Ensoniq MR-61 64 Voice Composition Workstation
Includes the Power Cord
About This Keyboard
This is my first experience with the MR 61 and I personally think it has the best sound of any of the Ensoniq keyboards. This keyboard seems to be in good working order but we don't know how to test every function. It comes with the power cord. Cosmetically the keyboard is very good with just normal wear and tear you'd expect on a used keyboard mostly on the front bar under the keys and a small crack on the right end cap that has been glued. Every button and slider that I know how to test works just as it should.
The Ensoniq MR-61 In General
The Ensoniq MR61 is a 61-key music workstation/synthesizer that Ensoniq released in 1996. It features a 16-track sequencer, digital effects, and several hundred onboard sounds or patches.
The addition of the Idea Pad, which was essentially a MIDI capture buffer, allowed the user to quickly move anything recently played on the MIDI keyboard, including Pitch bend, Mod, and MIDI realtime Controllers, to a track in the sequencer.
The effects section runs at full 44.1kHzquality, unlike the TS engine at 32 kHz. The routing scheme was also simplified from previous machines and sports similarities with Roland's XP machines.
All MR versions could house up to three expansion cards, each one holding up to 24 mebibytes of samples and sound data. That was a first (and last) for Ensoniq products. Three are known: Perfect Piano, Urban Dance Project and World Sounds. A fourth card, the Drums Expansion, could give the rack version a feature that was a standard part of the keyboard versions. It was a 2 mebibyte add-on and contained about 700 drum sounds. A fifth card was the aforementioned flash expansion.
You can hear some Ensoniq MR-Sounds on the Janet Jackson Song Together Again and her album The Velvet Rope from 1997.
It is important to remember that when buying a used keyboard it may not operate or look exactly like a new one. Used keyboards develop wear over time that can cause such items as function buttons, knobs, sliders etc. to fail to operate as smoothly or easily as when they were new. Our technician does check these items and if they are deemed unusable they are replaced but some function buttons may require more pressure or manipulation to make the appropriate changes. Cosmetically your used keyboard may have scuffs, scratches, cracks to plastic pieces, discolored keys or other visual impairments that might not show up in the photos. We try to mention any obvious visual imperfections but may not consider them serious enough to post in the listing.