MATRIXSYNTH: ensoniq ESQ 1 - one of the best hybrids ever

Monday, November 01, 2021

ensoniq ESQ 1 - one of the best hybrids ever

video upload by synthlegends

"Demo of ESQ 1 with wether GFI soecular reverb or GFI clockwork delay. No additional processing but those two pedals (first the reverb, than delay and in the and the reverb).

I used the sounds form the PA-Decoder RAM cartridge and another multi cartridge from different sound banks found in the web. Everything is played live without overdubbing.

There are some nice pianos, later on strings, pads, bass sounds, PPG like glassy sounds, bells and leads in this video.

The ESQ-1 is a very capable hybrid synth with 32 digital waveforms, three oscillators and analog filter. There is also a very rudimentary sequencer. The ESQ-1 is very capable thanks of ring modulator, orc-sync, three LFO and four (!) envelopes. I only lacks effects, but with outboard it sounds stunning. It is possible to make great pianos, quite realistic for that tim in 1987, glassy PPG-like tones, bells, fat sync leads, brass sounds and warm pads.

It really shines and has some resemblance to the SCI Prophet VS I also own and which is my all time favorite hybrid synth.

I just got a wave expansion board with 32 additional waves from PA-Decoder, a german manufacturer, which I will install soon and maybe do another video.

Thanks for watching and see you next time. Cheers!"

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