Ensoniq ASR-X

Ensoniq ASR-X

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ASR-X, Sampler from Ensoniq.

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Ensoniq ASR-X tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Ensoniq
  • Model: ASR-X
  • Category: Samplers
  • Added in our database on: 09/18/2002

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Ensoniq ASR-X user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Ensoniq ASR-X
Features on this machine are good. Sampling is easy, and the sampler engine is wonderful. Resampling is another great feature included on the asr-x, which enables it to sample its own main output. The asr-x comes with 40 effects, all of which sound great. Each pad and track can have a reverb assigned to it, but without the x-8 output expansion, you only get one insert effects for all the pads, and tracks. However, this can be overcome by resampling the pad with after assigning an effect, it just takes some time. When thinking of bad features of the asr-x, the first, and pretty much only feature that comes to mind is the sequencer. It is just hard to work with sometimes, but with the newest os installed, it's not too much of a problem. In the back of the machine, you get a midi in, out, and thru; a footswitch input, and a main in(left and right), main out(left and right), and a headphones out. With the x-8 output expander, you get six more outs, bringing your total to eight. SCSI is not standard, so keep in mind if you are looking for an asr-x, its better to get one with the SCSI because it you buy it separate, it will probably cost you more than the actual asr-x. You will also want the SCSI for the fact that working with floppy disks is not a pleasant task.

Price paid: $265 USD


Navigating the asr-x is hard to get used to, because of the screen, which is a two-line display. Once you get used to the organization of it though, you will fly through tasks, or not. Navigating is also hampered because of the encoders. The value and parameter knobs, which are your controls for moving around the asr-x, will make you want to kill yourself! They jump from place to place. I'm sure all asr-x's have this problem. Sampling and resampling is easy with the asr-x. Just setup the time you want to sample for, whether you want mono L or R, or stereo, whether you want to sample the input dry, or with effects, and then trigger the stop and start of the sample. Assigning effects is easy also. Overall, it's pretty easy to use, besides the fact of the encoders...but if you go slow and take your time with them, they will not jump that often.


The sound quality of this machine is great in my opinion. Sampled drums hit hard and the 16-bit sampling sort of gives them that grimy feel. The pre-loaded rom sounds are nothing special, but then again this is mainly a sampler right?


The asr-x is built like a rock. It's heavy and solid, with a metal outer case. The only thing that I do not like the quality of is the encoders.

I love the effects, the sound, and the sampling very much. However, I hate the encoders, and the fact that I do not have the SCSI, and I hate using floppies. The only reason I will be getting rid of it is the lack of SCSI, and upgrading it, to me is just not worth it because of how expensive the SCSI is now. If that were not the case, I would keep this machine forever.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: rapmaster_e ( 6-, 2005)

wanthead's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" FUN!"

Ensoniq ASR-X
Everything has been said.


It's very simple.
Everything is divided by theme, part sequencer, disk portion, part pad, part effect ...
You want to change something on a pad on the pad goes in part, a thing of the sequence in the sequence we will party etc ... a breeze.
after yeah must navigate through the screens but this is the game when you are passionate machine. The cook has two choices, to fuck a tray micro wave and turn the knob. In two minutes it is ready. The real cook him up at 5am, goes on the market, selects its ingredients, then peel, debris, the simmering, patient monitors, and does the dishes ....
currently two schools but I think yes tamper with the machine is the essence of passion. Editing sounds and effects is easy. You can choose an effect insert, and then reverb (light, medium, high) on each track.
we have lots of opportunity to rework a sequence, swing, shift clock, different quantizes ... if necessary.
And my pads are a great taste! much better than the mpc for me. This is a really different feel.


Taking the advice of "SYNTHMANIAC" yes the public does not hear the difference. Finally all the costs of any public speaking for me between an MPC and a Ensoniq I hear the difference.
And between an album or a Necro Sexion d'assaut (lol) I hear too.
After this is not passionate about the guy can not be hear but he will feel the heat, the dynamics .... mwhahahaha
Then after it has good mixing, mastering etc etc behind.
But above all it is the beatmaker to hear the difference in sound level and at home. It is he who goes on his computer kiffer days and whole nights.
A Ensoniq sounds and this is clear. There's no need to kick a pad Eight!
Ensoniq the effects of slaughter.


I tested quite a machine. And all were interesting.
I returned to the ASRX.
I love his tone, I gets off his sequencer, its possibilities, the edition, it is surprising that all the fuss, she has a brief PERSONALITY. It is anything but flat and really something fun with and not get bored.
we can just have fun reading Ensoniq sound banks, or spend time with delirious effects. Too often we forget that part. We argue all pro, work, project, product ...

After the machines are only tools. It is the mind and what actually matters.
The asrx is my rife with possibilities is different and with character tool.

Do not forget the FUN!

setsukodo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent machine"

Ensoniq ASR-X
RAM Booster the machine, always use a zip drive for backup or jazz.


Recommend to musicians and / or real hackers in the soul that does not count their hours in home studio!


Excellent! Nothing to say on his American bikes of the brand (round, heavy) quality!


Excellent! A choice that is unique!

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

Ensoniq ASR-X
Poly 32
Jamco converters
effects: very good (Ensoniq), it's going to filter distortion + reverb + comp + + reverb time limit
c combinations with qques presets.
fx in one insert + one reverb
RAM: 2 34 mo
no numrique, option 8 outputs + (hard to find)

soft: Is there a freeware mac that I did not test a module SoundDiver recently
and a soft pc: asrx-tools, just rotten all buggbr /> SMDI compatible with sound forge and recycled without problem

7 because no output numrique possible for the small screen


Super simple to use, I had okaz and I never opened the manual
small step to edit sounds (2 lines) but with a bit of time we know where everything is.
c super simple, I love how organized c: resampling with effect from the master output or entered without any problems, super simple assignment to the pads etc etc ...

problem: the possibility of looping are not super evolve: just forward or backward 2.
also: not too overloaded to give noon, because the processor is just power, especially if one uses the squenceur (which I do not). if not: ca "jump", just like a pc cpu overload, but must qd even abuse it.
Personal I use above 8 10 tracks (6 drums synths 2 + 2 "samples" pure) with filters on each, + the effect on the in between tps tps (because a real c multi-fx Intgr running apart from the rest, so its a possibility to leave a spare output and return ds effect via a console) and ca not jump. no problem of timing.
-2 For cpu "too" small.
forget the time-stretch it: ca takes ages (hours rllement)
manipulation of the samples rather complte: flanging bits, effects, LFOs, filters ...

y'avait if not this "problem" of cpu (also on the asr-x pro), I put 9


oh no, c why I took it.
I love the sound: not need the radiator ds piece. for ground c absolutely terrible.
to have a good big potato is more than enough for me, csr can do better, but even more c CATEGORY.
the effects are excellent: Ensoniq, really terrible. There's everything you need.
Filters: LP or HP or BP, per couple. eg 1LP a HP or BP or a 1LP and 2LP this: for pad!! ie as many pairs of samples of filters (by Thor) + + 3enveloppes modulators (like a mini matrix) + lfo + pitch octave / semi / fine etc etc
Full MIDI, as long as he can send NRPN.
it has a sound that I really love.
c really above shall decide that the purchase is: we like it or not, the rest (CHARACTERISTICS) who cares.
9 / 10 even if it is not a asr10


Purchased November 02
If we know in advance its default (cpu just as the only default I think), and we love his sound, so it can not be a bad choice.
it is super hard to find, but at the same time Super Cheap. ca is between 500 and 700 euros, depending on options. make absolutely scsi, and if one knows qqun rom "urban dance" sell ...
between 500 and 700: from a MPC2000 + that will sell cheap, there's absolutely no photo, AC is nothing to see.
the sound is terrible, it can be messy to super super warm and soft. I love it. I keep until death do us would spare as the other.

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