- Proteus 2000
- Mo' Phatt
- Xtreme Lead-1
- Vintage Pro
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In 1999, Proteus 2000 was introduced with 128 note polyphony and 4 sound ROM expansion slots totaling 128 mb, The sound set became a combination of many of the Emulator sample libraries covering a vast amount of instruments required for most compositions. There are over 1000 programs included with Proteus 2000. Sounds from the Proteus 2000 can be heard on numerous recordings of music, sound tracks, and advertisements.
Mo' Phatt says it all when is comes to phatt hip hop tracks. The kits and basses are processed to the max, making them completely usable right out of the box. Guitar wahs, various hits, cool keys, and great pads make this the go to sound set. Mo’ Phatt has become widely accepted and is heard all over the charts in numerous hit records, movies, and games. With over 500 programs, Mo’ Phatt will take your tracks to a whole new level.
Virtuoso was recorded at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Various size string sections and styles were captured, including legato, pizzicato, detache, tremolande, and trills. Using 4 pairs of high quality microphones, the players were recorded both on stage and in the hall to capture the ambience from the audience position. Included are string sections, solo strings, woodwinds, brass, & percussion. In addition to the hall recordings, sections of 5 players were recorded in the studio to allow for ambient effects to be added later.
Planet Earth represents an arsonal of exotic world instruments. Recorded by legendary sound designer Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), this set works with just about any style of music. The wind instruments from Egypt and India were from the California Institute for the Arts and the string instruments were from a private collector. All instruments were recorded with a stereo pair of mid capsule multi pattern microphones. Planet Earth’s Bonsuri, Muted Domora, and Djembe can be heard nightly on the Discovery Channel, A& E, and numerous advertisements.
Xtreme Lead-1 is a cutting sound set with edgy synths, lots of filters, and punch. Included are a massive amount of synths, both analog and digital, perfect for everything from the hard core to glitter sounds peppered into the mix. There are also great drums, percussion, chord clusters, hits, and effects. Xtreme has over 500 great programs.
Vintage Pro covers the full range of classic analog keyboards from the 70's, 80's, & 90's. Included are the Rhodes & Wurly EP's, Hammond B-3, Mellotron, ARP, Moog, Oberheim, Roland, and more. This collection is timeless and will get you through just about any gig!!!
The Emax was essentially a complete replication of the Emulator II using custom E-mu chips instead of standard off the shelf silicon chips. This new engineering increased reliability, and reduced the cost of manufacture. The sample resolution was the same 12-bits companded into 8-bits of memory, the samples were still monophonic, but the maximum sample rate was increased to 42kHz. Depeche Mode switched to using Emax's from Emulator II's on tour, and the Emax SE HD's can be seen and heard in use on the 1988 USA tour video '101'. The Emax collection includes the extensive library of samples and instruments that were originally available on 3.5" disks.
Categories include Keyboards & Synthesizers, Orchestral, Brass & Winds, World, Bass & Guitars, and more.
The Ensoniq ASR-10 (Advanced Sampling Recorder) was a sampling keyboard manufactured between 1992 and 1994. It was a follow up product to the very popular Ensoniq EPS and Ensoniq EPS 16+ performance samplers. The ASR-10 was a true performance orientated sampling workstation, and did not require a computer or additional equipment in order to create a complete song. It included a powerful and flexible effects unit, polyphonic aftertouch, an advanced MIDI sequencer, load-while-playing abilities, and a powerful multi-layered synthesis engine. Different layers could be triggered by any number of modulation sources, including velocity, polyphonic aftertouch, or combinations of the two layer keys on the left hand side of the keyboard. The ASR-X followed as a single tabletop unit with professional sampler specifications, and easy yet professional sample editing features.
Ensoniq sound engineers produced a collection of Compact Discs "CDR Series" consisting of the factory content used to create the EPS (Ensoniq Performance Sampler), Ensoniq TS-10, and ASR sample libraries. 1,000's of floppy discs were transferred to CD's allowing the newer samplers to load sounds directly from CD-Rom drives. This was a large step forward for samplers giving musicans quick and easy access to large collections of sounds.
Digital Sound Factory maintains exclusive rights from E-MU/Ensoniq to distribute these classic sample libraries.
Ensoniq was founded in the early '80s by some engineers from Commodore. Ensoniq's first product, a software drum machine, was aimed at the home computer market. One of Ensoniq's co founders, was responsible for designing the Commodore 64's three-voice synth chip. In 1982 he designed a portion of a PC that was similar to the sound synthesizer that ended up in the Amiga. It was this chip, the 'Q chip', that was used in the Mirage, the world's first affordable sampler and the ESQ-1, Ensoniq's wavetable synthesizer. Later came the MR and ZR workstations. The Ensoniq ZR SoundFont is a collection of multiple instruments that were included with the ZR76 keyboard. Ensoniq sound designers used the content that had been collected for the samplers.
Ensoniq was founded in the early '80s by some engineers from Commodore. Ensoniq's first product, a software drum machine, was aimed at the home computer market. One of Ensoniq's co founders, was responsible for designing the Commodore 64's three-voice synth chip. In 1982 he designed a portion of a PC that was similar to the sound synthesizer that ended up in the Amiga. It was this chip, the 'Q chip', that was used in the Mirage, the world's first affordable sampler and the ESQ-1, Ensoniq's wavetable synthesizer. Later came the MR and ZR workstations. The Ensoniq MR SoundFont contains the Urban Dance and Real World sound sets that were popular in both the keyboard and rack hardware. The mixture of world ethnic and urban street sounds is very unique.