I want both of them
Resurrecting this old thread. I was lucky and just picked up an ESQ-1 at an estate sale for $100.00! Had been in storage for 15 years. Needed a good cleaning and I did the battery mod and she is working 100%!! Then I remembered my old TX7 that was sitting in my music storage room unused for the past 15 years so I decided to pull that out. Amazingly still working including the original battery. The LCD screen is very weak so I will be replacing that soon and also doing a new battery mod.
Both these synths are classic mid 80's wonders and it's great to be able to marry them and bring them back from the dead. I have midi'ed them together and as a pair they sound great. The TX7 still has the various digital piano, brass, organ, and string patches that I had loaded to use with my top 40 band that I played in back in the late 80's. The ESQ-1 has the factory internal sounds which blend very nicely with the DX7. The DX7 digital piano and the ESQ-1 strings sound gorgeous together and I'm sure back in the day this was a quite common pairing.
Strangely I went to youtube to check out what others may have done with this pair. And to my surprise there are no youtube videos at all showing these two great classics paired together! Has anyone else paired these two together? If so what sort of things have you done or are doing with them together as a pair?
Currently my little experimental synth lab has a Moog Sub Phatty, Dreadbox Erebus, Korg Volca FM, Korg Minilogue, Waldorf Streichett, Nord Drum 2, and a MAM ADX1 drum synth. Everything controlled with an Arturia BeatStep Pro and Keystep. NO COMPUTER!! Sequencing only with the Arturia controllers and the built in sequencers. I plan to use the ESQ-1 sequencer to control the TX7 and keep them married up as a pair. It's really cool to be able to bring in the vintage ESQ-1 and TX7 into my setup and I look forward to the wonderful new palette of sounds they will provide.
Please share any stories you may have of the ESQ-1 and DX7/TX7. Thanks!!