Ensoniq, Mirage @ 16 September 2014, “No Comments”

MIRAGE “A cool 1980′s era Ensoniq Mirage. I am selling this one as a project but it does work. I tested the drive and it plays discs. There are no discs included. All of the notes except for 2 that are softer sounding keys and probably need a cleaning as this one has been sitting for a LONG time.

There are a few missing screws on the unit that will need to be replaced, I have no idea why they were taken out. There is tape residue and marks and scratches, please keep in mind I am selling this as a project that works. My testing is pretty primitive..and I didn’t test the recording or other features. The buttons on the control panel work. The display is bright and passes clear audio through an amp.

It comes with a power cord but NO discs and again being sold as a working project that will need some screws a cleaning and possibly something that I haven’t noticed, but as described above.

This keyboard is being sold as is and as you see it in the photos. It is used, and will carry a no return policy. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 10 June 2014, Comments Off

” Tested and fully functional
Decent shape with a few blems given the age, as show in photos
The previous owner sent it to a tech company to have the “Quasi-Stereo Outputs” mod installed. The standard mono in/out jacks still are connected and fully functional but has those extra outs for a quasi-stereo signal.
There is a slight amount of rust on the top of the unit but is fairly minimal. The majority of the wear appears to be from some tape that was on the top of the face at some point so there’s some leftover adhesive residue that I’m sure could be cleaned off.
Has a bunch of sample discs. Some Ensoniq brand some done by the previous owner.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 04 March 2014, Comments Off

” This is the rack mount version of the Mirage DSK-8, or the DSK-1, depending on who you ask. The DMS-1′s are harder to find but come complete with all the special goodies in the sample library that nostalgists have come to know and love. We bought this brand new back in ’87 and its never been outside of our smoke-free studio.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 18 February 2014, Comments Off

“Another offering from Restoration Ampersand

A nice and working ensoniq Mirage-DSK Digital Sampling Keyboard

This Keyboard comes with all that you see also included but not pictured is the power cord that will be supplied

This Keyboard is in nice condition please see photos for condition there is some tape residue and scuffs from normal use

As some of you may know that I have made a large acquirement of pro audio equipment recently from one of our local music halls/theater

I am still going through it this my latest round of equipment that I’m revealing.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 11 February 2014, Comments Off

“Not tested. One key is sticking up. A little dirty. No disks included. No power cord (regular computer power cord will work). This thing may work!” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 11 February 2014, Comments Off

“Purchased new and used in a non smoking home only. It has not been used on stage or in a studio. This is the Mirage DSK-1 and was the last version of the Mirage produced by Ensoniq. It features a lighter enclosure, relocated disk drive and Stereo outputs. It comes with many disks and both manuals. The disks are labeled as such: 1. pianos, low voices ahh, high voices ahh, low strings bowed, high strings bowed. 2. upright bass/sax, trombones, rock drums, sax, trumpet. 3. wave samples. 4. mug zoo collection (1,2,3,4,5 & 6). 5. keyboards (1,2,&3). 6. brass fall off, brass gliss, drum/synth bass, brass, solo rock guitar, marimba/elec piano, organ/clav. 7. boot disk. There is also a full box of un-used disks and the original power chord. This keyboard is a part of digital history and again its condition is as good as it gets. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 28 January 2014, Comments Off

” Up for sale are TWO items, a keyboard, and a heavy duty SKB case. The keyboard is Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8, in great working condition, with boot-up, and two sound disks included (see pictures). It boots in only a few seconds, from the OS disk, without fail. The case is an extra long SKB, locking, single handle, case, without wheels. It is 54″ long, 19″ wide, and 7 1/2″ tall. The case has some surface scuffs, but is in good shape, and the latches and handle are in good condition. Sorry, I don’t have the key for the latches. The buyer will have 14 days to check everything out. This keyboard is extra heavy, with a steel frame, so I need to sell these together, as I doubt a cardboard box could protect the keyboard enough during shipping. if you need the manual, I can email the pdf, or you can find it online for free. Thanks for looking!” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 21 January 2014, Comments Off

“Hello and welcome, for sale today is a used Ensoniq Mirage sampler/synthesizer workstation from 1984. I am the 3rd owner, having purchased this in an equipment bundle this past weekend. The 2nd owner never used it and kept it in storage. The first owner used it in his home studio.

This Mirage has issues and needs tender loving care to restore it back to its former glory. There are 3 original diskettes. The drive, which is a sought-after item at around $50, works. The keyboard plays the samples, and the sequencer works, however, the low D key produces no sound. The top surface of the keyboard control panel is blemished as shown in the photos. I tried to clean off what looks like residue on the factory finish, but the white streaks don’t come off. I suspect the actual paint is damaged. Also on the top right side, one of the machine screws does not fasten down, although I do have the screw and will include it for you along with a new power cord I just ordered. The underside is scratched. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 14 January 2014, Comments Off

“I am selling this synth for the widow of a musician friend. It is the rack mount version and has no keyboard. He took care of his gear so I am assuming that it is in good working condition. I don’t have a way to test it.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 07 January 2014, Comments Off

“Ensoniq Mirage w/ Dample Disks. Works great.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 31 December 2013, Comments Off

“This is the original Mirage keyboard. The drive does not boot up, so it needs repair or replacement. All the manuals are included.Also included are 29 sound discs.(two of these have the operating system from 1985 & 1986.) There is also a sampling filter for sampling the sounds. The far right key(high C) is loose and might need a spring.It will ship in the original box.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 10 December 2013, Comments Off

“I was told item works perfectly, I do not have the disks to test it. So sold as is. Cosmetic condition is very good.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 26 November 2013, Comments Off

“You are bidding on a Ensoniq Keyboard Synthesizer for parts or repair. I tested the unit it powers on but the light in the display flashes. It also read nd. When you plug in the flloppy it reads the disc. I was told by a friend of mine that knows about these that you need a programming disk to get sound. Also the disc drive works and has a disc with beats on it. My preliminary test no sound or functions. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 26 November 2013, Comments Off

“What a find ! ! ! It’s the real thing and it’s rare to find them in this condition. This Mirage happened to be purchased new by someone who simply wanted to learn to play. He paid top dollar for it new years ago and it never left his den. It has not been abused on stage or in a studio. No beer spilled inside and no smoke damage. Rare indeed. What you see in the pics is what you will get. Its an Ensoniq Mirage with many disks AND both manuals. The disks are labeled as such: 1. pianos, low voices ahh, high voices ahh, low strings bowed, high strings bowed. 2. upright bass/sax, trombones, rock drums, sax, trumpet. 3. wave samples. 4. mug zoo collection (1,2,3,4,5 & 6). 5. keyboards (1,2,&3). 6. brass fall off, brass gliss, drum/synth bass, brass, solo rock guitar, marimba/elec piano, organ/clav. 7. boot disk. There is also a full box of un-used disks and the original HEAVY DUTY power chord.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 29 October 2013, Comments Off

“Synth is in used condition. I powered it up and the screen read ND. Nothing else happened. There is dirt and dust. Scratches and scuffs. All knobs and parts appear to be intact. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 10 September 2013, Comments Off

“This listing is for 1 x ENSONIQ MIRAGE 8-bit Digital Sampling (ser#21181)
Included will be dozens of factory and aftermarket disks.
The unit functions as it should and is in excellent condition (please see images). There are hardly any marks on it and nothing that affects playability.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 10 September 2013, Comments Off

“You are bidding on a vintage Ensoniq Mirage. Keyboard comes with software (operating system formating etc.)pictures are part of the description they show what comes with keyboard and that it powered up with o/s disk in. This is old school metal case and is in pretty good shape, Happy bidding!! (shipping to lower 48 states only)” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 02 July 2013, Comments Off

“Works great. Includes 16 disks.

This model has the improved Fatar keybed.

Has some dings and scratches…nothing major or affects performance.

It’s from 1986 and has ANALOG FILTERS!” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 16 April 2013, Comments Off

“Item has been part of a rack mount and has a few marks under the chassis where the A frame rack has caused a few scratches over the years. The rest of the mirage is in same condition as was bought originally. Although working, requires a new floppy drive ( as you would expect ).” eBay Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 02 April 2013, Comments Off

“The ‘A’ key above middle ‘C’ sometimes sounds and sometimes doesn’t, so this will need some attention – probably best not to bid unless you know how to fix it or how much it would cost to have it repaired.The paint finish on the underside is quite scratched, but other than that it’s in pretty good condition.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 19 March 2013, Comments Off

“Up for sale is my Mirage DSK 1 Sampler Keyboard. It makes an excellent velocity sensitive midi controller, and it also works well for lofi and grunge sampling. You will also get two sound disks…” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 05 March 2013, Comments Off

“This keyboard powers on, but when it does, the screen reads “ND”. This means that it needs the start -up disk that it came with to run. This auction is for the keyboard only. The disk is not included, but can be easily found for sale online. The screws on the top of the keyboard are also missing. Overall, it would not take much to have this keyboard up and running. It is being sold as is.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 05 March 2013, Comments Off

“Ensoniq Mirage Vintage FM Synth with Disks, Manuals etc Good condition and full working order.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 22 January 2013, Comments Off

“Here’s a classic vintage sampler. The Mirage is know to be a pain to program, but with a bit of effort you can get some amazingly warm sounds. Great for crunchy drum loops, synth sounds and totally unrealistic pianos. The Mirage has it all!” Link

Ensoniq, ESQ1, Mirage @ 18 December 2012, Comments Off

“This is a lot of 2 Ensoniq sampler sequencer synthesizer workstations. One is Ensoniq ESQ-1 and the other is a Mirage. The mirage is missing is key bed mounting hardware and its top cover chassis screws. Neither are in working condition and no information can be given to their functionality. These units are being sold as is for parts only. Parts for these units are hard to come by and when they do they are not cheap. Disk drive, power supplies, keys and key bed, pitch shift and mod wheels, displays, control boards, main boards, ICs…etc. These may be the parts you have been looking for to repair your non-working Ensoniq unit! You might even be able to get one of them working with the other! Nothing but good reviews on vintagesynth.com on either unit. PLEASE LOOK AT PIX FOR ITEMS CONDITION AND WHAT IS INCLUDED…IF YOU DO NOT SEE IT …IT IS NOT INCLUDED..item is sold as is and there will be no returns ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 11 December 2012, Comments Off

“Up for sale is an Ensoniq Mirage sampling keyboard. This synth works great and it’s in pretty good shape cosmetically. Included is the startup disk and a power cord. This used to be a top of the line sampler, back in the days, retailed at over $1700.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 04 December 2012, Comments Off

“This Ensonniq Mirage DSK-8 Sampling Keyboard. The Key Board is great shape , works properly and has 1 disk in it with some songs.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 27 November 2012, Comments Off

” Ensoniq DSK-1 sampler. Excellent condition. Includes over 100 factory and custom sample disks.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 02 October 2012, Comments Off

“For auction is an Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Rack 8-bit Sampler w 3 discs. We put the discs in and they all booted but that’s as far as we went. Was always used in the home by dad & it was put away working years ago. Should be fine but we sell all vintage electronics as is as found in the estate. Comes with sample manual .” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 25 September 2012, Comments Off

“FOR SALE

ENSONIQ MIRAGE DSK-1 SYNTH

Unit came from a local estate sale. Powers on and is fully operational.Know what you are buying BEFORE you click as all items are as-is, and all sales are final. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 31 July 2012, Comments Off

“mint condition.
100% working.
has the classic warm sound.
I will throw in 12 blank brand new DD diskettes. enjoy quick low priced shipping!” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 10 July 2012, Comments Off

“THIS IS A ENSONIQ MIRAGE AN EIGHT VOICE POLYPHONIC DIGITALSAMPLING KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT IN MANY WAYS SIMILAR TO AND IN JUST AS MANY WAYS DIFFERENT FROM A SYNTHESIZER. THE MIRAGE ALLOWS YOU TO PROGRAM SOUNDS AND ALSO FEATURES AN ON BOARD SEQUENCER LIKE MANY SYNTHS. BUT IN ADDITION THE MIRAGE WILL PERMIT YOU TO SAMPLE JUST ABOUT ANY SOUND YOU HEAR AND CREAT MUSIC WITH IT. IT’S BEST DESCRIBED AS A COMPUTER SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO REPRODUCE AND PROCESS SOUND LIKE ALL COMPUTERS IT HAS A SYSTEM CONSISTING OF TWO MAIN PARTS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE COMES WITH ALL MANUALS AND PAPERWORK EXCELLENT COND. ” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 29 May 2012, Comments Off


This unit saw some road before I bought it (and has the dings and scratches to prove it- see photo), but it is fine because it is built for the road. The last 15-20 years however it has been in my studio. I have not used it much in the last couple of years so I think it belongs in the hands of someone who will love it and make music. I did fire it up and it still plays.

I do not have the manuals but I found both the owners manual and quick start guide online in about a 2 second Google search.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 29 May 2012, Comments Off

“This auction is for one ENSONIQ MIRAGE DSK in GOOD condition. Cosmetically the piece shows some signs of wear and tear from normal use. Some minor surface scratches on top panel. Some scratches and dings on the bottom as you would expect from being stand mounted. This piece is missing the fader cap on the volume slider, and one top panel screw. This piece has been tested and the keyboard is fully functional.” Link

Ensoniq, Mirage @ 01 May 2012, Comments Off

“ENSONIQ MIRAGE – DMS8 – VINTAGE RACK SAMPLER

(8 voice polyphonic digital sampling instrument)

comes with

Advanced Macos v2.0 operating disk

Disk formating program disk

14 original ensoniq sound library disks

21 MUG original sound collection disks (can also be used in EPS/Amiga/DPX1)

3 other sample disks

There are 100′s of quality samples on these disks, pianos, organs, strings, brass, vocals, choirs, drums and percussion, effects, atmospheres, etc etc etc

Power Cable (kettle lead)

Original Operating Manual (this covers both rack version and the keyboard version)

Original Advanced Samplus Guide

And best of all an Instruction DVD which takes you through everything the unit can do and clearly explains all functions

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As far as I’m aware the unit is in full working order. I’ve tested it and it loads up/plays disks. Sadly my sampling knowledge is not great so haven’t used this machine to it’s full capabilities.

Cosmetically it has usual scratches on casing and some rack rash but the front panel is clean and looks good when rack installed. All lights are fully functional as is volume control and buttons. On rear there is and audio in (for recording) and an audio out (to hear playback. There are also midi in/out/thru and an expansion port. The manual are in excellent condition for age. All pages present and no writing or folded pages. ” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.