UVI has announced the release of USQ-1, a massive instrument featuring the sounds of the Ensoniq ESQ-1 digital-analog workstation from the 80s.

The synthesizer instrument includes 400 new patches, a dual-layer architecture with 268 waves, built-in modulation, effects and more.

The 8-voice design with 3 digital oscillators and a Curtis 4-pole analog filter allows for the creation of a wide range of sounds from quintessential ‘80s “vintage digital” vibes to modern and genre-inspired. USQ-1 represents one of UVI’s deepest vintage instruments yet. A library of over 22,000 samples marvelously exemplifies the hardware’s hybrid digital/analog character and delivers a tremendous new instrument for today’s composers, producers and musicians.

UVI USQ-1 Main

At USQ-1’s core is a 2-oscillator engine loaded with 268 user-selectable waves created on the original hardware. Each oscillator has a configurable 4-stage amp envelope, multimode filter with envelope, detune, pitch envelope, mono/poly switch, modwheel assignments, and stereo section with a customizable 16-step arpeggiator. USQ-1 also includes per-oscillator modulation via a dedicated LFO and step modulator and a capable effects section, allowing users to easily add movement to their sounds with high-quality drive, EQ, chorus, phase, delay and reverb. Per-oscillator modwheel assignments allow for convenient and expressive control over filter and tremolo depth and vibrato rate.

Four-hundred professionally-designed patches are included in USQ-1, providing a wealth of vintage and modern-influenced arpeggios, bells, brass, bass, chords, keys, leads, pads, plucks strings and sweeps with a distinct and edgy vintage sound. Patches can be quickly browsed, edited and layered together to create a near-limitless variety of sound design potential. All presets in USQ-1 can be deeply edited through a straightforward and intuitive interface. Everything from subtle mix-based adjustments to creating completely new patches can be done quickly and easily and saved for future use.

USQ-1 offers native 64-bit standalone operation by way of Falcon or the free UVI Workstation, providing comprehensive support for all modern DAWs and simultaneous authorization on up to 3 computers or iLok keys.

USQ-1 is available at an introductory price of 49 USD/EUR through April 9th, 2018 (regular 79 USD/EUR).

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