SynthsEnsoniq ⇝ Ensoniq SD-1

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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

MSRP: $2695

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

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Ensoniq SD-1 Manual