An update on the EPS adventure: My experiences with Passpot’s Alchemy sample editor on the old O.S. 9 box and the EPS have been frustrating to say the least. When using Alchemy with one of my Unitor-8 interfaces, I could get sounds on and off of the EPS, but there were lots of errors reported by Alchemy, and sometimes the EPS would crash when attempting any editing using its data slider. The EPS is notorious for being unstable, but that isn’t the case with my current EPS - it only crashes when bringing samples in from Alchemy via the Unitor-8.
As reported in the other thread, I bought a cheap n’ cheerful Midisport 2x2 interface to see if it was the Unitor at fault. The results I got with the Midisport were not much better, though completely different. With the Midisport, samples could easily be transferred from the EPS and edited in Alchemy. However, any attempt to send them back to the EPS results in glitchy samples… and no, not the fun kind.
Not one to be deterred, I then tried using Sample Wrench (which is now free). I have a Core2Duo iMac with Windows XP running via Virtualbox, so I installed it on that. Once I installed both OS X and Windows drivers for the Midisport, I was able to send and receive samples in both directions… most of the time. The whole process is a bit hit or miss, sometimes it works, sometimes the interface just stares blankly at me like I just asked it a stupid question. I found that disconnecting and reconnecting the USB port via Virtualbox generally gets it all running again if it stops working.
In any event, I was able to do something I never could on the EPS when I first owned it 30years ago: play stereo samples. While Alchemy automatically creates a hard-panned, dual-layer EPS instrument from stereo samples, Sample Wrench requires that the user do all of the work of splitting a single stereo sample into two mono files and then exporting them to two different harp-panned layers on the EPS. Nevertheless, with a bit of effort, I was able to record a stereo patch from my ARP 2600 and get it sampled and looped -in stereo - on the traditionally monaural EPS. Pretty cool, if ultimately not very practical.
Forgive the lengthy explanation. Suffice it to say that I won’t be complaining about the difficulties of using my Octatrack any time soon…