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Article from Music Technology, January 1988

More original patches plucked from the banks of readers' synths. This month the Ensoniq ESQ1 and Yamaha DX7 get the Patchwork treatment.

If you're still waiting to see your particular synth featured in these pages, then why not be the first to submit some sounds?

Don't forget that if your patch gets published, you'll receive a free year's subscription to MUSIC TECHNOLOGY with our compliments. So send us your favourite sounds on a photocopy of an owner's manual chart (coupled with a blank one for artwork purposes) accompanied by a short demo-tape (don't worry too much about classic performances and impeccable recording quality; just present your sounds simply and concisely - and convince us you're the best of the bunch). Include a decent-length description of your sound and its musical purpose in life, and write your full name and address on each chart. And remember, edited presets are all very well, but an original masterpiece is always preferable. OK?

The address to send sounds to: Patchwork, (Contact Details).

YAMAHA DX7 - Curved Air

Johan Wedjesjo, Sweden

One of a pair of patches sent in by a pair of Swedes - brothers Johan and Daniel - both of whom show remarkable competence in DX7 programming. 'Curved Air' bears more than a passing resemblance to deep, massed vocals, though eerily mutated, especially in the lower registers. A good patch then, well deserving of the free sub that's on its way. Keep 'em coming chaps.

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ENSONIQ ESQ1 - Plucked Fruit

Adrian Bennet, Alnwick, Northumberland

This has to be another candidate for strangest patch name trophy. Adrian describes it as resembling a plucked guitar string, with a fairly sharp attack followed by a rich vibrant aftertone. He also reckons it's "pleasingly susceptible to vibrato via the wheel" and recommends using it particularly for arpeggiated/sequenced patterns over an unobtrusive background.

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Publisher: Music Technology - Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

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Music Technology - Jan 1988

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