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ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:36 am
by arcturus
Hi Guys,

Recently got a TS12, just wanted some help if possible from fellow synthheads out there who have one of these amazing machines. I have the user guide documents but they read like a japanese vcr instruction manual lol.

Im trying to put on new patches. From what i understand, I can just buy a usb to floppy drive for $10 and some cheap floppys and just put the files on from my pc? Is this right. Just wanna double check before i spend money buying them.

I also understand you need special floppy disks for putting on samples? Is this right? and for patches you just get normal 1.44mb floppy disks?

My demo songs do not play as well. The songs with a $ in front of them do nothing when i press play. Other than this the synth seems perfect. I wonder if something has been damaged or i need to reinitialize it.

Does anyone have some links to patches too. Im really after dx7 sounds and old analog sounds. I have found this site but just wanna know if theres anymore links to good sites. http://www.ts12.net/ts12-ev-specification.html

Hope to chat to some fellow users of this synth soon, Perhaps we can all trade patches soon.

Amazing synth by the way. Ive owned a Polysix, Juno 6, 3 x Yamaha dx7's, Triton Xtreme 76, Roland d70, Roland d20, Roland SUper JX and this is one amazing synth! So much better than a nasty Triton.

Thanks guys!

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:34 am
by Ashe37
No, you can't just use a USB floppy drive. The Ensoniq synths don't read or write PC-formatted floppies.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:09 am
by arcturus
Ahhhhhh okay thanks for that much appreciated.

Can i ask which floppies do i need to buy? Are they even available? In the manual it just says to use a double sided standard floppy disk so am very confused.

Am i better off using a site like this an ordering on of theirs? http://www.syntaur.com/ts_sounds.html

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:05 am
by Ashe37
Yes, it uses DSDD floppies. the problem is getting a modern PC to write a floppy disk format that the TS series can read.

As for presets, I think the TS can read VFX presets, someone correct me if that is wrong...

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:42 pm
by rhino
To save and load sounds/samples/sequences to a computer you will need these:

1) an older PC running Windows 98
2) a working floppy drive in the computer - NOT A USB ADD-ON DRIVE !!!!
3) Software from http://www.giebler.com/ called "EDM"

This synth is one of the all-time greats! All information is in the manual, but it is NOT layed out well. Keep digging and studying - exprementation is the key to learning.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:56 pm
by arcturus
Wow that sucks hehe does anyone wanna send me some of their floppy disks with patches and Ill pay you over paypal?

Im really after the dx7 patches and any analog 80's type sounds i can get my hands on for it. I have downloaded them from a ts10/12 fan site.

You can send via post to Vegas. If interested let me know and I can sort out a appropriate payment. I could even send the disks back after too if your in short supply.

Also one little thing too if you guys can help. I press play on the songs which are the ones marked with the "$" sign and dont hear anything at all. so far i havent managed to play any sequencer patterns or songs. Ive read the manual and swear i am doing it right but hear nothing play. DO you think something is broken? Seems strange because the synth is really in mint condition almost like new and every button works and Im sure the play button works too. I can edit and do everything else fine. Havent managed to record anything yet but think thats because im just not doing it right.

Thanks tons! and sorry for any stupid questions.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:16 am
by rhino
This is a realy good place to get disks:

http://floppydisk.com/

I THINK the TS series will take either DSDD or DSHD floppies. Let me check.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:10 am
by Ashe37
Sorry, i really don't know because I don't use the sequencer on these...

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:39 am
by arcturus
Thats okay, thanks for your help anyways. Getting an old pc and floppy disks is too much of a pain.

I have just ordered from http://www.syntaur.com/ts_sounds.html their synthesaurus collection, Although would love some dx7 sounds too.

Thanks people. And if anyone can help me play the demo songs that would be great. I still dont hear anything and most of the time "MREC" flashes on the left which is obviously midi recording which i dont want.

ill continue to read the huge manual.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:17 am
by josuejin
Good evening, I'm Josue from NICARAGUA, I currently acquired a TS12 ENSONIQ, I HAVE MONTHS OF HAVING IT AND I STARTED TO SEARCH FOR INFORMATION EVERYWHERE SINCE IT IS SCARCE WITH RESPECT TO THE FUNCTIONING.

I searched the manual that is obviously in English and translated it the most important: divide the keyboard into several parts, put up to 6 sounds in different areas of the keyboard, make combinations of sound layers and the most important thing, at least for me, was to discover the way to put a few samples wav.

Recently I discovered the way to do it via diskette, I got a few that are already scarce and I ventured into this wonderful synthesizer, by the way many years ago I had a ROLAND JV 30 and then I was playing with daw kontakt and YAMAHA PSR 640 among others.


What I want to comment on is that the ENSONIQ FORMAT IN SAMPLES IS THE EXTENSION. Ee you have to pass each wav sample to the .efe format and now I come to you to ask you, does anyone know how to load small libraries with several sounds to the ensoniq TS 12 ?

BY THE WAY, I HAVE A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE IN INFORMATICS AND IT WOULD COME WELL TO SHARE THEM AS I DID TO CONVERT THE SOUND SAMPLES TO THE ENSONIQ FORMAT.

I INSTALLED a virtual machine emulator -VIRTUAL BOX MACHINE on my PC WINDOW 8.1 and started window 2000, then with a soft eps with DOS commands I formatted the floppy disk in an ensoniq format and later with AWAVE STUDIO CONVERTED EACH SAMPLE TO THE ENSONIQ .efe FORMAT later copy it in window 2000 with the epsdisk and now my ensoniq already has samples.

I thank you very much and I hope to hear from some of you because this thread is very old.

Greetings from Nicaragua

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:55 am
by BachStudentMCS
Not sure that I'm on an active TS-10 discussion site, but I'm looking for other TS-10 synth heads to reverberate ideas with. I have 3 TS-10's. a VFX and a VFX-SD (because I love polyphonic aftertouch). I'm rebuilding my old classical organ into a 4 manual/keyboard that has 32 pedals by stacking the TS-10 keyboard beds removed from their chassis and remoting the displays and floppy drives-wheels assemblies. I have lots of questions about things like installing thumb-pistons patch-voice-rank memory setting button rails that will actuate the TS-10's patch-voice settings, and many more things. Since my ancient VFX is 31+ years old, the keyboard is flaking out too much, so I'll assign the VFX synth to be dedicated to the pedals and replace the keyboard bed location with the VFX-SD keyboard bed key set. Anyway I need lots of help and I don't know anyone in Tucson, AZ where I live who has done what I'm doing or can handle the technical synth hardware stuff that I want to do. Is anybody out there checking this forum or have any advice?
Thanks, Mark

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:05 am
by akira
BachStudentMCS wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:55 am
Not sure that I'm on an active TS-10 discussion site, but I'm looking for other TS-10 synth heads to reverberate ideas with. I have 3 TS-10's. a VFX and a VFX-SD (because I love polyphonic aftertouch). I'm rebuilding my old classical organ into a 4 manual/keyboard that has 32 pedals by stacking the TS-10 keyboard beds removed from their chassis and remoting the displays and floppy drives-wheels assemblies. I have lots of questions about things like installing thumb-pistons patch-voice-rank memory setting button rails that will actuate the TS-10's patch-voice settings, and many more things. Since my ancient VFX is 31+ years old, the keyboard is flaking out too much, so I'll assign the VFX synth to be dedicated to the pedals and replace the keyboard bed location with the VFX-SD keyboard bed key set. Anyway I need lots of help and I don't know anyone in Tucson, AZ where I live who has done what I'm doing or can handle the technical synth hardware stuff that I want to do. Is anybody out there checking this forum or have any advice?
Thanks, Mark
Hello, also not sure if this is an active board or not, but I see you posted a month ago. I too have (now) 2 TS-10's (just bought my second one). I'm trying to find my sound disks (lost somewhere in the house years ago). Was searching the net for some disks when I found this. Would be happy to talk more about it, although I'm no expert.

Re: ENSONIQ TS10 & TS12 users

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:05 am
by Rasputin
akira wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:05 am
I'm trying to find my sound disks (lost somewhere in the house years ago). Was searching the net for some disks when I found this.
http://zine.r-massive.com/ensoniq-ts10-ts12-archive/

If you don't have a floppy emulator such as Lotharek, Gotek+HxC or Gotek+FlashFloppy then making disks will require an older PC with an internal floppy drive, as well as using the program Omniflop.

If you find your old disks and want to share them then the same applies: Read them with Omniflop using an older computer (usually an XP desktop) and post them here :D