This page contains information about the Owner’s Manual for the VFX from Ensoniq Corporation. This page contains information about the Musician’s Manual for the VFX-SD from Ensoniq Corporation. This Manual is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by ENSONIQ Corp. * ENSONIQ, VFX, Dynamic Component Synthesis, TransWave, EPS, and Poly-Key .

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This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. Talking about the plastic and metal case models. Polyphony – 21 voices.

One thing that’s kind of quirky, the sequencer’s operating system gets loaded into the instrument’s RAM memory from floppy disk they replaced the bulky and proprietary cartridges of the VFX with a standard 3. The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay. From the VFX mailing list: The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media.

Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes. From the VFX mailing list:. I have a SyQuest SyJet 1. They were told by Ensoniq to power-cycle seven times, always turning off the machine mnual a particular point in the power-up sequence. Here is the transwave list: It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single manhal, resulting in some complex layered sounds.


Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch.


Like ribbon cable length issues etc. The first problem they thought was the solder flux thing which would be on board 1. This is a professional quality sequencer with 25, note capacity expandable to 75, and it holds up to 60 sequences and songs. Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and manyal only partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang.

The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix. I removed all the keys, But will I have trouble with this?

Ensoniq VFX | Vintage Synth Explorer

View the discussion thread. The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq.

A disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to get you going or inspired! Over time and use, the keyboard begins to sag a little bit and this connector eventually starts to corrode get dirtycome loose and the like.

ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. The Mwnual has 21 voices of polyphony. I’m going to swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. See below for download link.


Follow the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, Over patches, 3. Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable?

There is a connector that connects board 2 to board 3. This was a good thing since the VFX was plagued by bugs during its early years and there were several subsequent OS versions released by Ensoniq, the most recent of which can still be downloaded.

Advanced and analog-like synth parameters including its dual multi-mode digital filters, three stage envelopes, LFO, and 15 modulation sources allow you to further shape and morph your sounds. WAV samples are available on freewavesamples.

Date Produced – Its sample ROM includes a set of transwaves that can be used for a wave sequencing synthesis. When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that enslniq keyboard you buy has had this done.