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#313939 - 01/25/11 06:09 PM Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011?
analogcontrolfreak Offline
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I just found out through Wikipedia, that Creative Labs, is planning to relaunch Ensoniq Corporation, this year. Has anyone else heard about this?

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#314070 - 01/27/11 02:35 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
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Wow ... no I didn't know that. I wonder what they plan to release. Knowing Creative Labs I am guessing it may just be PC audio hardware rather than keyboards. But it will be interesting to see.

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#314095 - 01/27/11 10:13 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
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Unless the plan is to move back to Malvern, PA and hire the original staff of designers and support people, I for one am not that excited.
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#314102 - 01/27/11 10:56 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
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Somehow I don't see that happening. Seems a shame that they went under.

PC based audio hardware is a possibility. Keyboards? I'm not holding my breath.

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#314216 - 01/28/11 09:24 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
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I still have a couple Ensonique keyboards in my storage. One is a sampler, don't recall the other one
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#314361 - 01/29/11 01:00 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: BEBOP]
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Originally Posted By: BEBOP
I still have a couple Ensonique keyboards in my storage. One is a sampler, don't recall the other one


Was the sampler the Mirage or the EPS-16? I loved their samplers they were awesome value for their time.

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#314492 - 01/29/11 05:18 PM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
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I used to own a Mirage DSK, the second version. Not a bad sampler, but not to practical. I did not like the split keyboard, and that samples had to be sampled to the upper or lower halves of the keyboard. No across the keyboard, sampling. Plus the Hexadecimal two digit read out was not the best. Recording samples was okay, and looping was alright. I did do some cool stuff with it. Like sampling "feedback". It created a piano like sound. Which is weird, since feedback tends to be a nasty sound to begin with.

I had considered picking up a used EPS16+, but never got around to it. I always thought samplers were pretty cool. I did mess around with an ASR-88, but that was really expensive. I still see them on Ebay, that and the ASR-10. People still buy them. I still miss hardware digital samplers. Once they went virtual based, or integrated into music workstations. They just were not the same. I like the fact that, they work like the old style computers. When you had to load in programs.

I even have three books on sampling. "What's a Sampler?" A basic guide to the world of digital sampling. By Freff "The Sampling Book" by Steve DeFuria & Joe Scacciaferro, and "The Essential Guide to Practical Applications, Casio FZ-1 & FZ-10M also by Joe Scacciaferro, and Steve DeFuria.

Very well written books, but I never put them to any use.

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#318284 - 03/04/11 08:59 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
vangelis Offline
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Ensoniq had really good keyboards back in the 80's too bad they went under, I remember seeing Stevie B and many other bands with these keyboards smile
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#321870 - 04/14/11 11:18 AM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: vangelis]
richforman Offline
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I had an Ensoniq VFX-SD in my rig for years, thought it had some very well designed features and worked great as a sequencer work-station, the sequencer was so easy to work with (only things it was missing to my mind were groove quantize and a tempo map)...BUT for reliability it had to be the worst piece of gear I've ever had, so many crashes, freezes, stuck midi notes, I remember it caused me many an embarrassing moment at gigs. I still have it in a closet as about my 4th-string emergency backup keyboard but fortunately I've never had to go to it.

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#322325 - 04/19/11 04:43 PM Re: Ensoniq Makes a comeback for 2011? [Re: analogcontrolfreak]
Jerry T Offline
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can't really be 'Ensonic' without McMahan and Bonanno ...

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