richie wrote:Even using the ASR-10 rack as a sample effects processor alone is worth it to many.
To further elaborate - You can actually run audio from the line in and have the effects processed in real time, so literally as an effects processor.
It uses the algorithms from the Ensoniq DP/4 which anyone who is familiar with that effects unit knows it is far too expensive to easily bother purchasing now.
I have an ASR-10 rack but I don't use it much.
I drove 2.5 hours all the way to Charlotte to pick up an Ensoniq DP4 for $400. Then another 2.5 hours back. The things we do for gear.
The DP4 and ASR-10 have most of the same effects, but a few different things. The nice thing about the DP4 is you can put effects on 4 channels. And about $100 per channel for effects was my budget. Once word got out that Daft Punk used one, prices sky rocketed.
ASR-10 is nice and has more sound character than MPC 4000. But MPC 4000 more powerful, more modern, much easier for loading and saving, way more ram, and a far better sequencer and work flow in my opinion.
ASR-10 is going to make samples sound better than MPC4000 in my opinion. But it's going to be slower, more sluggish, less ram, you'll depend on scsi, it gets hot, it crashes more often, processing takes longer, and sequencer not nearly as powerful. So you give and take.
They are worth about the same amount on the market. Maybe ASR-10 is getting a bit harder to find and is worth a couple hundred more than an MPC 4000.