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E-mu | EIIIX (S)


The EIIIX is the latest in the long line of E-mu sampling products, beginning with the Emulator I and evolving into the EII and EIII. In developing the EIIIX, we have retained the logical and easy-to-use user interface of the EIII and enhanced it with our all-digital, state-of-the-art G-chip and H-chip hardware. The G-chip allows noisefree sample transposition over a ±5 octave range. The H-chips retain the warm character of analog filters while keeping the signal entirely in the digital domain.

The EIIIX can be used as an EIII expander unit or as a stand-alone sample playback system. In addition, the EIIIX is fully compatible with the original EIII and has full access to the huge library of
sounds available from E-mu and other sources.

Some of the major enhancements from the original EIII are as

+ 32 megabytes of sample RAM (non-proprietary, user installable)
+ 32 audio channels (16 stereo)
+ 8 polyphonic, balanced audio outputs
+ Up to 999 samples per bank
+ Up to 256 presets per bank
+ All digital signal path for lower noise and improved reliability
+ Digital I/O (S/PDIF, AES/EBU)
+ Improved user interface simplifies multi-timbral operation

One difference from the original EIII is in the deliberate omission of analog sample inputs. We have discovered that most people do not sample their own sounds and we feel that you should not have to pay for a expensive feature that you may not use. Furthermore, the widespread use of portable DAT recorders incorporating digital I/O makes built-in A/D converters redundant. Any audio gear incorporating an A/D converter and digital I/O can function as a sampling “front end” for the EIIIX.

You should plan on purchasing a mass storage device for use with the EIIIX, if you don't already own one. When dealing with large banks of up to 32 MB, a floppy disk drive simply doesn't cut it even for back-up. An optical or hard disk is an absolute must!

The S version added analog inputs as well..
ModelEIIIX (S)
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)16
Sampler16-bit, 44.1kHz (67 seconds)
Filter (VCF)Yes
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
Memory4Mb expandable to 32Mb. Up to 1000 samples or 256 patches per bank
Recording16 tracks, 100 patterns, 100 songs
Key typeN/A
AudioOut: Stereo Main, 3 extra stereo out. Digital I-O, Stereo in On the EIIIXS only, SCSI
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

Manuals, patches etc.


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