I've seen an ESI2000 in a shop (via internet) in good condition for AU$300 (US$200) with the turbo option installed. Doesn't mention how much RAM but I've got lots of old junked computer here for simms so thats not an issue. Does this seem a reasonable price?
If it is a reasonable deal, I want to hook up a CF card or whatever to SCSI adapter in it. I've read the sticky thread here on SCSI for samplers and think i understand it ok. I've also downloaded the ESI2000 manual and read through it briefly.
My questions are:
Does the ESI2000 have to boot the OS from a drive, or is it ready to go when you power up?
Can I set the ESI200 to auto load a sample or preset on startup?
If so, can it be made to do this from the SCSI drive (or card)? - so that I just switch it on and there are my samples?
I didn't notice this feature in the manual, although I was speed reading it and skipped a lot while looking for other specs. I thought someone here might know a few tricks in this matter.
Also, is there anything or any problem I should watch out for about this sampler before buying it? It's interstate so I won't get the chance to test it, so I'll have to ring and ask the right questions. It's from an actual music shop, not just someone selling online, so there may be some recourse if there is a problem but I'd rather know before than after.
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