Hey guys I’m hoping you can help. I picked up an SQ-80 used locally. Everything seems to work fine on it except the aftertouch. I took the keybed apart and cleaned it, but that didn’t seem to help.
Any ideas on how to diagnose and fix it?
On the SQ-80 (and other Ensoniq keyboards with poly aftertouch), there are no real ‘parts and pieces’ that make up the aftertouch - in other words, there’s no real hardware to fix or tweak up. It is all done in software. There are a lot of details in this episode of Synth Wizards:
So if things aren’t working, it comes down to making sure things are set correctly, and making sure a sound is programmed to use aftertouch as a modulator.
You might try reinitializing if you don’t get any joy. And then program a sustaining sound using aftertouch as a modulator of the oscillators, with a very high depth, and see if pressing the keys then makes the pitch change.
Please let us know the results!
Thanks for the reply Sam! The hard reset did it!
I’m having a similar problem with the aftertouch on my SQ-80, except in my case it seems to work on some keys (mostly black keys, a few white keys) but not all. No change after factory reinit except maybe a few more keys work (should have written down which ones were working and which were not before I did the reset!)