MATRIXSYNTH: Ensoniq TS-12 Performance/Composition Synthesizer

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Ensoniq TS-12 Performance/Composition Synthesizer

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Massive list of specs from the listing:

"TS-10 - 61-key (C-C) weighted synth-action Poly-Key (polyphonic aftertouch) keyboard with programmable velocity and pressure sensitivity

TS-12 - 76-key (E-G) weighted action keyboard with programmable velocity and channel pressure sensitivity (MIDI transmission of Release Velocity)

Up to 12 programmable keyboard zones for splits and layers


Exclusive Patch Select buttons for instant access to 4 sound variations within each Program or Sampled Sound

2 programmable single/dual Foot Switch inputs for sustain, sostenuto, Patch Select, preset up/down, FX mod, and sequencer control (SW-2, SW-6, or SW-10)

Pitch and Mod Wheels

Mod/Volume pedal (optional CVP-1)

Data Entry Slider functions as a real time controller transmitting on any MIDI controller number
Internal Program/Preset Memory

437 programs (120 RAM/180 ROM/137 GM ROM)

SoundFinder provides easy lookup by musical type for fast locating of desired Programs

300 performance Presets (120 RAM/180 ROM)

2 SIMM sockets provide for up to 8 MB (4 Megaword) of 16-bit sample RAM

2 MB of sample RAM (standard) provides for 10 Sampled Sound locations

8 MB of sample RAM provides for 20 Sampled Sound locations

Maximum memory per Sampled Sound: 4 MB

Automated loading of Sampled Sounds upon power-on Waves

48 Megabits (6 MB - 3.5 Megawords) of waveform ROM

Over 4000 variations possible from the 254 wave selections, which include:

Multi-sampled acoustic instruments in Keyboard, String, Brass & Horn, Wind & Reed, Vocal, Bass, Drum, Percussion, and Sound Effect groups

Sustain waveforms with harmonic and inharmonic structures

TransWave_ spectral interpolation waves with real time modulation

Modulatable start point, forward or backward playback, and multi-sample key shift available on most waves

Pitched or fixed frequency playback of all waves possible

Ability to read and edit sample disks created for the EPS-16 PLUS/EPS/ASR-10 samplers with automated loading from disk or SCSI

Voice Architecture

32 dynamically assigned voices (31 voices when using Sampled Sounds)

A single Program can use up to 6 waves per key simultaneously

A Drum Program can use up to 61 waves per program/ 4 waves per key, with separate pitch, volume, panning, and 32 voice parameter templates for each wave

Instant selection of alternate voices within a program using Patch Select buttons or velocity

Programmable voice delay up to 5000 msec or by keyup trigger

Each voice has a complete set of programmable parameters:

Independent waveform selection

2 independent multi-mode dynamic digital filters (low pass, high pass, variable bandwidth band pass)

3 six stage loopable hardware envelopes with 15 parameters per envelope

35 preset envelope templates for ease of programming

1 multi-waveform LFO with adjustable rate, depth, phase, delay, and restart mode

Variable rate random Noise generator for modulation

15 modulation sources, routable to pitch, filter cutoff, volume, pan, wave start offset, TransWave index, Hyper-Wave steps, LFO depth and rate

Programmable 2 source modulation Mixer/Shaper

Glide mode, glide time, pitch bend range, and Held pitch bend mode

Hyper-Wave architecture allows up to 16 waves to be defined in a list, which can be swept through or crossfaded for timbre-shifting and Jam-Loop effects

Hyper-Wave voice parameters include start step, loop start, loop end, volume, pitch, pitch tracking, wave direction, duration, crossfade time, and modulation options

One fully programmable pitch table available per Program

33 ROM Pitch Tables

System Pitch Table allows user to apply any ROM or Program Pitch Table on all sounds instantly

Performance Preset Parameters

The combination of up to 3 Programs, special performance parameters and an effects setup can be named and saved as a Performance Preset

Performance Presets can use any combination of RAM/ROM Programs, Sampled Sounds, and external MIDI control

Easy access performance parameters: mix, pan (stereo or mono modes), attack time, release time, brightness, timbre, key zone, velocity range, velocity sensitivity, transpose, detune, LFO or Hyper-Wave rate, controller enables, Patch Select status, channel/Poly-Key pressure modes, volume pedal modes (positive, inverse, off), MIDI status, MIDI channel, Program Change remapping, MIDI Bank Select, effect bus overide and effect parameters


1.4 MB High Density (HD) 3.5" micro-floppy

Save Programs (Individual, Banks, All), Sampled Sound edits and Banks (TS-10 format), Performance Presets (Individual, Bank, All), Sequence/Song (Single, Half, All with or without associated Programs and Sampled Sound Banks), System Setup

Save MIDI Sys-Ex dumps (256K Bytes) from any MIDI device to disk (expandable to 768K Bytes with optional SQX-70)


Custom VLSI 24-bit digital signal processor (ESP chip) with 48-bit accumulation

Programmable stereo effects processing with real time modulation of any effects parameters from 13 sources

73 algorithms, including serial and parallel multi-effects

Multiple preset effects variations per algorithm for ease of programming (692 effects presets in ROM)

Three stereo busses allowing for dry, individual or grouped effects processing (routed to Main stereo outputs)

One additional dry stereo bus routed to AUX outputs


24 polyphonic tracks (including 12 "Song Tracks") each with its own sound and complete set of track parameters (same as Presets)

Tracks can play any combination of ROM/RAM Programs, Sampled Sounds, and external MIDI control

Up to 32 internal voices per track, dynamically assigned (no limit on MIDI voices per track)

Up to 60 Sequences or Songs in any combination

Song form provides up to 99 Steps with up to 99 Repetitions for each Step (each Sequence Track in a Step can be individually muted and/or transposed)

Song Steps can be advanced with the Foot Switch

Note capacity, expandable to over 97,000 notes with optional SQX-70

Clock resolution of 96 PPQ, synchronized to internal or MIDI clock source

3 real-time record modes (Replace, Add, Looped), Step-Entry, and Multi-Track recording via MIDI

Automated punch/edit locations remembered for each Sequence

Post-quantization (auto-correct to 1/64th note triplets), with percent, swing and random options

Song Step editing, bar/beat/clock and key range editing, event list editing, copy, append, change length, time-shift, transpose, merge tracks, filter/extract/scale any event

All editing can be auditioned before saving changes

Tempo Track provides recordable tempo changes

Auto-locate controls, adjustable click track (routable to Main or AUX outputs), and Tap Tempo control

Auto Mix (automated mixdown) feature records all volume and panning changes for each Track


Poly, Omni, Multi, Mono A and Mono B modes

Multi-timbral, accommodating up to 12 simultaneous polyphonic MIDI channels with separate Programs/Sampled Sounds and performance parameters

MIDI Local On/Off per track allows up to 12 outbound MIDI keyboard zones for master controller applications

Global controllers in Mono mode for use with MIDI guitar and alternate controllers

MIDI Song Position Pointer, Song Select, Bank Select, All Notes Off and Reset All Controllers supported

XCTRL allows any MIDI controller (0-127) to be used as a voice modulator, and/or to be transmitted to external devices on a per channel basis

General MIDI compatible mode for 16 channel reception of program changes, notes, controllers, and registered parameter messages as defined in the General MIDI specification. Reception can be disabled per channel for "music minus one" applications.


Left/Mono and Right/Mono Main audio outputs

Left/Mono and Right/Mono AUX audio outputs (dry signal)

Stereo headphone output

Pedal/Control Voltage input (allows modulation of voices or volume control with optional CVP-1 pedal)

2 single/dual pedal inputs (SW-2, SW-6, SW-10)

MIDI In/Out/Thru

Optional read-only SCSI interface (SP-4)


80 (2x40) character vacuum-fluorescent display, with 6 soft buttons for ease of programming

Six Program names/sequence names/track settings may be viewed at once

Standard Accessories

Tutorial Manual (with examples provided on disk)

Musician's Manual

Sound Manual

TSD-300 Sound Disk (contains back-up of 437 ROM & RAM Programs, 300 ROM & RAM Presets, additional Programs, demo sequences)

SSD-100 and 101 Sampled Sound disks

SW-2 Foot Switch (TS-10)

SW-6 Single Damper Foot Switch (TS-12)

Optional Accessories

TSD Series Program disks

AS Series sample disks (5 disks per set), SL Series sample disks (5 disks per set), ESS "Signature Series" sample disks (3-5 disks per set), SLT Series sample disks (10 disks per set)

CDR Series CD-ROM libraries (requires optional SP-4 SCSI interface)

SW-10 Dual Damper Foot Switch - 2 pedal piano-type for sustain, sostenuto, Patch Select, preset up/down, FX mod, and sequencer control

SW-6 Single Damper Foot Switch - single pedal piano-type

CVP-1 (CV Pedal) - for voice/FX modulation or volume control

SQX-70 sequencer memory expander - expands memory to over 97,000 notes

Industry-standard SIMMs can be used to provide up to 8 MB of Sampled Sound memory

SP-4 SCSI interface - offers read-only access to CD-ROM sample libraries and other ENSONIQ-format SCSI devices, with Direct Macro file access and auto-load capabilities

Detachable MS-1 music stand (TS-12 only)


TS-10 Dimensions: 40 3/8" (102.5 cm) wide x 4" (10.2 cm) high x 14 1/2" (36.8 cm) deep

TS-10 Weight: 37 lbs (16.8 kgs) unboxed 48 lbs (21.8 kgs) boxed

TS-12 Dimensions: 50 1/2" (128.3 cm) wide x 5" (12.7 cm) high x 15 5/8" (39.7 cm) deep

TS-12 Weight: 55 lbs (24.9 kgs) unboxed 69.2 lbs (31.2 kgs) boxed"

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