Synth Site: Ensoniq: SQ-80 Synth Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Börje from Gurjstaden Istanbul writes:
This is a thrashy syntheziser, with a lot of depth if you like electro or techno or house or even skinny puppy, you will love this synth

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-18-1999 at 13:49
CrossF a professional user from USA writes:
Ya- just picked one of these baddies up. $275 with manual and RAM cart. Now I can do all the analog goodies I could only emulate before. Three stackable OSC per voice make some of the heaviest sounds I've heard. Intstant Floyd. The MOD matrix is huge- ENV, LFO, MOD, PED placeable basically anywhere. You can even mod an LFO with itself, giving a logarithmic scale. The insanity has just begun...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-21-1998 at 20:35
David Hoffman a professional user from USA writes:
The SQ80 was my first board, and I've used it for about 9 years or so.

RELIABITY: Only every broke once. Ensoniq had it fixed in a week. Otherwise no other problems.

SOUNDS: I'm not a huge fan of analog sounds, and that's what this board sounds like. Punching the keyboard through an effects unit REALLY beefs it up, even a little reverb makes a BIG difference in sound.

WORKSTATION / INTERFACE: The interface and software is very easy and intuitive. Great on board 8 track non-linear sequencer. I use two racks with the SQ80 and sequence all the sounds using the racks. The actual keys are really clicky. They make alot of noise while you're playing.

OVERALL: This is a great workstation that's easy to get around on. The sequencer is great, but if you're a HEAVY duty sequencer who'll find yourself running out of memory every now and then (it's not expandable!). The clicky keys can get annoying, the sounds are alright (use an external effects processor to make them better). For a board made around 1989 this has alot going for it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-18-1998 at 12:18
Jeff a hobbyist user writes:
Wow I'm really surprised by this synth. I first played around with a friend's and in less than 5 minutes I had some great sounds coming out of it, so I promptly bought my own and have been using it for some time now. It's a great techno board...and like other people have said, you'd best get one while you can. The sound cartridges are good, and usuable by any SQ series synth I believe, such as the ESQ-1 and ESQ-M. If anyone has the technosis cartridge for sale, let me know. One last word...BUY THIS!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-01-1998 at 12:38
JB a part-timer user from England writes:
My first synth (aside from my Stylophone and Casio VL-1) was an SQ80. Very nice sounding thanks to the filters but I found that the 8 voices just weren't enough and a single pair of stereo outputs on a multi-timbral instrument is very annoying. The sequencer was probably the best introduction I could have had to MIDI as it was simple to use (apparently Ensoniq tried to sue Alesis as their MMT-8 sequencer was a bit too similar to that on the SQ80). If I found one locally for £200 I think I'd buy it but it would be permanently in Poly Mode. A good master keyboard - one of the few around that supports polyphonic aftertouch (or was that my EPS?).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-20-1998 at 10:25
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