Overview The price reductions in SCSI CDROM players, and the new larger memory Emax II quickly attracted sample CDROM makers. Unlike the original Emax, which although having a RS422 CDROM interface never attracted sample designer interest on CDROM. At least five companies produced sample CDROM’s in native Emax II format.
E-mu Systems Library E-mu Systems provided four factory CDROM’s for the Emax II, these were called the Elements of Sound. Each CDROM was sold at $199 – they are no longer available. These sample CDROM’s are also available in EIII format (Volumes 1 and 2 are still available new from E-mu Systems in EIIIx format).
Volume 1 This CDROM contains 99 banks of 1 MB each. There is a wide range of sounds, all originating from the Emax factory sample library.
Volume 2 This CDROM contains 94 banks of 1 – 2 MB each. The samples provide both acoustic and synthesizer sounds, as well as some samples created using Spectral Synthesis. Many sounds are from the Emax Gold Series.
Volume 3 This CDROM contains 87 banks of 4 MB each. Pianos, Woodwind, brass and percussion and SFX are all featured.
Downloads Since Emu no longer sells Emax library, you can download almost whole library here. The files are divided into 3 files of 100MB each in .ez2 formats for EMXP.
How to download?
1) click on the file you want to download
2) click on “Arkiv” (Swedish for File)
3) select “Hämta” (Swedish for Download)
4) Save or Save As on your computer
The EMXP program can be found at: http://www.emxp.net/
Max Volume 1 This CDROM contains 99 banks of 1 and 4MB. Guitars, Percussion, Bass, Strings, Vocals are featured.
Max Volume 2 This CDROM contains 99 banks of 1 and 4MB. Orchestra and Ethnic samples are featured.
Max Volume 3 This CDROM contains 99 banks of 1 and 4MB. A wide range of synthesizers are featured, including PPG, Fairlight, M1, D50, ARP and Moog.
There are two Invision Lightware CDROM’s, originally priced at $99. The company went under in the mid 90’s.
- Volume 1 – Pop Instruments
- Volume 2 – Classical Instruments
Reflective Arts International Two CDROM libraries were produced by OMI under the Reflective Arts International name in 1990/91.
Universe of Sounds There are four CDROM’s in this series covering 400 sample banks from Sound FX to Orchestra. This sample library was originally produced for the original Emax in 1987, and it was available on one CDROM, the Universe of Sounds Volume 1. All these 16-bit samples are therefore around 1MB in size, and they can be saved in Emax format and used in an Emax. This is an excellent library for the Emax II.
Volume 1 – Sound Effects
This CDROM contains 100 banks (200 MB). There are Aircarft, Background Ambience, Combat, Vehicles and Music.
Volume 2 – Sound Effects
This CDROM contains 100 banks (200 MB). There are Automobiles, Crowds, Vocals and Industrial.
Volume 3 – Percussion, Rock & Ethnic
This CDROM contains 100 banks (200 MB). There are Keyboards, Guitars, Ethnic, Drums, and Combination sample banks. shop online now »
Volume 4 – Orchestra Plus
This CDROM contains 100 banks (200 MB). There are Keyboards, Brass, Flutes, Orchestral Strings and Percussion. shop online now »
Sonic Images There are two CDROM’s in this series covering over 150 sample banks from Sound FX to choirs and pads.
Volume 1 – Percussion & Musical Effects This CDROM contains 67 banks of 2 and 4 MB. There are 12 drum kits, assorted drums and percussion, 4 pianos, 9 strings, 24 effects, as well as guitars and hits.
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Volume 2 – Stack Sounds
This CDROM contains 94 banks of 2 and 4 MB. The samples provide both acoustic and synthesised sounds, ranging from bass and choirs, to pads and vibrant strings.
GreytsoundsThere is one Emax II CDROM available from Greytsounds.
Best of Everything This CDROM contains 100 banks of between 1 and 3 MB. This CD has over 400 MB of samples, which include Bass, Drums and Percussion, Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, Pianos, Vintage Keyboards, Synthesizers, Guitars, Vocals, Sound Effects, Fairlights. All samples were digitally recorded and edited on Macintosh Computers using Alchemy, Sound Designer, and Infinity software to normalize gain, loop, tune, truncate & EQ. Available from NorthStar.