SynthsEnsoniq ⇝ Ensoniq SQ-80

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The Ensoniq SQ-80 is the successor to the Ensoniq ESQ-1 and has a few upgrades, including a larger selection of waveforms (plus all of the ESQ-1's original waves), a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch, a floppy drive, and expanded sequencer memory.

The expanded waveforms include a selection of waveforms meant to aid in the simulation of acoustic instruments. They include inharmonic loops (5), transient attacks (11), sustain loops (17), drum sets (5), and drum sounds (5).

An optional memory cartridge adds 80 more user-programmable patch memories. Patches can also be saved to floppy disk.

The SQ-80 uses CEM3379 analog filter chips.

It was followed a year later by the Ensoniq VFX.

Specifications

Year Released: 1988

MSRP: $1895

Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch

Polyphony: 8 notes

Multitimbral: 8 parts

User Patches: 40

ROM: 75 waveforms

Sequencer Memory: 20,000 notes

Oscillator: 3 oscillators per voice

Screen: 40 x 2 character fluorescent display

Dimensions: 98 cm x 34 cm x 9 cm

Weight: 13.2 kg

MIDI Connections: In, Out, Thru

LFOs: 3

Filter: Analog 4-pole low-pass.

Newest OS Version: 1.80

User Demo Videos

Rating


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Sound Samples

WAV samples are available on freewavesamples.com.

File Downloads

Ensoniq SQ-80 Manual

Ensoniq SQ-80 Firmware Version 1.8 (Low ROM Image)

Ensoniq SQ-80 Firmware Version 1.8 (High ROM Image)

Ensoniq SQ-80 Service Manual

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