Roland JV-880

The Roland JV-880 is a nice 1U tone module, the forerunner to the famous JV-1080 and JV-1020 units. The polyphony is 28 voices, it can simultaneously play 8 parts, and it has effects. It can hold 64 presets in bank…

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Roland D2

The Roland D2 is a great way to get MC-505 type sounds and patterns, for a price much lower than what the MC-505 generally goes for. It has 157 preset patterns, 232 RPS phrases, 600 sounds, and 30 rhythm sets.

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Korg microX

Korg microX Patches

Sounds from the Korg microX.
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part 1 of 6: Keyboards

part 2 of 6: Organs, Bells, Mallets

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Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine

32 MB sound set with 32 voice polyphony.
Over 500 drum/percussion sounds, and 50 bass sounds.
Basic effects like reverb and EQ.
Pattern Play Mode to trigger patterns from the pads.
Hook up via midi to…

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Korg MS

Korg MS-2000

Intro: The Korg MS-2000 is an excellent sounding analog modeling, aka virtual analog (VA) synth. I use it when I need a full, warm analog sound. Unlike most VA synths, which can sound harsh, brittle, too digital…

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Ensoniq MR

Ensoniq MR-Rack Module

Intro: I never purchased the MR keyboard workstation, because it is reputed to have a buggy OS, bad midi implementation, and poor sequencer. But I did get an MR-Rack because I love the voices.


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Ensoniq EXP3

Ensoniq EXP-3 Urban Dance Expansion Card

Intro: There are several expansion cards available for the Ensoniq ASR-X, MR, and ZR units. The ASR-X can only hold 1 card, the MR can hold 3, and I am not sure about…

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Ensoniq ASR

Ensoniq ASR-10 Rack

Intro: The ASR is one of the best samplers ever made. Back in the early 90s when I was looking to purchase my first keyboard workstation, I considered both the ASR-10 and the TS-10. I went…

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Ensoniq TS

Ensoniq TS-10/12 Workstations

Intro: I purchased my Ensoniq TS-10 at a local music store in Michigan back in the early 90s. I was just getting my home studio started, and needed a complete workstation with the sounds and sequencer…

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Atari 2600 Game Cartridges

I powered up the old Atari 2600 and did a quick review of each of the game carts that I have in my collection.

Warning: This is just a blog entry, based on opinion. I am not a professional…

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Upgrading OS on Ensoniq TS

Updating an Ensoniq TS-10 or TS-12 with the latest Operating System

The official Service Dept instructions for Keyboard Techs are here:








My notes are as follows:

  • OS 1 and 2 had a…
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