Credit to the original artist.
Ensoniq ESQ-1, Alesis Micron and Alesis SR18. As usual, absolutely no external effects used. All sounds come from the hardware. MIDI is Sequenced via PC but hardware does the magic.
All ESQ-1 and SR18 on Drums.
Great sounding "EOWW" osc sync patch, sounds just like the actual song. Definitely one of the classic, best sounding ESQ-1 patches.
Credit to Gwen Stefani and Tom Dumont for writing original song.
ESQ-1 and SR18. Polyphonic LFOs on the osc sync patches "Eoww" and "Pwrsnk" sound awesome. Most other synthesizers (hardware and software) have a monophonic shared LFO. Hard to believe it could be done back in '86. "Choir2" is the voice patch. Kinda sounds like a Fairlight. Layered together with ChoirX, I think it sounds better than a Fairlight. Some voice stealing happens in this song because the ESQ-1 is only 8 note polyphonic. Those Curtis analog filters work their magic with the digital waveforms for a great hybrid 80s sound.
Most of the ESQ-1 sounds are spot on compared to the original. I use Anvil Studio to play back recorded MIDI files, which get played to the SR18 then MIDI thru-ed to the ESQ-1. There's a couple stray "palm mashing" chords, please ignore them. I think Anvil Studio was playing in composer mode when I was assigning MIDI channels to sequencer tracks to audition sounds. Sometimes the ESQ-1 will continue sustaining notes when stopping Anvil studio (no note off command sent). The only way to shut up the ESQ-1 without turning it off (and losing its sequencer settings) is a good palm mash to trigger more than 8 notes and reset all voices . I can't figure out how to to delete the palm smashesthat were recorded from the ESQ-1 in Anvil Studio.
Credit for the original song goes to Van Halen (obviously). This is a MIDI file (credit goes to whoever composed it, not sure) played to only the ESQ-1. It's a keyboard split patch I changed a little bit with a different string sound. Big Brother is watching...
Big Blue theme from F-Zero. Credit goes to the original composer of the song.
I made this track with the Minibrute, ESQ-1, and CZ-1, recorded into Reaper.
VST drums are the only artificial ingredient here, folks.
Credit to John Parr for original song. This is a modified MIDI file played to my gear
Ensoniq ESQ-1: lead, tines E-piano, pad, metal and brassy bass
Casio CZ-1: brass stabs, other bass sound
Alesis SR-18: huge 80s gated snare (onboard effect on mixer)