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Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. My VFX won’t initialize. Here is the transwave list: This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form.

Functions fine except for one dead key the E in the octave above middle C.

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The VFX is a digital synth, and its filter is pretty weak but the Vfc makes some sweet strings majual textural sounds but it won’t be very handy for any ” meaty drum and bass sounds.

Manual This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. From the VFX mailing list:. One thing that’s kind of quirky, the sequencer’s operating system gets loaded into the instrument’s RAM memory from floppy disk they replaced the bulky and proprietary cartridges of the VFX with a standard 3. The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq.

They were told by Ensoniq to power-cycle seven times, always turning off the machine manuall a particular point in the power-up sequence.

Advanced and analog-like synth parameters including its dual multi-mode digital filters, three stage envelopes, LFO, and 15 modulation sources allow you to further shape and morph your sounds. There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay.


Oscillators – 1 to 6 per voice. Over ensoinq and use, the keyboard begins to sag a little bit and this connector eventually starts to corrode get dirtycome loose and the like.

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The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. DRUM-SOUND MULTI-DRUM gate-kick all-perc room-kick all-drums gate-snare kick-drms rim-snare snar-drms close-hat hi-hats open-hat cymbals ride-cymb tom-toms dry-tom-l percusson dry-tom-h dry-toms gat-tom-l room-toms gat-tom-h gate-toms rm-tom-l congas rm-tom-h std-kit timbale gated-kit conga-lo room-kit conga-hi tamborine.

A disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to ensojiq you going or inspired! View the discussion thread. This is a professional quality sequencer with 25, note capacity expandable to 75, and it holds up to 60 sequences and songs. But will I have trouble with this?

I removed all the keys, This was a good thing since the VFX was plagued by bugs during its early years and there were several subsequent OS versions released by Ensoniq, the most recent of which can still be downloaded.

See below for download link. Date Produced – There is a connector that connects board 2 to board 3. The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and then only partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang.

Its sample ROM includes a set of transwaves that can be used for a wave sequencing synthesis. From the VFX mailing list: What do I do? When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that the keyboard you buy has had this done.


A single patch can contain up to vf of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used endoniq wave sequencing.

Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable? Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, WAV samples are available on freewavesamples. They then thought it was the cable that goes from vf 1 to the motherboard. Ensoniq has determined that mabual that connection solves the problem.

I’m going to swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. The VFX has 21 voices ensoinq polyphony. I cleaned it up and updated the OS chips.

ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some complex layered sounds. Over patches, 3. Polyphony – 21 voices. Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 circuit boards that control the poly-key tm pressure.

The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix. I have a SyQuest SyJet 1. Manual Download the original owner’s manual from SoundProgramming. Ensoniiq the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing.

Talking about the plastic and metal case wnsoniq. Like ribbon cable length issues etc. This allowed Ensoniq to provide new operating systems that you could load in real easily. Wavetable has waveforms multi-sampled acoustic instruments, sustained waveforms, harmonic and inharmonic structures. The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media.

Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes.