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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Audiospy a professional user from Darmstadt, Germany writes:
After reading all of these "reviews", I don't know whether to buy the (in)famous FIZ, used, for DEM 700, (that's about $325) or not...any suggestions ? I used to use an Ensoniq EPS and had nothing but problems with it from day 1. Then again I also had an Ensoniq SQ-80 and never, ever had a problem with it. I also use the Ensoniq ZR-76 and it is the best board I have ever used. I've also never had a single problem with it. What to do...?

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posted Thursday-Mar-29-2001 at 04:57
TREVOR a part-time user from California writes:
I have owned many classic analog Keyboards and just about all kinds of FM, Sampled base and Transwave keyboards. However, I have never found a keyboard as wacky but unique as this one. There are a couple reasons this board gets bad reviews. One because of the power supply problem(Buy a new power supply from Radio Shack, never have another problem) Second, it was marketed as competition to the Roland Jp-8000. The Roland JP-8000 is an analog Modeling synth. The Fizmo is a whole different beast relying on Transwave technology. To hear the Fizmo in action you must hold down a key for more then a second and listen to the transwaves as they loop and change. I hated the original presets, but created my own or edited the originals to find some very exciteing sounds for Ambient, Trance and Industrial. I some times use one of the 99 preset arpegios that are synced to midi clock just to add sound affect to my techno tracks. Or just use the Arpegios to drive my old prophet 600 or other keyboards with midi. What about the Vocoder or the 24 Bit Effects built in and external input for using onboard effects. The vocoder is not the greatest but where else are you going to find a Vocodeing Keyboard for a few hundred bucks where you just plug a cheap microphone in the back and vocode. There are even thoughts of this board maybe reaching legendary status like the tb-303 due to its limited production and unique sounds. It is not a DJ Orienated keyboard. Although you could use it live and tap in some great arpegios. Do not buy this board for typical analog sounds buy it to experiment and creat new sounds. I already hear the fizmo in many top produced tracks. Get one before they are all gone. I own two and would never part with both. TREV

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 15:12
dude from dudeland writes:
Why does everybody hate this synth? I just bought one and I think it's pretty cool. Sure it sounds strange but that's why it's nice. It's the only synth my girlfriend likes and she hates evertthing. If that doesn't tell you about how cool it sounds I don't knw what will.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 11:20
Sam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
First off to all of you that have completely bitched about this synth- You must be ignorant about the synths work. One review said that he could not get fat tones yet with just a few program chanes I get some of the fattest gut-wrench tones. Also this synth sounds incredible very clean. It is the greatest sounding keyboard I have ever heard. Luckily I own one that has no problems and with a little preventitive measures I feel it will last for many years to come. The FIZMO rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-08-2001 at 10:44
Andy a hobbyist user from u.s.a writes:
I had my fizmo for 3 months before it died. I got it repaired under warranty. It lived for another 9 months before going belly-up again! After reading everybody's comments, I don't know if I'll even try to get it fixed. Some things weren't meant to be....

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-24-2001 at 22:57
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