|Sound synthesis||digital, samples|
|Price (year of publication)||approx. 5800 DM|
|VCF||8 analog low-pass , 5-stage envelope|
|Keys||61, velocity sensitive|
|Int. Game aids||Pitch, modulation wheel|
|D / A converter||8 bit|
|Samples||48 (8 bit, up to 33 kHz)|
|Ext. Memory||3.5 "floppy disks (400 kB)|
The Ensoniq Mirage was the first affordable sampler for the masses .
In 1985, Ensoniq presented the Mirage. Up until then, sampling was an expensive pleasure, which changed with the Mirage. At a price of less than US $ 1700, it was affordable for the general public and offered editing options that a few years earlier were reserved for the expensive Fairlight CMI .
The basic version of the Mirage offered sampling in an 8-bit resolution with up to 33 kHz . For the rack and first keyboard version there was an optional input filter module that enabled sampling at a 50 kHz rate. Due to the extensive library and the difficult editing options, the Mirage was mainly used as a sample player. The further processing of the sound was done in the classic subtractive manner via analog VCF . The envelope and LFO were generated completely digitally, a VCA is not used with the Mirage. Using multi-sampling, you could assign different samples to different areas of the 61-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard , which could also be played simultaneously, i.e. multitimbral, via MIDI .
The operating system was booted via the 3.5 " floppy disk drive and data was saved, with each data floppy disk also containing a copy of the operating system. The externally synchronizable internal sequencer rounded off the image of a cheap and fairly complete music production system at the time.
In 1988 the Mirage was followed by the EPS (Ensoniq Performance Sampler), which allowed a resolution of 13 bits at up to 52 kHz and initially had a memory of 480 kB.