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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Charles Falken a hobbyist user from Las Vegas, NV writes:
I'd seen this machine hanging out at a local pawn shop, and finally dropped the cash to pick it up after they reduced the price to a mere $120.. and yeah-I feel like I got something that might cost more along the lines of $1200. Absolutely clean, warm, and a mean filter to boot. Probably one of the best sounding digital filters I've heard-it sounds analog. With the Akai and Emax II compatibility, I imagine there will be an enourmous sample library available to me as well. From the sound of some of the presets, I'd say Coil used this on parts of loves secret domain/stolen and contaminated songs as well as a thousand lights in a darkened room. If you come across one for cheap, you're not likely to find such a high end piece of equipment for such a price. All balanced outputs, plus the mains are a pair of XLR plugs (shwing!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-25-2007 at 21:48
Joey a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The Emu EIIIXP is definitely a deep peice of hardware. When set up in a beginner's studio, it almost seems overwhelmingly complex and uninviting. This is only because it has so much potential. It lacks reverb and other comforting effects, but the filter is great, and because it's a sampler, you can manipulae sounds on a different unit and them import them into the EIIXP. The User interface gets some taking used to, and I recomend both getting the manual as well as writing notes while you mess around with the sampler. Once you've mastered this beast, you can take on any other peice of Emu engineering.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-24-2004 at 01:20
Rob Keebe a professional user from UK writes:
The EIIIX was launched in 1992 as a completely digital high end sampler, to compete with the Akai S1000/3000. Later on E-mu repackaged the EIIIX into the ESI32, 4000 and todays 2000 to produce entry level samplig for the 21st century. A very musical sampler which is a bargain today. The ZIP memory upgrades (upto 32MB) can still be found but are expensive. The user interface can be improved by using the Mac based EIIIx remote control and librarian software which works over MIDI. Rather large at 3U but with room to put an internal hard drive which can be stuffed full of EIIIx samples from E-mu and others. Check out for more details and the OS diskette.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-19-2002 at 08:10
Michael Gronroos a part-time user from Sweden writes:
Really, this IS the best sounding sampler ever. I still work with the old EIII keyboard and the newer ultra sampler almost everyday, But the XP has a crispier sound and more musicality to it than any other machine in this price region. The analog EIII naturally sounds more interesting and fat, but when it comes to clean sounds, once again, the XP still is my man. I've had it since -93 and have sampled tons of sounds with it through the DAT, so the missing AD's isn't really a problem. Sample and edit through the computer and transfer the sample via scsi to the XP and you have a professional tool at no cost! The XP really is much better than its price today (2002). Only con is that is uses zip ram modules istead of sims, which are harder to find... My recommendation is buy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-18-2002 at 11:27
Ben a professional user from United States writes:
The EIIIXP is a great piece of audio hardware with a simple but somewhat limited user interface. The sounds are warm, quiet, and full of sparkle. But the menu-driven interface and tiny screen lack a graphical waveform view and some of the DSP functions are mathematical and not particularly intuitive. Still, the EIII line boasts a huge library of sounds and the audio quality from this unit is the most musical I've ever heard. My engineer raved about it when we hooked it up in the studio. The piano sounds that ship with it are interesting Bosendorfer samples with overtones from the other strings as though the damper was off when the samples were acquired. It's one of my favorite pianos. Synth sounds are lacking, however, and the only interesting synth feature is the filter.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 21:03
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