When the internal battery on my Ensoniq
SQ2 32 voice keyboard died, I started searching the internet for some information
on replacing the battery. During this search I had a revelation,
the internet still does not have anything that you could possible want
to know on it. Needless to say, I found very little about replacing
the battery. Ensoniq is now in the Emu branch of Creative Labs (SoundBlaster) and
they only keep a very small section of their web site devoted to Ensoniq
Site). I didn't see any information relating directly to the SQ
here, but they did have an email link for Ensoniq product tech support,
so I emailed them asking about replacing the internal battery.
Here is the reply:
One of the service centers listed below can repair your unit. If none of the service centers are near you, you may have to make arrangements to send it to one of them for repair. Below is a the current list of EMU authorized service centers:
First, please note that I will not be held responsible
if your keyboard (or yourself or anyone else
or anything else) gets damaged in attempting anything mentioned on this page!
This information comes with absolutely no guarantees.
Use this information at your own risk!
Please note: Before you remove that battery from
the keyboard, you will want to make sure that you back up any custom sounds
that you have created and back up any sequences that are stored in the keyboard.
If the battery is already dead, then your custom sounds and sequences
are already lost, so you don't have to worry about losing anything. Removing
the battery will erase all of the memory, however, once a new battery is
put back in, all of the factory default sounds will automatically be loaded
again. To back up any custom sounds that you may have, you can use
a program called KS32 Edit (http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/KS_editor/).
Seeing as I haven't made many custom sounds, I have hardly used this
program. To back up your sequences, you should be able to back them
up using any midi recording program, however, the details depend on your
particular program (email me if you can't figure it out).
So went out and purchased the battery (a CR2032, which is a compatible battery) from Batteries Plus for $2.99 (as of 3/29/02) and then opened up the keyboard and easily found the old battery. I have been told you can also purchase this battery from Radio Shack for $2.99 (as of 2/26/03). As the tech support mentioned, the battery is soldered onto the main board, see diagram:
Moral of the Story: Call a
Batteries Plus store (or other electronics store if there are no Batteries
Plus stores in your area) to see if they would be willing to try replacing
the battery for you and then hand over $8 for labor and a new battery and
your keyboard should be good as new.
Installing a Battery Holder: Several
users have asked if installing a battery holder would be possible so that
next time the battery goes dead you won't have so much trouble simply replacing
the battery. A few users have tried this and a few have also been successful.
Here is a page that contains the information I have received via email
from users who have tried this option: Installing a Battery Holder. As
with all of the other information on this page, I am not responsible for
any damage that may arise from trying to install a battery holder, and the
other users who have kindly provided me with this information also do not
take any responsibility for any damage that may be caused by installing or
trying to install a battery holder.
Please email me and let me know if you found this page
valuable or have any comments on it.
If you take some pictures while replacing the battery, please send some along so I can put them up here.