E-mu ESI-2000

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The ESI-2000 is the latest truly professional sampler at a breakthrough price! It's a 64 voice sampler with 4 MB sampling (expandable to 128 MB). Like its predecessors, the ESI-2000 has superb sampling quality, an intuitive user interface and all the professional features that you would expect from a great sampler! There is a host of powerful DSP capabilities and sample editing tools including time compression and expansion, parametric EQ, and digital tuning, manual and automatic truncation, cross-fade looping, cut, copy, paste, normalization, transform multiply and automatic correlation for easy looping. Add to that ten programmable trigger buttons for firing off grooves from the face of the unit.

Well equipped for studio use, the ESI-2000 ships with 4 analog outputs that can be upgraded to 8 plus a stereo-effects output and S/PDIF digital I/O with the Turbo Option Board. A standard built-in SCSI interface provides easy integration with your computer, CD-ROM, and other storage media. The ESI-2000 is without a doubt the best entry-level professional sampler. In the ESI-series, the 2000 falls in between the ESI-32 and ESI-4000. The low cost and option to heavily upgrade and expand it allow it to grow with your needs. It may be the only sampler you'll ever need to buy! It is used by Somatic Responses.

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5 Visitor comments
May 13, 2012 @ 4:07 pm
haha...quiet output? i just got one where the main volume control worked the wrong way round! eg: max to min. that had me stumped, thought i'd have to clean or change
the pot...then i looked at 'recalibrate': you can change the range of the volume control,
and some (knob) had decided to invert it.
lord o46
December 19, 2010 @ 1:06 am
Absolutely amazing FILTERS,
March 22, 2010 @ 8:07 pm
Totally agree with nutoniom....10 years old & still extremely usefull. Though I spend most of my writing/production time with softsynths, I still like to use it for certain ¨hands-on¨ tasks.
It shares the rack case with a Proteus 2000 along with an SH-32 sitting on top (which I re-sample & re-process on the ESI)...All the kit I would ever need!......Mind you, I never got around to buying the optional effects board...errr.
December 20, 2009 @ 5:39 pm
I've had this unit for 10 years now, superb bit of kit, would definitely not part with. I sometimes hear complaints about the unit having ''a quiet output'' !?!? Hello ? The big knob labeled VOLUME on the front panel is not just for the headphones you know :)

great filters, Kick a$$ sampler, period
December 16, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
Bought one of these recently (as new in it's box) that had been left languishing in a stockroom down in Bristol. Yes there's some fine contempary kit about these days but it was mint and reasonably priced! Apart from the hassel of finding a SCSI CD Rom and HD (I settled for a old zip drive) the unit sounds fantastic once you are sorted. The CDs supplied with the unit have enough sounds to keep one amused. I love the vintage synth samples (you also get the sets from EMU's Proteus, Orbit etc. The Mellotron samples for me really get the goose bumps going!

The units sceen for editing samples make it a chore (no graphic editor) to use but that's the only gripe. Oh and you have to bump up the memory!
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  • Manual - Download the original owners manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit Sampling at 22.05 Khz and 44.1 Khz (analog); 32 Khz, 44.1 Khz, and 48 Khz via S/PDIF option, (18-bit A/D)
  • Memory - 4 MB standard, expandable to 128 MB with 72 pin SIMMS.
  • Filter - 64 digital 6-pole filters (19 different types)
  • Effects - Optional Dual Stereo Effects Processors: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flange, Distortion and Vibrato, Doppler, Aphex Aural Exciter
  • Keyboard - None
  • Options - Turbo Expansion Kit with 8 outputs, stereo-effects output, S/PDIF digital I/O, Internal SCSI Zip or Hard drive
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1999

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