E-mu Emax SE

E-mu Emax SE

This particular Emax came from Strathclyde University's Music Department in July 2002.

Having acquired a Juno 106, my policy of "one in, one out" due to studio space restrictions has meant that my least used keyboard gets the boot. This dubious honour goes to my beloved Emu Emax SE, although it does have analogue filters, it still couldn't be kept as I also have an Emax II that is very similar in sound character. Also the Emax II has an internal hard drive and an external CD-ROM giving me access to more samples and with speedier loading and consequently I use it more. This significant overlap in my sonic arsenal made my Emax SE the one to go.

To say "bye, bye" to it I wrote a track using just the Emax. I seem to be making a habit out of "one track using one synth only" recently!

I used my favourite samples from the official Emu Emax library also. In writing the track, I reconsidered selling it many times because of the great sounds coming out but practicality forced my hand and she *will* go to a new home. Despite being a sampler it has its own great individual character and adds its brand of grunge and grit to the sample especially to drums where it is like an SP12.

E-maximum is made up from SE (Synthesis Enhanced) samples, Male Choir, Trap drum set, Piano, Hammond organ, Oberheim OBX samples through Emax filters, Moog bass with real time filter tweaking via the modulation wheel and Roland JX3p samples. Compuvoxes were also added. No MIDI was used, only looped audio arranged and processed in Adobe Audition 1.5.

The track has a power rock edge to it which is a departure from my usual output with a twist in style towards the end. Bye, bye Emax, bye, bye.......

E-mu Emax SE


5 min 56 secs

8.16MB file size

192kbit MP3

Bird Run!

The picture here shows the conclusion of the function that align's the Emax's internal stabilizers and prevents excessive gyrocosmic relativation.

During this process you need to carefully observe the display for any signs of destabilization (eg. gravitational warps, apparent speeding up or slowing down of time, objects in mirrors appearing closer than they really are). If Emax returns to the Module Identifier after a few seconds, all is well.

Note: Occasionally a small emu will get trapped within the Emax and run across the screen during the stabilization scan process. This does not affect Emax's normal functions.

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