Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

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Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby Tiger Jackson » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:37 am

Ive been thinking that i might replace my esq-1 with an sd-1 if i ever came across a great deal. From what i know

-Sd-1 has a great piano, even great up to date, while the esq's is seen as aged, thin and cheesey (?)
-sd-1 has no resonant filter, while the esq does
-sd-1 has no analog filter while the esq-1 does

Does the sd-1 support esq-1 patches? I have a cart with my esq-1 patches.
Do you guys think it's worth it?
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby Silverfish » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:24 am

I think they are different enough to warrant having one of each.

The ESQ-1 is one hell of an analog/digital hybrid, and maybe the closest synth relative to a SID synth (without actually being a SID synth). Three oscillators. Analog filters. Three very flexible LFOs (if I'm not mistaken). 80s digital synth sounds with a warm curtis filter. Yummy.

I've never used an SD-1, but on paper, it looks to do a different type of digital sound. To my ear, the SD-1 sounds like a very 90s rompler. Nothing wrong with that sound, but not my flavor. If you want to dig into synth-programming territory, I imagine you'd find some very grainy, cold, glassy sounds, which would also be awesome.

So there you have it. My somewhat biased opinion towards the ESQ-1 and the SD-1. Happy synthing.
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby meatballfulton » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:59 am

Tiger Jackson wrote:Does the sd-1 support esq-1 patches? I have a cart with my esq-1 patches.


No

Do you guys think it's worth it?


No, keep the ESQ-1.

SD-1 does have better samples for things like pianos, but if you just want a better piano you can get that in a lot of ways.
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby rhino » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:28 pm

SD-1: Full-featured sequencer, nice effects.

ESQ-1: That vintage 8-bit sound.

You need both.
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby Sir Ruff » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:40 pm

The best feature of the SD-1 is its "transwave" ability (Ensoniq speak for Waldorf-like wavetable modulation), and ability to modulate effects. But I wouldn't give up the ESQ-1 for it. You can sort of emulate those sounds using clever VCA modulation on the ESQ, and it's just SO much easier to use.
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby Walter Ego » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:01 pm

Tiger Jackson wrote:-sd-1 has no resonant filter, while the esq does


I'm being stupidly nit-picky, but the ESQ doesn't technically have a resonant filter. But it does still have a VCF and VCA with very flexible routing and FOUR envelopes that can be routed anywhere. Pretty cool.
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby rhino » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:21 pm

The ESQ-1's filters are analog and DO have resonance - just (as set at the factory) can't quite be pushed into self-oscillation.

Also - although the SD's piano waves can be useful, they are blown out of the water by even a cheap piano module (Kurzweil MicroPiano for one)
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Re: Ensoniq: ESQ-1 or SD-1?

Postby Tiger Jackson » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:59 pm

Ok i will keep the esq-1. i already have 2 full sized boards and just didn't really want to have another (space issue), the second board is a fizmo i recently got, so i don't really need the sd-1 for its transwaves.
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