Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

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Post by tom Cadillac » Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:56 am

I picked up an EPS v cheap and in lovely condition. Don't know how much more you get with a 16+, but anyway I think its wonderful. Its so easy to use - loops so easily. And I can get both interesting percusiion samples with a mic and sounds from other synths seem to turn into this characteristic warped organ sound on it. Which I'v used a lot. Its got the same keyboard (I think) as the SQ80, which is v disctinctive to play. Sure its limited - but it says 'performance sampler' on it. Which is exactly what it is - a great keyboard for playing.

I'v got another keyboard sampler from this era - a casio FZ1. Yummy. Want more. But don't really like Rolands....
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Post by analogcontrolfreak » Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:14 am

Thanks, for the info guys, I really appericate it.

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Post by elsongs » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:24 am

As a former EPS and ASR-10 owner, that heat sink is a b***h. Ensoniq samplers were known for crashing due to overheating, especially if it gets hot where you are during the Summer. Get a small fan or D.I.Y. out of an old computer fan and have it point to/mount on the heatsink, it'll help things go more stable on your Ensoniq.

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Post by desdinova » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:42 pm

elsongs wrote:that heat sink is a b***h.
Ultimate truth. You also want to make sure that the keyboard fault has already been repaired OR it is blessed by some ancient god, because if it's not, you're going to have, at least, calibration issues.
Not to disuede anyone, they're minor niggles that scar an otherwise amazing instrument.
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Post by rockmanrock » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:56 pm

Just to add to the positive vibes.. My first one cost me 1000 pounds and was worth every penny. They're now stupidly cheap, I got a back-up one a year or so back with the flash RAM and SCSI interface for under 100 quid.

One of my favourite features aside from all the cool stuff already mentioned was the 'synthesied loop', feed it any sound and it will mash it up into something which loops.

The ASR10 and ASR-X are better resamplers though.

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Post by piRoN » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:16 pm

Don't forget the non-realtime compressor either. Great fun to be had squeezing the s**t out of drum loops with it, instant breakbeat action for those so inclined.
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Post by SfS_JD » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:15 am

In my last performing band(1990 - 1997), I used an Ensoniq EPS and a VFX-SD, along with a rack-mounted Kurz PX1000 and an Alesis D-4 drum module. We were a sequenced 3-piece band and the EPS was the sequencer, along with being my primary controller. It even ran our midi-controlled lights! What an awesome sampler/keyboard! I still believe the EPS had the best hardware sequencer ever built. Sure, it only had 8 tracks but by using the song tracks and being creative, there isn't much you couldn't do. I did a lot of my own sampling with it back then too, cause it was so darn easy. The only thing it was lacking was the ability to change tempo globally in a sequence, which would have come in handy sometimes in a live band.

Ensoniq was a great company back then and the EPS was an excellent machine. I later got an EPS 16Plus but honestly, I prefered the original EPS. I knew that thing so well inside and out, I felt completely comfortable with it in any live situation. Ah, they don't make them like that anymore...

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Post by diezdiazgiant » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:20 am

i think hoax just sold me on buying a fun new toy...
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Post by tallowwaters » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:01 am

diezdiazgiant wrote:i think hoax just sold me on buying a fun new toy...
yep, thats what he does. he's a true bastard. :wink:
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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by analogcontrolfreak » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:46 am

Hmm! I did not know this was getting replies still?

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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:40 pm

When I gigged back on '90, i was controlling an EPS from my SHS-10... ok, make fun of me, but i was essentially triggering loops because i cannot play while singing.... I've been a little tempted to pick one up just to see if its as much fun as i remember...

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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by matti » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:16 am

I'm a current user of an ASR-10 and i love it's effects! It's also been very reliable altho i'm not using it for sampling as much these days. Just as a masterkeyboard and an fx machine. A very cool toy :)

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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by fishermane » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:43 am

Amongst other things, I think it's rather excellent for vocal samples (I've always found that it helps to give them a bit of extra life)...

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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:41 am

From 1991 to 1999 ALL of my music was recorded within an EPS-16+. If I only could have expanded the memory, I would have used it longer and even more. I loved the thing. It crashed a lot when I first bought it (new), but it seemed to adapt to my usage of it. It was a great device with a lot of unique functionality, and I would endorse it to anyone.
Of course, all of you kids who are used to editing samples on a computer are in for some learnin'. :wink:
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Re: Want to know more about the Ensoniq EPS 16+?

Post by djalks » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:45 am

If you want to ear an artist who utilize it, check El-p "Fantastic Damage".
Awesome.

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