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Bo Bracey (dirge@inxpress.net) writes:
With all the oscillators, and the neat-o multiwave, this is a programmer's synth. Many of the sounds included with the keyboard are boring and monotonous. The drums are horrible. It has built-in FX, with your typical assortment of algorithms: reverb, flange, delay, chorus, a rotospeaker/distortion simulator, and various combinations of these. This synth is not as legendary or as useful as the ESQ-1 or SQ-80 for techno or industrial, but hey, Front242 did alot of Tyranny For You on it. Those Ensoniq patch-select buttons were in their alpha stages I think, because the ones on mine freak out all the time, causing the waveforms in the sound to blip in and out. I have heard of warnings of maintenance problems with the VFX, and I must say I believe them. I have had mine in for repair 4 times. (Look on the VFX Home Page for some of these known problems -- I have had these problems and more.) I am sure there are many, many VFX users who do not experience these problems, but I (and evidently a significant amount of others) am not one of them. :-) Overall, a good synth for 400-500 American dollars! ! !

Comments About the Sounds:
Somewhat difficult to program. 6 oscillators and lots of modulation sources gives one alot of options. Having only 18 voices for all these oscillators can be a bit frustrating at times.

(Thanks to Bo Bracey for this info.)

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x VFX, VFXSD Sounds and ROM Cartridges Patch Library for VFX, VFXSD
x The Alternative Radio Station "THE COLLECTIVE FOR ORINGINAL GREAT BLACK MUSICS'"
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x The Ensoniq room at Synthmuseum.com History and technical information about Ensoniq instruments.
x ALTERNATIVE MUSIC NETWORK NuBop/new genre created in1996 by Bones Jones
x THE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC NETWORK BR RECORDS/NuBop
x Route 66 Studios Cooling unit, service manuals, owners manuals, sound manuals, patch guides, Eproms, parts and information.
x VFX-SD site to exchange patches, tips, info, tools. Here you'll find Español/English info about VFX-SD. The main goal is share patches, tips, tutorials between users.
x The Patch King The Worlds Largest 3rd Party Synth & Sampler Developers. Thousands of new sounds for over 100 synths and samplers. Large Sound Library for many Ensoniq Synths & Samplers.
x Santi Banks' home studio site On this page info about the VFX/SD (1) serie. With downloads (patches etc.) and more
x Rec'Up A lot of public domain banks and organized libraries (thousands of sorted out and classified sounds) you can download for free. You'll find too totally new and unpublished banks.
x BR/NuBOP RECORDS NuBOP SOUND LABORTATORIES

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