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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 15, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House


Up for auction is this Ensoniq ESQ-1 synthesizer. It is in good condition and powers up. All keys look and feel good. No other testing was performed. Unit comes with program cartridge and power cord only. The card contains sounds for Ensoniq ESQ-1/SQ-80. I purchased this unit from a local thrift store w I work part time. The battery does not hold charge but unit runs fine. Ships fast and sold as is.

Ensoniq • ESQ-1

Similar to the mirage synth/sampler, the ESQ-1 was Ensoniq's highly affordable and impressive digital synthesizer. Although the waveforms are digital in nature, the filters are all analog as on the Mirage . In fact, for a digital synth the ESQ-1 has many good old analog-synth features such as a ring modulator, sequencer, and oscillator-sync. The envelopes and LFOs are can be freely routed to each DCO, VCA and or VCF. T are 40 preset sounds which are the usual not-so-great sounds. Luckily the VFD display screen is large enough to make editing the sounds somewhat pleasant.

What really sets the ESQ-1 apart from other similar synths is the voice architecture. Choose from analog, digital, or samples or any combo since t are three independent oscillators per voice! Once you start editing on the ESQ-1 you will come up with interesting and unique results. Using dynamic voice allocation it can seamlessly switch from 8-voices of analog to 8-voices of digital or sampled voices! This gives you a wide array of different sonic elements at your fingertips!

Then t's its built-in sequencer. It can store up to 2,400 notes in 30 sequences and 10 songs via battery back-up. Anyone in search of an alternative synthesizer should consider the ESQ-1. More analog than a DX-7 or D50 and also much cheaper, the ESQ-1 is a tasty option that is worth a try. A rack-mount version, the ESQ-M (pictured above) was also made which is identical to the ESQ-1 except that it excludes the on-board sequencer option. It has been used by Anything Box, Skinny Puppy, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Steve Roach .

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