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
RedBoy
May 29, 2010 @ 10:02 am
The AsrxPro has some great sounds as well as sampling capabilities, I have both the MPC2000XL and the ASRXPRO and i love using my ASR over the MPC. The ASRXPRO is pure fire, i copped some saple cd's online and the sounds are super thick and full !!. plus the asrx has its own sounds and a mic preamp which you can plug in a mic. Also you can load up multiple kits in the ASRXPRO at the same time, cant do that on the MPC... I wish Ensoniq was still in business the new ASRX PRO III would have been a monster !!!
Donpoppie
February 22, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
This is by far the best hardware sampler that I’ve ever used and I have a few.
It’s a table top tank! I’ve fully expanded the memory and purchased a CD reader to load samples faster. It’s also connected to my computer with a SCSI cable that I use to dump files back and forth with either Sound Forge or Recycle and a zip drive. The sampling capability is amazing and very fast to do and allows you to easily assign the sample either to a specific pad or even use it as an entire instrument. The pad assign ability is great when sampling drum kits and percussions or even if you take the time to sample every note of an instrument. I love producing with this monster so much that every piece of hardware and software I have is connected to it constantly! If you every feel the need to get a hard ware sampler get this one. It’s worth the money!
CLG
October 20, 2009 @ 12:31 am
Me and my cousin had one. First drum machine I learned to sample and produce on. Don't get it twisted, if you have the patience to chop, this [beep] a is a beast!! MPCs are more expandable and easier to MIDI but the ASR with full memory, 8-bus out and a MIDI controller keyboard is way more self contained, meaning that you won't need to add additional synths.
Rev
February 11, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
I've had one of these for about 6-7 years. Standard twisted-genius Ensoniq product. Great drum and bass sounds and some fun presets, plus the "Stomper" is unique in its envelope structure. You have to be careful what kind of SIMMS you use-the longer samples will get glitchy in some cases. Too bad SCSI died about two months after they rolled these out. I'd love to be able to use flash memory on it. Never heard the preset expansion boards for it though (rap and world) so if anyone ever has a lead on one...
hgt
February 3, 2009 @ 2:57 pm
best instrument ever!
had to sell my asrx a few years ago due to severe lack of cash, but got a asrx pro just 2 mounth ago.
so glad to have real sound again! no [beep] ty software. and beeing used to floppy disc it is real cool to have a scsi jaz drive atteched with 1gb fast storage tapes.:-) forget the whole akai junk!
 
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  • 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
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