Ensoniq ESQ1

Digital/Analog hybrid synth from 1986. 61 full size keys, 8 note polyphony, 3 digital oscillators per voice with 32 waveform types. 3 LFOs per voice, 4 Pole analog resonant filter (VCF) and 4 VCAs with 4 Envelopes. It has 40 internal patches and we have the RAM cartridge which allows for another 16 banks, totaling to 640 patches in memory. The ESQ1 been used by Skinny Puppy, Boards of Canada, and Jean-Michel Jarre. The ESQ1 is one of only a few hardware synths with analog filters that features more than just a few microtuning banks, 40 programmable microtuning banks in this case, which is one of the keys to Aphex Twin's unique sonic characteristics according to an interview of former Korg engineer Tatsuya Takahashi by Richard D. James. We have two ESQ1 synths at our studio and three total available for rent. Watch a demo here.

This instrument is available for use at our studio in Long Beach, Ca for playing and recording. Contact us to book your time.

Custom patch loading is possible for this item. Send us your sysex, midi files containing sysex, tape backup audio, or even Opcode Galaxy Bank or Bundles or Unisyn files for pre-loading for synth rentals or synth recording services.

Are you outside of LA or OC? No problem! We can record the synthesizer, drum sounds, or effects tracks for you! Send us your MIDI or audio files, we play it through the instrument or effects unit, record it, and send you the audio files. Learn more about our synthesizer and effects recording services.

Delivery of this item for weekly rentals in select areas within Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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