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E-MU: Release your creative energy with X2

Published: Wed August 02, 2006  News Feed

The X Factor...

...it was far more fun using all the new features than I'd expected, and occasionally jaw-dropping in the creative department... There are quite a few soft samplers, but Emulator X has always had a good reputation for its audio quality, and the X2 version stands out for its incredible versatility...
Martin Walker, Sound On Sound Magazine( August 06 edition)

That's the word from the experts. Here's what you get with Emulator X2...

Emulator® X2 is a powerful new 24-bit/192kHz streaming software sampler from E-MU Systems that works with any E-MU desktop product, including all E-MU Xboard USB/MIDI Controllers, Xmidi 2x2 USB/MIDI Interface, USB Audio Interfaces and PCI/CardBus Digital Audio Systems. Emulator® X2 Add-on is the culmination of over 30 years of sampler development that offers the pristine sound quality, powerful synthesis and filters of E-MU's legendary hardware samplers and introduces a host of new groundbreaking tools that includes SynthSwipe™ automated hardware sampling, TwistaLoop™ non-destructive audio manipulator, Morph Filter Designer to create custom filters, Multi-Function Generator for advanced LFO/envelope/arpeggiator programming, advanced Transform Multiply convolution DSP tool, real-time control of multiple loop points, REX2 and MP3 import, and much, much more. Emulator X2 still offers the unmatched sound quality of E-MU's pristine 24-bit/192kHz sound engine and patented pitch interpolation, and can be run either standalone (64 MIDI channels) or as a VST instrument (16 MIDI channels per instantiation).

Advanced synthesis architecture

No software sampler can match the depth of the Emulator® X2 synthesis engine, with 36 patchcords per voice, over 50 patented Z-Plane morphing filters and 100 tempo-based parameters per preset. You can even save your favorite synth setups as templates for quick editing.

Standalone (64 MIDI channels) or VSTi operation

You can use Emulator® X2 Add-on as a VSTi instrument within your favorite sequencer program or run it standalone for maximum system performance.

RAM and Streaming playback

Emulator® X2 offers you playback from both RAM and hard disk for total flexibility in optimizing the performance of your system.

Comprehensive sound format support

Emulator® X2 supports EOS, GigaSampler, SoundFont 2.1, REX2 (import), MP3 (import) and many more sound formats

Integrated Effects Processors

Emulator® X2 offers new integrated effects processors with comprehensive MIDI modulation - up to 67 simultaneous effects

What's New in X2


SynthSwipe is a sampling tool that will automatically sample and create playable presets from any hardware or software MIDI instrument. Simply set the initial sampling parameters (i.e. key range, how many notes, how many velocities per note, velocity range) and SynthSwipe does the rest with the utmost precision. SynthSwipe is an invaluable tool for sound designers and anyone who wants to bring their old synth and sound module soundsets into the computer.


TwistaLoop is a tool that automatically analyzes any audio by dissecting it into its rhythmic components, allows the editing of this audio with multiple loop points and regions, and offers total control over tempo with real-time audio time expansion/compression, the ability to play different beats or bars from the same sample, the switching in real-time of which loop plays via a continuous controller, and much more. TwistaLoop allows you to sync these loops to Emulator X2's master tempo or to external tempo sources (like a VST host). - all with E-MU's patented pitch interpolation for unmatched audio fidelity.

Morph Filter Designer

The Morph Filter Designer provides users with filter creation tools that E-MU's sound designers have been using for years to create the legendary morphing Z-Plane filters. The Morph Filter Designer now allows the construction of all-new exotic filter types that can be morphed from one type to another in real-time.

Multi-Function Generator

The Multi-Function Generator offers advanced LFO/envelope/arpeggiator programming, providing three function generators per voice that are directly tied into Emulator X2's powerful synthesis architecture (over 100 parameters). These Function Generators have several key sync and direction modes that enable complex levels of control, and can be programmed to modulate pitch, filters, volume, retrigger samples or LFO's, change tempo or trigger other events.

Transform Multiply

Transform Multiply is a convolution DSP tool that creates new sounds by combining the timbral and time elements of two signals in a way that reinforces frequencies common to both sources and discards frequencies not present in both. This powerful tool is applicable to everything from adding a custom reverb (by adding a reverb impulse to another sound) to full blown voice articulation of musical instruments (combining speech with an instrument).

Massive Sound Library Included

Emulator® X2 ships with over 3GB of sounds including:

  • Proteus X Producer (1000 presets from the Original Proteus 2000)
  • E-MU General MIDI
  • Hip Hop Producer
  • Saint Thomas Strings
  • Studio Grand Piano (1.2 GB)
  • Beat Shop 1 (Studio Drum Sounds, Grooves, Fills)
  • Twistaloop X-perience (All New sound banks supporting X2 advanced features)

This stunning collection of sounds provides the essential 'sound tools' for any composer or producer.

You owe it to yourself to add the most advanced Software Sampler in the World to your system!

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