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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Dave Rossen from Musselburgh, East Lothian - Scotland writes:
This is one weird sampler. First of all, I have never seens sampler at this price that can mangle your samples so much. I mean , I thought an EII was weird......NOT ANY MORE, these digital filters, especically the Z-Plane ones mess with my head.

These things , in my opinion are worth 500 to 600 dollars, especially with a scsi and HD ... but we all know they cant sell for that much . However, for what it can do and sound like - its definitely worth 600 dollars ..especially in Afghanistan. In Kabul these are regularly sold on the Black Market for over 1 thousand American plan.

There is no 80's sampler that can even touch this - even that Fairlight or Synclavier.

I love mine

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-24-2001 at 17:29
Rob Kukuchka a part-time user from Rochester, NY writes:
Picked one up cheap. Once I installed the newer OS, and found some 72 pin SIMMS at a computer show it really became powerfull. I use it mainly for drum samples, loops, and noises and the 32 megs means I can get TONS on, especially because I use mono samples. It's great, but you NEED the newest OS. It adds SO MUCH in terms of filters, and functionality (I couldn't use it with Sound Forge, Recycle, or even the ESI-WIN with the older OS via SCSI). It's a great little sampler. Considering I found it for a little over $250 then paid $100 for the OS it's great. I give it a 4 based on cost/features.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-26-2001 at 16:29
Caleb Fuller a professional user from Australia writes:

I've just been trying to customize an ESI-32, mainly by installing an internal hard drive... this has proved very frustrating. The drive is a Seagate ST32430N 2.1GB SCSI drive, in an ESI-32 w/ OS 3.02. With the drive installed, the machine boots to the point where the drive should spin up, then resets, and repeats the process. If I power the drive with an external cable from an old AT power supply, everything works fine. The drive was recognized first boot, formatted, and saves and loads a dream. However, with internal power, I get the ESI boot screen only. Seems like the power supply can't cope. Researching the web I have found the following (possibly true) ideas: - The power supply in newer ESI-32s is smaller than the older ones, and newer models will have problems powering hard drives, ZIP, etc. - Larger hard drives draw more current. Although the OS supports up to 4GB, the ESI-32 power supply will only power up drives < 1GB... - Different models of drive draw different power. Size doesn't matter, but specific model and manufacturer does, as some just suck too much juice.

Can anyone verify any of these? What is my next step? Please help as I'm getting extremely frustrated - this thing is so near yet so far...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 02:21
Keltech a professional user from uk writes:
i bought the esi-32 a few weeks after it was originaly released and i have to say its the best sampler i've ever used! i've had to upgrade with the turbo board,scsi and a few OS upgrades but its been well worth it.I still use it as my main work horse and it still only has 8mb! If i had to critise it I wish the OS was flashable to save me having to buy the upgrade chips. for budget samplers the esi32 and yamaha a3000 v2 are well worth looking at! Keltech Pyraplastic records

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-04-2001 at 08:32
sjmojjo a professional user writes:
its really a mystery of emu sampling secret.i tested it side by side w/ an akai s3000xl.sample the same loops.w/o any further editing,then playback.obviously the emu sounds more fatter,warmer and dynamic than the akai.tough ppl said the new emu samplers are all worse than the old ones,but theis experience made me woner those comments.i also owned an emax2 b4,but its got no analog filter but sounded warm,but now's the emax2 gone and i just couldn't compare them as the a/b test.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 05:39
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