Synth Site: Ensoniq: SQ1 Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Marshall Doughtie a professional user from chesapeake < Va writes:
This was and is by far the best instrument on the market for the price i paid in 1991 $1395.00 It has the sequencer(which i expanded to 50,000 notes, plenty of great drums sounds, and i have pretty much every third party sound ever made for it. The battery has been a consistant problem in the past, but with an Alesis Data disk which are also ancient, this baby performs very reliable for live gigs that i play with a guitar player. i easily sequence in the drums. bass and other added part, play along with it and long with my guitar player and people are still amazed to hear all that music come from the two of us. I wouldn't trade for anything. it has and will continue to be the main keyboard that i'll use.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-16-2001 at 16:32
Tim carroll a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Im only 16, and this is my first true synth, i have a vast array of knowledge about all synths, and for the price, and the year this model came out, i have to say, its one of the best ive used, someof the sounds are a little choppy, but overall, it has fairly good sounds, check out #26-Keys & voices GREAT!!!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 09:41
Steve Raymar from USA writes:
Bought mine new on sale in '93, when I turn it on it says the battery needs to be replaced yet it still holds all the sounds and settings. I really like the African and Eastern percussion sounds, also I have alot of third party and homemade patches. The best part of this machine is the double clicking keypad that allows me to layer its own sounds and other synths instantly. I'll never wear it out or use it to its fullest potential. Then again I can say that for all my synths!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-31-2000 at 07:02
Robert Justiniano a part-time user from Puerto Rico writes:
My SQ1 died on me after eight years in my hands. I really like some of the work I did with it and are missing the hell out if it. The thing I did not liked is that I only used it in my home studio and never at shows, still it died on me. It was repaired about a year and a half ago and the repair guy said that if it gives more trouble to put it to rest. Just recently it freezed and still is not working. When you turn it on, it looks normal on the screen but any of the bottoms works and there is no sound. Since the bottoms are freezed I cannot re-boot the thing. Can any tell me what is worng with it? Is this battery related? Can it be fixed at home (since no repair guy wants to touch an SQ1)?

Thanks for any help (please reply to my email also)


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-25-2000 at 16:42
Geo Jones a professional user from USA writes:
I can't believe some of the negative feedback that this unit has recieved. While there is an apparent problem with the memory (Get used to replacing batteries), I would stake my professional integrity on the claim that for the price of a used SQR there is NO BETTER MODEL AVAILABLE.

Even when comparing it with newer synths, with a great deal of internal memory, and storage device options, I'd still put my money on the SQR. While i would not depend on it as my main sequencer for live performance (sometimes it crashes, and you get residual tones that keep ringing), for studio use, this baby outperforms many more expensive units. Some have complained about the factory presets - yes there are some not so great sounding presets, especially the woodwinds and some of the lower brass - but that is more than made up for by the pads, and by the piano, organ, vibes and strings which are usually the hardest sounds on most synths to find good patches for.

I am still impressed by this piece of equipment. Whether you're into jazz, R&B, or rock, this is a superb machine for studio work. Even electronic artists will love the sqr when combined with another synth, because it's synthesis allows for really cool metallic, overdriven or just obscure leads. This machine is truely awesome.

If you can pick one up under 300, don't hesitate.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-03-2000 at 12:37
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