Added: 05-Jan-99 | Author: admin
New price: discontinued | S/H price: 300 ish
Ensoniq EPSI don't own one, and aint used one.... but due to request, I'm adding this page to the sampler section..... and believe me, trying to get info on the web for the EPS series is a total no-go..... I spent about 6 hours on our 128k link scouring the www, and not one single site could i find with the full specs of each machine.... well sad.... so here's the best I could find, and of course.... you users can add all the comments below and set us straight !!
The basic Ensoniq 'EPS' is a relatively cheap sampler to find secondhand, given it's spec's which are pretty good..... Not a massive memory at a maximum of 2mb, but a decent sampler nonetheless. The EPS-16+ adds built in FX which can be re-sampled, which is a great facility given the price these can be had for....
Structuraly, the EPS seems to follow the layers theory set by the Mirage series.... with each 'Instrument' consisting of up to 8 layers, each layer having 127 maximum number of samples mapped over the 61 note keyboard..... each sample can have it's own envelope, filter, LFO, pitch, and amp settings.... The filters by the way are not resonant filters ...and the LFO can't be clocked to midi.... but you do get load while-play, which may be of use in a live set-up, especially bearing in mind the fairly low memory.... What the maximum total number of samples that can be held in memory is... i dunno...
The EPS has a maximum poly of 20 notes, with 16 being more typical when in use, only 8 part multi-timbrel..... sample rates go from 6.5K up to 50K and it's 16 bit sampling......You get stereo out, and you can optionaly add an 8 output expander... whether these are available i dunno.... so you'd better check that out if there's a prospective purchase....
Believe it or not, that's all I could find.... there does seem to be quite alot of comment on the net regarding the un-reliability of these EPS machines, with output expander break-downs, power supply problems etc cropping up....however, people generaly are quick to let others know about problems, and less liable to post good news type stuff..... so I dunno...... anyway... if you use either the EPS, or EPS-16+.....please add some decent comments.... thanks.....
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