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Ensoniq ESQ-M

“This is an Ensoniq ESQ-M module. I am the original owner (I purchased this in Miami FL in October 1987) but I have had it in storage since 1995.

I’ve uploaded a video so please review that carefully before bidding. Upon startup, the voltage low indicator is displayed so you will need to replace the battery. Additional, I did not open the unit to clean it, and the sliders also need to be cleaned. In one section of the video, you can see me move the data slider and you can see it jump around before settling down, and then during the demo of one of the sounds, it changed then changed back. I didn’t check all the functionality of it or all the presets.
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I also don’t have an instrument cartridge for this, so the internal instruments are what are loaded on the Module. I don’t know if I modified any of them as I also owned an ESQ-1 and I did make my own sounds on that one. I see these listed and sold for between $400-$800. I’ve set the starting bid to be very competitive, and is a great opportunity for a reseller who will recondition this, or someone who can do their own repair and wants a vintage Ensoniq module. ”
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Ensoniq ESQ-M

“These are great synths. The Ensoniq esq-m is the rack mount version of the esq1, it’s the same synth except it doesn’t have the outdated sequencer or the terrible keybed. All of the good stuff and none of the bad!

There’s plenty of information about these online so you can look them up if you’re unfamiliar but at its core it’s a hybrid synth (digital waves and analog filters) with a simple modulation matrix, multi timbrality (layer/ split), responds to polyphonic aftertouch, etc. It’s a great sounding synth, think late 2nd era skinny puppy (too dark park and last rites in particular).

This one is in pretty good shape for its age but certainly not perfect. It has plenty of dings and scratches and what not. Also the data slider is really jumpy, I was just testing the synth and I could use the slider but I’d want to address it if I was keeping it since it’s very difficult to get it to any specific value. It might just be dirty (possibly fixed by cleaning and lubricating the slider) or it might need to be replaced. Everything else works as far as I can tell (midi, audio, display, buttons, volume slider is scratchy but working), I even replaced the internal battery a couple years ago so as long as it gets turned on now and then that should be fine for many many years, likely decades. It even has the rack ears!

I’m including two voice cards in this auction. One is a vintage “voice crystal 2” card full of presets (rom/ read only) and the other is a modern rewritable one (ram) made as a retrofit for this synth. The rewritable card has a very large capacity and is pre-loaded with a ton of patches but is freely writable which is essential with these older synths as their internal memory was pretty limited. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQ-M

“I recently bought the contents of an older recoding studio. I am a reseller, not an audio guy i will do my best to describe the equipment as it is. Please see photos close and ask any questions before bidding. Check my other listing for vintage audio equipment.” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQ-m

“ensoniq esq-m In excellent condition with new battery and ROM cartridge.. ” Click here to visit listing on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQ-m

“This ESQ-M has been serviced with New Battery, New Audio Output Jacks and the famous SQ80-M modification. All SQ-80 Waveforms are now present and selectable. The only function not implemented is the Envelope second release.

The picture of the screen shows the boot up message indicating that it is an SQ80-M. The picture is a little blurry due to the camera struggling with what to focus on. In person, the screen is clear and bright. ” Click here to search for synths on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQ-M

“If your looking at this you probably know what it is and how amazing it sounds, the unit works 100% the internal batter has been replaced so should last another 30 years also included the memory cartridge with an additional 80 patches which doesn’t sound like a lot but in 1986 it was alot.

That being said this ESQ-M is sold “as is” no returns except for transit damage ”
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Ensoniq ESQ-m

” ENSONIQ ESQ-M with new battery, rack ears and manual. Mint condition sound module that has never left my home studio. Comes with power cord, Pristine manual, and rack ears included (no, I won’t sell those separately for $40!!) I actually sold this unit a couple of years ago and broke the data slider when I was packaging it to ship! Bummer! I had the shorted slider replaced last week along with the back up battery. Now the unit works like new.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQ-M

“ENSONIQ SQ80-M (Professionally Modded ESQ-M) Power Supply Recapped w/ Audio Grade Capacitors!

This was originally an ESQ-M but has been modified with the “ESQ-M to SQ80-M Conversion Kit” and “Future Proofed” by upgrading all of the power supply electrolytic capacitors with audio grade capacitors by a professional synth tech! The internal battery has also been replaced. The unit worked perfectly before and all functions have been tested after the modification and capacitor upgrade.

No functional issues, no exceptions.

The case does have some rack rash as well as the rack ears but nothing that affects the functionality.

The sale includes the SQ80-M and a standard power cable.” Click here to search for synths on eBay

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Ensoniq ESQm

“You are bidding on an Ensoniq ESQm hybrid analog / digital synthesizer. It is the rack-mount version of the well known Ensoniq ESQ-1 keyboard.

If you’re looking at this unit, you probably know it well for it’s unique sound. If not, the ESQm is an 8-voice hybrid analog / digital synthesizers based on the exact same engine as the ESQ-1. It utilizes digital oscillators processed through a subtractive synthesis engine with a pure analog VCF / VCA section built on the coveted CEM 3379. This combination of digital and analog components give it a very unique “hybrid” sound that can range from stark and cold, to warm and ballsy, to experimental and creative, and many variations in between. ” Click here to search for synths on eBay