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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85 Visitor comments
LAM
August 19, 2011 @ 1:27 am
Anyone got info on the DI-10 interface they used to sell for that unit. Anyone uses one? I really can't find any info and apparently it allows computer connectivity...
xh9o
March 13, 2011 @ 3:11 am
revisited after 3 weeks working on it...

- sounds clearer, better mixing and key-scaling - but less punch and dirt
- interface/programming less logically on first sight, but much more intuitive in practise
- quicker sampling, but no ability to save and access wave files independent from instruments
- better fx (than s1100 or later akai with additional boards)
- more options for sound synthesis and expression (lfo, complex envelopes etc.)
- sequencer more simple than on the mpc, which can be cool or crap
DEFSCOTTYB (AKA SPAZ)
March 4, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
I bought my first ASR-10 in '93 or '94 and loved it, had to sell it but missed it so much bought another one off ebay. Only problem I've ever had is the machine "freezing" every now and then or some "error re-boot" message coming on and losing all my work if it wasn't saved to floppy disk before it froze. I've been told that this is due to overheating and a simple fan will fix that problem. Check out beats I've made on my ASR-10 at: http://www.soundclick.com/defscottyb aka spaz
chad
February 25, 2011 @ 9:05 pm
@Pam - If you're looking for a powerful "performance" keyboard I would definitely go for the Ensoniq TS-10. For performance the TS-10 really shines with an *incredibly* easy to use interface, a powerful 24 track sequencer which is awesome for song writing, same effects chip that's in the ASR-10, ability load ASR-10 sampled sounds, extremely easy to create performance presets/splits/layers and it has the same polyphonic aftertouch (Poly-Key) keyboard as the ASR-10.. it has an amazing feel to it. It's a great keyboard, you will love it. It was a near perfect workstation.
xh9o
February 19, 2011 @ 9:40 am
it sounds really good, but the sequencer and programming interface is inferior (when compared to an akai s1100 or comparable mpc etc.). really bad point: you can´t load/save single samples, you always have to load and save entire "instruments". that truly is biggest bull [beep] .
 
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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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