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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Kris a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Ok I've heard all the bad and found myself one used for $350 shipped anyways and it's definitely worth that (in a world where Casio CZ1s go for $250). For the kind of music I do its a great synth. Interesting sounds. Good arp. Construction seems a little flimsy but I don't travel with my gear much. Keyboard feels nice. A welcome addition to my gear. It definitely wasn't marketted properly. Piano sounds - nope. Wierd morphing pads, cool arps, leads - YEP! Hey, no knobs fell off! Maybe I got the one good one out there?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-10-1999 at 15:40
Tony Tedeschi a part-timer user from Pasadena,US writes:
I work for Sam Ash and we have discontinued selling the Fizmo due to the ratio of returns. I have never seen a synth with so many customer returns other than when we sold the Chroma. It simply doesn't meet the needs of electronic synth players nor contemporary players. With the crashes, bugs, design flaws, power supply failures, weak engine, low quality chips, and lack of support we see that this may make synth companies wake up and give the consumer quality products and not simple rehashes of general midi and old technology. Our service center has refused to repair anymore Fiz's and has asked Ensoniq for help in terms of honoring the warranty. If any of you open up the Fiz and take a look as someone else has suggested you may think twice about buying this. It has future problems wriiten all inside.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-04-1999 at 15:18
Enroh a professional user from USA writes:
What is curious about the Fizmo is this - every sound is almost exactly the same. Both in timbre and impression.

Sure, one might have a fast LFO modulating the resonance, and another have a slow envelope over the PWM, but when it comes down to it, it all sounds like the little bleeps and bleeps that Vince Clark does for Erasure. I like Erasure a lot, but there are a MILLION different ways to make those cute digital blips.

Take a Roland JV1010 (which is really a great deal) or even a Korg N5ex (which I despise) and you can easily program the kind of fundamental blip sound that is present in the Fizmo. Perhaps you might not have all the performance options with your little blip sounds, but you would have many other sounds and have a hell of a lot better board.

Blip sounds are fun. They are not $499 worth of fun, however, and I can think of so many different ways to spend that. Hell, if you are so into the vocoder, spend the extra 100 bucks and get the rather exceptional Micro Modular from Clavia, and you would have something that can do blips, but also great strings, basses, effects, and more things than Vince Clark could ever imagine.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-01-1999 at 11:44
Malfunkt a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
One of the reasons I didn't buy into this synth is that I can already make transwaves. In Ensoniq's older/classic gear transwaves could be made and used. For instance an ASR-10 can create great transwaves. I haven't heard so many negative things about a synth before. I find it hard to believe.. I guess I'll have to wait until someone sells one for real cheap.

It sounds as if the people that enjoy there Fizmo also enjoy programming it... perhaps there is a connection? Some people expect the same simple, instant gratification out of synths as they would pressing play on a CD player to listen to their "latest" trance, progressive, format-style dance music. Also you have to be a complete idiot to complain about a synth that you didn't research and dive into before you bought it. You guys are all probably driving lemons too! :p Hehe.

If you want a synth that supplies ample amounts of gratifying sounds, can emulate real world formants, do FM synthesis, and offer 88 algorithms to make an endless amount of undiscovered sounds, look into Yamaha's wicked, yet neglected, Fs1R ;)

posted Thursday-Oct-21-1999 at 04:34
a part-timer user from Los Angeles, CA writes:
I've had my fiz for a while now, and though I've had not a single technical problem with it, I can understand the frustration. At first, I loved this thing, then after jumping in to programming it I started to notice problems. The main thing is that no matter how hard I tried, all my sounds ended up being very thin, everything sounded the same. I started to believe the negative criticism. But, unlike others who returned theirs, gave it away, or trashed it, I stuck with it. I'm glad I did (as the place I bought it from would easily give me full credit in trade for a new synth).

Programming this synth, like any other, is a bitch. You just have to stick with it. After what seemed like weeks, I decided to program a sound that could compare to a nice, fat, dirty analogue jungle bass line (think Lemon D or Ed Rush). If I couldn't get this damn synth to do at least that, then fuck it, I'd trade it for a Roland or a Quasimidi. Well I ended up with a bass sound that was not only fat and dirty, but incredibly dynamic and organic. I kept at it, refining it and realized that the limts weren't so mucy the synth but my skills as a programmer. Now don't get me wrong, I can't get this thing to sound like the previously mentioned producers, but I could get it fat, dirty, deep, and unique. A sound like no other.

As it's been said countless times before, if you want a tweakable, familiar synth, get something else. If you want to explore a different sonic terrain with realtime controls, this fiz is a good place to start.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-20-1999 at 18:42
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