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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Ishiguro a professional user from USA writes:
Great synth Fun to program and makes some of the fattest and most tweaked out sounds ever! Many great electronic acts use this as their 'secret weapon'.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-02-1998 at 17:48
clminear@aol.com a professional user from 0 writes:
I got one of the first ESQ's off the assembly line, and I still use it. Agree that it works wonders in tandem with modern digital stuff, yet with programming it can sound very defined. Some of the string sounds I've found are stunning. I've considered selling it - I'm glad I havent, and its great to still be able to get upgrades - check em out. I've used it all sequencer, sounds, etc.

Just Think - Polyphonic 'almost' analog. This is an amazing piece that just keeps on giving.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
R.C. a 0 user from USA writes:
Got mine when it first came out, and still use it on studio projects.

Flexable mod routings can make for some great pads. The &quot;muddy&quot; quality

often spoken about can be put to good use layered with more modern

digital synths that often have an overly bright quality to my ears.

Program both synth's together and think of the sound as a single element.

As others have said, it has a quality all it's own.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Dave Wesner a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My first &quot;real&quot; synth. I put a LOT of miles on mine until I got my Korg Trinity. Now it's smoked, 'cause I tried to save all my old tape data on the Trinity and the ESQ crashed bad while loading some bad tape data. Very susceptible to dirty power and cold--mine was useless for half of each winter and took forever to warm up during the other half. Like someone else said, it's muddy rather than fat, but all around an excellent board for the price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Steve Blakemore a hobbyist user from England writes:
The ESQ-1 has a personality all of it's own. I'ts one of my favourite synths.

It is the easiest thing in the world to program, compared to the silly little LCD screens on some machines.

And the flourescent blue screen is real easy to see on dark stages.

The sounds are sort of like the DW8000, a hybrid of analogoue and digital, but _much_ more powerful.

It does some pretty amazing lead sounds as well, especially if you run it through a few cheap guitar stomp boxes.

The only bit I don't use is the sequencer. I got mine without a manual and can't make head or tail of it!

Another minor niggle is that the power supply sometimes makes a humming noise. I don't think that should detract from the fact that this is basically an amazing synth!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
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