Ensoniq ASR-10

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The ASR-10 stands for the Advanced Sampling Recorder - a completely digital music production studio. It's a 16-bit sampler that came in both keyboard and rack-mount versions. It shipped with 2 MB of sample memory which could be expanded to 16 MB for a few minutes of stereo cd-quality sampling time. It lets you choose from sample rates of 30 to 44.1 kHz and has all the professional sample editing functions you would expect to find from a pro sampler including autolooping, volume smoothing, normalize, crossfading, and time comp/exp. Even resampling through its effects, EQ, etc. is possible!

What's special about the ASR-10 is that it is a sampler using the synthesizer architecture of Ensoniq's classic line of synths from the SD-1 to the ESQ-1. Your samples are stored as part of its WaveSample memory. The ASR-10 can hold 127 WaveSamples, which can also consist of its two multimode digital filters, the LFO, one random noise generator, three envelope generators (hard-wired to the pitch, filter cutoff, and amplitude), and a modulation matrix with 15 routable modulation sources. Up to eight layers of WaveSamples can be combined to create your final sound. In this light, the ASR-10 basically looks like an advanced TranseWave (waveform modulation) synthesizer in which YOU create its WaveSamples!

The ASR-10 integrates a digital effects processor and MIDI sequencer on-board for a complete workstation. There are up to 62 effects (including vocoding) based on Ensoniq's DP/4 effects processor. A whole range of reverbs, chorus, flange, phaser, distortion, digital delay, speaker effects, etc. are available.

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The ASR-10's sequencer has 16-tracks and with its 31 voices of polyphony you can create some pretty complete musical performances. The sequencer (reminiscent of the SD-1 and VFX-SD workstations) provides real time and looped recording modes, 96 PPQ clock resolution, an auto-locate function, punch in/out, and other useful features. And the ASR-10 can sample while the sequencer is playing. It can store up to 80 sequences or patterns which can be chained into a song (only one song can be in memory).

The ASR-10 also has a "Tape Recorder" mode in which you can record two tracks of audio for use along with the sequencer for an advanced all-in-one music making machine! Recording can be to its RAM or to external SCSI hard drives via the SP-3 SCSI interface (optional on keyboard version) for extended sampling/recording time and memory. It can support up to seven simultaneous hard disks and/or CD-ROM drives. You can even process external audio through the ASR, live or along with sequences.

As mentioned, the ASR-10 comes in a 61-note keyboard version and a rack-mount. But there's more. Over the years Ensoniq has continued to upgrade it adding an AES/EBU digital I/O upgrade, digital audio recording and importing of new sound formats, and more. The ASR-88 version is an ASR-10 with a fully-weighted 88-note keyboard and the SCSI interface comes standard. The ASR-10 is compatible with Akai (S-1000/1100) and Roland CD-ROM sound librarys. A high-density (HD) 3.5" disk drive comes standard on all models. The ASR-10 has been used by Atomic Babies, Autechre, Rammstein, Jimmy Edgar, Black Lung, Rabbit in the Moon, Timbaland, Pharell Williams (Neptunes), The Alchemist, Kanye West.

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December 1, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
ASR_10 was my first sampler and i still have it! I also have a roland fantom x6 and i got to say that the asr-10 blows it away for sampling! I hate trying to sample in the fantom cause it take for ever to do it! the asr is so fast and the roland makes you scroll through so many damn pages.
X Almus
November 12, 2009 @ 11:21 am
Peanut Butter Wolf, use one of this with charizma, raw old real [beep] ....
Reinaldo
November 10, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
My first sampler as a kid as an ASR 10. I wanted to have an Emax II but it was too expensive and a friend of mine recomended me a used ASR 10 because it came with effects, I didn't even knew about the brand. I bought it and start to have fun with it. It was amazing! the sound quality was amazing, The navigation and display was strange but some what I managed to do what I wanted and it was so flexible! 30 times better than the Emax.

After a few years I sold it and got a Kurzweil K2500RS. Big mistake, the quality of the sounds of the ASR was never the same in the Kurzweil. I sold the Kurzweil and now, 10 years later I bought the Emax II I always wanted and... an ASR 88!

Right now the Emax is a beauty Depeche Mode history nut I have my fun with the ASR 88. Amazing that after some 12 years I can navigate with no problems trough the menus.

I just would like to sell the 88 and get the rack because I have another 88 keys controller.
BeatKunducta
September 11, 2009 @ 1:25 am
Just picked up a ASR88 for $160.00US blue LCD looks great. no disk came with it and im waiting for them to come in mail.... cant wait to kill it i work with the mpc1000 and this should be a nice compliment to that machine!
B of Slyboots
August 8, 2009 @ 8:24 am
Well, the greatness of this machine can be summarized in one word: MODULATION. The modulation capabilities are in many ways superior to synthesizer from the same era. The built-in effect unit was also high quality enough to be used in semi-proffessional productions. The DA-converters also give the machine a little dirty sound, perfect for heavy hip-hop productions. On the down-side the digital filters and audio track recording are both crap.

As a side-note, Slyboots produced the entire album Warriors on the sly with just two ASR-10's (and a Nord Modular), by using only the internal sequencers and midi-synchronization. Check out www.myspace.com/SlybootsMusic or http://www.pandora.com/music/artist/slyboots.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 31 voices
  • Sampler - Sigma-Delta 64 times oversampling, 16-bit, 30kHz or 44.1kHz variable sampling rates; 127 WaveSamples, up to 8 Layers per Program.
  • Filter - 2 digital filters in series, one low-pass, one high pass. Up to 4-pole filtering with 6, 12, 18, and 24 dB/oct slopes.
  • Envelopes - 3 envelopes: Env 1 to WaveSample Pitch; Env 2 to WaveSample Filter Cutoff; Env 3 to WaveSample Amplitude.
  • Sequencer - 16 tracks, 80 Patterns (999 measure limit each), 1 Song at a time
  • Effects - 1 effects unit with 50 to 62 effects including vocoder (reverbs, chorus, flange, phaser, distortion, digital delay, speaker effects)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys w/ velocity and aftertouch (88 weighted keys on ASR-88)
  • Memory - Sampler: 2 MB expandable to 16 MB;
    Patches: 8 Instruments
  • Control - MIDI (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1992 - 1998

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