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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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G.R.C. a professional user from USA writes:
Its good to see so many peaple picking this Synth up.I just talk to the guys at Ensoniq and they told me that this Synth will not be discontinued it is alive and well,with a New OS coming out soon! Like I said before to Dudes like Mr. Yannes go buy a VFX if you don't like being realy creative with sounds, this is new tech. And as for the guy who threw his Fizmo in the trash you my foolish friend should have told us where you threw it so someone who with real talent could make use of it. Well I wish all well, Peace G.R.C.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-03-1999 at 11:01
buldogge a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got this synth yesterday for a ridiculously low amount from musicians-friend, and have been playing it non-stop since. The first thing you must understand is that this board is set up to make wacked out sounds from the get go. The presets are all out there, and I could see how someone could be turned off by that. But that hides the versatility of the Fizmo, by either editing the presets or creating new sound files, you can get much more "normal" sounds. Of course, the fun is making these normal sounds as far out as you want. You can modulate most of the parameters (oscilators, filters, waves)and you can layer on sounds for depth. The effects are just wonderful--about twenty diferent reverb, chorus and distortion settings which really can broaden the sound.

The first thing I did was try to get some organ sounds out of this baby. After a few minutes I realized that the only problem was deciding on one sound--there were so many choices that I could have been programing for hours. This is a very good thing, as it allows me nearly endless range to create new and exciting sounds. The hardest part was trying to decide which effect to layer on--they all sounded so good.

I haven't gotten a chance to really play the arpeggiator, but the specs look quite nice indeed, and I can't wait to give the vocoder a go. For about $500 this synth is a monster (hell, it's a monster for twice that much). The sounds are all lively and workable and the ability to be either fairly typical or way out on the edge of reality makes this a much more versatile synth than many of the more hyped boards, IMO. Sure, if you're into analog imitation, than the Fizmo probably isn't your cup of tea, but if you want to make sounds that no human has ever heard before, then you owe it to yourself to check this baby out.

BTW, if you're checking it out in a store, try and play around with the sound buttons, as this is probably the easiest way to see what is going on behind those multi-layered, far-out presets, IMO. Also, the rumour mill has it that Fizmo may be going the way of the Dodo, so I urge anyone interested to get one while their hot, or else you might be kicking yourself later.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-01-1999 at 13:24
Jon a hobbyist user from England writes:
I tried a Fizmo in a shop ( soon I will be able to afford to buy one). This thing had personality and an individual sound which I was impressed with - makes a change from the usual virtual analogs (had a go on the Roland JP8000 and thought it sounded shit - very weedy). I have my own hand made real analogue monosynth which means I don't want a virtual-analog. I just need a touch sensitive keyboard with controllers sent in real time to record on my sequencer and a fresh new angle on sound for techno/trance. I will probably buy the Fizmo.I have heard it has a Vocodor too - is it a good one/editable. I couldn't really understand how the synth worked in the shop - the assistant didn't know how to work it either!! The price was 900 pounds which seems a lot compared to the USA prices people talk about - even though it is probably worth it. Is the beast easy to program once you get the hang of it? What is the manual like?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-24-1999 at 06:00
Syrusate a professional user from USA writes:
I picked up this killer synth at a low 500$!! And man it was worth the 2 hour drive. Sure it isnt a "groove box" and it wont make music for you like too many people are wanting nowadays. This synth you actually have to mess around with and make your own pads and what not. The arpeggiator rocks, and the knobs couldnt have been better, well placed and fun to tweak. The sounds blow me away its definatelu not a overused emulator of some classic synth. This synth is in a class all its own with some of the best effects around. Wether your into trance, jungle, experimental, ambient, industrial or whatever this synth could add a cutting edge or "alive" feel like derek said. And after a while you can make some cool 303 type lines with this synth, dont know why youd want to though, this synth can do much more than that. Im thinkin on making a site for this synth where users can exchange new patches, anyone here down to add to the site? Anyway killer synth, its a shame its gonna be discontinued. No doubt in my mind this synth will turn into a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-1999 at 15:13
Mark Spruell a hobbyist user from Detroit writes:
Word has it the Fiz may be discontinued soon. I certainly got mine at a blowout price, but wouldn't part with it for double what I paid.

Just to repeat what everyone else here has stated, and to overwhelm the naysayers...for it's intended purpose - pads, atmospherics, evolving Wavestation style textures, rhythmic noise and pulses -- the Fizmo is awesome. There are also some excellent analog sounds (percussive bleeps and pulses, but nothing too acidic). Acoustic sounds? Forget it.

Almost everything syncs automatically to midi clock or tap tempo. The effects rule. The arpeggiator is better than anything but a Cyclone. And despite the small display, it's all easy to use.

For ambient, trance, and soundtrack type stuff it should be essential.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-23-1999 at 09:57
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