Synth Site: Ensoniq: TS10/12: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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MELVIN HUGHES a professional user from ST. LOUIS, MO. writes:
I LIKE THE TS-10 VERY MUCH. THE PROBLEM THAT I HAVE IS SUPPORT. I CAN NOT GET THE SUPPORT THAT I NEED FROM MY LOCAL DEALER BECAUSE I BOUGHT MY SYNC FROM A PERSON, WHO BROUGHT THE UNIT FROM A CATALOG. YOU DON'T HAVE A 1-800 NUMBER THAT I KNOW OF FOR TECH SUPPORT AS I DO WITH MY GATEWAY COMPUTER. HOWEVER I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CREEP ALONG A WRITE SOME (I THINK) GOOD AND GROOVY STUFF. I HAD THE ENSONIQ CARD INSTALLED IN MY GATEWAY TO BEGIN MY MIDI EXPERENCE AFTER I HAVE THE TS10 IN TO THE FACTORY FOR SOME REPAIRS. THE LED DISPLAY IS GONE. BUT IT IS A GREAT PEICE OF WORK. ALWAYS MELVIN HUGHES

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
J Barnes a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The TS12 is a good synth that loads most of our old EPS samples (there is a size limitation). The sounds are warmer than old Ensoniq synths that were bright, sometimes gratingly so. We had a VFX and an EPS Sampler. The samples sound better on the TS12, than they did on the EPS classic (13 bit?). We rarely load samples because often the samples in the synth are the same. My wife the player likes the weighted action. The cheap $19.95 list Ensoniq patches(not samples) are excellent and are a good buy. Most synth patch sellers think their patches are gold and often all they do is make patches that differ little from the stock ones. The interface on the TS 12 is the best I have seen. Ensoniq synths have specialized in this ever since my first one. Big displays that are bright and show a lot of info. Many parameters are on assigned buttons, meaning press transpose and you are there. Do not have to scroll through a zillion menus. My wife can change a preset even a few minutes before the service begins. Sequencing is quick and fast. Editing features are about as good as it gets without a computer. A couple of oddities. The TS12's sequencer is really a 12 track sequencer that can lay down 24 through a special means. Secondly you can not play GM sequences directly. The synth has to go into a special mode where it becomes a giant GM 16 track playback module. The sounds are good to excellent. Pianos are good. Here is where loading in samples comes in handy. Analogish pad sounds are very useful ranging from warm to blast you out. Strings are good. There are fuller samples. Acoustics range from so-so to good. Drawbacks: It weighs a ton. 65 pounds plus case. My 46 year old body dislikes this feature. We have been considering a XP80 but am not yet convinced that I want to trade interfaces. The Roland board has some better sounding piano pad sounds which show evidence of rich Japanese programming budgets. But even that board has lousy brass. Better sounds will require buying overpriced internal waveboards.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Duke Bojadziev a professional user from Macedonia writes:
I think that the soul of the sounds of TS-12 is amazing.I can't imagine working music without this fat boy.Thanks to the ENSONOQ company for this product.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Toby Mills a professional user from New Zealand writes:
Still use the TS-12 over any other keyboard currenty available. I compared the TS-12 to the new Alesis QS-8. Although the QS-8 has some cool features like the ability to play wave files. However the TS-12 can do this also with simple windows programs like AWAVE. The sounds in the TS-12 just blow my mind everytime I play.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Ted Bicknell a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I play techno, ambient, folk and rock. I bought the TS12 to be the all in one music workstation as a hobbiest with an extensive amateur musical background. I bought it hoping to not have to buy other modules, and to eventually connect to my future PC for sequencing. I am both pleased and disapointed with it. I am a VB developer, and I have programmed the TS12 heavily over the last year and a half, so I'm pretty familiar with it. My feelings on the board:

-Good key action, but they are loud! hard to hear music over key sounds unless you crank up speaker volume (hard to do w/ sleeping baby) - wear headphones!

-Sounds are okay, but there are no resonance filters, a MAJOR minus for space/ambient music, and the piano and string sounds are weak compared to Roland and K2000. You can buy transwave samples to accomplish resonance (WAVEBOY), and other samples to get good piano and brass, but samples can be a hassle - you have to load them every time you turn the thing on.

-LCD display is great, easy to work with.

-Sequencer is really robust, but still not as easy as a computer based sequencer.

-Sounds are very programmable, but this can be an issue, in that the raw wavesamples don't sound that great unless you place them in &quot;context&quot; using programming and effects.

-ONLY 32 VOICE polyphony! Try creating heavily textured ambient pieces using many tracks, and notes start dropping out! arghhh!

-ONLY 12 MIDI channels! Yeah, I can connect via midi to my PC, but only for 12 instruments! I want all 16!

-NO SMPTE time clock synching! just song pointers

-GREAT effects for a keyboard - they just rock, and are very flexible. A natural high!

-Customizable drum maps, where you can create just about any layout for techno, ambient, whatever. Summary: If I did not plan on creating a complete PC based direct to hard disk musical workstation, AND if I were a gigging musician (which I am not), the TS would be great - except for: polyphony, its weight, some sound quality. Since I need 64 voice polyphony, all 16 midi channels, and the ability to really sync this keyboard with a computer sequencer and hard disk recording package, I will probably sell it and get a controller keyboard and a rack unit. But for people who don't have a PC to connect to, this board is the best you can get, because it IS a keyboard and a computer all in one. There are also loads of sampled sound out there, and a great support SIG called TransoniqHacker. These guys know their stuff when it comes to ensoniq gear. dats all

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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