E-mu Emulator III

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The Emulator III was E-mu's biggest classic "Digital Sound Production System". Also called the "EIII", it was E-mu's biggest and most professional sampler-synthesizer prior to the 1990's. It was the first sampler to offer 16-bit CD-quality specs with stereo or mono sampling at 44.1kHz or 33kHz. RAM memory is 4 MB expandable to 8 MB. There are extensive and modern sample editing features (from looping to rate conversions). The on-board 16-track sequencer and arpeggiator are also superb. Equipped with MIDI, SMPTE, SCSI, built-in disk-drive and multiple outputs, the EIII is comfortable in any studio. A Macintosh can also be hooked up to the EIII for easier graphical editing which was very useful since the LED screen on the synth is so tiny.

As a sampler workstation the EIII was at one time the dominating force. Although modern machines far exceed it today, the EIII is still a quality instrument with controls and functions that would be familiar to anyone who uses samplers. A very classic machine that can still stand strong among a generation of sampler workstations 10 years later, the EIII is still in use and will continue to be used for many more years. It has been used by Depeche Mode, Genesis, and JellyFish.

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17 Visitor comments
August 10, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
To clarified the difference between the old E3 and newer E3X's: The old E3 has analog filters. It also has MANY potential technical problems due to using bad molex connectors and MANY circuit boards. It has 8 MB ram. The newer E3XP/XS has only one modern circuit board and can have 32 MB ram. It has no potentical technical problems. The software is THE SAME in the old E3 and newer E3X models. The E3X has very good 24 DB digital resonating filters. I have had the old E3 but today I have an E3XP with 32MB RAM and I have no lust for the old one at all. The digital algorithms are identical in both
Marq Lativ
November 15, 2012 @ 12:56 pm
Hi, differences between xp and xs is only the analog input at the xs, rest is the same, eiii is by far the best sounding emu, if you like hifi, 16 bit stereo, 8mb ram, analog filter, good reso, but it has its issues, loose inner parts, you need a good tech guy, soundwise the xp,xs are great aswell but not as strong in the bottom end as the eiii, a big advantage of the xp, xs upto 32 mb ram and the low price...
November 9, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
@jack - http://users.skynet.be/emxp/Additional_downloads.htm
October 20, 2012 @ 12:32 am
anyone know where I can get Operating software for the EIIIxp. It Turns on and the Floppy drive engages but my Floppy's are toast and my optical drive with my many gigs of Emulator sounds are wasted. Anyone?????
October 4, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
The EIII has analog filters, whereas the EIIIX series are digital. Makes a big difference. Baiscally the architecture is very different.
It's also a different way of pitch shifting the samples IIRC. A lot of differences.
The EIII is much nicer sounding IMHO but the EIIIx have more voices and have certain prqactical advantages (and still sound really good)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit, 44.1kHz (67 seconds)
  • Sequencer - 16 tracks, 100 patterns, 100 songs
  • Filter - Yes there is a filter and it is FAT!
  • VCA - ADSR envelope control
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity and aftertouch)
  • Memory - 4Mb expandable to 8Mb
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987

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