Ensoniq DSM-8 sampler unit. Used but still working good. Has initial disk to set up. Works similar to the Ensoniq Mirage. Condition:Very Good Make: Ensoniq Model: DSM-8, Year:1987As the Photos show, the Rack is in very good cosmetic condition and all switches, buttons, inputs, outputs, floppy drive, etc. work as they should and the LED Display is still vivid and bright.The Ensoniq Mirage was Ensoniq’s first product, introduced in 1984. Priced below $1700 with features previously only found on more expensive samplers like the Fairlight CMI and Synclavier, it became a best-seller. The Mirage was one of the earliest affordable sampler-synths. The Mirage DSM-8 Rack was introduced in 1985 and was an 8-bit Sampler with 8 Note Polyphony that featured a two-digit LED display, extensive MIDI implementation, analog filters, a 333-event Sequencer. It had 128kB of RAM (64kB for each half of a MIDI keyboard) and it was not expandable. Sample rate was variable from 10 kHz to 33 kHz with available sample time ranging from 2 to 6.5 seconds accordingly for each keyboard half. It included a built-in 3.5 inch SS/DD floppy drive, which was used to boot the operating system as well as store samples and sequences. Each disk had a copy of the Operating System and could be used as a boot disk, obviating the need for a separate boot disk. Each disk stored six samples and up to eight sequences. The rack was ‘pre-configured’ into two halves, each functioning as two independent instruments, though the split point could be moved. This made it easy to have one sound for the right hand (an ‘upper’ sound) and another for the left (a ‘lower’ sound). However, the standard OS could not move samples between keyboard halves. Thus the diskette could save three ‘upper’ sounds and three ‘lower’ sounds. Ensoniq later made an alternative OS available called MASOS which traded off performance features for editing features, including the ability to copy an ‘upper’ sound to a ‘lower’ sound and vice versa. Using a feature called multi-sampling, the Mirage was also capable of assigning multiple samples to different keys across a keyboard. Using this technique, the Mirage Rack was a polyphonic multi-timbral MIDI sound module.
Ensoniq Mirage Dms-8 Digital Multi Sampler Rackmount Vintage-great Condition for Sale