23 Apr 2007

Samplers with analogue filters

I wanted to compile a list of all the samplers that were made with analogue VCF's.
Why? Because they fascinate me.

By sampler I mean a machine on which you can play the samples chromaticaly, like with a synth. So no drum samplers are included, unless they also allow chromatic playing.

Below you'll find the info that I've compiled up until now.
As you can see there weren't that many made. When you want a 16 bit stereo sampler with VCF's, your options are pretty slim. You'll have a choice between the Fairlight CMI Series III, the Emulator III and the Simmons SDX.

Thanks to all the contributors on Analogue Heaven
Feel free to comment, correct me or add to the list. I'll update it periodically.


ManufacturerModelFilterresolution# voices# DA convertersextra info
AkaiS612Lowpass, switched capacitor filter - no resonance12/12/1261 
AkaiS700 Lowpass, switched capacitor filter - no resonance12/12/1261 
AkaiX7000 Lowpass, switched capacitor filter - no resonance12/12/1261 
AkaiX3700?12/12/1241 
AkaiS900Lowpass, switched capacitor filter - no resonance12/12/1288 
AkaiS950 Lowpass, switched capacitor filter - no resonance12/12/1288 
CasioFZ-1/FZ-10M/FZ-20LLowpass 24dB/oct16/16/1682Filter is a DCF. http://www.buchty.net/casio/dcf.html
E-muEmax I Lowpass 24dB/oct12/8/1288Uses a compression algorythm for storing data.
E-muEmulator I Lowpass - no resonance 8/8/84/84/8 
E-muEmultator II / II+ / II+ HD Lowpass 24dB/oct8/8/888Uses a compression algorythm for storing data.
E-muEmulator III Lowpass 24dB/oct 16/16/161616 
EnsoniqMirageLowpass 24dB/oct 8/8/881 
FairlightCMI Series I Lowpass 24dB/oct 8/8/888 
FairlightCMI Series II Lowpass 24dB/oct 8/8/888 
FairlightCMI Series IIx Lowpass 24dB/oct 8/8/888 
FairlightCMI Series III Lowpass 24dB/oct 16/16/161616 
KorgDSS-1Lowpass 12/24dB/oct 12/12/1281 
KorgDSM-1Lowpass 24dB/oct - no resonance12/12/12161 
OberheimDPX-1Lowpass 24dB/oct -/12/1288Technicaly not a sampler, but a sample playback machine
PPG Wave 2.2 + Waveterminal Lowpass 24dB/oct 8/8/8?? 
PPGWave 2.3 + Waveterminal Lowpass 24dB/oct 12/12/12?? 
Radikal Technologies Spectralis2 global analogue filters 24dB Lowpass + 12 dB multimode ?/?/?48? 
rsfSD140?12/12/12?10?link Conceived as a drum sampler but can also be used as a chromatic sampler
SequentialProphet 2000/2002 Lowpass 24dB/oct 12/12/1288 
SequentialProphet 3000 Lowpass 24dB/oct 16/16/1688 
SequentialStudio 440 Lowpass 24dB/oct 12/12/1288Conceived as a drum sampler but can also be used as a chromatic sampler
SimmonsSDXLowpass 24dB/oct16/16/161616Conceived as a drum sampler but can also be used as a chromatic sampler

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

David...Saw your blog spot via the Roland Samplers List. Cool table of the analog samplers. My first experience and use of one was the Akai S612 in the mid 80s....for some studio work. 2.8" quick disks...wow!

4:41 am  
Blogger Stephen Coker said...

Which of these has hardware enevolopes and are only 8 bit?

5:06 pm  

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