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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 13 reviews )
 11 reviews85 %
 1 user review8 %
Audience: Advanced users Value For Money : Excellent
djqbert09/28/2016

djqbert's review"My Baby!"

Ensoniq ASR-10
The texture you get from this guy is like if the MPC 3000 and the SP1200 had a baby... A sound that's sorta right in between the two machines that I so dearly love! After sampling, the keys make it super easy to find that sweet spot for where the sample sounds the best... not to mention that you can obviously play any sound melodically if you are a trained keyboardist. The effects are nutty if you can get a hold of those after market distortion discs! The resample feature makes the grittiest sounds ever! I kinda gotta have this in my studio because of it's own sound personality... like how? Oh, ya know, no big deal... it just sounds like the first couple Wu Tang albums ;)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Ensoniq ASR-10
This was my first real production tool and it tought me evrything i needed to know to apply to more advanced synths and stuff. considering the time it was manufactured....this piece was way more thn a triton or trinity in reference. bu now there is stuff that will do everything this piece can do plus some.

price paid: $550 usd

UTILIZATION

A drugged monkey can sequence and sample with this thing.....piece of cake!!!

SOUNDS

Has great sound quality but it tends to "color" the stuff you put into it a little bit. it has a very warm rich sound which can be hard to match up with say a korg triton if your using it with other machines.

OVERALL OPINION

I's built like a friggin tank!! the first day i had it, my buddy dropped it off a shelfe in his room. it put a huge hole in the wall...when i plugged it all in and tested, no problems. a tank i tell you

i couldnt live without it.

originally posted on futureproducers.com
posted by: eleveight ( 1-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Ensoniq ASR-10
Very satisfied. has a super easy sequencer (use the pedal...its cool) and the effects are the best i've heard in a keyboard. only thing missing is probably the wave editing features and more sequencing tracks and outputs (16 would be nice)

price paid

$2200.00 (us dollars)

UTILIZATION

That really depends on the person and this board is fairly old now. it does not have the editing features that the new joints have so that may hurt most electronic muscians. this board works with you and not against you. for me.....it lets me express what i need with all the power it has to do so.

for a gig......no way!!!! but then again it depends on the type of music you play.....if you play keys (like in a band or whatnot) then i say yes.....but if you do hip-hop and you play your sequences on this board then you are in big trouble!!! you have to save all things to disk and it takes a few minutes to load all the sounds of a sequence (or song) and that is murder to a hip-hop head! for a live gig (band) you can pre-load all the sounds (up to 8) and then you can swithch between them very easy. never used customer support.

SOUNDS

Superb (no real hiss)! it really has no sounds in it but the sounds that came with it are cool to start with (i make hip-hop and new age) but the excellent thing about this is that you can load so many libraries from other models.....so nice! as i said above...the effects are great! i would like more outputs with out the expander (cost like 250 bucks!!) like 16 outs would be ideal....but probably not gonna happen!!!! (lol)

OVERALL OPINION

I have used and purchased many a board and nothing really comes close to the asr-10! i have a motif and i dont even mess with it much but to sample from (into the asr) or just use it for background textures and what not. if you are looking to have a tight package for production of hip-hop, this is probably the best on the market still......remember that its near 20 years old (according to the manual)

originally posted on futureproducers.com
posted by: unknown (january 1-, 2003)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Ensoniq ASR-10
Everything you'd need in one place. The only knock to me is minited amount of tracks in the sequencer. 8 tracks plus 8 song tracks.

Price paid

1,500 in 1997

UTILIZATION

The interface is limited but it easily gets the job done. It took me a minute to learn it because it was my first instrument but after you get the hang it's a breeze. The manual has all the answers

It's built like a tank, very solid. I haven't had any problems with the keys/buttons.

SOUNDS

The sound is great, it also has a lot of editing possibilities. Resampling at a lower rate, onboard effects, etc.

OVERALL OPINION

I tried to sell it once but I got my mind right, It's definitely a classic. My kids will be playing it, I'm keeping mine.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 7-, 2003)
frankibeat03/28/2010

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
Big big sound cainri, effect extrahordinaire converter Ensoniq

UTILIZATION

Having started her on the MPC3000. I admit I was very unsettled at the beginning of the machine. But ultimately, it's super simple. Just put it in depth. A sampler is a sample and the logic is virtually the same. The machine is very well thought out, the manual is very clear and editing sounds simple enough for what works in the ear.

SOUNDS

The big very big highlight of the machine. Me without bragging, I work on almost all new generation and old samplers. In short, asr10 won the Palme d'Or frankly very handily. The sound is cho nice you can put whatever you want it sounds really thunder.
The dynamic is exellent bass boost function of the killings. and the effects are good without exception.
Domage's really our time no one can pull out a machine of this Tramp.


OVERALL OPINION

I think it's a machine possessed at least once in their life. The value for money is good, it costs more that expensive in our era and this sampler because of its sound quality explodes all concurence whether soft or hardware. Stuck him in the ass or a asq10 mpc60 for sequenseur seen their derisory price and you have the config I think ultimate in sampling and for the programing of your sounds
radikal01/15/2009

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
31 voice polyphony
Converter: d after the manual: a asr10 the bottom of the technology is a bit sigma-delta stro surchantillonage factor 64, with d frquence chantillonage choisr between 30 and 44.1 kHz
50 effects algorithms 24-bit rverbs, chorus, flanging, phasing, distortion, delay, simulation ... speakers for use with external sources Rel. kill time.
the asr n not like that too is changed to a disturbing effect, for few seconds it lacks a sound or a begaille half a second ...
memory of 2 mgaoctets, it can add up mgaoctets 16 (a more than adequate)
connectors:
Audio: 1 Stereo headphone jack output, 2 outputs mono jacks (right and left), 2 x mono jack (right and left) as an option in digital out (rare) and 6 mono outputs (which makes total of 8 mono outputs (its cooler than the headphone output), convenient for multitrack recording studio, just out sync)
PM: 1 in 1 out and a thru.
Optional SCSI connection (super mega important, not misery is ac)
etc ...
Utility of edition on pc, mac ... I know ...

UTILIZATION

Gnrale configuration is simple for me, I did beat one of the first full evening.
edition of sounds and effects, easy if you want something normal, after if you want to grow, there are many parameters, some so complex c is the choice.
Manual light, feed, enough, a guy that has the experience will not necessarily need bouquin.ya no wave form and then! the som, has been working to al ear.

SOUNDS

The converters provide heat to the claret and samples, sound Rican.
Council, after having sampler: standardize and fupport of the boost: a killing!!
effects and filters are so good that one of these four j vai me pay the Ensoniq DP4. pa damage is kind of moog knobs but hey ..
Dynamic compliance without problem.

15/01/08 I notice that the sound is warmer at the output jack stereo headphone output that spares ... so be it recorded a headphone output or you buy a pre amp tube multitrack.

OVERALL OPINION

J has been using about 2 years and I will not let go any time soon.
the sound that kills the squenceur is to forget ...
j had an Akai S2800, nothing to do ... sounds solo taient ds transparent but that has returned to the house mix, a lightweight filter veiled sound aaaaaaaahhhhh am nervait.avec the asr the sounds come out hot and often better optient j mix live out of the bte rather than swing and mix the samples to the result on the PC cold (I cursed the pc, great hardware!). j I as a mpc 3000 which is a squenceur rolls, sound: clear, clear, dynamic but I prfere asr10 of heat, the sudden I connect the two machines, as MPC3000 sequencer, sampler as AS10, keyboard command midi.je talks to pass because I've gained a asq10 d akai, the same as MPC3000 sequencer, can be some diffrence insignifientes because the bone is not the same n and I will sell the mpc 3000 for I used it not the party sampler.
jl I buy 700 euros of ocaz (scsi option, memory full, spares outlets, with a syqwest 270 mb), not expensive at all for the feedback, let go your PC and buy the real stuff. the akai S2800 m had cost 11,000 francs al epoque and n has not reached the ankle of Ensoniq.
the asr al epoque cost a fortune but the people who have had the well-cushioned and still need the use of course.
I would do without this choice hsitations, asr and I c is for life.
10/04/2008

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
Sampler comprehensive, robust, very good effects. It will biensur to put a zip drive or hard drive via the SCSI for the poor floppy drive is not used much ...

UTILIZATION

Not easy at first but over time becomes ca a breeze to create their samples and tweak the way you want.

SOUNDS

The sound is quite warm compared to Akai (cold metal).

OVERALL OPINION

Before I used the Akai (S1000, S2000, S3000XL) but I needed a keyboard sampler and I must say do not regret one second my choice! The ASR-10 is at first very robust and "beautiful" for the time he gave all that one could expect from a sampler with built-in effects with extended memory to the max and SCSI the ASR-10 is the top of the samplers. There are a lot of people who say they have problems like blown fuses or bad display, I have personally no problem (we must take care that's all). This is already an "old" but I'm not ready to part with it because it is unique and we do make again of like him.
Docteur Frog08/27/2008

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
I will not have much to say again that everything I read on previous opinions.

Among the Samplers / Workstations that have marked their time, the ASR-10 is probably the one that was appreciated by the musicians. He had a sound library (which could stall in ROM) regardless of the RAM, already function upload a sample or a bank with the ignition, the most comprehensive compatibility with SCSI hard drives of the time and above all, unparalleled ergonomics while on versions Keyboards (we agree).

Who made Samplers Keyboards at the time? With E-mu Emax and EmaxII, Dynacord, Kurzweil K2000 with the, with the Casio FZ-1 ... The K2500 was about to go out and put all the professionals agree. But the price delta between an ASR-10 and K2500 gave pride to the RAS.

Even Michel R., producer and husband of Eve Angeli, using three at the same time in 1995. I hope he will forgive me for having appointed. :-) Michael if you read me! ..

UTILIZATION

Happiness. Nothing to add with all that was said.

SOUNDS

Brass and Drums rarely equaled. Found elsewhere in the ZR76 ROM.

OVERALL OPINION

I always liked this machine. I had one. What has always fascinated me is how the musicians could accumulate ASR10 ASR er-Rack, while many others Samplers existed at the time. In fact from 1990 to 1995 there were two schools. The AKAIens and ENSONIQiens. Although it sold many of Emax and EmaxII Paris (cuckoo CMDM and Francis M.) but it was more a nostalgic relationship with EmulatorII or III to the peculiarity of the Emax, although supplanted the market dynamics, but not in sound quality.
It was on the point that ASR-10 has built its reputation.
Subtlety and dynamics.

You forgive me for dessert ...:-)
MulToR12/30/2005

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
The ASR-10 sampler is the last of the famous American firm which became widely known with the Mirage and then the Eps 16 and 16 +.
5 octave keyboard PolyKey / 2 to 16 MB Ram / 30 Sampling and 44.1 Khz / 50 Effects / Resampling Direct / integrated 16-track sequencer / Scsi - optional on the keyboard version (sniff) / ...

UTILIZATION

Usage is relatively simple, fast and intuitive. The huge manual that is very rarely need to be consulted. Ergonomics has been studied in Ensoniq! J'vous to say. Yet few buttons to very many functions. Using the sequencer is an example of simplicity and efficiency. Ditto for the sampling or application of effects. The creation of loops is a breeze with a little practice. This sampler of 1992 is comparable to competitors in this area even today.
My only regret: that damn 1.44 MB floppy drive that I can not obviously be replaced by nothing more powerful (ZIP, CD, HD) because I do not have the famous SP-3 SCSI interface that was an option. Those who have one to offer me are welcome;)

SOUNDS

What you say? You save yourself all you want in this gem.
We speak often of the "big sound Ensoniq". I can not tell you too, I have tried as Ensoniq. However the brand has a very famous and important library of sounds available on the Internet and then party the benefit of the sampler is that it is unlimited. In addition to the happy owners of a SCSI interface (sniff), they can no longer access the sound Akai and Roland with the OS version 3. And now everything is converted from one format to another while ... Only limit to 16 MB of memory that are "only" a little over 4 minutes at 44.1 Khz.

OVERALL OPINION

I have this wonder since its release in late 1992, I wanted to buy an EPS16 +, but this new model was coming so ... I broke my piggy bank. I think it is still great today. And as I rediscovered because I acquired from quality materials. No more than 2 micro balls. I have a microphone that allows me to realize quality recordings, a sound card that allows me to put any input what I want and I just received yesterday my 16 MB from the States. Is more than.
Seriously, even today after the evolution of PC, virtual instruments, sequencers ...
he always manages both the ASR and did not fade before the competition. It is a real "Home Studio" on its own: sampling / sequencing / effects.
My only regret is not having SCSI and my fear is that it breaks down: when to repair this gem today and at what price?
Getaurel07/25/2003

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

Ensoniq ASR-10
Better to have the box output spares and 16 mo ​​if it is stretched ...
Lethal effect processor: As a DP4
A unique grain and filters breathtaking.
MIDI AND MULTI MODE!

UTILIZATION

Not really need the manual, but some manipulations are complicated to understand.
Effects management is ingrable derrire without resampling, unless you have spares outputs!

SOUNDS

This machine has a big sound amricain but you have to choose their samples.
Just because you have an ASR 10 you have the sound Daft Punk, there must be adequate and sound mastering the art of "Resampling"

OVERALL OPINION

My MPC 3000 Drumtracks a pilot and my ASR 10, I threw my computer and I m'clate like crazy!
I think I found the perfect setting for any productreur rhythmic rap or electronica.
In any case it is the configuration that I have adopted.