SynthsEnsoniq ⇝ Ensoniq SQ-2

Ensoniq SQ-2Ensoniq MC-32 RAM Card for SQ-1 and SQ-2Ensoniq PC-2 ROM Card for SQ-2Ensoniq SC-2 ROM Card for SQ-1 and SQ-2

The Ensoniq SQ-2 is a digital synthesizer based on ROM waveforms (a ROMpler). It is patch-compatible with the Ensoniq SQ-1 (the 61-key version with the same engine) and the Ensoniq KS-32.

The Ensoniq MC-32 RAM and SC-2/PC-2 ROM cards work with this synthesizer. The PC-2 will not work with an SQ-1 or SQ-1 Plus.

The SQ-2 contains a set of 9 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. Here is the transwave list:

The Ensoniq KS-32 is the follow-up to the SQ-2 that was released about a year later.

There is also a freeware Windows-based editor available for the SQ-2 called KSEdit.


To our knowledge there wasn't a copy of the SQ-1 Plus / SQ-2 manual available in PDF form, so we scanned our copy. It's available below.


Year Released: 1992

Keyboard: 76 keys with velocity

Polyphony: 32 notes

Multitimbral: 24 parts

Preset Patches: 80

User Patches: 80

ROM: 3MB (167 waveforms) at 16-bit. 1MB piano, 2MB other sounds

Sequencer Resolution: 96 PPQN

Effects: 24-bit Digital Effects

Dimensions: 123.8 cm x 34 cm x 13 cm

Weight: 13.6 kg

Latest OS Version: 1.2

Latest OS Version For SQ-2/32: 2.03

Patch Memories: 180 (80 Preset, 80 Internal, 20 Drum Kits). Memory card adds two banks of 80.

Waveform Memory: 120+ Waveforms (Manual says 121 on page 5-2 and 124 on page 5-11).

Sequencer: 16 Tracks, 9000 Notes, 70 Sequences (Expandable to 58,000 Notes with SQX-70).

User Demo Videos


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Sound Samples

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File Downloads

Ensoniq SQ-1 Plus and SQ-2 Manual

KSEdit for Ensoniq SQ Synths (Windows Freeware Works with Ensoniq KS-32, SQ-1, SQ-2, and SQ-R)