Synth Site: Ensoniq: ESQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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steve scott a hobbyist user from Colorado writes:
I got one of these a few weeks ago and it is my first synth. I too have no manual so i really have no idea how to use the internal sequencer, however I do know that in order to use the multitimbrality with and external sequencer, you need to use the page under the Sequencer Tracks that shows numbers representing different voices. I didn't figure that out for a while. Anyway, I don't paln on internally sequencing anyway, so I am all right, but I'm sorry I can't help you in this department, Chris. I researched as much as I could before purchasing mine, and I really don't think there is another synth out there that you can get ~$200 that has this much sound shaping ability along with 8 part multitimbrality. For this reason, I think this is a great board to start with because of its flexibility. A friend of mine has a JP-8080, and it is definitely a great board, but only two part multitimbral. These two really have very little in commomn, but I bring it up because I find that the ESQ1 can achieve some great, messed up sounds not achievable on even something that much more advanced. There are a few presets that sound all right, but for the most part they are just as starting points to create the sound you imagine. Using the modulation wheel can also help with the lack of knobs. Actually, that's really about the only area in this instrument is lacking, compared to anything else in the price range. If you are looking for a synthesizer that has a lot of great features (3 oscilators, 3 LFO's, 4 analog envelope generators and an analog filter (high/low pass) with resonance, and the aforementioned multitimbrality for which you will not get ripped off like it seems so much gear is designed to do, get this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-30-2000 at 20:28
jon m a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
a very easy and straight-forward synth to use...especially good for dark, strange, and very electronic sounds but also for lush pads. nearly all modern synths lack the grittiness of the ESQ-1. the sequencer is maybe a bit clumsy, but after a while you'll get used to it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-16-2000 at 16:12
frank lemieux a hobbyist user from central canada writes:
Y'know what? I really like my ESQ-1. Great keyboard, great synth engine, a lot of flexibility in an easy-to-use interface. Knowing the theory of analog/subtractive synthesis, i picked up now to use it within minutes. it's got a nice big screen to see everything on, too. My only complaint is that the power supply is a bit weak and it will tend to crash in bad power situations i.e. on stage with a big lighting rig.

posted Wednesday-Mar-08-2000 at 21:42
SPK a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This synthesizer is very recommended. Combine with a drummachine and you really don´t need much more, perhaps some effects...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-28-2000 at 06:55
brian a part-time user from usa writes:
I got mine for 300usd in a pawn shop. i remember when they were over a grand. with that price, the quality of sounds, and the literally thousands of free patches available online (not even mentioning making your own), this is a truly great synth. my only regret is with 8 voices, i'm gonna need to buy a couple more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-13-2000 at 19:26
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