Ensoniq ESQ-1 Patches

Ensoniq ESQ-1 presets

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.

Shimmerd by adam (synthlib) on Aug 25, 2016

Rhythmic shimmering from LFO-controlled amp and filter. Gradually brightens as notes are held, and swooshes darker as notes are released.

Categories: rhythmic, bright

Verbed by adam (synthlib) on Aug 23, 2016 1

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: ambient, bright, light, vintage

rated by 2 synth nerds

Fuzzy Kitty by adam (synthlib) on Jan 18, 2016

Slight vowel sound from two synced square waves.

Categories: bright, fuzz, bass, vowel

rated by 1 synth nerd

Come Back Here by adam (synthlib) on Dec 01, 2015

Starts with a quick attack/decay for a percussive saw wave tone, gradually returning to full volume and quickly released.

Categories: percussive, saw, bright

rated by 2 synth nerds

Music Box Piano by adam (synthlib) on Nov 28, 2015

Light and bright, this tone features the presence of a music box with the sustain and fuller tone of a piano.

Categories: piano, bright

Sweepy Head by adam (synthlib) on Nov 17, 2015

Slowly sweeping volume and filter makes for nice filler without being too dramatic. Add chorus for some blending and fattening.

Categories: pad, bright

Airy Lead by adam (synthlib) on Nov 04, 2015

Ring modulated distortion make this lead tone grab your attention. Mix with a heavy arrangement for stark contrast.

Categories: bright, lead, distorted

Icarus by adam (synthlib) on Oct 30, 2015

Stringy lead opening up to a brighter tone as it grows.

Categories: lead, strings, bright

Sizzle Strings by adam (synthlib) on Oct 26, 2015

Ring modulation adds some sizzle to these synth strings. Play harder for brighter tone.

Categories: strings, pad, bright

Download$ by adam (synthlib) on Oct 23, 2015

A slightly fuzzy lo-fi-ish lead with a quick delay. Don’t know why I called it Download$.

Categories: lead, bright, delay


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.

From The Podcast

Episode 005 - Ensoniq ESQ-1