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Author Topic: Big Ensoniq ESQ-1 and SQ-80 program collection - free to download  (Read 37 times)


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Over the last year or so I have been collecting and organising programs for the vintage Ensoniq ESQ-1 and SQ-80 synths. I made an earlier version of this collection available in November 2021, but since then I have:
  • added a few hundred more programs (there are now 5,762 in total)
  • improved the three-level categorisation
  • simplified the packaging of the banks
  • added an individual sysex file for every program
  • added an SQL database of all programs
This collection is now available at:

Please see the file 'Ensoniq Programs.pdf' for more information.

The banks can be fairly easily loaded into the Arturia SQ80 V, though this doesn't preserve the categorisation completely. Since the programs are sorted by category, the bank numbers and program position numbers give clues regarding category, but that is all that is possible with the bank sysex import. It might therefore be easier to use the single-program sysex files for upload to the SQ80 V, providing you sort them into folders prior to upload. The file names contain all the information required to do so.

Incidentally, the SQL file loads directly into the KnobKraft Orm, a free open-source, cross-platform, multi-synth sysex librarian that works with the ESQ-1. A link to the Orm site is included in the notes. Using the Orm by-passes any need to work with sysex files; just download and set-up the program, load the entire collection in a single .db3 file, and start sending programs to your synth. You could be up and running in under 20 minutes.


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