Synth Site: Ensoniq: SQ-80 Synth Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ishiguro a professional user from USA writes:
This is one of the truly great synthesizers in the history of synthesis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-02-1998 at 17:42
Tony Evans a professional user from USA writes:
I've had my SQ-80 since mid-1988 and i still use it every day. This is not a synth for acoustic-type or drum sounds, but for organs, synth, pads, and effects, this machine is terrific. Analog filters with sweepable resonance, AM, hard sync, really flexible editing matrix, every editing function accessible from a front panel button (no scrolling through parameter pages), and polyphonic aftertouch. Only eight voices, but with 3 oscs per voice, the sounds can be really fat. Oh yes, you can change a patch from the front panel or via MIDI without cutting off notes that are already playing! I had some problems in the early 90s with the motherboard and keyboard, but Ensoniq replaced components even after warranty expired at low cost or for free. The ROM presets suck, but editing is really easy - i've had Roland and Korg owners drool at the sounds I can get out of this machine, including a very convincing "Lucky Man" Moog sound

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-17-1998 at 16:34
Henrik Stolpe a part time user from Sweden writes:
Man ,this is a killer!!

Im have programmed synthezisers for 15 years and my favourites are among

the modular analogs and the FM synths. This baby is a strange breed, it was

one of the very first instruments to use sampled waveforms combined with

subtractive synthezisers. The filter is true analog 24db/oct and great sounding.

The waveforms are very harsh and are generated from additive synthesise

and computer synthezise amongst others. You have three oscillators per voice

without using up more voices,you got sync, you got AM,you got true polyphonic

aftertouch, you got 4 envelopes, 3 lLFO's,4 DCA's and extensive modulation matrix (not like my oberheim matrix6, but almost...)

This is the synth for screaming ravenoises fetauring analog filters on digital grunge!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Henrik Winterstam a part time user from Sweden writes:
I bought this synth a couple of days ago and I must say that it's a good one.

Pianos, strings and such sounds are crap, but synthetic sounds are great, especially

the bass - I made it sound like a real analogue! I didn't really like the drums

(not usable at all), but what I didn't like at all was that I managed to burn the

whole thing after two days... If you find a cheap one, buy it and do buy a drum

machine and any good module with acoustic sounds too.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Jonathon Jones a hobbyist user from United States of America writes:
I've owned quite a number of synths and by far I have prefered to use the Ensoniq Sq-80 over a number of synths. I believe it blows away the competition. IT SURE THE HELL IS BETTER THAN ROLAND. I detest Roland synths. I guess it has to do with the fact that I am a patriot, because Ensoniq is the only 100% american made synth in the United States, or so I believe. The boys at Ensoniq are to be comended for the top quality synth/workstation they have made. I will never sale or reliquish my hold upon the SQ_80 that I own. I love it to death.

Needs better drums though. They don't do the synth justice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
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