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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Ensoniq has determined that hard-wiring that connection solves the problem. The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media. From the VFX mailing list: Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes. This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form.

They were told by Ensoniq to power-cycle seven times, always turning off the machine at a particular point in the power-up sequence. Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 circuit boards that control the poly-key tm pressure. My VFX won’t initialize. Functions fine except for one dead key the E in the octave above middle C.

I have a SyQuest SyJet 1. Polyphony – 21 voices. Over patches, 3. 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. WAV manua are available on freewavesamples. It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting enssoniq some complex layered sounds. Date Produced – There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay.


The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix. I cleaned it up and updated the OS chips. Follow the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing. Here is the transwave list: Manual Download the original owner’s manual from SoundProgramming.

A single patch can contain amnual to 6 of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable?

But will I have trouble with this?

The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. There is a connector that connects board 2 to board 3. Manual This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, From the VFX mailing list:.

Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. A disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to get you going or inspired!

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. Oscillators – 1 to 6 per voice. View the discussion thread.

Talking about the plastic and metal case models. I removed all the keys, Advanced emsoniq 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.


The VFX is a digital synth, and its filter is pretty weak but the VFX makes some sweet strings and textural sounds but it won’t be very handy for any ” meaty drum and bass sounds.

ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

I’m going to swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. Like ribbon cable length issues etc. The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq. This allowed Ensoniq vfxx provide new operating systems that you could load in real easily.

This is a professional quality sequencer with 25, note capacity expandable to 75, and it holds up to 60 sequences and songs. They then thought it was the cable that goes from board 1 to the motherboard.

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One thing that’s kind of quirky, the sequencer’s operating system gets loaded into the instrument’s Ensoiq memory from floppy disk they replaced the bulky and proprietary cartridges of the VFX with a standard 3.

What do I do? The VFX has 21 voices of polyphony. Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and then only partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang.