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.

Auron by IBM on Oct 31, 2018

Deep expressive pad with slow attack and decay. Mod wheel lightly increases cutoff/noise to add richer choral effect.

Categories: pad, ambient, atmospheric

rated by 3 synth nerds

Eno by adam (synthlib) on Mar 22, 2016

Soundtrack like pad inspired by Brian Eno ambient tracks.

Categories: ambient, pad

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

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

BUILD? by adam (synthlib) on Sep 15, 2015 1

Some sort of massive pad with a gradual attack and long decay. Sounds like a mix of choir and strings.

Categories: pad, choir, strings

rated by 1 synth nerd


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