Ensoniq Computer Guide 
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Everything you wanted to know about your Ensoniq sampler and the programs that can assist you on the computer!

How would you like to connect your EPS/ASR to your computer? Sounds tempting - I mean, look and the powerful resource your computer is - word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, printing beautiful documents - and then look at your wonderful Ensoniq machine, which makes out of this world sounds, together with soaring digital effects, surround-stereo sound, and wonderous sequencing capability. A marriage made in heaven?

If you're like the rest of us, you may have found that the link between the computer (PC, Mac, Atari, Amiga, C64, what have you) is not as clear as it seems. First question: after you've installed your MIDI interface, then what? The salesman says buy Performer. What! $400 more! And you can't even uderstand the EPS/ASR sequencer yet! And this sample editor - what's this curve called a waveform - ah, I'll just loop it on the EPS... while your MIDI cable and MIDI interface lies dormant, with not a shred of valued MIDI data flowing through it.

This article is designed to familiarize you with most/if not all computerprograms which specifically have to do with the EPS/ASR. There is a lot you can do - there's just so much information in the air, it's easy to get confused,if you know what I mean. (Ever try buying a computer when you don't know a thing about them? You know what I mean.) Also, for you many of you Hackertypes, I will state the latest info on compatibility (especially on the ASR-10).

Below I've listed all executable programs I could find that had any relevanceto the Ensoniq samplers. Sequencers (and the like), looping tools, and otherprograms that don't directly communicate with the EPS/ASR aren't included, the reason being that we want you to use these programs right out of the box. The only thing you'll need is a capable computer (PC, Mac, Atari, Amiga,even NeXt!) and a solid MIDI interface. I've contacted the programmers/writers/distributors, and the information/prices/availability is as up to date as I could get it. Most of these programs have had extensivereviews written already, so I've referenced them for more information. To get back issues of the Hacker, just call the Hacker (503-227-6848).

TABLE OF CONTENTS
IBM Ensoniq MIDI-DISK Tools | Epsilon | SampleVision | Ensoniq Disk Manager and other Utilities | EPSDisk | SoundVert | Awave | EPS READ/WRITE | EPSPC | EPSWave | EPS-Sense
     
Mac Peak | Alchemy | EPSm | scEPSi | Other Terje Utilities
     
Atari Disk Wizard | Avalon
     
Amiga Disk Extractor
     
NEXT EPS-Tar
     
IBM
SampleVision Wavesample editor
Turtle Beach Systems 52 Grumbacher Rd, York, PA XXXXX(717)757-2348
Jan. '90 Transoniq Hacker
This is a very useful program, for a couple of reasons. Best is the ability to transfer samples from other samplers. Almost every sampler has a connection(driver) to Samplevision. All you have to do is borrow/find a sampler in which you want sounds, transfer them into Samplevision (which holds 'em by it's own propietary format), and then transfer them to the EPS/ASR. Samplevisioneven has a utility that converts sounds made on Sound Designer (.dig) toSamplevision format (.smp). So there are places where you can download sounds in .smp or .dig format, giving you a great resource for new sounds.

The editing capability is good - the advantage over working at the EPS/ASR is that you can see the waveform. You can loop, normalize gain, cut and paste,along with most of the things the EPS/ASR can do. What it uniquely can do is digital equalization. If you have Soundblaster (or compatible), you can play these samples through and see what they sound like. Of course, this isn't with the envelopes and filtering of the EPS/ASR, but you can fine tune the equalization this way, and get it perfect with the Filtering/enveloping of the EPS/ASR.

Presently Turtle Beach is working on a Windows version of the product, which should include an ASR-10 driver. Due date is middle-to-end of the summer '94. Presently you can use the 16-Plus driver, but it is subject to problems.

PROS: Cross compatibility, digital equalization, waveform display, soon-to-be Windows version
CONS: EPS/ASR can do most of what Samplevision can, and quicker and easier

EPS-SENSE - Original EPS

Parameter Editor/Waveform Displayer

Author: Donna Murray, Jeffrey Richter

Available through: Rubber Chicken Software Co., 4118 SW 61st Ave, Davie, FL 3314 (800)8-PRO-EPS

Reviewed in the Aug. '89 Transoniq Hacker

This program gives you a monitor's look at the EPS/ASR parameters. Did you ever want to get away from the EPS/ASR's small 22-character display? This is the way to do it. Covers all the pages: envelopes, filters, waves, etc. Even effects. Unfortunatly, the program is just DOS-window based; nopull-down menus or mouse support. It can also view the waveform, but don't let that fool you. You can't edit it at all - but it's sure neat to see it.

If you're a programmer even in the slightest degree, this program will be useful for you. If you're going just edit one parameter, maybe not, but we see everybody craving what the Roland samplers have, and we everybody seems to indicate to Ensoniq that it'd be cool to have a jack for a monitor on their keyboards. This is it.

PRO's: Access to most of the EPS/ASR's parameters, fast operation

CON's: Since not too many people program their sounds, maybe it's not necessary

 

EPS-Sense MIDI Parameter Editor
Turtle Beach Systems 52 Grumbacher Rd, York, PA XXXXX(717)757-2348
Jan. '90 Transoniq Hacker
This is a very useful program, for a couple of reasons. Best is the ability to transfer samples from other samplers. Almost every sampler has a connection(driver) to Samplevision. All you have to do is borrow/find a sampler in which you want sounds, transfer them into Samplevision (which holds 'em by it's own propietary format), and then transfer them to the EPS/ASR. Samplevisioneven has a utility that converts sounds made on Sound Designer (.dig) toSamplevision format (.smp). So there are places where you can download sounds in .smp or .dig format, giving you a great resource for new sounds.

The editing capability is good - the advantage over working at the EPS/ASR is that you can see the waveform. You can loop, normalize gain, cut and paste,along with most of the things the EPS/ASR can do. What it uniquely can do is digital equalization. If you have Soundblaster (or compatible), you can play these samples through and see what they sound like. Of course, this isn't with the envelopes and filtering of the EPS/ASR, but you can fine tune the equalization this way, and get it perfect with the Filtering/enveloping of the EPS/ASR.

Presently Turtle Beach is working on a Windows version of the product, which should include an ASR-10 driver. Due date is middle-to-end of the summer '94. Presently you can use the 16-Plus driver, but it is subject to problems.

PROS: Cross compatibility, digital equalization, waveform display, soon-to-be Windows version
CONS: EPS/ASR can do most of what Samplevision can, and quicker and easier

Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools - Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10

Ensoniq Disk Manager - Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 EPS-Wave - Original EPS EPSREAD, EPSWRITE - Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 EPSPC Original, 16-Plus?, ASR-10? EPSDiskOriginal, 16-Plus, ASR-10 AIFF2EFEand EFE-AIFF Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 SoundVert1.03 Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 MAC Alchemy - Original, 16-Plus Sound Designer - Original, 16-Plus TurboSynth - Original, 16-Plus?, ASR-10? Infinity - Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 ASR_SCSI - Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 Tiresias Original, 16-Plus? EPSm Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 scEPSi stEPS Original, 16-Plus, ASR-10 ATARI Avalon - Original EPS, 16-Plus, ASR-10 EZE (Original,16-Plus, ASR-10) MzPatch (EPS,16-Plus?, ASR-10?) Disk Wizard AMIGA GenWave (OriginalEPS?, 16-Plus?, ASR-10?)

Wavesample Editor

Author & Source: Interval Music Systems 12335 Santa Monica Blvd #244, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310)-478-3956

Not ever Reviewed (until now)

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Amiga DiskManager (Original, 16-Plus) NeXT EPS-TAR (Original EPS, 16-Plus, ASR-10)