Ensoniq EPS-16+

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The EPS-16+ was an innovative early sampler workstation designed for the 90's. Its sampler specs are impressive: 16-bit, variable sampling rates from 11.2kHz to 44.6kHz. With a slim 1Mb of memory this gives just about 11.5 seconds of sampling time in mono at 44.6kHz. Editing functions are quite nice: normalizing, sample splicing, merging, phase switching, auto-looping, auto-truncating, sample rate conversion and more.

On the synthesizer side it has two great filters with switchable hi, low and band pass, 6dB to 24dB cutoffs. BUT, they aren't resonant. The keyboard is velocity and pressure sensitive and it has full MIDI implementation. There is also a sophisticated 8-track sequencer that can really be fun in a live performance situation. A wildly flexible and variable LFO with seven shapes always adds a new twist to your samples! Topping it off is a full suite of on-board effects like reverb, delay, chorus, flange, phaser, Leslie sim, distortion and wah-wah and these effects can be re-sampled to become a part of the sample! It can even be played while it is loading samples!

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In its time, the EPS-16+ was a revolutionary machine. It brought a lot of power and musicality to sampling. These days, the EPS-16+ is still useful. It brings back the early crunchy sampler sound but with a lot of features that make it really fun to play with. Even with its non-resonant filters you can still find yourself filtering a 'garage-beat' drum loop for hours while muting and un-muting other loops on the 8-track sequencer!

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The EPS-16+ was also made available in a rack-mount version. All EPS-16+ synths can be upgraded via non-volatile flash ROM (available on-line from Chicken Systems, Inc.) to expand your EPS's memory, effects algorithms and creative potential! It has been used by Autechre, LFO, Massive Attack and Slam.

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Kantelestani
January 3, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
"On the synthesizer side it has two great filters with switchable hi, low and band pass, 6dB to 24dB cutoffs. BUT, they aren't resonant. "

Yes, but WAVEBOY made programs distributed on floppies, that could give the EPS 16+ new possibilities, and among those are resonant filters! Recommended!
Kantelestani
January 3, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
To zz5pines: Yes, a keyboard technician can do that! I had it done, and it was no problem!
zz5pines
December 15, 2011 @ 10:14 pm
Say you have One EPS 16 with SCSI and one without. And the one without is in better shape. Can you easily transfer the physical scsi from one EPS 16 to another?
Riko Roos
November 22, 2011 @ 10:33 am
I am putting an EPS 16+ into Ebay Germany now. Loved this sampler very much to - cause of the sound, modulation matrix and ease of use...
DownRockNarrative
October 14, 2011 @ 11:23 am
I have 2 esp16+ racks along with an asr 10 and i must say these pieces of equipment were way ahead of their time when they were released
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 7 to 20 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit mono, 11.2kHz to 44.6kHz; (up to 11.5 seconds sample-time at 44.6kHz)
  • LFO - 7 shapes
  • Filter - 2 high, low, band pass 6dB to 24dB filters
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity & pressure sensitive)
  • Memory - 1 MB (expandable to 2 MB)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1990
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