EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

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EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by chemically engineered » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:31 am

its quit ironic that i have 2 samplers, yet still dont know much about sampling. this guys wants to trade a s3000xl + some cash for one of my keyboards. what advantages does akia have over eps and emu? i read in one of the forums that akai is good for bass and drums, as emu is good for pads, strings and such. if thats the case i think it would be good to samples bass and drums with the akai and strings and suck on the emu. has anyone ever ran a sampler to a sampler to a sampler for all the different effects on each on? i was thinking of something like this but it might just be insane, sounds cool imo tho.

peace jerry

ps everyone says the EPS is real easy to use...i cant figure out how to work the sequencer. if i pres any of the buttons nothing happens. my os is 2.4.
dx-7, eps, s3000xl, mc-50, big muff, morley wah, bass

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Post by JMP » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:17 am

If it helps, I found the interface of the EMU ESI range very simple and straighforward to use over the Akai S3000XL.

The ESI range can load/convert Akai S1000 samples too (in addition to Emax II).

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Post by Alphacode » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:18 pm

I will go on the favor to the EMU also , i got the ESI 4000 TURBO and it was the best piece of rack sampler ever, Cool filters very simple interface and very good specs . Got a S2000 and will never go back to akai again i guess.

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Post by gcoudert » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:45 pm

JMP wrote:The ESI range can load/convert Akai S1000 samples too (in addition to Emax II).
Yes but only via SCSI. They won't read non-ESI floppies. They are also fully compatible with the EIIIX library over SCSI. In fact, they're a repackaged and slightly scaled down version of the EIIIXP. The S3000XL will read E-mu (EIII) and Roland samples/programs over SCSI too.

The E-mu filters are better than the Akais' in my opinion but with the cutoff frequency set at 99 and resonance at 0, the differences are barely noticeable.

The main difference lies in the memory structure. Akai samplers will let you load/save volumes, programs and samples individually if you want to. With ESI/E4 samplers, you can only save Banks, although you can load banks, presets and samples separately.

My preference goes to E-mu. I (have) own(ed): Esi-4000, E4K, S2000, S1000 and S2800i.

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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by princefan3 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:42 pm

im considering going the other way on this...i ve found the esi 4000 turbo
a complete arse to try and play...its all over the place....

all i want is a sampler to play back chop/lopp etc a sample and play it out of
one output not several/clashing/layering/zoneing/.

very sour subject this as i purchased this at the wrong time..major s**t storm
and i cant use the fecking thing...

going for the 3000 xl or an mpc...

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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by Yoozer » Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:58 am

Go for a Z4 then, at least it comes with modern connections (USB) and it knows what .wav files are so you can edit them on a computer.
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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by tallowwaters » Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:38 am

check the date of the original post before numbpole revived it.
Brains can be used like a "stress ball," but only once.

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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by Yoozer » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:39 pm

I did, and it was him who I was replying to ;). My crystal ball tells me to expect more crickets and tumbleweed, and a similar vague question with voluntary punctuation in 2-3 months or so.
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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by princefan3 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:44 am

well the dirty deed was done...traded the esi 4000...for the 3000xl last weekend

the sales guy who knows a thing or two,had to agree with me that they were hard work,

wasnt too sure about the swap himself,as he hopes its not going to sit around for years.

it will either fly out...or a sitter...i vouch the latter...

will let you all know how things progress.

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Re: EPS + EMU ESI-32 vs S3000XL

Post by tallowwaters » Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:06 pm

Yoozer wrote:I did, and it was him who I was replying to ;). My crystal ball tells me to expect more crickets and tumbleweed, and a similar vague question with voluntary punctuation in 2-3 months or so.
:lol:

and as if on f**k cue!
Brains can be used like a "stress ball," but only once.

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