Synth Site: Ensoniq: ESQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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lowpass a part-time user from Holland writes:
I bought the ESQ1 for about $220...(Good price??). I have it for one week now and the internal battery had to be replaced..I called a music store and they would charge me $60 to replace it !!..So i took it to my dad who did it in 15 min.!! Thusfar, i am very pleased with the sound and functions on this thing...I would like to know on which tracks the ESQ1 have been used actually...Cheerz..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-27-2001 at 03:37
sjmojo a professional user writes:
esq1 sounds great,as a hybrid synth(digital controlled w/analog filters/digital+analog oscs).i had the module ver. esqm in 87 costed $850 and later in 91 i got the esq1 at $450.both sound warm and punch but both got o.s. problems.the esqm went crazy and changed programs randomly when receiveing program change message,and esq1 lost the ability of multitimbre one day i powered it,only for a goos hybrid synth sound,3 out of 5.max.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 06:44
iggie a part-time user from United States writes:
I have had my ESQ since 86, she was the centerpiece of my entire system, the only problem is the mine died 2 1/2 years ago and I can't get her fixed...If anyone out there knows of how I could get her fixed I would greatly appreciate it...Ensoniq stopped supporting these gems back in 95, ( fucking assholes) so I am in dire need of someone who can help me in NC...thanx

posted Monday-Jun-04-2001 at 00:05
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
ESQ-1 update: Currently, I'm utilizing my ESQ-1 as both the master controller AND sequencer in my setup. Although the memory is small (32K--just around 2400 notes w/out the 10K note expansion) the sequencer works like a charm.

It took me about 30 minutes of playing with the sequencer to figure out its every function. I had a working song up in about an hour, complete with patch assignments etc... This also includes the time it took me to "remember" how to set one of my old analogs into MIDI Mode 3.

This is simply THE GREATEST SYNTH DEAL on the planet. For 200 bucks you get an 8 voice synth that is reliable, sturdy, sounds great and has a useable sequencer.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-04-2001 at 07:45
Lior Z a professional user from usa writes:
I'm here to tell you that in my humble view everything that Ensoniq put out over the years was infact a piece of s**t in quality except for the ESQ-1.

Somehow, working in a recording studio during the 80's-90's I came across all ensoniq synths and samplers. most of them were so bad that I was turned off completely by ensoniq for ever...

The ESQ-1 is a totaly different case. This is a real synthesizer which in my view represent the best and the unique of the ever Ensoniq design.

The ESQ-1 has a beautiful editing scheme with one of the most amazing powerful analog designs.

It's weakness is also the strength... as the DCO's are digital and lack the "scream" of the analog VCO's yet somehow I found that you can creater sounds which has a 100% Analog feel and can not be duplicated by any other analog synth !

It is not a Roland Jupiter-8 or Oberheim OB8 or Moog... but than again, I never heard those synths making any sound that will resemble the power of the ESQ-1.

If you are a cool programmer and capable of creating unique sounds try the ESQ-1 and you'll see what I'm talking about.

I never liked the overall Bass sounds or the other acoustic sim.. instead I've created the most amazing Pads, Sweeps and spacy acid sounds.

It is a real stereo synth with a "morph" between patches.

I realy dislike anything else from Ensoniq but the ESQ-1 is a true classic It has the same analog filters as the Prophet-5 . it is multi-timbral with all the good midi sysex. 3 Osc, 3 LFO's, 4 enevewlopes and a killer filter. the Sequencer is logical and very easy to use. the keys are kind of D-50, punchy and responsive.

One of the nicest feature is the editing layout. Unlike the ESQ-M , the ESQ-1 has dedicated buttons for every parameter, you just push 'Filter' and all 8 parameters will appear on the large and easy to read blue florecent screen.

a breaze to edit.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-03-2001 at 16:02
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