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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The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch.

One thing that’s kind of quirky, the sequencer’s operating system gets loaded into the instrument’s RAM memory from floppy disk they replaced the bulky and proprietary cartridges of the VFX with a standard 3. Polyphony – 21 voices.


This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. A disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to get you going or inspired! I’m going manaul swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. From the VFX mailing list:. DRUM-SOUND MULTI-DRUM gate-kick all-perc room-kick all-drums gate-snare kick-drms rim-snare snar-drms close-hat nesoniq 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.


Over time and mannual, the keyboard begins to sag a little bit and this connector eventually starts to corrode get dirtycome loose and the like. Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable? The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes.

But will I have trouble with this? The first problem they thought was the solder flux thing which would be on board 1.

A single patch can contain up to 6 of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. The VFX has 21 voices of polyphony. Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 circuit boards that control the poly-key tm pressure.

The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix. Like ribbon cable length issues etc.

This allowed Ensoniq to provide new operating systems that you could load in real easily. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary mznual.

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ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

What do I do? See below for download link. It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some ensoinq layered sounds. They were told by Ensoniq to power-cycle seven times, always turning off the machine at a particular point in the power-up sequence. I cleaned it up and updated the OS chips. Wavetable has waveforms multi-sampled acoustic instruments, sustained waveforms, harmonic and inharmonic structures.

Oscillators – 1 to 6 per voice.

When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that the keyboard you buy has had this done. Date Produced – 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.

Manual Download the original owner’s manual from SoundProgramming.