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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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DC 10 a part-time user from USA writes:
Well Folks - I was going sell this on ebay - but couldn't bring myself to do it! - Why, because the sounds are just freakin incredible!

- I currently own Triton, Trinity Rack and EX5R, a Alesis Fusion, JV-880's, Roland EX90 and Wavestation SR module - The ZR competes with these units, but it does so in its own way.

This board is made for producing a movie score, Honest! - That's how good the sounds are sampled - some sounds are a little dated and so so, but when it comes to WoodWinds, Strings, and drum sounds, Natural rain forest loops they are just super clean and Fantastic!

How does it compare to today's boards - It easeily holds its own - The O/S is a bit quirky, but - that's an ensoniq for ya - The Idea pad is fantastic - I will never sell mine ever- just can't do it- This is one of those boards - if you get one and sell it - you'll reget it - and go buy another.

The perfect Piano honestly is a little dated - and the KORG Triton blows it away, same with Fusion and Motiff - The WORLD EXP board is a must have - but so hard to find - The sounds of the ZR are classy sounding like a Korg, but sounds different - I will keep mine forever - just can't sell it...

About the movie score thing - As far as acuoustic instruments - Nothing still comes close to this - even today - In my acoustic sets I use this for recording over all my other gear - It's that good folks - I have played every keyboard out there and this one just holds it's own, Is it better then the aforemention gear,YES and NO! Today's gear is better in some areas and this one beats them in others - It's just different

- Honestly folks, if you can find one, buy it - But buy it only if your the type of keyboardist or artist that appreciates the quality of sounds this thing can make!

- The sounds are most likely probably super high resolution ASR-10 samples that go through a great synth engine! Whew - Hope this helps-

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-31-2008 at 17:23
Mitch a part-time user from USA writes:
The ZR-76 is one of the HEAVIEST keyboards and also contains THE best grand piano and Rhodes patches I have ever heard. Excellent for staright ahead jazz as well as fusion. An I used to own a Rhodes way back when. The one poor sound patches are the organs but I use Native Instruments B4 so that isn't a big deal The Ensoniq method of sequencing is in my opinion, one of the most logical and efficient way to set up songs. By creating 8 or 12 bar sequences and then stringing them together with an intro and outro, you just can't argue with simplicity. Of course, as I stated, the only drawback is the weight and though I was a weightlifter in my younger days, now that I turned 50, it is sadly getting too heavy for me to lug around. Shame but such is life.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-06-2008 at 23:40
Rufus J a professional user from NW Florida writes:
I bought the Ensoniq ZR76 on close-out from MF, when the company (Ensoniq) was going out of biz, I had a Roland, but the price for a 76 key was just too good. Now, after five years I have grown to love every aspect of this keyboard, except the weight, everybody in my band who has picked it up can't believe how heavy it is...which is the only factor for me even looking for another keyboard, but what am I gonna get at 20 lbs??

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-11-2007 at 07:38
david a professional user from usa writes:
I'm a drummer, but I've played piano most of my life(mostly old acoustic uprights). I'll have to say that the ZR76 has the best feel of any electric keyboard I've ever played. The sounds are killer too. If you layer the Tack piano sound with the right bass....you get this humongous sound with big grand piano bass notes mixed with authentic honky tonk sounds on the upper 3/4. Run it through a PA with a crossover and subwoofer and it will seriously shake the floor and rattle your teeth(cleanly). You don't EVEN have to deal with the small, tinkie, tin-can, Casio sound and feel that you get with Korg or Roland pianos. Some of the synth sounds are a little small, but if you are predominantly a piano player and don't like the ZR76, you probably don't like the real piano feel and sound anyway, and should stick with the easier to play and more 'middle of the road' sounding keyboards that I mentioned above. If you need drum sounds, hire a real drummer please.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-31-2007 at 08:03
Jim Wilder a hobbyist user from USA-South Carolina writes:
I have a love/hate relationship with this synth.

this one is not very good for changing sounds quickly and thus is not a good performance synth UNLESS you are going to control it with another. It is also kinda qwerky in how you save presets. I like the Roland A90 as a performance controller.

That said, it has a bucnha awesum sounds and is likely a great song writing station. You can customize the sounds. Note that some of the sound qualities will be a funtion of your amp/speaker system and the room in which you are playing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-01-2006 at 22:33
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