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E-MU E4 Platinum

E4 Platinum, Sampler from E-MU.

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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
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Aerodrink08/04/2013

Aerodrink's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An exceptional machine for lovers of sound design"

E-MU E4 Platinum
- 128-voice polyphony, 32 MIDI channels (2 sets of IN / OUT / THRU)
- 128 MB RAM max (we would have liked more, but the capacity for synthesis of the machine allows you to have great sounds occupying very little memory)
- (!) An internal digital mixer 12 Stereo with 6 inserts per bus and two departures to
- Plethora of inputs / outputs (analog converters with very hot and quality in digital ADAT, AES etc.).
- An impressive effects card (RFX-32), 2 for Shark DSP effects ... 32 bits!
- An array of brilliant sound design for modulation, with a very thorough and careful selection of sources / destinations

UTILIZATION

The EOS v4.7 is well thought out. Each main access (media edition presets, samples edition) has a dedicated button. This is the architecture of the RFX is a little complex to understand at first because it is so powerful.
Clearly, by reporting to Akai and USB ports, the interaction is more difficult with a computer (SCSI, not chummy with Windows 7 in particular). Personally I installed a compact flash drive instead of a floppy drive, and I have a CF of 32 gigabytes installed and recognized (and here I must say, this is the top).
The front keypad is a little older ("old") but you can connect a computer keyboard on the back of the machine.
Please note: there are 12 simultaneous MIDI controllers each assignable to a parameter of the sound (they are called Midi A, B Midi, Midi ... L) in addition to modulation, pedal, etc.. When you create a sound, you can assign each of the 12 controllers to a dedicated setting. The mapping of the continuous controller numbers and South A ... L is a global setting sampler, so that even if you change the master keyboard for example or no keyboard controller side, just make the setting in the E-Mu to find instantly control your sounds . Basically instead of assigning a No. controller directly to a parameter is assigned an alias (A Midi, Midi B, etc..). The idea is great.

SOUNDS

I would not say that the converters are transparent. A simple wav, listening via my RME Babyface does not sound like the E-Mu (even with it connected to the ADAT Babyface). It sounds right now a little bigger, a little warmer, a little thicker (but not too much, which is perfect).
The dynamics are excellent.
Filters are one of the strengths of all the E4 series. I have owned several Akai (including Z8) and this is the day and night. With the E-Mu filters are really fun to vary the cutoff and resonance (*), the result is musical, warm, pleasant. It's just exactly the opposite of Akai.
(*) May provide a rotary controller "step" that allows to slowly increase the values ​​at a slow speed, to hear all the subtleties of the filters. FYI I use a Kenton Killamix Mini fulfills this role perfectly.

OVERALL OPINION

I got to the sampler after having generations of expanders hands. He really missed me being able to find the machine that allows me to import my own samples but also be able to have more:
- Really warm, musical filters
- A worthy internal synthesis of the name (Workstation type and I must say that the series of E4 on it frankly to top)
- Credible vraiments effects and have full power at the same time ^ ^
Platinum, as the whole series of E4 also is a machine not recommended for people who do not like to open a manual. It's a real creative Workstation and makes a hundredfold time spent on understanding it.
If you're the kind pressed, and / or you like to have everything on 1000 sounds in fingers, rather orient yourself to a good expander (Yamaha Motif-type).
If like me you're an obsessive hair (a little, nothing serious ^ ^), you like to work your own samples and sound thinking A to Z, Platinum will be your friend, perhaps even for life ;)
I use Kontakt since v1.0, but nothing replaces in my opinion a good E-Mu. I probably would not say the same of Akai (poor filters unnecessary and ditto effects) while with Platinum was a complete machine, well thinking, powerful synthesis, stimulating creativity and inspiring in its musicality.
To return to the "versus software" when I kindle my sampler in 10 years, I'll find sounds that I made "custom" and with whom I enjoy playing immediately. I will not be trying to fight my bank to convert to the latest trendy sampler (even though it would still be possible).
synoptik01/04/2008

synoptik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU E4 Platinum
Connections are complete we can not, it's simple all options are present E-mu!
- 128-voice polyphony
- 128 MB RAM Hard Drive IDE or SCSI internal
- 32 Bit Risc Processor
- 21 Z-Plane Filters
- 16 analog audio outputs balanced or unbalanced 6.35mm
- 6 analog audio inputs balanced or unbalanced 6.35mm
- Adat 8 In - 16 Out
- Effects Processor RXF-32 (32Bit)
- Inputs Outputs: AES-EBU / SPDIF / Word Clock
- 32 MIDI channels
- Port to ASCII keyboard
- 2 SCSI ports Sequencer 48 tracks

The editing software is available Packs, EOS Link (without interest) which is a reproduction of the front of the sampler and Zoeos Zuonics which the development has unfortunately been suspended on mac

UTILIZATION

The general ergonomics, that of the EOS as well as that of the facade is simple and accessible, the large screen plays for many, we sample, are assigned and it plays the sound ... but it is only the beginning.
Just prepare some presets (blank) in advance of programing including Voices and strings, store them on SD and load at the time of the creation of a preset ...
Adding an ASCII keyboard further increases the speed of action and editing presets / fx, now everything is relative to a face or other Kontakt vsti ...
The Cords ... turie with just 23 sources / destinations and 16 parameters (optional) assignable to a MIDI controller.

SOUNDS

The converters of the sampler are colored which gives a warm, round, associated with the rendering filters is particularly effective on bass and drum while still remaining versatile, dynamic sound quality and are waiting for you!
Effects (RFX) have a routing possibilities for mind-blowing but complex, it is necessary unlike a sampler some time to adapt to master this card, but then it is a gas plant associated with an ultra complete connectivity, the sampler is then transforms into a formidable multi-effect with up to three analog stereo inputs and four stereo inputs in Adat with the ability to trigger these inputs (via a MIDI controller) to move from one bus to another (12 to total) on the fly! Up to 6 effects per bus for a total of 16 effects simultaneously, mixing function allows it to route to when the same input or preset to 4 dep. to. supplying a bus chancun effect

OVERALL OPINION

I used an 5000 Ultra in 2002 before moving on E4P in 2007.
With a complete connection, a card effect formidable and a modulation matrix that allows just about everything, this machine goes well beyond mere "sampler" (multi-purpose, trig and audio AD / DA converter 8-channels via a sound card adat), however it has still some bugs related to the OS (4.7) by Creative sloppy Repeat this choice? ... without hesitation
https://www.soundonsound.com/sos/May02/articles/emurfx32.asp
Crystale06/03/2003

Crystale's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU E4 Platinum
2 default:

- The utility edition is a reproduction of the notch hardware: No intrt
Provided that we go deep into use, the formulation is much too slow on the PC and planting pattern.
Would have had to use a large window with a lot more editable parameters.

- The memory is too small (512, 1 GB would see prfrable t, given the power and quality of the machine.

UTILIZATION

The complete manual in French, when??

SOUNDS

Nothing wrong, for all in one, great!

OVERALL OPINION

Use: Since October 2001
The price is a bit lev but it's justified.
Exprience with this choice I would do without hsiter!
It's a bit less convenient than the Akai S6000, but the sound is better. Warmer, rounder.