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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I’m going to swap out my cart reader with one from ebay. When buying a used VFX you should know about this and be certain that the keyboard you buy has had this done. Several soft buttons are intermittently non-functional, The VFX keyboard problems can be solved by the hardwired keyboard fix.

ENSONIQ VFX Musician’s Manual

I have a SyQuest SyJet 1. The VFX is the first all-digital synthesizer created by Ensoniq. Under the keyboard proper, there are 3 ensoni boards that control the poly-key tm pressure.

The VFX contains a set of 17 transwaves that can be used for wave sequencing. 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. 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.

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Follow the instructions below only if you know what you’re doing. This allowed Ensoniq to provide new operating systems that you could load in real easily.

It can combine up to 6 waveforms in a single patch, resulting in some complex layered sounds.

Ensoniq Corporation – VFX-SD – Musician’s Manual

They then thought it was the cable that goes from board 1 to the motherboard. Manual This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form.

This was a good thing since the VFX was plagued by manuql during its early years and there were several subsequent OS versions released by Ensoniq, the most recent of which can still be downloaded. The VFX has 21 voices of polyphony.

A single patch can contain up to 6 of waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. I cleaned it up and updated the OS chips. 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.


Keyboard – 61 keys velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. There’s even a built-in bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay. This is one of those manuals that was impossible to find on the ‘net in digital form.

Ensoniq has determined that hard-wiring that connection solves the problem. I removed all the keys, WAV samples are available on freewavesamples. Functions fine except for one dead key the E in the octave above middle C. Polyphony – 21 voices. But will I have trouble with this? Wavetable has waveforms multi-sampled acoustic instruments, sustained waveforms, harmonic and inharmonic structures.

Envelopes – 3 stage envelopes. Like ribbon cable length issues etc. The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq’s proprietary media. Date Produced – The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions.

Someone had the problem that the display would come up, and then ensonoq partially draw the “initializing” message, and then hang.