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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mark Murphy a professional user from USA writes:
ZR-76 is the one of the best creative tools on the market. I've owned all the top tools and this one rocks.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-10-2001 at 12:23
3DG a part-time user from USA writes:
For real composing, as well as for performance, especially if you need an instrument that can be effective in a wide range of musical genres, I can not find enough superlatives to describe this machine! The only other board I would consider replacing it with, if I had to or desired to replace it right now, is a Kurz. But for now, I have found nothing that this board can not do for me to justify the expense of a Kurz. It is a great machine: sound-wise, construction-wise, and in terms of ease of use. Very Versatile, very powerful, expressive, and so inexpensive for all that it gives you. Solid as oak. If the music is in you, then this is an incomparable instrument (like the Kurz), IMHO, for getting it out. But if you're hoping to find the music ust sitting there waiting for you inside a box, then I suppose the latest and greatest gizmos currently flooding the market is where you want to put your money. It is regrettable that the company no longer exists, and it seems that Emu has no plans to continue supporting and developing this very fine musical machine (fooey on business economics). No matter, though. There is still much to explore with this keyboard in its current state of development, and will be for years to come. And I would still recommend any musician/composer looking for a versatile, lush sounding keyboard/synth/workstation to give it very serious consideration.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-09-2001 at 22:49
Mo_phatt a professional user from USA writes:
I am an owner of the Korg Triton and Zr-76. I have compared the "stock" sounds of both of these keyboards out of the same conclusion, the Zr totally kicks the crap out of the triton sounds. Yes, you can always edit them....but I rather take a good sound and make it great than taking an average sound and making it good. I'm not doggin my triton, that's a great keyboard itself. But seriously....but if i were held gun-point to give up the one of these, it be the triton.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-14-2001 at 05:46
Ricardo Pimentel a part-time user from Portugal writes:
My impressions:

Keyboard: 5 stars! Great wheighted action, low noise, just feels right and expensive. The black keys are maybe a little too sharp-edged for my personal taste, but should appeal to others.

Hardware: 4 stars. Sturdy case. Heavy, built to last, EXCEPT! ... watch out for the push buttons, specially those 8 buttons on the drum machine variation section. They just don't feel like they're going to last long. They may, only if you handle them with some caution. The dial buttons under the screen are OK, but have some imprecisions.The screen does the job well, but, considering the size of the digits, the screen iss large but oddly not too much informative.The pedal is wonderfuly solid and trusty.

Sounds: Too bad it doesn't come with the editing tools of the MR series built-in ... you have to get a computer and a soft editor. The on-board sounds are worth 4 1/2 stars. Good quality overall, some imaginative and powerfull, some weakenesses on the guitar/brass sections. The "Perfect Piano" expansion (built-in) is AWSOME. The best piano sounds I've heared in an electronic device yet! Deserves full 5 stars!! The "WORLD" expansion is very very good, specially with ethnic vocal lines. 5 Stars!! "Urban Dance", another great tool. Great sounds, cover some of the weakenesses of the on-board soundset. 5 Stars!I got mine with the rare 4 MB Flash RAM card, wich is extremely useful to store extra sounds, sequences, drum lines, etc. Get one if you can. I also purchased Syntaur's disk with about 150 new sounds for the ZR. It's really worth the money. Great basses, 303, Moog, and the sort. Some good analog emulations too. 5 stars!

Software: 3 1/2 stars. The weakest point of this synth. First, because the editing must be made from an external computer. Second, it has an annoying thing in the drum machine department: If a rythm is kicking and you change to another rythm manually ... the machine stops! Whatintheworld ...?!? This was supposed to be a drum machine or what? Sometimes when dramatic data changes must be made at one time, the machine clutters momentarly ... this could be dangerous in the middle of a live gig when you are doing most of the sequencing from the ZR ... carefully explore this machine's engine capacities before you venture with it in heavy sequencing live. The sequencer is fairly powerfull, though. Wish it had 24 tracks instead of 16. Third-party support is very little, too.So, don't expect to find a lot of sounds out there.The "idea pad" is the key-selling point of this machine. In the background, it captures EVERYTHING you play, and plays it back at your request, so you don't lose a creative idea you've just had. For this feature alone, I'll give it another 5 stars.

Overall impression: Go get one. Sounds are excellent, real good workhouse. But expand it to the max. It may not be cheap, but it's such a great composing tool (and a great synth, if you like to edit from a computer...)that I'm sure it will stay as the centerpiece of your songwriting work for years to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2001 at 20:18
Steve Chavez a professional user from USA writes:
I've been pretty loyal to Ensoniq since I bought my first keyboard, the VFX. As a performance keyboard that one rocked, but as time took its toll, I wasn't able to find replacement parts for it any longer. I miss it.

However, this allowed me to purchase the ZR-76. As a performance keyboard it's not as good, but as a workstation for creation, it's one of the best in its price category. It's a little weak in the brass department, but I understand that's fixable by purchasing hardware/software. The bottom line is this, it's not perfect, but then what is? It's affordable and you definitely get your money's worth if you have the talents, creativity and dedication.

I've created pieces that I only dreamed of before. The phat technology utilized by this instrument gives a richness and depth yearned for by many musicians and recording artists.

I highly recommend it and look forward to pairing it with other instruments and instrumentalists in the future.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-28-2001 at 23:18
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