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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Ryan Freer a professional user from North Texas writes:
In my hunt for the right wavetable synthesizer, I decided to purchase a Waldorf Microwave XT. The realtime interface of the FIZMO didn't feel nearly as functional as many others--based on my initial contact with the synth. At first glance the synth does appear to be very promising, but that quickly changed as soon as I had a go at the knobs. I flipped through all the patches and tweaked until my fingers were sore and yet the results were still disappointing. I know it's often difficult to tell what is possible with a synth when you're only fiddling with a floor model in a music store. The real way to find out for sure is to buy one, but that's a pretty expensive chance to take. It did have some cool presets, but how the hell do you "REALLY" change them??? Many of the knobs created no noticable differences whatsoever. Is the Fizmo's realtime interface actually realtime? Does it just require a slight learning curve to make it work? Only Fizmo owners, who have a variety of other synths with which to compare, will know for certain.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-05-2001 at 16:16
Gerald Reid a professional user from Scottsdale,AZ writes:
Just change your power supply before you have the problem and everything will be fine.

Aside from the handful of power supply problems ,this beast truly is unique in it's own right. The keyboard has a very nice feel to it probably due to the Fatar keys. The overall construction is solid and built to last.

The sound can range from acoustic to synthetic with just a few turns of the FIZMO knobs and wave shapes. One minute you can be playing a steel guitar piano patch and the next minute you can switch to Tangerine Dream on magic mushrooms. I like a synth that doesnt sound like the same synth in every patch.

Lots of syncing capabilities include syncing to delay, lfo and arp.

According to CBSonline the Fizmo was used in the making of the Survivor soundtrack.

My suggestion is DONT SALE.

Not now , not later. Just play it. You'll never look back.

It's a keeper !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-05-2001 at 05:02
an1x a part-time user from uk writes:
Hi all, I posted a rave review of the fizmo about 6 months ago. It still sounds amazing! But my power supply also died. Any way I,ve got a new one from RS components and it's fixed now. I was reading for a while about the power supply problems and did not really believe them. But take my word mine fxxked up!! Must be a problem with the current being drawn from the synth! 5 out of 5 for the sound 2 out of 5 for reliability. Also I never abused the synth, never moved it from my home studio. Also like to say, emailed ensoniq (twice)about the problem and never got a reply. Customer service is obviously not their main priority.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-May-04-2001 at 19:57
Johnathon Taylor Thomas from Burbank,CA writes:
my fizmo is broken. I am sending it to the dump on Thursday. I truly and disgusted with it. Soory Fiz lovers..this is my 3rd one as you all know. I really tried to take care of it. It just seems to not want to live anymore. I dont know what else to do. I am taking it off life support Wednesday to prepare it for it's long journey to synth heaven. Say hi to the Memory Moog will ya Fiz.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-17-2001 at 16:44
Me_myself&I a hobbyist user writes:
Don't listen to all the Fizmo bashers. There are some problems with the power suply, but once you changed it for a better one, the Fiz will stay alive. Mine is working for more than a year now and it's great. The sounds youll get out of won't get them anywhere else(not even with Reaktor). It's sounds alive, bubbly rich and very organic. It's not like a boring VA, this thing has character.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-17-2001 at 15:32
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