Friday, January 18, 2013
The Ensoniq SQ-80 is a synth that changed my life. And I don't say that to mean that it is the greatest synth ever - it's not - but to say that, quite literally when I bought an SQ-80 my freshman year in high school, it set the stage for what would eventually become my career to the present day. I'd previously owned a Korg Poly-800 and DDM-110 Drum Machine, but with the SQ-80's eight part multi-timbrality and the built-in multitrack sequencer, I could finally build full songs without the tedium of ping-ponging tracks on my 4-track recorder. (MAN, do I not miss those days!) The very first Assemblage 23 songs were ones I built on this machine, and although I sold the original one I had, I later ended up re-buying it because I missed it so much.
Today's free sample selection comes via the Ensoniq SQ-80 and the harp preset it shipped with. I'm not sure it sounds like a harp so much as it does a marimba of some sort, but I always liked the sound. 10 multisampled 24-bit/44.1k WAV files weighing in around 2.5 MB. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
GO GET THEM!