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
Rob Ocelot
June 16, 2011 @ 2:40 pm
I've modded my ESI400 to take Compact Flash cards using the internal SCSI bus, a SCSI to IDE converter, and an IDE to CF interface -- all powered by the ESI's internal power supply. Still quite useful today especially at the prices they go for.
January 9, 2011 @ 6:03 pm
To Mariusz napisz do mnie na - info"malpa"jakub.org.pl - sprobuje ci pomóc.
I check all samplers from ESI series and this one have the best sound from all but inside look not good like ESI32. Most connection tape is very delicate and sensitive to bending.
So, if you must open ESI4000 you must be very careful.
December 29, 2010 @ 5:51 am
Witam! jestem posiadaczem 4000 i probowalem podlaczyc napęd cd, ale cos sie sknocilo bo mi teraz sampli z dysku nie pokazuje, nie nie wiem tez za pomoca jakiego programu zaladowac sample na deyskietke zip w komputerze.
Prosze pomożcie. Pozdrawiam Mariusz
January 16, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
Just bought one myself for 175USD and it rules. everything they said is true!!! it's warm and fuzzy and sounds very full. This is an awesome sampler for the current prices there at!!! There not so good for controlling remotely and use some old tech but that's why we have MIDI!!! it sounds beautiful and much better than a soft sample will ever sound.
January 12, 2010 @ 3:45 pm
Just picked up a ESI-4000 for $100 w/ turbo and internal ZIP. Honestly, these sound like a massive pain in the a$$ and rely on totally broke and obselete formats (ZIP, SCSI, etc.) without the possibility of workarounds offered by the later EOS samplers (e.g. no WAV import, etc.)...

BUT... for the price of a nice dinner out with my beau or a couple weeks' worth of Starbucks, [beep] , right? I need a hardware sampler with submix outs to use live and this looks like it'll work (the ol' daw doesn't like travelling anymore and people who bring laptops on stage [beep] ... why don't you just plug in your iPod touch and call yourself a musician?)
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
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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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