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Prospect TS10/TS12


Complete Answer... Whatever your musical needs, ENSONIQ TS Series Performance/Composition Synthesizers will take you from first inspiration to final mix - with the best sounds and features ever found in a music workstation.
     Our design philosophy for the TS Series was simple: to satisfy all of your musical needs in a single instrument. Whether you're a professional who needs in-depth, accessible programming parameters or a first-time buyer looking for a wide range of practical, easy-to-use features, the TS Series' integrated performance, sequencing, and sound programming capabilities provide a versatile music-making tool.
     You can choose from two keyboards to suit your playing style: the TS-10's 61-key synth action Poly-KeyTM keyboard

with expressive polyphonic aftertouch; or the TS-12's 76-key weighted action keyboard with the response and feel of a fine acoustic piano.
     Whichever model you choose, you'll find a vast sound spectrum at your fingertips - rich, lifelike acoustic and orchestral instruments, warm, exotic synth textures, funky dance/rap groove sounds, and drum kits for any style of music - along with the ability to load and play ENSONIQ's entire library of sampled sounds.
     The many recording and editing functions of the 24-track on-board sequencer give you all the tools you need to capture and produce your musical ideas. Plus the TS Series is fully General MIDI compatible for accurate playback of GM data received from computers and other General MIDI devices.

Best of all, the TS-10 and TS-12 are easier to use than any other comparable keyboard. We've taken out tedious set-up requirements and guesswork by assigning separate buttons to single functions. And ENSONIQ's software design is so logical and intuitive that it seems to know just what you want to do next.
     Whether you're performing on stage, composing at home, or producing at a professional studio, the TS-10 and TS-12 provide a truly comprehensive music-making environment - the complete answer to all of your musical needs.

Prospect TS10/ts12


  • TS-10 - 61-key (C-C) weighted synth-action Poly-Key (polyphonic aftertouch) keyboard with programmable velocity and pressure sensitivity
  • TS-12 - 76-key (E-G) weighted action keyboard with programmable velocity and channel pressure sensitivity (MIDI transmission of Release Velocity)
  • Up to 12 programmable keyboard zones for splits and layers


  • Exclusive Patch Select buttons for instant access to 4 sound variations within each Program or Sampled Sound
  • 2 programmable single/dual Foot Switch inputs for sustain, sostenuto, Patch Select, preset up/down, FX mod, and sequencer control (SW-2, SW-6, or SW-10)
  • Pitch and Mod Wheels
  • Mod/Volume pedal (optional CVP-1)
  • Data Entry Slider functions as a real time controller transmitting on any MIDI controller number

Internal Program/Preset Memory

  • 437 programs (120 RAM/180 ROM/137 GM ROM)
    • SoundFinder provides easy lookup by musical type for fast locating of desired Programs
  • 300 performance Presets (120 RAM/180 ROM)
  • 2 SIMM sockets provide for up to 8 MB (4 Megaword) of 16-bit sample RAM
    • 2 MB of sample RAM (standard) provides for 10 Sampled Sound locations
    • 8 MB of sample RAM provides for 20 Sampled Sound locations
    • Maximum memory per Sampled Sound: 4 MB
  • Automated loading of Sampled Sounds upon power-on Waves
  • 48 Megabits (6 MB - 3.5 Megawords) of waveform ROM
  • Over 4000 variations possible from the 254 wave selections, which include:
    • Multi-sampled acoustic instruments in Keyboard, String, Brass & Horn, Wind & Reed, Vocal, Bass, Drum, Percussion, and Sound Effect groups
    • Sustain waveforms with harmonic and inharmonic structures
    • TransWave_ spectral interpolation waves with real time modulation
  • Modulatable start point, forward or backward playback, and multi-sample key shift available on most waves
  • Pitched or fixed frequency playback of all waves possible
  • Ability to read and edit sample disks created for the EPS-16 PLUS/EPS/ASR-10 samplers with automated loading from disk or SCSI

Voice Architecture

  • 32 dynamically assigned voices (31 voices when using Sampled Sounds)
  • A single Program can use up to 6 waves per key simultaneously
  • A Drum Program can use up to 61 waves per program/ 4 waves per key, with separate pitch, volume, panning, and 32 voice parameter templates for each wave
  • Instant selection of alternate voices within a program using Patch Select buttons or velocity
  • Programmable voice delay up to 5000 msec or by keyup trigger
  • Each voice has a complete set of programmable parameters:
    • Independent waveform selection
    • 2 independent multi-mode dynamic digital filters (low pass, high pass, variable bandwidth band pass)
    • 3 six stage loopable hardware envelopes with 15 parameters per envelope
    • 35 preset envelope templates for ease of programming
    • 1 multi-waveform LFO with adjustable rate, depth, phase, delay, and restart mode
    • Variable rate random Noise generator for modulation
    • 15 modulation sources, routable to pitch, filter cutoff, volume, pan, wave start offset, TransWave index, Hyper-Wave steps, LFO depth and rate
    • Programmable 2 source modulation Mixer/Shaper
    • Glide mode, glide time, pitch bend range, and Held pitch bend mode
  • Hyper-Wave architecture allows up to 16 waves to be defined in a list, which can be swept through or crossfaded for timbre-shifting and Jam-Loop effects
  • Hyper-Wave voice parameters include start step, loop start, loop end, volume, pitch, pitch tracking, wave direction, duration, crossfade time, and modulation options
  • One fully programmable pitch table available per Program
  • 33 ROM Pitch Tables
  • System Pitch Table allows user to apply any ROM or Program Pitch Table on all sounds instantly

Performance Preset Parameters

  • The combination of up to 3 Programs, special performance parameters and an effects setup can be named and saved as a Performance Preset
  • Performance Presets can use any combination of RAM/ROM Programs, Sampled Sounds, and external MIDI control
  • Easy access performance parameters: mix, pan (stereo or mono modes), attack time, release time, brightness, timbre, key zone, velocity range, velocity sensitivity, transpose, detune, LFO or Hyper-Wave rate, controller enables, Patch Select status, channel/Poly-Key pressure modes, volume pedal modes (positive, inverse, off), MIDI status, MIDI channel, Program Change remapping, MIDI Bank Select, effect bus overide and effect parameters


  • 1.4 MB High Density (HD) 3.5" micro-floppy
  • Save Programs (Individual, Banks, All), Sampled Sound edits and Banks (TS-10 format), Performance Presets (Individual, Bank, All), Sequence/Song (Single, Half, All with or without associated Programs and Sampled Sound Banks), System Setup
  • Save MIDI Sys-Ex dumps (256K Bytes) from any MIDI device to disk (expandable to 768K Bytes with optional SQX-70)


  • Custom VLSI 24-bit digital signal processor (ESP chip) with 48-bit accumulation
  • Programmable stereo effects processing with real time modulation of any effects parameters from 13 sources
  • 73 algorithms, including serial and parallel multi-effects
  • Multiple preset effects variations per algorithm for ease of programming (692 effects presets in ROM)
  • Three stereo busses allowing for dry, individual or grouped effects processing (routed to Main stereo outputs)
  • One additional dry stereo bus routed to AUX outputs


  • 24 polyphonic tracks (including 12 "Song Tracks") each with its own sound and complete set of track parameters (same as Presets)
  • Tracks can play any combination of ROM/RAM Programs, Sampled Sounds, and external MIDI control
  • Up to 32 internal voices per track, dynamically assigned (no limit on MIDI voices per track)
  • Up to 60 Sequences or Songs in any combination
  • Song form provides up to 99 Steps with up to 99 Repetitions for each Step (each Sequence Track in a Step can be individually muted and/or transposed)
  • Song Steps can be advanced with the Foot Switch
  • Note capacity, expandable to over 97,000 notes with optional SQX-70
  • Clock resolution of 96 PPQ, synchronized to internal or MIDI clock source
  • 3 real-time record modes (Replace, Add, Looped), Step-Entry, and Multi-Track recording via MIDI
  • Automated punch/edit locations remembered for each Sequence
  • Post-quantization (auto-correct to 1/64th note triplets), with percent, swing and random options
  • Song Step editing, bar/beat/clock and key range editing, event list editing, copy, append, change length, time-shift, transpose, merge tracks, filter/extract/scale any event
  • All editing can be auditioned before saving changes
  • Tempo Track provides recordable tempo changes
  • Auto-locate controls, adjustable click track (routable to Main or AUX outputs), and Tap Tempo control
  • Auto Mix (automated mixdown) feature records all volume and panning changes for each Track


  • Poly, Omni, Multi, Mono A and Mono B modes
  • Multi-timbral, accommodating up to 12 simultaneous polyphonic MIDI channels with separate Programs/Sampled Sounds and performance parameters
  • MIDI Local On/Off per track allows up to 12 outbound MIDI keyboard zones for master controller applications
  • Global controllers in Mono mode for use with MIDI guitar and alternate controllers
  • MIDI Song Position Pointer, Song Select, Bank Select, All Notes Off and Reset All Controllers supported
  • XCTRL allows any MIDI controller (0-127) to be used as a voice modulator, and/or to be transmitted to external devices on a per channel basis
  • General MIDI compatible mode for 16 channel reception of program changes, notes, controllers, and registered parameter messages as defined in the General MIDI specification. Reception can be disabled per channel for "music minus one" applications.


  • Left/Mono and Right/Mono Main audio outputs
  • Left/Mono and Right/Mono AUX audio outputs (dry signal)
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Pedal/Control Voltage input (allows modulation of voices or volume control with optional CVP-1 pedal)
  • 2 single/dual pedal inputs (SW-2, SW-6, SW-10)
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Optional read-only SCSI interface (SP-4)


  • 80 (2x40) character vacuum-fluorescent display, with 6 soft buttons for ease of programming
  • Six Program names/sequence names/track settings may be viewed at once

Standard Accessories

  • Tutorial Manual (with examples provided on disk)
  • Musician's Manual
  • Sound Manual
  • TSD-300 Sound Disk (contains back-up of 437 ROM & RAM Programs, 300 ROM & RAM Presets, additional Programs, demo sequences)
  • SSD-100 and 101 Sampled Sound disks
  • SW-2 Foot Switch (TS-10)
  • SW-6 Single Damper Foot Switch (TS-12)

Optional Accessories

  • TSD Series Program disks
  • AS Series sample disks (5 disks per set), SL Series sample disks (5 disks per set), ESS "Signature Series" sample disks (3-5 disks per set), SLT Series sample disks (10 disks per set)
  • CDR Series CD-ROM libraries (requires optional SP-4 SCSI interface)
  • SW-10 Dual Damper Foot Switch - 2 pedal piano-type for sustain, sostenuto, Patch Select, preset up/down, FX mod, and sequencer control
  • SW-6 Single Damper Foot Switch - single pedal piano-type
  • CVP-1 (CV Pedal) - for voice/FX modulation or volume control
  • SQX-70 sequencer memory expander - expands memory to over 97,000 notes
  • Industry-standard SIMMs can be used to provide up to 8 MB of Sampled Sound memory
  • SP-4 SCSI interface - offers read-only access to CD-ROM sample libraries and other ENSONIQ-format SCSI devices, with Direct Macro file access and auto-load capabilities
  • Detachable MS-1 music stand (TS-12 only)


  • TS-10 Dimensions: 40 3/8" (102.5 cm) wide x 4" (10.2 cm) high x 14 1/2" (36.8 cm) deep
  • TS-10 Weight: 37 lbs (16.8 kgs) unboxed 48 lbs (21.8 kgs) boxed
  • TS-12 Dimensions: 50 1/2" (128.3 cm) wide x 5" (12.7 cm) high x 15 5/8" (39.7 cm) deep
  • TS-12 Weight: 55 lbs (24.9 kgs) unboxed 69.2 lbs (31.2 kgs) boxed

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