This video, via TheDaydreamSound, takes a look at the vintage Ensoniq ESQ-1 synthesizer:
The Ensoniq ESQ-1 is a hybrid digital-analog synthesizer released by Ensoniq in 1986. The ESQ-1 offers 8 voices with 3 digital oscillators per voice. Each oscillator could be set to one of 32 different waveforms. Some of these were standard simple waveforms such as sawtooth and pulse, while others were samples such as piano and voice.
Each oscillator also had an associated DCA (not VCA) to control its volume in 256 steps. In addition to that, an ESQ1’s voice featured 3 LFOs, 4 envelope generators, a 4-pole resonant analog lowpass filter (VCF), and a final VCA with left/right panning. It also sported a 61-key velocity-sensitive keyboard, full MIDI implementation, memory for 40 patches, a memory cartridge slot, and an 8-track sequencer. A rackmount version called the ESQ-M was also released circa 1987, with exactly the same specification minus the sequencer.
The ESQ-1 was produced until 1988.
If you’ve used the Ensoniq ESQ-1, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!
Ken MacBeth of MacBeth Studio Systems introduces and demonstrates his new Micromac minisynth.
Over about half an hour, MacBeth explains the front panel and other features and then demonstrates the Micromac.
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a live synth jam inspired by the Vangelis classic Reve, from Opera Sauvage.
Technical details below:
- Juno G-elec piano
- ESQ 1 – CS80 flutey sound
- Moog LP – CS80 brass
- Juno 6 – windy noise
- Microkorg- strings
- Yamaha An1x- soft percussion (using its step sequencer)
STATE OF MIND – This is the opening song to Craig Padilla’s February 2000 “Music for the Mind” performance at the historical State Theater in Red Bluff, CA.
This benefit concert (for the State Theater and Red Bluff Skate Park) featured Padilla’s vintage analog and digital synthesizers, as well as a cool light show from Morpheus Lighting.
Sunday Synth Jam: This improvisation, by Michael Daniels, is titled Vangelis’ Approach, inspired not just by Vangelis‘ sound, but also by his approach to recording:
“approach” referring to Vangelis method of recording/composing/performing. First section is based on the track “horizon” , the second section is my own little comp. inspired by the first part.
I read somewhere that Vangelis would improvise and record different pieces of music at nemo , then “stitch” them together in the recording process, knowing exactly what he wanted to achieve as the end result. He really is the master at it.
Here I played live as much as possible, then added some extra little phrases after on a multitrack. A much more enjoyable way of making music than fiddling with a computer:)
Remember Vangelis did not have midi when he recorded some of his most beautiful pieces of music. I hope this inspires anyone thinking of starting music production
Remember the amazing NXT-606 Lego Drum Machine?
Creator PeterCocteau has put together a new video that explains in greater detail how his Lego drum machine works.
Features of the NXT-606 Lego Drum Machine:
- Monophonic sample based drum machine
- 24 percussion and Fx sounds
- Sampling rate: 8Khz
- memory: 96 measures
- control: 2 rotation sensor +NXT buttons
- hacked loud speaker to mono output: jack 6,35mm
- Editor: NXT-G
- Real time operation