MATRIXSYNTH: Ensoniq Mirage Rack Version DMS-8 Hybrid Synth & Sampler w/ MASOS, OS 3.2

Friday, January 04, 2019

Ensoniq Mirage Rack Version DMS-8 Hybrid Synth & Sampler w/ MASOS, OS 3.2

via this auction

"- Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Digital / Analog Hybrid Multi Sampler with OS & Format Disks -

This particular Mirage is in good condition for its age: The disk drive loads as expected, all buttons work, the display is bright, and MIDI is responsive. The original rack ears and a power cable will be included.

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

It's an often 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. There are few synths or samplers that approach the Mirage's warmth and character.

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

Loading single cycle waveforms from other synths opens up a seemingly unlimited palette of sound design potential.

Of course it also excels on drum sampling duties - both single hits and loops are instantly given that authentic old school grit and punch that is often missing from more modern production tools."

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