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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Mike M a professional user from Denver writes:
This trashcan died after 2 weeks. Spent $$$ for repair (bad power regulator on most Fizmos). Whatever you try to program - you are wasting time. With some settings / knobs, there is no change in the sound at all. Vocoder in this unit is zero, nothing. Sounds are average. We (in the band) needed something for ambient textures. This synth wont do it. In fact, i don't have any ideas where to use this synth, except maybe in the circus for making funny sounds, when clown comes to stage. What a crap. And what a double waste of money. If you are getting this thing, please READ ALL reviews, before spending money on it! I should have done that, but i was "smart", and lost my time and money on this useless unit.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-18-2006 at 08:53
Tylar a part-time user from USA writes:
The reports of the FIZMO knobs taking a long time to respond makes me wonder if theirs is broken. My unit and my friend's both work as normal.(Both bought at the same time several years ago.)The keys are pretty much the same as any 1500-1800$ synth I ever used, the construction of these machines are superior to most (commercial) synthesisers 1984-2006. It must be restated that these machines are unique and quirky. Forget piano sounds and saxophones, forget moog modular analog sounds you will not get those unless your some sort of mental programming giant....no probably not then. You will get an amazing sound with some effort. Some of the sounds can be very fat and also useful for a particular purpose. I have to give this synth a 5 because very few instruments can do what this is able to do- but you have to work with it, you will not find a million patches laying around on the web. This is not a "synth flavor of the month unit". Ok, I admit that the abilities of this machine will never replace a groove synth or a softsynth armada but it can fill a slot that is very hard to fill. Sometimes a small bit of spice makes a dinner unique and FIZMO can add just a touch of flavor to music that has a tendancy to blandness or same-old-same-old. Be different and think different or be the same, you decide. A set of tools is always something for artists to consider. Look at the lists showing how few of these are up for sale. I wonder why?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2006 at 02:27
Charly Worth a part-time user from USA writes:
Complete waste of money!! And where the hell did they manufactured them? Keyboard feels like a toy. Why does it take 10 seconds for my parameter to change? Why?! If i turn the knob now, i want to hear the change now! Sounds like crap! Thank god i exchanged it for friend's Ensoniq VFX. What a difference. And yes, VFX has transwaves just like Fizmo. Good bye fizmo! (no wonder why so much people returned the unit).

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-10-2006 at 04:11
Billy J a part-time user from Austin Texas writes:
Fun Fun Fun! Last thing Ensoniq made. It does feel like it would break with little effort and the keys feel weak. BUT! the sound is insane, you have to be willing to learn the machine to get regular stuff out of it. But once you do, you will definitely appreciate as a bass keyboard for regular stuff and just wacky fun for synthesis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-27-2006 at 14:52
Hu-Man a part-time user from USA writes:
I've been playing various forms of electronica for 20 years. I've had my hands on a lot of different synths, or so I thought until I first played a FIZMO! This is not a board for instant gratification. It is not for those seeking sounds that they recognize, nor is it for those who expect presets to demonstrate the true potential of a synthesizer. THe FIZMO is absolutely the BEST for Ambient soundscape exploration! You can milk some of the most incredibly lush and evolving soundscapes out of this ugly purple beast. The power of Ensoniq's 2nd generation Transwave technology combined with their awesome 20bit FX processing engine, the same from the DP-Pro; and you've got a sonic monster that will demand the highest level of programming prowess to truly understand and appreciate it. I wish I had more than one of them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-26-2006 at 22:23
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