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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Mark J a part-time user from Europe writes:
I can't believe i gave 300 euros for this trash-box. This synth is total plastic sounding toy. My 3 year old has a better sounding keyboard. Wish i found Sonicstate forum earlier - i would never buy this product!! No wonder why so many units have been returned.

My favourite is: knob tweaking. Tweak the knob, and wait one minute to see the change. This includes main volume knob! And vocoder - sounds like some kind of plastic trumpet.

This is no Ensoniq! This looks, and sounds like it was built like Creative or similar company that never built real synths. Wish i never sold my VFX.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-16-2005 at 02:47
Steven Marshall a professional user from NYC writes:
For some reason I didn't want to believe all this bad stuff about Fizmo. Well, I should have! Next time, before I buy a synth, I will read ALL reviews and IGNORE all official brochures coming from companies. I won't write why i don't like this or that, i will just give you the FACTS:

PRICE PAID: 175$ (even that's too much)

KEYBOARD: Action is terrible, feels like some el-cheapo model from kid store.

SOUNDS: About 90% of sounds are almost the same. Doesn't matter how much you tweak those knobs, there is no much change. And yes, I can program a DX-7 so I do know how to program a synth!

VOCODER: I will just quote one user that describes exactly what I felt with it: 'Anyways, I was messing around with the faux vococder section and I really couldn't hear a change except what sounded like horns or tubas behind my voice. I asked the saleslady if she could get the vocoder to work properly and she said "that's it. you're using it right now". - In short, it's terrible! Yes, you can tweak it, and all it does is add more horns and tubas behind your voice. RESPONSE: This is not a joke. Check this out: Play some sound. Ok, now turn the main volume all the way down. But ... the sound is still playing! Then after a second it goes away. That's what you get from cheap components.

CONSTRUCTION: Base of the cabinet is constructed from some poor thin aluminum. Each time you tap it, it makes that annoying sound. Terrible construction, probably built in china in a toy keyboard factory.

MEMORY: For some reason, sometimes Fizmo won't save your hardworked sounds. And you can't recall it back - it's gone forever!! This one made me so mad ... after 3 hours of tweaking to get some kind of bass, it ended as gone. Fizmo didn’t saved it. This happened about 10 times so far.

PROCESSOR: Again, if you turn knobs, you WON'T hear instant change. Oh no! It will take 5-10 seconds, sometimes even more for parameter to change! This is so annoying, because you can't fix it!! It's all the time like that!

KNOBS: Most of knobs are not placed correctly and have plastic flaking of the edges. But that's not all - some knobs are higher than others.

DO NOT BUY THIS SYNTH unless it is cheap priced so that you can try it, and then give it to your friend as a gift. Prices above 250$ for this unit should be IGNORED. Do not do it! You will regret like most people did.

One thing I really hate are those guys who gave full price for this unit when it came out, and they can't live with the fact, they gave so much money for such a piece of crap. So they write reviews saying 'Oh yeah, the synth is so great! It's so cool'. Really? And what's exactly so GREAT about Fizmo, except the number of returned units???

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-15-2005 at 11:27
Jim Taika a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
80$! You are not serious? That must be somekind of propaganda or maybe you were trying to get 2nd. hand prices down with that comment?

I would pay immediately 800$ from it. And more if i just could have more money. This and maybe sampler are only machines needed to create music out of this world. =D

"eric from germany writes: found this thing for $80 in a local second hand store... well, it looked great, so i bought it... ALL PRESETS are really bullshi - the worst i have ever heard! ... but when you turn the knobs 2 or 3 days, you'll find out, what this machine can do... for me it is a great lo-fi synth. i would buy it again for $80."

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-19-2005 at 13:06
eric a part-time user from germany writes:
found this thing for $80 in a local second hand store... well, it looked great, so i bought it... ALL PRESETS are really bullshi - the worst i have ever heard! ... but when you turn the knobs 2 or 3 days, you'll find out, what this machine can do... for me it is a great lo-fi synth. i would buy it again for $80.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-17-2005 at 12:20
David Waldman a hobbyist user from Silver Spring, MD USA writes:
Lavender oddth personified. Begs to be pried open and explored. Sounds are so strange it makes up for a cryptical user interface.

One fun box. Get one if you can.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-12-2004 at 23:10
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