All user reviews for the Ensoniq ESQ1
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whitehorse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A clumsy BIG SOUND AU P'TIT"
programming is basic ;, to be easy on the east, even simplistic
We quickly found at the end of the end; crcelle of sounds, there's nothing to draw
Whatever the price you pay not for money; put on the shelf in a closet; dcevant at best.
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aurélien chubilleau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Born in the USA"
Oscillators, amplifieurs, filters and envelope generators are widely equipped in many and varied settings, including touching the keyboard velocity, among others.
The classic waveforms are complemented here by a few samples from the Mirage. Traditional waveforms are powerful, interesting for some samples. There are on the net EPROM "hidden wave", but their interest is very limited, because the waves are random and hidden little exploitable. In addition, these EPROM tend to make the synth unstable.
Other important features include layer two tones that can, or split the keyboard. In this case, the polyphony of eight votes initially divided by two, and sometimes it is just. on the other hand, there is no unison mode, and it is a shame for a synth hybrid course, but very typical analog.
A word on the keyboard: It is velocity sensitive, but the bill is Italian. This is the same as that used on the SIEL DK 80, Crumar Bit-99, etc ... There is no premium to the touch, but we made it. We would have preferred a DX7 type keyboard, better balanced in terms of touch.
Finally, end the description by the sequencer, easy to use, and generous enough for the time, with the expansion pack. Again polyphony of departure may limit certain ardor, if you want to superimpose sequences.
The interface is designed by Ensoniq quite sensible. We would have preferred a "whole knob" as a Memory Moog, but not dark ESQ1 not in the interface "calculator", common in the 80s, as encountered on Korg the time. Here you can enjoy a wide screen, aesthetics very typical 80, and especially legible. The buttons are directly related to the functions displayed. In addition, a front organization of the synthesizer makes its use very clear. In a few minutes, use is very intuitive, and even enjoyable.
However, the manual is useful to know some subtleties, and well take over all functions.
After the technical basics: sound. In this chapter, ESQ1 really plays in the big leagues. It is very warm, very powerful thanks to its three oscillators, an unusual feature that is equal to a Minimoog or MemoryMoog. If Moog are not accessible, Ensoniq, it can still be acquired for a reasonable amount, and can produce sounds resembling so closely. More generally, it is very typical electro broad sense of the term, the hard tech psyche, through pop and dub. Piano tones proposed approach also allow other genre like jazz, but it is not expressed well in this register. It is primarily a synth creation, research, and as such, it offers many possibilities.
ESQ1 The U.S. is definitely a synth, it has THE sound which kills very characteristic of the west coast. But unlike many, such as a Prophet, he is also able to show a different facet, and that he joined the personality of a DX7, extremely inventive and versatile. For example, as the DX7, it may become dark, surprising, or otherwise foil.
If allusions to famous Yamaha DX7 recur when we think the ESQ1 must still remember a radically different, and as such, it is not necessarily useful to oppose. On the contrary, they complement well enough, and ESQ1 can make the connection between the Yamaha and the classic analog.
To conclude comparison, do not forget to mention this common point between the ESQ1 and Korg DW 6000 and 8000: three synthesizers share a hybrid architecture, and are contemporary, within a few months. However, without depreciating the Korg, their characters are not comparable to those of ESQ1. Less ambitious in terms of programming, they differ fundamentally a temperament softer, more delicate, even. So if you hesitate between ESQ1 and DW 8000, well ... you need both, because one does not replace the other! Just like a DX7 does not replace a ESQ1 and vis-versa.
After a few months of use I began to build and "customize" my ESQ1, equipped with EPROM 3.50. So he meets a DX7 II, and DW 6000, but other synths as a Poly 800 II, Prophet 600, Pro One, a Poly Siel DK 61 and 80. In twenty years I had in hand the number of synthesizers. This experience allows me to present today Ensoniq ESQ1 an excellent choice because it offers a lot for a price measured, and undeniably, the sound is at the height of the greatest legends of the synthesis. It goes without saying that he has his faults like all instruments, but basically he has a big heart, the power is at the rendezvous, and musicality is a delight.
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jprintz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A "must have" ..."
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The original sounds are a good start. Just take the first sound internal 1 "Piano": we see that the oscillator 3, which is cut, it is a synthetic wave. It falls in the volume and the sound is, well, pretty close to a CP80 ... Similarly, starting from its "tog" (internal 2), we see that it is the piano sample with an envelope pad which provides the medium of the patch spectrum. It is replaced by "saw", which in fact three of the coup, some differences in "fine tune" and it was then a pad rather "Obie". You can still adjust the pitch of the 3 Osc with low values of the LFO's waveform with random softened, and then there, hello: a pad living, vibrant but still playable.
Go to Factory Sound, they are full of tricks and facilitate programming to get what one wants, even hitting a happy coincidence.
It's a long story: I got it shortly after its release. I was still obsessed with the D hic sock, I could not pay the 2 together, so, I opted for the Japanese. I have long deceived. He is all!
It took me a while to understand and now, with hindsight and the haircut, I do less bullshit and try to keep a max of stuff. The ESQ1 I just pick was inflated: PA decoder, extending sequencer, additional cartridge of 6 banks and OS 3.50 ...
That one I keep. Note that I pass directly through a TC Electronic G-Major: I keep the stereo and programmed into patches, with a slow chorus, reverb hall for three seconds and a slight delay: I cry and I n 't that the satisfaction of the members of my group.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
supernono's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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Opinion fast, that we accept this synth: the simplicity to edit patches, weight, and sound!
a great synth for a bit oldschool electro and dirty, the sound is really good!
for those who are tired of wasting time with vst cheapos, head over to this synth!
I use it in a complment MFB synth, and I think they compltent perfectly.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful
Dad77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
This is an easy synth edit, and gives fast big sound, bold wish. For cons, the manual does not shine by its clarity.
This is the reason why we have and we keep a ESQ1: the sound! He excels in the ground, sounds trashy, electro bass and powerful, brass analog. Although triturated we can leave the lead approaching the timbre of Polymoog. Attention is that the synthetic. Go your way if you want to reproduce, the ESQ1 is an instrument of inception, not a sample editor.
I attack with my 8 Anne and I have still not been around (I advance slowly). It is an excellent synth (in the true sense of the word) but did enough itself. I find it a bit in survaloris occasions (I had the 150 era).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
106-juno's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Part 8 and 8 voice poly, c but not a problem!
Stewardship noon edition single sounds "not like the DX7."
I found on the net an editor and reader unfamiliar sounds gnial!
Sound, pure electronic c! and stylish!
Tablecloths and good bass and lead and all but electro, c what I like!
Yammer It sounds that reminds me of the Commodore 64!!
5 years and no problem report!
Always so effective at all!
I do the same tuning
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
steampump's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Polyphony 8 voices and sequencer 24,000 notes.
It uses a digital wavetable 8 analog waves and waves samplés.L 8 'envelloppe and filters are analog.
Sounds are excellent malgrés age.
Malheureusemennt mine died after 17 years of loyal service. I hope the resurrected ....
You can see the structure of the sounds on my sites.
Simple and logical, unwanted.
Very good opportunity to ring the analog modulation and sync
More highly topical because of the lack of votes. 8 Voice is too small today. But interesting if used with other synths.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful