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Emu Emulator


Released: 1981

MSRP: $7995US(MK1) $9995US (MK2)


While very basic by todays standards, it was the first sampler at an attainable price point for many musicians. MK2 added the sequencer and VCA. JL Cooper made a "Generator Modulator" (Gen Mod) retro fit, including 24dB filter and dual ADSR envelopes. Architecture Class: Sampler.

Ebay Description:

The Emu Emulator is a 61 key, 8 bit sampler, featuring vibrato and a single track real-time sequencer. Sample memory (2x64kB) can contain up to 6 upper and 6 lower waveforms, recorded at 30kHz. Sample editing includes loop, reverse, and truncate. Samples can be stored via a 5.25" disk drive


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
49 keys ? ? sample Upper (phone, XLR) Lower (phone, XLR) Mix (phone, XLR) no vibrato no release double sequencer AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
- None no 5.25" floppy drive no buttons/sliders LED


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
split 4 or 8 no Sample->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
None no no no


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A real-time, 2 songs ? pedal Pitch-Wheel Mod-Wheel no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no no no no no


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 8 bit 30kHz 2x64kB no 6 upper 6 lower no 1 truncate reverse


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
Sample digital 12 - no no LFO no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog SSM2044 no low pass no no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO triangle? no no no no Mod-Wheel pedal no
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