Vintage samplers are still sought out for their distinctive sound.
One undisputed heavyweight in this area, the E-mu Emulator II, with its 8-bit sampling engine processed via analogue amp and filter sections, was widely used in the mid-'80s by those who couldn't stretch to Fairlight or Synclavier systems.
Third-party libraries fulfilled the sonic needs of EII owners, with one such being OMI's Universe of Sounds.
Rhythmic Robot Audio have painstakingly re-sampled, edited and looped large portions of this library direct from an Emulator II, and recreated the full experience in NI's Kontakt. Volume 2 focuses more heavily on analogue and digital synths â though real instruments aren't neglected â and is all the better for this in our view.
There is old-school digital character on offer here in every one of the 534 instruments.