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Emu EMAX 1

23-Aug-2017

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Emu EMAX 1



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Added: 09-Nov-01  |  Author: admin

New price: out of production  |   S/H price: 250 ish up to 400

Emu EMAX 1

E-mu were really the first company to offer commercially affordable sampling with the early Emulator keyboards.
The Emax, was introduced with a price of about 2.8K Sterling.........Nearly 3000 pounds !!, and was at the time considered a big time luxury item, offering as it did, high quality E-mu sampling, and access to the superb E-mu sample library.

This is the sampler I would recommend on a budget over ANY other, for it's sheer sound quality, versatility, and simplicity of use/editing


It absolutely pisses on the S900, and whilst the Casio FZ-1, and Roland S series do have a synthesis section, I think the Emax is better...definately a better library than the FZ, Better sample organisation than the Rolands.....and in terms of the synthesis, sound quality/output converter quality it even beats the S1000.
Even if you have a sampler, or you're not on a budget, I would still recommend an Emax just for it's sheer creativity, library, & ease of use.

Nowadays the E-max is right down in the bargain bin......I saw one in the LOOT free ad's paper about 5 weeks ago for only 350 pounds !!
Out of all the budget priced samplers, the E-max is the one. Not only do you get the superbly warm E-mu output converters, so that kik drums and the like are big and fat with plenty of punch; but the E-max also functions as a superb keyboard synth !!

REALLY !....You got to here this thing. The Emax has a full compliment of filters etc, so you can treat raw samples and turn them into weird synth sounds. Only expensive newer samplers offer anything like these facilities, and still with the Emax you get the excellent Emax library.
The sounds from the Emax library, are nearly all ported down from their higher spec/sample rate machine, the E3 , ( something of a legend in it's own lunchtime ). GREAT SOUNDS is the only way to describe them. Brilliant warm filtered pads is the Emax's thing, as well as a great ethnic stuff and some nice analogue waves you can filter to bits.

Often the pads have a few surprises, with secondary samples fading in later in the envelope. The Emax can do this because, although technically it is only 8 note poly, those 8 notes can each contain a primary and secondary sample, which can be velocity switched/faded, scale switched/faded, and enveloped, as well as having seperate mapping & analog processing. Combine this with all the midi/filter/Q and other functions, and you get some total sounds, as well as the ability to velocity fade drum samples, while still maintaining 8 note poly. It really is a sampler AND great sample synth all in one at such a cheap price.

Although being only 1 meg, Emax supports about 5 different sample rates, so you can get quite a bit of time. For example, I have one disk, called the "Bliss Disk", that has 99 preset sound banks on it !! , and they are all different.
The Emax also has the most comprehensive arpeggiator I've ever seen on a keyboard, the combinations are enormous, and you can clock it to midi......It is seriously awesome.

The Emax also excells at string sounds. They are so round, fat and upfront, and again combine this with the analogue processing section and you get some wicked pads with names like "1000 mm Lens" Emax will also create pads from things like heavily detuned cymbel samples etc....In fact I hear loads of ambient & other dance tracks featuring Emax sounds...When you play those sounds to people at the studio, they go..."OH Yeah !!.......That's that sound from....."




I use the Emax for all it's sounds and also to provide kiks and snares, and here's an idea of how good and up-front it's sound is........

I got a deal offer from Profile Records, and the management company, demanded a 24 track 2" mix ( God knows why ).......Anyhow I got in the studio complex, y'know , big place/top gear/name clients etc, and me and the engineer were getting all the sounds up on the board. When we started on the drums I had a 909 kik & snare comin off the Emax, (which is a 12 bit sampler)........So I says , "Hey, why don't we use the S1000 for the drum sounds"...... cos I knew the S1000 was 16 bit and although I never really heard one to compare, I just assumed it would sound more punchy and upfront .

So we wired in the S1000 and stuck in the studios 909 samples, then we ran the sequencer and compared the Emax and the S1000 sound........
We both listened for a minute, looked at each other, and the engineer raised his eyebrows an said...."lets stick with the Emax ".......There was no more punch from the Akai, an the Emax was a bit warmer.

Well that's about it.......Just to say that there were a few different models made. There was the Emax HD which has a 40 mb hard drive in it, and the Emax SE, which had an extra synthesis section (not sure what it does), and apparently goes up to 2 meg....(we explored this myth i think in the chat forum, we thought it was a myth ! ?...)..... anyways, they are so cheap now, you could get 2. one as a sampler and one as a synth !!......My dream studio would have 4 Emax Racks...!!!!.....

However, since I wrote that page, stuff like Akai s2000's with up to 32mb of simms & libraries a-plenty, are hovering around the 450 (UK) level secondhand at the lowest....... it's impossible to rate these older lo-memory units when within the last year we've seen big,newer samplers drop to the same price !(?).....

For straight sampling & production, you'd be nutz to not go for a larger memory unit.... but the emax has a serious sound that is upfront as fuck and warm..... and most of it's sounds are excellent..... it was a top-end item on release costing nearly 3k !!!... and it shows..... but bare in mind the above .....if it's cheap and you can't go higher to an s2000,esi etc.... look at these, look also if you want a unique machine & sound......

It's hard to know what will happen to machines like the emax, s900, s330 etc... will owners hang on to them, or will they hit bargain bin prices ?..... still, the emax is the rolls-royce of the older 1mb 8 note samplers... enjoy...








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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: pjotr
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Date: 04-Apr-99

what format is the Emax 1 disk drive? 3.5" or 5.1/4" diskettes ?

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Name: kilo
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Date: 22-Apr-99

3.5 dd disks

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Date: 26-Apr-99

Hi, absollutlyf..ing great site !!!! And the Emax SE HD is a really cool sampling device, despite having not too much memory, but its filters makes any sample a great hybrid synth, it's also a good controller, my dad brought it to me as a birthday present because of my 16th birthday that will be on July and I'm still astonished of the incredible sound that it has !!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT SAMPLER FOR HIP HOP AND TECHNO !!!!!!!! CHEERS !!!!!!

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ARRFGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! BLOODY ERROR!!!!!!!! THIS SAMPLER WORTHS 5 MARKS, NOT 4 !!!!!!!!! CHEERSSSSSSS !!!!!

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: Johan Martinsson
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Date: 08-Aug-99

How do you use the 9 pin "Computer Interface" on the Emax SE?

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: panic
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Date: 10-Aug-99

how can i obtain/gain access to the lauded emax sample library mentioned above. just got one and already love it.

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: Ricardo N.
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Date: 10-Aug-99

Is it possible to boot an original Emax with a formatted Emax SE OS floppy ??
P.S.

COOL SITE !!!!!!

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: b. nutt
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Date: 07-Sep-99

Hi. Im looking to buy my first sampler and i need some info. At first i was leaning more towards an Akai of sorts but now i hear tell about this Emax.Im so confused on what to do. PLEASE!!! E-mail me!!!

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: b. nutt
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Date: 07-Sep-99

Oh, I forgot to add above that i would like to know about the Casio FZ-1. Thank You!!! (Awsome site!)

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: Sean Vindahl
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Date: 21-Dec-99

I got both emax's (I & II) at my studio!
and I love them!
especially the emax 1's analoge filters!

(btw. if one can't make great samples with max. 1 MB! then they shouldn't buy a sampler! I think that's the art of sampling! I would rather keep my emax's
over a big Akai sampler!)

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Name: Emuarc
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Date: 28-Oct-00

The Emax is an excellent low cost sampler, with a warm sound, it basically an Emulator II reborn. It has 512Kbytes of memory not 1MB. We can still supply Emax sample diskettes (physically or for download).

emuarc

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: frank
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Date: 29-Dec-03

i have samples emax 1 . but my emu e4x wil not read them. what program can read the samples .so i can use them

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: ollie
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Date: 06-Jan-04

Hello. I am selling an Emax II on ebay.co.uk. It has no reserve and is currently under 40.


The link to bid is:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2371011981&category=1289


Good luck for those interested!

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Name: machine
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Date: 02-Apr-06

Hello

Im thinking about buying an emax 1 sampler but there is one thing i'd like to know first.

is the floppy the only way you can stream samples to the emax with, so I have to use the discs ? Is there any other way, like an audio-In channel or something.

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Name: a
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Date: 03-Apr-06

it's got an rs computer port also - see the link for more info

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Date: 13-Mar-08

Hi

Im trying to get hold of the OS on floppy disk for the Emax SE HD! Can anyone help!

thanks!

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: admin
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check that link for emax OS downloads - there's also a pdf telling how to use the disk images

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Product:  Emu - EMAX 1
Name: Theo Hilton
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Date: 16-Apr-14

Emu Emax SE user here. I had them all. No others come even close to the same ball park in which the Emax 1 plays. The SE version has some advanced manipulation option over samples. Extremely characterful sound! If you have ever a chance to look in to the inside of this device you start to understand where this voluminous sound is actually coming from. Such devices as simply no longer produced. It was very expensive back in 1986 and few would actually be able to afford it ourdays in case of a identical re-production.

And yes, sampling on low frequency will add some marvellous artefacts to the sound that are hard to describe. Pure magic.

Indeed it pisses all over S900/950. It's like comparing a Fiat with a Ferrari. I know because I had them all...

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