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E-MU Systems ESI-32 Digital Sampling Instrument

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    E-MU Systems ESI-32 Digital Sampling Instrument with Professional Quality Functionality at Entry Level Price-Point

    E-MU announced the ESI-32, a powerful 32 voice digital sampling instrumental featuring professional quality functionality and Emulator IIIx audio resolution at an entry level price-point. The ESI-32 digital sampling instrument's impressive feature set includes up to 32 megabytes of random access memory single in line memory modules, seamless compatibility with Emulator IIIx, Emax II and Akai S1000/1100 sound libraries, two channels of 128x oversampling sigma/delta analog-to digital conversion, 32 4-pole digital resonant filters, time compression/expansion, and virtually distortionless pitch transposition over a 10 octave range. ESI-32 also offers expandability via a number of upgrade options including alternative internal 3.5" Syquest removable media drive, RAM Memory, and the inclusion of a SCSI 50 pin port and S/PDIF digital I/O.

    ESI-32 units will be available in late November from authorized E-MU dealers for a suggested retail price of US $1495.


    E-MU's latest introduction into the digital sampling market, the ESI-32 offers high-end features and audio quality superior to any other similarly priced sampler on the market. ESI-32 units deliver functionality ideal for a variety of applications including composition, performance, recording and audio post productions. Upgrade options afford ESI-32 users the ability to customize units to their specific needs.


    + 32 voice polyphony (16 Stereo)
    + up to 32MB of standard RAM SIMMs
    + Emulator IIIx, Emax II and Akai S1000/1100 sound library compatibility
    + Time Compression/Expansion
    + Powerful DSP functions
    + Fast, Easy-to-use interface
    + Audition sample from disk (SCSI device)
    + 10 Front-panel sample playback keys
    + distortionless pitch transposition overt a 10 octave range
    + 32 4-pole digital resonant filters
    + Discreet 18-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) per channel
    + 128x oversampling sigma/delta analog-to-digital conversion
    + 4 polyphonic outputs


    + RAM SIMMs (available in 8MB and 32MB blocks)
    + Advanced SCSI links with 50-pin SCSI port
    + S/PDIF digital I/O
    + 3.5" Syquest 270MB removable hard drive


    ESI-32 features a variety of input/output capabilities including two 1/4"input ports for stereo 128x oversampling sigma/delta analog-to-digital conversion and two pair of polyphonic 1/4" output ports (sub outputs & main outputs) standard with each unit. The single pair of sub-outputs may also be used as inputs from external devices. MIDI input, output and Thru ports are standard elements of all models.

    Available as upgrade input/output options, advanced SCSI lines with a 5-pin SCSI port and/or S/PDIF digital I/O may be added to the ESI-32.


    ESI-32 units ship standard with an internal 3.5" floppy disc drive, accessible from the product's front panel, allowing for the loading and saving of samples and presets. As operating system software is stored in read only memory (ROM), ESI-32 "Boot-Up" is instantaneous and requires no manual loading of a system disc through the unit's floppy drive.

    A 3.5" Syquest 270MB removable media had drive may also be added to the ESI-32 replacing the on-board floppy drive - as an upgrade option.

    Units upgraded with the ESI-32 SCSI option may also access a variety of external mass storage SCSI devices


    ESI-32 accepts standard RAM SIMMs. Basic models ship with 2MB of installed RAM and will facilitate up to 32 MB of factory or user-installable RAM SIMMs.


    A new feature for E-MU products, ESI-32's unique Front Panel Sample Playback Keys allow up to ten independent, user-defined samples to be triggered from the front panel without use of an external MIDI Keyboard, making it an ideal tool for "house" or "hip-hop" music.


    ESI-32 features seamless compatibility with Emulator IIIx, Emax II and Akai S1000/1100 sound libraries. Combined, these libraries represent over 50 gigabytes of fully CD-Quality, 16-bit digital samples. any Emulator IIIx and Emax II bank, or Akai S1000/1100 volume (assuming memory compatibility), may be loaded directly into the ESI-32- Via SCSI mass storage device- complete with samples, key-mapping and all program parameters that have equivalents in ESI-32 voice architecture.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Sampling
    Oscillators: 2
    Sampling: 16 bit, Gated, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
    Sampling Notes:
    32 MB RAM
    Envelopes: 3
    Filters: 1
    Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 32
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches RAM: 1
    Storage: Internal
    Case: Rack
    Rack Size: 19", 2U, Full
    Display Type: LCD, Backlit
    Display Count H: 20
    Display Count V: 4
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    Audio Output Count: 6
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 18
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Year Released: 1994
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $1695 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $1500 - convert
    Used Price: $80 - $150 - convert
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