Ensoniq VFX

“Ensoniq VFX in good working order. Everything tested and working fine. Re-initialized to factory condition. Bright display, all jacks and buttons function properly. Keyboard link mod has been done to stop the known “keyboard calibration” error. Internal battery has been replaced with a battery holder to make battery replacement easy. Takes readily available CR2032. I just put a new battery in so should last for many years. Last one lasted about 10 years. B5 key has been replaced so its whiter than the rest. Some cosmetic blemishes as shown in the pictures. Mostly residue from stickers that I couldn’t get off with a quick Goo Gone wipe. A couple scratches. Look at pics to see full details. Included are the Ensoniq FSW-1 sustain pedal, a case, the power cable, and a CD-Rom I put together that includes the manual in PDF, a text document with Sysex transfer instructions, and a ton of Sysex banks and single patches that were collected over the years from various sources. Some of the patches are for the VFX SD so they don’t sound right but the overwhelming majority sound as they were intended. No cartridge included. Great feeling keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

Ensoniq VFX SD

“Ensoniq VFX SD Synthesizer. Condition is “Used”. I bought this from an estate sale. It does not have a plug so I have no way to test it to know if it works. Look at the pic there is a piece of plastic that is missing should not effect it playing” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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 search for synths 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.”
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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.

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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 search for synths 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. ”
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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”
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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)”
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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 search for synths 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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