Emu Emax SE (plus) and Emax II
My Emax SE was the second sampler that I have owned, the first was an Ensoniq Mirage. I had it for over 20 years until the display broke down.
It’s a machine that I have loved and I think that is one of the most accomplished synthezisers that I have ever owned.
The only thing I’ve missed is that the sequncern had been more stable and more developed.
I have also owned an Emax II. Unfortunately, I have no room in my home studio, which was the main reason why I sold it.
• Polyphony – Emax 8 voices and Emax II 16/16 stereo/mono
• Sampler – Emax: 8/12-bit, 10 to 42kHz; Emax II: 16/18-bit, 20 to 39kHz
• Memory – Emax: 512K memory; Emax II: 1MB to 8MB
• Arpeg/Seq – 16-track sequencer; arpeggiator
• Mutitimbral – 16 channel
• Keyboard – 61 notes (with velocity and poly pressure messages)
• Effects – Chorus
• Connections – MIDI, RS-422, SCSI
• Date Produced – Emax: 1986 – 1989 and Emax II: 1989 – 1993?
Here is a link when Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode demonstrates one of their Emax as they had on the 101 tour
ESi-32, E6400 Classic and the E5000 Ultra
Others E-mu samplers that I have owned are ESi-32, E6400 Classic and the E5000 Ultra. All of these samplers is bigger and better at everything they’ve been too much overload for me. I don’t need as much memory or editing capabilities. Everything just takes more time.
The ESi is a low cost version of the Emulator III and the E6400 and the E5000 belongs to the Emulator 4 family. Emulator 4 family was the last series of hardware samplers from E-mu systems.
E-mu Proteus 2000
The Proteus 2000 is a ROM-player. It is powerful with 128-voice polyphony, 1024 sounds and dual MIDI connectors. The dual MIDI connectors allows it to get the 2×16 MIDI channels, and thus multitimbral 32!
These specifications make it a synth that stands in competition actually against most synths made today.
The Proteus 2000 can be seen in two ways. Either as a synth version of the Emulator 4 or as a hardware version of Proteus X Series