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VFX Music Production Synthesizer

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The VFX allows for wavetable synthesis using a method what Ensoniq called Transwaves which is their method for Wavetable Synthesis. Transwaves allowed for evolving textures within a program.

The Synth has 21 voices of polyphony. A single patch can contain up to 6 of 109 waves in its ROM memory that can be combined and layered. Advanced and analog-like synth parameters including its dual multi-mode digital filters, three 11-stage envelopes, LFO, and 15 modulation sources allow you to further shape and morph your sounds. There's even a built-in 24-bit VLSI dual effects processor with reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay.

The instrument came standard with a 61-note keyboard with velocity and polyphonic aftertouch. The synth also has full MIDI implementation with 12 channels for multitimbral functions. The VFX has a cartridge port as well, for storing sounds onto Ensoniq's proprietary media. The VFX is a digital synth, and its filter is pretty weak but the VFX makes some sweet strings and textural sounds but it won't be very handy for any "meaty drum and bass sounds.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Wave Table
Oscillators: 6
Waveforms: ROM, Wave Table
ROM Resolution: 44.1 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Breath Controller, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Fader, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
1 to 6 per voices, 109 wavetable waveforms, speech for wavetable synthesis
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
Envelope Notes::
3-11-stage envelopes
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Breath Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento
LFO: 3
LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync
LFO Notes::
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 21
Timbrality: 12
Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
Patches RAM: 60
Patches ROM: 60
Multipatches RAM: 20
Multipatches ROM: 20
Storage: Tape, Internal, RAM Cartridge, ROM Cartridge
Editing: MIDI
24-bit Dual VLSI Multi-Effects: reverb, chorus, flanging, and delay
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 61
Keyboard: 61 keys
Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, Faders, Pedal - Filter, Mod - Wheel, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Patch Change, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 3
Year Released: 1989
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] ensoniq.jrwhitesel.com
MSRP List Price: VFX - convert
Used Price: $100-$450 - convert

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