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Ensoniq DP Pro Effects Processor

The Ensoniq DP Pro released in 1997, was the final effects processor to come out of Ensoniq. It came after the success of the DP/4, DP/4+ and DP/2 processors. Unlike the DP/4 & DP/4+, the Ensoniq DP Pro was a stereo effects processor. Sadly two channels of processing was not all it lost, it also lost the more intuitive interface of the DP/4 series of processors.

The Ensoniq DP Pro uses two of Ensoniq’s second generation 24 bit ESP (Ensoniq Signal Processing) VLSI chips to create the many effects it is capable of producing. The two ESP chips allow you to run two separate effects simultaneously, such as delay and Chorus etc.

Details

The Ensoniq DP Pro also used different algorithms to the DP/4 processors that came before it. The clue is in the name, PRO and this effects processor was targeting a higher end market and the Ensoniq engineers set out to give it a better sound than all that came before it. In addition to space and time effects (Reverb and Delay based effects) the Ensoniq DP Pro included some mastering effects such as compression and stereo imaging tools. A full list of available effects appear below:

  • Mastering Limiter
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • Compressor
  • Servo Limiter
  • 3 Band Compressor/Limiter
  • Expander
  • Stereo Gate
  • Dual Mono Gate
  • De-Esser
  • Stereo Synthesizer
  • Stereo Re-Imager
  • Variable Tap Delay
  • Spatial Delays
  • Ping Pong Delay
  • Stereo Delay
  • Loop Recorder
  • Expert Reverb
  • Reflection Modeler
  • Small Ambience
  • Non-Linear Reverb
  • Multi-Pitch Shift
  • Multi-Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Tremelo
  • Panner
  • Chatter Box
  • Rotary Speaker
  • Tunable Speaker
  • Parametric EQ
  • Octave EQ
  • And more…

The Ensoniq DP/4 series of processors although inferior in terms of pure DA conversion and signal quality, remain more popular because their grainier sound quality gives the effects more character. Similarly the Eventide H3000 is more sought after than later models for the same reason.

The Ensoniq DP Pro was a very capable and very complex beast to use, and that is perhaps it’s downfall. Eventide processors suffer a similar fate for the novice user, but take time to learn the way the DP Pro works and you have a vary capable device on your hands.

Specifications

Released: 1997

Quantization: 24 bit
Sampling Frequency: 32, 44.1, 48kHz
Frequency Response: > 2Hz – 22kHz
Dynamic Range: > 94 dB
THD: Unknown

Listen to Ensoniq DP Pro Effects Processor Audio Samples

These samples were very kindly supplied by Damien from Dyrec

Drums + Band

Drums + Band Dry

2075 Rhythmic Phasor

2069 Lost Souls Harmo

2065 Pretty Harmonizer

2063 Diamond Chorus

2048 Snare Verb

2047 Percussion Plate

2046 Brown 224 & Swirl

2043 Live Drum Space

2041 Tap Time Reverb

2031 Soft Wall Room

2030 Stone Wall Room

2029 Hard Wood Room

2028 Very Small Room

2027 Small Room

2026 Medium Room

2025 Big Room

2023 Non-Lin Drums

2020 Luscious Plate

2015 Drum Kit Plate

2004 Intimate Hall

Vocals

Vocals Dry

2000 Depth of Space

2001 Majestic Hall

2005 Opening Nite

2008 Vocal Hall

2012 Lead Vocal Plate

2014 Unique Plate

2020 Luscious Plate

2035 Famous Catherdral

2036 Rand-O-Tap

2037 Train Station

2038 Apollo 13

2039 Bloom Star

2041 Tap Time Reverb

2042 Surreal Vocals 2

2052 Tap Tempo Bounce

2053 Antimatter Delays

2056 Luscious Delays

2057 Tweaky Taps

2058 Time Modulator

2059 Widening Taps

2060 Multi-Chorus

2062 Shifted Chorus

2063 Diamond Chorus

2065 Pretty Harmonizer

2066 Chordal Harmony

2067 Evil Scary Harmo

2069 Lost Souls Harmo

2074 Liquid Phasor

2085 Rotary In Space

2086 Deep Sea Echo

Guitars

Strings

Strings Dry

2086 Deep Sea Echo

2000 Depth of Space

2006 Royal Hall

2009 Ensemble Hall

2012 Lead Vocal Plate

2020 Luscious Plate

2035 Famous Cathedral

2036 Rand-O-Tap

2038 Apollo 13

2042 Surreal Vocals 2

2053 Antimatter Delays

2055 Randomized Delays

2069 Lost Souls Harmo

2074 Liquid Phasor

Guitar Solo

Guitar Solo Dry

2086 Deep Sea Echo

2000 Depth of Space

2005 Opening Nite

2008 Vocal Hall 1

2017 Strumming Plate

2025 Bog Room

2028 Very Small Room

2031 Soft Wall Room

2038 Apollo 13

2042 Surreal Vocals

2046 Brown 224 & Swirl

2051 Spatial Delays

2053 Antiematter Delays

2056 Luscious Delays

2060 Lush Multi Chorus

2062 Shifted Chorus

2072 Rhythmic Flange

2073 Multi Phasor

2074 Liquid Phasor

2075 Rhythmic Phasor

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