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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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petrus a professional user from The Netherlands writes:
I Like the Fizmo!! If you can't make your own sounds and presets, please don't buy it!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-20-2000 at 19:03
tony piumarta a hobbyist user from UK writes:
FIZMO

Yeah...this synth is trippy and has the most wonderful sounds ever. It's a great complement to my micro modular,a3000, sb station and others,

If your into Psychedelic music you won't be dissapointed.

Just make sure you have one of the newer powe supllies otherwise the fizmo will blow out..

laters

Tony

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-16-2000 at 05:29
Malfunkt a part-time user from Canada writes:
I think most of the reviews on this board are crap..Very few people are actually reviewing the synth based on it's architecture but rather there subjective opinions on it sounds. Many people probably won't be able to program this synth as they lack the understanding of how it works. Mashing the front panel and turning knobs at random will not get you anywhere. I have an ASR-10 and I see the layout is somewhat similiar. There are three envelopes which can be used for all sorts of modulation possibilities. A decent filter and good effects. I was able to squeeze some entirely unique sounds out of it and I must say that the presets suck (they were marketed towards your "groove" types).

The minus is that it only has around 57 transwaves that you can use. It's main drawback is that you can't import your own transwaves and thus are limited to the spectral sounds of the ones they have given you. At first I was disappointed by this. Realize that you are getting very good transwaves and they are meant as building blocks. Afterall, most subtractive synths only have a few waveforms. I would prefer if there was some sort of cross modulation between waves or a simply FM routing. That could have lead to even weirder possibilities. I think by leaving out the ability to make your own transwaves Ensoniq sealed the fate of the Fizmo.

I am really interested to hear a VFX or similiar. For now I can make awesome transwaves on the ASR and they can be made out of anything.

BTW you can make the FS1R say "custom words" it is just very difficult and not the main point to having FSEQs. The FSEQs allow for greater control of frequency. However, I think that that FS1r can be compared in price against the Fizmo, and for what the FS1R sounds like the Fiz can't compete.

I do not think the Fizmo was worth the prize of what they were charging new... used its a pretty good deal. One must definetly listen to it before you buy. As far as wavetables are concerned some may prefer the Microwave XT.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2000 at 15:20
allen wrench a hobbyist user from san fran disco writes:
i sold my FIZMO in order to get a roland JP8000 big mistake! i would prefer to get an access virus over the the JP8000 ANY TIME but the fiz files a gap no other synth could do. anyone have a fizmo for sale? local prefably! in san francisco you folks who dog the fizmo crack me up. it makes sounds that no other synth makes. thats a big plus for me

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-30-2000 at 01:21
Robert a part-time user from Los Angeles, CA writes:
I've now had my Fiz for almost a year, and I continually find myself surprised by what it is capable of. Yes, I've had to deal with the power supply frying the main board (twice), but for wavetable synth that only cost me $499, I think it's a steal despite the potential technical flaws. I've found that working with this synth has opened my ears to new sounds and musical genres. A year ago, I'd have never thought of listening to trance or psychedelic trance, but the Fiz makes such strange, wonderful textures that I've found myself appreciating other forms of electronica.

I also don't think the drumset sucks. It's bad for a main drumset, but it's great for doing really smooth, synthetic fills and rolls.

All in all, I don't think I could ever enjoy an analog modelling synth after hearing what you can do with the Fizmo. My next synth will probably be a Waldorf Microwave XT, or a Korg Wavestation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-21-2000 at 17:05
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