Ensoniq ASR-X Pro

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The ASR-X Pro Resampling Production Studio. An enhanced update to the ASR-X, the ASR-X Pro is a sampling, synthesizer, sequencer and effects studio in a single tabletop unit. For a machine that's competing with the Akai MPC3000, the ASR-X Pro is a worthy opponent. It's got professional sampler specifications, and easy yet professional sample editing features. Process your samples with modern edit functions including copying, truncating, reduce bits, scaling, normalizing and inverting. It has enough built-in effects to sweeten your samples with: EQ, Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, DDL, Distortion, Tunable Speaker, Chatter Box, Vocal Morph, and Auto-Wah. Sequencing is also easy and hands-on. Microscopic Tempo control and resolution allow for punchy groovy sequences with plenty of feel and note capacity. There are also independent dual multi-mode dynamic digital filters with low-pass, high-pass, variable bandwidth band-pass, resonant low-pass and resonant band-pass.

What separates the ASR-X Pro from the ASR-X? The Pro now offers a SCSI interface for limitless storage to disk or drive. A cool new Flash OS system means you can upgrade it simply by inserting a floppy, no messing with ROM chips! There's a new Stomper program that synthesizes phatt analog drum machine sounds (a built-in drum machine) - giving the MPC3000 a run for its groove. Memory can be expanded to a whopping 66MB for over 12 minutes (mono) sampling time. There is also a very cool Resampling technology that allows you to digitally resample sounds, loops or sequences with any effects and tweaks you've applied back into itself. Optional upgrades beside memory include the ESP-2 effects chip, EXP 24MB sound and wave expansion board and the X-8 eight output expander. The ASR-X Pro is compatible with virtually everything including most sound libraries and sampler libraries.

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24 Visitor comments
December 31, 2013 @ 6:57 pm
I love the way this machine feels. I have been using it since the black asr 10. I have had several of them. T-Soniq is like one of my best friends, If you know what I'm talking about. THE PROBLEM I have always had was with the slow, almost retarded quantizer, and the locking up of the machine in the middle of your best stuff, ONLY! Man, plenty of nights I wanted to throw the red box off of a 21st floor hotel balcony. But I love it.
November 8, 2013 @ 3:39 am
I just purchased this little red box of mayhem, and I love it. I don't make hip hop, I tend to produce more experimental/ industrial stuff, which I think this box excels at. There's something about it that makes you want to thrash on the pads...which can take a beating...clack! Clack!
I don't use cheesy "swing" for my stuff, so I lock the full quantization 1/16 on, and have had no problems. As far as the sound goes, it kicks my mpc 2500's ass. The efx are killer...I love the distortion. Any get it...max out the memory...and if it needs fixing send it to TheSoniq.com in San Jose, CA.
Ruben Cardona Jr
June 22, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
the red asrx pro is STILL doin the job i want it to! it makes sampling too much fun for me and the "old school" feel of it still gives me goosebumps when i finish a track and bump it loud as hell thru my home stereo..the knobs are touchy but its all part of the process and satisfaction at the end of your production!
November 22, 2011 @ 2:39 am
i just read that it has preset drums & basslines.. thats f'in awesome.. but does it have sine bass lines?
November 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am
I have an old ASRX with SCSI and 8 output expansions added. I quit using it years ago because saving changes to tracks would not stick. That is if I did something like mute or route track two of a part, then save, then load a song containing that part, the mute or route change would not be implemented and if I went back and loaded the part again the changes would not be there either. I hate this machine but want to rerecord some old tracks I wrote on it. Has anyone experienced this same bug and have any advice? If I pick up a used ASRXPro to use instead if I will still have this problem?
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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.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Some demos on the ASR-X Pro, from the Future Music CD, issue 77.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Sampler - 44.1kHz; 20-bit A/D, 18-bit D/A, 16-bit Memory; Stereo or mono; Sample-time: 2MB standard (20.5 seconds max); expandable up to 66MB (13 minutes max)
  • Sequencer - 16 polyphonic tracks, Up to 128 Sequences, 384 PPQ clock resolution, Tap Tempo
  • Effects - Real time modulation of effects parameters; 40 algorithms with many programmable variations per effect and 5 Stereo busses: Insert, Light Reverb, Medium Reverb, Wet Reverb, Dry
  • Keyboard - 13 Velocity sensitive trigger pads
  • Memory - Disk: 1.4 MB Quad-density HD, 3.5" micro-floppy disk
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1998
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Ensoniq.

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