Unless you’re very young, or have been living under a technological rock for the last 40 years, you’ll know Dave Rossum from his previous company, E‑mu Systems. E‑mu were pioneers of early digital samplers and went on to be key players in the sampling revolution, with products like the Emulator series, SP‑1200, Proteus, Morpheus and the ubiquitous Ultra line of samplers. However, before the samplers, they spent most of the late-1970s hand–building the E‑mu Modular system, a competitor to the ARP and Moog modulars that were popular amongst well-funded rock stars and universities of the day. So it is fitting that Rossum’s new venture brings both modular and sampling together.
The Assimil8or is an eight–channel sampler. Each channel has its own output and also appears at a stereo mix output. Channels are mono, but they can be linked as adjacent stereo pairs and up to eight samples can be assigned to Zones in each channel. A whopping 24 CV inputs allow for voltage control over Zones as well as many other parameters, with each input being freely assignable to multiple destinations across all channels.
Samples are loaded in via the micro SD slot on the front panel. Alternatively, you can sample direct in stereo or mono. Sample rates up to 192kHz are supported, and because the signal path is DC coupled, CV sampling and playback is also possible. With 422MB of RAM, there should be more than enough sample memory for all but the most demanding of samplists.
If, like me, you come from the era of hardware samplers (long–time owner of an E‑mu E‑Synth sampler here!), it’s probably worth dispelling...