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dajhne 11/13/2005

Ensoniq EPS : dajhne's user review

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Its polyphony is 20-way mini frequency (11 khz ...) and can vary depending on the quality selected (up to 52kHz!). Polyphonic aftertouch present on this keyboard. The EPS also has a big fat 2 x 8-track sequencer with a capacity of about 140,000 marks. The resolution is 1/48th of black.

Useful detail: the work convertos 13-bit (!), Not 12.
No internal effect, but it is a machine which dates back to 1985.

Base memory, if I n "abuse, is 768 k, and EPS dipose a port on the back for two types of memory cartridge (2X or 4X).
CAUTION: contrary to what one might think, a cartridge does not mean 2x 2 MB !!!!! To extend the maximum EPS of his memory, it must 4X (2MB)!
In separate outputs, that is where the hurt down, since a pair of outputs from the EPS has no outputs.
There he left a box with 8 separate outputs as an option, but it was not found.

For 85 'was a complete machine architecture: at the time, and in front of Ensoniq, Emu The only I and II, with the Kurzweil K250 and the Fairlight held the top of the bill.
Akai stammered with s700 and 900 very credible level editing and Sequential died.

UTILIZATION

It is a very complete machine for its time, and many hardware samplers of aujoud'hui, do not offer much (S2000, A3000, ESI4000 ...).
However, its use is extremely simple ergonomics is a key word at Ensoniq. With its logical architecture (the function buttons are grouped together), its color code, and especially a bewildering selection facility for any sample of a multisample.
The big argument at the time, it was loading in-game sounds Same edition: you can keep the score down while changing the loop in real time.
The English manual is very clear, orderly, and it reads easily.

The EPS is almost a full synthesizer in its architecture (VCF, LFO, ENV multifaceted and loopable x 3), and got much synth sounds incredible, just by a few samples trafficker. In +, everything is flexible as desired.

SOUNDS

Large dynamic output, and also a lot of noise: small audio plays at the end of sampling (easily troncables), presence of breath, and grain of 13 bits.
This gives her a massive and very rich, full bodied.
Very credible for acoustic sounds.
The filter is not resonant, like the Akai S900/1000, but multi-mode, and its cut is daunting.

OVERALL OPINION

Excellent machine with a soul. I had two, and kept the latter as a master keyboard (also good).
Indestructible bike.