SynthsEnsoniq ⇝ Ensoniq VFX-SD

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The VFX-SD is an enhanced version of the Ensoniq VFX. It still has the same cartridge slot and is compatible with VFX patches. Like the original VFX, it can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some complex layered sounds. It was followed by the Ensoniq SD-1.

The VFX-SD contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. Here is the transwave list:

Differences between the VFX models

The VFX-SD adds a 3.5" floppy drive, an enhanced sequencer, aux outputs, and additional drum waveforms.

The waveforms in the VFX-SD that are not contained in the VFX are the two wave classes, DRUM-SOUND and MULTI-DRUM. Here's what's missing:


	gate-kick        all-perc

	room-kick        all-drums

	gate-snare       kick-drms

	rim-snare        snar-drms

	close-hat        hi-hats

	open-hat         cymbals

	ride-cymb        tom-toms

	dry-tom-l        percusson

	dry-tom-h        dry-toms

	gat-tom-l        room-toms

	gat-tom-h        gate-toms

	rm-tom-l         congas

	rm-tom-h         std-kit

	timbale          gated-kit

	conga-lo         room-kit




The VFX-SD manual was impossible to find on the web in digital form. We tracked down and bought a copy (for $25) and spent a while scanning it, creating a PDF you can download for free below.


Year Released: 1989

MSRP: $1995

Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch

Polyphony: 21 notes

Multitimbral: 12 parts

Preset Patches: 60

User Patches: 60

User Drum Kits: 24

ROM: 141 waveforms

Sequencer Resolution: 96 PPQN

Effects: reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, distortion, rotary speaker, compressor, wah

Sequencer: 24 (12+12) Tracks

Sequencer Memory: 25,000 Notes (Expandable to 75,000 Notes), 60 songs.

Latest OS Version: 2.1/2.00

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Ensoniq VFX-SD Manual