This first "version" of the EPS is quite remarkable. Besides all the standa... more
This first "version" of the EPS is quite remarkable. Besides all the standard possibillities that any other workstation had at that time, like built-in sequencer, variable sampling rate, sample editing, filters etc, the EPS has some cool extra features. One of them is the option to control the sample starting point and loop position by using the pitch wheel. (now stop reading for a second and imagine the possibillities it creates when using this "live" on a vocal sample. It's like "scrolling" through the words...!) Another one is loading new samples while playing instruments. You can also "Stack" instruments/layers or assign different samples to certain regions on the keyboard. And how about those magical "Patch Select Buttons"? This might all sound pretty dull now but back in 1988 it was pure science fiction. Almost forgot to mention that the Ensoniq DSK-8 sample library is compatible with the EPS. Think of sounds used in the early house classics like; "stacked strings" on Rock To The Beat, or the "piano" on Strings Of Life and the "brass hit" on Love Can't Turn Around. The standard internal memory of 512 Kb could be expanded with the optional "4x memory expander" to 2.1 Mb in total and was totally worth the investment. Beam me up Scotty!
Good memories come to mind when i think of using this little multitrack monst... more
Good memories come to mind when i think of using this little multitrack monster. It taught me a lot about analog recording techniques and how to make the best creative use of only 4 available channels. I bought this in the late 80's and used it extensively for many recordings. One of the last recordings i did while using the Tascam Porta One was a remix of Human Resource's "Dominator" (R&S Records, RS9139, 1991).