Just a word of warning about the EII from an owner.... It's prone to niggling reliability issues due to oxidation in the IC sockets and the fact that it's chassis is not really up to handling it's sheer weight. It's physically a very deep and heavy keyboard which doesn't fit too nicely on many stands. They don't have SCSI and require an old Mac to load via Sound Designer using the RS422 interface for access to large sample libraries. Their looping abilities aren't great compared to EIII or EMAX II. That said - they sound lovely and can be well worth the effort BUT they are not exactly cheap these days!Dj Pound wrote:Totally agree with you on that. And too some degree Akai still hasnt changed a bit in regards to sound modeling options on some of their newer samplers. Than again, Akai it seems never really focused on analog modeling style knob twisting when it came to the design of most of their sampling boxes, a feature/design I wish they would of integrated into their machines!HideawayStudio wrote: For me the issue with most of the earlier AKAI samplers is that they are poor when it comes to moulding sounds. The S900/950/1000 sound great with percussion but sadly lack decent crossfade looping and don't have resonant low pass filters.
After seeing Ferris Bueller for the umpteenth time again, just yesterday. Im jonesin' for an EMULATOR II
If you are not technically minded, remember the later EMAX IIs had SCSI, stereo sampling, considerably better looping and are MUCH more reliable with brilliant transposition running over the entire keyboard. For me, in many ways, this is a better buy. It was one of DM's samplers of choice for many years. Believe it or not the EIIIX hardware platform was based on the EMAX II - not the EIII. It sounds really smooth and is capable of making some lovely sounds. Mind you - even these are not exactly dirt cheap anymore!
The EIII is amazing but well beyond most budgets - it too is not noted for it's reliability.