E-MU Emax II Rack
E-MU Emax II Rack

Emax II Rack, Sampler from E-MU.

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arnoldorodeo 09/03/2014

E-MU Emax II Rack : arnoldorodeo's user review

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See the archives of the net. If you are reading this review, then you probably already know a little beast.


bought used on the Rhone-Alpes region: solid package, a rack in an absolutely amazing condition, like new. Finally a manual in French, very well done indeed.


The converters are anything but transparent: The sound comes out with fishing, very fat, a tad less acute in some cases but we forgive him no problem, 12-bit technology.


I use it for more than a year: Mine is a modified device, the floppy disk has been replaced by a player-recorder flash card, loading speed and incredible storage capacity and more samples. (Thanks Philip ...)
To return to sound like we are all now in the sense that we work with more and more plugins. But in truth, nothing really beats the grain nor the power of these machines of yesteryear "cling" to the mix for the little that embeds: no work to re-eq or boost the gain in post prod, is left like that and it does.
Virtual instruments are great, the sound is generally very clean and like the painters, it is good to have a palette of colors and different sounds depending on what is called. EMU has produced few series (I also have a EIII but he, on the other hand leaves me cold ...) who have a very strong personality and a unique sound. And of course the Emax II is undoubtedly one.
(PS: note some sample banks made for EMU and are just excellent Do not look for realism, but rather for what they lack. Highly synthetic sounds used in numbers of albums and groups prestigious ... I can not list here, the night would not be enough)