Synth Site: Ensoniq: ESQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
page 1 of 20:        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  >>>
michael a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Top synthesizer, managed to pick mine up locally. Spend time with it - good sounds do not come so quickly with it, and don't part with it because of this.

I've had mine for a year now and it still spits out new sounds all the time. Great key action too.

Only complaints are the filter chips in sockets. If the keyboard is flexed a bit (eg, when moving it), they can lose contact a little bit in their sockets, and the filter won't respond like the others. Fixed by rocking them a bit with a finger and running the filter tune.

3 wavetable oscillators, 3 LFO's, 4 envelopes and analog filters. Only missing a dedicated noise generator, but otherwise a dream! Goes hand in hand with a good effects processor, but just as fine running it dry.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-25-2012 at 21:12
AL Kap a part-time user from USA writes:
My first ESQ-1 was a metal case. I was 1 of the first in the world to get my hands on one Really. Purchase 1 of the first off assembly in PA 1/1/1986

She was a true inspiration and still is for making music on the fly in the sequencer with outboard control as well. Now I have a plastic case version of the first girl and she too is perfect. The plastic case is tough stuff man! it is pvc or abs plastic like the plumbing pipe. You can not break this stuff unless you take it out side in frezing temps and slam it with a hammer.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-May-06-2011 at 11:57
Lars Westin a professional user from Sweden writes:
ESQ-1 was the fundament of all my music work in the beginning (1987) and today I have restored it, gave it new battery etc. and the sound is so organic even if its based on “crappy� single cycle waves it’s alive, the notes does not sound the same twice, the sound moves and feels like alive in a way that is not comparable to anything else I know. You can't get a solid deep tone out of like from a true analogue like Micro/Mini Moog or Roland SH-101 etc., but mid range organic movement in sound instead. Perfect for sequenced basses in 8th or 16th, pads and fx, even melodic and lead type of sounds. Analogue Curtis filters inside (same as prophet 5)(?) This is a bargain,. If it had knobs it would be worth 5 times the prise it has today. Buy one before they get more expensive and they will be, soon, I guess... It has a very good MIDI implementation and equipped with polyphonic after touch. ESQ-1 was ahead of its time and totally unique in sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-07-2008 at 19:37
Jay Serafin a professional user from USA writes:
Bought mine at a Guitar Center in 2000 for %75 (totally no kidding!); it needed work, such as the volume control cleaned (was either full ON or full OFF)... replaced the pot with a factory unit.

Simply cannot ask for a more versatile synth / sequencer if you don't want to spend %5-10 grand and have EVERY single sound on earth pre-programmed... but if you're into synths/seqs, and you don't mind making your own INFINITE number of sounds (and there are a TON of free sound listings on the Net), then you cannot go wrong with this unit.

The METAL case version (1,000 were built with plastic cases... stay away from these, as they WILL crack even if transported with the best care!) is a tank. Weight is heavy, but you're buying quality components. Internal battery can be a pain to change (any good electronics repair shop can do the job in about 15 minutes, and the battery is available at Radio Shack), but the battery life is a good 10 years (a lot longer if you leave it powered up, of course.

The ability to alter sounds, and save them on any type of recording device, is a blessing. Users can easily modify the 40 built-in sounds; if you're into inventing your own, having THREE LFO filters, THREE DCA's, and a separate FILTER menu, STEREO OUTPUT, pressure-sevsitive keys (with the ability to make the sensitivity light, medium, and hard!), and being able to change ANY components of a waveform, then buy one of these units.

You simply cannot go wrong!

I use mine in my studio, and will not trade it for anything, at any price. Yes, I had to do a little work (see above), but the small cost was nothing as far as what I got in return! ESQ1 is able to totally emulate the old and revered Mini Moogs all the way up to today's modern synths and sequencers without breaking a sweat. Pitch and mod wheels can be modified for any sound, and one can put layer upon layer upon layer of waveforms and create anything from a Hammond B3 to a bomb dropping from the sky.

There are not that many people selling these units these days, simply due to the fact that people who KNOW about equipment, and what it is capable of, will not part with these units! So make sure that you get some kind of guarantee when you buy one online, and try to find the metal case unit. The average price on eBay has been in the area of $300 USD plus shipping; what you get in return is a unit which sold new for about $2,000 IN 1988! Tes, they're that old, but just go online and see how people rave about these units.

Return for the investment is astronomically high. If I could find another one locally, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-03-2008 at 18:46
kevin umber a part-time user from america writes:
battery: web search route 66 studios they have lots of ensoniq batteries and other useful stuff. give them an email their website is being remodeled. i also have owned and esq 1 and for what it is it is rock solid.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-23-2006 at 10:24
page 1 of 20:        1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  >>>