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Post 14 Sep 2021

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SQ80 V
ORGANIC DIGITAL WAVEMAKER
SQ80 V is Ensoniq’s classic ‘80s Cross-Wave synth reborn, weaving hybrid lo-fi character, complex industrial textures, and thousands of unique waveform combinations into a quick-fire softsynth enhanced for modern production. Digital synthesis unraveled.

https://www.arturia.com/products/analog ... v/overview

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Post 15 Sep 2021

Thumbs up to this emulation of the Ensoniq SQ-80. It's got a very interesting and distinct sound.
I had an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampling keyboard back when it first came out in the early 90's. Always craved one of their synths - and this emulation really does hit the sweet spot. There's a free demo version - go check it out.
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Post 15 Sep 2021

If you own V Collection, it's $49.

Related, I'm still on V Collection 5, and have not upgraded as I've thought the upgrade prices for the past few versions have been too high. However, I just checked my Arturia account page, and it's offering me version 8, plus SQ-80, for $149... which is not bad at all.

If you haven't upgraded in a few years, it might be worth logging in to see what they're offering.
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Post 15 Sep 2021

fieldframe wrote:
15 Sep 2021
If you own V Collection, it's $49.

Related, I'm still on V Collection 5, and have not upgraded as I've thought the upgrade prices for the past few versions have been too high. However, I just checked my Arturia account page, and it's offering me version 8, plus SQ-80, for $149... which is not bad at all.

If you haven't upgraded in a few years, it might be worth logging in to see what they're offering.
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Post 15 Sep 2021

danc wrote:
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I had an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampling keyboard back when it first came out in the early 90's.
Still have mine :-)

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Post 15 Sep 2021

Despondo wrote:
14 Sep 2021
New from Arturia:

SQ80 V
ORGANIC DIGITAL WAVEMAKER
SQ80 V is Ensoniq’s classic ‘80s Cross-Wave synth reborn, weaving hybrid lo-fi character, complex industrial textures, and thousands of unique waveform combinations into a quick-fire softsynth enhanced for modern production. Digital synthesis unraveled.

https://www.arturia.com/products/analog ... v/overview

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https://medias.arturia.net/images/produ ... pening.mp4

https://medias.arturia.net/images/produ ... simple.mp4
It isn't just an SQ-80 emulation, it's an ESQ-1 and another I forget now. It sounds lush though.
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Creativemind wrote:
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It isn't just an SQ-80 emulation, it's an ESQ-1 and another I forget now. It sounds lush though.
Text from original post was copied directly from their product page, but I think you are correct that some other waveforms lurking in there:

SQ80 waveforms
The keyboard’s original factory library, ranging from sinewaves to unique drum transients, all distinctly synthetic in their nature.

Transwaves
An additional technology taken from Ensoniq’s follow-up generation of synthesizers, including ‘Transwaves’, a pioneering form of wavetable application.

ESQ-1 hidden waveforms
ESQ-1 preceded the SQ80, but had the same software. The same ‘hack’ was applied to produce a new selection of unique waveforms.

SQ80 hidden waveforms
By ‘hacking’ the original SQ80’s software, users unearthed a series of unpredictable waveforms made entirely of manipulated code.

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Post 16 Sep 2021

Very nice GUI and sounds lush this.
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Post 16 Sep 2021

Despondo wrote:
15 Sep 2021
danc wrote:
15 Sep 2021

I had an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampling keyboard back when it first came out in the early 90's.
Still have mine :-)
I still have my EPS-16+ and a crapload of disks. Although I haven't cranked it up in a few years now and I question the integrity of the floppies. I did however find a site out there that had many files in the EDE format that the keyboards used and if I am not mistaken you can load them into Kontakt.

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Post 16 Sep 2021

Lizard wrote:
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I still have my EPS-16+ and a crapload of disks. Although I haven't cranked it up in a few years now and I question the integrity of the floppies. I did however find a site out there that had many files in the EDE format that the keyboards used and if I am not mistaken you can load them into Kontakt.
I swapped my ASR-10 floppy out with a ZIP drive shortly after those mods were available. It still loads up the files just fine. I believe you would need either/or Geibler's tools or ChickenSystems Translator to convert those to something Kontakt will read. I converted all of my sounds to SF2 format years ago and made an NN-XT refill of them. Took a while, but at least I have the old sample library available. I need to work out a good way to set up the ASR-10 key switches in a Combinator so I can use the 4 layers dynamically like I did on the old hardware.

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Post 16 Sep 2021

Despondo wrote:
16 Sep 2021
Lizard wrote:
16 Sep 2021
I still have my EPS-16+ and a crapload of disks. Although I haven't cranked it up in a few years now and I question the integrity of the floppies. I did however find a site out there that had many files in the EDE format that the keyboards used and if I am not mistaken you can load them into Kontakt.
I swapped my ASR-10 floppy out with a ZIP drive shortly after those mods were available. It still loads up the files just fine. I believe you would need either/or Geibler's tools or ChickenSystems Translator to convert those to something Kontakt will read. I converted all of my sounds to SF2 format years ago and made an NN-XT refill of them. Took a while, but at least I have the old sample library available. I need to work out a good way to set up the ASR-10 key switches in a Combinator so I can use the 4 layers dynamically like I did on the old hardware.
Can't really comment on hardware but I remember getting good results using this as a trigger back when I was playing with keyswitches in combinators some years back. https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... ote-stand/

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Post 16 Sep 2021

QVprod wrote:
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Can't really comment on hardware but I remember getting good results using this as a trigger back when I was playing with keyswitches in combinators some years back. https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... ote-stand/
Thanks. I'll have to dig into it a bit further. I also have Hamu's stuff which did have some momentary type switches. Here is a snippet from the ASR-10 manual describing the unique dual buttons next to the PB and Mod wheels.

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Post 17 Sep 2021

Despondo wrote:
16 Sep 2021
QVprod wrote:
16 Sep 2021
Can't really comment on hardware but I remember getting good results using this as a trigger back when I was playing with keyswitches in combinators some years back. https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack ... ote-stand/
Thanks. I'll have to dig into it a bit further. I also have Hamu's stuff which did have some momentary type switches. Here is a snippet from the ASR-10 manual describing the unique dual buttons next to the PB and Mod wheels.

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Got it. Yamaha has a similar function on their keyboards. One Note Stand will work more similar to how Kontakt does key switches. Assining it to a key. It would be interesting to get a momentary control on the combinator.

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Post 17 Sep 2021

FYI, if you DO buy this VST, there is a nice set of free SYSEX patches available here to import and add to your library.

https://gearspace.com/board/electronic- ... MErcMOc9jk

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