FREE 80’s Drum Samples (32kHz) & Korg DSS-1 Multisounds

I recently edited some samples of classic 80’s drum machines to load into my Korg DSS-1 with the Straylight Engineering upgrade. The drum hits were processed and trimmed in Ableton, then downsampled to 32kHz. Since I have 16mb of space, I was not too worried about tightening them up much, so if you are able […]

Ensoniq ESQ-1 programming tips

Although Transoniq Hacker lays out some cool programming tips, I have discovered some new techniques that I have not seen before to make my ESQ-1 sing. I have also been underwhelmed with programs from the 80’s. people had a different aesthetic then, and some sounds aren’t interesting enough for me. This article will mix both […]

Ensoniq ESQ-1 repair and modification (realtime filter sweeps)

I recently got an Ensoniq ESQ-1 for a steal, but it needed some repairs. While repairing it I realized there was one modification that could vastly improve the realtime control of the keyboard: add a potentiometer to control the filter (or any modulatable parameter) in realtime! First I want to give a little bit of […]