E-mu Emulator II

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An affordable classic early eighties sampler/workstation synthesizer. It's a sampler that sounds like an analog synth because it has analog filters! It samples at a low 8-bits (up to 17.6 seconds) so it's got that lo-fi sound which is great for some types of electronic music. Especially nice is its ability to create warm analog-ish pads and sounds. It uses those giant 5" floppy disks for storage. Also on-board is a useful 8-track sequencer. It can be hooked up to a Mac for easier editing using software such as Digidesign's Sound Designer.

The Emulator II had many new features for its time. MIDI, SMPTE and computer control. Editing samples includes truncating, manual/auto looping, reverse, velocity switch cross-fading and splicing samples together. A great feature is the 24 dB/oct analog 4-pole low pass filter. There are eight separate LFO's and eight extra individual outputs for each voice. Make no mistake, the Emulator II was a long standing professional sampler of the mid-eighties for musicians and sound designers.

The Emulator II received numerous upgrades during its four year production run from 1984 to 1988. These included the Emulator II+ with double the sample memory and the Emulator II+HD which adds a 20MB internal hard drive. The Emulator II series was replaced by the much improved Emulator III in 1988. Although both have definitely been overcome by modern samplers and workstations the Emulators remain as classic music machines. The Emulator II has been used by Depeche Mode, ABC, Genesis, Paul McCartney, Tangerine Dream, New Order, Front 242, Brian Wilson, Simple Minds, Enya, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Stevie Nicks, Yes, filmaker/composer John Carpenter, ABC, David Frank Of The System, Mr. Mister, Phillipe Saisse, Stevie Wonder, David "Hawk" Wollinski, Pet Shop Boys; even Ferris Beuller!

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Lars
December 3, 2013 @ 2:42 pm
Tom: You say 'best sounding sampler ever together with the Fairlight' ' pretty much everything you put into it come out better'. Seriously?! Unless you want your sounds to come out sounding lo grade 80's style, then this is not true in any way. The e2 does sound good in some ways but only if you want a vintage grainy sound.
ed
November 9, 2013 @ 7:04 pm
http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/msg/4182136432.html

Emulator II $750 for sale , ASR 10 $500 for sale

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polyboy
April 12, 2013 @ 10:03 am
Synclavier had 96kHz sampling, so no aliasing when you transpose. Quite a few samplers had seperate DA per channel.
Rtype
April 11, 2013 @ 5:03 am
@tom what about the Synclavier. i think emu/fairlight made some compromises in their design to get their products to market at certain price. synclavier made no compromises including D/a per voice. This means if you have reduced volume on any voice when playing back a sample it is still coming through at full res. Most volume control in the digital world involves reduced res through the d/as.
Chris
March 24, 2013 @ 5:25 pm
Can Emulator I discs be used in an Emulator II ?
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 27kHz; 8-bits; 512 KB to 1 MB storage
  • Multitimbral - 8 parts (8 midi channels)
  • Sequencer - 8-Track
  • Songs - 1
  • Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity & aftertouch
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct 4-pole lowpass with resonance
  • Control - MIDI, SMPTE, RS422 Interface
  • Date Produced - 1984

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