Obsolete Components

Parallels (Ensoniq DP4)


This is a great machine for modifying sound. It has four independent efx processors that can be configured in a multitude of ways to make new combinations of efx. The flexibility and modular architecture of this machine actually makes it cross over into the synthesis category, which is why I am posting about it here. The sound is warm and deep, and has a bit of hiss to remind you that you aren’t using a plugin.


The exact unit used in these tracks has recently undergone a memory chip swap on one of the processors by John R. Southern (www.hardwerke.ca). He was gracious enough to invite me over to his facility as he did it, and he documented the procedure on the web for others. In the process, I learned a lot about DSP, RAM and how these efx processors work. You can find his project-log link below.


happy tweaking,