Ensoniq ESQ1 One-Way Editor

Ensoniq ESQ1 One-Way Editor
Beta Version 1.1
[c] JaseFOS 2015


This release is intended as a ‘One-Way’ editor for the Ensoniq ESQ1.

Although this Panel can’t grab patches from the synth memories, what it does let you do is very useful – you may create custom sounds for the synth and enjoy full recall from DAW project files to store the patch, rather, than maintaining separate memories on the synth (which only has 40 locations available for storing your own sounds) which are awkward to manage and back up. All parameters may be automated from your DAW.

This is an early work in progress so please read the limitations below and keep those in mind during use.



p.s. explore the Snapshots for a new sound library I’m developing with successive updates!



On the front panel of the ESQ1:
1) Press [MIDI] to access the MIDI settings;
2) Set the PRESS parameter to CHAN (not essential but recommended when playing the built in Snapshots);
3) Set MODE = POLY;
4) Important setting – ENABLE = KEYS+CT+PC+SS+SX (this enables external NRPN control);
5) Nominate an unused MIDI Channel on your MIDI port and set the CHAN setting to match.


The setting at step 4 is not preserved after ESQ1 is switched off so you’ll need to make this setting each time you turn it on your ESQ1.



a) Don’t turn the knobs too fast – ESQ1 will crash and reboot!

USE YOUR MOUSE WHEEL to tweak the parameters since most mice wheels are stepped so it’s easy to control the ‘flow rate’ of change to the control so to speak. I need to come up with a scheme to remove redundant NRPN MIDI CC messages which select the parameter to be tweaked on the synth. I have some thoughts about how to do this with Lua script which will be implemented soon.

If you accidentally crash the ESQ1, patch settings are preserved in the CTRLR Panel (although you will need to re-do the setting made described in Step 4 earlier). Just send a Snapshot of the CTRLR Panel settings back to the synth and you’re back where you left off. This behaviour is top of my list to solve!

b) Commence sessions by sending Snapshots

Before you commence, send a Snapshot to the ESQ1 using CTRLR’s menu bar so that all settings in the synth match the Panel. Don’t forget to make Snapshots of your own as well of course!

c) Snapshots take a while to send.

It takes about 29 seconds actually. I had to decrease the rate at which Snapshots are sent to avoid overloading the poor little CPU in the ESQ1. Once I’m Lua script skilled, I’ll implement a quick SysEx dump function instead.

d) Many features to come including:

* Patch name LCD that writes to the synth display;
* SysEx patch dumping to the synth;
* SysEx patch dumping from the synth;
* Patch Randomiser;
* Graphic representation of Envelope slopes superimposed on each other (great for staging Envelope times);
* Graphic LFO representation similar to the Envelopes.



ensoniq SQ80 editor

Voice bank       editor



• CTRL Panel for ensoniq SQ80, (maybe compatible with ESQ1 and ESQm, but not tested).

• Voice editing, all parameters except Split/Layer.

• Bank page with dedicated buttons for internal voices only (no cartridge support).

configure midi IN/OUT in ctrl menu to receive voice name and settings.

• Save and rename edited voices must be done from the synth itself.


2 steps MUST be done in the ensoniq to receive midi parameter changes

every time you turn power on.


• Enable Sysex Exclusive  (MIDI page, ENABLE = KEYS + CT + PC + SS + SX).

This setting is not held in memory when power off.

• Press one of the voice editing buttons (OSC, DCA, ENV, FILTER…..)


Built with Ctrl version 5.3.85






Korg 707 Panel





Korg 707 Editor Panel (version 20150115)


  • edit Single Voice parameters
  • get Single Voice SysEx dump from MIDI
  • put Single Voice SysEx dump to MIDI
  • load Single Voice SysEx dump from disk
  • save Single Voice SysEx dump to disk
  • initialize current voice to start a new voice from scratch

Please report any issues

history since 20150104:

  • several bugfixes (reported by Justin Evans)
  • imports Single Voice SysEx file from Korg DS-8
  • Inititial voice: Octave range=Middle
  • Midi channel can be changed (20150111)
  • PUT and SAVE broken in 20150111 – fixed (20150114)
  • PB range 0, 0.5, 1-12 differs from DS-8 (20150114)
  • Unison detune and Unison trigger mode disabled in Poly assign mode (20150114)
  • Automatic remote switching between Voice Edit mode and Program mode (20150114)

Korg DS-8 Panel





Editor panel for Korg DS-8 (version 20150223b)


  • editing of single voice parameters
  • get sysex dump of current voice
  • put sysex dump of current voice
  • save current voice as .syx file
  • load current voice from .syx file
  • initialize current voice to create new voice from scratch


Please report any issues


history since 20150104:

  • several fixes (bugs reported by Justin Evans) (20150107)
  • imports Single Voice SysEx files from Korg 707
  • Midi channel can be changed. (20150111)
  • greatly improved Multi FX editor (20150112)
  • FX Delay Time and other parameters displayed with real values using Fixed Sliders (20150114)
  • Automatic remore switching between Program and Voice Edit modes (20150114)
  • Bank manager (work-in-progress. Put and Get doesn’t work yet.)  (20150223b)


Mopho Desktop Panel

A GUI for the Mopho Desktop

Ctrlr minimum version : 5.3.82


-update15/06/15:Possible to get any program (memory) from device : push “prg”
-update02/06/15: EDIT: it seems that the grrr vst0 issue …solved for dump only
Get & Send Edit Buffer done Should work as espected now(thanks to Atom’s ctrlr ultils)
note: if you send a patch to the mopho ,be sure you have a prog name on the panel, if not ,then write one before send patch AND don’t forget to do “saveCtrlr state” to keep the prog there next time the panel will be openened (for standalone). for vst the prog name is saved with the DAW preset file .
need to clean drag methods now and add some buttons to init and random sequencers
-update02/06/15:improved drag method for customcomps (not finished but working for most useful components)
“get edit buffer” is done (but not getting the prog name currently ,it’s few i will do )
please tell me if it works, then i could try to correct
prog name re – corrected ,the first was good
-update08/04/15:LookAndFeel() for all knobs(except lfo speed),different mouse sensitivities are set.
-update07/04/15:various,LookAndFeel() only for filter knobs.
-update23/03/15:prog name fixed(nb nrpn wrong)
-update22/03/15: GUI script rebuilt (25%less),removed all combos excepted modulations,possible to write a prog name (if you’re in standalone do “save ctrlr state”or if you’re in a daw save the daw preset to keep the name at startup),graphics finished
-update06/01/15: fixed lfo freq drag method
-update05/01/15: improved methods
-update05/01/15: fixes, script stuff , doubleclick enabled(default value) for bi-polar modulators
-update04/01/15: updated graphics
-update02/01/15: updated graphics, now panel displays bank and prog number of Ctrlr
-update02/01/15: click for Key Assign Mode and Glide Mode done, ported background
method to canvas and removed a layer
-update01/01/15: various updates,click for Key Assign Mode and Glide Mode not done
-update30/12/14: improved drag method : less midi messages and painting
-update28/12/14: updated graphics ,started to compact scripts
-update26/12/14: lfo shapes max values fixed,envelope(seq mode) drag fixed,updated graphics
-update25/12/14: envelope controls in seq mode done , various updates
-update24/12/14: knob effects done ,combo&button slight emboss ,started to “move” visibleNames need to finish and compact the script using existing visibleNames
-update23/12/14: max values set at startup

Roland MKS-80 Editor (MPG-80 Emulation) mk1

After many years of having this famed module kicking around in my studio rack without a good editor for it on MacOSX which has plug-in integration and support for 32bit and 64bit VST/AU hosts, I stumbled across CTRLR which has revolutionized the way in which I can integrate my hardware synth collection within Ableton Live! I decided right away to get my hands dirty, contribute something of value to the community and bring this module to life since there was no panel for it created already.

Here is mk1 version 1.0 (latest versionuploaded 19-02-2015) of my Roland MKS-80 CTRLR Panel (essentially an emulation of Roland’s MPG-80 programmer).

Current Limitations:

– This mk1 version edits the Upper Tone only of a Patch (for mk2 I will extend functionality to have simultaneous editing of the Lower Tone).

– SysEx dumps of single patches and Bulk dumps have not been implemented yet.


NOTE: With the current implementation of the Programmer Channel selector, behaviour is as follows. The range is from 0-15 and which translates to 1-16 of “real” MIDI channels. So this means if your MKS80 is set to MIDI Channel 9, you *must* select 8 on this Panel’s Programmer Channel knob (you can’t miss it – it is coloured orange). If you do not set the channel correctly on the Panel,  your tweaks on this Panel will not reach your MKS80. I will investigate a means of correcting this behaviour so the displayed MIDI channel matches the real MIDI channel.

I’m looking forward to developing this further as I get my head around LUA scripting (this will take some time). For now, enjoy tweaking this awesome sounding synth if you’re lucky enough to have one and be sure to make use of Snapshots to store your sounds to give yourself full patch recall with your self created sounds being faithfully stored within your DAW project files. Liberating yourself from the tedium of managing patches within the synth own memories is the key to achieving robust recall of your precious sounds).

Special mention must go out to my good friend, John Grant, for the extended loan of this module he was no longer making use of! Much respect! Additional thanks going out to forum member, Layzer, for adding nicely rendered animated slider/knob caps and making the Programmer Channel selector work! MANY THANKS!


Best Wishes,



DOWNLOAD: Roland MKS80 mk1 v1.00

Jay-V (Roland JV/XP family panel)

Jay-V a HUGE panel for the Roland JV / XP family of synths which has pages for each of the four ‘tones’, an effects/common page & an ‘all tones’ page which edits the parameters of all four tones simultaneously. The panel parameters & patch names update when you change the preset via the panel so to make the best of the editor you will need bi-directional MIDI communication between your JV/XP & your computer.

The panel also requires the ‘LCDdot’ font to operate, here’s a (legal) link….



Download Jay-V here.


Enjoy, best…. Pat & Zoltan. ( @King PP & @zoldalma )



JX8Programmer V2.2

Midi Editor for the Roland JX-8P synth.


Tested on Ctrlr Nightly version 1326



Editor will update after Tone Select (on synth)

Save Patch to Synth (Internal & Cartridge memory locations)

Load & save Patch to disk ((.syx) you can load your old or downloaded sounds)

Edit Patch name in Editor LCD (use CAPS only!)




(minor issue:The Key-Mode slider in the Editor doesn’t update normal. (Synth to Editor only))


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