Question: I just purchased an ASR-10 but don't have a manual (very frustrating). I can't seem to find it online. Could you help out? Thanks!
Answer: It is now available online, along with many other Ensoniq manuals. www.emu.com/supprt/files/storage/ASR10_manual.zip
Here is a brief history on Ensoniq accessories. Creative Technology (the Soundblaster people) bought Ensoniq a couple years ago. Creative also owned Emu. Eventually, Creative elected to "merge" Ensoniq Music Instrument division with Emu's, and told all the Ensoniq people to move west to Emu's office. None of the Ensoniq personnel did, so really what happened was Emu inherited Ensoniq's technology, current products, etc.
Ensoniq had discontinued support for older keyboards, such as the EPS, before Creative bought them. They never announced discontinuing support for the ASR-10 or TS series. That leaves some unanswered questions, such as if they, that is Emu, is manufacturing accessories such as the ASR-10 SCSI Interface, the ASR-10 output expander, the DI-10 digital interface, the TS Sequencer Memory Expansion, etc.
Ensoniq is the only manufacturer of specific hardware ASR-10 and TS-10 accessories, with the exception of SIMM memory and floppy drives. They had not allowed anyone else to manufacture them, and no 3rd party company to date has stepped up to manufacture any.
All the above pertains to repairs as well. Emu has no incentive to repair products they never made, so the best bet is to contact Emu and see how far they will go.
As far as Ensoniq-made accessories, such as the Output Expanders, Digital Interfaces, SCSI Interfaces; and repairs, this is the best route to go:
Popular accessories affected by the "stuck in the middle" problem:
Contributed by: Garth Hjelte
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