ah okay; so basically the ESX is the same as the EMX but you can load samples into it.. so it comes with built in samples already right?
didn't BoC use samplers?
are samplers better than synthesizers?
Look, I'm trying to be helpful here...and the ESX and EMX have many similarities and differences. Do your research. I'm not going to sit here and describe every nuane of these machines to you. The information is readily available on vintagesynth.com and other websites.
I have no idea what BoC uses to be quite honest.
As to your third question, there is now answer to that. They simply do different things. It depends on what you need for your setup, what you are trying to accomplish.
My honest advice to you based on this conversation is that you not rush to spend your money on something when you don't understand what it really does and what you need in your setup.
Not sure why everyone is ragging so hard on the MC-303. It is actually a great little box. It was later surpassed by the MC-505, but $175 for a 303 I think is a great deal.
You look around you can get an ESX for 125 more (Smart Media model). Which isn't a lot. And the ESX is much more capable. You can load all the analog wave forms on it you want and I'm pretty sure it has more sound shaping options.
Personally I'm not raging on it. Just giving my opinion having read about the MC-303 and having owned an ESX and worked with it a lot.
Do you know if you can record automation with the MC-303? That would be a factor for me personally. That was key for doing sound design/resampling on the ESX...
I'm not trolling. My piano teacher in high school had a mc303 we used for some songs. I know Auto used to use one. It is its own thing. I say give it a try. Though I think what everyone is getting at is don't fall into the "endless upgrade" sort of thinking. Once you buy this, you can see another piece of equipment that has something the MC303 doesn't, and you'll try to sell the MC303 at a used instrument store for half of its value to make the new purchase less expensive. I've done that! If you do get the MC303, use it, stick with it, learn it...
It is your money, and the MC303 is a good piece of gear. It's just if you start comparing it to other hardware AFTER you buy it and say, "oh... this doesn't have this nifty feature this other one has... I can't make music on this... I need that.". Make music with what you have, and don't constantly change pieces of gear. Get to know your gear. Spend time with it. If you really don't like it after using it for a while, trade it for something else, but actually TRY IT OUT. Don't throw money away.
Just purchased one from ebay. Jammed with it for the first time yesterday. After some manual diving it was easy to get started. Added an effect chain to it (reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, pitchshifter). I was intending to use it as a simple drum machine for live use and I must say that I´m more than pleased. Definitely a good purchase. But I believe the limited user memory will be a problem.
I highly recommend the electribe ESX. It can do so much compared to the MC 303. The electribe can sample, warp loops, record realtime automation (even effect tweak automation), time stretch (without pitch shifting) and pitch shift (without time stretching) samples. And yes if you want you can even load in 808 drums and some raw saw and square waves to program squelchy TB-303 and TR-808 style acid. So basically it can do what the MC-303 does plus more.
I have a review of it on my blog, but can't post links here yet:
Search "carillon audio electribe review"