Synth Site: Ensoniq: SQ-80 Synth Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ivan a hobbyist user from Ukraine writes:
Hi! It realy coool synth in spite of the fact that i novice user and have no manual or experience in that business. How it's programming? Guys, if you can help me with this synth drop me a note, I'll be realy pleased! Farewell! ...yes, i agree the keys is rather bad. By the way - I pay for it only 230$!

posted Thursday-Mar-22-2001 at 04:54
Mr. Bull (Just say Moo) a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I LOVE my SQ80. This was the SYNTH I got after by ARP 2600 got rained on. It almost is as flexable. If it had a real sample and hold and let the LFO do PWM or change the phase it would be an 6 (or an 11).

Three things that make this great:

1) It's SO easy to use. Lot's of buttons. No menus inside menus inside menus. Saving and loading whole sequences with patches is a so easy.

2) The sequencer is a DREAM. It's powerfull and simple. I still use it even in the face of PC/grapical ones.

3) POWER: This synth has 3 DCO's [DCO 1 and 2 can be hard synced or AM MOD (for Ring mod type sounds), 4 DCA's, 4 envelope gens. and I think 15 mod sources - with most everything having 2 mod inputs.

If you can find the user manual it's great! (only my ARP had a better one)

Yah ok the keyboard is a bit klunky...and only one set of outputs. but I LOVE this thing!

NEVER had to service the thing ... it still has the original battery!

If Ensoniq came up with new one's I'd buy it! (I might even by another old one)

posted Saturday-Dec-02-2000 at 13:50
Xavier Chambon a hobbyist user from France writes:
Great workstation, very easy to use and very complete synthese with lot of modulations, good sequencer... however, i can't modulize the resonance of the filter and it's not "auto-oscillant". The touch's keyboard is pretty bad but it has poly key pressure. The sound is particular. Not analog but not digital. between these, in fact.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-08-2000 at 13:27
Calyx a part-time user from USA writes:
I absolutely love this synth! I've only had it for a year now and since then it has become my single most often used tool in my studio. This machine is capable of some of the most unique sounds imaginable. Everything from highly expressive, billowing pads to spiky, metallic textures (decent PPG/Microwave simulations)to chunky, clonky basses and all manner of analog-style burbling. The modulation capabilities are very adequate, and three LFOs coupled with three oscillators allow for some gorgeously evolving detuned sounds. The Curtis filter really warms up the sound and having four(!) envelope generators is just fantastic. I do agree with the other users as to the noise of the keyboard action, but hey....polyphonic aftertouch comes with a small price. If you're searching for a versatile synth, look no further. They can be purchased for very little money (when they can be found) and seem to be reliable for gigging. Never had it crash on me. The thing is built like a tank and all buttons and sliders seem robust. Seek one out and find out for yourself. If anyone out there would like to trade sounds for this baby, let me know. I have rapidly expanding library and would like to share. Happy programming!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-25-2000 at 11:39
Brandon a part-time user from USA writes:
Awesome rare synth with the modulations, aftertouch, and analog filters to make me never want to sell it. And there's a sequencer in it, too, Yea!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-21-2000 at 18:32
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