This page contains information about the Owner’s Manual for the VFX from Ensoniq Corporation. This page contains information about the Musician’s Manual for the VFX-SD from Ensoniq Corporation. This Manual is copyrighted and all rights are reserved by ENSONIQ Corp. * ENSONIQ, VFX, Dynamic Component Synthesis, TransWave, EPS, and Poly-Key .

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This is a professional quality sequencer with 25, note capacity expandable to 75, and it holds up to 60 sequences and songs.

ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable? The VFX has 21 voices of polyphony. I removed all the keys, Oscillators – 1 to 6 per voice.

View the discussion thread. Ensoniq has determined that hard-wiring that connection solves the problem. This was a good thing since the VFX was plagued by bugs during its early years and there were several subsequent OS versions released by Ensoniq, the most recent of which can still vfc downloaded.

The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media.

But will I have trouble with this? Over time and use, the keyboard begins to sag a little bit and this connector eventually starts to corrode get dirtycome loose and the like.

A single patch can contain rnsoniq to 6 of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and manuxl. Advanced and analog-like synth parameters including its dual multi-mode digital filters, three stage envelopes, LFO, and 15 modulation sources allow you to further shape and morph your sounds.


When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that the keyboard you buy has had this done. It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some complex layered sounds.

A disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to get you going or inspired! I cleaned it up and updated the OS chips.

WAV samples are available on freewavesamples. Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 circuit boards that control the poly-key tm pressure. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix.

Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes. This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form.

From the VFX mailing list: The VFX is a digital synth, and its filter is pretty weak but the VFX makes some sweet strings and textural sounds but it won’t be very handy for any ” meaty drum and bass sounds.

Wavetable has waveforms multi-sampled acoustic instruments, sustained waveforms, harmonic and inharmonic structures. The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing.


The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq. There is enoniq connector that connects board 2 to board 3. See below for download link. Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and then only partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang. Follow the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing.


Talking about the plastic and metal case models.

From the VFX mailing list:. Its sample ROM includes a set of transwaves that can be used for a wave sequencing synthesis. What do I do? The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch.

Date Produced – Over patches, 3.

DRUM-SOUND MULTI-DRUM gate-kick all-perc room-kick all-drums gate-snare kick-drms rim-snare snar-drms close-hat hi-hats open-hat cymbals ride-cymb tom-toms dry-tom-l percusson dry-tom-h dry-toms gat-tom-l room-toms gat-tom-h gate-toms rm-tom-l congas rm-tom-h std-kit timbale gated-kit conga-lo room-kit conga-hi tamborine.

Manual This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. Here is the transwave list: Polyphony – 21 voices. There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay. The first problem they thought was the solder flux thing which would be on board 1.