CatSynth Pic: Esper and Ensoniq DP/4

Esper has found a nice napping spot underneath an Ensoniq DP/4 effects processor. Submitted by Xeper Kalypso via Facebook. Photo slightly enhanced in the studios of CatSynth HQ to bring out the cat and the synth 😸

The DP/4 was quite the popular and powerful effects system in its day. Some of the algorithms were included in the Ensoniq ASR-10 as well.

CatSynth Pic: Ceephax Acid Crew ‏

Cats find interesting ways to sit, with or without synths. And this kitty is no exception. From Ceephax Acid Crew on Twitter.

I espy an Ensoniq DP/4 signal processor, Yamaha TX802 FM module, Korg Wavestation A/D module, and more that are left as an exercise to the reader.

CatSynth Pic: Ripley, Akai MPC, and Ensoniq SQ 1

Ripley is quite proud of his synths, an Ensoniq SQ 1 and Akai MPC. From Chris Ratterree via our Facebook page.

Here’s Ripley the boombap cat. She follows me at

CatSynth Pic: Finnegan and Ensoniq Samplers

Finnegan shares his latest composition on a pair of Ensoniq Samplers. Submitted by Greg Cole via our Facebook page.

samplers rather than synths but this is Finnegan who spends most days in the studio with me…’helping’.

We at CatSynth are quite familiar with Ensoniq’s venerable line of sampling workstations. I got an EPS in 1989, and then upgraded to an ASR-10 a few years later. The latter is still in storage here at CatSynth HQ.

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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