E-mu ESI-4000

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The ESI-4000 is a professional sampler at a breakthrough price! It's a 64 voice sampler with 4 MB sampling (expandable to 128 MB). The ESI-4000 is basically a fully upgraded ESI-32, with double the polyphony! 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.

Well equipped for studio use, the ESI-4000 ships with 4 analog outputs and a standard built-in SCSI interface for easy integration with your computer, CD-ROM, and other storage media. The ESI-4000 is available in three varieties: Standard, Turbo, and Turbo Zip. The Turbo offers two additional stereo sub-outs, an effects stereo submix, two 24-bit stereo effects processors, and S/PDIF digital I/O. The Turbo Zip comes with all of the Turbo features and replaces the standard 3.5 inch floppy drive with an Iomega Zip drive. The Standard ESI-4000 can be upgraded using the ESI Turbo Option Kit. With its ability to grow with your needs, the ESI-4000 may be the only sampler you'll ever need to buy!

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17 Visitor comments
February 16, 2009 @ 10:18 am
I had the esi-32 and 2000 and 4000. I sold the 32 and 2000 but kept the 4000. I love it. I put the digital expansion in it and I have a hard drive and cd drive in an enclosure for it but I find that my 1 gig Jaz drive is my goto for this machine. I have all my samples on a few jaz disks and it works quickly and I can use it while I am editing and all. I am so an amateur but own a crapload of boards and such but the three I keep on at all times is my Casio wk3500 and My Roland D50 and My E-mu esi-4000. I like the korg legacy software as well so my other boards just sit and look nice mostly. The 4000's low price and excellent usability make it a great choice. mine has 32 megs up from stock 4,more then enough for me and when I say I added the digital I mean the turbo. I left the 3.5 disk drive in it and use as I said the 1 gig Jaz
John E
October 6, 2008 @ 8:53 am
Plus points - amazing filters, great for Acid Techno; very cheap second-hand prices ($100 up, not the $800 quoted in 'Specifications'); robust and reliable; good 'official' sample library on CD which includes sound sets from 'Planet Phatt' and 'Orbit' modules (the full sample set on CD is worth more than the sampler itself!); good user-base of dedicated enthusiasts spread over several forums; SCSI interface makes adding CD and Hard drives straightforward; PC interface also possible (and much better for sample editing).
User manual downloadable from :
http://www.manualnguide.com/download/manual-guide/e-mu-esi-4000-users-manual.ht ml
Minus points - limited display size makes sample editing tricky; initially simple operation hides big learning curve to get the best results; no more E-MU official support, not even software updates; not worth much without Turbo board fitted. And it has to be said, cheap PCs with software sampling solutions have really made this device obsolete.
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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 and Turbo ZIP Expansion Kits with 8 outputs, stereo-effects output, S/PDIF digital I/O, Internal SCSI Zip or Hard drive
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1998 - 2000

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