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is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:17 am
by ross308
i have a lot of synths now and little money. also need to make room and liberate mixer tracks. i'm sure the esqm has great potential but i am neglecting it . i end up using more of the :mopho, matrix6r, mks7(juno 106 rack), jx3p, motif. (i also have a dx7 and the ax73)

and i eaven have another synth thats is in the same league and is more fun to program ( the DW-800 ).
does the ESQm ESQ1 has some secrets that i am missing . can it do something amazing that my other synths cant do and give me a reason to keep it for the future.

i am starting to realize that i dont have enough time to go deep in my synths cause i have too many. so i only know the surface of each . if i had only one i would know it in its smallest details.

should i sell this baby??

i know i am being silly but i never sold a musical instrument before.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:14 am
by braincandy
If you're not using it, you might as well sell it and use the money towards something that you really need. They're not that hard to find if you want to get another one.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:23 am
by synthy
i would never sell my esq-1 or esq-m, but that is just me...lol. are you selling any sound carts with it? i will buy any carts you have please.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:56 am
by nuketifromorbit
ross308 wrote:i have a lot of synths now and little money. also need to make room and liberate mixer tracks. i'm sure the esqm has great potential but i am neglecting it . i end up using more of the :mopho, matrix6r, mks7(juno 106 rack), jx3p, motif. (i also have a dx7 and the ax73)

and i eaven have another synth thats is in the same league and is more fun to program ( the DW-800 ).
does the ESQm ESQ1 has some secrets that i am missing . can it do something amazing that my other synths cant do and give me a reason to keep it for the future.

i am starting to realize that i dont have enough time to go deep in my synths cause i have too many. so i only know the surface of each . if i had only one i would know it in its smallest details.

should i sell this baby??

i know i am being silly but i never sold a musical instrument before.
Try out the free Sq-8L vst. I ended up selling my sq-80 after the sequencer started to wig out and I realized I didn't want a huge aging synth that would eventually die on me. Despite this the esq1 and sq80 are certainly amazing synths especially considering how much they cost. If you see the dw8000 as covering similar sonic territory I wouldn't consider the sale a mistake.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:13 am
by Sir Ruff
I would say it would be a mistake to sell it and not get an esq-1 or sq-80 instead. I can't even fathom trying to edit the esqm, which may be why you haven't really used it much. It's much easier on the other two, and they barely cost any more than the rack anyways. Just a good synth to have in your setup, and one will sound different from the others you've got.

(the dw8000 was my first synth, followed by the sq80-the DW is great, but the ESQ beats it hands down in terms of breadth of sounds)

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:07 pm
by otto
Ross,
First, the ESQ/SQ lineup are not particularly rare or expensive so you should easily be able to find another. There are a lot of fans of that synth here, particularly because it has a lot of features and flexibility and it is cheap. However, as much as people go on about this being an underrated/undervalued synth, prices don’t seem to climb much. I didn’t think the ESQ-1 was all that, I sold it and I haven’t regretted it.

Your workflow and setup is a personal thing and you have to find what works for you. I find that I am more effective and my time is better spent on fewer synths that each fill a specific role. So rather than having a lot of synths I’ve moved towards a few nicer synths that each cover a specific sound. I have 1 digital/VA, 1 analog mono, and very soon will only have 1 analog poly (currently 2). I’ve had a plethora of cheaper synths but this setup works better and is more efficient for me. It isn’t a strict rule but in general I would rather have 1 “uber” synth than 3 cheap synths that cover similar territory.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:29 pm
by steveman
Not if you're not using it. As nas been said the ESQ-1 & SQ-80 have a great UI so you could well find yourself using them more.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:09 pm
by ross308
synthy wrote:i would never sell my esq-1 or esq-m, but that is just me...lol. are you selling any sound carts with it? i will buy any carts you have please.
i have the voice crystal X program CARTRIGE. IF you are interrested send me a PM then i migth consider it when i have a buyer.

Re: is selling my ensoniq esqm a mistake?

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:18 pm
by ross308
otto wrote:Ross,
First, the ESQ/SQ lineup are not particularly rare or expensive so you should easily be able to find another. There are a lot of fans of that synth here, particularly because it has a lot of features and flexibility and it is cheap. However, as much as people go on about this being an underrated/undervalued synth, prices don’t seem to climb much. I didn’t think the ESQ-1 was all that, I sold it and I haven’t regretted it.

Your workflow and setup is a personal thing and you have to find what works for you. I find that I am more effective and my time is better spent on fewer synths that each fill a specific role. So rather than having a lot of synths I’ve moved towards a few nicer synths that each cover a specific sound. I have 1 digital/VA, 1 analog mono, and very soon will only have 1 analog poly (currently 2). I’ve had a plethora of cheaper synths but this setup works better and is more efficient for me. It isn’t a strict rule but in general I would rather have 1 “uber” synth than 3 cheap synths that cover similar territory.
yeah thats kind of what im looking forward to . i think having less synths and knowing them better will result in better job done. and less wires . thanks for sharing that inspiring piece of philosophy . although i have to admit i love to have lots of stuff and has a beginner it helped me to discover the exiting world of synthesizers and understand what i want.