Synth Site: Ensoniq: ESQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Lennart a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
The esq 1 is a wonderful pice of machinery. Yes the sequencer is a bit crud, but very easy to use. The factory sounds sux, but they are simple to change to your own likings. to sum it upp: USER FRENDLY. And to all of you who don´t have the manual, try to get one. It is the best manual ever written, it explains everything in a very simple &amp; basic maner. I have had 2 of these machines in my days, the last one i have had for 18 months now &amp; i still love it. I payd 250£ for it and got the latest software. 2 8banks cartridges, hard case, pedals &amp; cords.

That is a fair price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Lonnie Moore a part time user from Parkersburg,W.Va USA writes:
I bought my ESQ and a mirage DSK at the same time in 1987.I've spent many happy hours using it to control my mirage,Alesis HR-16 drum machine and a rack mount Yamaha TX81Z. The sequencer is very simplistic to use and even though you can't insert in the middle of a seq,it's still pretty good.The ESQ sounds are a little small(8bit) compared to the 16 bit sounds of the VFX,but I usually

MIDI it witht the mirage anyway.When I'm in a hurry to lay down a seq,I prefer to use it over the VFX because it's easier for me to use.In a live situation I can use up all the vfx seqs and then use the ESQ to run the system while I reload my vfx seqs.My ESQ has been through hell over the years.It was knocked to the floor one time and a 100 pound main speaker came

crashing down on it breaking several keys and breaking the circuit board under the lid from its mount.The repair center had to epoxy the keys back together because no new oners were available.It still plays fine and never misses a thing.If you want a real rugged keyboard,this is the one for you!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
ED a hobbyist user from Gainesville FL, USA writes:
I just bought my esq1 a couple of weeks ago from a local pawn shop. I spent $150 on it. Though it is having a few minor problems so far I love it. All I really want now is the owners manual but I'm having a really hard time finding one. If anyone has one they would be willing to copy, or know a way I can get one please e-mail me a.s.a.p.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Phil Howard a part time user from USA writes:
This is a great synth that seems awful the first time you trun it on. Do NOT base your opinions on the factory patches because they're horrible. Program your own!!!! The real power of the synth is in its sharp resonant filters and the ability to patch virtually any modulation source to any destination easily and quickly. This great for setting up those infinite modulator circles to generate random noise. Example: LFO 1 - LFO 2, LFO 2 - LFO 3, LFO 3 - LFO 1 And since each destination can hve two sources, you can throw the mod-wheel into the mix on one and control the whole sloppy mess! Send one out to the filter and bingo... beautiful chaos. An effects processor is really necessary to really get the best out of it. I run mine through a quadraverb and it's gorgeous. Everything from low rumbles to sweet pads and strings to industrial noise. Great value for the money.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
I had a friend who owned the ESQ-1 back when it first came out. He bought it instead of a DX7. It was pretty amazing at the time, probably the one of the earliest workstation synths in it's price range. Looking back in retrospect, many of the sounds were pretty cheesy (what was with those god awful drums), but I never got into programming it since it wasn't mine. The sequencer was pretty basic too. I remember some cool leads from it. I wouldn't mind having a crack at one again to see what I think of it now. Otherwise (again in retrospect) I don't care much for it. My rating is a rounded up 2.5.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:39
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