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 […]

Multi-Tap Delay using Ableton native effects

Here is a quick tip on how to make interesting Multi-Tap Delays using only native effects in Ableton Live. You can totally customize each “step” of the delay and in theory you can make Multi-Tap Delays with many more taps than demonstrated here. What I do is create an effect rack with multiple “chains”. Then […]

Ableton “Wavetable” Synth using Simpler

A while ago, I wanted a simple “wavetable” style synth. I love the Moog Animoog app on my phone which is a “wavetable” synth and thought I might use that in conjunction with Ableton. After some research, I ran across some interesting info about how to load samples into Animoog, and I did just that […]