1. E-Mu Systems Emulator – First up is from our pal SynthMania who made this awesome Retrowave track the authentic way, by using the classic E-mu Emulator sampler! I’ve been obsessed with the Emulator for years now. This one looks like it’s in fantastic condition too. Nice work on this Tear For Fears-esq track!
2. Casio RZ-1 – acidphaze made this cool acid jam with an RZ-1, Korg Volca Bass and Monotron. The RZ-1 was an 8 bit sampler drum machine. Though in this vid he’s using most of the on board drum samples, I still think it qualifies since it’s a high quality performance.
3. Ensoniq Mirage – Arguably one of the best early samplers made for actual synth playing I was surprised as to how hard it was for me to find a quality performance on Youtube with a Mirage until I found this one by Hyboid a.k.a. Astro Chicken. He used a plethora of awesome 80s gear in this one, including a Kawai K1M, Simmons SDS800, Oberheim Matrix 6R, and more!
4. Fairlight CMI – Invented in 1979, the Fairlight CMI was the very first digital sampler and it completely changed the music industry forever. I could not find a recent performance on a Fairlight CMI of any quality, but I did find this rare old vid of Ryuichi Sakamoto playing one years ago!
5. Akai MPC-60 – This was another game changer sampler and had as much to do with the development of Rap music as nearly any one single artist. What you don’t hear often is and MPC being used to make Avantgarde Jazz, which is what Michal Patulski did in this awesome vid.