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More SQ-Tips '93
Pat Finnigan
equip ourselves with your old affordable
gear. And the real hoot is that the
majority of other keyboard manufacturers
are simply upgrading their instruments to
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In this issue
Articles:
More SQ Tips '93
Pat
Finnigan
Cover
EPS/ASR Rhythm Directories
Phil
Rogers
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Ensoniq standards. Things like changing
patches on the fly without muting the sus
taining note, non-destructive editing,
MIDI SysEx sequencer dumps (ESQ-1,
1986), disk drives (DSK-8, 1984), SCSI
Frightening Sound Effects - SDA'FX
HD support (EPS, 1987) — it's more a
question of why the other companies
More SQ=B-3
waited SOOO long. The ox is slow, but
the world is patient, just like your SQ,
waiting for you to get busy with it.
Once again, here it comes. Your friendly
local music dealer has received his al
So rather than buzz down to your dealer
location of hot new gear, and he's called
and drool over new and moist gear, get
you to come in and see what's moving
and shaking. Two choices present them
selves: you can (a) hop over and see what
the competition has wrought, lusting after
new toys and generally depressing your
self by not owning the latest Turbo Cuisinart, or (b) say "No, thanks" and blow it
off. Choice (b) presents two alternate
choices, (i) wondering what you might be
missing, and (ii), saving yourself the tor
ture of drooling over gear you can't pos
sibly afford. Since this is an unusually
busy showing all your friends they have a
long road ahead trying to catch up to the
flat economic election year (ii) seems to
be the rule of thumb.
SQ's performance standards. Here's some
new tips and tricks guaranteed to turn
heads:
Mark
Travo
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Clifton
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The VFX-sd & SD-1 Event Editor - Part I
Robby
Herman
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Reviews:
B asement Tapes: Burke
Daniel
Mandel
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Public Domain Librarian Programs
Rost
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Live Performance Tips
(A) Use that edit buffer! If you find your
self looking for the one patch in an
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Shear
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obscure "Card B47" location, don't worry
Redshift's PrivatLabel for SQ-BOs
about copying it over an Internal patch
that you may later wish you could restore.
Drop the patch into the edit bxiffer simply
by selecting it and pressing the "Edit
Michael
Sounds" button. Now, whenever you need
why people who have barely scratched
the surface of operating their musical in
struments practically give their old instru
ments away just to buy this year's model.
Not that I'm complaining. As a matter of
fact, thanks, guys, you're making it poss
that patch, it's only a single button press
away. Really useful for holding your
most commonly used sound; I use it for
holding the "Grand Act" patch transposed
an octave up for solo work, but hey, be
ISSUE NUMBER 92. $2.50
Joe
Brian
But for the life of me, I can't understand
ible for family guys like me to be able to
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creative.
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FEBRUARY, 1993
(B) Use those presets! Why settle for one patch when you can
have any combination of 8, layered together in any combina
tion of local instruments (not even counting external MIDI
gear)? Exercise those double-click skills; the preset not only
sax section tracks, reverb only for trumpet/trombone parts,
settings on call, but you've got the effects section to massage
Ensoniq sax samples are pretty well buffed and moist anyway,
remembers which instruments you selected and returns those
that collage.
acoustic piano, dry upright bass, and light reverb for the drum-
kit when sequencing big band tunes. Light chorused sax
samples are like, out the pocket, they're so good; then again,
so you can't lose!
(B) Use both footswitches! Select "Sequences/Presets," then
"Edit/Copy Sound," then 9-2. See the blinking "unused" fol
lowing the "FtswL=" parameter? Do something about it! I
(C) Use Song Mode! When you really get serious and under
stand the implications of (B) above, make a one-sequence song
of this preset, and double your fun in Song Mode by adding
eight more instruments for a total of 16 patches on call at the
push of a button. Talk about living large! All selected instru
ments (16 of a possible 340 local patches, non-inclusive of ex
ternal MIDI voices), track routings, effects routings (and the
infamous selected "double-clicked" instruments) are mem
orized upon storage, including pan, effect routings, levels,
don't know how I could work without a Sequencer start/stop
footswitch, either live or just noodling around in the music
room here. I question the use of a sostenuto footswitch with the
original SQ-1 piano samples, but I'll bet it's pretty handy when
used with the Hydergine/Piracetam-enhanced piano samples of
the 32-voice and mega-piano waves. Plus, when you restart the
sequencer using the footswitch, the sequences resume where
modulators, etc.
you left off instead of starting at the top. Kinda like a pause
button on a cassette deck — really interesting for live use. Just
(D) Use the footpedal! Your hands are busy enough playing the
tune and calling instrument layers with the patch/preset but
tons: define the CVP-1 as a modulator and tweak your preset/
randomly stop the song, spout some election nonsense in meter,
and resume.
song patches for modulating wave start indices, pitch mod, fil
(C) Use Mixdown Mode! Using the footpedal to change play
back levels is akin to mixing your tracks down on a Rupert
ter mod, etc. REREAD Clark Salisbury's SQ programming ar
ticles in the last year and a half's THs; excellent tutorials with
on-hand, step-by-step editing. You probably glossed over some
Neve console using your toes; it'll work, but you're com
municating on an olfactory, rather than an aural level. Besides,
who's left in the control room once your socks come off? No,
use the Data Entry slider in Mixdown Mode for final mixing;
it's a linear fader and much more accurate than accelerating a
track into a skid. Besides, if you don't hear the difference, your
hidden easter eggs in these articles. Speaking of easter eggs,
don't forget the "FS" parameter in the "Edit Song Steps" pages.
(E) Use both outputs! You paid good money for the SQ and
choke its sonic qualities by using half of its output stages. All
friends will thank you for it.
SQ series instruments are placed across a broad stereo stage;
why constrain that image thru a mono 1/4" guitar cable?
(D) Toggle Sequence/Song Tracks! I never had much of a
reason for doing this, since I learned Ensoniq sequencing on an
EPS. However, on an SQ, you're dealing with 16 tracks in
(F) Animotion! I stumbled on this one a bit ago; a variation of
wave sequencing. Using one of your favorite presets, record a
Song mode, and there's only 8 track buttons. So rather than go
sequence of short length, say 1 to 4 bars, by recording one track
with one short note. Erase the note by event editing. Now
through the 5-button press timewarp, get to the "Song uses ef
fect from" page and double-click on any track button to change
the 8-button slate from "Song" to "Sequence." Of course,
record foot controller information on other tracks! Set loop
switch (1-0) on. When you play layered sounds as chords with
you've gotta be working on a song (locations 70-99) to do this
'cause there ain't no song tracks in "Sequence" mode. A real
the sequencer running, these controller messages wil fade dif
ferent tracks in and out, depending on patch selection and foot
pedal proficiency (FPP?). Do it on song tracks/presets for un
believably live textures and REALLY large pads. If you want
stil more motion, record pan changes (7-1) and timbre changes
(7-4) into each track. Dizzying! If you want even more motion,
time saver when you've got a bunch of tracks with the same
patch on them and can't find which one has the clunker in it.
(E) Use an MC-32 card! (Like you got a choice!) Nothing is
more disparaging than working 3-4 hours on a song only to
try the Vortex at King's Island...
have a power failure! Well, yes there is; nothing is more dis
paraging than seeing that "Unexpected event: ID=xxx (insert
2-3 numbers of your choice; my all-time favorites are 130, 131,
Sequencing Tips
and 144, although a 37 or 44 constitutes a lucky hit of lotto
proportions). Work for a half hour and save to card. I know, the
(A) Use Those Effects Routings! I almost always default to the
Chorus & Reverb" algorithm since it allows me five options
card's too damn small, but it's all we got (until some enterpris
ing third party designs a disk drive to plug in the card slot).
(Dry, FXl, FX2, Control, and Voice), not to mention the HF
Damping and Decay Time options on Reverb. This algorithm
SQX-70-enhanced SQ owners (including me) have the added
problem of the card not being large enough to hold our work.
works really well for contemporary/sectional music. Use
chorus and reverb on the electric piano and rhythm guitar
The only solution is to save to an EPS as a SysEx file (save
tracks, reverb only for drums and vocal pads; hey, whatever
your sounds, too!), or save to a computer- based librarian/se
sounds good, do it! My favorite is to use reverb and chorus on
quencer. I do both, because I've had weird transfers from my
2
Mac running Performer 3.42. Oddly enough, I've never had a
board and grab the mouse and wring what I tried to play out of
a computer, not to mention the pain in the arse of changing
focus from music to software and juggling the two in some
diabolic pretext of making "music." Not that it has any flaws,
but the SQ's really excel at organ, brass, pad sounds, drums;
hell, it's really not weak anywhere but the pilot compartment.
corrupt file or a bad load x-ferring data to the SQl from an
EPS. I guess the EPS and SQ'x like to share secrets or some
thing. Use the card; all you live users.
For all you SQ-2 owners, you get the added fun of using key
pressure as a modulator, so experiment using that with the
above examples; I would've added pressure except it's a luxury
Now if Ensoniq could do something about that, h
SQ-1 users don't have. It's been almost two years since the
SQ-1 and I made acquaintances; I'm still discovering new
tricks and applications using it. I remember how excited I was
after writing my first tune with it; I climbed on it again yester
Bio: Pat Finnlgan is a service tech turned musician who writes
secret messages in sequences on his EPSs, wondering how
much harder he can push this Malvern silicon before it reverts
back to sand. His latest composition, The Ensoniq Suite, has
been banned by Hans Solo, but is available on EPS disk since it
isn't an audio medium and violates no community standards.
day and was equally excited after doing another tune. You
know, sometimes maybe the planets are aligned, your musical
ideas run out of your fingers directly into a sequencer. I'm just
really glad it's an Ensoniq board. I don't have to leave the key-
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H A C K E R B A S E M E N T TA P E S
Daniel Monde!
The best thing here is Ed's fun and frolicking DOGGY IN
THE WINDOW, which took me completely by surprise. The
worst thing is that he only sent me two songs, and I wish
Tape: Untitled.
Aitist: Edward L. Burke.
Contact info: 146 Meadow Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-8983.
there was more to listen to!
Equipment: EPS, VFX, Outboard effects — Yamaha GEP
Good luck with your future projects, Ed, and I hope to get a
50, BBE Sonic Maximizer.
tape from your band or your own self in the future. Happy
N e w Ye a r ! h
This is my first review actually written in 1993 and it brings
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us a double helping of music and madness from Ed Burke
that he wrote, long ago, in 1990. The first, HOLE IN ONE, is
an upbeat fusion piece that has a very nice stereo spread and
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interesting instrumentation throughout.
The second offering, DOGGY IN THE WINDOW, is a com
plete surprise. It is a reminder of what samplers are all about
and why they are amazing and powerful instruments. It is
FUN! Ed has apparently managed to get his son to speak into
a microphone and make a wide range of noises, sounds,
Bio: Daniel Mandel is a songwriter,
sound designer, and has sold pro
squeaks and grunts, as well as several well rehearsed and, I
would guess, often repeated phrases! He then turned his EPS
audio and keyboard equipment and
produced demo tapes for local
into a son-o-phone, or syntho-boy, or an electronic sonphony.
Whatever you decide to call it, it is amazing and automatical
ly appealing. I dare ya to not light up with a smile when you
bands.
give a listen.
Ed says, "I decided to send you a demonstration of what I've
done on the EPS. I love sequencing and composing and am
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An EPS/ASR-10 Rhythm Directory on
Floppy Disk
Parti
Phil Rogers
rd be willing to bet that a lot of you new (and not so new)
EPS and ASR-10 owners who, like me, haven't yet scraped
enough cash together to spring for a SCSI port and hard
drive, also haven't imagined any practical use for the
that at least some of you have no prior experience with the
topic, and haven't yet purchased either the Bonus Beats or
Gary Morrison's Xenharmonic Scales for the EPS (also or
ganized in the form of a directory), I'll start from scratch.
CREATE DIRECTORY command (on the EPS' COM
MAND/SYSTEM page). A directory provides the means to
save/store more than 38 files on a disk, and to organize and
classify this large volume of files, enabling you to locate a
file you want to load, relatively easily. For most applica
tions, there is not much likelihood you would be able or
need to fit that many files on a floppy, due to the fact that
the instruments fill up the available disk memory fairly
quickly (and how many songs will you program using that
Basically, a directory has a method of organization which is
analogous to the root system of a tree. With a tree, you have
a main root, which divides into several root branchings, and
those in turn further subdivide, etc., etc.. In a roughly
analogous manner, a root directory is divided and contains
(farther down the hierarchical chain) two or more subdirec
tories and/or other files. Each such subdirectory may in turn
same bank of instruments?).
directories and/or other files. See page 17 of the Advanced
Applications Guide for a sample schematic diagram of a
very rudimentary directory structure. When you create your
own directory (including one you'll create while performing
the exercises which follow) it's an excellent idea to keep
track of what you are doing by making a similar schematic
drawing as you go along, and to save it in a notebook.
Having the entire contents of a directory structure visible
like this will allow you to easily scan for the file(s) you
want access to. Since each subdirectory, as well as the root
directory, can have up to 38 files in it, things can get rather
convoluted in some areas of the structure, and it ends up
being a time saver and a stress reducer to keep such a map.
be divided into and contain two or more of its own sub
But, I wanted a way to store and load all of the drum se
quences from several beat books I had acquired (see bibli
ography) on one floppy disk, and so I set out to create a
rhythm directory. At first I became quickly confused fol
lowing the instructions in the EPS Advanced Applications
Guide, so I called Ensoniq Customer Service, and was lucky
enough to reach one of their people who had worked on the
"Bonus Beats" disk (from Volume 8 of the SLT 10-pack
Sound Library) which is a less extensive version of what I
was planning. He patiently led me through the steps of how
-to use directory commands, so that, even though I couldn't
replicate those steps after I got off the phone, I knew there
were no bugs in the system, just in my brain (and in the Ad
vanced Applications Guide: more on that in a minute).
Ok, let's push some buttons. First, load up the POWER
DRUMS (or your own favorite drum kit) into the EPS' in
ternal memory, choosing INSTRUMENT/TRACK 1. Now
Once I acquired the Bonus Beats disk, things started to heat
up — now I had an existing directory to work with, and the
Volume 8 Sound Disk Manual had quick and easy-to-follow,
press COMMAND/SYSTEM, and quickly press keypad 6:
the LCD should read "CREATE DIRECTORY." Note that
this means "create subdirectory," as you are creating your
first division or subdirectory of the root directory. Press
step by step, button by button instructions on how to enter a
basic directory and how to find and load sequence files
from it into the EPS' internal memory. It wasn't very long
ENTER/YES, and you'll see "DIRNAME = NEW DIREC
TORY." Use the arrow (cursor) buttons to change this to
"DIRNAME = RHYTHMS" and again press ENTER/YES.
before I began to understand the internal architecture of a
directory. I then recognized that, although all the essential
information I needed was presented in the Advanced Ap
Let's see what we have so far: press LOAD. You should see
"FILE 1 RHYTHMS"; press the right or left arrow button:
the LCD should read "0 FILES," meaning there are as yet
no files in our subdirectory RHYTHMS. Press any of the
three remaining arrow buttons to go back to "FILE 1
RHYTHMS," then press ENTER/YES again: the disk drive
plications Guide, it was not in an accessible enough form
(at least not for me) to have understood it without a lot of
brow beating and plenty of good help.
So, for those of you who have had similar problems, I'm of
fering this hands-on tutorial as a (hopefully) foolproof
method of learning to create and use directories. Assuming
will cluck and the LCD will read "BACKUP TO ROOT."
This means that you are in a subdirectory of the root direc6
tory, and (don't do it yet!) if you again press ENTER/YES,
you will go "back up" to view the file(s) of the root direc
tory. Instead, first press the right arrow button, and you'll
first file in the root directory appear, i.e. "FILE 1
RHYTHMS" will appear, once again (meaning that file 1 of
looking good so far! Now let's press ENTER/YES again
see the name of the directory you're currently in: "THISDIR = RHYTHMS." Now press ENTER/YES, and "FILE 1
the root directory is called "RHYTHMS").
Staying in LOAD mode, drill the last few moves with the
cursor and ENTER/YES buttons for the sake of greater
familiarity. At this point, the main thing to remember when
a file number and name appear (i.e., in our example, "FILE
1 RHYTHMS") is that you can push the side arrow buttons
to find out how many files are in the subdirectory
RHYTHMS, in this case, zero files. If a "BACKUP TO..."
message appears, pressing the right cursor will show you
what directory you're currently in.
Let's add a second subdirectory to our root. First pull up
"FILE 1 RHYTHMS" on the LCD. Since we're now view
RHYTHMS." Press the UP arrow, toggling to "FILE 2
DRUMKITS" so we can verify that our POWER DRUMS
are where we would expect them to be. Press the RIGHT or
LEFT arrow: the display will read "1 FILES." Yep, it's
since this should allow us to view what is in the DRUM-
KITS subdirectory, namely, our POWER DRUMS.
Whoops! What happened? Instead of saying "FILE 1 POW
ER DRUMS" we see "BACKUP TO ROOT"!?!?! The right/
left buttons show we're in the correct directory : "THISDIR
= DRUMKITS." #%&[email protected]?!! The EPS is playing its old
tricks again. Well buddy, you're right. Now, if you please,
press the INSTRUMENT button: "FILE I POWER
DRUMS" again appears. Now you get it, right?
The other half of the trick is as follows: say you've been
working from another disk (one without a directory) and
you throw this directory disk in the disk drive, to load up a
ing the contents of the root directory, we can add our
bossa nova beat as well as the POWER DRUMS. You press
DIRECTORY" will again appear on the LCD, so press
MENT!" Well, we know that earlier we had saved POWER
DRUMS to the DRUMKITS subdirectory, and while in
second subdirectory to it. Press COMMAND: "CREATE
LOAD/ INSTRUMENT and the LCD reads "NO INSTRU
ENTERA'ES an you'll see "DIRNAME = RHYTHMS" be
cause the display defaults to the most recently named direc
LOAD mode we had pressed INSTRUMENT to verify that
POWER DRUMS in fact came up on the screen. Now we
tory file. Use the cursor buttons to rename this subdirectory
press LOAD and INSTRUMENT, and the rather disconcert
ing message "NO INSTRUMENTS" appears. What now?
"DRUMKITS," and again, press ENTER/YES.
Let's check our results again: press LOAD. The display will
Well, it seems that whatever was saved to the directory
read "FILE 2 DRUMKITS"; the right/left cursor buttons
must needs be accessed via the directory structure — you
will bring up "0 FILES," since neither have we saved any
kits nor created any further subdirectories within this
DRUMKITS directory. The up/down arrows will toggle be
where you saved the file in order to again find and load that
have to go into the directory, then find the subdirectory
file. So, press LOAD, then SYSTEM, and work your way
down the paths of subdirectories until you locate the instru
tween "FILE 1 RHYTHMS" and "FILE 2 DRUMKITS," in
ments, banks, songs, sequences or MIDI files you want to
other words, will enable us to view the two files within the
root directory. Now press the up/down buttons until "FILE
2 DRUMKITS" is showing. Enter the DRUMKITS sub
load.
End of Part 1. Next month we'll actually go through the
directory by pressing ENTER/YES: the display will read
process of creating and filling our beat directories, m
"BACKUP TO ROOT" and the right/left buttons will bring
up "THISDIR = DRUMKITS." Press COMMAND then IN
STRUMENT buttons, scroll to "SAVE INSTRUMENT"
and, after pressing INSTRUMENT/TRACK button 1 until it
Bibliography: A List of Some Useful Beat Books
is lit, press ENTER/YES twice to save POWER DRUMS
(or whatever kit you loaded earlier) into the DRUMKITS
Feldstein, Sandy — Roland Drum Machine Rhythm Diction
subdirectory.
ary, Van Nuys, CA: Alfred, 1987
Now press LOAD, and "FILE 1 POWER DRUMS" will ap
Montfort, Matthew — Ancient Traditions — Future Pos
sibilities: Rhythmic Training through the Traditions of
Africa, Bali and India, Mill Valley, CA: Panoramic, 1985.
pear, since the EPS display defaults to the most recently
saved or created file when the LOAD button is pressed.
Now press SYSTEM and the display reads "BACKUP TO
ROOT." Press INSTRUMENT and "FILE 1 POWER
Payne, Jim — Mel Bay's Funk Drumming, Pacific, MO:
DRUMS" reappears. Since we don't need to re-load our
drums, let's press the SYSTEM button, and when "BACK
UP TO ROOT" appears press ENTER/YES. We will see the
Mel Bay, 1982
Rockschool 1: Guitar, Bass and Drums, ed Chris Lent, New
7
York: Fireside — Simon and Schuster, 1987
Walker, Dan with Verga, Jack — Roland D10ID20 Pattern
Handbook, Newbury Park, CA: Alexander, 1988
Rockschool 2: Electronics, Keyboards and Vocals, ed Chris
Lent, New York: Fireside — Simon and Schuster, 1987
Wilkes, Steve, Defuria, Steve and Scacciaferro, Joe, The Art
of Digital Drumming, Ferro Music Technology Series, Mil
Savage, Steve — The Billboard Book of Rhythm, New
waukee: Hal Leonard, 1989
Yo r k : B i l l b o a r d 1 9 8 9
The Rotating Speaker Simulation, the
ASR-10
and
the
EPS-16+
It Can Be Real!
Barry Carson
When I was a young rock organ player, one of the things I
saved my dollars for that I earned playing at the TeenCenters was a Fender VibraTone. The VibraTone (for those
too young to remember) was a small Leslie speaker in a
Fender cabinet that would match your Twin-Reverb. That
was the beginning of my infatuation with Mr. Leslie's
wonderful invention. 1 later moved up to a Model 147, and
recently I've had a chance to use a number of the digital
Leslie simulators available. The purpose of this article is to
can add reverb later and use the wheel to add vibrato
without speeding the Leslie up (and we also can speed up
the Rotor without adding vibrato).
Let's listen to what we have. On the real Leslie the move
ment of the rotors and horns affects the sound in two main
ways. First there is a change in volume; a speaker that is
pointing at you will seem louder than one that is pointing
away from you. Second there is a change in pitch. Back in
high school physics you learned about the Doppler effect.
explore the Rotary Speaker effect in the EPS-16+ and the
ASR-10. The effect in both machines is identical, by the
As the speaker horn rotates toward us, the sound waves
emitted by the horn will bunch closer together thus raising
the pitch a tad. As the speaker turns away the sound waves
will lag a little behind and stretch out and the pitch will
seem to drop. An irony of all of this is that if you were
small enough and decided to ride the rotating Leslie horn,
you would hear none of this pitch shifting because the
sound would never approach you or recede from you. The
sound source would be, relative to you, stationary. So we
have two auditory clues that we are listening to a Leslie
speaker — change in volume and pitch. There are other,
more subtle ways that a rotating speaker affects sound, but
their explanations go beyond the scope of my vocabulary.
And spinning around is not all that a Leslie does — it spins
around at two speeds and the player can switch between the
two as part of his or her performance.
w a y.
My first observation on this matter is that including this ef
fect in a sampling instrument was a stroke of true genius.
As an organ player for more years than I care to mention, I
can say that most synthesizers can't really sound too much
like authentic organs (and authentic is the key word here).
No matter how great the organ waveforms are, things like
note foldback are often impossible to synthesize. Using the
art of creative multi-sampling it is possible to re-create in
credible organ sounds (possibly the subject of a later Hack
er article), and using the Rotary Speaker effect can make
these sounds come alive. I would also like to mention that
anything I say in this article is simply a suggestion; since
we are dealing with what is essentially an illusion, opinions
may vary widely as to which illusion is closest to the actual
experience of listening to a mechanical Leslie.
Let's go to the EPS-16+ or ASR-10. Crank the Rotating
Speaker effect up to fast speed and listen. To my ears the
Let's take a look at the Leslie 147 speaker and try to cap
default speed setting is a little too fast. Not that a real Leslie
ture that elusive sound with our Ensoniq sampler. First load
doesn't turn that fast, it's more that the effect at that speed
becomes kind of a gigantic vibrato, like your Aunt Edna
used to get on her Mighty Wurlitzer. My choice for fast
rotor speed is between 65 and 70. Pick a speed that, to you,
creates the best illusion of a Leslie speaker on high speed.
the very best organ sample you can find. Select Effect ROM
9, Rotary Speaker and Reverb, hit Edit Effects and scroll up
to Variation 2, Clean 122. Go across to Reverb after Roto
and set it to 0, keep going across to Fast-Slow switch and
set it to Patch. Now we have the straight Leslie effect; we
8
motors, one for fast speed and one for slow. This was to
the effect is in proper balance to the straight sound. You
may want to have neither layer turned up all the way since
the combined output of both layers may be too loud. I like
having the straight sound quiet enough to not really be
like Yamaha's RA series of pseudo Leslies, use only one
motor to drive the rotating speakers. With this kind of
age" from the sides and back of the stationary speakers that
Now that you've got the fast speed set, hold a few notes and
hit the Patch Select switch. Listen to the ro, rro, rrro, rrrro,
rrrrrotor slow down. Each rotor on the real Leslies had two
make speed changes happen very quickly. Some devices,
setup, it is impossible to achieve very quick speed changes.
On something like a 147 the treble horns changed speeds al
most instantly, while the bass rotor changed more slowly
(not because of the motor slowing down, but because of
looser tension on the belt that drove the rotor). Since the
EPS-16+/ASR-10 effect only reproduces one rotor, you
have something along the lines of a Fender VibraTone or a
Leslie model 16. That being the case, setting the Rotor Iner
tia parameter would be like adjusting the belt tension on the
real Leslie. My personal taste in this matter leads me to set
this parameter to zero or one. This gives a pretty quick
change and also gives a very noticeable transition period.
After all, you do want people to notice that this is a Leslie
effect you are using, a point that would be moot if you had
noticeable but loud enough to soften the heavy Rotary ef
fect. In a real Leslie there will always be some sound "leak
face into the rotors. That fact may account for why I find
this layering of rotary and straight sounds so effective.
Once you find the perfect mix and your rotary speaker
sounds just the way you want it to, it is time to go back to
Edit Effects and create an acoustic space to put your Leslie
in. You should be aware that you must adjust the Reverb
Mix for both busses 1 and 2. To create a realistic effect, the
mix would be about the same for both. Now is also the time
to add distortion if you so like. Considering how I spent
years of my life trying (without much success) to figure out
how to make my Leslie not distort, I am pretty familiar with
this sound. I really don't have space to get into the whole
thing right now, but let it suffice to say that by using the
a huge, wooden Leslie up on stage with you.
distortion In, Out and Filter along with the Speaker Gain, it
Now, I know people who disabled the breaking mechanisms
distortion that we all love/hate.
treble horns to speed up or slow down. This wouldn't be to
my liking, but it might be the sort of sound you dote on. If
so, the settings for the Rotor Inertia parameter go all the
way up to 99. Find the setting that sounds most like the Les
So there you have it. A Leslie effect that can sound pretty
is possible to get remarkably close to that grinding Leslie
on their Leslies so that it would take half a song for the
realistic even in solo organ torture tests. Putting this effect
in a mix of other instruments can only enhance the illusion
that you are playing an organ through a large, heavy,
lie of your imagination changing speeds.
wooden box full of vacuum tubes and machinery. Well, now
For the Slow speed, I like the default setting of 1; you may
find some other setting that sounds more realistic. One
sampler, there's a couple of Vanilla Fudge tunes I feel like
that I have a Hammond organ and Leslie all loaded into my
playing.
point worth mentioning is that, while it is possible to set the
slow speed higher than the fast speed, the EPS-16+/ASR-10
Until next time, don't forget to oil your Leslie's motors (un
won't switch between the two.
less you're using the EPS or ASR Leslie, in which case feel
Now that we have our speeds and rotor inertia set, let's go
back and look at those pitch and volume changes that give
the Leslie its characteristic sound. This is the one place
Bio: Barry Carson would like to thank Carl Saganfor his
free to forget), tm
where my ears must not agree with the Ensoniq engineers
and programmers. As I've mentioned before within these
pages, the EPS-16+/ASR-10 effect lacks some of the sub
technical advice concerning the Doppler effect. Dr. Sagan
shift is too intense, creating (to me) an unpleasant vibrato
effect. This is especially noticeable at high speed or while
is, at this time, unknown.
may not remember this encounter since he was on television
at the time. Sagan is rumored to be one of the men involved
with the naming of the Ensoniq Mirage. His favorite color
tleties of the acoustic/mechanical Leslie effect. The pitch
changing speeds. An easy way to deal with this is to use
your instrument's flexible system of output busses. Here's
how. If your organ sound is in one layer (and there is no
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fects and should need no detuning, etc.), simply make a
copy of that layer and have both layers active from the key
board. Go to the Edit Amp page and send one of the layers
to bus 1, Rot. Speaker and Reverb. Send the other layer to
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9
Public
Domain
Librarian
Programs
Brian Rost
Public domain programs are usually written by users who
either can't find or don't like commercially available pro
uploaded, a message is printed to the screen, showing the
grams, then freely distribute their work for others to use.
fer takes a few minutes to complete. The reason why Auto
They may not have the polish or flash of a commercial
package, but the price is right — they're free.
receive doesn't simply ask for a bank dump is obvious when
you go to use the Send function. This prompts for a patch
patch name and indicating successful reception. The trans
file and once you enter the name, it reads the file off the
Patch librarians are true workhorse programs. Not as sexy
disk and sends it to the VFX edit buffer. There is no option
as full editors, they perform the basic but useful task of
providing bulk or archival storage of your patches and se
quences. ESQ-1 owners tired of using cassette tape and
VFX owners appalled at memory cart prices have the
for sending entire banks to the VFX, therefore, the Auto
receive is obliged to load single programs as there would be
no way to download a bank after it was uploaded. There is
no support for transfers of presets.
greatest need of a librarian, but even SQ-80 and VFX-sd
owners can take advantage of librarians to provide higher
density storage than their synth's own disk format allows or
to easily rearrange the order of patches in banks. So let's
take a look at three librarian programs, two for the Amiga
and one for the Macintosh, and see how they shape up.
VFXSYSEX is only one step removed from a generic bulk
dump utility. However, since it is written in BASIC, the full
source code is provided and the user is free to modify the
code. In particular, it would be simple enough to automate
uploading single programs, which is the most glaring omis
sion. Since there is no provision for bank downloads, there
is no feature for reassigning patch locations in banks, but
1. VFXSYSEX
this can be accomplished in the VFX itself by downloading
VFXSYSEX is a VFX patch librarian program for the
Amiga written by Brien Roscetti. It is written in Amiga
BASIC, so you must have a copy of BASIC to run this pro
single programs to the edit buffer. The biggest flaw of the
program is that it is time consuming if you need to do a lot
of patch swapping.
gram. The program will work with either the VFX or
VFX-sd (and presumably the SD-1, although neither the
It's certainly not going to excite any power users, but if you
just need something quick and dirty or a program to tide
author nor I has tested this). It is an extremely simple,
no-frills program, and will not be mistaken for a commer
you over until you can spring for a commercial
cial product. Outside of the use of drop down menus, it is
editor/librarian package, then this program fits the bill. For
more information, write to: Brien Roscetti, 8 Oak Ridge
not mouse-driven.
Rd., Clinton, CT 06413.
The two drop down menus are "Transfer" and "Files." The
Files menu has two options, "Change dir" which lets you set
a new default directory (the new default is immediately
2. ESQ
listed on the screen). "List dir" simply lists the current
Now, let's move over to ESQ, an ESQ-1 patch librarian pro
gram for the Amiga written by Michael Black. This pro
gram is largely mouse driven and has a good graphical
interface. It works with the ESQ-1, ESQ-M and SQ-80, with
one exception which we'll be getting to.
default. One nit here is that you get a listing of all files in
the directory, not just patch files.
The Transfer menu has four options: "Receive," "Auto
receive," "Send" and "Quit," the last being used to exit the
program. Receive is used to upload a single patch from the
On starting up, the program checks for the presence of an
ESQ-1. If it doesn't find one, you are prompted to see if it
VFX. After selecting receive, you are prompted to go to the
VFX and manually send out a single program via Sysex.
When the program is received, the patch name is read from
is connected, turned on, and set to the correct MIDI channel
with Sysex enabled. Once it finds the synth, you are
the Sysex file to provide a name for the disk file, and the
patch data is saved to disk for you. Auto receive is used to
provided with two windows, each covering about a third of
the screen. The left window is labelled "ESQ-1 Bank" and
upload the internal patch bank. Unfortunately, it is trans
ferred as sixty single programs. As each program is
has three buttons, "ESQ Voices," "Send Voices" and "Save
Voices." The right window is labelled "Amiga Bank" and
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also has three buttons, "Load Voices," "Send Voices" and
"Insert Voices." Below the ESQ-1 Bank window are two
more buttons, "Get All Seq" and "Send All Seq."
which is a good amount for such a simple program. Instruc
tions for installing to a hard disk are included.
Overall, this program is easy to use and has all the essential
Click on ESQ Voices and after a few seconds, you will see
features that an ESQ-1 owner needs for bulk storage. If
the 40 internal patches of the synth displayed, in rows of
you're in need of a librarian program, I certainly recom
five. The author has conveniently added the markers for the
internal subbanks 1-4, so that the window looks like the
Black, 1380 Croftwood Drive, Melbourne, PL 32935-5512.
ESQ-1 display copied four times. Clicking on Save Voices
will open a file selector window and prompt you for a file
name. After supplying the name, the bank is saved to disk.
Moving over to the Amiga Bank window, clicking on Load
Voices will open a file selector window, and you can pick
the file you just saved. A few seconds later, the patch bank
is displayed in the window. Clicking on any single patch
name in the window will highlight the name. Go to the
ESQ-1 Bank window and click on a name there, then click
on Insert Voices and the patch in the Amiga Bank is trans
ferred to the ESQ-1 Bank. Using this three step operation,
you can quickly rearrange the ESQ-1 Bank to your liking.
When completed, you may save the new ESQ-1 Bank to
disk with Save Voices or send it to the synth with Send
Voices. Using Send Voices from the Amiga Bank window
transfers that bank to the synth.
There is no option for transferring single patches. The only
way to get a single patch into the synth is to upload the cur
mend this one. For more information, write to: Michael D.
3. Q-LIB
Q-Lib is an ESQ-1 patch librarian for the Macintosh written
in a language called MlDIBasic. MIDIBasic is a product of
Altech Systems and they wrote Q-Lib as a demo.
There are two basic types of transfers possible,
direct-to-disk or windowed. Direct-to-disk transfers move
files between the ESQ-1 and Mac without using windows.
Windowed transfers allow you to view the file contents on
the screen. Sequences may not be transferred in windowed
mode. There are a variety of cut and paste options for
manipulation of the windows.
The patch bank window shows the forty patches, grouped in
tens. At the bottom of the window are two command boxes,
"Load from ESQ" and "Send to ESQ" separated by a box
showing the currently selected MIDI channel.
There are four pull-down menus along the top of the screen
rent internal bank, insert the single patch, and download the
bank. If there is a bank on disk which you would like to
used to operate the program.
make changes to, you have to download the entire bank to
the synth and upload it back again in order to rearrange
Under the File menu, the usual open, close and save options
patches. In fact, you can't do any manipulation of patch
are provided. This menu also is where the MIDI port is con
puter and powered on.
names of the patches in a bank) is found.
The procedure for sequence storage is straightforward.
Clicking on Get All Seqs opens a file selector window and
prompts for a file name. Once the name is entered, the se
The Edit menu has the cut and paste controls. Within a win
figured and the print command (used for printing out the
banks unless you have the ESQ-1 hooked up to the com
dow, patches are selected by clicking with the mouse. Once
a patch or group of patches is selected, they may be copied
from one window to another. This makes moving large
quence bank is uploaded and saved to disk. Clicking on
groups of patches from one bank to another quicker than
Send All Seqs opens a file selector window and after a file
is elected, downloads the sequence bank. This feature will
most other librarian programs I've used. Cut and paste is
also supported, allowing the user to remove a patch from
not work with the SQ-80 in the current version because of
the differences in the dump request messages and dump for
mats (the author tells me that he is working to add support
for the SQ-80 in a future version). There is no provision for
one bank and relocate it to another.
The Direct Transfer menu is where all transfers are con
trolled from. You have the option of moving patch banks,
transfer of single sequences.
single sequences or all sequences. Single patch transfers are
not supported. The direct transfers may use a different
Absent from the main screen is a way to change the MIDI
MIDI channel than the windowed transfers, if desired. As
channel or specify directory paths for the patch and se
with many public domain librarians, Q-Lib does not support
all sequences transfers with the SQ-80.
quence files. The defaults may be set up prior to starting the
program or you may take advantage of the Amiga's multi
tasking to open a new CLI window and enter new values.
The Options menu allows you the choice of storing files in
either the Ensoniq Standard Bank format or MIDIEX for-
The program comes with three pages of documentation.
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mat. Since MIDIEX is used by some other librarians (notab
ly ones for the IBM- PC) this can be a help if you do a lot
quite fast and works flawlessly. I can heartily recommend it
to Mac owners. For more information, write to: Altech Sys
tem, 122 Paries Industrial Park Drive, Shrevesport, LA
of patch swapping with other users.
71106._
The program limits the user to having only four windows
open at a time, not a major limitation. The icons are
Bio: Brian Rost spends his evenings either hunched over his
SQ-80 or playing bass with the HUBCAPS, a Boston-based
roots rock band. To unwind during the day he designs com
designed to help distinguish between file types. The "three
note" icon is used for all sequences files and the "single
note" icon is used for single sequence files. Patch banks
using MIDIEX format are clearly marked.
puters.
Despite being written in a variant of BASIC, the program is
Using the SD and VFX to Create Scary
and Frightening Sound Effects
Joe Travo
I guess it would have been more timely to have this article
here. Once I had a pretty good sense of what type of sounds I
written in time to get published in the August or September
issue (for Halloween), but like everyone else, I got involved
needed, I started going through the sound banks on the VFX,
in actually doing something, and then when it was finished
tened, I also checked out the various modulation sources,
listening for sounds that resembled my wish list. As I lis
and all the bugs are worked out, I thought, "Hey, Joe! This
since the filter or mod wheel can make a substantial dif
would make a great article for the HackerV So, in addition to
ference in the way a sound comes across. As I did this, I
Halloween, this project would work well for scoring for hor
catalogued the sounds and noted the modulators, patch selects
ror films, or even as a joke soundtrack for a home video
and key zones etc. that made the sound do what I wanted it
project.
to do.
One day in early October my seven-year-old daughter came
home from school and announced that in addition to going
Here's my list of haunted house sounds and their modulators:
trick-or-treating on Halloween, she also wanted to turn the
garage into a haunted house. Paper bats and skeletons and
Patch
Modulator
ghosts and jack oTantems would set the proper mood. Being
an amateur musician and hacker, I immediately thought —
sound effects! Being a musician who grew up in the '60s, I
also thought — psychedelic lighting! — but that's another
AMEN CHOIR
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Like most other sound-based projects, I knew what I wanted,
but not exactly how to get it. I guess with a sampler this
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might have been easier, but I still figured L could get a good
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result armed with my original VFX and some other equip
ment, like a dynamic microphone, effects box, and a
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First I watched a couple of old horror movies. (Not monster
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movies, horror movies. There's a subtle difference between
CLOCK BELLS
the sound track that accompanies Godzilla destroying Tokyo
Modwheel (Start Up, Go Down)
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Modwheel(Up & Down)A'ol. Pedal
Modwheel (Center Pos.)
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ALTEREDRUMS(heartbeat)
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four-track. Here's what I did.
and the one that backs up the ghouls in "Night of the Living
Dead," and we were definitely going for ghoul-type sounds
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All the sounds listed are available "stock" for the various
siderations, I was able to do two or three voices at a time with
models of VFXs except for the last three. BASIC SPACE is a
guitar-bed-type of sound with screaming feedback, SPACE
GUITAR 7 is a very usable synthesized-guitar patch with
some reverse looping and good effects (available from Dr.
Brad Kaufman, xxxxxx), and ALTEREDRUMS is a modified
drum kit that uses a big reverb and some low-pass filtering.
The MODWHEEL gives it just enough motion to imitate
Frankenstein's heartbeat when played with velocity and
my right hand while controlling modulators with my left hand
MODWHEEL motion on the second beat (12/12). While
there was no clipping. After I completed the three "in
making my list, I noted a couple of other things, like if I
wanted to use a particular note (E flat for the heartbeat) and
strumental" tracks, I listened to the whole twenty-two
minutes and decided where and what changes needed to be
made before mixing to a stereo cassette. If a passage was too
dense, I cut the volume on one or two tracks while re-record
ing. If a part was too thin, I added some big reverb, or some
EQ on the bottom to beef it up. I also learned a lot more
about the use of my Midiverb because I frequently changed
effects in mid-track to change the feel of the sound. Since I
wanted a solid horn of these sounds, I went through the entire
what the sounds were supposed to emulate. (STEELDRUM &
SURF does a great imitation of bats when you play high
notes staccato with PATCH SELECT *o.)
Now that you've got your sound palette selected, it's time to
actually do the work. Before I did any of the synthesizer
tracks, I decided to do some live sounds to add to the realism
of the sound track. I got a good omnidirectional dynamic
microphone, plugged it into my mixer, and ran the signal
through my Alesis Midiverb. You'll want to try out the
various effects, but I discovered that LARGE HALLS and
LARGE ROOMS worked best for the type of overall sound
we were going for. This is no time to be shy about the effects,
either. Crank them up as much as possible just short of un
manageable distortion. I also used my control room speakers
to monitor although this probably isn't something you'd want
to do when recording music, I found that the sound that
and feet.
I repeated this process on each of the remaining three tracks,
building as I went, making certain that the sounds I used fit
well with the live sounds we had already recorded. I wasn't
real concerned with volume levels at this point, I just made
sure that there was enough sound getting on the tape, and that
twenty-two minute four-track tape almost three complete
times, changing volume and individual track effects each
time to keep it from being too repetitive.
That's one of the things I really enjoy about doing a project
like this direct-to-tape — you can make it up as you go along.
To do this, though, a good deal of preparation is necessary,
and keep that pencil and paper handy for notes as you go
along.
For those of you who don't have a four-track, I'm sure you
leaked back into the mic from the speakers created some
can easily re-create my results by simply sequencing your
synthesizer sounds and THEN doing the live sounds and
a d d i t i o n a l u s a b l e e ff e c t s .
screams and stuff, going directly to tape with the sequencer
Now, for the live sounds. Every haunted house has to have
rattling chains (put them in a metal pail for better sound),
screams, banging doors, footsteps (on the stairs works best),
playing while you "perform" live into the microphone. You'll
need to watch volume levels and effects a bit more closely,
but it's certainly do-able.
animal noises (our dog wouldn't cooperate), and someone to
do the always popular "Dracula laugh" — wha-haa-haaaaThis kind of project can give you some good insight into
what your equipment can do, and help you look at things with
Haaaaaa-HAAAAAAAA!!!!, as well as groans, moans,
shrieks, and whatever else cranks up your adrenaline. (This
live recording can be pretty tiring for your family, so try to
get it done early in the process, and don't worry about little
mistakes. They'll sound fine in the mix. If you have children,
a different perspective. Most of all, though, it's fun. h
have them help. They'll come up with stuff you'd never
dream of.)
We recorded the vocal (live) track first, using a four-track on
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Tr a i n i n g a n d D e v e l o p m e n t f o r
double speed, so we produced about twenty-two minutes of
Wausau Insurance in Wausau, Wis
the above sounds on track #1. Later that night I listened to the
consin and a part-time musician and
track and tried the sounds listed above to see what went well.
arranger. Although he enjoys living
in the Midwest with his wife and
six-year-old daughter, he misses his
Los Angeles-based band, "The Four
As I found things I like, I set up PRESETS of three sounds
each. (I didn't actually set up permanent PRESETS, instead I
chose my three patches, then went into PATCH SELECT or
KEY ZONE or some other "operation" page that let me dis
Seizures." He also misses his father,
who recently passed away.
play the three chosen voices.) Since these were mostly "big"
voices, and since precision and harmony were not prime con
13
How
Sounds
Work
Part II: SQ-1=B-3'®
Mark Clifton
Hope most of you caught my articles, "SQ-l=B-3" and
tic way, with sine waves. With the modwheel in the down
"SQ-l=B-3 a few months back, in which I explained how
position, it plays drawbar setting 888800000, but in the up
to create monstrous, man-killing Hammond B-3 organ
sounds. As a little follow-up, I now present to you two SQ-1
patches that illustrate some of the techniques that I covered in
position it shifts the tuning of oscillator 2 up an octave to
yield setting 808880000 for a more jazzy feel. Oscillator 1
simulates the 16' (sub-octave) drawbar with a sine wave
tuned down one octave. Oscillator 2 simulates the 5-1/3' (5th)
drawbar with a sine wave tuned up a fifth. Oscillator 3 uses
the "1+2 Harmonics" wave, which is two sine waves playing
in unison an octave apart, to cover both the 8' (unison) and 4'
(octave) drawbars. To create the ever-so-popular 888000000
those articles.
The first one, from Volume I of my Latter Sounds, "Hard
wire," collection (I love plug-ops), is B-3 4 (distinguished by
its creative title). This particular patch displays most of the
elements that make up a good Hammond organ sound. Oscil
drawbar setting, replace the "1+2 Harmonics" wave with
lator 1 covers the main body of the sound. It uses the "Organ
Variation 2" waveform, which simulates drawbar setting
888000000, a popular setting widely used in comping and
"Sine." Key click and percussion are absent from this patch
because of a lack of oscillators to accommodate them, but
you can create separate patches for these effects and layer
rock music. The pitch vibrato provided by the LFO has been
tweaked to taste for this particular sound. The AMP envelope
them together as a preset with "Additive B-3." There is a
delay programmed into the sound, though, mainly for authen
ticity and convenience when layering.
is set to full attack and sustain with a short release time to
provide a pop on key-up with simulates key click. There's no
velocity sensitivity programmed since this feature is absent
on the B-3. All of the programming on this patch is pretty
bare-bones, and should serve as a template for your B-3
sounds. Fancy programming and extensive modulation rout
And now another cool tip before I go. To simulate realtime
drawbar control through MIDI, create a string of patches that
each use a single separate sine wave to simulate a drawbar
frequency. Assemble the patches into a preset and assign
each track its own MIDI channel. Then, layer them together
ings can quickly kill a good organ sound, so keep it simple.
time so that only a small pop is heard. I like to use this wave
because it gives the key click a slightly gritty sound, but vir
and use an external controller such as a MIDI fader (like the
LexiconMRC) or the data sliders on a controller keyboard to
modulate the volume of each track through MIDI controller
#7. That way, you an bring certain drawbar frequencies in
and out by moving the sliders as if you were pulling drawbars
tually any percussive waveform will work. If tuned up a few
on a B-3.
Oscillator 2 provides a key click on the attack by taking the
"Noise Loop" wave and giving it an extremely short envelope
octaves, most percussion waveforms, from Claves to "Synth
Snare" sound pretty much alike and will all work just as well.
Well, enough B-3 fun for now. We don't want anybody to
I gave this voice a low priority since it's one of the more sub
hurt themselves, do we? I'll be back in the next month or so
tle aspects of the sound, and shouldn't eat up polyphony
since it would probably be covered up in a dense arrangement
to explain how to get the most out of your 16-bit piano waves
(you did upgrade, didn't you?), h
a n y w a y.
Oscillator 3 gives a key percussion sound on the "Second"
setting, that is, tuned to the fundamental, and with a short
Bio: Mark Clifton is a player and composer of Jazz, New
decay time. Oscillators 1 and 3 are both delayed a few mil
Age, Orchestral and Rap (yes. Rap!) music and an aspiring
liseconds to simulate the fact that the sound doesn't kick in
Cyberpunk writer who also wouldn't mind going into sound
until the key click has decayed. This lag in attack time is a
design or film scoring. His favorite color is the infinite,
subtle but important element in the overall B-3 sound. Com
star-speckled blackness of space.
bined, all three voices yield a very popular and widely used
sound.
The second patch is "Additive B-3" from the same volume of
the collection. This patch constructs a B-3 sound the authen
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SQ-1/2
&
KS-32
Prog:
Additive
B-3
By:
Mark
Clifton
Notes: The modwheel changes drawbar setting. The modpedal controls Leslie.
WAV E
SQ-1/2
12
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&
KS-32
LFO
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Prog:
3
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Notes: The modwheel controls Leslie.
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The Event Horizon
Exploring the VFXsd and SD-1 Event Editor - Port I
Robby Berman
Anybody who wants to use their VFXsd or SD-1 sequencer to
anywhere near its fullest potential has to eventually come to
grips with its slightly frightening, fantastically helpful event
editor. It's your key to opening up a great big microscopic
new world.
In the sd/SD synths, access to the event editor is under a soft
button labeled "Event List" — apt nomenclature, and here's
why. Everything you record into your sequencer is called an
event. When you play a key from the keyboard, that's an
event. When you twiddle the mod wheel, that's an event, and
so on — literally everything you do constitutes an event (and
you didn't think it was such a big deal). An event editor is
simply a place where all those events are listed on a screen
for your perusal and manipulation, one track at a time.
Create a new sequence and, using STARBRASS from bank
four of the factory ROMs, record a 4-bar track employing
TIME field and it tells you in bars, beats and MIDI clocks
where the event currently displayed is located in the sequence
(the event list for song tracks also tells you where you are in
the song). You can use this portion of the display to jump to
any spot in the sequence (or song) simply by pressing the soft
button above it and using the data entry slider and incre
ment/decrement buttons to dial in the bar and beat you want
to visit. But ya don't have to do that now.
In the lower left-hand corner is the event number field. This
is simple enough. This being an event list, the items on the
list are numbered in the order that they occur (don't ask about
simultaneous events, wiseguy, I don't know how Ensoniq
decides who gets which number in such circumstances). If
you have no particular place to go in a sequence, or don't
know where you're going, you can scroll through a track's
events by incrementing this field one step at a time. You can
scroll backward, too, if you're not sure you can believe what
some mod wheel moves here and there. Once you've got that
you just heard.
together, press the Track button in the Edit section on the
face of your sd/SD. Press the soft button under "MORE" on
Speaking of which, the intelligibility of what you hear while
the screen and then the button under "EVENT LIST
event editing depends on what you have the EVENT-TYPE
Well, now, here we are. There's a fair amount of information
in front of you, but it's really not overwhelming once you
ample, SUS events (sustain pedal moves) and you didn't put
the pedal to the metal until bar 3, scrolling to the first SUS
know how to break it down.
In the upper left-hand corner, you'll see EVENT TYPE=
FILTER set to. If it's set to filter out everything but, for ex
event will cause all the notes that were recorded up to bar 3
to be expectorated in one big, ugly harmonic loogie. If, on the
other hand, the filter is set to KEY, all your keystrokes will
AT T.. What this means is that the beast is ready to display for
go by in the right order and things wil sound nearly musical,
you absolutely all the events contained in the track. That can
be a lot of stuff. To start with, it'll show keyboard keystrokes
what you've sequenced.
and momentary maneuvers like sustain pedal presses and
patch select touches. More awesome to witness are the event
The middle of the bottom line shows the word EVENT fol
ments, key pressure and mixdown changes. These are called
the current event number refers to, and its numerical value.
streams left by things like pitch bend and mod wheel move
continuous controllers, referring to the fact that they're not
on/off situations, but rather modulators that are gradually (or
not so gradually) applied in degrees — such as when you
move the mod wheel forward. The sequencer has to contin
uously record its progress from zero to wherever you want
and then back, recording many stops along the way as in
dividual events. Don't worry: You can set this segment of the
screen, called the EVENT-TYPE FILTER, to filter out every
thing from the display that's not germane to a particular task.
It doesn't remove anything from the track, just from view.
with everything arpeggiated like a music box rendering of
lowed by an = sign. This area shows you what type of event
Generally, 000 is all the way off and 127 is all the way on. If
it's a key event or a key pressure event, you'll also see the
relevant key number (C4 is Middle C, for example). If you
should travel to a location within your sequence from the
TIME field, and there's nuthin' happening in that particular
spot, you'll see EVENT=***000.
Unless and imtil you press the soft button under "EDIT," you
haven't actually changed anything, you're just a voyeur in the
world of data. That being the case, let's snoop around, shall
For now, leave it as it is.
we?
The area in the middle of the top line of the screen is the
Underline the event number field by pressing the soft button
1 7
under it and scroll through your track's events using the in
crement button. What you'll see going by most often are key
events. That lower middle field displays EVENT=KEY, then
a key number corresponding to notes you played from the
keyboard when you recorded your track and then a 3-digit
the button over "DELETE" makes the selected event go
bye-bye. Pressing INSERT will plant an event of the same
type that the EVENT-TYPE FILTER is set to (in this case, a
key event) at the time you see on the display. You can edit its
key number or velocity just as if it had been there all along.
number representing how much velocity you struck each note
with. When you get to the spot where your mod wheel moves
Try deleting a note, pressing EXIT and auditioning it — then
began, you'll see EVENT=MOD., followed by 3-digit num
bers starting low and moving higher as the wheel was pushed
forward (and lower as it was pulled back). Psychedelic. Note
note and audition it (pressing EXIT twice this time) the same
press Stop/Continue and EDIT EVENTS. Set TIME to
1.01.01 and select EDIT to come back in. Now try inserting a
that any other controller moves you might have made when
w a y.
you recorded the Uack are now showing on the display as you
In the lower middle of the display you see the word "AT" fol
lowed by a bar/beat/clock position. This is our (and our
note's) current location in the sequence. You can move the
note somewhere else if you'd like. Simply press the middle
scroll past them. A listing of the abbreviations for all of the
event types can be found on pages 12-15 in both the VFXsd
and the SD-1 Musician's Manuals.
Okay, that's about as much fun as we can have on this first
event editor page. Before proceeding, let's first narrow our
scope for the remainder of our expedition by changing the
EVENT-TYPE FILTER to KEY by pressing the top left soft
button and the decrement button once. This means that from
now on we'll just be dealing with notes played on the key
board and their velocities. We could have set the filter to any
kind of event but this one's the most commonly used. Set the
TIME field to 1.01.01 to get us to the top of the sequence.
We know dam well what happens when we press the soft but
ton over "EXIT," so let's go right to the other option —
" E D I T, "
This button might as well be labeled "ACTION" because we
are now where it is (at). Let's start with the familiar-looking
lower left-hand part of the display (which closely resembles
the lower middle area of the last screen). But there's a big
difference — you can now change both note number and
velocity values. If, for example, you played a solo and wish
you'd started it on a B instead of an A, here's where you can
change it. Underline the note number and play the B on the
keyboard. Did you hit the note too hard or too softly when
you recorded your track? Just underline the velocity number
and tweak it up or down. Go ahead — change a note and its
velocity — you'll have a chance to audition it before you
keep it. Now press the button above "EXIT" twice and press
PLAY NEW TRACK to hear what you've Just done. Since
we've got more exploring to do, press Stop/Continue and
then select EDIT EVENTS on the screen. This allows us to
do more event editing before coming all the way out of this
bottom soft button and you'll be whisked to another screen
where changing the time value will move your note to
whatever time you set it to read. Set it to 1.02.01 to move it
to beat 2. Press EXIT twice, PLAY NEW TRACK, Stop/Con
tinue and EDIT EVENTS. Scroll down to the first key event
and select EDIT.
Pressing DURATION from the second EVENT LIST screen
takes us to the last page of tonight's event editing story,
children. We've already discussed how to change where a
note starts — how about having the ability to change where it
ends? This page allows us two ways to accomplish this,
depending on whether our noggins are half empty or half full.
By pressing the soft button in the middle above the display
and adjusting the bar/beat/clock values of END TIME, we
can determine where we want our note to end. On the other
hand by pressing the middle button underneath and altering
the beat/clock values, we can indicate how long the note
should last. Same difference really and changing either part
of the screen updates the other. Set the upper field to 4.04.96
to get this first note to run the entire length of the sequence.
Press EXIT twice to audition and this time you KEEP NEW
or KEEP ORIGINAL and then go take a nap 'cuz we're done
f o r n o w.
Oh, wait, finish reading this paragraph first. Part 1 of our
event-filled trip has, of neces
sity, had to focus on the hows of
event editing — next time we'll
discuss the whys and whens. I
promise we'll get to the fun part.
mode and puts us back on the first EVENT LIST screen. Note
Eventually, of course, h
that you can't move around in your sequence from the edit
pap we were just on — you can only do it from this one.
Using the NUM field, scroll downward to the first key event.
Press EDIT. Now you're back to page 2 and ready for more,
Bio.: Rob by Berman is a
yes, action.
musician living in America's
queasy mid-section. If his SD-1
doesn't get him, the coyotes
There are other things you can do from this screen. Pressing
i
surely will. His latest album is
"Rings and Rings."
R e v i e w : S L - 3 Vo c a l s f o r E P S s / A S R - 1 0
To m S h e a r
of this sound, however, was the *0 patch which crossfades the
For: EPSs and ASR-10.
Product: SL-3 Sound Library, Vocals.
Price: $39.95.
From: Ensoniq Corp., 155 Great VaUey Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355.
Phone: (215) 647-3930 or contact your local Ensoniq dealer.
One of the great things about sampling is that it opens doors
that may have previously been closed to those of us who
don't have Michael Jackson's recording budget. In the
pre-sampling days, most of us would only have been able to
dream of having a horn section backing our song, or all of
that African percussion on our new dance track, or for that
matter, sampled dog barks to drive the neighborhood canines
nuts. The fact of the matter is, we do have sampling today,
and what it allows us to do is fantastic. Let's say you're
working on a new song and there's something missing from
two sounds into OOOAHHH and AHHHOOO sounds. The
effect is hard to describe, but it's very cool. It sounds like one
of those unusual sounds you might hear in a movie sound
track.
R0CK-V0X-2(1571 Blocks)
As the manual says, "A mirror image of ROCK-VOX-1. Only
the vowels have been changed to protect their identity." This
time the keyboard is split between an Aay and an Oh sound.
Most comments regarding ROCK-VOX-1 apply here, includ
ing the cool *0 patch select. A demo demonstrates both
ROCK-VOXes together. I should comment that for the first
time, I really enjoyed listening to the demo! It's a short piece
with a blues-meets-quasi-classical sound to it (huh?).
it. Your vocals sound okay, but it sure would be nice to have
CHOIR-VOX (312 Blocks)
some backing vocals in there, wouldn't it? But, of course,
you only have on track left and you never could sing har
monies very well... what to do? Well, one possible solution
would be to buy Ensoniq's 5 disk set of 16-bit vocal sounds.
A low memory choir sound that is a dead ringer for the types
of Fairlight vocal sounds new age-er Enya uses on her albums
Let's see what we have here...
HUGE AHHS
so much. This sound is much softer in tonality than the
others. Again, that annoying loop problem is present, but I
guess these sounds are really meant to be played in chords
where the problem is not very noticeable...
SIRENS (447 Blocks) and MONKS (370 Blocks)
Talk about an understatement! This sound weighs in at a
hefty 3339 blocks which makes it much more suitable for
Female and male variations on the breathy choir type sound.
studio work than live performance. This is basically, no
Both are very moody and pretty and are good all-purpose
shock, a big sounding vocal ahh sound. I found that if I
choir sounds. Again, Enya comes to mind.
played single notes, the loops were very noticeable, not in
clicking or wobbly pitch, but in rather erratic, repeating
volume changes. The problem wasn't as obvious when I
VOX-WAV E-1 (41 Blocks)
and VOZ-WAVE-2 (39 Blocks)
played big chords, but one would think that one with the
resources to sample a vocal ensemble would also have access
These two sounds provide an example of what can be done
creatively with vocal waves when you delve into those syn
to a visual editor that would allow volume smoothing or some
similar remedy. Aside from this though, this is a great sound
reminiscent of sounds from much higher-priced machines.
thesis parameters. The first comes across as a hybrid of a
ROCK-VOX 1 (1525 Blocks)
teresting pad sound with a smooth, breathy sweep fading in.
human voice, an organ, and a harp. The second is a very in
I'll definitely get a lot of use out of this.
Another very nice sound. This gives two and a half octaves
each of Oo's 'n' Ahh's. Again the samples are very clean and
lush sounding, but loops are still audible on soloed notes.
Careful arranging can help you get around this problem
though. I was able to get some pretty nice a capella jazz times
So what's the word? Well, those looping problems really did
get to me, but having sampled my own vocals before, I know
what a painstaking (and in my case, painful...gotta spring for
those singing lessons...) process it can be. Getting a good
loop on such a complex sound is a trick. Overall, if you stick
to playing chords you shouldn't be bothered by it. Of course
out of these sounds, which also reminded me of the lush
backing vocals the Cars always used to use. My favorite part
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those 16 bits give the sounds a fantastic sounding sheen that
may make you think you've accidentally traded your 16+ in
for a Synclavier or Fairlight. Before I go, I'd also like to
anyone who wants great sampled vo
cals and a high-tech sound should
thoroughly enjoy these sounds, mm
mention the helpful programming tips Ensoniq provide on the
inside of every SL set box which tell non-programmers how
to customize their sounds easily (how to make the sound
darker, higher, change the range, etc.) This will be of great
help to novices and should not go unrecognized.
Bio: Tom Shear has had it up to his
If you do new age or soundtrack music, you're committing a
keister with the "Shear energy"
jokes.
crime by not owning these sounds. But probably just about
Redshift
- The Privatlabel Collection for the SQ-80
Michael Mooney
owners here) or a monster guitar patch to replace that egomaniacal twit of a guitarist in your band (damn). What you
Product: The Privatlabel Collection — SQ-80 Sounds.
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Right off the bat, in a collection of this size I'm suspicious
about how many of these sounds utilize the SQ-80 exclusive
"120 handcrafted, seriously musical sounds...No effects, no
waveforms. Well, about three-fourths of them do and the
ones that don't are creative enough that you don't care. On
more than one occasion I was fooled by a sound that I
thought couldn't possibly be made of entirely ESQ waves
filler, no buzzes or doinks."
What's this? Another new SQ-80 voice collection? What year
is this anyway? Have I timewarped back to '88? — am I ac
but, in fact, was. Kudos to the programmer, Sam Caraway —
this demonstrates a commitment to quality programming.
tually in my mid-twenties? — do I still have most of my hair?
Alas, no. It's 1993 and while the aging process rages on, the
good news is that Redshift has made available to us SQ-80
aficionados a new voice collection to sink our long teeth into.
Seems like this is happening more and more lately — I'm not
sure why there's this apparent resurgence in SQ-80 program
ming but after years of dormancy, all I can say is "Bravo and
As a general note, many of these sounds take a little time to
develop, so judgement shouldn't be passed on them too
quickly. Some envelopes require 15 or more seconds to fully
cycle and reveal themselves entirely. And it does take a bit of
effort to explore all the modulator possibilities (cv, mod
what took so long?"
wheel, pressure and velocity) in order to get the most out of
the sound. But I found that the exploration itself was interest
The PrivatLabel Collection is a well-packaged product that
ing and may provide an excellent tutorial for new program
contains 3 volumes of 40 sounds with an informative and
m e r s .
humorous guide to modulators and applications. Perhaps a
few demo sequences would've been helpful but, even so, the
Vo l u m e 1
manual is well-detailed so you shouldn't miss them too much.
The very first sound, HAMMERD, is an excellent example of
The 3 banks themselves are not categorized in any particular
the depth of creative programming involved here. From the
name you might assume that this is supposed to be a ham
mered dulcimer patch. It's actually somewhat more than that.
order. They contain mostly synthesized sounds with a few
imitative patches of organs, electric pianos, and analog synths
mixed in.
Yes, there's a metallic synth pluck attack but it also incor
porates a voice wave to form a unique hybrid that works in
No, you won't find a grand piano or drum kit or orchestral
strings to replace your ASR-10 (huge sigh of relief from ASR
multiple ranges and applications. Also, as in many other of
these sounds, a sense of motion is generated via the mod-
2 0
well with chords as a unique detuned synth
ulators. The mod wheel, rather than act as a seasick vibrato,
opens up the stereo imaging while aftertouch provides a
slight detuning. Great stuff. Another standout in this volume
is FLITTER, a light sustaining pad with a sample/hold LFO
percolating in the background. It's deceptively simple but
very effective. And check out LOREI, a lyrical airy synth
best suited for melodic leads.
STARRY, MISTS, and MORNIN — Unique atmospheric
type synths
As a reviewer, I'm hesitant to soimd so unabashedly enthused
about a particular collection. It might tend to call one's
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SQ-1/2 & K$-32 Hackerpgtch
By: Mark Clifton
Prog: SQ RHODES
wheel moves it up an octave (61 notes just isn't enough) and
Notes: This is my own version of a Rhodes electric piano —
the mod pedal controls the chorusing.
and isn't meant to be an exact copy. The sound itself is pretty
standard except that it fades into a soft choral pad. The mod
1
2
3
LFO Speed
Initial
95
91
6 4
Noise Rate
Peak
9 9
7 7
6 9
Wave
Waveform Waveform Breath
VocEns
DlgPnoTneSlne
Level
Break
5 3
7 5
6 2
Delay Time
000
000
Delay
Sustain
0 0
0 0
00
Forward
MODSRC
Attack
0 0
0 4
6 6
0 0
Wave
5 6
5 0
49
Off
Restart
Decay 1
Decay 2
51
7 0
3 2
Release
30
3 0
3 0
3
Ve l - L e v e l
33
1 9
3 3
1
2
3
S e l e c t Vo i c e
O n
O n
O n
Wave Class
/ AV E
Wave Direction
Start Index
MODSOR
MODAMT
Restrk Decay
ITCH
Octave
Semitone
000
.
.
LFO
1
2
3
-
2 0
20
20
F I LT E R
1
2
Filter 1
3Lo
3Lo
2Lo
Ve l - A t t a c k
13
0 0
0 0
3
Filter 2
1HI
I L o
2Lo
Vel Curve
Convex
Convex
Convex
1
2
-1
FC1 Cutoff
085
1 2 7
127
Mode
Normal
Normal
Normal
-1
-1
E N V 2
00
0 0
0 0
KBD Track
+56
+14
00
0 0
0 0
0 0
FC1 KBD
0 0
2 5
Off
Off
Fine
-04
0 0
0 0
ENV1
0 0
0 0
0 0
MODSCR
+58
Veloc
L F O
MODSCR
0 0
0 0
0 0
MODAMT
+15
Wheel
FC2 Cutoff
000
070
065
+62
ENV2
0 0
0 0
00
O n
FC2 KBD
+06
0 0
0 0
FC1MOD-FC2
O n
O n
O n
MODAMT
KBD Ptch Track
Glide
Glide Time
ENV1
,MP
Wheel
■t-62
O n
Wheel
+62
O n
Off
Off
Off
0 0
0 0
00
1
2
3
ENV2
1
2
3
1
2
3
VOL
9 9
9 9
50
Boost
Off
Off
Off
MODSRC
Off
Off
Off
KBD Scale
00
0 0
0 0
Key Range
Output Bus
Priority
C2-C7
C2-C7
C2-C7
FX1
FX1
Med
FX1
M e d
Pan
0 0
-42
+42
Vel window
000
000
000
>UTPUT
MODAMT
Med
Initial
Initial
Peak
Peak
Break
Break
Sustain
Sustain
Attack
Attack
EFFECTS — CHORUS AND REVERB
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 1
Decay 2
FX-1
4 6
FX-2
1 6
Release
Release
Decay time
40
13
Ve l - L e v e l
Ve l - L e v e l
Chorus Rate
Ve l - A t t a c k
Ve l - A t t a c k
Chorus Canter
20
50
HF Damping
Chorus Depth
Feedback
+12
Ve l C u r v e
Ve l C u r v e
Chorus Level
4 6
MOD (Dest)
Level
Mode
Mode
BY (MODSRC)
Pad
MODAMT
+99
KBD Track
KBD Track
14
3: VOL=72 and BOOST=ON. If you would like Voice 3 to fade in a Ut
ile slower, in the Voice 3 Amp Section change INITIAL to 08, PEAK to
99, ATTACK to 59 and DECAYl to 99. (Sorry for all these changes,
Mark, but mutilating a Rhodes patch is my
The Hack: Another keyboard selection from Mark Clifton. This
SQ Rhodes has a much brighter sound than many of the other Rhodes
entries we've received. Couple that with the addition of a vocal pad and
we're left with a patch probably best suited for New Age and soundtrack
second favorite thing to do.)
work.
Jeffrey Rhoads
But Voice 1 may seem too bright, obliterating Voices 2 and 3. Some ad
justments to this patch's timbre and over-all balance seem warranted. Go
to the Filter Section for Voice 1. Let the "tone" come from ENV2. Set
FCICUTOFF to 0 and raise ENV2 to -1-25. Then bring FCIKEYBOARD
to -f08 and set VELOC in motion by adjusting MODAMT to -135. Go to
Voice 3's Pitch Section and give the VOC ENSEMBLE equal billing by
Bio: Jeffrey Rhoads has been a keyboar-
distlcomposer 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.
changing the OCT to +0. Now it's time to even the Voice Balance. For
Voice 1, in the Voice Output Section, change VOL to 88 with the
BOOST set to Off. For Voice 2: VOL=72, BOOST=ON and for Voice
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friends. Once something's published here, it's free for all. Please don't submit patches that you know to be minor tweaks of copyrighted
commercial patches unless you have permission from the copyright owner. All submitted patches are subject to consideration for mutilation
and comments by Sam Mims and Jeffrey Rhoads — our resident patch analysts. If you send in a patch, please include your phone number.
Requests for particular patches are also very welcome.
Pending Hacker-Requests: VFX/SD-1 - A piano patch better than the standard "Classic Piano."
SQ-1 & 2/KS-32 - A "Harmon" muted trumpet sound, like the Miles Davis sound.
2 3
ESQ & SQ-dO Hackerpatch
SQ-80 PROG: SYN 6
Guest Hacker: Charles R. Fischer
OCT
SEMI FINE
WAV E M 0 D # 1 D E P T H M 0 D # 2 D E P T H
0SC1
- 1
00
00
SQUARE
LFOl
0 S C 2
- 1
00
00
PULSE
LFOl
0 S C 3
- 1
00
02
SAW
+02
LFOl
LF02
M0D#1 DEPTH M0D#2
47
ON
LF02
-18
DCA 2
50
ON
LF02
+18
DCA 3
52
O N
ENV3
F I N A L V O L PA N
DCA 4
1 "
Syncing DCOs 1 and 2 together produces a composite wave
form with a hybrid digital/analog timbre, while DC03 is
detuned slightly for a chorusing effect. The filter and DCA en
+4
6
velopes (ENV 3 & 4) were deliberately kept simple to better
emulate the characteristics of the Juno synths.
DEPTH
VEL
+
1
13
This patch sounds good with a little reverb added, and it works
PA N M O D D E P T H
LF02
08
FREQ
RESET
HUMAN
LF01
2 3
O F F
ON
LF0 2
0 6
O F F
LF0 3
0 2
OFF
L3
other sounds in a mix.
DEPTH
Q KEYED M0D#1 DEPTH M0D#2
IS
it has an analog warmth without being too fat to blend in with
+20
+01
LEVEL OUTPUT
02
Syn 5 almost sounds like the Roland Juno-Series of synths, as
+02
DCA1
FREQ
FILTER 1 04 2
The Hack:
By: Charles R. Fischer
-35
WAV
TRI
OFF
TRI
OFF
TRI
LV
T1V
L1
L2
+ 6 3
+00
+00
OOL
+ 63
+63
+63
16L
1
Li
particularly well layered with other sounds — especially digi
D E L AY
00
00
21
63
6 3
DO
2 0
63
63
L2
tal synths or samples.
MOD
WHEEL
T1
T2
T3
T4
TK
00
00
12
45
04
00
00
00
32
32
10
00
Bio: Charles R. Fischer works as
ENV1
a test technician for AKG Acous
ENV 2
ENV 3
ENV 4
MODES]
tics, Inc. He has written more than
70 articles on electronics and
music technology for a variety of
SYNC AM MONO GLIDE VC ENV OSC CYC
ON
OFF
OFF
00
ON
ON
OFF
OFF 1
SPUT/LAYER
magazines, designs custom MIDI
controllers, and has played key
boards and synthesizers profes
S/LPRG UYER LPRG SPLIT 8 PRG SPUT KEY
1 OFF
OFF
-
OFF
1
sionally.
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SD & VFX Prog: MEGA-SYNTH
By.Steve Munro, Guilderland Center, NY
NOTES: This is a collection of traditional analog synth sounds. The mod wheel controls the
delay time of the effects. For an optional mono lead sound, on Voices 1 and 3, change GLIDE
on the Pitch page to MONO.
THE HACK: Steve's patches remind me of the Oberheim analog synths. They are fat, punchy,
and biting. The main patch select actually uses the mod wheel to close down the filter. On
patches *0 and 0*the delay time is controlled by the wheel, which makes the sound blzarro if
WHEEL on the first LFO page of Voices 1, 2, 3, and 6. This adds a mod
wheel vibrato; crank down the LFO RATE on these voices if it is loo fast.
Changing Voices 1 and 3 to a mono portamento sound is nice, but the attack
was a bit slow for lead work. Snug up the ATTACK time (second Env 3 page)
on these voices to 07 or so, and see if that works for you. You might also raise
the INITIAL value a bit. — Sam Mims
Sam Mims is currently louring with Malaysian vocalist Zainal Abidin. He
lives in Houston, where he runs Syntaur Productions, a music production
company that also marhets sounds for Ensomq keyboards.
the wheel is moved while playing. Good or bad, depending on how you look at it. If you fail in
the latter category, change MODSRC to ♦OFF* on the third Effects page, and MODSRC to
0 0
WAV E S
W a v e
Sawtooth
Resonantl Sawtooth
Sawtooth
PulselX
Sawtooth
Delay
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
•
f^Ixer
Start
MODSRC
MODAMT
Mixer
-
1
' 0
1
*
4
2
0*
5
6
3
3
2
•
6
2
1
2
3
4
5
6
Initial
Peak
0
0
0
0
0
0
4 0
9 9
4 0
9 9
9 9
9 9
Break 1
4 0
0
4 0
0
9 9
0
Break 2
4 0
9 9
4 0
9 9
9 9
9 9
4 0
0
4 0
0
9 9
0
:nvi
-f99
+ 9 9
Mims
CD MIXER
1
2
3
4
5
6
SRC-1
•Off*
Envl
• O f f
Envl
•Off
Attack
7 7
5 0
7 7
5 0
2 0
5 0
E n v l
SRC-2
Press
Envl
Press
Press
LFO
Press
5 0
5 0
5 0
5 0
4 5
5 0
SRC-2 Scale
8 . 0
1 . 5
8 . 0
8 . 0
8 . 0
8 . 0
4 0
5 0
4 0
5 0
4 5
5 0
SRC-2 Shape
Smoother
Smoother
Smoother Smoother Smoother
Decay 1
Decay 2
Decay 3
5 0
4 0
5 0
4 5
5 0
0
1 6
0
Smoother
4 0
Release
KB'D Track
1 6
" " o
"o"
0
" o "
_4_5___ _0
"o
"o
1
2
3
4
5
6
Octave
0
-1
0
-1
-1
-1
Semitone
Fine
0
0
0
0
0
0
- 11
0
0
- 2
+ 5
+ 8
P i t c h Ta b l e
System
System
System
System
System
System
1
3
4
5
6
Initial
9 9
9 9
• O f f
•Off
•Off
•Off
Peak
Break 1
9 9
9 9
75
7 5
7 5
>ITCH
Ve i C u r v e
Mode
Cnvxl
Cnvx2 Cnvxl
Cnvx2
Norm
Repeat Norm
Repeat Norm
Ve i - L e v e i
Ve i - A t t a c k
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1 0
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Z
>M
C
MODSRC
•Off
2
• o r
MODAMT
0
0
0
0
0
0
Glide
ENV1
None
None
N o n e
None
None
N o n e
Break 2
7 5
0
0
0
0
0
0
8 3
LF01
+ 5
+ 4
+ 5
-»-5
+ 5
+ 5
Sustain
Attack
PITCH MODS
1
2
3
4
5
6
Mode
2LP
2LP
2LP
2 L P
2LP
2LP
Cutoff
1 0 0
1 2 7
1 0 0
0
1 0 0
0
KBD
MODSRC
+ 3 5
0
•f35
+ 3 5
+ 3 5
• o r
Wheel
•Off
Wheei
Wheei
+35
Wheei
- 6 0
FlILTER 1
MODAMT
ENV2
0
- 9 9
0
- 6 0
- 5 0
0
0
0
+ 9 9
0
+ 9 9
C n v x 2
Cnvx2
Repeat
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The
Interfooe
Letters for The Interface may be sent to any of the following addresses:
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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.
Yo Hacker,
self-consciousness for not being attracted
to "hearing loss, a record deal, genital
Every month I when I look at the Inter
face, I see that it says "Letter writers are
herpes," etc.
asked to please keep the vitriol to a mini
I wish to offer an expression of sympathy
mum." Being illiterate, I had no idea what
to Don Suite and an acknowledgement of
his expressing what, doubtless, all of us
have felt at one time or another (the ob
solescence of the EPS-h, TH #90 Inter
this meant. So I looked up "vitriol" in my
dictionary and it says this:
"1. A sulfate of various metals in its crys
tallized form., esp. of copper (blue vitriol
CUSO45H2O), iron (green vitriol or cop
per as FeS047H20), zinc (white vitriol
ZnS047 H20); - from the glassy ap
pearance of many of these salts. 2. Hence,
anything likened to vitriol as being caus
tic; figuratively, virulence. 3. To dip in
dilute sulfuric acid; pickle."
Salt Lake City, UT
enjoy the opportunities for progress (and
to support the deserving folks at Ensoniq
without whom our lives would be less
rich)!
has emerged. Can anyone comment in
summary on what it does differently and/
or better than I.I?
Sincerely your reader.
Kirk Slinkard
Temporarily moved by feelings of grati
Lakewood, CO
tude,
Richard Rawson
[TH - Aren't you the same guy who
Sacramento, CA
Don Suite
[CS - This can be a confusing one, par
ticularly because keyboard scaling won't
do what you might expect when you apply
it globally to an instrument or layer in the
EPS-I6 Plus. The problem is that when
you have multiple samples in a sound, as
you would with a piano, keyboard scaling
will be applied equally to each sample. In
other words, say you have two samples
split on the keyboard. You adjust an en
velope that causes each sample to take 2
seconds to decay. If you apply keyboard
scaling at the instrument or layer level and
adjust so that the low key of the lower
[TH - Actually, we thought we (TH) were
a little terse in our response - but then we
were in cranky moods at the time...]
won't use the word "vitriol" anymore. In
keep the Slinkard to a minimum." And a
note to my editor; Our logo isn't all that
and adjusting sustain times. Could you
please go over a method I might use to ac
complish this.
progress...and thank goodness we all
words that I can't understand!
its place all writers are asked to substi
tute the word, "Slinkard," as in "Please
the note to sustain less as I go up the scale
from C2 to C7. I've tried keyboard scaling
Thanks,
Finally, I noticed O.S. 1.3 for the EPS-t-
[CS - Alright, Kirk. From now on, we
parameters, samples, etc. The only
problem I'm having is that I can't get the
notes to sustain the right amount. I want
face). Also, I'd like to acknowledge TH,
Clark, and Ensoniq for their thoughtful
answers. We all get to pay our dues for
Will you guys stop using goldum freakin'
recently said something similar about our
little logo?]
piano for about a month, copying wave
[CS^- You, cranky? How could you tell?]
sample takes 4 seconds to decay, and the
high sample takes I second to decay,
you'll find that the sample occupying the
upper ranges of the keyboard reflects the
same timings - its lowest note will take 4
seconds to decay and its highest note will
[Ensoniq - O.S. version 1.3 features these
take I second. This can be a particular
major additions;
problem at the split point, where the
1) The ability to load Banks via MIDI
program changes when in Multi and
little. Besides, it's not the size that counts
[Ensoniq - We are also concerned about
your reader's safety. If you are going to
Mono modes.
highest note of the low sample decays for 1
second, and the note a half-step higher
(the lowest note of the second sample)
takes four seconds to decay.
be vitriolic (Slinkardic) please be sure
2) Copy/Backup!Restore functions for
What you need to do to get the kind of
there is adequate ventilation!]
SCSI devices.
scaling you're looking for is to set up your
- it's the Slinkard.]
basic envelope, and apply keyboard scal
3) A new effects algorithm compliments of
Dear Hacker,
WaveBoy Industries.]
Subj: Basement et al.
Thanks to Jay Armstrong for the out
standing essay on the "basement" (TH
#90 Interface). I feel much relieved of my
TH,
I have been patiently working on an EPS
26
ing globally to the layer or the instrument.
Then, play the lowest sample, making sure
to listen to the lowest and highest notes
contained in that sample. Adjust the key
board scaling until you are satisfied with
the sound. Now play the highest note of
this sample and the lowest note of the next
sample up the keyboard - play them
simultaneously, and listen to the envelope
decay rates. You'll probably find that the
higher sample takes longer to decay than
the low one. Do not adjust the keyboard
scaling! Adjust the envelope time
parameters instead, lowering them until
the two adjacent notes from the low and
high samples are decaying at the same
fects, and the EPS-16 PLUS was not.
WaveBoy (that crafty guy) has been able
to wring that function out of the EPS-16
aliasing filtering and other hardware that
will guarantee better signal fidelity when
1. I have a MIDI setup including an
16 PLUS can offer.]
Amiga computer which I use partly as a
sequencer, partly as a MIDI filtering/distribution device. Whenever I play on my
master keyboard (a Roland Juno-2), the
MIDI data goes into my computer and
TH,
back out on some other MIDI channel of
processing external audio than the EPS-
Where's a good place to find extensive
sound cards (RAM) for the the SQ-1+ and
cartridges and disk sounds for the VFXsd?
my choice. This all works fine with all of
the synths in my setup and all other
synths that I've ever had, but the SQ-R-f
acts weird when I do this. Notes hang and
I have to double-press the System button
to release them. But this only happens
when the SQ-R+ is in Multi Mode - NOT
if I put it to Omni mode to just select a
Thank you,
Thomas Bonds
dealer, but 1 realize that not all dealers
single sound to play on. Why? It's very
annoying when I'm trying to compose
new pieces! I've tried most of the para
meters in the System section without any
stock a complete inventory of sounds for
luck.
Cambridge, MA
[CS - The best place should be your local
Dear Transoniq Hacker,
you can help me with.
PLUS, but the ASR-10 has better input
rate. You may even want the higher
pitched of the two notes to decay a bit
quicker. Continue this process for all ad
jacent pairs of samples on the keyboard when you're done, you should have a
pretty good approximation of what you're
after. From there, it's a simple thing to
make any minor tweaks that are called
for. Just remember - the key is to set up
the keyboard scaling globally, and use the
envelopes for the individual samples to
compensate for the rough spots.]
But enough grovelling -1 have a couple
of problems with my SQ-R-i- which I hope
the instruments that they carry. You can
Please clarify. Is the Ensoniq ASR-10
able to perform, upon arriving new from
the factory, all the functions of an
contact Ensoniq for a catalog of all
sounds available for any machine - write
2.1 sometimes want my SQ-R-h to play
two sounds simultaneously, given a note
to them at 155 Great Valley Parkway,
only on one MIDI channel. For example,
EPS-16+ outfitted with Waveboy's Paral
lel Effects disk and/or Waveboy's Audio
Effects disk which were reviewed by
Malvern, PA 19355, or call (215) 6473930. Also, reviews in back issues ofTH
for my solo instrument, I use MIDI chan
should give you some good ideas on who
to contact for third-party sounds.
which consists of Burning Sax and Wail
Craig Anderton in TH Issues # 82 and 90?
If the factory ASR-10 is NOT able to per
form the Waveboy features will Waveboy
manufacture a disk for the ASR-10?
Jerry Ray
Washington, MO
[CS - I'd be glad to. As far as the pro
cessing of external signals, yes. The
ASR-10 handles this quite well - and in
stereo (the EPS-I6 Plus is used for
mono-in effects processing with the
Waveboy software). The Waveboy Audio
Effects disk does provide some effect
algorithms that aren't included in the
[Ensoniq - Ensoniq currently offers 8
sound cards for the SQ-1 PLUS (that's
960 sounds!). The models are SC-1
through 6 and lSC-1 and 2.
nel 4 and I wish to use an instrument
ing Synth (or whatever). On all the other
multitimbral synths I've ever had, this has
been easy - I've simply used the same
MIDI receive channel for two of the
"parts" in the preset. But this doesn't
seem to work on the SQ-R-(- as only the
first of the two parts using the same MIDI
The VFX-SD has 8 cartridges (that's 480
sounds) and 7 disks (with a total of 930
sounds!). The models are VPC-100 - 105,
receive channel reacts to the MIDI data.
lPC-1 and 2, VSD-1000 - 1004, and
bytes!
lSD-3 and 4. They are available through
your local Authorized Ensoniq dealer or
directly from Ensoniq. To find the dealer
nearest you, or to order direct call 1-800-
Finally, are there any third party develo
pers of (relatively cheap) sounds for the
Help me. Oh Hackers of those bits and
SQ-R-H?
553-5151.]
Absolutely finally, thanks for a nice mag,
although there should be more SQ mater
ASR-10, but take heart - Waveboy is
preparing to announce a version of their
Audio Effects disk for the ASR-10. There
may even be press release to that effect in
Dear Hacker Interface,
ial and less EPS-16 stuff.
I purchased an SQ-R Plus a few months
Hack on,
this month's issue ofTH.]
ago. Unfortunately I got the 21-voice ver
sion, only to find out that a 32-voice ver
Bjom A Lynne
Out of Norway, Scandinavia
[Ensoniq - We'd also like to clarify the
fact that the ASR-10 was built to be able
to process external audio through the ef
sion was available at the same price about
a month later! And the upgrade is too ex
pensive to even consider. :-(
2 7
[CS - I've no clue as to what might be
your trouble when using your SQ-R Plus
with the Amiga - it shouldn't work any
magazines to locate them.]
[TH - Third-party folks we know that are
currently supporting the SQ are: Latter
Sound Productions, 904-675-5561; Eye &
track down a solution.
I Productions, 408-945-0139; and Sound
Source Unlimited, 1-800-877-4778. If
As far as your other question goes, I'd
recommend you investigate the SQ-R's
preset mode. You can store a hundred
presets in the SQ-R, each of which can
remember any combination of up to eight
there are any others, they should contact
us!]
internal and external sounds, each with
its own volume, pan, output bus, key
215-647-8908. Please send us the O.S.
range, transpose, MIDI channel, MIDI
program, MIDI status, pressure type, sus
tain pedal, timbre, and release time
version of your SQ-R PLUS as well so we
can better help you. You can find the O.S.
sending a single program change on one
MIDI channel. The SQ-R can even be
used to re-transmit the MIDI data you
send it, allowing you to turn your key
board into a way-hip controller.
toward Ensoniq for producing the ASR10 and discontinuing the EPS-16+. Oh
please, get a grip. I couldn't believe what
I was reading. Many compliments go to
the counterpoints stated by Clark, En
soniq and TH. I'm sure you were biting
your tongues and holding back many
"choice" comments.
[Ensoniq - Since you are far away I sug
gest you fax us your number so we can
help you better. Our fax number is
parameters. Presets can be recalled by
reply. I read Don Suite's letter In the Dec
ember Issue which told of his anger
differently than any other MIDI slave. I'd
suggest you get in touch with Ensoniq
Customer Service (215-647-3930); they
can help you to qualify the problem, and
by pressing SYSTEM, holding it and
pressing BANK SELECT. The current
O.S. is I.I 5. If you can be reached by fax
The fact that Ensoniq did crank out the
ASR Is a plus for everybody. Including
those who have a '16+ Qike me). Because
It has upgrades to 16 megs Is proof alone
that they (Ensoniq) listen to user feed
back. The 50 effects show a different type
of feather In the cap. Since I've been
please give us that number as well.]
reading the Hacker, I've never heard
anyone complain about the amovmt of ef
fects In the '16+. Waveboy was a cool
Dear Interface,
Idea by a third party to help "super
charge" the sampler and get more out of
what was there originally. Ensoniq shows
F i n a l l y, y e s , t h e r e a r e t h i r d - p a r t y
developers for SQ-series sounds. Consult
This is the first (and hopefully last) time
that they are hip to the third party scene
I've read someone's letter and Immediate
the ads and reviews in this and other
ly jumped to write two cents worth of
as well and without direct prodding by the
consumer, they made major Improve-
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which already deal with this kind of info,
could someone please lead me in the
Glenn Metzl
proper direction?
I will be watching what strange and inter
Madison Heights, VA
Thank you Ensoniq for doing what the US
esting comments will be aimed at the per
formance and performance feamres of the
ASR-10. Who knows, maybe in two years
the market will change and an ASR will
be old hat. If Ensoniq keeps the customer
[CS - You know, sometimes with all the
Slinkard that a column like this can gen
Thank you all.
Jack Stephen Tolin
Quincy, Mass.
erate, you forget that the majority of En
soniq users are people who have had
[TH - Although we don't like to stray too
far from our "Ensonlq-only" coverage,
(like it was with the ASR-10), Don and I
positive experiences In their dealings with
the company and Its products. Thanks for
w i l l b e fi r s t i n l i n e t o c h e c k i t o u t , U n t i l
writing.]
input as part of their decision making
then, I'm smug and happy with my '16+!
there does seem to be a high level of
Interest (judging from the response to
"Basement Tapes" for one thing) In
[Ensoniq - Thanks for the kind comments.
We're forwarding your letter to Bert's
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Paul Bissell
Go Fish Music
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Dear Assorted Hackers:
Hi Hackerfolks,
small articles covering their respective
areas of expertise.]
Quick story for you guys. My ESQ-1
First of all, hi there! I've got an SQ-1
Plus with the 32-voice expansion upgrade
[CS- The SQ-1 allocates memory dynam
dinosaur synth quit. Just when I needed it
and an SQX-70 sequencer expander. Not
ically for Its sequences, so you should be
most, with gigs coming up and me need
able to save sequences that aren't too
ing the bucks, it uttered no sounds. What
only does the thing sound good, but now
it holds 58,000 notes! What more could a
jammed with notes. Try saving files of
to do??
synthesist/performer ask for?
varying sizes (you can check total mem
Called Tom McCaffrey (Transoniq Net)
looking for help and he says, "Try En
soniq customer service." Yeah sure, Tom,
the place that sells all those cool KS-32s
I also have an SQ-80. I save all of my
and SD-ls and ASR-lOs is really gonna
make a dump because the SQ-80's mem
ory isn't big enough to handle the thing!
I've never had a problem like this before
parameter will display the percentage of
available sequencer memory. Subtract
this number from 100% to find out how
much memory your sequences are using.
With a little experimentation, you should
with my HR-16. Should I trim down my
be able to determine how much sequencer
SQ-1? Like Captain Kirk said once, "Too
much of anything... isn't necessarily a
good thing." Are there any expanders for
the SQ-80's sequencer out there? Will
buying a 32k RAM card solve the prob
memory Is the maximum you can dump
lem? Isn't it bizarre for such a popular
and extent MIDI system to not have any
means whereby one may save sequencer
information? Any help you can give will
be greatly appreciated.
In an expanded SQ-1. The best way to
Also, as a request, would somebody out
there, preferably someone who has had
SeqiSong or all memory. By saving
SeqiSongs Individually you should be able
to work with your SQ-80.
ory used by the SQ sequencer by hitting
give a about my beloved ESQ-1. Oh
well. So next morning I called and the
next morning after that they had the
whole shebang in their lap via overnight
air freight.
Well, it seems like they do care, even
about my old warrior. Moral of the story
- it left the factory barely five days after
they got it - it works great once again,
they barely charged me for the repairs and
a certain guy named Bert Neikirk put up
with a lot of my stupidly nervous phone
calls. I mean, you gotta realize, here's my
synth a few htmdred miles away and I'm
going through ESQ withdrawal and he's
very reassuring and, well, what can I say?
They bent over backward to take care of
me and I REALLY, REALLY thank you
guys for that kind of service. Maybe some
SQ-1 files on SQ-80 disks via Sysex
dump. But hey, guess what - the SQ-1
holds soooo many notes now, I can't even
experience, please write an article or two
the Edit Sequences button, then the Bank
I button, then the Screen 6 button. This
Into your SQ-80.]
[Ensoniq - The SQ-80 has a 64k byte
buffer which Is about 25% of the memory
deal with your SQ-80 as a storage device
Is to try not to save all the memory at
once, but to save Individual files. When
you choose to save via MIDI Sysex you
are given the option of saving the current
on how to put together one's own busi
ness in the area of selling samples,
Another choice Is to use a device like the
sounds, jingles, music in general, and so
on? I think it would be helpful to hear
Alesls DataDlsk or Peavey DataStreamer,
which spool data to a disk, or to use a
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Sincerely,
that records MIDI Sysex data.]
Albert Weisman
Dear Hacker,
I have been using the EPS-16 with Turbo
for the past ten months or so and have
been experiencing a few problems.
Orion Engar - the guy who is looking for
a cost effective solution to the limited
N e w Yo r k , N Y
voice/memory EPS-16-t- - and no thank
you, I don't fancy any more closed end
[CS - The problems you describe are
definitely not normal; I don't recall ever
experiencing anything like them on an
EPS-16 Plus. Contact your local service
center or get in touch with Ensoniq Cus
tomer Service.]
sound modules.
Sardis, BC
Canada
[CS- Put me down for one, too.]
Sometimes during an instrument or bank
save (or occasionally other commands),
Dear TH:
my EPS-16 will simply "lock up" on me
making it impossible to complete the save
or to get out of the page. Consequently,
the only thing to do when this happens is
Dear Hacker,
Okay, so I didn't get my much desired
sample playback box for my EPS-16+
from Ensoniq for Christmas.
to turn off the EPS and start from scratch
again. Needless to say, all data (with the
exception of my Flashbank memory) is
lost. Is this an inherent problem of the
Well then, how about making a fully
loaded SD-1 with SCSI, 2 meg sample
EPS-16 PLUS or am I alone? This can be
RAM expandable to 16 meg with standard
quite frustrating as you can imagine.
SIMMs and capable of directly reading
What's the deal?
EPS disks? (Watch out, SD-1 owners your turn for "Trade Up Trauma" may be
next.)
Also, after quantizing, my tracks will still
sound ever so slightly out of time, espe
cially when I am reaching maximum
Let me add my voice to that of Keith Bar
nes in the January 1993 issue regarding a
76-note keyboard for the SD-1 or ASR10.1 presently still own an original EPS
classic. I love this keyboard, but I really
tire of running out of keys at either end of
the keyboard. I was raised on an 88-note
piano keyboard and really miss the
freedom of 88 keys. 76 keys would be a
real step in the right direction. Of course
88 keys would be the best.
Thanks for listening,
I refuse to dump my still useful EPS-16+
Dennis Gurwell
polyphony. Is it possible that too many
for the pittance it is now worth in the
Burbank, CA
instruments are competing for downbeats
or something? This is driving me crazy forcing me to cut back on polyphony in a
vain attempt to correct the problem. Inci-
marketplace just to upgrade to an ASR10. Talk about overnight depreciation. I
dently (and ironically), I sold my Korg
M-1 a few years ago because of the very
sample RAM capability and the ability to
access EPS/ASR sound data via 1.44 meg
same problem.
floppy and over SCSI. The Kurzweil
On-board sequencers always seemed a
K2000 comes very close except it can't
read EPS/ASR disks. MIDI sample dump
is painfully slow and I don't want to buy
great idea, but for me they fall short. Am
I just getting lemons or have other
could, however, be moved to buy another
new synthesizer that had at least 8 meg
[CS - Well, you could always put two
ASR-lOs next to each other - that would
give you 122 keys (but watch out for that
middle octave - it's a killer). Actually, I
agree - an ASR-10 with 76 or 88 pianoaction keys would be pretty swell. Guess
we'll just have to wait and see.]
another hard disk.)
workstation users experienced these
Yours truly.
problems?
Current Ensoniq O.S. (DIsk/EPROM)
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