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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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steve a hobbyist user from pennsylvania writes:
i had the vfx-sd for a couple years, regrettably got rid of it awhile back.. i could just never figure out the sequencer in it. but it was a ton of fun, built like a damn tank and it just felt like you were piloting a spaceship, the way it was set up. some of the presets were really great, like i said unfortunately i never got too deep into it and i sold it. worst decision ever, i'm keeping my eye out for another bargain on one..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-02-2011 at 01:26
berd a hobbyist user from mesa arizona writes:
LOVE THA ENSONIQ VFX.LOVE THA SOUNDS.MADE MANY BEATS WIT IT, AND ONLY PAID 150 FOR IT.ONE BAD THING THO---'CALIBRATION PROBLMS'....LOOKEN TA GET SOME NEW SOUND CARTRIDGES FOR IT....THEN LOVE IT EVEN MORE.GREAT,FOR AN OLD PICE....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-20-2009 at 13:28
Markus a hobbyist user from Austria writes:
Got mine new in 1989/90, had to fit the update later (a nice homework - change ESP & calibrate some voltages). Loved it for poly pressure and good sounds, but hated the calib errors...

@gary - there is a way to fix it, the failure is caused by a connector splitting the keyboard. These connector gets weak contacts and the keyboard controller sees this calib error. Beside the Ensoniq suggested way, to drop the unit down from 15cm above ground, its easy to fix it with a little solder done to this connector. It´s a good time to replace the batterie, too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-07-2008 at 19:14
Gary Anderson a part-time user from United States writes:
Bought in 1990. Have wrote many songs on it that you can hear on 1forhim.net. I love the disk drive for storage. Many great sounds. Didn't like the many crashes then and the keyboard calibration errors now. Strings don't sound to good. But for the years I've had it without to many problems and for the year it was made in, says a lot about the keyboard.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-05-2008 at 21:57
Neil a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I have owned my VFX since the early 90s. This is a programmer's synth - the shipped sounds are very mediocre but get into the machine and program it: The VFX uses true wavetable synthesis only found elsewhere on Waldorf machines and before it the PPG Wave. Matrix modulation found on Oberheim machines and filtering (with resonance) of its digital waveforms - Roland, Korg & Kawai weren't offering this at the time. A unique sounding synth if you learn how to use it: Big fat anologue basses (stack and detune those oscillators!), metalic hits that give a DX7 a run for its money. The most amazing anologue strings - I got mine sounding exactly like a Jupiter 8. The machine also employs LA synthesis (though not aparent or even advertised) so you have a perfect emulator of a D50 here - without that awful Roland noise you got as the waveform closed up. If you see one; snap it up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-20-2008 at 08:46
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