MATRIXSYNTH: Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Hybrid Synth & Sampler w/ MASOS, OS 3.2 & FMT V2 Disks SN DMS-14239-R

Monday, September 03, 2018

Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Hybrid Synth & Sampler w/ MASOS, OS 3.2 & FMT V2 Disks SN DMS-14239-R

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"- Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Digital / Analog Hybrid Multi Sampler with OS & Format Disks -
It's an oft heard misconception that the Mirage is just a sampler, but there's actually a lot more to it - you can also approach it as a 16 oscillator, 8 voice polysynth with the classic "American" sound.

It features highly textured 8-bit sampling as your oscillator source (2 per voice), a juicy analog 24db / 4 Pole Curtis CEM low-pass filter, independent 5 stage VCA and filter envelopes with dynamic control via velocity, key sensitivity or key tracking.

Using single cycle waveforms opens up an almost unlimited palette of sound design.
Of course it also excels on drum sampling duties - both single shots and loops are instantly given that old school grit and punch that is often missing from more modern production techniques.

Most importantly it has a killer sound that blows many more modern synths out of the water...there are few synths or samplers made that approach the Mirage's warmth and character.

Documentation is readily available online, and fortunately there are still some software editors out there that allow much easier remote editing via SYSEX (check out MirageEdit).

This particular Mirage has had a relatively pampered life and is in good condition for its age.
All buttons work, the display is bright, MIDI is responsive, and the disk drive loads as expected.

The following disks are included to get you up and running out of the box:
MASOS - advanced sampling operating system which adds a lot of functionality
OS V3.2 - the last operating basic operating system officially released
FMT V2- a program which allows the Mirage to format fresh disks"

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