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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Scott Bronson a professional user from USA writes:
I could go on for hours on how kick ass the ESQ-1 is, but I don't have time. However I've noticed most people have said they can't comment on the sequencer since they don't use it. Well, I CAN comment on the sequencer. Since I don't have a computer that can sequence or do any MIDI stuff, I use the ESQ-1 not only as my master synth, but also as my master sequencer, and I have to say, the sequencer does everything you could ever want in a seqencer. I also sequence all of my many other synths on this thing. I got mine used and will never get rid of it. It is totally kick ass!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-13-1999 at 22:13
Nate AD. a professional user from USA writes:
I've had my ESQ-1 for about 6 months, and I cannot belive how anyone could live without it. As other people have said, it is built like a tank. Secondly, I can't tell you how valuable the flouressant screen is in life situations! YOU CAN READ THE FUCKER FROM 50 FEET AWAY!. (hey, its true!). The sounds are analogue yes, but they do have that 'digital grainy' sound. This isn't to complain at all, merely a statement of fact. I must say though, this synth will make you angry: -angry that other 'modern' synths aren't this straight-foreward. If you decide to make a change on a patch, what you do is what you get. Totally predicatable. I cannot comment on the sequencer, mainly because I don't use it (why bother when you have access to so many software sequencers?) All I can say is, the ESQ-1 has great sounds, great reliability, solid construction, and anyone is hurting if they don't own one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-07-1999 at 01:54
DAN a part-timer user from U.S.A. writes:
I bought an ESQ1 about 2 years ago as my first synth.Little did i know the ability of it.I have countless other synths but i always seem to throw the ESQ1 in the mix.If anyone wants a great,sturdy,and trustworthy workstation give it a shot.Over all it was the best $170 i ever spent.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-19-1999 at 10:42
steVe from Canada writes:
The CEM 3379 signal processor chips Matrix mentions in his review are also found on the SCI Prophet VS. Also like the Prophet VS, the ESQ-1 has no anti-aliasing filters for the digital waveforms and the 3379 signal processor chip is connected to the circuit in a similar way to the Prophet's circuit. So, you can get nasty aliasing sounds similar to the VS plus, you have the same resonant filters as the VS, so the ESQ-1's sound is very similar. If Trent Reznor is reading this, he would be probably pleased to know that the ESQ-1 is pretty much a Prophet VS with the architecture of a minimoog (no vectors, but some crazy modulation routings). The ESQ-1 was also used a lot by Skinny Puppy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-17-1999 at 20:20
matrix a hobbyist user writes:
This thing sound haunted. Can be very dark and ethereal. If I were making goth\industrial this would be my synth. It also sound surprisingly similar to Oberheim synths of its time, probably because it used some of the same Curtis chips as the Oberheim synths. See below. Definitely in the same vein, but it has a character of it's own. It sounds very analog, but it uses various waveforms as oscillator sources. You get saw, bell, sine, sqaure, pulse, noise 1, noise 2, noise 3, bass, piano, electric piano, voice 1, voice 2, kick, reed, organ, synth 1, synth 2, synth 3, formant 1, formant 2, formant 3, formant 4, formant 5, pulse 2, square 2, 4 octave 5, prime, bass 2, electric piano 2, octave, and octave +5. <br><br> Chips:<br><br>

8 CEM3379 VC Signal Processor <br> 1 CEM3360 Dual VCA (same as OB8, OBXA, and OBSX)<br><br> I actually think the ESQ1 sounds a bit more like a Matrix-6 than and OBXA, even though the Matrix-6 used the CEM3396 chips. Regardless, I find the ESQ1 to be a very dark, lush, and ethereal synth. Very nice and very unique. I swear the thing is haunted.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-05-1999 at 22:52
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