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E-mu Systems ESI-4000 Sampler Module

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ESI is the very latest in the long line of high quality and affordable E-mu sampling products. ESI features 22.05 kHz and 44.1 kHz sampling rates and 16-bit resolution for CD quality sound. Sampling can be performed in either mono or true stereo. 64 channels of polyphony allow you to stack sounds or create lush sequences without fear of channel “ripoff”. The user-upgradable memory can be expanded to a maximum of 128 Mbytes using standard SIMM modules (Details and installation are available at your E-mu dealer).

The ESI has full access to the huge library of sounds available from E-mu and other sources. It is fully compatible with the legendary EIII and EIIIX libraries, and can import Emax II and Akai S1000/S1100 banks. In many cases, the ESI can import and convert programs faster than the source unit!

The advanced features of the ESI make sampling easy. Samples can be automatically truncated, normalized and placed on the keyboard as the sample is taken. ESI also contains advanced tools such as Auto Correlation, Loop Compression and Crossfade Looping which allow even the most difficult sounds to be easily looped.

Samples can be digitally spliced and mixed with other samples, and dynamically controlled from the keyboard using velocity and positional crossfading and switching functions. Advanced digital processing features such as Sample Rate Conversion, Compressor, Digital Parametric Equalizer and Digital Tuning allow you to shape raw samples more quickly and with greater precision than computer based systems. Additional digital processing functions include: Time Compression and Expansion, which shorten or lengthen the time of samples without changing the pitch; and Doppler/Pan, which allows you to move samples forward and backwards in space as well as from side to side. The Sonic Enhancer adds brilliance and cut to a sample, helping it to stand out in a mix.

The ESI contains 19 different filters types for each of its 64 channels. The digital filters are very “analog sounding” and implement the following filter types:

• 12, 24, or 36 dB/octave Lowpass filters with Resonance
• 2nd & 4th order Highpass filters with Resonance
• 2nd & 4th order Bandpass filters with Resonance
• Contrary Bandpass filter
• Three types of Swept EQ filters
• Three Phasers and one Flanger filter with Resonance
• Two morphing Vocal Formant filters
• Bottom Feeder
• Original ESi-32 24 dB/octave Lowpass filter

Modulation sources include three AHDSR envelope generators and a multi-wave LFO per channel, as well as full MIDI modulation control over virtually every parameter.

The ESI's unique Trigger Mode allows up to ten different samples to be triggered from the front panel without connecting a keyboard, making it an ideal tool for DJ's.

The ESI is 16 part multi-timbral which means you can create complex sequences and sound effects.

Four polyphonic audio outputs with integral submix returns allow you to process certain sounds separately and return them to the main outputs without using up precious mixer channels. The Turbo option card adds four additional submix outputs plus an Effects main output. The ESI can access up to 999 samples per bank arranged in up to 256 presets. The integral 3.5" floppy disk drive provides a convenient means of storing and loading banks. A built-in SCSI interface provides access to external high density media such as hard disks, magneto-optical disks or CD ROM.

A digital interface, available on the “Turbo” option, facilitates the transfer of stereo digital audio between digital recorders, mixers, etc. The Turbo option card also contains two stereo 24-bit digital effects processors which add Reverb, Delay, Flanging and Distortion effects to the ESI. Over 70 effects are implemented which can be applied on a per MIDI channel basis or by keyboard “Zone”. Each preset can have its own effect program when ESI is in Omni or Poly mode.

In developing ESI, we retained the logical and easy-to-use interface of the industry-proven EIIIX and enhanced it with our state-of-the-art G-chip and H-chip hardware. The G-chip allows smooth sample transposition over a wide range while the H-chips retain the warm character of analog filters.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Sampling
Oscillators: 4
Oscillator Notes:
4 - 128 MB RAM
Sampling: 16 bit, 22.05 kHz, 44.1 kHz
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, Band Limit, Band Pass, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Parametric, Z-Plane
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 64
Timbrality: 16
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 512
Patches ROM: 1024
Storage: Tape, Hard Drive, Internal
Editing: MIDI, SCSI
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 2U, Full
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 24
Display Count V: 4
Dimensions (WxDxH): W - 17.125" (43.5cm), H - 3.5" (8.9cm), L - 9.75" (23.7cm)
Weight: 10 lbs / 4.5 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 6
Inputs: SPDIF, RCA Stereo L/R
DAC Bits: 18
DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
Power: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, auto-switching supply, less than 30 watts consumption
Year Released: 1998
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $1,495 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,350 - convert
Used Price: $150 - $250 - convert

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