An awesome first layout for the classic Ensoniq SQ80 (and the ESQ1, too) by first-time layout author AndyV. Gold! The SQ80 is a vintage synth first released in 1987 (it has a floppy disk drive in it!) and was the first keyboard ever to feature Ensoniq's "Polypressure Keyboard." This produces channel and poly aftertouch, and the SQ80 has MIDI out so you could control something else with it. But I digress: this layout is about controlling the SQ80, and it's dense and complete. Enjoy, redesign, share!
Submitted for your approval is a basic sysex sound editor for the SQ80 http://www.vintagesynth.com/ensoniq/sq80.php and ESQ1 http://www.vintagesynth.com/ensoniq/ens_esq1.php synthesizers from Ensoniq. This was created with MD Pro 1.7.0. Since I only own the SQ80 I've not been able to test it for the ESQ1. However, if I'm not mistaken, the main difference between the two is the additional oscillator waveforms available in the SQ80. I'd expect the ESQ1 to ignore values outside the normal range, but if it causes problems they can be easily deleted from the list. I can say with certainty that it will NOT work with the ESQm as the addressing of parameters is different.
This is my first attempt at a layout design and as you can see by the screenshots my approach was to cram as many controls as possible per page to minimize page turning during edits. It may be a little crowded. I encourage you to redesign and share as you see fit.
Make sure you're keyboard is set to rec'v Sysex messages…
on the [MIDI] page ENABLE = Keys+CT+PC+SS+SX
also confirm your keyboard's MIDI base channel and set the layout's MIDI OUT channel using the MIDI CHANNEL CHANGER slider….SLOWLY. (I've had some crashes with rapid value changes of this parameter.)
Otherwise Let 'er rip!
I've had a lot of fun programming it and would like to thank the Rosenstarks and their team for making such a terrific tool! It has allowed me to unlock a bunch of new sounds from the synth, and I hope you'll find it inspirational too!
Here's the link!