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Massive NKS Preset library for SQ8L

Discussion in 'MASCHINE Area' started by RobLo, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. RobLo

    RobLo NI Product Owner

    Over past week and change I decided to create a an NKS preset library for the massive ESQ-1/SQ-80 sysex dump that is readily available on the web.

    For those that don't know...SQ8L is an emulation of the Ensoniq ESQ-1/SQ-80 hybrid synth and the most accurate emulation of any hardware synth ever IMO. As an owner of an ESQ-1 and former owner of an SQ-80, I can confirm. It's my favorite synth ever....by a large margin.

    I used Don Solaris' from Gearslutz as it was the easiest to comb over.

    I used SQ8L to load the banks and then VSTHost to save the individual programs as .FXP

    I then imported each program into Felicia Hummel's PresetMagician. https://presetmagician.com/ *thanks so much Drachenkatze*

    The program is still in the alpha stage and buggy. I.e, I had to import banks patches as individual programs as PG wouldn't recognize FXB import. Nonetheless, this was a MASSIVE timesaver.

    There are over 5000 converted sysex patches with SQ8L browser artwork and audio previews(!!!)

    SQ8L SS.png rsz_photoeditor_20190419_204550970.jpg

    I left out the AnalogAudio1 patches as they are still actively sold. But check out his YouTube channel for them...they are worth every penny.

    What I have included is a carefully curated selection of Jexus' ESQ-1 patches. This was a process in and of itself due to his terrible organization and naming convention. But I've captured all the patches in his demo.

    A few caveats:

    - Windows 32-bit only so it needs to be bridged. IMO, in this instance...totally worth the hassle. Use Jbridger..small donation for $15.

    - Here is also a workaround for MAC users https://www.reddit.com/r/synthesizers/c ... run_32bit/

    - the banks are tagged by Instrument and Bank name ONLY. Any subsequent tagging is left up to the user

    - there is some overlap in patches between some banks the difference being only two or three unique patches. Feel free to delete or re-organize as you wish.

    Read the enclosed instructions. Enjoy!