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yikes how much are those things these days if I may ask, I reckon they don't fall into the unsellable sampler catagory
I always wanted an EMAX but they are so bulky, these are way more advanced then the EMAX or not?

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Dual floppy drive looks soooooo badasss!

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I just ordered some HxC Floppy SD Emulators for them, I can't wait!

I actually got a Baldwin IKE (a rebadged Emax) as well (I went on a bit of a sampler kick).  Samplers are still pretty cheap compared to regular synths, at least here in the states.  The IKE was only 160 dollars because people don't really know what it is (It is actually the exact same thing as the emax, same parts and it even runs the same OS disk, it just looks a bit different), the Emulator III was closer to 900 and the Emulator II+, because it was not in the best shape, was 300.  Because of their functionality I could see myself paying much more for all of it now that I know how awesome they are.

Emaxes ARE pretty bulky.  It's actually wider than the Emulator III is; not by much but that's saying a lot as the Emulator III is pretty huge.  The Emax seems to sit somewhere between the Emulator II and III.  It has SSM filter chips like the II but it has nearly all of the same features as the III (meaning many more features than the II).

Emulator II pros: AMAZING DEEP SSM sound, gritty too!
Emax pros:  Similar sound to the II, doesn't quite sound as deep as the II for some reason but still gritty and packed with many more features.
Emulator III pros: MAJESTIC CEM sound, hi-fi and has scsi.

Yeah I don't think these fall into the unsellable category at all because there are a lot of people out there that want to be Alan Wilder or something.  There are also lots of hiphop people that idiolize the SP1200 and will snatch up Emaxes/Emulator IIs to get a similar sound.  I recommend an Emax rack if you can find one as it's way smaller than the keyboard version and the keyboard part, at least on mine, is super shitty (almost as bad as a mirage).

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I can't speak about the EII or EIII but I've had an Emax for 15yrs.  cheap 1st sampler, then i ignored it for Akai Sxxxx and MPC and used it as a master keyboard only.  Returned to it after a while realising it had the gritty/ bassy sound i wanted.  SP1200 is great and theres loads of discussion on hip hop boards about how close the emax comes to the sound.  I keep meaning to do a decent comparison with a variety of sounds.  Its not identical but its the same ball park.  The Emax sequencer is gash but the audio outs are quieter than my SP1200 which has so much hiss it could make a basic channel record on its own.   My issue with the Emax is the disk drive is flaky, though after the last disk cleaning routine its running better.  The buttons are not as responsive now, really have to push hard on the yes/no buttons.  I've only used the basic Emax keyboard.  SE and HD editions looked good too.  It is huge in size and a decent weight.  Heavy Duty moulded plastic body with a metal base.  Keyboard is quite springy but playable and I love the big modwheels.  Its a strange looking grey beast and the EII has better looks with the blue colouring and labelling. Also, the bird run feature is pretty important.

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ekranoplan wrote:

I can't speak about the EII or EIII but I've had an Emax for 15yrs.  cheap 1st sampler, then i ignored it for Akai Sxxxx and MPC and used it as a master keyboard only.  Returned to it after a while realising it had the gritty/ bassy sound i wanted.  SP1200 is great and theres loads of discussion on hip hop boards about how close the emax comes to the sound.  I keep meaning to do a decent comparison with a variety of sounds.  Its not identical but its the same ball park.  The Emax sequencer is gash but the audio outs are quieter than my SP1200 which has so much hiss it could make a basic channel record on its own.   My issue with the Emax is the disk drive is flaky, though after the last disk cleaning routine its running better.  The buttons are not as responsive now, really have to push hard on the yes/no buttons.  I've only used the basic Emax keyboard.  SE and HD editions looked good too.  It is huge in size and a decent weight.  Heavy Duty moulded plastic body with a metal base.  Keyboard is quite springy but playable and I love the big modwheels.  Its a strange looking grey beast and the EII has better looks with the blue colouring and labelling. Also, the bird run feature is pretty important.

If your floppy is on the fritz I'd check out the HxC floppy emulator (make sure to get the SD one).  Anything that age with moving components is bound to be increasingly problematic.  Also, it seems you can upgrade an Emax to SE via a software upgrade available on the yahoo group.  An upgrade to HD may also be possible depending on what revision board you have.  I know with my IKE all I need to do is buy a common 5380 SCSI controller chip that they just did not include for whatever reason at retail (it's just an empty socket on the board).  The chip is on eBay currently.  I'm not too interested in that upgrade though as an SD card will give me all the space I need.

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http://www.hydroponicsonline.com/store/img-hydroponics/luxman-l-85v-solid-state-amplifier-and-luxman-t88-tuner_120697474456.jpg
luxman l80V and T88 tuner...not a super cheap score but i think it looks so classy so i had to get it.

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MOTMified 4ms eurocrack modules (3 of em!) into a single 5U MOTM

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6171/6265163461_57492b84b5_z.jpg
Christmas Lights demo vid from the builder

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Septicstudio wrote:

MOTMified 4ms eurocrack modules (3 of em!) into a single 5U MOTM

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6171/6265163461_57492b84b5_z.jpg
Christmas Lights demo vid from the builder

Ah, awesome.  I'd love to have this as a pedal or a single module setup.

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a rs7000. - it looks pretty chunky and ugly next to an mpc 2500 but i am looking forward to getting to grips with its way of working

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@rarara - don't forget to get a 2nd backup rs7000 lol.

http://sneak-thief.com/sneak-thief-studio-money-shot1.jpg

I'm giving my 2nd one liposuction by building a new, smaller psu and shrinking the bottom of the case.

It should be about 3kg instead of 7.5kg by the time I'm done... in addition to the Nord Micromodular that's already inside of it:

http://sneak-thief.com/nordrs7000.html

http://sneak-thief.com - raw electrofunk

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Sneak, have you any solution for the smart media being unreliable and obsolete? Like a scsi reader or something? I came across this one:

http://a4000t.com/store/index.php?main_ … cts_id=180

I believe the guy from scsiforsamplers said it's limited because it will only work on the RR7000 and Motifs and such. But that's fine for me big_smile What you reckon?

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Well it surely beats the price of scsiforsamplers readers.

Sneak, how come you have a different layout of buttons on your RSs? smile

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@Brian - I've never had a single problem with either of my Smartmedia cards in either RS7000.

The only weirdness I ever encounter is either from bad card readers on pc's or if you take the card out of a pc while it's writing to it.

I use Sandisk cards. I recommend formatting them in the RS7000 every once in a while.

There are also low-level formatting tools available if a card ever gets messed up:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4796317_format- … -card.html

As a safety procedure when I tour, I bring 2 identical Smartmedia cards with me ...one in the RS and one somewhere else.


@Mekonin: like I said, I stuck a Nord Micromodular inside one of them 8 years ago tongue

http://sneak-thief.com/nordrs7000.html

http://sneak-thief.com - raw electrofunk

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I just won a TR-626!!!  big_smile

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sneakthief wrote:

@rarara - don't forget to get a 2nd backup rs7000 lol.

http://sneak-thief.com/sneak-thief-studio-money-shot1.jpg

I'm giving my 2nd one liposuction by building a new, smaller psu and shrinking the bottom of the case.

It should be about 3kg instead of 7.5kg by the time I'm done... in addition to the Nord Micromodular that's already inside of it:

http://sneak-thief.com/nordrs7000.html

I like the shrinking idea since the unit does seem rediculously tall - keep us updated. micromodular isn't an option since I scored the additional board. all brand new cool

I was thinking about some form of internal drive - is there an internal SCSI connector that can be utilized? don't want external, so something like an internal SCSI compact flash card media (like the mpc) that would be recognised like a HD would make the smart media redundant?

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@rarara - There's no internal SCSI header, although some people have plugged in a cable to the back and re-routed it inside.

Shrinking this thing is not for the faint of heart. You have to cut metal and make new stand-off brackets, not to mention build a new PSU.

http://sneak-thief.com - raw electrofunk

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sneakthief wrote:

@Brian - I've never had a single problem with either of my Smartmedia cards in either RS7000.

The only weirdness I ever encounter is either from bad card readers on pc's or if you take the card out of a pc while it's writing to it.

I use Sandisk cards. I recommend formatting them in the RS7000 every once in a while.

There are also low-level formatting tools available if a card ever gets messed up:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4796317_format- … -card.html

As a safety procedure when I tour, I bring 2 identical Smartmedia cards with me ...one in the RS and one somewhere else.

I do the same thing, right up to bringing two cards. Problem is, in my new computer I have no SM card reader and the one I bought that says it can fit smartmedia, can't, so I don't have anything to exchange samples and back-up multi's and so on.

What I noticed that causes Smart Media to fail is indeed not properly removing the card from the computer, but also when it's used to read and write on both machines. What I did (until my pc died) is cross exchange: have one card that writes only on pc and reads only on the RS7k, and have another that writes only on the RS and reads on the PC. That helped.

Thanks for the formatting tool tip, I'll check that out.

But in the end I just want to be able to make the rs more interchangeable, also with computers that aren't mine. SM is too big a risk for me, and it's just not user friendly.

But you don't know either whether that writer will work wit the RS?

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Great buy septic.
I got am RCD it's awesome.
Should get me a SCM to.

i don't need the gear, the gear needs me 
http://www.mono-poly.nl/

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sneakthief wrote:

@rarara - There's no internal SCSI header, although some people have plugged in a cable to the back and re-routed it inside.

Shrinking this thing is not for the faint of heart. You have to cut metal and make new stand-off brackets, not to mention build a new PSU.

would rather not have a cable showing so might research some other ideas. shame most rs7000 forums seem to be dead

shrinking definitely interests me, specially if you supply clear to follow instructions  wink

I will no doubt have plenty of questions regarding using the device once I have spent some time with it

@Brian - didn't realise you used one. is it your primary sequencer?

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No, I only use it for live, but I do use it as a sampler and sound module in the studio. The sequencer is great tho, it is the main selling point. 10 years old and I still don't know anything that I'd want to replace it with...

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TAMA TECHSTAR (full set)
Module TS305
3 tom pads TS100
1 snare pad TS120
1 kick pad TS150
includes also, stands for toms & snare, kick pedal & two home-made 80w amplified cabinets..
will post pics once i pick it up

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Native Instruments Skanner (free christmas sample playback synth that is surprisingly deep, runs inside the free reaktor player)

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A bit of amplification:

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/390094_10150441555948043_587913042_8720540_1596853931_n.jpg

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Got one of these a few weeks ago.  It's modded with trigger inputs!

http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/userpix/1958_dsc_0544_1.jpg

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Got a Korg Monotribe for crimbo! Freaking great fun! 2.0 os adds a few nice features too. Very fun portable jam! With the Korg sync app on my iPhone and then synced to the iPad via blue tooth to the Korg ims20 app is pure jamming heaven!  big_smile  big_smile

+++ Dont be scared honey, thats just the resonance knob +++