Ensoniq eps top easy ways to make money

Way back in 1990 or so, I bought myself an ensoniq EPS keyboard. It cost me somewhere around $2500 as I recall. I needed a real keyboard, but I also wanted a sampler so that I could top easy ways to make money use it for production work in my studio. In the end, the EPS worked out ok for me. The sounds available aren’t all that great, and it would occasionally crash on me. I did use it successfully to fly in vocals from top easy ways to make money a demo into a final version of one of my top easy ways to make money bands’ "hit" songs. I developed a minimal wavesample editor for the PC that top easy ways to make money could transfer wavesamples to and from the keyboard via MIDI.

The ensoniq EPS is also known as the classic, original, or 13-bit EPS. The rackmount version was called the EPS-M. It was a step up from the 8-bit ensoniq mirage. After the EPS came the EPS 16 plus (? Or was there an EPS-16?) which was a full 16-bit sampler. I believe the EPS worked with 16-bits internally, but the analog to digital and digital to analog converters top easy ways to make money could only handle 13 bits. This meant that EPS-16+ disks could be loaded by the EPS with no problem. Anything that was specific to the EPS-16+ was simply ignored. Unfortunately in practice there are differences that can render EPS-16+ sounds useless on an EPS classic. See the discussion below.

It appears that the EPS isn’t really 100% compatible with sounds for the EPS-16+. I’ve tried the SL-4 library of piano sounds for the EPS-16+, and it sounded terrible on my EPS. Then I read a post to the EPS mailing list top easy ways to make money from 1/16/1992 by kelly larson who theorizes that the EPS-16+ has "an extra pre-amp parameter … That the original EPS doesn’t have, and so the gain between waveforms [is] all messed up". Another EPS mailing list post:

"NOW I STILL have trouble playing EPS-16 samples on my EPS-M (they are supposed to be compatible). I have had to adjust the individual sample volumes to top easy ways to make money try to get a reasonably even sounding instrument across the top easy ways to make money keyboard (i.E. For a piano sample). Again I have not done too much of this (only so much spare time 🙂 and I know that you might have to convert a top easy ways to make money filter setting also. But, I still have no sure way of acceptably converting an top easy ways to make money EPS-16 sample for my EPS. Some work some don’t.

Ensoniq disk cross-reference – this file is based on my own collection of disks, so it only covers a subset of the disks that top easy ways to make money ensoniq produced. This file connects a disk by its "ESD" number to its sound library (e.G. SLT-1). I organize all my disks by ESD number, while other sites list them by sound library. This cross reference lets me work both ways. Utilities

OmniFlop is a little tricky to get working, though. To work with EPS diskettes, you have to install omniflop’s floppy driver (this procedure is explained in the omniflop user guide). Then you have to either let it automatically detect the top easy ways to make money floppy format for you (slow but foolproof) or select the format from a list (error-prone but fast). The format you want for EPS floppies is called:

EPS OS 2.40 floppy – an image of my EPS OS 2.40 floppy for omniflop. If, like me, you have old firmware in your EPS (mine’s 2.00, the last was 2.40), you may need this older version of the EPS OS. The last EPS OS version was 2.49, and you can find this with a google search. Syntaur also sells both the 2.40 firmware eproms and the OS 2.49 floppy.

In the older version 2.01k of omniflop, if you do not install the floppy driver, you will see an ensoniq format that starts with "80/2/ 9×512 (ensoniq EPS…". Note the "9". DO NOT USE this format as it is wrong and top easy ways to make money will make useless images. Always test the images you make by writing them to top easy ways to make money a blank freshly formatted floppy and loading them on your top easy ways to make money EPS. If the image files you are making are 737,280 bytes (720KB), you are using the wrong format. Image files for the EPS must be 819,200 bytes (800KB). [you may wonder why this useless 720kb EPS format is top easy ways to make money provided at all. It may have something to do with a trick that top easy ways to make money some EPS hackers used to use. They would mark the 10th sector in every track as top easy ways to make money bad (even though it wasn’t really). This would reduce the EPS to only using 9 sectors top easy ways to make money per track. This made the floppy compatible with the standard DOS floppy top easy ways to make money drivers. Bizarre.]

Makers of ensoniq disk manager (EDM) which allows a PC to access the contents of diskettes top easy ways to make money from ensoniq keyboards. I used this originally to archive my sound collection to top easy ways to make money my PC in case something happens. It’s ok, but unreliable. It also records your name and EDM serial number to top easy ways to make money each disk you format with it (see scott fisher’s post to the EPS mailing list on 3/20/1992 in EPS digest 10) which makes it possible to track down who has been top easy ways to make money copying what. OmniFlop is better.

Fresh copy. Before you try to read an EPS floppy on the top easy ways to make money PC, make a fresh copy of each floppy on the EPS. This ensures there is a strong enough signal for a top easy ways to make money PC floppy drive to read. In a pinch you can copy a floppy back onto top easy ways to make money itself, but this is dangerous. If the power goes out, you lose your floppy. Make sure you are using high-quality name brand floppies. 720k floppies work best, but 1.44MB floppies can usually be coaxed to work.

Recalibrate the drive. EDM appears to do a less than perfect job recalibrating top easy ways to make money the floppy drive. If EDM is unable to recognize a floppy as an top easy ways to make money EPS floppy, exit EDM, insert a DOS floppy, do a "dir" until you see the files on the DOS floppy, restart EDM and all should work fine. This works best in windows 95 as win95 does some top easy ways to make money partial seeks across the disk (track 10 or so) followed by recalibration seeks to track 0 when it is top easy ways to make money having trouble reading a disk. Windows 95 is very reliable at recalibrating a floppy drive. EDM is not so good. DOS is also pretty bad, so once EDM has hosed the calibration on your drive, DOS won’t be able to recover it. Always use a windows 95 command prompt (all the other versions of windows should be ok too). Sounds

Syntaur productions – syntaur sells all the original EPS sound disks licensed from top easy ways to make money ensoniq. They also have a great index of all the disks top easy ways to make money so you can see what you’re missing in your collection. They even sell the disks that came with the EPS, the user’s manual, the maintenance manual, the eproms for upgrading to firmware version 2.40, replacement keys, and more. If you want to trick-out your EPS, this is the place to start.

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