The E-mu Emulator II was E-mu’s second sampler, released in 1984. Like the Emulator I, it was an 8-bit sampler, however it had superior fidelity, and allowed more flexibility in editing sounds.
It was priced similarly to the Emulator I, at US $7,995 for a regular model, and $9,995 for a “plus” model featuring extra sample memory. Several upgrades, including extra disk drives and a 20 MB hard drive, were available as well.
Notable users include: Depeche Mode, Enya, badass keytar player Herbie Hancock, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Paul n-n-nine-nine-nineteen Hardcastle, Tangerine Dream & Ferris Bueler.
If you’ve used the Emu Emulator II, leave a comment with your thoughts!
- 8 voice polyphony
- Sampler – 27kHz; 8-bits; 512 KB to 1 MB storage
- 8 parts (8 midi channels) multitimbral
- 8 sequencer tracks
- 61 keys w/ velocity & aftertouch sensitive keyboard
- 24 dB/oct 4-pole lowpass filter with resonance