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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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N8 a professional user from Los Angeles Ca. writes:
Easy interface Strong Tool in my arsenal.. Easy to use and fast to set up

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-14-2005 at 21:52
BMizzle a part-time user from St.Louis writes:
What does it mean when you try to load a sample from floppy and it say, "Missing Address Mark"?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-21-2003 at 02:41
Duncs a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've had my Esi for a couple of years now and it has proved to be a real work horse in my studio. For the price the features are outstanding, and the 64 note polyphony allows quite a lot of freedom in sequencing arangements. A few things that have made the Esi so useable for me:

I picked up a secondhand internal SCSI zip and it slots in where the floppy usualy sits. Still had to adapt the scsi cable to run from the ESI board to the zip, then to the outside socket but this isnt too hard.

Chicken Systems 'Translator' software can be used to change loads of sample types to ESI format but costs £100. Still this is cool cos there's loads of free soundfonts out there which can be downloaded + converted.

You can avoid buying a SCSI cd drive: Download ESI-Win [find it on google] and then use it to copy emu sample banks from Emu cds in your computer's CD drive to a SCSI storage device like the ZIP drive. you still need a SCSI card though [£10 second hand] to conect Emu + storage device to your computer.

Avoid external Hard Drive: Buy a second hand internal SCSI drive under 9 Gigs, put it in your computer to give it power and conect it to the internal scsi cable from your scsi card. Now the Emu can access it directly because theyre on the same SCSI chain. Have the Emu format it and read it from your computer using ESI-Win. Easy. [You have to set the intenal drive to terminate, and set the SCSI card not to terminate.

I hope some of that made sense.

So with the esi you can [if you set up as above]have an internal zip, internal hard drive [in the PC] with no extra crapy power cords and non rack mountable gear etc.

Damn good piece of kit actually!!

PS. Use Propellorheads Re-cycle with it, it's grand.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-20-2003 at 20:29
nermidi a part-time user from usa writes:
It doesnt have effects out of the box it has 19 different filters, and if you wanna review something , first you have to own it.For you to say it doesnt have filters it means you have never owned it so go home and do your homework.For the price this unit is amazing.I have upgraded to 32 megs and got a zip drive for it and all i spent was about 100$ and its all I could ask for.This unit has an amazing sound and very good sample layering and very easy interface.ITs got a very effective emu scsi so you dont have to worry about editing your samples in the esi if you have the computer.You buy the recycle or sound forge and your editing capabilities will beat anything emaginable.Lets face it , editing your samples in any hardware sampler is pain in the ass but there are allways workarounds.

screen3 please dont compare the hardware samplers to software couse its just not the same.To go out and play live with the soft sampler you need the pc and all the problems that it brings.I have owned esi for two years and I had no problems with it , never crashed.I dont have to worry about anything when I play for hours.It just goes on and on and on.As far as the sounds go its all up to you what you are gonna put into it and how you are gonna sequence it.

So please dont bash this unit based on a very superficial remarks.For the price, I am surre you cant get any other hardware sapler that matches the features of this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-23-2002 at 19:24
screen3 a part-time user from uk writes:
The esi 2000 is a horrible machine.Without spending extra money after you bought it for extra memory or a zip/cd-r drive you can hardly sample a thing.Loading samples from a floppy disc takes a long time.Editing on a tiny lcd is a pain in the ass.menus witin sub-menus , within sub- menus.Unless you buy the expansion board , you get no filters/efx. Compare this to software sampling , large graphical editing and 96khz/24bit abilities , don't waste your money. If you must go for a hardware sampler , wait to buy something worthwhile.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-23-2002 at 16:56
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