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
March 4, 2012 @ 6:38 am

I have a ESI 2000 and this sampler ( I think the esi 4000 also) can read EMAX II samples and full presets. I had all my EMAX II samples on the old syguest format. 44 MB HDs. SCSI.
With SCSI to t he ESI 2000 all samples/presets are loaded in the ESI 2000 and saved again on ZIP 200 MB drives.
Also the old EMAX II libraries on CD-Rom's are readable by the ESI 2000.
You have to load and convert the samples in the machine, but it works simple and good!
March 2, 2012 @ 7:00 am
hi! could anybody say me if the ESI4000 can read emax II samples??
sorry but my english is not very well ;P
February 16, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
The Esi4000 is the best sampler I have owned. Simple and straightforward interface makes it easy to operate and it sounds absolutely great with lots of warmth and character. Quick saving and loading times with a Jazdrive and it seems very reliable. The display (yellow) are much brighter and easier to read than the previous blueish Esi32 display.
Andreas Brandt
September 18, 2011 @ 5:32 am
@ Rob Ocelot

Can you give a detailed workaround to build the CF Option in the Module?
PLZ Mail to me ........ a.n.d.r.e.a.s AT gmx Germany

June 29, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
!!! Rob !!!

Any chance you could give / point to more details about this mod? i think an ESI with a CF reader might be a much welcome update. The "no .wav" problem is still not solved, but hey - that helps.
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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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