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TS-12 Performance Composition Synthesizer

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The TS-12 offers the most complete set of features for the performing and recording musician ever offered. From the great feeling 76-note weighted-action keyboard to the great sounding 300 Programs and 300 Performance Presets, you’ll find the TS-12 a wonderful instrument to play.

The intuitive and musical sequencer design in the TS-12 will help you go from initial inspiration to a completely mixed song without getting in your way. To expand your sound palette the TS-12 comes with 2 Megabytes of Sample RAM, expandable to 8 Megabytes with industry-standard SIMMs. This RAM can be used to load in any Sample.

Sounds created for ENSONIQ’s EPS/EPS-16 PLUS, and ASR-10 samplers, giving you access to the largest library of sampled sounds anywhere! And with the SP-4 SCSI kit option installed, you can read Sampled Sound files stored on CD-ROM libraries and other SCSI devices. In addition to having access to this versatile library of sounds (from ENSONIQ and many third-party companies from around the world), you can incorporate vocals, drum loops, and any sound imaginable into your music. Just use an ENSONIQ sampler, or your friend’s ENSONIQ sampler, to make new sounds to use in your music. No expandable waveform synthesizer offers you this much versatility at such an affordable price.

The Sounds

The sound of the TS-12 is based on 254 waveforms encompassing all the possible instrument groups; acoustic, electric, digital and analog synthesis, sound effects and more. The acoustic instrument waves have been carefully crafted from ENSONIQ’s huge library of source recordings, including many sounds from our ground-breaking Signature Series. For the more imaginative possibilities the unique TransWaves™ give you the moving, dynamic sound of swept wavetables. The new Hyper-Wave™ voice architecture breaks open new sonic ground with the ability to create wave-lists that can sound like evocative, ever-changing pads to “jamloop” drum and percussive grooves that can change pitch without ever changing tempo.

Each Program in the TS-12 is actually six independent sound sources each with their own parameters and programming. Now you can combine sampled sounds with analog synthetic sounds, and exotic digital textures at the push of a button -- no MIDI cables needed! And with 32-note polyphony you can layer sounds or sequence freely, without worrying about losing voices while you play.

Up to three sounds can be combined into a preset, which contains its own effects set-up and special performance parameters. Presets can be thought of as handy “performance memories” which allow you to create and save sound combinations, splits, layers, patch select variations, etc.

The TS-12’s 24-bit dynamic effects are incorporated as an integral component of each sound, and any effects parameter can be modulated by any of 13 modulation sources. Programs of similar types can be selected using ENSONIQ’s SoundFinder feature, and the TS-12 has Patch Select buttons, giving you expressive control over your sounds and unparalleled flexibility as a MIDI controller.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive, Wave Table
Oscillators: 6
Waveforms: ROM, Wave Table
ROM Resolution: 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Breath Controller, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Sequencer, Velocity
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Initional Level, Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Sustain Level, Release, Release 2, Rate 1, Level 1, Rate 2, Level 2, Rate 3, Level 3, Rate 4, Level 4, Bi-Polar, Freerun, Looping, Monophonic, Offset, Polyphonic, Slope, Triggered, Time
Filters: 2
Types: High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Breath Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
LFO: 4
LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync, Phase
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 12
Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Unison
Patches RAM: 120
Patches ROM: 180
Multipatches RAM: 120
Multipatches ROM: 180
Storage: Tape, Hard Drive, Internal
Editing: MIDI, SCSI
Custom VLSI 24-bit processor with 48-bit accumulation Stereo effects processing with 692 effects presets in ROM 3 stereo busses
24 tracks plus 12 Song Tracks
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 76
Keyboard: 76 keys, Weighted
Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, Velocity, Velocity - Release, Buttons, Faders, Switches, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Patch Change, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume, Tempo Knob, Sequencer
Display Type: Vacuum Fluorescent
Display Notes: 2x40 character
Dimensions (WxDxH): 50 1/2" x 5" x 15 5/8"
Weight: 55 lbs
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 6
General MIDI: GM - General MIDI
Year Released: 1993
Manuals & Documents
Used Price: $500-$1,200 - convert

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