MATRIXSYNTH: Ensoniq ESQ'M - Is It The Most Boring Synth Ever? No!

Friday, September 06, 2019

Ensoniq ESQ'M - Is It The Most Boring Synth Ever? No!


Published on Sep 6, 2019 Espen Kraft

"Someone told me recently that the Ensoniq ESQ'1 was the most boring synth ever. Therefor I revisit this synth to check if it's true.

A big thanks to Anders Enger Jensen for lending out his near mint ESQ'M to me for this demo. Thanks my friend! :)

The Ensoniq ESQ'1 and ESQ'M are digital/analog hybrid synths, digital oscillators/waveforms and analog filter.
Together with the Korg DW-8000 and the Kawai K3 they were the closest you could get to a PPG without brealing the bank back in the mid- to late 80s.

3 Oscillators per voice with 32 different waveforms to pick from. Extensive modulation routing possibilities and both AM and Oscillator Sync makes this a very complex synth and it gives any production a great set of textures to choose from.

When I test out a synth, I check if it's a synth that can add texture, spice and edge to my more commercial mid-80s synthpop sound. I'm not after industrial, overly dark or experimental adds to my productions. All my demos must be experienced with that in mind. If you're after bleeding resonance, spikes or Trent Reznor'ish soundscapes, you will not find that here. ;-)"

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