Ensoniq ESQ-1 Patches
Digital Wave Synthesizer. This gem of a synth offers three digital oscillators, each with its own digitally controlled amplifier (DCA), which are mixed together to pass through its analog low pass filter. Modulation of pitch, volume, filter cutoff, etc. can be achieved using its three LFOs and/or its four envelopes. These ESQ-1 patches should also work nicely with any ESQ1 software emulation or with the Ensoniq SQ-80.
Well, isn’t exactly a snare drum, but it can serve the same purpose.
“cross between a marimba and steel drum. for tuned percussion parts” -From Tansoniq Hacker issue #30, pg. 24 (Credit to Mescal Music)
Categories: percussion, clean
Example of AM feature. This recreates the sound of an old Volkswagon or lawnmower motor, complete with “a loose nut on the carburetor” From Transoniq Hacker Issue #30, pg. 21 (Credit to Jim Johnson)
Categories: sound effect
Here’s another bass drum. Cleaner and punchier than my last attempt. The sample shows off this patch alone, then part of a pattern.
Monophonic lead tone with a bit of growl on the attack and a touch of glide between notes.
Rhythmic shimmering from LFO-controlled amp and filter. Gradually brightens as notes are held, and swooshes darker as notes are released.
Categories: bright, rhythmic
The ESQ-1 has no reverb, but this eerie patch makes it sound like it does with long release times and LFO-modulated pitch during the release. It also shows how to use some of the less-standard oscillator waves.
Categories: bright, ambient, light, vintage
Unstable-sounding oscillators plus some noise make for a vintage tone. Use it sparingly to accent certain chords.
Categories: dirty, power, vintage
This synth bass has some sizzle on the attack, but not too overpowering. Osc sync gives it a unique texture.
Categories: bass, sync
Not that wicked game. This one sounds like a video game tone, but creepy. Use as an effect or transitioner.
Categories: weird, transition
Two sine waves detuned and synced provide sizzle and rhythm with a smooth tone in the background. Named after my old friend, Gene.
Categories: rhythmic, sync
Sort of brassy, sort of stringey at the same time. The envelope controls the filter cutoff making it feel dynamic.
Categories: strings, brass
Haunting lead with panning and extra, unexpected voices
Categories: lead, sound effect
That “wow” sound comes from using oscillator sync together with envelope control of Oscillator 2’s frequency.
Categories: lead, sync
Brass-like tone not meant to mimic actual brass instruments. Useful for short, prominent chords. Longer notes brighten up over time.
Categories: brass, chords
Full organ with lots of harmonics and a cheesy, but effective leslie simulation on the mod wheel.
LFO controlled filter modulation at a moderate speed makes these chords wobble.
Categories: chords, wobble
Soundtrack like pad inspired by Brian Eno ambient tracks.
Categories: pad, ambient
Simple sounding monophonic patch with a touch of glide.
Categories: lead, bass, mono
ESQ-1 Patch Usage
To load a patch sysex file, set up the ESQ-1 to receive sysex data: press the “Master” button and set ENABLE=KEYS+CT+PC+SS+SX. Then access any of the program select pages (where you choose a sound to play). Send the sysex data from your computer using any sysex utility. Upon completion, the ESQ-1 should prompt you to save the new patch. Play keys to audition the patch before saving.
If nothing happens when sending the file from the computer, try setting up the ESQ-1 to receive on different MIDI channels on the “Master” page.