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by blueknob
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq EPS-16+ SCSI issue
Replies: 13
Views: 747

Re: Ensoniq EPS-16+ SCSI issue

Yeh it confused me. My ZIP100Plus came with a special iomega Active Sense scsi lead which doesn't allow chain of scsi devices it was just the sampler to ZIP and nothing else. I bought the sampler and ZIP as a pair and I'm sure it worked with no modifcations. The planets moved and suddenly that combo...
by blueknob
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq EPS-16+ SCSI issue
Replies: 13
Views: 747

Re: Ensoniq EPS-16+ SCSI issue

I have an EPS16+ rack that came with a ZIP100+ and I'm sure it worked without any mods. Then Pluto was declared not to be a gas cloud after all and then ZIP100 no longer seemed to work. I added the diode to the 5V pin 25 and it all seemed to work again!? Just a few pointers, do measure the voltage o...
by blueknob
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: What software is used to write the EPS249OS.hfe image to a floppy?
Replies: 13
Views: 2223

Re: What software is used to write the EPS249OS.hfe image to a floppy?

It sounds like you guys are on the case. Just my 2p from my use of floppy with EPS16+. To save my sanity I had to check each floppy for bad sectors on a computer before I did anything Ensoniq. A time consuming pain but I found bad sectors wouldn't get picked up as a fault so when the EPS16+ came to ...
by blueknob
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ensoniq EPS - disk not formated issue
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Re: Ensoniq EPS - disk not formated issue

I suppose the tricky thing here is, if the floppy drive is faulty or the supplied floppy disk from eBay is not to spec. Difficult to know for sure. I would think a popular suggestion would be, dump the mechanical drive and get a new HxC/Gotek jobbie. Some kind EPS user may even send you a verified O...
by blueknob
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Novation Supernova 2 issue
Replies: 7
Views: 2044

Re: Novation Supernova 2 issue

Isn't step one to check the power supply? Reach for the DVM check 5V12V -12V whatever there might be? I suppse whilst DVM in hand check battery backup voltage too, many are 3V.
by blueknob
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths
Replies: 14
Views: 2795

Re: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths

This is one of my all time fav tracks, I was shocked to discover it was SAW, some of their tunes were.. a bit grim, BD on evey beat, way too loud drums, they got worse. I have a greatest hits cd and it obvious they seemed to get lazy, just have the drum machine up loud. Anyway this track is magic, I...
by blueknob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq EPS issue
Replies: 3
Views: 1722

Re: Ensoniq EPS issue

I have the Service Manual for the ESP16+ which goes into some detail in top level fault finding, but how relevant it is to the EPS. There is a Diag. Disk for the 16+, I wonder if there is anything for the EPS.... only Mr R will know.
by blueknob
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Peavey DPM V2 no sound
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Peavey DPM V2 no sound

That's a good find, no it's not me but could have! Mine had the exact same battery leak which took out some tracks/traces. My fear was the cute white DSP chips might be dead, thankfully a buzz out of the tracks/traces and I found the probs. The diag disk was a help too. My only suggestion now is, ke...
by blueknob
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Peavey DPM V2 no sound
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Re: Peavey DPM V2 no sound

I repaired a DPM se recently, the damage was caused by leaking battery goo rotting PCB tracks/traces. I was surpised at there was no real signs of goo or any leakage but in time I found some rotted out items. With the kbd I fixed Peavey have a diagnostic disk that gave me a head start. I'm not sure ...
by blueknob
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MPC The Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 2165

Re: MPC The Kit

That looks like something I designed and made in the early 1980's. To put it another way, at that time we (electronics guys) were experimenting designing our own drum machines. We'd made the analogue drums and decided digital was needed for the cymbals. Partly encouraged by Simmonds who was emerging...
by blueknob
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

Re: EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?

Hurrah! Mr R saves the day! Thanks, I did have a quick look on that site but didn't come across that page. I esp. like those config files on offer, nice.
by blueknob
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

Re: EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?

Yes I'm fully scuzzied up, but sometimes I prefer to have the OS from floppy than scsi due to the type of editing I'm doing.

Do you know what type spec of Gotek, HxC unit I need?
by blueknob
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?
Replies: 4
Views: 1221

EPS16 in need of HxC/Gotek but which one?

I suspect the floppy drive in my old EPS16+ rack has expired, time to fit new. I gather the latest trick is to use one of those HxC - GoTek - USB jobs. Which one would I need to get and where's a good place (UK). I know it's the 750/800kB type as for the jumper settings, dunno as yet. I see all sort...
by blueknob
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: YAMAHA TX7 display with backlight guide
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

Re: YAMAHA TX7 display with backlight guide

yeh it's just the best thing ever when we get those dingy little displays to shine brightly. 8-) Years ago I bought a used ESi32, totally did me head in, took me time to realise the backlight was dead. Eventually got a blue LED thing (or whatever it was) now can see the it from the other side of the...
by blueknob
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq EPS "disc not formatted" error
Replies: 14
Views: 5965

Re: Ensoniq EPS "disc not formatted" error

If I understand the latest question. From what I've discovered there's only two ways to make an EPS/EPS16+ sequence into a midi file (using software), by using Gary Giebler's product or EPSm (vintage Mac only). I think even Gary who seems to know the Ensoniq stuff better than anyone says the convers...