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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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charles v a hobbyist user from usa writes:
bought for $80US. worth every penny! does standard rompler sounds with top notch full and warm sound, as well as some weirdness from the transwaves. onboard effects are fantastic as well, just too bad this can't be used as an effects box like the ASRs could. if you need a quality sounding module on a budget, these sell for way less than other boards which don't sound as good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-31-2008 at 22:22
John a professional user from canada writes:
I am totally pissed with mine. Bought it new in 90 , thinking to myself, it's multi-timbre, what else could I need? The patches are plentiful and pleasing to my ear. Here is the senario.Roland piano,D50.360 sys.pro midi bass, oberhime 1000,sqr,Alisis sequencer, Alisis drummer etc. This is the problem. The manuel is so poorly set up it makes my mind hurt. In my opinion it is crap!It's been like fifteen years now and I still cant succesfuly create a"preset" with different sounds, volumes, pans and so on.And what is it with the effects sharing thing? What kind of shit is that? Why have multi tibre if we cant have the proper effects with the sounds. Most of the cofusion is in the way it deals, or rather, the way I must deal with all these special midi commands that I have to send. One to put it into "presetselect" mode in order to have it respond to the program change,another to load up one of the sounds'effect,get it,one ffect for eight sounds, arent we fosisticated?I find myself flipping pages all over the place becouse pertinent info is allll over the place.Anyway, perhaps Im a dumbass,or maybe the SQR was defective from day one,and by the way tech help wasnt all that helpful,they sort of said "just follow the manuel"or its far too complicated for this simple mind. I really dont know. All i want is to be able to create a song" preset", with song name, with all the traks receiving their own stuff and effect.If someone is familiar with this path, plese Heeeeeeelp!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-27-2006 at 09:25
Akos a part-time user from Hungary writes:
Not bad synthmodule actually except for it's midi. This breaks down constantly when I edit it via midi.It says : Unexpected event.I had a key version for years ago that did the same . It's sounds are dirty because its operating with 8 -bit samples. Cool. Buy one cost effective.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-14-2006 at 12:45
marvin bryant a part-time user from new haven ct. writes:
I got this unit for 50 dollar. I love the pad and strings sound. the sound mybe out dated, but I love the way the sound are mix in this unit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-18-2006 at 09:09
Fedtmule a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
I got this unit recently for a mere 300 DKK (~45 US$). The factory sounds in this box are so-so compared to some other 8+years old units (e.g. JV-xx80) but then it probably wasn't meant to compete head-to-head against those anyway (try a KT-88 or MR-76 for that). The Epiano sounds IMHO are better than average though and the main reason why I couldn't let this thing pass by. Editing with the buttons is tedious, but there is a freeware editor "KSedit" available which I will try out. The battery was dead when I got it (regular problem with SQ-x/KS32 units, it seems), so I took it apart, bought a new battery at a gas station and soldered it in, and voila! If you know which end of a soldering iron is the hot one, you can also fix this :-) Just remember to leave in the leads of the old battery and solder the new one on top of them if you don't want to take out the main board. The expansion slot is not worth much, as the MC32 cards are quite a rare find (here at least), so I'll have to stick with sysex which is OK, I guess, unless it suddenly bombs out and resets itself while out gigging... Another nice feature that I wasn't aware of until I brought it home is its ability to act as a MIDI mapper or master controller: You can set up a performance setting (or "preset" in Ensoniq lingo) that maps ranges of incoming MIDI key or controller events, either to some SQ patch or to some other MIDI channel that in turn can control another unit. This way, an older synth with a limited MIDI implementation - such as my old faithful DX-7 :) - can suddenly act as a full featured master keyboard. This feature alone is well worth the 45 bucks I paid.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-13-2005 at 04:52
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