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  • The return of Ensoniq Paris

    Sort of. Over at GS in the new products section a long time Paris user developed a 64 bit ASIO driver for the system that he's charging $50.00 for. I guess this is good news for those who still have that system and still swear by it's sound quality. Details here.......

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/new-...io-driver.html

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    Good to hear that someone's keeping it alive. Paris was a really great system, not just for its day, but, I'd say, for any day. Very well thought out, sensible user interface, and it sounded just fine.

    Me, I'm still trying to help people keep their Mackie HD24/96 HDR and MDR recorders working. Few DAW editing tools make as much sense as on the Mackie HDR24/96. That's my preferred tracking system. If someone wants to take home a Pro Tools file, I give them a set of WAV files and send them on their way.
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      Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post
      Good to hear that someone's keeping it alive. Paris was a really great system, not just for its day, but, I'd say, for any day. Very well thought out, sensible user interface, and it sounded just fine.

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      I know Craig had one way back. Don't know if he still does but if so he may wan't to pull out of storage.

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        People swear by Ensoniq sound quality? Dayum...
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          Originally posted by Alndln3 View Post
          I know Craig had one way back. Don't know if he still does but if so he may wan't to pull out of storage.
          No, it's long gone. But it was a great system, and I still have original masters for Linda Cohen's last classical guitar album in the PARIS format. So I'm glad to hear I may be able to transfer them to some other format.

          I believe the reason for PARIS's reputation for "good sound" was because it made the transition from 16 to 20 bits. I'm not a golden ears snob kinda guy, but I could hear a definite, obvious difference. There was no doubt 20 bits was better than 16. I liked the UI as well.

          Ensoniq was a great company...but a perfect illustration of how a couple missteps can bring a company down.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Anderton View Post

            I still have original masters for Linda Cohen's last classical guitar album in the PARIS format. So I'm glad to hear I may be able to transfer them to some other format.
            I never got close enough to PARIS to learn what's inside, but doesn't it make WAV files somewhere along the line like every other recording system? Like any other DAW, the editing/playlist functions are internal and don't transfer to anywhere else - that's why everybody uses Pro Tools. However, a new ASIO driver would allow the hardware to get audio in and out of a contemporary computer. If the PARIS software will run on a contemporary computer, you could at least use it again.

            Maybe.

            There was another issue, too, and that's with the PACE dongle. The software that supports that dongle doesn't run under 64-bit Windows 7 and later (I don't know that the Mac situation is) and since it's a challenge-and-response piracy protection system, it needs new response codes now and then, and the last ones issued have expired. Maybe the $50 solution also bypasses the PACE protection.

            By the way, PARIS is an acronym for Professional Audio Recording Integrated System.



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