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Post by eyerish » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:05 pm

Hi
what do you folks think about the emu esi 2000? I just got one with floppy drives harddrives and a cd drive and I am looking for advice,tips and the location of a turbo option expansion emu doesn't sell them anymore so tell me what y'all think
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Post by shaft9000 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:05 am

I've got an ESI32...they're all EIII based if I remember correctly.
Functionally the same as the 2000 & 4000 just less RAM and poly. It has nice sounding filters and great fidelity, plus that Emulator Sound that comes out of everything you put into it - hard to explain. I think it'll take up to 32 MB RAM (simms or dimms?).
The Turbo kit looks like a GREAT addition with the extra outs, filters and FX. Good luck finding one!
I made a couple dozen tracks with it - a great sounding unit. I Stopped using it seriously ever since I got ACID on a pc 8 years ago - but's it's fun to plug into a keyboard and do the Ferris Bueller thing.
I'm using Emulator X studio now so the ESI gets very little attention anymore. Plus I use an ESX-1 for live playing, which is much more hands-on and fun.
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Post by JUGEL » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:13 am

maybe you should be nice and give him your Turbo kit. I would...

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Post by eyerish » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:25 am

Hey shaft9000 I pm'd you about your emu let me know I will buy
i just bought this

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Post by JUGEL » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:36 am

haha ... that's a nice honking CD-drive!!

I actually don't have a turbo kit, I got a friend's ESI-4000 laying around .. but no turbo kit.

I was suggesting that someone else be the nice guy and give you theirs :) I really doubt losing the turbo kit would lower the resale all that much. Just putting people on the spot... sorry to lead you on. I got nothing.

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Post by eyerish » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:40 am

I know I was being a goof and not paying attention I just pm'd shaft9000 I hope I get lucky I would buy the rig for a good price or just the turbo kit hey shaft talk to me bud
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Post by tallowwaters » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:12 am

just so you know, we have a whole forum dedicated to samplers. here your topics are less likely to be swamped under by pointless "versus" debates and other foolishness.

i love emu gear. easy to use and nice sound. i have an esi400 myself, though it gets neglected for my more limited samplers. it would actually be cheaper and easier to troll ebay and buy a new sampler with the turbo option already in than trying to find the turbo expansion by itself.

of course it would still be easier to find than an emaxII memory upgrade disk... sigh...
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Post by Computer Controlled » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:28 am

The ESI2000 goes up to 128mb of ram. The turbo option isn't really worth the high price people ask for them. I"ve been using one for a few years now. Scrap the floppy and grab yourself an internal ZIP 100 drive. And find the Translator program. It'll translate wave files into the proper file type the ESI can read. The only thing i can say sorta bad is the output volume isn't very high.

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Post by eyerish » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:56 am

all the zipdisk i see on ebay say they are for akai korg etc do i need one specifically for emu?
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Post by Computer Controlled » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:25 am

A ZIP drive is a ZIP drive. They're just doing that to get people to pay more. DOn't look in the music section, look in the computer section.

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Post by Yoozer » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:08 pm

And don't get a parallel one but a SCSI one. If you have a clueless seller who doesn't know the difference giving you a parallel one you've just thrown away $25 for no reason.

Every ZIP drive will die, though.

Do consider the option of putting a Flash card reader in the machine, or having one externally. That way, you don't have to include your computer as a SCSI device with all the configuration jumbo; just have another Flash card reader and move the little CF card from one slot to the other.

http://www.psism.com/pcd40.htm has something. I used to have an even better link with a really nice box that could handle several formats.

All of this probably works faster than transferring or burning CDs.

I have the ESI-4000 with Turbo Option. The effects are not that spectacular. The advantage is having 2 separate ones of 'm and sending 'm to different outputs, but to be honest - a mixer with 2 effects racks will do the same job and probably better, too. Delay time was only in ms, not syncable as far as I know, and while the reverb in there was nice, it loses from my TC M300 (which is a cheap box with a dual engine and way faster to configure).
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Post by tallowwaters » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:10 pm

Yoozer wrote:
http://www.psism.com/pcd40.htm has something. I used to have an even better link with a really nice box that could handle several formats.
thanks for the link. a shame those things cost so much, as i would really love to go this way as my harddrives are getting a bit noisy.

edit - the one that reads multiple kinds of cards is on that site, it is the one that costs around 300 bucks. the pcd40 goes around 30 bucks, 20 bucks

here is another link that user altitude put up a while back.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/microtech_dpai_scsi.html
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Post by madtheory » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:22 pm

You need to read this article:
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Dec01/a ... ede0d5b1d7
It's an ESI masterclass, pretty much everything you need to know. I wrote it ;)

The Turbo option is OK. The effects are nothing special but you can do some nice real time mod and feedback tricks. You get a digital out also which is good. I wouldn't go nuts if I didn't have one though.

I would get a SCSI hard drive instead of a Zip. Get a SCSI card for your PC and you can burn Emu format CDs of your own sounds. Ideally get a 650 Meg HD to make it easier to make CD images without worrying about fragmentation. But I use a 4 Gig and it works great.

You need mac SIMMs for the memory. The manual explains this very well. It's a very good manual generally.

I still use my ESI, it's a great sounding sampler and I like the OS.

By the way, I have a Zip 100 drive since 1997, and it still works perfectly.

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Post by eyerish » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:51 pm

the sampler I got has a scsi cab;e to a box with power supply a 4 gig HD and a cd drive can I change the cd drive in the enclosure to a burner?
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Post by madtheory » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:09 pm

YOu cannot burn CDs directly from the Emu. You have to make a disk image from the EMu HD onto your PC first. What you could do is buy a better CD drive- yours has a caddy, those are a PITA. A SCSI internal would cost about $10.

Read the article.

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