E-mu emulator II

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Surname Emulator II
Manufacturer E-mu Systems
Sound synthesis digital, sample
Period 1984 - 1988
Price (year of publication) US $ 8,000
Polyphonic 2-8
Multitimbral No
filter Low pass (24 dB / octave), 4-pole with resonance
LFO 8th
Effects - -
Keys 61, velocity sensitive with aftertouch
Int. Game aid Pitch, modulation wheel
Ext. Controller Connection for 1 pedal
Interface (noun) MIDI , SMPTE , RS-422
Sequencer 8-track
D / A converter 14 bit
Samples 8 bit, up to 27 kHz
Storage spaces 2
ROME - -
R.A.M. 512 kB to 1 MB
Ext. Memory 5.25 " floppy disks
20 MB hard disk (II + HD)

The Emulator II is one of the most successful samplers of the 1980s.

The Emulator II was brought onto the market in 1984 by the company E-mu Systems as the successor to the emulator , which expired in 1983 , although it almost never happened due to the company's great financial difficulties. The Emulator II still used an 8-bit resolution, but the amplitudes of the samples were saved as delta rather than absolute. So only the change in amplitude and not the amplitude itself was saved. This allowed a better resolution and thus the sound quality of the samples. Another great advantage of the Emulator II was that it combined sampling with analog synthesizer technology by allowing the sounds to be processed extensively with the help of VCAs , VCFs and LFOs . It also offered all interfaces that were modern at the time. It was possible to program the emulator using software, for example on the Apple Macintosh .

Two other versions of the Emulator II followed. In 1985 the Emulator II + appeared with 1 MB main memory, followed later by the Emulator II + HD with an internal 20 MB hard disk . The successor, the Emulator III , came on the market in 1988 and offered sampling in CD quality (16 bit, 44.1 kHz).

The Emulator II samplers were widespread and very successful in the mid-1980s. You can see an emulator II + in the Genesis video for the single Invisible Touch , but you can also find it in the film Ferris makes blue . The Emulator II can be seen on stage during the Live Aid performance of the band Ultravox . The 12 "cover of the track Blue Monday by New Order , designed by Peter Saville , was inspired by the 5.25" floppy disk that was used on the Emulator Synthesizer to store the samples with which this hit was composed.

Other users included Depeche Mode , Front 242 , Pet Shop Boys , Deep Purple , Holger Hiller and Peter Mergener .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ultravox Live Aid. Retrieved August 21, 2019 .