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!

Ensoniq EPS-16+ Image

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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41 Visitor comments
September 7, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
A very special feature of the Ensoniq sampler is the possibillity to modulate the sample loop while playing. It allows for some very crude granular like effects. The downsampling option also introduces a lot of lo-fi character and saves precious memory space!
September 7, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

Yes, Before you can play the EPS16+ you will need to load at least two disks; one with the OS (Operating System) and one with the samples/instruments on them. Maybe you could find the files online and put them on a disk, but I'm not sure if the EPS can work with FAT-formatted disks...

If your EPS has got the SCSI option that might be another route to take.
August 27, 2012 @ 9:37 am
I just bought AN ENSONIA EPS16 PLUS from a neighbor I turned on and it says "please insert disc" my neighbor dose not have a disc. i must have disc to start ?

February 15, 2012 @ 7:35 pm
I just got a rack model off ebay for about £70 No disks or Os downloaded that and she's all up and running. Plays all my EPS library so HappyDays
Andy Polaine
January 3, 2012 @ 1:24 pm
I loved this workstation and used it loads. The Waveboy resonant filters were pretty good - nice and crunchy, which is trendy again now. I used to like the popping slightly over-produced sounds from Ensoniq as an 80s fan, again now trendy. I'd like to see it being used in some contemporary tracks again.

Just put mine on the German eBay too (plus those Waveboy discs!) and now I'm a little sad to be selling it seeing all the comments here :-( I hope it finds a good home.
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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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