CatSynth Pics: Gracie and Ensoniq SQ-80

Gracie and Ensoniq SQ-80

Gracie is back!  This time with an Ensoniq SQ-80 synthesizer. From Alsún Ní Chasaide (Alison Cassidy) via Facebook.

It seems that Gracie really likes this particular synth 😸

The SQ-80 is an interesting synth that came out about the same time as the Ensoniq EPS (which along with its successor the ASR-10 were mainstays of my studio until about 2000).  From Vintage Synth Explorer:

The SQ-80 is basically a reved-up ESQ-1 with a total of 75 waveforms, a 61-note keyboard with velocity & aftertouch, floppy disk drive for storing patches and sequences, and an enhanced sequencer. Great for organs, analog-type sounds, pads and sound effects. Like the classic ESQ-1, the SQ-80 functions in providing analog-type 4-pole lowpass filtering and editing of digital waveforms. Each voice can combine up to 3 of the 75 waveforms. These waveforms include multi-sampled transient attack waves such as violin bow, plectrum picks, mallet, hammer, breath attacks and percussive sounds. There are also 5 sampled drum sets. Three LFOs are onboard for some pretty wild modulation of the sounds you create or edit.

CatSynth Pic: The Paw (Ensoniq)

From our friend Sawa Masaki (@tjlaser) on Twitter. A cute feline paw on an Ensoniq keyboard.

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CatSynth video: Stonewall Catson (Ensoniq SQ-80)

Submitted by Carl Peczynski via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Ensoniq Fizmo


By Crawling Wind via gearslutz.

“Savu prefers the Ensoniq sound!”

There are actually some Ensoniq sounds that I miss, though I was able to re-create most of them in E-MU Emulator X.

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CatSynth pic: Chewie on Ensoniq EPS

Chewie the cat posing handsomely behind an Ensoniq EPS sampling synthesizer. Submitted by Kiki Cameron via our Facebook page.

The Ensoniq EPS and its successor, the ASR-10, were longtime workhorses in my synth collection. Even though the ASR-10 mostly sits in the closet now, I still use some of the sounds from it. You can hear an example here.

CatSynth pic: Altbengal

From tedjames on flickr. I have now added an altbengal tag so you can see his previous images.

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CatSynth pic: Synthcat

By tedjames on flickr, via matrixsynth:

Keyboard Cat’s World Series Wonderful Pistachios Commercial!

From chuckieart on YouTube:

“ – Keyboard Cat went to Hollywood and made a commercial for Wonderful Pistachios! Bento even met Perez Hilton and Rod Blagojevich! Get crackin!”

Really, Rod Blagojevich?!

Also on matrixsynth. The keyboard in this case is the classic Ensoniq Mirage.

CatSynth pic: altbengal

From betteroffted on flickr, via matrixsynth:

“Hector in the studio.”

CatSynth pic: Silver Thread by Carbon111

From carbon111’s blog via matrixsynth:

Carbon111 also presents a new track title Silver Thread, which you can hear on his blog. The track was composed using an Ensoniq Fizmo, Waldorf Q, Korg Oasys and Digidesign’s Boom softsynth.