources (as a effects proccesor) and could produce that rough lo-fi sounds we love so much !!!

Besides all, it is a great bang for the buck !!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 09:51
olafmol writes:
great and fast interface (if you are willing to break away from akai and emu thinkingpatterns), great sound, very good filters and effects, tight midi-timing.


posted Wednesday-Sep-20-2000 at 03:34
ted a professional user from usa writes:
Next to EOS, It has the most robust engine available. That said, it had some bugs, modulation glitches and problems with S/N ratio that turned me off . Not to mention the slowest freak'n SCSI transfer in the business... Load times - 32meg sample in sampler native format - e5000 20 secs, Yamaha 10 minutes!!!

I didn't care for their approach to multi's (multi-timbral program) or the fact that synthesis parameters where distructively applied at the sample level.

I spent a week with the a5000, but after one evening knew that for me, the Yamaha could not cut it. It appears to be seriously underpowered, sometimes taking 5 or 6 seconds to recognise you have moved a control (and this was apparent on more than 1 a5000). So for real time control, I thnk it could be very disaapointing.

I think, behind a confusing and very cluttered interface and an unstable and very slow operating system, there may be a powerful sampler waiting to get out. The effects list and real time control look awesome, but if you cannot use them, or you get turned off using them because the whole entity is just trying your patience, then is doesnt matter how powerful they are, for me they are just a waste of time.

As far as sound, the Yamaha lacked life - my fault, but the interface did not help.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-04-2000 at 05:44
mas a professional user from california writes:
it has some plusses (good midi implementation/fx) however, it's slow. knobs are slow to respond, SCSI sample transfers are tedious, midi is loose. it sounds possible as good as an akai, and it may be a bit more stable, but akai's still have better attack and emu's sound far far better. 20 sample CDs come with the E5000 too (some are crap, though).

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-03-2000 at 18:34
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