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Ensoniq Halo for $125 get it?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:30 pm
by goober
I don't know much about the synth if you could you really call it that, besides from what I've read on the VSE synth review page. Is it worth getting at this price? I currently don't have a "ROMpler" just an alesis micron.

Re: Ensoniq Halo for $125 get it?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:47 pm
by gordwiebe
Try it out - that's a good price.
It's basically an e-mu proteus 2000 put out by ensoniq - so, it accepts all of the e-mu expansion ROMS (4 slots) and has a nice synth engine inside that, with a little work, can get some good results.
It is a little dated as far as quality of samples goes - but, hey - $125! THe xl1 expansion would run you about $75 more - it gives a good electronic soundset and some good drum samples.

Also, the proteus keyboards are nice to play (good keys, good aftertouch) - better than most dedicated midi controllers out there these days.

Watch out for the main rotary dial - these are known to go bad (skip values/jumpy).
And, make sure it has the sound ROM installed!

Re: Ensoniq Halo for $125 get it?

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:10 am
by balma
For 125 is a great price. The semi weighted keys are good quality. It could be a great keyboard MIDI controller

But thiswa literally the last synth from Emu, and all these proteus keyboards, are assembled in China. The ROMS are placed very near to the metallic base, and the cover and lateral panels are cheap plastic. The heavy metal base, attached to a weak plastic frame. This terrible design, makes these keyboards too weak for constant transportation. It's not a robust synth.

Mine died after a few months of use, but I used it for travelling, so maybe it was an exception.

The ROM inside is the QROM. It has very good PIANO sounds, and a lot of waveforms that are simple fantastic. BUt the rest of the sounds, and most of all the presets, are really cheesy, close to General Midi sounds

Re: Ensoniq Halo for $125 get it?

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:17 am
by Ashe37
Heck I'd grab it for $125....

Re: Ensoniq Halo for $125 get it?

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:19 pm
by awol9000
gordwiebe wrote: THe xl1 expansion would run you about $75 more - it gives a good electronic soundset and some good drum samples.
you can grab one here for $50 - http://www.eprelectronics.com/store/E-m ... -ROMS-c49/