“The Emulator II was my workhorse for three or four years with Heaven 17. I used it all the time and I really loved the sample library.
“It was the first synth-meets-sampler to have floppy disks - big proper floppy discs! And then I bought an optical drive, which was £3000! Just to play CDs on!
“Crazy, isn’t it? It shows how much money there was floating around in the ‘80s compared to now.”
“Anyway, the logistic and design considerations for the Emulator II, and the way you could manipulate sounds and store them digitally, was just beautiful. It was like a hybrid of all the knobs that you needed, with not too much multi-function button stuff going on.
“I still think to this day, if I’d still got it, I think I’d probably still use it for certain things. It had some great samples. In fact, what I’ve done is, I’ve got the original CD sample libraries and I’ve managed to convert them.”