Emu Emulator

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The Emu Emulator was released in 1981, and it was a very basic 8-bit sampler. It came with one single filter, and it was only allowed for a single loop. In 1982 it was updated to include a VCA envelope generator and a simple sequencer.


Though not the first commercial sampler, the Emulator was among the first to find wide use among ordinary musicians, due to its relatively low price and fairly contained size, which allowed for its use in live performances. It was also innovative in its integration of computer technology. The samplers were discontinued in 2002.

Originally, E-mu considered selling the design for the Emulator to Sequential Circuits, which at the time was using E-mu's keyboard design in its popular Prophet-5 synthesizer. However, soon afterward, Sequential Circuits stopped paying E-mu royalties on its keyboard design, which forced E-mu to release the Emulator itself.


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