it was the power supply and I am going to fix it! I got it for its bad fidelity which is why it sounds so cool (i agree the lowest sampling rate is best). I'll probably get an esi-32 for upgrading. much cheaper than an emax II and more flexible plus all those cool morph filters.
Waldorf Microwave XT, Roland VP-9000, EMU Emax, G5 (Reason, Live, etc.), Power Mac 9600 w/ protools tdm, Zoom H4