E-mu esi4000 vs. Akai s3000xl

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E-mu esi4000 vs. Akai s3000xl

Postby cultSandwich » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:15 pm

Looking to buy a hardware sampler for around (but preferably under) $200. This two the esi's and s-series are fairly close to each other from what I read, but I'm curious about the nitty-gritty differences. Thanks!
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Re: E-mu esi4000 vs. Akai s3000xl

Postby code green » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:46 am

The hardware sampler market is pretty soft and seems to vary widely where price is concerned. Whatever the relative merits of these two samplers, the prices I've seen suggest that $200 has the potential to net a lot more samplers than just these two...particularly if you're patient and can wait for a bargain to come around.
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Re: E-mu esi4000 vs. Akai s3000xl

Postby madtheory » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:24 pm

Agreed, wait for an E4 Ultra, E6400 or an E synth, or a Yamaha A5000. Those boxes still have facilities not available anywhere else, whereas the two you're looking at are a bit boring in comparison.
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Re: E-mu esi4000 vs. Akai s3000xl

Postby Yoozer » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:24 am

cultSandwich wrote:This two the esi's and s-series are fairly close to each other from what I read, but I'm curious about the nitty-gritty differences. Thanks!


The S3000XL has a graphical display (the ESI's is text-based) which makes editing (you can see waveforms) and navigating through the menus a lot easier. With the ESI, you have to memorize where everything is. I agree with the rest; save up for better.
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