unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

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unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by colmon » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:55 pm

thinking of stuff like transform multiply in the emu samplers (still not really sure what this sounds like)

we can also use this thread to discuss weird bugs like the infamous loop-point glitch error in the ensoniq eps/asr series

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by gcoudert » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:50 pm

Transform multiply did nothing for me in the Esi4000 but on the E4K, I like the function that allows you to resample its output internally but then I'm sure other samplers have this.
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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by cornutt » Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:49 pm

One of the things I always thought was cool about the S750/770 was the capability to draw a waveform with the mouse.
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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by colmon » Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:18 pm

yeah that's always intrigued me. didn't the fairlight also have that function? how does it sound?

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by nogginj » Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:35 pm

akai s20 - immediately accessible real time reverse button

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by madtheory » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:48 pm

Yamaha TX16W with Typhoon 2000- automatically finds the pitch of the sample and with one button press maps it into a program. Incredibly useful and time saving!

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Post by balma » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:59 pm

nogginj wrote:akai s20 - immediately accessible real time reverse button

Well, that's on the Electribe ESX 1, reverse can be even programmed with the stepmotion sequencer


I like the formant features on the Vsynth, and how can be assigned to keyboard. Also, samples can be formated, as lite, solo and ensemble.
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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by Stab Frenzy » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:46 am

colmon wrote:yeah that's always intrigued me. didn't the fairlight also have that function? how does it sound?
Depends what you draw. ;)

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Post by madtheory » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:41 pm

It was usually more useful to draw harmonics rather than a single waveform. It wasn't very good, that's why they put the sampling on!

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:39 am

The V-Synth has the ability to alter the pitch and time of a sample independently and in real time. Nothing else has that AFAIK.

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by madtheory » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:05 pm

In Kontakt you can change the pitch without changing the speed, but it uses a rather coarse pitch shifter to do it, nowhere near as cool as the V synth.

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by cartesia » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:52 pm

yeah a few have that option.. its just usually too c**p to bother using

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Post by Hugo76 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:50 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote:The V-Synth has the ability to alter the pitch and time of a sample independently and in real time. Nothing else has that AFAIK.
But now comes the Octatrack which also does that, if I'm not mistaken.

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by aeon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:28 am

  • Portamento on the Yamaha A5000 can either be time- or rate-based.
  • There are 6 effects blocks on the Yamaha A5000 that can be set up in a mixture of parallel and/or serial configurations. They can also be used on live audio input.
  • The Yamaha A5000 features an (up to) 16-stage looping step-sequencer that can be used to modulate nearly anything in the architecture.
  • You can detune, dephase, and stereo-ize a mono sample on the Yamaha A5000.
  • The Yamaha A5000 features a band of parametric EQ in the filter section.
  • The Yamaha A5000 allows you to adjust gain at the filter stage to allow for control of would-be clipping when using high resonance settings or pushed para EQ.
  • The pitch-bender on the Yamaha A5000 can be used to control sample playback, including modes for slowdown, stop, and reverse playback.
  • The Yamaha A5000 has almost a hundred effects algorithms that offer the usual fx, but also less-common means for adding dirt and artifacts, as well unique and novel treatments. The algos on offer are nicely balanced among spectral, dynamic, and temporal effects.

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Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

Post by aeon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:47 am

  • The E-mu EOS Ultra provides a true mod matrix - 43 sources, 39 destinations, the ability to modulate the mod matrix connections themselves, and goodies potential like lag-processed pink noise routed to osc pitch.
  • The E-mu EOS Ultra series can be used to burn FLASH SIMMs for use in their sample-based Proteus2K-based synths.
  • The E-mu EOS Ultra allows you to adjust the internal headroom to account for voice-scaling polyphony summation.
  • You can micro-shift the phase of the wordclock on the E-mu EOS Ultra machines so as to ease synchronization with other gear.
  • The E-mu EOS Ultra features FIR filters in its digital processing toolkit.
  • You can convolve samples on the E-mu EOS Ultra machines via use of its Transform Multiply function.
  • Samples can be animated in the stereo field via use of pitch-sensitive Doppler effects.
  • The E-mu EOS Ultra time and pitch conversion routines feature the ability to tune the processing algo to better suit (or not) the source material.
  • E-mu EOS Ultra offers Beat Munging - a real-time tool that analyzes your drum loops and phrases, automatically determines the tempo, and then loops the sample, allowing you to change the loop’s time signature, tempo, swing factor, and individually manipulate beats within the loop, all in real-time.
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX offers 12-stage true stereo/24-stage mono phasing or ring modulation with S&H moduation for stepped sweeps.
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX offers MuXster - a square wave LFO-controlled crossfader/chopper - select between the original signal and a filtered and/or delayed version of the same signal. Add LFO Resync, Width and Lag controls, all controllable via MIDI. And then add a quad version where you can set up the slicer/choppers in serial and/or parallel configurations.
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX provides up to 52 bands of vocoding, with extensive parametric control and true stereo operation.
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX can generate up to 16-voice true-stereo chorus, with independent control of the delay and pitch-shift parameters, so you have control over the spatial smear and the character. There is also control of degree of random modulation, as well as the spline curve of the modulation shape transition. You can also do a series processing of the stereo chorus engines so you have mono -> chorus1 -> (8 voices) -> chorus2 -> (~64 voices).
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX also features the Grungulator algo, whose purpose is to compromise audio quality. It consists of 5 different processing modules connected in series, each of which is capable of performing a different nonlinear distortion process on the incoming signal. Each module can be enabled or disabled, and since the effects of nonlinear signal processing are dependent on the order of operations, the 5 modules can be patched in any series connection to achieve different combined effects. Framing the 5 distortion modules are two multimode filters, one at the input and one at the output, in order to tailor the frequency characteristics of the signal pre- and post-distortion. An Envelope Follower is included which can re-impress the amplitude dynamics of the original input signal on the distorted and compressed module outputs. The 5 processes are hard/soft clipping, rectification, crossover distortion, downsamping/decimation, and bit reduction/quantizing. The decimator has variable interpolation routines - one that just drops samples and replaces their values with zero, one that does the same but applies an exponential pulse decay to the remaining samples, a hold where the remaining samples are duplicated across the discarded sample periods, linear interpolation (as in many vintage samplers), and a mode that inverts every Nth sample.
  • The E-mu EOS Ultra RFX also features a compressor with the usual threshold, ratio, attack and release controls. Nothing special there, but what if it also offered gain metering, auto-makeup gain, an adjustable soft knee, adjustable lookahead/delay, a noise gate/downward expander, compressor “tail” expansion, program-dependent release, and negative compression ratios?
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX allows you to pass live audio into the sampler in place of samples - live audio into the EOS architecture, fully modulatable, and then you can send to RFX...
  • E-mu EOS Ultra RFX gives you 4 stereo effects sends whose amounts can be modulated by any modulation source in EOS - velocity, envelopes, LFOs, random sources, real-time controllers, pedals, you name it. Those sends route to 15 stereo busses, 14 of which can have up to 6 insert effects each.

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