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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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emuarc a professional user from UK writes:
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The Emax is a fantastic sampler thanks to its great analog filters and clever 14-bit emulation from just 8-bit samples. Here it live in RealSystem G2 on our web site.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-25-2001 at 19:35
Greenie a part-time user from USA writes:
I came across an Emax I keyboard at a pawn shop for $100. Brought it home, played with it, loved the sound. Hated the fact that it's the size of a refrigerator, so I sold it and bought the Emax SE HD rackmount version instead. Now my sampler only WEIGHS as much as a refrigerator, and is more the size of a largeish breadbox. But I still love the sound, and I don't have to screw around with floppies.

Why would I bother with a crotchety old beast like this? After all, even the cheapest of modern samplers outpace it in terms of fidelity, memory, disk space, etc, and often in a smaller and easier-to-use package.

Well, if you're looking for crystal-clear samples and convincing trumpet sounds, look elsewhere. If you like grainy, gritty, lo-fi stuff, and aren't afraid of sound design, this box is a dream. The filters are analog, and they can mutilate a sound in strange ways that no other filter I've heard can.

It's fairly easy to use, although you'll need the manual to suss out some of the advanced functions.

Save yourself a lot of hassle and get the rack version with the built-in hard drive. Be aware that the Emax II is a significantly different creature (its filters are digital), though I spent a fair bit of time with one several years ago and remember liking it.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 16:37
simon a professional user from Belgium writes:
I bought an EMAX 1 + orig software for £75.(Rack) It has SSM filters , And sounds warm and crunchy, Also i think it has the same sound engine as the SP1200. Could someone explain to me where these filters originated from? This is an ideal machine for drums and loops,I will be keeping mine!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-14-2001 at 04:43
JB a professional user from UK writes:
As far as I know the Emax samples at 12 bit but this is then companded into 8 bits for storage (like with the Emulator 2) - maximum sample rate was 42 kHz.

The SP12/1200 is true 12-bit sampling. If anything the EMAX should sound even more "raw".

There are four variations on the original Emax Mk1:

Emax, Emax HD, Emax SE HD and Emax SE Plus. (HD = 20Mb Hard Disk, SE = Synthesis Enhanced).

The SE Plus did not have a hard disk, the "plus" signified that it had an external SCSI connector (The Emax HD also has an external SCSI connector - the D-type connector on the normal Emax was an RS422 port).

Options were the SE operating system upgrade for non SE models and SCSI for non HD and "Plus" models (I guess the SCSI connector would replace the RS422 but am not sure).

There were no memory expansion options - all Emax Mk1's had 512k RAM.

The Emax II's filters are very nice (Haven't done an A/B comparison with the Mk1 though).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-28-2000 at 05:11
simon a professional user from belgium writes:
fab filters!!!!!!are they originated from the emulators, also came with original atari software!!!any comments?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2000 at 08:54
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