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Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by retrosounds » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:45 am

ok i just got an ESQ-1 today at a pawn shop (fully working).
the only thing i can't figure out is how to work the sequencer.
i try and press record but nothing happens, the record button works when i used it with soft button 1 to do a system reset, but i won't record what i play.
i'd like it if someone could please give me a step-by-step explanation of how to work the sequencer.
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by rhino » Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:36 am

IRRC, you must press the 'SEQ' button first. then (again irrc) you will see the displays to enter length, meter, etc.
when you get to the 'track' page, the track name that is underlined is the one that will be recorded.

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for a copy of the manual. scroll down about half-way and look in the right column )ESQ MUSICIANS MANUAL COMPLETE)
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by retrosounds » Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:00 am

ok ,thanks :D
i got it to work
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by synthy » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:22 am

how much did you pay at the pawn shop if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by retrosounds » Fri May 01, 2009 9:29 pm

$150
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by synthy » Sun May 10, 2009 11:49 am

would this be a hard fix? on ebay right now.........Item number: 140319609722
Ensoniq ESQ-1 that wont play, but will as a controller?
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by retrosounds » Sun May 10, 2009 3:05 pm

Sounds like something that might be easy to fix.
"Here's the issue: It only works as a "sound module". You have to use another midi keyboard in order to access the sounds."
I'm guessing something came undone on the inside, whatever cable links the keyboard to the rest of the synth.
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by Bitexion » Sun May 10, 2009 4:54 pm

Read the manual. I couldn't figure out the sequencer on my SQ-80 (big bro of the ESQ1), until I browsed in the manual and found good step by step explanations. There are some great editing features in there that is hard to figure out without knowing what they do first. Found the SQ-80 manual online as a PDF scan.

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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by synthy » Sun May 10, 2009 7:21 pm

not sure if it's worth it or to risk it?
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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by madtheory » Sun May 10, 2009 7:41 pm

It could be that it's stuck in local off mode...

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Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Sequencer

Post by magnus » Sun May 10, 2009 11:11 pm

As long as you pick up, I don't think you can lose at that price. You could probably sell it off for the same. Perhaps more as an ESQ-M with a decorative keyboard. On the other hand, I don't know if the price has gone up recently, but you can often buy a working one for peanuts anyway- mine cost £50.

F-k it -buy the broken one -it won't sound any worse with a controller keyboard

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