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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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synthy a part-time user from usa writes:
just picked up my second 16+. $199.00 should not have sold the first one. i sold tons of sample cd's that i will have to make again. stupid me! i miss the easy sampler features / seq features. i got very creative with it and don't mind regressing back 20 years to add some old school crunch to my music!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-11-2009 at 08:24
Demian Sanchez a part-time user from Argentina writes:
I bought my EPS 16 back in 1995 and paid U$S 1600 back then. Even though it was a high price I do not regret paying it. This sampler rocks. Previously I had a Roland W30, what a fiasco. The sounds this beast generates are pure heart. Manual can be a little confusing from time to time but at the end it all comes together. I sold it back in 1998 and now I am getting one again, still no SCSI interfase, but I am planning on buying one form nepro. The only limitation I have found is the 2 Megs RAM. But then again, that is the beauty of it. You must really work your samples to fit and the EPS 16 really stands out on this. The resampling feature is amazing. I could go on praising it but you have to hear one for yourself.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-30-2009 at 22:07
Tom chambers a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
I would recommend the sampler for its massive modular design of stacking up to 8 sounds on different layers. The fx are awesome especially if get the waveboy sound effects disks. These effects are crucial for hard house music and low fi stuff. Also you can find a ton of sounds and CD-rom disks available for the machine still available at w w w DOT midimark DOT com they are still in business as of today 9/21/2008.

If anyone knows where to get the waveboy effects disk, please let me know. I can't find my floppy disk right now, I'd love to buy another copy.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-21-2008 at 15:44
Lisko a professional user from Bulgaria writes:
Has some great features. Manipulation of samples is expanded to a great level, looping is a breeze even compared to most of the software nowadays coz along with the auto-looping feature it has several loop-adjusting algorithms, from crossfade to 'synthesized loop' which can extremely change your sound. Layering is sophisticated: for instance, you can have one layer when playing staccato and another one swithed on for legato! 8 muti-sample layers (which could also contain just copies of samples with different parapeters), and you could also play simultaneously all 8 patches loaded in memory. Sounds more than enough... never needed all these though. The thing is that they all should go through the same fx and of course it's not the best idea to play all your instruments with the same fx when you're building a song. Speaking of which, most of the fx are great, esp. the delays, halls & the rotary. Disto and chorus can easily destroy your sound though. The Voder from Waveboy is simply perfect. Filters are stupid. I import samples from my Ensoniq Mirage disks in the EPS 16+ and they just don't sound the same, not even close. If only they could have kept the Mirage filter chip! Yeah there's the Waveboy resonant filter but it's more on the extreme reso fx side ala Roland TB, not the timbre-painting tool that it is in the Mirage. Modulation is well thought of, however it's not exactly a modulation matrix: you have just selected parameters modded and just one external cc allowed except wheel, velocity and aftertouch. Loop start/position etc. could be modulated realtime (just one of them though), which is a great idea but it often produces glitches when it moves through irregular waveforms, that means most of your usual samples... Of course glitching could be your thing. There's also this 'random' modulation source which unfortunately moves quite 'rhythmically' and seems to me that it has some kind of fixed tempo, slow tempo that is... Haven't tried the sequencer, no need to nowadays. I don't agree about the 'crunchy' sound as I have the Mirage and a 12-bit drum machine, so the EPS sounds quite 'straight' to me. Overall, it depends what you'd expect from a sampler. I'm more on the experimental side, so that's what I tried to talk about here.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-16-2008 at 19:27
kalvin a hobbyist user from UK writes:
From what IVe read by the previeous revies. It sounds to me that EPS 16 plus is a cheaper version of the ASR-10, whihc is good for me as I dont have such a budget. I wanted are you able to record songs onto the EPS 16 plus?, and i may decide to buy one from a foreign country so does anybody have a link to an English manual?, and is a English manual really needed?

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-29-2007 at 08:25
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