The ASR-10 stands for the Advanced Sampling Recorder
- a completely digital music production studio. It's a 16-bit sampler
that came in both keyboard and rack-mount versions. It shipped with 2 MB
of sample memory which could be expanded to 16 MB for a few minutes of
stereo cd-quality sampling time. It lets you choose from sample rates of
30 to 44.1 kHz and has all the professional sample editing functions you
would expect to find from a pro sampler including autolooping, volume
smoothing, normalize, crossfading, and time comp/exp. Even resampling
through its effects, EQ, etc. is possible!
What's special about the ASR-10 is that
it is a sampler using the synthesizer architecture of Ensoniq's classic
line of synths from the
SD-1 to the
Your samples are stored as part of its WaveSample memory. The ASR-10 can
hold 127 WaveSamples, which can also consist of its two multimode
digital filters, the LFO, one random noise generator, three envelope
generators (hard-wired to the pitch, filter cutoff, and amplitude), and
a modulation matrix with 15 routable modulation sources. Up to eight
layers of WaveSamples can be combined to create your final sound. In
this light, the ASR-10 basically looks like an advanced TranseWave
(waveform modulation) synthesizer in which YOU create its WaveSamples!
The ASR-10 integrates a digital effects processor and MIDI sequencer
on-board for a complete workstation. There are up to 62 effects
(including vocoding) based on Ensoniq's DP/4 effects processor. A whole
range of reverbs, chorus, flange, phaser, distortion, digital delay,
speaker effects, etc. are available.
The ASR-10's sequencer has 16-tracks and with its 31 voices of
polyphony you can create some pretty complete musical performances.
The sequencer (reminiscent of the
workstations) provides real time and looped recording modes, 96 PPQ
clock resolution, an auto-locate function, punch in/out, and other
useful features. And the ASR-10 can sample while the sequencer is
playing. It can store up to 80 sequences or patterns which can be
chained into a song (only one song can be in memory).
The ASR-10 also has a "Tape Recorder" mode in which you can record
two tracks of audio for use along with the sequencer for an advanced
all-in-one music making machine! Recording can be to its RAM or to
external SCSI hard drives via the SP-3 SCSI interface (optional on
keyboard version) for extended sampling/recording time and memory. It
can support up to seven simultaneous hard disks and/or CD-ROM drives.
You can even process external audio through the ASR, live or along with
As mentioned, the ASR-10 comes in a 61-note keyboard version and a
rack-mount. But there's more. Over the years Ensoniq has continued to
upgrade it adding an AES/EBU digital I/O upgrade, digital audio
recording and importing of new sound formats, and more. The ASR-88
version is an ASR-10 with a fully-weighted 88-note keyboard and the SCSI
interface comes standard. The ASR-10 is compatible with Akai (S-1000/1100)
and Roland CD-ROM sound librarys. A high-density (HD) 3.5" disk drive
comes standard on all models. The ASR-10 has been used by Atomic
Babies, Autechre, Rammstein, Jimmy Edgar, Black Lung, Rabbit in the
Moon, Timbaland, Pharell Williams (Neptunes), The Alchemist, Kanye West.