Synth Site: Ensoniq: ESQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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a hobbyist user writes:
In response to the last reviewer, you can get all the Ensoniq ESQ-1 sounds here:

http://www.syntaur.com/esq.html

I have the ESQ-M and would say that it (and the ESQ-1) are among the best synth values you'll ever find. It's a analog/digital hybrid (like some other notable mid-80's synths e.g. Prophet VS, Korg EX/DW 8000). It has analog filters and (I believe) analog envelopes along with 32 digital waveforms.

Overall it has a fat sound (8 bit gritty) and my only complaint is the occasional note stealing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-20-2005 at 09:14
Chenge Chibanda a part-time user from Zambia writes:
This is an extremely exciting keyboard to use. There are not too many keyboards in Zambia. this is among the best here. Only problem is that the sounds are out-dated. I would like to know where I can source sound cartridges for this keyboard.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-15-2005 at 07:37
Jim Lehey a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
The easiest to use interface ever. Why they don't design all synth interfaces this way is beyond me. It's super easy and quick to edit using only one data slider. The keys feel great, they have the best feel of any board I have owned. It can do some phatty leads and basses thanks to the analog CEM filter. I love this board, and highly recommend it. The factory sounds are pretty bad, just program your own, it's pretty easy if you know anything at all about subtractive synthesis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-12-2005 at 18:58
Christopher F. a hobbyist user from Georgia, USA writes:
I recently stumbled across an ESQ-1 at a pawn shop for alittle less than 100.00. I have coveted this synth since I laid Eyeson and used a neighbor of mine's unit.Believe me, considering the capabilities and sounds you can load up cuppled with the multilayered midi-I am about to pee my pants for JOY. Now I need STUFF!! HELP!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-26-2005 at 17:22
BMM from USA writes:
Just got one and I can't believe how *little* I paid for this thing and how *much* it delivers as a synth. Incredible.

Not as smooth sounding as my Jupiter 6 but it fills in the gaps where I need those Prophet-like filter swells. It also does great resonant digital PPG-like sounds. Good bass too...

Yep. This synth should be worth more money. It does sound a little harsh at times, especially in the upper frequencies (aliasing?). It can sound brash sometimes too. But there is a sweet spot and the filters are great.

Kind of a "swiss army knife" of hybrid analog/digital synths. This thing can do a lot.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-08-2005 at 15:41
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