MATRIXSYNTH: EMU Emulator E III SN 0790256

Friday, October 31, 2014

EMU Emulator E III SN 0790256

via this auction

"Included in this auction is:

1) The EMU Emulator E III Professional keyboard. It has many memory cards installed

2) Lacey HD

3) Apple 266mhz G3 Power PC with 6gb HD, 24x cd, zip drive, AV. 32mb, 512 cache. Inside the computer is a SCSI Rev A control card for the EMU Emulator E III. This thing is huge 12" long and has 12gb memory installed (three 4gb cards).

Think of this... The very popular Arp and Moog analog boards from this same time frame (in the 1990's) were selling for about $1,500 to $2,000 new... While this keyboard was selling for $12,500 to $15,000 So those other keyboards aren't even close to the same quality as this keyboard. This is the Rolls Royce of analog boards.

The Emulator III was E-mu's biggest classic "Digital Sound Production System". Also called the "EIII", it was E-mu's biggest and most professional sampler-synthesizer prior to the 1990's. It was the first sampler to offer 16-bit CD-quality specs with stereo or mono sampling at 44.1kHz or 33kHz. RAM memory is 4 MB expandable to 8 MB. There are extensive and modern sample editing features (from looping to rate conversions). The on-board 16-track sequencer and arpeggiator are also superb. Equipped with MIDI, SMPTE, SCSI, built-in disk-drive and multiple outputs, the EIII is comfortable in any studio. A Macintosh can also be hooked up to the EIII for easier graphical editing which was very useful since the LED screen on the synth is so tiny. In the 1990's this Synthesizer cost an astonishing $12,550 to $15,000, making it one of the most expensive synthesizers ever sold. The cost made this a rare sale so very few of these were actually sold. This synthesizer is extremely rare and an extremely powerful analog synth.

As a sampler workstation the EIII was at one time the dominating force. Although some modern machines exceed it today, the EIII is still a very high quality instrument with controls and functions that would be familiar to anyone who uses high end samplers. A very classic machine that can still stand strong among a generation of sampler workstations 10 years later, the EIII is still in use and will continue to be used for many more years. It has been used by Depeche Mode, Genesis, and JellyFish. If you can find one of these synthesizers you would be very fortunate because they are rarely found today (truly a prized museum piece to be put on display)."

1 comment:

  1. Mac looks like one of the pre G3 Quadras such as the 800/850. Perhaps there is some sort of processor upgrade installed?



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