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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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jason gregory a part-time user from munich, germany writes:
Hi, I have just bought this synth, and I am glad you lot have given it loads of bad press. Why? Because it only cost me £300!!! A mega deal. Look I wanted something different. I wanted a synthesiser not a clone and this gives me more than I expected. Forget the transwave crap, it's wavetable. So it's this or the waldorf microware XT (2x the price). This beast sits nicely amongst my: Waldorf Pulse for bass (not bad 3 oscillator but with digital filters) 8 out of 10. AN1X Virtual analogue for appegiated beats 9 out of 10. ER1 for drums 10 out of 10 Nord Modular (the best synth ever!!!) 10 out of 10 Who gives a shit if the FIZMO does not sound PHATT (bollocks!). Get a life, and get into some serious sound exploration. The FIZMO is great. 8 out of 10!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-03-2000 at 19:06
H.J. Haapakoski a professional user from Finland writes:
Okay... well, to be honest I'm not really following you guys here. This synth is all about programming, experiencing and fooling around. You preset-people stay out of this, it really has nothing to offer you. No real analog emulation either (get a Clavia for that).

If you're looking for weird stuff, a bit out-of-control, this synth is the one for you. Shimmering pads, dark ambient textures, noises... leads... bell-pads (a damn good ones too!) - it's all that. Your imagination and time is the limit. Can't really say more. I've had mine for 9 months now and it has been a true source of pure inspiration for all this time. Take care...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-05-2000 at 21:02
r . d o m a i n a professional user from Australia writes:
To all the people who read through all the other reviews of the Fizmo on this site and was put off; don't be because the Fizmo is a unique and powerful synth. Too original for all those lame ass homies and doofheads. Can't do 'phat' bass sounds?!! Yeah right. Learn to program instead of flicking through presets. That what this synth is designed for. I've had no problems with mine so far and I've started gigging with it. A more reliable OS update would be nice though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-14-2000 at 20:17
kasey jonez a part-time user from usa writes:
Here's the BOTTOM LINE: I just got a Yamaha FS1R, and having owned a Fizmo, I feel I can say this.. The FS1R is the *synth that the Fizmo wanted to be*. The FS1R encompasses EVERYTHING the Fizmo does, and much, much, more. It also sounds many times better. Please listen to both before buying either. Why end up with Tito when you can get Michael for the same price? I must say digital synthesis is getting really cool..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-14-2000 at 18:15
Brutal Enigma a part-time user from Texas writes:
If you have a FIZMO or if you plan to get one; I strongly suggest you go to Radio Shack and buy the 9V AC power supply they sell to work with Nintendo video game units. My FIZMO's power supply went dead and it fried the some of the guts in the process. I know of at least three other people who have had the exact same problem. Throw the power pack that comes with your FIZMO in the trash before it sets you up for lengthy and potentially costly (if you're not under warranty like I am) repairs.

Other than this and a few other quality control issues, I think the FIZMO is a beautiful and powerful instrument with alot of potential. If it could have the same architecture and sound editing and all the other guts and brains in a superior and reliable design, I would give it a 5. I'm forced to give it a 3 because of reliability issues - but the pure sonic possibilities are a definite 5 (even though it is weird and probably would never cut it as your only synth).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-08-2000 at 03:44
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