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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mark Higgins a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought this puppy brand new years ago, and still have it. Yeah, programmimng it is tedious, but the end results are awesome. Add an external FX unit and it is indispensible.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-08-2005 at 16:02
Martin Tauchen a professional user from Sauerhaxn-land writes:
Firstly I want to explain,why this rating is so high.The VZ8m is 14years old and at its time,it was a wonderful synth.If compared to actual models, the VZ8m would only get a 1.

The VZ8m is a child of its time.In one RU you find a conplex OS,wich runs through several menues. Fortunately the 8m has more buttons as other competitors of its time. The synthesis is exactly that,what you can expect from a VZ1/10m or the similiar Hohner series. The 8m is a special version of the iPD synthesis, it was adjusted to the needs of Midi-guitarists and Midi-windcontrollers.So it has three modes. Normal Keyboard,Midi guitar and Midi WX mode. The 8m is only 8 voice polyphony(wich makes sense for Midiguitars or Blowers).Therefore it works in the operation Mode with 8 Single Sounds,instead of four in the VZ1/10m.Also it has a nice panning function,wich the big brothers does not offer. Interesting are also such Parameters like delay. The delay offers an amount up to 12 seconds delay. iPD synthesis itself is mostly underrated and really not so academic as most people talk about. But also is iPD not FM.Both synthesis versions belong to the same family of Waveshaping, digital Virtuality is also a member of it.

The VZ8m is something for specialists.Are you a Midiguitarplayer or a Midi Windblower ? Choose the 8m instead of the big brothers.For programming an additonal VZ1/10m would be great,beacause of its better display and smoother editing. But to all you buddies,who expect an easy synth,I can tell you only one thing "Move on".

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-05-2002 at 14:03
michael broers a hobbyist user from chicago, USA writes:
i picked this baby up for pretty cheap and use it all the time. the sounds are great and i recommend it to anyone who wants a realistic sounding, affordable synth that they can tweak to all hell. buy one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-25-2001 at 15:29
Hans Haraldsson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This i a pure synth. If you want relistic instrument sounds, buy a sampleplayer instead. But if you like to explore the sonic space, this one is for you ! Huge walls of sounds or tiny metallic gongs or whatever you can find out. It has no filters, which I think is a plus because you build sounds up and this way you get more exciting harmonics. Sometimes you start up with an idea, but on the way you find something you never heard before and your sound end up totally different. So my advice is: If you are an audionaut you will like it very much, so get one. But if sonic space is to big for you, you won't understand this audio-shuttle. Buy a sample player!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2000 at 04:00
Rocco Flores Oneto a professional user from Peru writes:
Must admit I was very dissapointed when I bought my VZ8m second hand a few years ago...I thought they were the rack CZs counterpart. But I was wrong. VZs sounds very close to Yamaha TXs modules. I neved found a useful sound to make a song with. If you like the TX-81Z then you'll find this module nice too. It's very difficult to program it due to it's 8 oscillators per voice... The only digital (not sample based) synth I keep is my DX-7II...I'll still buy a CZ...But VZs IMOH are quiet useless....

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-17-1999 at 15:01
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