The Prosoniq Story

Prosoniq has been a company that has had different ownerships over the years. Currently, they make plug-ins and pother products for Mac musical products, especially in the realm of digital sound manipulation. They don't have anything to do with the previous Prosoniq that flirted with the Ensoniq effect programming.

In a previous incarnation of Prosoniq, around 1994 I believe, someone made a whole bunch of custom effects for the EPS 16-Plus. There was some controversy created because someone posted a demonstration Disk Image on a public web site. The reason this was controversial was that certain portions of the algorithms contained code from the Ensoniq ROM effects and Waveboy's custom effects products, which was a copyright violation.

Some of the effects libraries were sold (in Europe, I believe), until Prosoniq decided to stop selling them. And the demo disk that was posted has not been available since.

So, what are these Effects Algorithms? And where are they?

What? The Prosoniq Effects Library were all 16-Plus-type effects that could be used on the 16-Plus's and ASR-10's. About half actually worked. They were seperated into four areas: ASR Conversions, 16-Plus Audio-In, Musical FX, and SIG Enhance. We will go over each section below.

Incidentally, the disk had a nice feature that enabled the Demo directory to blink.

First, a brief discussion of whether these effects should be made public. (Note: this thought only pertains to the first two series of effects; other parts either don't work or are copies of Waveboy's technology.) My conclusion, if it matters - the designers or owners need to make that decision. One should consider that Ensoniq engineers designed the ASR-10 effects, and making them available on 16-Plus versions is a useful enhancement for 16-Plus owners. But for anyone to distribute that without the designers permission would be the wrong thing to do. It's like if you sold the latest Madonna album on vinyl. It's great for those turntable-only users, but it's still illegal to do so unless you have permission for the copyright holders. In this case, it's too bad Ensoniq never gave permission or if they ignored these developments. But, then again, Ensoniq doesn't exist anymore anyway.

However, if one wanted to give the non-Waveboy copies away for free, why not? As noted below, the only two useful features of these effects were the ability to have the 16-Plus play some of the ASR's effects, and that certain effects could be combined into one effect, which could be useful. Ensoniq ROM effects were never sold as a seperate item, so what is the restriction involved?

Nevertheless, most of this could be a moot point, as the 16-Plus has passed it's heyday. But then again, it's still a viable instrument.

Note: reviews are still being written. Please stay posted.

  ASR Conversions
This is the most useful section. These contain 16-Plus versions for the following ASR ROM effects:
  • Small Room
  • Large Room
  • Small Plate
  • Large Plate
  • Hall Reverb 2
  • 8-Voice Chorus
  • Phaser+DDL
  • Non-Linear Reverb 1
  • Non-Linear Reverb 2
  • Non-Linear Reverb 3
  • Multitap DDL
  • Speaker Cabinet

So if you are a 16-Plus owner, you could have been in luck - you could get these effects from the ASR onto your 16-Plus.

16-Plus Audio In
These are audio-in versions of the 16-Plus effects. Most of them are copies of Waveboy's hacks (not a derrogatory term), and are thus illegal.

Musical FX
These are varied effects algorithms. Most are combinations of several different Ensoniq ROM effects. There are a couple brand new effects, but nothing to write home about. Some of the algorithms work and some do not. Some are also direct copies of Waveboy effects, thus making them illegal.

SIG Enhance FX
These are all called SIG ENHANCE. We are not sure what they were supposed to do, but they all crash the 16-Plus and ASR-10. So, who cares.

Where? Right now they are unavailable, unless the authors or Emu decide that they be distributed and make the effort to do so.