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Sinister Angel
01-21-2005, 19:24
And I'm talking back when they were making the good ****, like the VFX line of keyboards (which rock my world).

KeysBear
01-29-2005, 20:45
Way way back when it was new I had an Ensoniq ESQM module based on the ESQ1. It was a little rough around the edges sample wise and spent more time in the shop than onstage. I traded it for two Yamaha TX81Z's which were thin on most patches but had some cool stuff (great delayed bells) that I tweaked into submission. It even made some decent saw wave patches for a little 4 operator module.

Regards, Keys :cool:

micah
01-30-2005, 16:52
I used to toy with an EPS. Mostly just sampling burp and fart sounds. Did I mention that it was while I was in Junior High?

Sinister Angel
02-01-2005, 12:38
Originally posted by micah
I used to toy with an EPS. Mostly just sampling burp and fart sounds. Did I mention that it was while I was in Junior High?

My dad has an EPS. I never really spent any time learning how to use it though.

joegerardi
02-28-2005, 07:37
I don't really post in here, but I went to Juilliard in the 70's majoring in Performance Piano and I have 23 years playing live in rock bands as a keyboardist. I still have quite the home studio...

I did have an Ensoniq VFX-SD for about 2 months. I just couldn't get used to the crappy keyboard, and the polyphonic aftertouch was pretty much useless to me as a result. The sounds were okay, but there were far too many better instruments at the time, and I sold it off quickly.

..Joe

Sinister Angel
02-28-2005, 10:53
Originally posted by joegerardi
I don't really post in here, but I went to Juilliard in the 70's majoring in Performance Piano and I have 23 years playing live in rock bands as a keyboardist. I still have quite the home studio...

I did have an Ensoniq VFX-SD for about 2 months. I just couldn't get used to the crappy keyboard, and the polyphonic aftertouch was pretty much useless to me as a result. The sounds were okay, but there were far too many better instruments at the time, and I sold it off quickly.

..Joe

Must be one of those YMMV issues. My dad has 3 VFXs, One standard, one SD, and one SD-1. He also has a TS-12, but that needs a new display. We love them.

joegerardi
03-01-2005, 08:11
Originally posted by Sinister Angel
Must be one of those YMMV issues. My dad has 3 VFXs, One standard, one SD, and one SD-1. He also has a TS-12, but that needs a new display. We love them.

Well, at the time, I was using an Emulator III, a Korg M1, a Roland D-550, an E-Mu Vintage Keys and a Prophet-10. There was very little the Ensoniq could offer over those instruments in the way of sounds.

As to the key feel, I was trained as a classical pianist. The keybed of an instrument is (was, actually, I hardly play at all anymore) very important. Since the Yamaha DX-7, keybeds have continued to get worse and worse. In fact, I *won't* own any of the Kurzweil products that have non-weighted keyboards. I love my K-2000VPR, but they keyboards suck bigtime. That's why I still have Yamaha KX88 and KX76 controllers to drive all my rack instruments. The keybeds on these are the cat's ass.

So you see why the keyboard on the VFX was problematic for me. It had very little feel, and was exceptionally spongy in feel.

..Joe

Sinister Angel
03-01-2005, 09:20
Originally posted by joegerardi

So you see why the keyboard on the VFX was problematic for me. It had very little feel, and was exceptionally spongy in feel.

..Joe

Actually, as someone who just started piano lessons, I know what you are talking about.