"I use the Emulator III as my major instrument and there's also some D50s, DX7s and DX7IIs - I still like the DXs for bright, percussive sounds. But I think you need to become familiar with your library so you know exactly what sounds you have at your disposal. I just get so sick of learning new instruments."more
At the back of the album cover of the Rendez-vous album by Jean-Michel Jarre is a list of used instruments. In short: Seiko DS 250, Synthex, Moog, Roland JX 8P, ARP 2600, Fairlight, Emulator II, Eminent, AKS, Lynn 9000, Memory Moog, Drumulator, Laser Harp, RMI, Seiko DS 320, OBX, DX 100, Matrisequencer, TR 808, Prophet, Casio CZ 5000, Baby Korg personal keyboard.more
In 1987, the EIII, E3 or Emulator Three from E-Mu Systems was an ambitious and remarkable music construction tool. It was a pristine 16-bit 44.1khz stereo sampler, an analog synthesizer, a 16 track sequencer with a built-in keyboard, LCD screen, and internal hard drive. Built aesthetically with the same legendary DNA as found with the original Emulator, Emulator II, Drumulator, iconic SP-12 and later, SP-1200 products -- at $12,000+ new, the E3 was a heavy-weight without competition unless you could afford a Fairlight CMI or Synclavier. My E3 has been road tested (and failed often), but as perhaps one of the 1st true Digital Audio Workstations, it was an easy, fun and high-quality tool for making great music. With just 8mb of memory (yep, that was a lot back then), it doesn't get turned on much anymore -- still, it looks good and sounds great so I will never sell it. Thank you E-Mu, the Golden Age of Hip-Hop would not be the same without you.
My favourite sampler, second only to the underrated Prophet 2002, resonant filters, super fat sampling. Not a lot to add other than to say i used this to death on my Wintersun releases on Automatic Records release (back in the day). PS: the mac editor i had using a Macintosh SE was incredibly handy and a real must have too.