E-mu ESI-32

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The ESI-32 is an excellent polyphonic sampler for any musician at any level. It offers all of the same sampler-type features and goodies that you would find in other Akai and Roland samplers. Its base model is perfect for anybody looking to get into sample-based music and is designed to grow and expand with you into a complete and professional sampler.

The standard ESI-32 comes with 2 MB of RAM (about 11 seconds at 44.1kHz stereo), 32 voices polyphony, 16 MIDI multitimbral parts, built-in 3.5" disk drive, extensive editing features and an easy to use interface. Sampling can be in any combination of Left, Right or Stereo in, at 44,100 or 22,050 Hz. Auto looping, truncating, triggered sampling and auto key placement functions make sampling fun and easy. Editing features include truncating, loop editing, gain, reverse, taper, DC filter, stereo/mono, tuning, compressing, Para-EQ, time comp/exp, pitch shift, Doppler, exciter and transform multiply (harmonic sample morphing) as well as a host of envelope, filter, velocity and MIDI effects.

When that's not enough anymore you can easily upgrade the ESI-32 with user-installable parts from E-mu. Increase the RAM up to 32 MB for very extended (up to 6 minutes) sample times. Replace the disk drive with an internal ZIP or hard disk. Install the external SCSI card for external drives or computer interfacing with ReCycle and some Sequencers. The Turbo Expansion kit offers the greatest bang for the buck. You get two on-board effect processors with reverb, delay, chorus and distortion. Up to 8 outputs are made available. The VCF (filter) section has several awesome filter algorithms for filter sweeping or tweaking loops and sounds. The professional purists can add the Digital I/O card for digital sample input and main output. The ESI-32 is without a doubt the easiest to use, customizable, upgradeable and professional sampler perfect for anybody who is thinking about sample-based music. It is used by Daft Punk, Ixy InDaMix, and Somatic Responses as well as many, many more.

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27 Visitor comments
Jorge Ignacio
April 13, 2012 @ 6:57 am
I have a really nice emu esi 32 sampler with a cd-rom player and 10 hard to find e-mu cd-roms of all kinds of sounds, any one interested? I will give it away.
January 10, 2012 @ 8:18 pm
Usa el reception number
March 13, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
I just bought one of these. The sound IS warmer and fatter than the average Akai sampler as you´re told everywhere. The preset/sample handling is still bit cryptic compared to the program/sample in the Akai. Looping and editing samples is quicker than Akai S3000s. Nice sampler for instant looping, let your creativity flow. Solid case and high quality. 4 outs are enough for my needs and 32mb more than enough.

The downside is the poor SCSI support. I can´t even get an old Ioemga Zip100 to work.
February 3, 2011 @ 5:35 pm
I love this machine, worked with one (fully upgraded + effects board) for about a year in 1998/99 and produced several tracks with it. It's easy to use, pumps out good sound and is fun to work with, what else could you ask for. Anyone looking for a good sampler that is easy to master should give this one a try.
November 14, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
I have recently acquired one of these, and I'm very impressed. Up to now I've just used software in the form of Reason with it's NN-XT sampler, though it's not a sampler but a sample player. I love the ease of use of this ESi 32 where you can sample and map in one go instantly. The sound is better too. In software you have to record and edit in one application and then load the files into another to play it, very long winded. With this hardware you can do it all in one, makes for a more spontaneous workflow. It's coupled with a syquest ez flyer 230 meg drive. I agree with others on here in that you really do need a drive, it makes the process a lot simpler.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Sampler - 16-Bit, 22 to 44.1 kHz sample rates in stereo
  • Memory - 2 MB expandable to 32 MB
  • Filter - Turbo Kit: 4 & 6 pole lowpass E3x lowpass, various hi-pass and band-pass, phaser, flanger and more
  • Effects - Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flange, Distortion and Vibrato
  • Keyboard - None
  • Options - Turbo Expansion Kit and 8 outputs, Internal SCSI Zip or Hard drive, Digital I/O card, external SCSI interface
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1994/95
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