Ensoniq VFX SD

“This vintage synthesizer is in very good cosmetic condition and is working, though, it has a few issues / considerations: The floppy disc drive has not been tested, the temporary yellow colored disc used while transporting the keyboard takes some effort to stay in place (it will be taped in place for shipping purposes); the battery used by the synthesizer memory is drained and needs to be changed to store new programs; also, occasionally, the synthesizer displays a KEYBOARD CALIBRATION ERROR when booting up. This can be temporarily cured by performing what is described online as the “Heimlich maneuver” – laying the keyboard in your lap, placing hands on each end and twisting slightly in opposite directions to temporarily restoring the faulty connector in the middle of the keyboard. A more permanent solution is to hardwire the PC boards beneath the keyboard (see online directions for “Repairing an Ensoniq VFX showing Keyboard Calibration Error.) Also, the foam inside the case has deteriorated & will need replacement if used regularly. All keys and preset sounds are working. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

“Vintage Ensoniq VFX SD Music Production Synthesizer w/ Power Cable A35. Condition is For parts or not working. Shipped with UPS Ground.

This synth turns on but has the common battery and keybed issues. It will seemingly work fine until it warms up when it starts acting sporadically. Comes with filght case and power cable. The foam inside the case has deteriorated so you will need to put more in if you intend to use it regularly.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

“Ensoniq VFX SD Music Production Synthesizer w/ Power Cable

Fully tested and functional with exception to testing both disc and cartridge readers. Overall clean showing minor wear from use and play throughout the years. All buttons are fully functional.

Includes power cable.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

“This synth belonged to a relative and I have no idea how it works. When switched on its display lights up and it shows all functions. I have heard it play sounds. When first switched on it displays an error message which I have shown in the second picture. It is available if anyone would like to look at it and, due to its weight and size, is for collection only.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

“There’s more here than just a keyboard that needs work.
USA designed and built Ensoniq VFX Keyboard Synthesizer comes with 2 Sound Cartridges, Hard Case, Manual & Brochures . Unit powers up but does not complet boot. Display cycles back and forth between CALIBRATING KEYBOARD and SYSTEM ERROR 32 (See photos) This is NOT the SD model.

Keyboard Condition is For parts or not working.

This package includes

Ensoniq VFX Dynamic Component Synthesizer
Road Case – Factory supplied: very rugged, foam lined, carpet covered plywood ROAD CASE
TWO (2) Sound Cartridges – VPC-100 and VPC-102
Factory Users Manual in excellent condition
Paperwork – Ensoniq VFX Glossy Brochure
Paperwork – Ensoniq Accessory Catalog
Paperwork – “VFX Software Version 2.0 Update” P/N 9311 0023 01
Paperwork – “VFX Software Version 2.1 Addendum” P/N 9311 0025 01
Paperwork – “Important: What happens when you select a new Sound or Preset on the VFX” P/N 9311 0017 01 rev.A
Paperwork – “VFX Highlights” 5 page pamphlet
Paperwork – “Authorized Repair Station September 1, 1987” P/N 9340000601

Personal Note: I remember going to “Downtown Daves” music store in Lebanon, NH USA in 1989.
I walked into the small shop and Dave said “How can I help ya” (with an out of place accent that sounded like a NYC bus driver from Brewster with a business degree from Dartmouth, cuz that what he was )

I jokingly said, “I’m looking for a programable polyphonic synthesizer with midi, that’s velocity sensitive that also has a realistic saxophone sound, so you can press the key harder afterwards and give it some expression like a real instrument (aftertouch) Dave gruffly exclaimed, “They don’t make it!” (he always sounded that way) “But its coming out in a few months”

I came back a few month later and bought the new ENSONIQ VFX. What a great keyboard. I loved it. Finally I could add feeling to the sounds. And what great sounds they were. I had planned on fixing this synth but there are too many other projects in the studio and in life. So hopefully someone will appreciate this and benefit from it. Fix it, sell it for parts, hang it from the ceiling as a decoration. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

“Used works fine has a low battery warning when you turn it on so there’s an internal battery that needs to be replaced not sure where it is. Comes with the hard case the foam was deteriorating so I took it out and I’ll replace it with some egg shell foam free shipping is only for the continental United States no PO Boxes” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

“VFX-SD upgraded with SD-1 version 4.1 firmware

Has the added Piano, Vibes, “Hip Drums”, etc. waveforms

Includes power cable, nice shape VFX-SD manual, and SoundEngine.com’s VFX-SD library of 9500+ VFX sounds (delivered after purchase via d0wnload)” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

“Used Ensoniq VFX. Be aware that this unit needs a battery replacement! However, the unit functions fine, you’ll just have to be aware that internal storage of presets won’t be working (you’ll have to save sounds to disk in order to recall them, until the battery is replaced, that is).” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

“Ensoniq VFX SD transwave synthesizer. 61 keys. 21 voice polyphany, 12 times multitimbral, amazing drums and effects, sequencer, disk drive and an absolutely identifiable classic in 90’s electronic dance music. I replaced the internal battery about 4 months ago. They last for around 6 or 7 years in these units. The keyboard is used and shows signs of it. It is fully functional; lived most of its life in a non-smoking production studio but also saw plenty of stage use. Always adored and cared for. Classic, powerful and iconic synth, at a very fair price.”
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Ensoniq VFX-SD

“This is classic and great sounding VFX-SD, IMO, the best of 90s synth technology. Great waveforms… reminds me of the Waldorf MicroWave meets the PPG synths. GREAT sequencer as well, Heck the sequencer is worth the money alone.
Everything works as it should and it sounds amazing. The only thing i cant test is the floppy drive simply because i have no floppies.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

“Up for sale is an Ensoniq VFX SD Workstation Synth in Excellent Condition for its age. Battery was changed with a brand new one on 9/26/2017 and sequencer OS was reloaded. Synth works perfectly and sounds awesome! Will be shipped with power cable, dust cover seen in pics and the floppy disk containing the sequencer OS and a few additional sound presets. Will be packaged carefully and shipped fast.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

“Ensoniq VFX SD Vintage Synthesizer and Keyboard. This Synth and Keyboard combo was released in 1989 and this one was made in 1989. Physically it’s in good condition and functionally it works great. It’s very well built and sturdy. There are no known problems with it’s functionality. Please see all photos. The keys are like new (nice and white with no cracks), the screen and all words are crisp and clear, and all buttons and functions work properly. The power cord is included.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

For sale is this vintage Ensoniq VFX SD music production synthesizer (Serial No: VFX-11868-Z / Mfg Date: 11/15/89).

This keyboard has been tested, and is in great working order. It sounds great and has some excellent vintage 80’s synth patches! Due to its age, this unit is being sold in as-is condition. Please see pictures of the actual item.

The keys on this keyboard have become off-white over time. The keybed plays fine – just want the buyer to know that the keys have a yellowed tint to them (see photo with sheet of white paper near the keys). Otherwise, this keyboard is clean, with minimal scratches and scuffs.

The floppy drive was recently replaced with a new unit and reads disks fine. Note: the replacement drive leaves a small gap above the trim plate but does not affect functionality. Am including original drive that would spin but no longer recognize disks – the old drive might be useful to you for the trim plate or repair.

These Ensoniq keyboards were solidly built and are heavy. Will box and package this keyboard securely.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

“This keyboard is being sold “as is”. When plugged in and turned on, the screen message shows ” warning: low battery voltage. Save data: see user manual * continue”. Not sure if it works. I purchased a floppy disc for it (see picture).” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

vfxsd “In great condition, also perfect working order. Great sounding synthesizer from the late 80. It’s has similar synthesis like a ppg wave and Waldorf microwave using wavetable synthesis. It has tons of wavetables and a good amount of modulation sources. It has dual digital filters and also theee eleven stage envelopes to shape your sounds. It also come with built in effects like reverb, delays, chorus, and flanger. Overall it’s a great sounding synth and you can really shape your own sounds. This synth comes with the power cable.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

fcx “Original Ensoniq VFX. Worked great for the past 5 years. Turned it on last week and got the famous keyboard calibration error. The following day the screen went dim. Overall it’s in decent condition considering its 31 years old. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

vfx “You are bidding on an Ensoniq VFX keyboard and accompanying accessories (described below).

As the title states, this is a vintage keyboard and is used.
It’s in working condition once it starts up but does give an error on start up regarding the battery needing replaced. The batteries cost about $15 to purchase and can be replaced by you or a repair shop.

The keyboard comes with power cord, a pedal, the original user’s manual and the cartridges listed in the pictures (7 cartridges total).” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD Project Machine

vfxsd “Here is an Ensoniq VFX SD Vintage Synthesizer Synth Keyboard AS-IS For parts/repair. It worked for awhile and then an error message came on the screen “press any key-re-initialize.” I pressed all the buttons nothing happened and now nothing shows on the screen. You turn it on the floppy light comes on, nothing else. Please look at all twelve pictures to get an idea.

It is complete and in pretty decent shape. All the keys are fine, no yellowing, and work up and down fine. Some scratches and a few stains. There is one floppy included, along with the power cord. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

vfx “This is another one of Ensoniq’s classic synthesizer workstations that includes a powerful wavetable synthesizer and a fully-equipped 24-track sequencer. The VFX is one of only a few keyboards to feature true polyphonic aftertouch, and this feature can be used to control the internal effects as well as the synthesizer engine. I absolutely love this keyboard, I wish I didn’t have to sell it.”
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Ensoniq VFX-SD

vfxsd “Works great. Keybed is in excellent condition which usually an issue with these and casing has obvious wear as shown in the photos but looks much better in front of you, photos make it looks worse than it really is, awesome legendary Vintage synth at a good price.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD

fvx “This is another one of Ensoniq’s classic synthesizer workstations that includes a powerful wavetable synthesizer and a fully-equipped 24-track sequencer. The VFX is one of only a few keyboards to feature true polyphonic aftertouch, and this feature can be used to control the internal effects as well as the synthesizer engine. I absolutely love this keyboard for composing as well as for live performance and I’ve used one on stage for many years. I am only selling this one because I have two others that work equally well. The original disk drive was replaced just last month with a brand new drive.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD Project Machine

vfx-sd “Travel back in time with this vintage synthesizer. Made by Ensoniq in Malvern, Pennsylvania in 1991, it’s an Ensoniq VFX-SD. It’s in pretty good cosmetic condition, but is a repair project. Though some of the light come on when it’s powered on, no sound comes out. I lifted the hood and it does not seem to have been parted out. The guy I bought it from did not know what was the matter with it. Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX-SD Project Machine

vfx-sd ” Unit powers on but fails calibration. Retrying continues to fail and ignore proceeds, but there is a continuous sporadic output of notes. I believe the highest G, G# and A are the ones being triggered. No further testing performed.

Synthesizer sold AS IS, for parts or repair only.

Cosmetically, this unit is in good condition. It has some scraps, scratches, faded paint, etc., but the most noticeable flaw is a crack on the bottom center and some scratching of a school on the bottom. A few screws are also missing.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD Project Machine

vfxsd“This ENSONIQ powers on and shows info on the screen(as you can see in the pictures). I plugged it to the Marshall amp that you see on the photos and NOTHING. Then I turned it off

and on again and this synthesizer had sound(it worked),(so I do not know what is wrong with it) and that’s why it is selling as ‘For parts or not working’ AS-IS with NO PARTIAL REFUNDS,” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX

vfx “This is a VERY clean, 100% working VFX from a pet free/smoke free home. Included in this auction are: the VFX Synth, Original Owners Manual, Sustain pedal, Power cord, VPC-100 Data cartridge. Recently serviced and had NEW internal battery installed. It’s worth noting that this is one of the very few synths ever manufactured with POLYPHONIC aftertouch (as opposed to just channel based aftertouch like most other synths that support aftertouch) allowing you to add modulation to each single note when playing chords – a real expressive joy to play! The VFX stands out as a pretty advanced and versatile synth for it’s vintage and really holds its own with unique complex sounds.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

usedfdxsd ” Instrument purchased from original owner only very recently – selling due to lack of space (have just purchased another synth that I wish to keep;the VFX SD has to go).

Have not had the time to test all the functions of the instrument, but the unit is, as far as I can tell, functioning fine, including the disc drive (am not absolutely sure if the ‘Patch Select’ performance buttons above the wheels are working).

This VFX SD is in good cosmetic condition… Has some small scratches here and there but is overall very clean, front panel itself is close to pristine.

It is worth mentioning that the previous owner has had the bottom and top C keys of the keyboard partly cut into at the base of the keys, for reasons which remain unclear (done during servicing??).
(See the two images provided of these two ‘modified’ keys).
The affected keys function fine, and there is no difference in action, feel or functionality between the two slightly ‘modified’ keys and the rest.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensonix VFX SD

vfx “Unit powers on and shows info on screen. Unable to test to full functional extent. Selling as is. Buyer accepts risk of any unknown defects. Auction includes Ensoniq VFX SD synthesizer, VPC 105 sound cartridge, and power cable.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

vfx sd “New battery and connection fix applied, so unit boots with no issues. All keys produce sound and able to select sounds from all sources with no problem. Unable to test to full functional extent and therefore selling as is. Buyer accepts risk of any unknown defects. Auction includes Ensoniq VFX SD synthesizer, VPC 105 sound cartridge, power cable and pictured road case.” Click here to visit listing on eBay