Friday, November 09, 2007

"Vintage Digital"



I've just put up a new page at http://www.carbon111.com/vfx.html

The Ensoniq VFX - Its an old hunk of junk but I love it for its deep programmability, wavetables and poly-aftertouch!

The page is a bit of a shrine to this very capable underdog I first got aquainted with almost two decades ago now. Still a worthwile find and a bit of a "sleeper", I hope you enjoy the article.

I miss Ensoniq ^_^

8 comments:

peterwendt said...

Yeah. Ensoniq was great, except for the, er, reliability.

Anyone else remember "ERROR 144"?

Anonymous said...

i can`t belive how ensoniq goes down. I think is because they was blind about how the market takes analog way.Ensoniq synthesizers can generate a range of amazing sounds. I have one SQ1 + from 1991, an excellent synthesizer, strong built, beautyful keys touch, very dark design and easy to use 8 track sequencer. For me, ensoniq is a refferent of american synth sound, more powerfull than other digital machines.

peterwendt said...

I loved my SD-1 (VFX successor). My major problems with it were the light keyboard and the reliability glitches. I'm tempted to look for an ESQ-M module.

Ensoniq was great for sound, ease of use, and programming flexibility. And that polyphonic aftertouch.

Anonymous said...

vintage digital!

80s/90s ensoniq stuff is the best - deep enough to really sink your teeth into and still very much on the cheap.

you can do crazy shit with just a dp/4 and a mixer with aux sends.

i have been looking locally for a vfx or sd for awhile, really bridges the gap between the esq and the asr.

the various yamaha fm stuff is also great, even the consumer pss boards.

i have never really gotten into with the old korg and roland stuff from this era because it really doesn't seem as immediate or flexible...like the synths were born out of some new age enya rompler hell. :(

Anonymous said...

i love digital synthesizers, what an awesome sounds...god.ensoniq must come back.

Ethan Callender said...

Why can't E-MU/Creative just re-release this stuff in plugin form? I'd love a virtual Mirage or SQ-80.

Ben Kessler said...

amen...I still have an old EPS-16+ and VFX, and love them both.
now to just get that internal battery replaced.....

catsynth said...

Ah, there is so much I would love to say about E-MU's (lack of) virtual instruments for Ensoniq, etc...

I do have an ASR-10 that mostly sits in storage. Compared to the amount of fun and usefulness I would get, it's too heavy, takes up too much space and requires 3 1/2" discs. I'd rather use the studio space for more analog or custom synths.