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The DP/4 — First Look
Hacker
The Independent News
Magazine for Ensoniq Users
In this issue
Articles:
Dennie Edwards
Setting Input Levels
black box on the planetface, Ensoniq's
DP/4 Digital Effects Processor. If you
A technique that works most of the time
to set the input levels is to set the input
at the optimum level without causing
distortion, press the config (configura
dealer, do so. Following is a brief "get
tion) button twice to bypass all the
started" tutorial to help you listen to the
unit right out of the box or while on dis
units, then play the inputted instrument
play at a dealer. If there isn't one on
display, offer to hook it up for the key
input one until the peak LED flashes
above the input knob. Then, rotate the
board salesperson.
knob counter- clockwise until the LED
at its loudest level. Rotate the pot for
doesn't flash anymore. Simply press the
First get the stuff you need to hook up
the DP/4 — an amp or a PA to listen
through, two cables to connect a stereo
output of the DP/4 into the stereo PA
(totally necessary to get full coolness
effect), a mono signal such as a guitar
(with cable for input to the DP/4), and
something to pick your jaw up off the
floor with. Second, find an AC outlet
with a three prong outlet and hook it up.
Then, plug the two shielded cables into
the output jacks 1 and 2. This will be
our stereo feed to the PA. Next, plug
the guitar into the input 1 jack on the
front panel. Any signal like a micro
phone, that has a low-to-high imped
ance transformer, or a keyboard can be
used. The input on the back labelled 1
is okay, too. The front panel input jack
disables the rear number 1 input. Set all
To m
Installing a MIDI Indicator — EPS Rack
Sam
Let's Get Started
Transoniq Trivia II
Garth
Hjelte
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Clifton
To m
Shear
done, we can listen to some effects.
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Reviews:
Ensoniq's SL-9 for EPSs
Tim
O'Connor
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Basement Tapes: Anderton & Hospers
Daniel
Mandel
The SD-1/32 Voice Upgrade
Jeffrey
P.
Fisher
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15
Talking Owner's Manual — SD-1
To n y
Thomas
Hypersoniq
f o r n o w.
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SQ-80 Sequencing Tips
of Mr. DP/4. First, select the proper
the select button. Now that we have that
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Regular Stuff:
proximately 12 o'clock and that'll do it
10
Inman
I'm gonna assume that you'll use an
electric guitar to scope out the coolness
of the inputs and outputs controls to ap
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But I Don't Want Chorus — EPSs
Mark
you to select the number of inputs. In
short, a config preset shows how the in
puts, units, and outputs are routed.
Mints
Bryce
SQ-1 = B-3
A config preset is the most powerful of
all the presets on the DP/4. It lets you
save everything that is in the DP/4 at
that time and recalls all algorithms, sig
nal routing among the four units, and all
the mixing parameters. It also allows
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The Book of SQs & KSs — Part 13
Clark
Salisbury
will be back on-line. Now we can select
the different types of configurations.
Shear
Wave Mutilation for SQs & KSs — Part 6
Jack
Stephen
To l i n
config button once more and the imit
configuration for a "1-Source Mono
Input." Press config, then use the data
knob to select config #53. Next, press
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A Brief List of Famous Ensoniq Users
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have not yet played with this piece of
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The DP/4 — A First Look
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The active unit's LED should be lit and the two-digit display
should read "00." If not, press the left arrow until it does.
You can now scroll through the parameters and listen to
each one. With each new algorithm, there will also be
parameters specifically for that algorithm. To change a
parameter all you have to do is use the left and right arrow
to select the appropriate parameter and then use the data
We are going to listen to the DP/4 as one super unit. This
config allows all four units within the DP/4 to act as one.
This is easily done since all of the signal routing is done in
the digital domain (a digital patchbayl). We are now in the
one source config. To select the 4 unit presets, press the config button. Turn the large data entry knob until the screen
shows "Select 4 U Presets," (50). Press Select. Rotate the
data entry knob to choose among the ICQ 4-unit presets.
Remember that there are 50 RAM and 50 ROM that make up
the 100 presets. Find a preset that you want to hear and press
the select button. After you have given these presets a listen,
get ready to do some knob turning and button pushing.
entry knob the change the value. As soon as you change a
parameter, the edit LED flashes, indicating that you have
now entered the edit buffer. To compare between the
original and your edited version, press the Edit button.
Are you excited yet? This appears to be first processor on
the market that will allow the average musician to get the
same quality as the BIG STUDIOS get out of their out
Okay, so you are impressed with using 4 24-bit processors at
once, but wouldn't you like to hear how each processor
sounds by itself? 'Course you would. Press the config button
once again and select the "1 U Presets," (52). Also remem
ber to press the select button. The yellow light above the A
unit should light showing that you have selected the A
rageously expensive machines. It will help the everyday
musician create better demos and have a better shot at get
ting in with the big A/R guys who are used to listening to
product coming from these mega studios. The bottom line is
this, if you want to sound good, I mean really good, a DP/4
can be a major factor in achieving this goal. It is a little
processor for use. The bypass LED (the red ones) should
now light over units B, C, D. With our current input config
we can only listen to processor A. One can still edit and
select one unit presets for the other processors, but we only
have an input going to unit A. Next, turn the data entry knob
to display the names of the 1-unit presets. Remember, an al
complex, but don't worry. There are a series of instructional
videos coming from Ensoniq and I am sure we're gonna hear
from some third parties to help you master the machine.
Also, Ensoniq is making a huge effort in training all of their
dealers on the DP/4, so make sure you ask your local En
gorithm will not load into the processor until you press the
select button. Again, have fun and listen to the clarity of
24-bit fidelity.
soniq dealer for help. One last thing — I understand that a
lot a major artists and producers are buying these toys, like
The System, Nile Rodgers, Joey DeFrancesco, David Was,
Speaking about this 24-bit stuff, why does Ensoniq choose
to use 24-bit processor instead of 16- or 18-bit processors?
The answer is both simple and complex. 16-bit processing
George Duke, and Randy Jackson to name a few.
So what it comes down to is that the gap of audio quality
that lies between the pros and the rest of us working mu
sicians has just been narrowed considerably by the DP/4.
gives us the full 20k bandwidth of frequency response that
our ears have now come to expect from digital products. If a
Good deal, mm
signal is to be processed to create a reverb, it then must be
allowed to sustain and retain its integrity at 20k bandwidth.
If more signal is pumped through the processor, it then be
comes very difficult for that processor to sustain such long
reverbs while maintaining true fidelity. With a 24-bit proces
sor there is a ton of processing power within the unit. So
how many bits does it take, then, to double the resolution of
a 16-bit machine? 32-bits do you say? WRONG! Believe it
or not, it only takes 17-bits to double the resolution of
16-bits. It only takes 18-bits to double the resolution of
17-bits. Which is why the Room/Hall Decay parameter for
the Small Room, Large Room, and Hall reverbs can last
from 100 seconds, 150 seconds, and 250 seconds respective
Bio: Dennie Edwards is the Asst. ManagerlKeyboard sales
man for Vince's Backstage Music in Lafayette, La. Dennie
also does MIDI consulting and sound programming for local
jingles and other productions. His favorite colors are blue
and florescent pink. It is rumored that Dennie is the son of
the Shell Answer Man.
BACK ISSUES
Back issues are $2.00 each. (Overseas: $3 each.) Issues 1- 30,35-38,
ly. This, friends, is why Ensoniq uses nothing less than
and 61 -12 no longer available. Subscriptions will be extended an
24-bit effects on all of their machines.
equal number of issues for any issues ordered that are not available at
the time we receive your order. ESQ-1 coverage started with Issue
Number 13. SQ-80 coverage started with Number 29, (although most
ESQ-1 coverage also appUes to the SQ-80). EPS coverage started with
Okay, so we're impressed with the factory presets that the
guys with the pocket protectors made, but is it easy for us
normal people to use? Yup! As one would expect from a
Number 30. (But didn't really get going till Number 35.) VEX
coverage (which also applies to the SDs) got started in Number 48. The
SQs pt going in Number 63. (SQ articles also apply to the KS-32.)
Permission has been given to photocopy issues that we no longer have
available — check the classifieds for people offering them. A free back
straight-forward machine, the first button push is the EDIT
button. Next, select the processor A, B, C, or D you wish to
edit. We now have selected the unit's algorithm for editing.
issue index is available which contains the tables of content for all is
sues since Number 43.
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All of the individuals listed below are volunteers! Please take
We'd like to remind KS-32 owners that all previous articles and
patches (including Clark Salisbury's excellent umpteen-part
series) relating to the SQs also apply to the KS-32. We can't
that into consideration when calling. If you get a recording and
leave a message, let 'em know if it's okay to call back collect
(this will greatly increase your chances of getting a return call).
spare the space to re-plow old ground so you should check your
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SD-1 QUESTIONS - John Cox, 609-888-5519, 6 - 8 pm EST.
SQ-80 QUESTIONS - Robert Romano, 607-533-7878. Any ol* time.
Correction to Jack Tolin's Waveform Mutilating in Issue #86:
HARD DRIVES & DRIVE SYSTEM - Rob Feiner, Cinetunes. 914-9635818. 11 am-3 pm EST.
Said:
Voice 2: ENV2: Initial = 00, Peak = 15, Break = 00, Sustain = 15
Should have said:
SQ-80 QUESTIONS - Michael Mortilla, 805-966-7252 weekends and
after 5 pm Pacific Time.
Voice 2: ENV2: Attack = 00, Decay 1 = 15, Decay 2 = 00, Release = 15
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Monster Tracks has moved to 655 Goodpasture Island Road, #28,
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To m S h e a r
Back when I was just getting into electronic music I owned a
Korg Poly-800. While it's certainly not the cutting edge of tech
nology today, it was a pretty decent machine (and I still haven't
heard any synth that can touch it when it comes to flutes). One
thing that Korg did that I thought was pretty cool was to print a
list of famous users of Korg equipment in their catalogs. Sure, we
all know it doesn't matter if anyone famous is using the same
stuff as us, but it is kind of fun to read a list like that. So what
I've done here is to give you an extremely basic list of some es
tablished artists out there who have, at one time or another, made
use of Ensoniq beasties just like you and I have. Wherever poss
Big time production team Jam & Lewis (Mirage, EPS).
German techno-punks Schnitt Acht (ESQ-1)
Top 40 dance duo Times Two (Mirage).
Texan rappers MC 900 Ft. Jesus (EPS).
New age artist William Aura (ESQ-1, Mirage).
Australian underground dance artists Severed Heads (ESQ-1)
Netherlands' first psychedelic band, The Legendary Pink Dots (ESQ-1).
Television personality and composer John Tesh (Mirage).
light jazz-rocker Tom Grant (EPS).
Zimbabwean ambassador Johnathan Wutawunashe (Mirage).
Thomas Dolby keyboardist, Mike Kapitan (Mirage).
Doomsday rockers. The Cure (Mirage).
Funk/punk practioners. Fishbone (EPS).
"Soft Robot" composer, John Greenland (EPS).
New York downtown avante-garde artist, Elliost Sharpe (Mirage).
Patrick Leonard, producer for Pink Floyd, Madonna (ESQ-1).
New York industrial trio, Ajax (ESQ-1).
well known that you don't see mentioned on the list write and tell
Belgium's Vomito Negro (SQ-80).
R & B star, Johnny GUI (VFX).
Swedish industrial rockers. Cat Rapes Dog (ESQ-1).
Session/solo artist extraordinaie, "Blue" Gene Tyranny (Mirage, ESQ-1).
Boston legends. The Cars (ESQ-1).
New York's underground favorite. Suicide (ESQ-1).
Legends of industrial dance, Skinny Puppy/Cyberactif (Mirage, ESQ-1).
Jazz-rocker, T Lavitz (SQ-80, EPS).
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us about it!
Yes (VFX)
ible I tried to include the equipment I knew for certain they used,
but keep in mind that there may be a lot of EPS users out there
who I didn't pick up on simply because it's very difficult to dis
tinguish what kind of sampler is used in a song unless really ob
vious presets are used. I avoided listing anything too obvious
such as the authors of the Signature Series, etc. So without fur
ther ado, here it is. And keep us up to date! If there's someone
Progressive Rockers Marillion (Mirage).
Michael Josephs, Composer for TV's "America's Most Wanted" (EPS).
Solo artist and producer Todd Rundgren (Mirage).
Bio: Tom Shear one day hopes to make the list of famous Ensoniq
users if only those record company weasels would listen to his
demo...
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Next in line is JAZZ FLUTE, another of my favorites. Herbie
Maim will go on Social Security with this one. The left patch
select gives a sforzando type of attack and swell, common in
the jazz idiom. This flute would also work well in some rock
arrangements. The accompanying jazzy sequence also includes
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From: Ensoniq Corp. 155 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355,
(215) 647-3930 or contact your local Ensoniq dealer.
flute, n. [OFr. fleOte, flaute ] 1. a long, rounded groove in the
shaft of a column or pillar; 2. a shuttle used in weaving; 3. a
the next two instruments.
breakfast roll; 4. a high pitched wind instrument consisting of a
ALTO FLUTE is a very good general purpose flute sound, and
at 500 blocks should be able to be squeezed into any arrange
slender tube played by blowing across a hole near the upper
ment. It has a very dark and rich lower register. The mod wheel
controls the LEG depth and (on the 16+) key pressure controls
the rate, allowing for some realistic variations on the vibrato.
end.
The flute, once an extremely popular musical instrument, con
tinues to play a role in popular music today, although except
for jazz, is usually relegated to a minor supportive role. We all
remember the gentle flute duet in the beginning of Stairway to
For you Zamfir fans there is PANFLUTE. You know, the in
strument that the Greek mythology creature Pan used to play in
the woods to persuade all those Athenian tarts to doff their
togas in bacchanalian abandon. This instrument uses velocity
switching to bring in an extra heavy "chiff' attack at the higher
velocities. Keeping true to the instrument's character, there is
no legato layering for the panflute. Chording creates a passable
Heaven-, and who can forget the somewhat odd sounding flute
intro in the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever (which was ac
tually a Mellotron). The sideblown, or transverse flute (as op
posed to an endblown whistle) was invented in the East and
arrived in Europe some time in the twelfth century. It was used
primarily for military music during the Middle Ages, but by the
middle of the 17th century it had become very popular as an in
calliope. I found it best to stick to the middle registers with this
one since there is only one wavesample to cover the entire key
strument of the opera and the court orchestra. In the early
board range.
1830s, Theobald Boehm of Munich provided radical design
changes which continue to this day. In 1992, Ensoniq Corpora
I have never heard a BASS FLUTE live before, so I am trust
tion created several digitized versions of this this instrument
packaged as Sound Library #9.
ing that the one provided here is authentic sounding. I can say
that it has a very pleasant, very dark and mournful tone. I can
hear it being used in a film soundtrack, the scene where the
There are nine instruments contained in SL-9: FOLK FLUTE,
female lead is alone in her bedroom, trying to decide whether
to run off to Pago Pago with her lover or to plot his murder.
Good sound. One of the patch selects creates a very surrealistic,
PICCOLO, JAZZ FLUTE, ALTO FLUTE, PAN FLUTE, BASS
FLUTE, PERC FLUTE, CLASSIC FLUTE AND HARMODIA.
As you would expect, there are sequences to demonstrate each
one of the sounds. I previewed each one of the instruments on
highly chorused stereo pad which sounds totally unflutelike but
is interesting nonetheless.
both the the 16 Plus and the original EPS, and found that they
can be used on the "classic" with no tweaking whatsoever.
Next up is PERC FLUTE. Like the name suggests, this is a
very short, percussive sound with a somewhat metallic attack.
First up is FOLK FLUTE. This is a very mellow, earthy
wooden flute sound. Like all the other instruments, via patch
It only vaguely resembles a flute in sonic character. I found this
sound to be most interesting when used with effects, such as
selects it can perform as a solo legato instrument (great for tril
ling), or as a polyphonic instrument. This is an excellent flute
delays and reverse reverbs. BASS and PERC flutes are per
formed in a sort of "Pop New Age" sequence which was my
sound for folk or ethnic music and is one of my favorites. They
favorite of the lot.
have provided a very lively and cheery sequence to showcase
CLASSIC FLUTE is the Rolls of the set. At a whopping 1829
blocks, what do we get for all our hard-earned RAM? Well, 21
wavesamples spread across two velocity switching layers. The
flute was actually sampled blown softly and blown hard to give
this instrument.
The first thing you notice about PICCOLO is that it does not
span the entire keyboard range. Ensoniq says that it has been
designed to play within the instruments natural key range, al
though why they decided to be such purists on this instrument
very natural sounding dynamics. This is an excellent flute
sound, and except for a couple of samples with quavery loops, I
couldn't find anything wrong with it. A very good classical se
a n d n o n e o f t h e o t h e r s I d o n ' t k n o w. T h i s s o u n d a l s o h a s a
brisk sequence with lots of realistic trills for all you two-fin
quence comes with this instrument.
gered keyboardists out there. I did notice a minor click in the
6
and in almost every case, the booklet erroneously described
each patch select. Oh well, at least the folks in Malvem can
write in proper English. My other complaint about this set is
And last on our list is HARMODIA. I'm not quite sure how to
describe this instrument. It begins with a very dark fundamental
tone which then swells to include some very odd resonating
what they left out, and it is the flute sound I have yet to ac
frequencies. Eventually the overtones completely overshadow
the fundamental. This is a strange and spooky sounding instrU'
quire. And that is the real gutsy, shrieking, almost screaming
type of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) rock flute. The one where
the microphone ends up drenched in spittle after a concert. That
would truly make this set complete — ethnic, mysterious, sub
ment. If played loudly out your window on Halloween night it
is guaranteed no kiddies will come to your door.
So there you have it. Nine instruments on five disks. All very
lime, cool, and head-banging. And then all we would need is
that weird Mellotron flute from Strawberry Fields Forever... me
cleanly recorded and no real clinkers in the set. I only have two
complaints to make about SL-9. First of all, the accompanying
Bio: Tim O'Connor sings Celtic punk reggae in a barbershop
manual is rife with errors as far as what patch selects go with
what types of layers. The patch selects typically brought up
mono layers, poly layers, detuned layers, key-up layers, etc..
quartet, rarely combs his hair and has a cat that knows what
the highest prime number is but isn't telling.
o
H A C K E R B A S E M E N T TA P E S
Disoordian
Sampling
Daniel Mandel
only thing I found truly difficult to cast my vote for was the
Tape; 4 More Years
bad white rap in the middle of the piece.
Artist: Rude A1 & the ToyMaster (a.k.a. Craig Anderton and A1 Hospers)
Contact info: P.O. Box 966, Ukiah, CA 95482
Craig wrote in, "The enclosed tape is a collaboration between
Al Hospers (formerly with Blood, Sweat and Tears; now with
Dr. T's software) and me, with an assist from Vanessa Else of
Equipment: EPS-16 PLUS and original EPS rackmount (both
expanded to 4X and stuffed to the gills with samples), Peavey
DPM 3 SE for all the synth parts (and another meg of George
Bush samples) with SDR 20/20 for the vocals, and Alesis
Silk Media. The tune is your basic election year political satire.
And no, George Bush did not say many of the things we made
him say (thanks to the wonders of hard disk recording). But he
really did say 'I saw Elvis.'" No kidding. I hope you enjoy it!
Copies are available for $6.95 postpaid from Four More Years,
SR-16/Midiverb 11/1622 mixer; Digidesign's Sound Tools did
the original sample mutilation (uh, manipulation).
c/o Dr. T's Music Software, 124 Crescent Rd., Needham, MA
I should probably state my bias before I begin — I don't like
02194.
politicians. I, ahem, think power corrupts. I just can't wait until
I also wanted to thank Anthony Ferrara and Carmen Cara-
Bill Clinton's ad campaign manager gets hold of this one!
manica for dropping me a line in response to their reviews. An
thony says he is working furiously on volume two and Carmen
is going to submit some new stuff next time around! Keep up
What we're leading up to here is a review of this hilarious tid
bit sent in by Mr. Anderton, entitled 4 More Years by Rude Al
and the Toymaster. This is a fuimy, quirky little piece that fea
tures a young man asking George Bush a few questions, to
the good work, boys and girls!! h
which George, of course, responds with some amazing answers.
[Ed. - Favorable reviews of jibes at politicians should certain
ly not be taken to imply support for any of the other clowns
This reminds me of leaming how to splice tape in my recording
classes. We had an assignment to interview somebody and then
running for office.]
If you want your tape run through the
ringer, err. Hacker, just mail it off to:
Basement Tapes, Transoniq Hacker,
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make their answers seem absurd or humorous. It required a lot
of trial and error. Many hours were spent with the machine,
marking, listening, cutting and splicing. Our instructor told us
stories of an earlier time when people like Frank Zappa and
George Martin would splice their tapes together without using a
splicing block!
97221.
Bio; Daniel Mandel is a songwriter,
sound designer, and has sold pro
I can just imagine a sampling class today. But that's just what
Craig Anderton and Rude Al did with the equipment. All the
sentences really do sound like George Bush said them. The
audio and keyboard equipment and
produced demo tapes for local bands.
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Wave Mutilation 101 for SQs & KSs
Part 6: Features Distorted
Jack Stephen Tolin
Ever since the beginning of sound synthesis, many people have
Star Trek sound effects and the like. But when it comes to
wanted to emulate anything from a guitar to a wave rolling onto
the shore. Since samplers can — too easily — imitate sounds
producing sonic sound-alikes of acoustic and electrical musical
from the natural world, my focus isn't really on such machines.
equivalents, the new SQ, VFX and SD lines are four to eight bits
better. Let us also remember the 24-bit effects processors, since
The synthesizer is the artistic palette of creative soimd structure
that is a major factor in what we will be looking at this month.
that I am most concerned about at this point.
One day as I was browsing through the many different wave
For an analogy, consider the sampler a one-shot holistic ap
proach to sound, and consider the synthesizer a Gestalt-type
mechanism for structuring a sound. The difference is simply
this: synthesizers are predisposed to produce their sounds with
forms on the SQ-l-t-, I discovered that many of these would ac
all of the possible sonic building blocks available internally to
choose from — samplers, for the most part, are not. With a
sampler, "all you have to do" is sample the exact sound you
want — not much ex post facto creativity required. It is impor
"square," "round," or those that were too short, i.e. percussive
tually sound like a heavily distorted guitar when simply run
through a heavy distortion, i.e. CMPRSS & DIST & VERB.
Usually, the only exceptions were those waves that sounded
attacks. I figured that with so many waves sounding at home in a
"crunch guitar" context, how interesting it would be to utilize
other waves in such a context. So, with a couple of simple tricks,
I've developed a practical do-it-yourself fuzz guitar patch.
tant, then, to know your synthesizer inside and out so that you
will be better able to produce any "on the fly" changes to yield
your intended finalism.
First, type in "Guitar Strength." The important ingredients to
On a more practical note, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 and SQ-80 are
note include (1) the CV pedal, which acts as a mediator between
voices one and three, and (2) the PLUCKED GUITAR wave on
machines quite handy for making sounds similar to a helicopter,
birds chirping, crickets singing, wind blowing, telephone soimds.
voice two which acts as a unifier to the patch by giving it an at
tack similar to that of an electric guitar. Other features of the
8
SQ-1 & 2 Prog: Guitar Strength
WAVE
O n
O n
By: Jack Stephen Tolin
F O
LFO Speed
LMP
1
2
3
Initial
50
9 9
5 0
Peak
9 9
9 9
9 9
Break
75
75
7 5
3
Sustain
20
00
2 0
3 0
3 0
Attack
0 0
Decay 1
Decay 2
05
50
0 0
5 0
0 0
0 0
7 0
7 0
7 0
3 0
1
2
S e l e c t Vo i c e
Wave Class
O n
Wa v e f o r m S t r i n g
String
Noise Rate
Wave
Sawtooth
Plukd Gtr
Elect Gtr
Level
0 0
0 0
Delay Time
000
000
000
Delay
0 0
0 0
Release
3 0
3 0
Wave Direction
Fonward
Fonward
MODSRC
Wheel
Wheel
Ve l - L e v e l
1 9
1 9
19
Start Index
0 0
0 0
Wave
Tr i a n g l e
Tr i a n g l e
Ve l - A t t a c k
0 0
0 0
0 0
MODSCR
Off
Off
Restart
Off
Off
Ve l C u r v e
Convex
Convex
Convex
Mode
Normal
Normal
Normal
KBD Track
+00
+00
+00
MODAMT
Restrk Decay
ITCH
00
0 0
0 0
I LT E R
1
2
3
Filter 1
2Lo
2Lo
2Lo
1
2
3
Filter 2
2Lo
2Lo
2Lo
Octave
-1
000
000
000
+00
+0
+00
FC1 Cutoff
Semitone
+ 0
+00
E N V 2
+75
+75
+75
Fine
-05
+00
+05
FC1 KBD
+50
+50
+50
ENV1
L F O
+00
+10
+00
+00
+00
+10
MODSCR
Pressr
Veloc
Pressr
MODAMT
-99
+50
-99
MODSCR
MODAMT
Off
Off
Off
FC2 Cutoff
000
000
000
ENV2
+80
+80
+80
KBD Ptch Track
O n
O n
On
FC2 KBD
+00
+00
+00
Glide
Off
Off
Off
FC1MOD-FC2
O n
O n
On
-
-
Glide Time
ENV1
1
2
3
iNV2
)UTPUT
5 0
1
2
3
VOL
9 0
9 9
9 0
Boost
Off
Off
Off
MODSRC
Off
Pedal
MODAMT
+45
KBD Scale
+00
A 0 C 8
+00
AO C8
+00
AO C8
Fxl
Fxl
Fxl
Med
Med
Med
Pan
+00
+00
+00
Ve l w i n d o w
000
000
0 0 0
Key Range
Output Bus
Priority
Pedal
- 4 5
1
2
3
Initial
Poak
Initial
0 0
90
00
CMPRSS & DIST & VERB
FX-1
50
Peak
9 0
70
99
FX-2
1 5
Break
Break
6 5
50
6 5
6 0
Sustain
Sustain
5 0
00
5 0
Attack
Attack
0 0
00
15
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 1
Decay 2
15
10
4 9
Decay Time
HF Damping
Flange Rate
Compression
9 9
05
9 9
DIst Level In
11
Release
Release
3 7
0 0
3 7
DIst Level Out
0 3
Ve l - L e v e l
Ve l - L e v e l
0 0
0 6
0 0
Revb-Cmprss Fdbk
- 0 3
Ve l - A t t a c k
Ve l C u r v e
Ve l - A t t a c k
19
1 9
1 9
HIPass Cutoff
0 0
Ve l C u r v e
Linear
Concave
Linear
LoPass Cutoff
6 6
Mode
Mode
Normal
Normal
Normal
Nothing
KBD Track
KBD Track
+00
+00
+00
MOD (Dest)
BY (MODSRC)
0 0
1 5
7 2
MODAMT
patch include the following: playing with pressure/aftertouch
time to time, slowly move the CV pedal forward and back. Lis
from an outboard keyboard will "cut off voices one and three
because their frequencies will be filtered out; rolling the mod
wheel forward will bring on the classic tremolo/vibrato/
ten for each wave specifically and the transition as well. Notice
how each wave brings a new flavor to the overall sound by em
wiggly-pitch effect; playing the sound very slowly will make the
phasizing different frequencies and, as a result, the different
sonic effects of the waves coupled with the sonic effects from
sound very boring to listen to (just kidding).
the feedback.
The result, then, of your choice of waves for voices one and
And, by the way, the reason that there is usually feedback ac
three will be alternated to and fro by the CV pedal and will be
cumulating near the end of the soimd is that compression will in
identifiable as a fuzz guitar mainly by the wave on voice two. In
crease the gain — or volume — of the system thereby making
this way, you can test out which waves make a pleasant (or rude)
addition to the patch and possibly add them in via layering of
voices. The best way to determine this is to play around with the
the feedback increase as well. So, as soon as the amps, outputs
altered patch for a while in a way that makes it sound like a
values affecting the volume of the patch have reached "0."
or filters of the waves all reach the value of "0," the feedback
will stop as well. That is why the feedback cuts off suddenly; all
played guitar.
Choose the waves and combina
For example, go to the first screen of the Wave bank and select
tions you like best. After trying
"One" for edit voices, and then select Voice One. Go to screen
your own ideas, send your best in
two, and then select "String-Wave" for the Wave Class and
to the Hacker and impress the rest
"Clavinet Piano" for the Wave. Next, go back to the first screen
of us. Keep on hacking! mm
and select Voice Three. Then, go back to the second screen and
select "String-Wave" or "16-Bit Piano" for the Wave Class and
Bio: Jack Tolin is currently a
Psychology major at Eastern
Nazarene College in Quincy,
Mass. It is said that, many a time,
"Grand-Piano" or "16 Bit Piano-Hi/Lo," respectively for the
Wave.
Now play fourths, a I-IV-V progression, pitch bend up or down,
use the modulation wheel to your own satisfaction, play "Bar
racuda," a solo line and whatever else you can think of. From
you can hear very loud and
strange noises coming out of his
dorm room.
9
The
Book
of
tc KS-3 2 )
SQ
-Part XIII, "It Goes To 11"
Clark Salisbury
Welcome back, SQ (& KS-32!) programmers. In this month's
installment, we'll be wrapping up our rather long-winded dis
cussion of the SQ effects algorithms by examining the last two
A little experimenting will show you that the FXl and FX2
bus parameters are used solely to control reverb levels for
SQ effects, the "DIST+CHORUS+REVB" and the "CM-
level and other effect parameters are controlled elsewhere.
And in keeping with conventions established for the other
voices routed to either of the two effects busses. Distortion
PRSS+DIST+REVB" algorithms.
multi-effects, voices routed to the FXl bus will be routed
Both of these are multi-effect algorithms, which is probably
through the distortion, chorus, and reverb, while voices sent to
the FX2 bus will be routed through the reverb only. This, of
course, allows you to have a mix of both distorted (and or
fairly obvious. The "DIST+CHORUS+REVB" algorithm con
tains three separate effects: distortion, chomsing, and reverb.
The "CMPRSS+ DIST+REVB" algorithm actually contains
four effects: compression, distortion, reverb, and flanging.
chorused) and straight sounds, without having to give up the
reverb for either type of sound. In this case both the voices
that make up this sound are routed through the FXl bus, which
is the way we want it.
If you've been following these articles, programming the
"DIST+CHORUS+ REVB" effect should pose no difficulty —
the only effect contained in this algorithm that we haven't yet
discussed is the distortion effect, and it only has one parameter
Move to the next page in the effects menu. Here you can set
the reverb decay time (remember that level is set from the FXl
and FX2 bus parameters) and the distortion amount. Note that
to worry about — "Dist Level," which is used to set the
amount of distortion.
varying the "DIST LEVEL" parameter not only varies the
amount of distortion, but also the overall level of the sound.
The distortion generated by this algorithm is generally best
used for more subtle effects — to add a little edge to an
electric piano or organ sound, for example, or to add a touch
You might think that you could set the amount of distortion
of "crunch" to an electric guitar sound. The reason for this is
that the distortion in this algorithm works much like the
natural distortion generated by tube amplifiers — the more
voice output level will also reduce the distortion amount.
That's why I prefer to use this distortion algorithm for more
you want here and then use the voice output ievel to control
the overall level of the sound, but it ain't so; reducing the
subtle effects.
you turn up the amp, the more distorted the signal becomes.
To achieve this effect, however, the distortion is set up to be
At any rate, setting the "Dist Level" parameter to something
like 26 will give us a nice gritty organ sound, without being
overly loud. Unfortunately, using this effect algorithm means
having to give up the "ROTARY SPKR+REVB" algorithm
interactive with the output stage of the SQ. What this means is
that if you want a highly distorted signal out of the SQ, you
need to have both the distortion level and the voice output
level turned up fairly high, and this can make the resulting
sound a good deal louder than most of the other programs
you'll have on board. So for highly distorted sounds, you're
probably better off using the "CMPRSS+DIST+ REVB" algo
which is so effective on organ sounds. You can, however, use
the chorus to simulate this type of effect.
Move to the next effects menu page. Here you can set the
chorus rate and depth — the default values for both of these
rithm, which we'll talk about in a moment.
parameters is 20. Leave it there but set the depth parameter to
At any rate, to get a sense of how the "DIST+CHORUS+
REVB" algorithm works, let's try it out on an organ sound —
06 — this way when we speed the chorus rate up to simulate a
fast Leslie speaker setting, the sound won't get overly wobbly.
Now hit the screen 3 button to move to the next page, and set
ROM sound #31, "Organ 1." After selecting this sound, enter
edit mode by pressing the "Edit Sound" button. Go to the ef
the chorus center parameter to 92 or thereabouts (which will
have the effect of making the chorusing more pronounced on
the upper frequencies), and set the feedback parameter to +50
fect editing menu, and then hit the screen 0 button to move to
the first of the menu pages. You'll find that the effect is cur
to thicken the overall effect up a bit. Finally, go to the effects
modulation page and set the effect up to "Modulate RATE by
MODWHEEL +60." This allows you to control choras speed
via the modwheel, and viola! Simulated rotary speaker effect.
rently set to "ROTARY SPKR+ REVB" — use the cursor but
tons to select this parameter (it should start flashing) and
change it (using the slider or up/down buttons) to "DIST+
CHORUS+ REVB." You'll immediately be able to hear the
change in sound — the organ is now fairly distorted and some
what louder (owing to the extra gain boost from the distortion
Now let's move on to the final effect algorithm, the "CMPRSS+DIST+REVRB" effect. To get a bead on this one, we'll
effect).
try doing a distorted electric guitar-type of sound. Start by
10
controls. Putting more signal into the distortion will drive the
distortion harder, providing more grunge. Of eourse, putting
selecting ROM program #24, "Clav." I often like to use
clav-type sounds in place of guitars, particularly for live per
formance; they sometimes seem to cut a little better.
more signal into the distortion will also cause the signal at the
output to be louder, so the distortion "Out" control allows you
to bring the overall level of the effect down into a listening
range that won't endanger your good standing with your land
Enter editing mode and move to the top of the effects menu
pages. Select the current effect (in this case it should be
lord. You'll find, though, that these controls are somewhat in
teractive and are also interactive with the voice output level
"CHORUS + REVERB") and select the "CMPRSS +
DIST+REVRB" effect. Play a few notes now and you'll find
that the sound is pretty gonzo already — lots of crunch, with a
bit of feedback (the ringing sound at the tail end of a note),
parameter located in the AMP section, so the most distorted
sounds are only attainable at rather high volume — just like in
real life. You'll also note that the range for both the "In" and
"Out" parameters is from GO to 11 ("It goes one more than IG"
— Nigel Tufnel, guitar player for the band. Spinal Tap).
and an abrupt decay.
As with the other multi-effects, FXl and FX2 are used to con
trol reverb amounts. The rest of the effect levels are controlled
Go to the next page, "Reverb to Cmprss Feedback." You can
use this parameter to route some of the reverbed signal back
into the compressor and on through the rest of the effects, al
from within the algorithm itself. However, the reverb in this
effect is intenelated with the compressor in a way which we'll
discuss in a moment, so we may find we're using the reverb a
bit differently in this effect than in others.
lowing you to simulate the effect of an electric guitar feed
ing-back into its amplifier. The effect will be most pronounced
at the tail end of a note played (that is, if you keep this para
meter set within a reasonable range — about -IG to +1G. For
Move to the next page of the effects menu, and here's where
you'll find controls for reverb decay and HF (high-frequency)
settings greater than this I can take no responsibility — you're
on your own).
damping. As you may remember form previous discussions of
reverb parameters, HF damping allows you to control the rate
of decay of the high frequencies contained in the reverbed sig
nal. A higher number for this parameter will cause the high
Onto the next menu page. This presents us with a two-band fil
ter, allowing the sound to be further tonally tailored. You will
frequencies to decay more quickly than the lower ones.
remember from our discussion of filters that the "HiPass" filter
Move us to the next effects menu page. From here you can set
the one parameter related to the flanger, rate. A higher flanger
rate will make the flanging more pronounced; values above
about 30 or so will begin to sound dowmight silly. If you don't
want any flanging, set flanger rate to GO. Also available on this
is used to filter out lower frequencies, letting high frequencies
pass through. This will have the effect of thinning out the
overall sound. The "LoPass" filter does the opposite — it lets
low frequencies pass through, while removing the highs. This
will have the effect of mellowing the sound out. Note that
page is the "Compression" parameter — basically, a compres
sion amount control. A compressor is a gain-control device
which will attenuate louder signals and boost quieter ones. The
net effect is to remove dynamics from the input material, so
don't be surprised if sounds that are highly compressed don't
seem as responsive to keyboard velocity as other sounds —
that's the way compressors work. Compressors became pop
ular among guitar players when it was discovered that they
could help to increase the apparent sustain of the guitar. Of
course, sustain is not generally an issue with the SQ, since
most of the waves are looped and can be sustained as long as
using either filter to remove some or all frequencies will also
affect the overall level of your sound, since the filters actually
remove frequency-specific parts of the sound.
The final page of the this algorithm is the effect modulation
page. We've already spent a good deal of time discussing
modulation in previous articles, so I won't go back into that
here. And with this we finally wrap up the effects program
ming section of our journey through the SQ series of syn
thesizers. Stay tuned, though — in the next installment we'll
be talking about tips, tricks, and advanced programming tech-
desired. But the sound of compression has become so as
sociated with certain types of guitar sounds that its inclusion in
this multi-effect is most welcome.
Bio: Clark Salis
Note that if you set the compression control up full — 99 —
bury has been
actively involved
in the composi
most of the dynamics from the clav sound will have disap
peared. Also, the overall level of the sound will increase a bit,
driving the distortion a bit harder, so the sound will become
grungier as well. Leave compression set to "72" and move to
the next effects menu page.
tion, performance,
and recording of
electronic music
From here we can control the distortion amount. This distor
for over 8 years.
His favorite color
tion algorithm presents us with both distortion "In" and "Out"
is chrome.
11
Installing a MIDI Indicator in an
EPS
Rack
Sam S. Mims
My EPS-16 PLUS module is probably my all-time favorite in
(5) Remove the two small screws from each side panel, and the
four from the top. You should be able to remove the top of the
strument. But there is one thing I wish it had that it doesn't — a
simple LED to indicate if MIDI is being received or not. In a
complex setup with audio lines running from keyboards into
case
mixers and MIDI cables snaking in and out of patch bays,
now.
(6) The front panel should also be free at this point, except for
keyboards, and modules, it's inevitable that occasionally some
thing that is supposed to be playing won't be. And it can be a
tedious procedure to track down the source of the problem.
the wires which are attached to it. Unplug all the wiring con
nections except the ribbon cable to the disk drive and make
sure you know how to put them back!
If you're not hearing your EPS or EPS-16 Plus rack, it's simple
to plug a set of headphones directly into the sampler to see if it
(7) Remove the four screws that secure the disk drive to the
is making noise or not. If it isn't, then either it has crashed or it
drive aside.
front panel (two at the top, two at the bottom). Set the disk
isn't getting MIDI signals. Now you're stuck with tracing and
repatching a squillion MIDI cables or simply rebooting the
EPS, reloading a sound, and seeing if it plays. Neither of these
is much fun in the middle of a session or a gig. To get around
(8) Remove the eight screws that secure the large circuit board
to the front panel. The circuit board should be completely free
at this point.
this trouble, I installed an LED on the front panel of my
EPS-16 which lights up whenever any MIDI information is
(9) Drill a hole in the front panel to moimt the LED (these vary
in diameter). The hole should be directly above the data slider,
and directly to the right of the sequencer RECORD, STOP/
CONT, and PLAY buttons (see diagram).
received.
The indicator itself can be any standard LED, available in parts
shops everywhere. The circuit to drive it is simple, and requires
only two components — a 220-ohm resistor and a common
diode, such as a 1N4001 or equivalent. The circuit was outlined
(10) Insert the LED in the hole from the back of the panel; it
should fit snugly. A dab of Krazy Glue should hold it in place.
in-an article by Craig Anderton in Electronic Musician (April,
1990, page 80). It took me a few hours to adapt and install it in
my sampler, and the new indicator looks like it came that way
from the factory. Note that this project WILL VOID the warran
ty on your EPS (if it is still valid), and it requires some basic
(11) Drill four tiny holes in the front panel circuit board that
will mount the resistor and the diode parallel to each other.
These holes should be in the unused upper comer of the board,
directly above the data slider. Be sure that they are low enough
skills with a drill and a soldering iron. Neither this author nor
the Transoniq Hacker can be held liable if you blow your house
so that the resistor and diode will clear the mounting rail on the
front panel, yet high enough so that the holes are well clear of
apart. So, if you're still game, let's make sure all cables —
the etched traces on the board.
especially the power cable — are unplugged, and proceed. In
addition to the three parts listed above, you'll need a drill and
bits, a soldering iron and solder, a medium Phillips screw
driver, and about 30 inches of small-gauge paired wire.
(12) Insert the diode and resistor in the new holes. It doesn't
matter which way the resistor is inserted, but it does for the
diode. Make sure that the cathode lead of the diode — marked
by an indicator stripe on one end — is toward the center of the
(1) Remove the EPS module from your rack, and pop off the
knobs from the volume and data sliders. They should pull right
circuit board. Bend this cathode lead of the diode and the
nearest lead of the resistor together, and solder them together.
off.
machine screws from each. If no rack ears are on the EPS, these
(13) Cut a 24-inch length of the wire pair, and solder one end
of this to the free ends of the resistor and diode (the ends
closest to the edge of the board), one wire to each component.
screws will still have to be removed.
This will carry the MIDI signal.
(3) Remove the small machine screw(s) from the top and/or
(14) Cut a six-inch length of wire pair, and solder one wire to
the resistor/diode connection, and the other wire to the opposite
(2) Remove the rack ears, if any, by taking out the four
bottom of the case that go into the disk drive. There is one hole
on top, and one on bottom, but only one of these may be in use.
end of the diode.
(4) Remove the five small screws from the rear panel that
(15) Solder the free end of the 24-inch wire pair to the MIDI IN
secure the top cover. Keep these separate, for they are a dif
ferent size from the screws in the top and sides.
jack, mounted to the main circuit board in the EPS. The wire
leading to the resistor should cormect to pin 4 of the jack, the
12
wire leading to the diode should connect to pin 5.
(19) Reconnect the wiring to the front panel.
(16) Solder the free end of the short wire pair to the two leads
(20) Reinstall the top cover, and the volume and data slider
of the LED. The wire from the resistor/diode connection should
knobs.
go the anode lead of the LED.
(17) Wipe off any fingerprints from the inside edge of the dis
play window, then reinstall the circuit board to the front panel.
(18) Reinstall the disk drive to the front panel. The excess wire
to the LED can loop above the drive to keep it free from the
data slider.
But
I
Don't
Want
Now, you should be able to see at a glance whenever your EPS
rack is receiving MIDI data. Any MIDI information — notes,
pitch bends, and so on — will cause the LED to light up, re
gardless of the channel. If the EPS makes no noise, yet the
LED lights up, then either MIDI chaimels are set wrong, or the
EPS has crashed. Note that the LED requires no power from the
EPS and therefore it operates even when the EPS is off. n
Ctiorus
- A Quick Tip for Working with EP$-16 PLUS Effects
Bryce Inman
was being used. So where did they get the dry chaimel?
As is true of many EPS owners who upgrade to the 16 PLUS,
the first place I turned my attention was those new-fangled on
board effects. I have an SPX 90 which is capable of a number
of useful effects, but since it's my only processor, I use it al
most exclusively as a reverb unit. Now, with those cool on
board effects, I could finally use multiple effects in my
Here's the solution: What hadn't occurred to me was that, al
though Bus 1 has to nm through both the chorus and reverb, the
chorus can be tumed off leaving this as a reverb only channel;
and, although Bus 2 has to run through the reverb, the reverb
mix can be tumed all the way to zero so it becomes a dry chan
sequences.
nel.
The combination of effects I most wanted to use was a mixture
of reverb and digital delay. So, I scrolled through the available
effects looking for what I needed. Reverb and digital delay...
reverb and digital delay...hmmm, the closest I could find was
ROM Effect #10 which contains chorus, reverb and digital
To set up this configuration requires only two changes as fol
delay.
then EFFECTS.
I decided that would have to do — all I had to do was bypass
the chorus. After looking at the diagrams in the owner's
manual, however, I thought I was out of luck. According the
manual. Bus 1 is routed through the chorus and reverb. Bus 2 is
routed through the reverb and Bus 3 is routed through the digi
tal delay. Bummer! What I needed was one chaimel for reverb
another for the digital delay and finally — this part was miss
ing — a chaimel that would provide a dry signal path.
2. Scroll a couple of pages to the right until the screen says
lows:
1. After selecting ROM effect CHOR+REV-i-DDL, press EDIT
BUS 2 REVERB MIX = 25. Set this value to 0. This turns off
the reverb for Bus 2 making it a dry bus.
3. Scroll a few more pages until the screen reads CHORUS
MIX = 50. Set this value to 0. This turns off the chorus for Bus
1 making it a reverb-only channel.
That's it!!! Now Bus 1 has reverb. Bus 2 is dry and Bus 3 has
digital delay. Okay, this isn't anything earth-shattering, but this
Now, those of you who are expert programmers might see the
solution to my problem right away, but I'm just an average
little discovery opened my eyes to a
number of possibilities that weren't
keyboard player who has difficulty with technological stuff if
it's not spelled out in black and white (and sometimes even
previously apparent. I hope this little
tip is helpful for those of you who,
when it is).
like me, have difficulty reading be
I finally discovered the solution to my problem as I was play
ing around with the factory disks Ensoniq so kindly included
with my keyboard. As I was messing around with Disk 003,1
found that the drums (TR BOS'") had been placed on three
t w e e n t h e l i n e s . ■■
Bio: Bryce Inman is a free-lance
music editor and arranger for Word,
separate tracks. The first track was dry, the second track had
Inc. in Irving, TX. Although he has
digital delay and the third track had reverb! (I discovered later
that the reverb also had some chorus mixed in.) When I looked
decided to make Texas his permanent
to see which effect was being used, I found that same one I had
tried earlier (the mixture of chorus, reverb and digital delay)
home, he refuses to say "y'all" or
" fi x i n '
13
Transoniq Trivia ii
Garth Hjelte
Searching for the meaning of life is hard. I mean it really is. Considering aU the different alluring things that concepts, ideas and people have to
offer us, it can get quite confusing. I know you're all in search of something, but we can all agree on thing. Everything else is just plain trivia,
isn't it? Sure is. Below is an example of such. After all, what could be more trivial than Transoniq Trivia?
1. What is unique about September '91 's cover?
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2. What Hacker advertiser doesn't "give you the bird"?
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3. What Hacker writer names himself after a famous fictional sci-fi
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character?
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4 . W h a t i s a Ta l i s m a n ?
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5. How is the. Hacker's color-of-the-month determined?
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6. Who is Otis?
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7. Where are the remaining copies of Gary Giebler's first album?
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8. Whose voices are "nothing short of stunning"?
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9. Who is the Ensoniq distributor in Australia?
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10. What software company's products does Ensoniq distribute at the
present time?
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11. Who created the "Ensoniq Suite"!
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12. BONUS QUESTION: What company does the "Ensoniq Suite"
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admonish Ensoniq not to be like?
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13. What cartoon movie is this man a fan of?
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14. In the 3.4 OS chip update of the ESQ-1, Ensoniq accidentally
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screwed up one of the waveforms.
A. What waveform was it?
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B. Which reader caught it?
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C. ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION: What popular soft drink
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does this writer consume when he works on his computer?
"hi
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15. What did Jack Tolin do to Erech Swanston in 1992 — and in what
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month?
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16. According to the Hacker, what broadcastingly prepared sample
company has "completely disappeared"?
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17. Look at the back covers of Dec. '91 and Jan. '92. Name the four
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differences.
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18. What is wrong with this sentence: "Hi, my name is Bryce Inman.
Y'all come down to Texas, ya hear and we'll talk EPS while my
•s.SBiuoqx "X -g
wife's fixin' some babyback ribs!"?
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19. What went up in price in May '92.
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20. What country is William Pont from?
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21. Black dots started appearing on the Hacker cover in what issue?
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22. How many writers were added to the "bevy" listing at the start of
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'92?
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23. Who "quit" at that time?
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24. Who is John McCubbery?
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25. Who was the last official Hacker typist?
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26. What is the name of Dick Lord's company?
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27. What feature is missing from the July '92 issue?
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Garth — The man behind the chicken.
14
Confessions of on Upgrader
or — How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love my $D-l/32
Jeffrey P. Fisher
I know many VFX-sd/SD-1 owners are contemplating upgrad
owners (though the lure of 32-voice polyphony is strong). They
ing into the latest, greatest SD-1/32 voice. It's expensive ($699
may want to wait and see if Ensoniq decides to offer more fea
for VFX-sd, $250 for SD-ls purchased before November 1991,
and $100 for the newer SD-ls) and you're probably wondering
if it's really worth it.
tures
soon.
I sent my VFX-sd off for the complete upgrade and am very
happy with the result. They even fixed my keyboard-calibration
Well, here's what you get with your new upgrade:
For VFX-sd owners:
• SD-l new waveforms including 16-bit pianos, solo violin,
vibraphone, timpani, moog and slap bass, and several hip per
cussion/drum waves.
• An extra set of ROM sounds — 60 sounds/20 presets using
many of the newer waves — it's kind of a "Best Of" collection
from the VFX-sd library. You get 120 ROM sounds, 60 RAM,
plus the cartridge all on board.
• The new Drum Map feature.
error.
The new sounds are topnotch and made even better by the new
output circuitry. Before I shipped my board, I recorded a
simple sequence on tape using some of my favorite sounds.
When my upgraded synth returned, I again recorded the se
quence to tape then compared the two. I was shocked. I ex
pected a subtle difference, but was amazed by the clarity, better
fidelity, increased punch, and the crisp and clean highs.
The new sounds really shine and old patches get new life. In
fact, several of my sequences sounded completely different.
And then there's the new piano. I thought the Mega-piano was
cool — this 16-bit piano is hot. The included sound, DY
NAMIC GRAND, really shows what this wave can do (and
• 16-bit output DACS for pristine sound quality.
sound like)! The drum map feature is a welcome addition, as
• Several new effects algorithms including a killer distortion ef
fect, a dense plate reverb, and a phaser.
are the increases in sequencer memory and polyphony. Even
with dynamic voice allocation, my VFX-sd suffered during
complex musical passages. The 33% increase really makes a
• The sequencer operating systems updates.
backing up a snap. Disk copies now only take about three disk
difference. And the additional memory makes copying and
swaps.
• And a complete cleaning, calibration, and general overhaul to
bring your VFX-sd into Ensoniq's state-of-the-moment specs.
Unfortunately, even though it's an SD-1/32 voice under the
hood, the outside still says VFX-sd. How about a slap-on stick
er so you can impress your friends?
• To sweeten the deal, Ensoniq throws in a new manual and the
latest OS disk: VSD-201.
How to Upgrade
For original SD-1 (and VFX-sd) owners:
What does it take to get the upgrade? Contact Ensoniq and
• The SQX-70 memory expander that increases the sequencer to
they'll give you a repair authorization number. Next, pack up
75,000 notes.
your keyboard (you saved the original shipping container just
• Sequencer upgrades to version 4.1 with the new SWING fea
number on both ends of the box in big, BOLD letters. Then,
for such an eventuality, didn't you?) and write the authorization
trek on down to your nearest UPS office. It'll cost between $12
- $18 to ship UPS ground depending on where you live. (En
soniq also requires that it be insured — or at least they say that
they aren't responsible for any damage that happens en route.)
ture added.
• 32 voice polyphony.
That may not look like much, but once you see and hear what
you've been missing, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
In about two weeks your fresh, new SD-1/32 voice will arrive
COD. To simplify matters, Ensoniq decided to only offer the
upgrade COD. Unfortunately, that means you can't use your
T h e Ve r d i c t
So is it worth it? The answer is an emphatic yes! Especially for
credit card to pay. I applaud them for making it uncomplicated,
though. The return shipping charges are included in the COD
VFX-sd owners. It may be a little less attractive for SD-1
total.
1 5
Need more? Play the SD-1 PALETTE demo sequence.
Still not Convinced?
So, the new sounds, new features, and the painless upgrade pro
And One More Item of Interest to Professionals
cedure not enough for you? Don't take my word for it. Go
down to your local Ensoniq dealer and ask to hear the SD-1/32
voice. Load in the SD-1 PALETTE demo and play these RAM
(INTO) sounds: DYNAMIC GRAND, RUDE-GUITAR,
Remember this: the upgrade is really a kind of repair. If you
use your VFX-sd/SD-1 for business, like me, the cost is fully
tax-deductible! b
STACKED, and WARMS BOWS. Next, play these ROM
sounds: MOOG-MUTE (RM15), CROSS-BASS (RM15),
DRUMS-MAP-R (RM19), 808-MAP-R (RM19), and
Bio; Jejfrey P. Fisher is a composer for films and video and the
author o/How To Make Big Money Scoring Soundtracks for
ORCH-PERKS (RM19).
Corporations, Cable TV, and Commercials.
For Those of Us Who Cannot
One
More
Manual
Face
Tony Thomas
an index when you need to review certain sections of the tape.
It also might be a good idea to keep a notebook handy to jot
For: SD-l/SD-1 32 Voice (also available for the EPS-16 PLUS, SQ-1 &
SQ-2 and VFX).
down your thoughts and ideas while listening to the tape.
Product: Talking Owner's Manual — audio cassettes.
Price: $14.95
The tape opens with a short primer which tells you how to hook
From: Ensoniq Corp. 155 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355,
(215) 647-3930 or contact your local Ensoniq dealer.
up the SD-1. Next, there is a tour of the instrument's front
panel, with short explanations of each fimction. Then, there is
an overview of the Ensoniq's Musician's Manual. The manual
Deciphering the contents of most keyboard manuals is like
learning a foreign language. You often have to wade through
pages and pages of technospeak to find the pearl you are seek
is used as a reference source for the Talking Owner's manual.
The rest of the tape provides detailed information on how to
ing.
use the SD-1. Sonic examples are included on the tape to il
lustrate, for example, how sounds can be used. This is a nice
As a result, many novices don't even bother to read manuals.
touch since it enables the listener to hear what can be done with
They find them too frustrating, too intimidating and too dif
the SD-1, interactively. The disk included with the package is
used to demonstrate the sequencer and disk functions of the
ficult. Instead, they plunge in and attempt to learn a complex
instrument via trial and error. If they happen to stumble on a
SD-1. There also are some good demo sequences, drum pat
function or sound they need, they are elated. Unfortunately,
terns and templates which you can use. There are also some ex
cellent demos of the factory sounds.
their elation soon turns into frustration when they are unable to
replicate that feat later on stage or in the recording studio. It is
no wonder that most people never get beyond playing the
The Talking Owner's Manual is a novel product that can be an
presets on the instruments they buy.
invaluable learning aid to the SD-1 owner. It is almost like
having an experienced teacher giving you lessons on how to
The Talking Owner's Manual is designed to alleviate the in
timidation factor and to help the SD-1 owner navigate this
complex instrument without getting seasick. The package con
use this powerful keyboard. The disk that comes with it adds to
the usefulness of the package and can be used as a building
block for creating your own sequences. Although the Talking
Owner's Manual is an effective adjunct to Ensoniq's Musician
sists of an audio cassette and a 3.5" SD-1 disk. You pop the
cassette into your tapedeck, load the disk into your SD-1 and
you're ready to go. You'll probably have to use a portable cas
Manual, I can only imagine how much
more powerful it could have been if it
was a videotape, b
sette recorder, unless your setup includes a mixer which will
enable you to listen to a tape deck and your SD-1 at the same
time. This is probably the best option since the tape sounded a
Bio; Tony Thomas is a veteran jour
bit fuzzy through my good quality tape deck. The duplication
nalist who has contributed to several
quality could definitely stand some improvement.
national magazines including Mix,
Electronic Musician, Music Computers
It is recommended that you jot down the counter numbers on
your tape recorder which correspond to each section of the tape
and Software, AV/Video and REP. He
and use the same tape recorder each time, since these numbers
is also an established recording en
gineer, producer, composer and key
vary from recorder to recorder. You can use these numbers as
board player.
1 6
1-1 = B-3
An Equation For Making Your SQ Scream Like a Tonewheei Beasti
Mark Clifton
Now I may be young, but I feel that I've had the oppor
tunities to experience some of the finer things in life —
The layout of the drawbars is as follows:
namely power analog, down-and-dirty Rhodes and the
mighty Hammond B-3 organ. All of these came before my
Drawbar
Interval
Equ
16'
Sub-octave
C 2
time, but good luck has allowed me to get to know each of
5-1/3"
5th
G3
them (especially the B-3), and turned me green with envy
8'
fundamental
C3
for all you old-timers who were around when they ruled
4'
octave
C 4
supreme. I've spent many an hour pounding on the old
Hammond C-3 (identical to the B-3 except for the addition
2-2/3'
12th
G4
2"
15th
C 5
of chorusing and a lovely oak cabinet) at my church, and
1-3/5'
1-1/3'
17th
E5
19th
G5
1'
22nd
C 6
know for a fact that there's nothing like crankin' up the old
Leslie speaker, yankin' out all the drawbars, and pummeling its keys into oblivion. Its classic grungy sound and wob
bling Leslie have made it a staple in jazz and rock n' roll
There is also a set of three drawbars for the pedals which
since its inception. There's just something about that uni
are the same as the first three of the manual drawbars. Each
que, almost organic sound that draws people to it. It's an in
strument that you can't cheat or lie about your musicianship
on. To play it requires a certain brutality that you would
never use on other instruments. You can't be a whimp if
drawbar is marked with the numbers I through 8, which are
used as increments with 1 being the lowest volume for that
harmonic and 8 being the highest (0 is off). These numbers
are also used to code drawbar combinations (ex: 888508-
you want to play the B-3.
700). The corresponding SQ-1 volume vale is roughly 12
increments for every I on the B-3.
Okay, enough romantic rambling (the B-3 just has that ef
fect on me). It's time to tell you how to get a nice simula
tion of this bliss on your SQ-I. If you don't want to haul
around the genuine article (which weighs a good four
hundred pounds), or pluck down the few thousand dollars
for a used one, then your SQ should work nicely. So far,
there hasn't been a synthesizer in the world that can
It is possible to create excellent B-3 sounds using additive
synthesis, which builds sounds out of harmonic sinewaves
exactly the way the 'B does. But this seems fairly impracti
cal with the SQ's three-oscillator structure which would
only allow three sinewaves to be used at once. You could
create a string of sounds, each with a different set of har
reproduce the sound of the B-3 with total accuracy, and the
SQ-I is no exception. I find that the B-3 simulations on the
SQ lack the grit and high-end scream of the real thing. This
is a fault in the raw waveforms and too-clean output of the
SQ (yes, 21-bit D/A converters do have their curses), and
can't really be helped. Still, I guarantee you'll be surprised
at how gutsy your SQ-1 can sound.
monics, then assemble them into a preset, but this would
severely limit polyphony. Another solution is the "1 + 2
Harmonics" waveform, which is actually two sinewaves
playing in unison an octave apart. If you look at the har
monics that the B-3 drawbars produce, you'll notice that
they are nothing but consecutive sets of firsts and fifths,
with a seventeenth (major third) thrown in. By substituting
the "1 + 2 Harmonics" wave for any harmonics that lie an
octave apart in a certain drawbar combination, you can
create bigger additive B-3 sounds while still saving poly
Sound Generation
phony.
The B-3 generates sound using 96 electronic tonewheels
that each create a (somewhat imperfect) sine wave in a
The SQ-I also contains four "Organ Variation" waves that
specific harmonic. Drawbars above the B-3's two 61-note
correspond with certain drawbar combinations. I don't
know how the waves were created, but it's a pretty good bet
that they're either samples of a real organ or additive
recreations. After doing some lengthy comparisons, I've
manuals control the volume of each harmonic. There is a set
of nine drawbars for each manual, making them both
separately "programmable." Drawbars can be pulled while
notes are sustaining, which gives a level of realtime control
that is hard to achieve on a synthesizer. There is a way to
match the same effect on the SQ, but I'll cover that later.
matches the drawbar combinations to the waveforms that
they correspond with:
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Organ Variation 1:
(C2 - Ab5) 878070030, (A5 - C6) 878070000*
Organ Variation 2: 888000000
Organ Variation 3:
(C2 - Ab5) 888830030, (A5 - C6) 888000000*
Organ Variation 4: 878070000
* Multisampled, probably eliminating the higher harmonics
lets you select between three different types. The vibrato
that is produced is a complex sinewave, and can be turned
on or off separately for each manual.
Chorusing is present only on the C-3 and other "B" models,
and is controlled by the same rotary knob that controls
vibrato. There are three chorus/vibrato combinations of
fered. The chorusing effect can be achieved by slightly
to avoid beat frequencies.
detuning the oscillators of the SQ.
The results aren't completely accurate, but are extremely
close. By chaining together these waveforms with sine and
Both effects are fairly subtle, so it is hard to give an ac
curate formula for reproducing each one. You'll just have to
1 + 2 Harmonic waves, you can recreate almost any draw
do some close listening and program them to taste.
bar combination.
The B-3 can produce only a straight, continuous tone, so en
Leslie Speaker Effect
velopes should be set to full.
One of the main components of the "classic" Hammond
Key Click
sound is the Leslie rotating speaker. The SQ-1 has an excel
lent "Rotary Speaker + Reverb" effect that approximates
Key click is a short electrical pop that sounds on attack and
this sound. The reverb can be programmed to taste, but
there are certain sets of parameters that seem to create the
release of the B-3's keys. Despite Hammond's attempts to
eliminate this "defect," it became an integral part of the B-3
closest simulation of the Leslie speaker. "Slow Speed"
sound, and many musicians did all they could to enhance it.
Programming a short envelope release time of about 03
seems to produce a sufficient pop at the end of the sound.
should be set to 10 and "Fast Speed" to 99. "Rotor Center"
You can also get a pop at the beginning of the sound by
programming an attack value of 99, but this pop is slightly
whimpy. If you have an extra oscillator on hand, you might
want to use it to produce a more pronounced key click. Just
particular sound. The "Speed Mode" parameter is used to
judge the way that the effect will speed up and slow down
in accordance to the controller that you assign to the
take the "noise Loop" wave, feed it through a 3Lo/lHi-Pass
filter with FCl Cutoff = 073 and FC2 Cutoff = 80, and set
should be at 50 and "Rotor Depth" can be anywhere be
tween 24 and 32 depending on the characteristics of that
"Modsrc" parameter. For a truly accurate representation of
a Leslie, "Speed Mode" should be set to "Switch." As for
the controller, I find that the modwheel or modpedal works
the Amp Envelope for the minimum possible decay value.
best — or maybe even the dread timbre slider. The mod-
That's it — pathetically painless.
wheel offers the most realistic operation since its position
corresponds to the position of the slow/fast toggle switch on
Key Percussion
the B-3.
Key percussion was an effect added to "smooth out" the
Now, before I go, a performance tip: To simulate the pull
ing out of drawbars, assign the volume of a harmonic or
group of harmonics to be controlled by a controller such as
the modpedal. That way, moving the modpedal will bring
B-3's sound. It is basically a single sinewave whose pitch
can be switched between an octave ("second") and an oc
tave and a fifth ("third") above the fundamental. There is a
switch for selecting either "normal" or "soft" volume and
those harmonics in and out in realtime. Cool, huh?
another one for selecting either a slow or fast decay. Fast
decay lasts about one second while slow decay is about a
second and a half, after which the sound dies away, almost
I hope you have fun hacking these B-3 sounds. Now, before
like a bell. The key percussion disables the 1' drawbar when
zac?!
it's activated, so any sound with key percussion should not
include that harmonic. The effect is only single-trigger, so
the previous key must be releases before the percussion will
retrigger. The SQ-1, even with its multiple glide effects,
can't simulate this, so I just leave it alone and let the effect
trigger normally.
Chorus and Vibrato
The vibrato on the B-3 is controlled by a rotary knob that
I fall into a B-3-induced psychosis, where did I put that Pro
Special thanks to Keyboard Magazine for being an invalu
able reference source for this article, h
Bio: Mark Clifton is a player and composer of Jazz, New
Age, Orchestral and Rap (yes. Rap!) music and an aspiring
Cyberpunk writer who also wouldn't mind going into sound
design or film scoring. His favorite color is the infinite,
star-speckled blackness of space.
SQ-80 Sequencing tips
To m S h e a r
shut off from this great feature? Of course not! Simply go to
the AMP pages on all the patches you're using in the current
sequences and set up the WHEEL as a modulator with a value
of -63. Then, go to the section where you want the song to fade
out. Set up a track with any patch and record a slow, steady ad
Despite its simplicity, the SQ-80's internal sequencer is pretty
powerful. Sure, it doesn't have some of the ridiculously detail
ed features of software sequencers, but if you work with it long
enough you learn ways of working around this limitation. So,
this time out I'll be sharing some tips n' tricks with you that
have made my SQ-80 sequencing career a lot easier and that
will hopefully be useful to you as well. Many, if not most, of
these tips will apply to just about any kind of sequencer — so
vancing motion of the mod wheel. If you've done this correct
ly, when you merge this track with each of the other tracks, you
should hear a nice, automatic fade.
you EPS and VFX types need not feel left out.
6. Another trick that can sometimes sound cool is the follow
1. Save frequently. Probably just about everyone out there has
been given this piece of advice at one time or another, but few
seem to follow it. Anytime you make a major change, save it!
ing: record one track on the sequencer, preferably something
rhythmically busy with lots of sixteenth notes. When you've
got your track, copy it. Next, go back to the original track and
quantize it to 16th notes, but leave the copied track as is. Un
less you play with absolute precision, the unquantized track
should be slightly different than the quantized one and the two
should interact in interesting ways.
Yes, it does take some extra time, but if it can save you the
time and frustration you would encounter later if you acciden
tally erase something (and believe me, you will!), it's worth it.
2. If you have a small home studio at home, you probably love
making tapes of your own music. There's nothing more satisfy
ing than getting a really clean, professional sound out of your
cheap equipment that puts some professionally recorded stuff
to shame. One problem I encountered was the little bit of noise
I would get when I was mastering the tape and I was waiting
for the song to begin. True, I could keep rewinding it and mark
7. One of the annoying things about the SQ-80 sequencer is
that when you are using a MIDI instrument on one of the
tracks, all it says on the track is ""MIDI*. So how are you sup
posed to know what sound goes on channel 3? I've had this
problem all the time trying to remember what samples I used in
a particular song on which track. Well, unfortunately, there's
no easy way to do this I'm sorry to say. What I've done is to
ing the start of the song with the counter, but no matter how
careful I am, I still get a tiny bit of that noise that no one else
would be likely to notice, but that drives me up the wall. To get
around this, whenever I record the sequenced part of my tape, I
leave the clicking countoff on. This way, when I'm mastering
the song, the countoff tells me precisely when the song begins
and allows me to get a great-sounding recording with none of
keep a MacWrite file called "tracklist." In this file, I enter what
the name of the sequencer file is, which sequences make up a
the tell-tale noise at the start of each track!
just a little too lazy.
3. We all know that layered sounds sound great, but we could
do without the loss of polyphony. If you have the extra track(s),
there's an easy way to avoid this when sequencing. Instead of
8. My final tip is to keep a special "Ideas" sequencer file. This
way when you're in the middle of something and inspiration
strikes, you can quickly load this file up and punch in your idea
before you lose it and go back to what you were doing without
particular song, the name of the song, and what instruments go
on what channels. People with access to a program like Hypercard could pretty easily program some type of special database
that would do a better job than this, but right now I'm feeling
making an actual patch implementing the LAYER feature, just
record the track using one of the sounds you want to layer,
worrying about forgetting your new idea. It also gives you a
pool of ideas to try out in your other songs. Having trouble
coming up with a bridge for your new tune? Just call up your
copy it, and change the patch of the copied track to the other
half of your layered combo. This way, you get the same sound
as you would if you were using a layer, but you aren't reduced
to four voice polyphony!
ideas file (or files) and listen to some
of those old ideas you never got
around to making into full songs. One
of them might be perfect! h
4. One creative possibility that sometimes yields interesting
results, is to replace a melodic synth soimd with a percussion or
drum sound or vice versa. Nine times out of ten you'll get gar
bage, but occasionally you'll get a great rhythm track you never
would've thought of before.
Bio: Tom Shear is a student at Syra
cuse University where the tuition is too
5. One of the features that the SQ-80 sequencer is missing is
the auto-mixing facilities of the EPS. Does this mean we're
high and the temperature is too low.
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SD & VFX Hackerpgtch
Sam Mims
SD & VFX Prog: LEANFLUTE
By:Dara Jones, Dallas, Texas
play. This is a useful feature for doing velocity crossfades between
sounds, but not here. Set them to zero, and you can play at any level you
like.
- Sam Mims
NOTES: An all-occasion flute for all you polyphony misers out there.
THE HACK: This is quite a handy collection of flute sounds, a different one on each
patch select. The aftertouch vibrato is very nice; these are very musical and expressive
patches. I didn't want to change the sounds a bit. But I did fix one thing that seems like a
simple oversight (TH - A last minute note from Dara also mentions and corrects this same
glitch.) On Voices 1 and 2. the VELOCITY THRESHOLD (third Output page) is pro
grammed higher than zero, meaning that when a note is struck softly, the patch does not
WAVES
Bio: Sam Mims is currently touring and recording in Asia with Malaysian
pop singer, Zainal Abidin. He is also keyboardist for Capitol Records art
ist, Richard Elliot. He recently relocated his iguana, his company, Syntaur Productions, and himself from Los Angeles to Houston.
SELECT VOICE
1
Wave
ChlfFlute
Wave Class
BreathSnd BreathSnd BreathSnd BreathSnd
WoodFlute Ocarina
Ocarina
Delay
0
0
0
0
Start
0
0
0
0
Direction
Forward
Fonward
Forward
Fonvard
Initial
Ve l S t a r t M o d
0
0
0
0
Peak
ENV1
Break 1
Break 2
OD MIXER
1
2
3
4
5
6
SRC-1
Press
Press
Press
Press
Attack
SRC-2
Ve l o c i t y
Ve l o c i t y
Ve l o c i t y
Ve l o c i t y
SRC-2 Scale
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.3
SRC-2 Shape
Smoother
Smoother
Smoother Smoother
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 3
_^usain_
Release_
'KB~Dfrack'
PITCH
Ve l C u r v e
Octave
Semitone
+1
0
0
0
0
Fine
+3
P i t c h Ta b l e
Mode
0
0
0
-3
+ 5
-5
Ve l - A t t a c k
System
System
System
System
ITCH MODS
1
2
3
4
Initial
98
98
98
9 8
MODSRC
LFO
L F O
L F O
LFO
Peak
99
99
99
9 9
MODAMT
0
0
0
0
Break 1
7 9
79
7 9
7 9
Glide
None
None
0
98
98
98
9 8
0
None
0
Break 2
ENV1
LF01
None
0
9 9
9 9
9 9
+1
+1
+1
+1
"Attack"
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 3
0
0
0
1 7
17
1 7
17
1 5
1 5
1 5
15
2 0
2 0
2 0
2 0
Ve l - L e v e l
5
ENV2
6
Sustain
LTER1
1
2
3
4
Mode
3LP
3LP
3 L P
3LP
Cutoff
5 7
5 7
5 7
57
KBD
MODSRC
+19
L F O
+19
L F O
+19
L F O
+19
LFO
MODAMT
+17
+17
+17
+17
ENV2
+86
+86
+86
+86
LTER2
1
2
3
4
Mode
1 HP
1 HP
1 HP
1 HP
Initial
Cutoff
0
0
0
0
KBD
+ 4
+4
+ 4
+ 4
MODSRC
TImbr
TImbr
TImbr
MODAMT
+50
+50
ENV2
+26
+26
)UTPUT
VOL
MODSRC
MODAMT
KBD Scale
LO«LK®7_
Dest Bus
Pan
MODSRC
MODAMT
Pre-Gain
Vo i c e P r i o r
Ve l T h r e s h
J O
Rate
MODSRC
MODAMT
Level
43*
43*
43*
43*
0
0
0
0
Vel Curve
Convxl ConvxIConvxl Convxl
Mode
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Ve l - L e v e l
4 4
4 4
4 4
44
Ve l - A t t a c k
0
0
0
0
1
2
3
4
8 3
8 3
8 3
83
Peak
9 9
9 9
9 9
9 9
Break 1
9 9
99
9 9
9 9
TImbr
Break 2
9 7
97
9 7
97
+50
+50
Sustain
9 9
99
9 9
9 9
+26
+26
Attack
6
6
6
6
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 3
17
17
17
17
20
20
2 0
2 0
5
!NV3
3
4
2 6
2 6
2 6
2 6
5 2
5 2
Release
34*
34*
34*
3 4 *
L F O
LFO
KBD Track
0
0
0
0
+ 11
+ 11
+ 11
+ 11
Vel Curve
Convx2Convx2Convx2 Convx2
+ 6
+ 7
A0/C8
+6
A0/C8
Mode
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Ve l - L e v e l
6
6
6
6
Ve l - A t t a c k
2
2
2
2
"FX2"""
0/C8
" AFX2
""FX2"
3 7
L F O
6 9
L F O
2 4
LFO
76
LFO
0
0
0
0
O n
Medium
O n
Medium
O n
Medium
O n
lidedlum
+44
+26
0
2
3
4
3 1
31
31
31
Mixer
+18
Mixer
Mixer
Mixer
+18
16
+18
1 6
+18
Mixer
"sine
O n
Mixer
_52
5
P i t c h Ta b l e
Off
Effect
Bend Range
Delay
•
•
Large Hall Reverb
Decay
7 6
X I
FX1 Mix
41
Restrike
19
FX2 Mix
6 2
Glide Time
0
6
EFFECTS (3)
EFFECTS (2)
Pre-Oelay
2
Early Refl Level 49
1 6
Mixer
__52
EFFECTS (1)
PGM CONTROL
0
1
16
6
6
5
52
L F O
+ 5
A0/A4
5
6
2
5 2
Noise SRC RT
Release
KBD Track
52
LFO
Delay^
Restart
6
9"
1
MODSRC
Wa v e s h a p e
5
09
""
FX2 Mode Norm Stereo Send
HF Damping 40
Mixer
5 2
Sine
Sine
Sine
O n
O n
O n
PERFORMANCE
Timbre
0
Release
0
Pressure
Key
-
21
$Q-1/2 & KS-32 Hackerpgtch
Jeffrey Rhoods
Prog: Boss Clav
By: Mark Haymond, Evansville, Indiana
Notes: This is one of those sounds that I played around with
for a while, then, after 231 changes, it sounds pretty good.
WAVE
1
2
3
S e l e c t Vo i c e
Wave Class
O n
O n
O n
Wave
Organ4
C l a v Va r
Delay Time
0
Wave Direction
Start Index
LFO
LFO Speed
The modwheel adds fullness and sustain. The low end is good
for bass rifs.
1
2
3
1
2
3
3 4
34
34
Initial
8 0
9 9
9 9
Noise Rate
0 0
00
00
Peak
99
9 9
9 9
C l a v Va r
Level
0 0
00
0 0
Break
50
5 7
5 7
0
0
Delay
0 0
0 0
00
Sustain
00
0 0
0 0
-
-
.
MODSRC
Wfteel
Wfteel
Wheel
Attack
02
0 0
0 0
.
.
.
Wave
Sine
Sine
Sine
58
4 8
4 8
.
.
Restart
Off
Off
Off
Decay 1
Decay 2
5 8
9 9
9 9
Release
15
1 2
1 2
Waveform Waveform Waveform
MODSOR
MODAMT
-
Restrk Decay
0
0
0
1
2
3
Octave
+ 0
+ 0
Semitone
+ 0
Fine
-
iMP
1
2
3
Ve l - L e v e l
1 9
1 9
1 9
Filter 1
3Lo
3Lo
3Lo
Ve l - A t t a c k
08
08
0 8
Filter 2
I L o
1HI
1HI
Ve l C u r v e
Quikrise
Quikrise
Quikrise
+ 0
FCl Cutoff
000
034
034
Mode
Norm
Norm
Norm
+ 0
+ 0
E N V 2
+99
+99
+99
KBD Track
+00
+00
+00
+00
+00
+00
FCl
0 0
+21
+21
ENV1
L F O
0
0 0
0 0
MODSCR
Wfteel
Wfteel
Wheel
0
0 0
0 0
MODAMT
+70
+28
+28
MODSOR
Off
Off
Off
FC2 Cutoff
000
030
030
MODAMT
0
0
0
ENV2
+42
0 3 9
039
KBD Ptch Track
O n
O n
O n
FC2 KBD
0 0
Glide
Off
Off
Off
FCl MOD-FC2
O n
+14
O n
+14
O n
Glide Time
0
0
0
PITCH
ENV1
1
2
3
F I LT E R
KBD
ENV2
fUTPUT
1
2
3
VOL
82
8 7
8 7
Boost
Off
Off
Off
MODSRC
Ve l o o
L F O
L F O
MODAMT
+00
+00
KBD Scale
+00
+00
+00
C2C7
C2C7
+00
C2C7
FX1
FX1
FX1
Med
Med
Med
1
2
3
Key Range
Output Bus
Priority
Initial
Peak
Initial
9 9
9 9
9 9
Pan
+00
+28
- 2 8
Peak
99
9 9
9 9
Ve l w i n d o w
000
0 0 0
0 0 0
Break
Break
45
6 5
6 5
Sustain
Sustain
0 0
0 1
01
Attack
Attack
0 0
0 0
0 0
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 1
Decay 2
2 0
1 0
10
6 0
8 9
6 9
Release
0 0
19
1 9
Ve l - L e v e l
Ve l - L e v e l
7 2
7 2
7 2
Ve l - A t t a c k
Ve l C u r v e
Ve l - A t t a c k
0 0
0 0
0 0
Vel Curve
Convex
Convex
Convex
Mode
Mode
Norm
Norm
Norm
KBD Track
KBD Track
- 2 8
- 2 8
-28
Release
Effects Programming
Standard
Sound
Programming
The Hack: This is a rather nice slant on an old original. The Organ Variation
wave helps give Boss Clav the little extra umph it needs. However, some might
(To save space, only those
effects utilized are listed. A
complete blank form was
published in Issue #68.)
want more punch. For Voice 1 set the Waveclass to Transwave and the Wave to
Resonantl-X. Then balance the outputs of Voices 2 and 3 by changing the Vol to
75 in the Output Section (for both voices). The Amp Section Envelopes for
Voices 2 and 3 could stand some Decay-Sustain modification; again for both
voices Decay 1 = 48 and Decay 2 = 29. Finally, for a more percussive or "Herbie
Hancock" effect, go to the Filter Section for Voices 2 and 3. For both voices
change FCl Keyboard to -99.
CHORUS AND REVERB
FX-1
1 5
FX-2
0 0
Decay time
HF Damping
2 2
Chorus Rate
2 0
Chorus Depth
2 0
Chorus Center
5 0
Feedback
Chorus Level
+00
MOD (Dest)
BY (MODSRC)
FX2-MIX
MODAMT
+74
Jeffrey Rhoads
0 0
Bio: Jeffrey Rhoads has been a keyboardisticomposer on
the Philadelphia Jazz and R + B scene for a period of
time resembling forever. He has an interest in cinema
and has developed some film courses. Jeff still believes
in magic and longs for city lights.
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Wheel
SQ-1/2 & KS-32 Hackerpatches are published with the same constraints and un
derstandings as the ESQ, SQ-80, and VFX patches. The hacking and mutilating
part is being handled by Jeffrey Rhoads.
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The
Interface
Letters for The Interface may be sent to any of the following addresses:
U.S. Mail - The Interface, Transoniq Hacker, 1402 SW Upland Dr., Portland, OR 97221
Electronic mail - GEnie Network: TRANSONIQ, CompuServe: 73260,3353, PAN: TRANSONIQ, Internet (via CS): [email protected]
This is probably one of the most open forums in the music industry. Letter writers are asked to please keep the vitriol to a minimum. Readers are
reminded to take everything with a grain of salt. Resident answer-man is Qark Salisbury (CS). Letter publication is subject to space considerations.
Hi Guys!
reprinting "Best-ofs." If what you really
far as I can tell - you might want to give It
want Is an electronic compilation of all
a try.
Are you planning any kind of ongoing ar
ticles on the DP/4? My employers will be
these patches all ready for loading (much
purchasing a few of them in the near future
and so it would obviously be helpful to us
to have some running documentation on its
features and applications.
SQ-80), then maybe some generous reader
- P a u l
like what Garth Hjelte did for the ESQ!
who's been punching them all In will con
tact us. (Sorry -1 don't have one.)]
Seriously, though - you'd probably get
some good Ideas from Eric and Jane, legen
dary publishers of the Hacker, two of the
finest and most generous people I know,
who wouldn't even bat an eye If I were to
[CS - Funny you should ask. I've actually
been thinking of taking the SQ series and
turning It Into a book so I could sell It and
ask for a raise right this minute... yeah,
they might be able to help. Apart from that,
keep In touch and good luck!]
[TH - Yup, we are going to cover the
DPI4. We'll go through our usual pattern
make loads of dough. The only thing hold
of announcement!specs!first-look!revlew!beg-for-artlcles. Right now, we're In
the process of first-look and review. More
adhere to the same high standards that
to remember Is to make sure to keep the
you've come to expect from me In my long
writer's payment to a minuscule honor
and somewhat consistent career. And then,
arium. (It's bad enough that they get
to come, but It'll take a while.]
of course, I need to actually finish writing
famous and go off to write for your com
It. I'll keep you posted.]
petitors and author books and the like they don't have to live off It too!)]
ing me up, really. Is that I want the book to
[TH - Of course the Most Important Thing
Dear Hacker,
Clark,
Yo Hacker,
First, to Jeff Rhoads:
I couldn't help noticing how involved you
International Samplers Coop is planning
1. On my VFX-sd, I enjoy the high-pass
capability of my filters along with the ver
satility of their variable configuration, but I
on starting a newsletter this August. I
could use any advice that you may have
regarding doing this since I'm a big fan of
have found that the resonance function (like
on the ESQs and SQ-80) is even more use
ful. From what I've heard, this seems to be
I ' m a r e c e n t s u b s c r i b e r t o t h e H a c k e r.
are with the Transoniq Hacker. The or
Great magazine!! Being a diehard hacker
on the SQ-1, your Hackerpatch page is the
first thing I turn to for the latest SQ-1
ganization that I started with some friends,
patch. I do appreciate your insightful
analysis of each patch, and the additional
improvements that can enhance the patch.
This has been very helpful as I hack and
learn. The question I have for you (and
others): has anyone compiled a collection
of "Best of SQ-1 Patches?" If such
material exists, please let me and the other
the Hacker. Would you be interested in
any involvement with this project? I real
ize you're a busy man, but an article or a
review would be really helpful for us. The
newsletter "Loop" will involve all forms of
sampling, so the scope is limited to only
H a c k e r s k n o w. T h a n k s !
things that are sampler oriented in nature.
And to Clark:
By the way, we have BBS support via
MusoBBS: (818) 884-6799, voice (mine):
Your articles on programming the SQ-1
are great!! How about a book? Like,
"Everything You Wanted to Know About
the SQ-1 (but couldn't fiigure out from the
Blue Book.)" As I see it, the Blue Book
lacks direct examples and seems to be
somewhat disorganized - especially for the
first-time user. Still, your hands-on and
step-by-step approach works well for me.
Keep up the good work.
Thank you,
Mark Haymond
Evansville, In.
[Jeff Rhoads - Well, we really wouldn't
want to take up valuable Hacker-space just
(310) 455-2653. We will be part of
Midilink, and are already with Fidonet.
a popular opinion. My understanding of
digital filters is almost nonexistent, so I
was wondering if you could tell me how
practical it would be to add the resonance
function to them. I am guessing that this
technology could even add the capability of
giving different shapes to the resonant
response curve. For example, maybe the
user might be able to select between the
"standard" type of resonance or one that
would make it sound like a Moog filter. Is
this sort of thing really practical or am I
just fantasizing?
Thanks
Jim Norman
2. Is there any chance of finding mod-
[71321,2614]
ulatable start and end points for waveforms
on a future Ensoniq synthesizer (maybe this
[CS - I'm delighted to be considered for
publication in your new newsletter. As far
would make Transwaves obsolete)?
as advice goes, the best thing I can come
3. Also, I was thinking that when I get old
and hard of hearing, it would be really nice
to have a hearing aid with an onboard ef
fects processor. How about it, Ensoniq?
up with Is this: Don't give up your day job
right away - not that many people become
fabulously wealthy doing newsletters (ever
heard of a newsletter baron? I think not.)
And I'm speaking from experience here
when I say Include some articles. Oh, and
advertising can be a source of Income as
23
Ensoniq still makes the most original and
versatile keyboards around. I think of my
SQ-80 as basically an expanded version of
the Memorymoog, so when a MIDIequipped Memorymoog came on the Den
ver market recently, I said to myself,
"Hey, never mind, I've already got an
SQ-80."
Keep up the good work.
Dear Resident Genius,
I have had some great results on my EPS. I
sample radio station IDs and get different
effects by moving around the keyboard
then settling on the root key and letting the
Sincerely,
complete ID play out. I'm trying to come
Kirk Slinkard
up with some other technique that would
let me do more serious things with voices.
And how do I synchronize my sequencer
to a 60 second sample (in C and played
back a 5th in G)? The voice drops in pitch.
I want my sequencer to compensate for the
drop in time introduced by pitch shift.
Some of my stuff is getting played locally
Lakewood, CO
[CS -1. In my opinion, filter resonance is
somewhat overrated. Although resonance
does add some functionality to a filter,
using resonance on full-bandwidth
samples tends to make them sound a bit
less hi-fi. Of course, Ensoniq synths in
clude transwaves and effects algorithms
(most notably the Phase Shifter) which
allow you to simulate a number of
24 times a day.
resonant filter effects. As far as them ad
Lydia, LA
ding this capability to synths that are al
ready in production, my guess is that
you're not very likely to see it happen perhaps Ensoniq will have something to
[OS - I'm a pretty firm believer in doing
serious things with voices, too, although
sometimes comical voices provide a
say on the subject.
refreshing break.
2. The original recipe EPS included
modulatable loop start, end, and position,
and the EPS-16 Plus expanded on the
capability by adding a number of
Transwave-type functions for modulating
the loop in various ways. Oddly, I've yet to
see a sound that really takes advantage of
I'm not sure I understand what your syn
chronization question is, but I'll give it a
any of these way cool features.
Looking for info,
order while recording the sequence. In this
way, no single sample is long enough to
drift too far from the sequencer tempo
before a new sample is triggered.
Still, the sequencer will not compensate
for the change in time that accompanies
any pitch change. In digital samplers, the
length of a sample (its time) and the pitch
of a sample are two functions of the same
process - you can't change the pitch
without changing the time using digital
sampling alone. Some effect processors,
such as pitch shifters, will allow you to
raise and lower the pitch of a sound
without changing the length of time it
takes to play, but most of the affordable
ones introduce noticeable artifacts into the
signal if it is shifted very far from its
original pitch.)
A1 Trautman
stab anyway.
The sequencer's tempo is set in beatsper-minute, or BPM. When the tempo set
ting is at 120 BPM, for example, the se
quencer will play through 120 beats in one
minute. If you are sequencing in 4/4 time,
3. You could model it after the MI "Fron
tal Lobe" and call it the "Ear Lobe."]
this means that in one minute 30 measures
[Ensoniq - I) Implementing resonant fil
ters in our current products is not
possible, since that capability has to be
designed "from the ground up" into the
oscillator chip (where the digital filtering
is done). But be assured that we always
consider these sorts of features when we
are designing the hardware platforms
which will be the basis for future products.
If the sample itself has a tempo that you
are trying to sync your sequencer to,
probably the easiest way to do so is simply
to create sequence that plays the sample,
and then adjust the sequencer tempo while
will play (120/4 beats per measure).
[Ensoniq - You don't specify whether you
have an original EPS or EFS-I6 PLUS. If
it's an EPS-16 PLUS, you might want to
check out the Audio-In Effects Disk from
Waveboy Industries. This disk features the
Time Dicer, a harmonizer-type effect
which lets you transpose the pitch of a
sample without affecting its length (time).
Very cool.)
Dear Hacker Hierarchy,
Thanks for putting out one dope rag. My
entire life is devoted to biting my nails and
drooling over what great secrets will be
revealed in the next issue (checks for ar
ticles aren't bad reading either, so keep
'em coming). I just wish you would make
the issues a little thicker. With only about
30 pages in each one, it gets to be like
eating a USDA serving size of filet mignon. Sure, it's enough for basic nutrition
but I'm hungry for more (and how about
listening to both the sample and the se
quencer's metronome click. It can be pret
ty difficult to keep a 60 second sample in
time with the sequencer tempo, though.
You might want to try chopping the long
sample up into several short samples:
Copy the sample several times - params
only, if you're short on memory - and then
assign each copy a different root key and
key range, and use the sample start and
some dessert, too.) And yes, I would be
willing to pay a higher subscription price
if I could get more great information like
you provide now. You wouldn't need a big
increase in the number of pages. Only
3) The Sound Selector* does contain a
sample end parameters to set which chunk
O.S." box, there are different OSs for each
programmable 13-band equalizer. Other
forms of DSP (e.g. reverb, chorusing or
fuzz-wah) have not been specifically
of each copy gets played. Once these
shorter samples have been created, you
of the SQ products (SQ-1, SQ-R, SQ-1
PLUS, SQ-2). If all four of these products
can set the sequencer tempo to that which
have identical voice architecture and
requested by hearing aid wearers. Go
figure.)
most closely matches the tempo of the
samples, and then trigger each sample in
almost identical guts, then why have
2) As Clark said, the EPS-16 PLUS offers
lots of ways to modulate the wave pointers.
On our synthesizers, you can modulate the
wave start point with velocity.
about a thousand more would do.
And now some questions for Ensoniq.
1. I noticed that in the "Current Ensoniq
separate OSs for each?
2. How did you manage to sneak some
ever thought of setting up a network
thing as big (literally) as the new KS-32
among Hacker writers and alumni for ex
past the TH Rumor Department which al
ways seems to catch word of these kinds
of things in advance? But it seems that
changing ideas and other tidbits like
patches and juicy rumors? There's a lot of
geniuses listed on that back cover that, if
you've managed to pull the same thing off
with the DP/4 and the SQ-1, too. Perhaps
the spy T-Hacker planted in your R&D
labs has gotten a little rusty. He did a good
united, would be a force to be reckoned
job seeing the EPS-16 PLUS, though.
sion?
Remember, month after month - "There's
everyone!) Maybe I'm just a networking
type of guy (man, I wish I had a com
puter!) but it would be nice to get some
camaraderie among the Hacker readers. As
a matter of fact, I'm going to do something
something REALLY BIG coming!"
3.1 recently found out that Ensoniq is also
a major manufacturer of consumer hearing
aids. What came first, the hearing aid or
with. Heck, with the help of the editing
staff, we might even be able to overthrow
the government. (Recession, what reces
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the synths? It makes sense to be in both
stupid and list my address and phone num
ber (they're probably already in the class
businesses and it seems that the two tech
ified section. Anyone want to hire an SQ-1
nologies go hand-in-hand. Was the sam
pling technology in that groundbreaking
Mirage an outgrowth of hearing aid re
programmer? (My emotionally protective
search or vice versa?
4. My SQ-I classic is getting ready to go
the factory to get upgraded to 32-voice
status. Since you guys seem to have gotten
gung-ho about upgrades (don't get me
wrong, I love them) have you considered
making your future synths open-archi
tecture like the Peavey DPM-3? Having
the ability to simply plug in new ROM
chips would greatly reduce the cost and
hassle of having to send the keyboard off
to the factory to get the whole mother
board replaced each time.
mother says I do it real well!) That way,
anybody who wants to chew the fat about
SQ-1 programming, or life in general, can
do so as they please. I'll do anything to
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And now one for the Hacker. Have you
[Ensoniq - 1) You answered your own
question when you said "almost identical
guts." Though these products share a com
mon architecture, there are differences:
The SQ-1 PLUS has a 61-note keyboard,
the SQ-2 has a 76-note pressure sensitive
keyboard, the SQ-R has no keyboard, no
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a conventional hearing aid. His reaction
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people? You never heard of VLSI chip
technology?" They mostly hadn't. And so
(after years of R & D and market re
search) the Sound Selector* was born. Our
music technology and our hearing aid
technology both have their roots in our
custom chip design capabilities. Ensoniq's
goal as a company has always been to seek
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could be employed to competitive ad
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to clear my position and to express some
every day. You write in a magazine which
utilizes advertising and you support a
non-philanthopic company (read: Ensoniq
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First, you are wrong when, after reading
The people at Ensoniq support their
my "succinct" letter, you think: "He has a
Quadra computer and an Ensoniq SD-1:
this is a reach guy." Sorry, Clark, it is im
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and this means money, more money. They
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not "envious or anything," but your words
seem to reflect the opposite - Hey, it's just
a gratuitous assumption; words are so
build nice instruments (I love my SD-1
panies like Ensoniq), but their target is to
sell more and more synthesizers and
samples, money-market guy.
Four, I play music as an amateur and for
Yes, I have a Quadra computer, but this
this reason my choice is the Ensoniq SD-1.
"spendy brand new fancy-schmancy
high-end computer and these moneysucking collections of chips and dip
switches" is, for me, another piece of shit
("merde" in French) for my job. I am a
professional graphic designer and the com
The second reason is the money, because
the SD-1 is a great music workstation
puter is only a tool for me, a tool like ink,
money-market hate me!?
(synthesizer, digital effects, drum ma
chine...) I own only an SD-1 running
through headphones and have no money
for other music hardware. People in the
brush and pencil. Today, I use this "slow"
tool; yes, the Quadra is a slow machine for
my purposes. I dream about a powerful
Hey, Clark, the heart of the SD-1 is a
P.O. Box 37363 • Oak Park, MI 48237
machine like the Silicon Graphics Iris 4D
workstation, but it's only a dream for a
"spendy brand new fancy-schmancy
high-end computer" from Ensoniq and I
like to read stories from the Transoniq
Phone: (313) 355-3643
"middle income earner" like me. As a
Hacker and "Pioneers and braves who will
graphist, I want to improve my style daily
blaze the trail into the land of mysterious
and for this reason I search for better tools.
high-tech hiccups."
NEW
SOUND
MUSIC
4) As great as an "open" architecture
Another detail - I pay for this computer
sounds, it is awfully hard to deliver on the
every month and the owner of it is the
When I speak about a SCSI interface for
promise of "never becoming obsolete," no
matter how well intentioned. One problem
is that the system will always be limited by
leasing company. I lease a new machine
the SD-1 it's only an idea for adding the
missing link to this powerful music
the hardware that is available at the time
of its design, however general-purpose you
every two years (for the same price).
Please contact the leasing company for
Secondly, I am not a pioneer. I dislike
drive? an external SyQuest drive?),
without a "money-sucking" external com
puter. No way to install a SCSI interface? I
couldn't care less - my first priority is
computer freaks and other fanatics who
playing music with the SD-1.
buying this "boring hardware at a substan
tial cost savings."
try to make it. So when faster processors,
bigger memory chips, more powerful ef
fects chips (just to name a few) become
available over time, these "never ob
solete" products will not be able to give
you the benefits of such advances. They
can, of course, offer new features using the
existing hardware, through ROM up
grades. (We do that too.)
But sometimes there's just no substitute for
some new hardware, such as the main
board upgrades that give you II addition
al voices on the SQ and SD products. This
could not have been accomplished with a
ROM upgrade alone, no matter how
spend time and money around the latest
high-tech machine. When I leased the
The last point (ouf!) - this letter is a "suc
Quadra, I used only the software compat
ible with it and my job. I don't have the
time for testing "strange incompatibilities
and mysterious high-tech hiccups." When I
cinct" letter because I don't speak about
the "American way of life" versus the
"French way of life," based on economical
want technical information, I sometimes
about these sorts of tricks. The most im
read those magazines where pioneers
portant thing to know for you "middle in
come earners" and probably the readers is
describe their paths. But now I am sure
about one thing. Don't buy a Quadra only
for playing MIDI applications. A Mac SB
or PC clone or Atari is right for the job and your money.
"open" the system.]
Dear Clark Salisbury,
When I read your response in the Interface
workstation (an internal 20 or 40 Mb hard
Third, when you speak about the moneymarket, I think you react ingenuously. You
considerations. But you and I don't care
that in France, amateurs and some profes
sional musicians are like your "middle in
come earners" and we have a head, a body,
two arms, two legs and ten fingers for
playing Ensoniq musical instruments and
we love, we hate, we dream, we eat, we
de tes ponpes" as we say in France) be
drink, and sometimes we read Transoniq
Hacker and sometimes we try to buy
another piece of shit like a computer
cause you are totally in the money-market
and/or musical hardware. And sometimes
walk near your shoes ("tu marches a cote
2 6
we need money for upgrading our old VFX
(another natural attitude? influence from
the money-market?) and like you, we don't
need "slogans" for playing music.
I'd made you hopping mad ("pissed off
as we say in America) - at least 'til I
reached the sentence in which you say to
take your letter with a grain of salt. Now
I'm not so sure if you are angry with me,
Hey Clark, I like to read the Interface
every month (and it seems that the Inter
teasing me, or just being French. In the in
terest of over-clarifying my rather
face is more a technical forum than a
long-winded original response to your
original letter, I'd meant it with tongue
sample editor which can talk to the EPS
planted firmly in cheek - that is to say,
without even knowing the difference. This
take it with a big grain of salt. To set the
record straight, I use a Mac Ilci with a
320 meg hard drive; I'm not the least bit
includes Sound Designer H (v 2.02), which
we at Ensoniq use daily to transfer sam
musical tribune - but for the internal or
external computer it's the same thing. And
behind everything, there is a man, a
musician - or a joke...) Please, take my let
ter with a grain of salt.
a n t i - t e c h n o l o g y, a n t i - c o m p u t e r, a n t i -
[CS - Alright, Sound Designer users - the
gauntlet is thrown down.]
[Ensoniq - The MIDI (and SCSI) drivers
for the EPS-16 PLUS are identical to those
for the original EPS where wavedata
transfer is concerned. This means that any
should be able to talk to the EPS-16 PLUS
ples to and from the EPS-16 PLUS. So
we're not sure why you are having trouble
And one more thing -1 have a stupid ques
tion about my SD-1. If it is really a
pioneer, or anti-French. And I'm sure I
would have opted for the Quadra had pric
(or why Digidesign told you it wouldn't
high-tech computer disguised as a key
board instrument, why can't programmers
extend the OS code for driving a SCSI in
terface? A complete workstation with an
ing not been a factor - it sounds like a
great machine.
Ensoniq customer service. We will prob
ably be able to help you track down the
problem.]
internal hard drive?
(Hey, don't shoot at the pianist...)
If I offended or annoyed in any way, I
apologize and assure you it was purely
unintentional - just a feeble attempt at a
bit of levity. Oh well - c'est la vie, dude
(or garcon, as we say in restaurants).]
Sincerely,
Jean-Luc Berthelot
Drancy, France
To a l l .
[TH - Looking back over Clark's answer
to your previous letter, well, gee, maybe he
was feeling a little frisky - and we're sure
he'll have some comments following ours.
However, there are a couple things here
that we'd like to comment on (assuming
As a Digidesign Sound Designer II and
EPS user I have had great results for the
work, for that matter.) We suggest you call
Hacker:
I just got the June copy of TH (#84) and
there was this article by Tom Shear about
Backwards sampling...
Tom goes into a complex and long-winded
you're at least partially serious). We think
that there may actually be some real, live,
cultural differences at work here - on this
side of the pond, we're actually PROUD
when we have money-sucking equipment!
past several years transferring my edited
way of getting a sample to play back
wards. Has anyone written to tell you that
he could have simply used the commands
samples from Mac to EPS. When I up
EDIT LEG (taking you to the low level
graded to an EPS-16+, I had trouble send
ing and receiving sample files. After a
support call to Digidesign, I was astounded
to find that Digi has no driver for the
data commands) and gone:
R E V E R S E D ATA ? < E n t e r Y E S
EPS-16-1- but does have one for the stock
SAMPLE START ##### END ##### (set
them accordingly)
EPS. This of course means that samples
ENTER YES
edited in 16-bit format can be transferred
to Ensoniq's 13-bit machine, but not to
Then the data that you defined at SAMPLE
Also, we suspect that you may have felt
there might have been some disdain ex
their 16-bit one.
S TA R T & E N D w o u l d b e r e v e r s e d a n d
pressed toward the idea of making money
fooling around. Actually, the Hacker is not
Digi's response was that their emphasis is
in supporting Pro Tools and Sound Tools
and that writing a driver for the 164- was
not plaimed at the present time, but that
the least bit defensive about being money
enough interest would get them working
grubbing. Not only do our advertisers pay
us, but (gasp!) so do our subscribers. And
we wouldn't have it any other way! Profit
is the market's way of telling you that what
on one... (i.e. if enough letters demanding
a driver are sent to president Peter Gotcher).
doing the same thing with an EPS.)
you're selling is worth more to people than
what you're using up to create it. When
this puppy starts to lose money it's not
because all of a sudden we're kinder,
sweeter people, it's just telling us (with
I'd like to initiate this campaign and ap
peal to all users of this product to write to
Peter Gotcher (at Digidesign, 1360 Willow
Roar, Ste. 101, Menlo Park, CA 94025) to
implement the EPS-164- driver... otherwise
it's Alchemy!
Department of Psychology
University of Westem Australia
(a feeling that does seem to infect some
"artists" ). Well, not here. Clark was just
emphasis) to either stop or change what
we're doing. And Ensoniq never claimed
to be running a charity either.]
play backwards.
A. David Villani
Data Music Services,
[CS - On first reading, I was pretty sure
Altoona, Pa.,
Just thought I'd let you know. I nearly did
things the long hard way in my "pitch
shifting" article if you remember. (It's
generally possible to find several ways of
Regards,
Scott Fisher [[email protected]]
Nedlands, 6009. PERTH, W.A.
[Tom Shear
has missed
"Backwards
turn a sound
replies - I think Mr. Fisher
the point of my article. By
Sampling" I didn't mean to
in reverse, but to sample in a
retrogressive, unnecessarily difficult way.
Seriously, I would like to thank Mr. Fisher
and the other Hackers who contacted me
1700 Lisboa, Portugal
personally to alert me to this simpler
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It just goes to show that Ensoniq's
Spanish manual with the EPS-16 PLUS
was made by our Portuguese distributor,
products are so flexible that they provide
us with more than one way to skin the
who is:
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You can contact them at the address or
phone number above. We're sure they will
be happy to get you an English language
version.]
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Since I've just started to be a Transoniq
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Dear TH,
make my first complaint to Ensoniq...
I just received my first Transoniq Hacker
and I like it a lot. I own an SQ-R 32
I am Portuguese, so I live in a European
Voice. The article on how to use the ef
country called PORTUGAL, which is
more than 900 years old, where the official
fects was something I was looking for for
language is Portuguese - a language
spoken throughout the world by more than
a long time.
I have a couple of questions:
150,000,000 people.
My point is, if Ensoniq does not have Por
tuguese Musician's Manuals, at least the
English version could be sent here - be
My SQ-R is getting very hot. It stands on
top of a CD player. On top of the SQ-R is
a TX-7. Since the TX-7 is rather small, the
area over the power supply of the SQ-R is
cause it's easier to understand than the
not covered, so there should be a lot of
Spanish version.
room for the cooling air to circulate. After
using my SQ-R over a couple of hours it
When I bought the EPS-16 PLUS, I was
gets hot. I caimot put my hand on top of
given the Spanish version of the Musi
the power supply area for longer than
cian's Manual, which has been taking me
about 10 seconds. Other than that, it per
forms fine. Is that normal considering that
a lot longer to read and understand.
it's running off a 220 V line?
Although Portugal and Spain are geo
graphically and historically close
Does Ensoniq or any other company sell
countries, it does not mean that we speak
the same language!
any public domain sounds or inexpensive
sounds for the SQ-R on Atari ST disk? I
do not like ROM cards, especially when
I'm looking forward to receiving the
magazine, hoping it will help me to clear
they are $99 apiece (which means they are
even more expensive here in Germany).
some doubts about the somewhat too com
plicated operating system of the EPS-16
Do you have an e-mail address?
Plus - which seems to have been
developed without a major concern about
being user friendly and functional at the
Thanks for the help,
same time. (Others have done this - Akai
Leichlingen, Germany
Gerald Kaendler
SIOOO.)
[TH - Our e-mail addresses can be found
in the tiny print at the beginning of the In
Sincerely,
Paulo Abreu
Rua Fernando Pessoa,
No 20 r/c Esq.
2 8
terface column. The Compuserve address
is also accessible via Internet.]
[CS -1 wouldn't worry too much about
your SQ-R - these little devils will get
pretty warm at times. If you can, though, it
would be a good idea to try to let a little
air circulate fully around the unit - if you
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Dear Hacker,
First, I'd like to say how much I enjoy
your magazine. Even though I only own an
play a line, minus the last note, and then
SQ-80 and VFX-SD, I read (and reread)
use another track for the last note with the
most of the articles, reviews and Interface
desired release. In facL if you can explain,
material, we usually try to have an article
or two that's more general and, of course
the usual ads. Front Panel, Interface, and
when they're not too technical for my
in simple terms, how to assign volume
Basement Tapes that are for everyone.]
simple mind. Recently, since renewing my
subscription (yes, I let it lapse, forgive me)
I noticed that, with so many new products
from Ensoniq appearing regularly, it's a
hit-or-miss proposition finding something
control to the mod wheel, like on the
pertaining to any particular instrument.
July, '92, for instance, had no articles at
all on the VFX, except for the review on
the ISD-3 sounds and only a few passing
references in the Interface. So, maybe this
is wishful thinking but do you foresee any
possibility of creating an occasional
"All..." periodical or series (like your
Also, I'm interested in trading VFX
soimds with anybody.
Mirage package)? Are there any other
readers who would comment on this?
Also, since I can't for the life of me under
stand my Owner's Manual (especially
programming) could you explain how to
create a key-down fade (release) on VFX
programs? I've tried adjusting ENV 4 (as
on the SQ-80) but I can't get the entire
sound to fade completely. The release
function is only effective if (for instance
on a string program) you use one track to
"Pedal Steel" program, to others like
strings and sax, you'll have my undying
gratitude and lifelong subscription.
[CS - I'm not quite sure what you mean by
"key down fade" - particularly in light of
the fact that the VFX has no ENV 4 - ENV
3 is the envelope generally used to control
the overall volume contour. The simplest
thing I can tell you is that if you set the
sustain level on ENV 3 to 00, and make
Thanks very much,
Nick St. John
sure the envelope mode is set to normal,
the sound will eventually decay to silence.
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How long it takes to do so will depend, of
Henderson, NV 89104
course, on other envelope settings. Also,
make sure that you are setting up the en
[TH - Actually, the July issue (#85) had
Thomas's SD-I Power Primer (a lot of
which applies to the VFX), Mandel's
review, and the SDIVFX Hackerpatch. It is
a problem trying to fit everything in but we
do try to balance things among the leading
instruments. Between the (industry-wide)
velope you want for each active voice in a
patch - adjusting the envelope parameters
for one voice when there may be two or
more voices sounding will probably not
drop off in ad pages and the slow attrition
of Mirage and ESQ-IISQ-80 articles,
there's been a marked increase in the
space available for the newer stuff. In
a d d i t i o n t o t h e i n s t r u m e n t - s p e c i fi c
2 9
produce the desired effect.
You can control the volume of any voice
within a patch by assigning the modwheel
as the MODSRC in that voice's output sec
tion. Once it's been assigned, providing a
positive number for MODAMT will cause
the voice level to increase as the wheel is
Messe (besides, "JD" is a designation
used by Roland). Are you sure you were in
the right booth?]
you get a copy of the following expla
nations.]
[CS - Francisco, that's not really a bug.
[Ensoniq - Actually, we debuted only the
DP/4 Parallel Effects Processor at Frank
All revs of the EPS do this when the loop
furt. Like Clark, we're not sure what (or
whose) product you are thinking of]
actually misses the loop markers and plays
right on through each of the samples in
memory, one at a time. It can even play
length is set to a single sample - the EPS
through samples you think have been
deleted, since these samples aren't actual
ly purged from memory unless new data is
DearTH,
Here's an interesting EPS-16 PLUS bug
for you, if it is indeed a bug. What I did
written to the same location. It won't hurt
'50s to this week's chart for your
ESQ-1, SQ-80. VFX-sd, or SD-1 —
was this:
weird.]
also ROLAND. MACINTOSH and IBM.
I sampled an a capella passage and
[Ensoniq - In this case, the sampler is in
chopped it up so that there was one syll
able mapped to two adjacent keys, another
fact playing through all memory, having
"missed" the loop. The little clicks you
syllable mapped to the next two keys, etc.
Mind you I did this not by COPY PARA
METERS ONLY and then changing the
hear are caused either by level discon
SAMPLE-START and SAMPLE-END, but
rather by COPY PARAMETERS AND
DATA and then truncating each wave-
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pushed forward, and assigning a negative
want to change level and vibrato simul
taneously.]
tinuities between samples or, in certain
cases, by the oscillator playing the para
memory at the front of each instrument.]
sample to get different syllables. Then, on
the EDIT WAVE page, I set the mode to
LOOP FORWARD and the loop size to 0.
I know, I know, the loop size parameters
generally don't allow this and if you in
crease the loop size, you'll never get it
smaller than 1 sample again, but it's poss
Dear Hacker Interface,
Please help me. I've spent over six hours
attempting to save and send sys-ex on my
ible.
EPS (original) and can't do it. Three of the
hours were spent before I read Brian
Then, when I played the note, it played
Rost's "Storage Tricks for the SQ-80." I
felt that his procedure for transferring
number to MODAMT will cause the level
to decrease. You may also want to disable
modwheel control of the LFO, unless you
anything, though - just sounds kinda
ALL the samples in
t h e l a y e r, b a c k t o
back, with a little dis
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Hello TH,
Just want to say that everybody who owns
an EPS-16 PLUS should buy the Parallel
Effects from Waveboy Industries, They are
just wonderful.
Now to Ensonlq: After five months of
waiting I still don't hear or see anything
about the new ID-100 you demonstrated at
one sample and the
next. Is the sampler
The drives listed below are known to be compatible with the EPS and
just cruising through
the whole memory,
ception of PS Systems, Eltekon, and Frontera whose drives are con
figured to work specifically with Ensoniq products). Drives not included on
since it has been told
EPS-16 PLUS at the time attesting. Changes in firmware or hardware by
drive manufacturers may make later versions incompatible (with the ex
this list may also work just fine. For up-to-date information about specific
drives call Ensoniq Customer Service: 215-647-3930.
to loop over nothing?
And, if so, why the
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can load EPS samples. It sounded great. So
publish my letter and
an explanation, let me
know somehow, be
cause my subscription
what went wrong?
has
the Frankfurter Masse - you know, that
new synth, something like an SD-1 that
run
out
and
I'm
t o o b r o k e t o r e n e w.
Thanks,
Hoeselt, Belgium
Francisco Hulse
Drives Reported to Work by Readers
reader's EPS systems. No guarantees —• but they'll probably viork with
yours. Try to try before you buy.
Oakland, CA
[CS - According to Ensoniq, there was no
"JD-IOO" introduced at the Frankurter
Models
The following drives have been reported to work satisfactorily with
Keep up the good work,
P a t r i c k Vo e s
All
Rodime 45plus, 60plus, lOOplus, 140plus
[TH - We'll see that
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Quantum 100M, 21OM
PowerDrive44
Seagate 80M
Syquest 555 (removable)
Te c h D a t a M o d e l 6 0 e
sys-ex messages was innovative and al
most worked for me on my EPS. Before
reading his article, I couldn't even save
sys-ex.
Here's the lowdown. I have a Roland Juno
[CS - We've had other readers who've had
troubles using machines that require hand
shaking when doing SysEx dumps, as your
Juno does. I'm afraid I don't have an
tomer Service we may be able to help you
find a solution.]
MIDI error message. I did not forget to
wouldn't pause to wait for this message, so
turn the memory protect off and the sys-ex
on. The instruments were going direct In
this would give you problems.
and Out to each other. I've tried almost
It seems to me that Juno programs can be
everything.
dumped and loaded individually (I may be
wrong about this), so you might consider
trying to send and load individual pro
grams.]
[Ensoniq - We suspect that the Juno 2
hand-shaking and!or some timing issue re
lated to it is causing your problem. There
are some older synths (specifically those
requiring hand-shaking) which are simply
lion.
Yours truly,
Mark Schaefer
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