The SD-1 is the follow-up to the Ensoniq VFX-SD. It has 11 notes of additional polyphony beyond the original VFX and adds a 1MB piano ROM.
Like the VFX, it can use up to 6 waveforms together in a single patch and has 11-stage envelopes. The built-in sequencer can record 12 tracks in step or realtime recording mode and can be expanded to 75,000 note capacity with the optional SQX-70 expansion.
The SD-1 contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. Here is the transwave list:
As the top of the VFX line, the SD-1 usually commands prices significantly above a VFX-SD despite only being a minor upgrade sound-wise.
To check the ROM version of your SD-1, press and hold the PRESETS button and then press the MASTER button.
Thanks to Richard Beeson, we now have a copy of the Ensoniq SD-1 manual available for download.
Year Released: 1990
Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
Polyphony: 32 notes
Multitimbral: 24 parts
Preset Patches: 60
User Patches: 60
Preset Performances: 20
User Performances: 20
ROM: 3.5 MB (168 waveforms at 16-bit resolution)
Effects: dual 24-bit effects processor with reverb, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, distortion, rotary speaker, compressor, wah
Dimensions: 103 cm x 34 cm x 10 cm
Weight: 29 lbs.
Sequencer Memory: 25,000 Notes (Expandable to 75,000 Notes), 60 Patterns, 20 Songs
Latest OS Version: 4.10
Latest OS Version For SD-1/32: 4.10/4.10
Ensoniq SD-1 32 1991 ($750)
Ensoniq SD-1 1990 ($999)
Ensoniq SD-1 1990 ($1,000)
Ensoniq SD-1 Video Tutorial ($17.95)
Ensoniq SDP-1 ($100)
Ensoniq SD1 Keyboard ($349.99)