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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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Oscillators – 1 to 6 per voice.

See below for download link. 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. A single patch can contain up to 6 of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that the keyboard you buy has had this done.

They were told by Ensoniq to power-cycle seven times, always turning off the machine at a particular point in the power-up sequence.

Ensoniq Corporation – VFX-SD – Musician’s Manual

Polyphony – 21 voices. The VFX has a standard note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. Manual Download the original owner’s manual from SoundProgramming. The VFX has a cartridge port as vfxx, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media. From the VFX mailing list: Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 circuit boards that control the poly-key tm pressure.

The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix. 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 be downloaded.


It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some complex layered sounds. I have a SyQuest SyJet 1. The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and then only partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang.

Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes. There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay.

WAV samples are available on freewavesamples. This allowed Ensoniq to provide new operating systems that you could load in real easily. There is a connector that connects board 2 to board 3. From the VFX mailing list:.

I’m going to swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. Over patches, 3. I vffx it up and updated the OS chips. My VFX won’t initialize. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, Functions fine except for one dead key the E in the octave above middle C. Talking about the plastic and metal case models.

Follow the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing. Like ribbon cable length issues etc. The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. They then thought it was the cable that goes from board 1 to the motherboard. I removed all the keys, This is a professional quality sequencer with 25, note capacity expandable to 75, and it holds up to 60 sequences and songs. What do I do? Here is the transwave list: View the discussion thread.


ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

Keyboard – manial keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. 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 disk originally shipped with the VFX-SD full of pre-sequenced drum patterns to get you going or inspired!

Eneoniq has determined that hard-wiring that connection solves the problem. This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. Its sample ROM includes a set of transwaves that can be used for a wave sequencing synthesis. Manual This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form. The VFX has 21 voices of polyphony. But will I have trouble with this?

Wavetable has waveforms multi-sampled acoustic instruments, sustained waveforms, harmonic and inharmonic structures. DRUM-SOUND MULTI-DRUM vgx 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. Ensoniq ESQ-1 models – are parts generally interchangeable?

Date Produced – The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq.