E-Mu Emulator Song List

From SynthTrax

Date: 1981

Type: Hardware Sampler

Hand-drawn illustration of E-mu Emulator I (1981)
E-mu Emulator I (1981)


The E-Mu Emulator was one of the first generation of affordable samplers, following the trail blazed by the vastly more expensive Fairlight CMI and NED Synclavier. It was a revolution and E-Mu released several updates over the years that followed: 1981 - Emulator I (8 voices / 27 kHz / 8-bit)

1984 - Emulator II (8 voices / 27 kHz / 8-bit)

1987 - Emulator III (16 voices / 44.1kHz / 16-bit)

1994 - Emulator IV (128 voices)

E-mu produced other samplers thereafter, many variations of the Emulator IV and the ESI-32 range.

Being a sampler, the entries on the song-list should be distinctive sounds that the Emulator range was known for or particularly interesting usages.

Tables of Songs featuring E-mu Emulator

Artist Song Year Notes Reference Media URL
OMD Live 1986 1986 Played by Paul Humphreys Music Technology 1986 YouTube
Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer 1986 Factory Sample: Shakuhachi. Probably the most famous usage of this soon-to-be-overused sound. WhoSampledWho YouTube
Ultravox Hymn 1982 Verse Strings "The triggered strings is from the Emulator (with a Synclavier 'strings' sample we've done).” - Midge Ure E&MM 1983 YouTube
Ultravox Reap The Wild Wind 1982 Bass guitar samples. “Reap the Wild Wind' was the most percussive song from the LP with Warren Cann using a lot of Simmons SDSV modules. The bass line (as on 'Serenade' and several other tracks) is the group's own pre-recorded bass guitar sound in the Emulator. The PPG Wave 2.2 synthesiser made the main sounds for the piece, which was released as a single.” E&MM 1983 YouTube
Marillion Real to Reel / Brief Encounter (album) 1997 Discogs YouTube
Ultravox We Came to Dance 1983 Lead string melody. 'We Came to Dance' led quickly into the triggered Emulator vocal line of 'White China', with Warren Cann pushing an SCI Drumtraks to its limit to recreate the tuned bass drum patterns of the recorded version”. The Emulator is the first thing to be seen in the official video. E&MM 1984 YouTube"
Deep Purple The House Of Blue Light (album) 1987 "Synthesizer [Yamaha Qx1, Emulator 2] – Roger Glover. Keyboards [Hammond B3, Minimoog, Yamaha Dx1, Cp70 (midi), Dx7, Emulator 2] – Jon Lord Discogs YouTube