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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Scott J.M. Wright a part-time user from USA writes:
Actually, I'd like to complain. I have a ZR-76, and it's been in the shop more than I've had it at home, so for reliability, it really sucks. I have no doubt that it is a great machine, if it wouldn't BREAK all the time!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2001 at 07:52
HERVE B. from Canada writes:
Indeed this is a great workstation of battlestation whatever you want to call it. I really love the action of this keyboard as well as the idea pad and the drum machine. The sequencer is good too but you'll need the manual when you start to dig deep into it. FX are very good as well. But it is difficult for me to understand people bashing Kurzweil or even Roland. I'm not a big fan of the XP80 but it can be a fine station as well when used at it's full potential. Same with Kurzweil. Even the outdated K2000 is a fine keyboard and can be very powerful. The only drawback with Kurzweil is the price . Same with Emu Esynth keyboard. They really get you with the options. So , yes in term of bang for the buck, nothing compare to the ZR76. I have one as well, almost a year old, with the great world expansion board which is a must. I use it extensively but I am not overly crazy with all the patches. Again this is really personnal. I don't think the organs are that hot compare to, let say a Korg N1. Anyway I am not going to go through the patches, most of them are great, it's 50/50 . I'll give it a 4.5 if I could .My only concern has to do with the 2 knobs under the diplay. Will they last ? A wee bit touchy for my taste. I spent and still spend lots of time with this synth . I do not use it to it's full potential but it definitely opened up new horizon .

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-29-2000 at 17:25
Chris Allridge a professional user from United States of America writes:
Is the Ensoniq ZR76 a workstation. The answer is NO! THIS THING IS A %@#$ BATTLESTATION! This keyboard is sure to make you push the envelope of you creative skills to create the best music that you could ever write. If you sit down with one of these keyboards for an hour you are going to want to take it home. I am the proud owner of a ZR with the World Card, Piano Card, and the Urban Dance Card. This keyboard will kick some serious a$$!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-21-2000 at 15:27
ChemVein from USA writes:
The ZR-76 has more bang for the buck than the Kurzweil, I'll give you that.

Sound quality is an individual thing. Some people really like synths that I can't stand...

Features? HOW DARE YOU SAY THE ZR-76 HAVE MORE FEATURES THAN A KURZWEIL? To compare any workstation to a Kurzweil is to compare any VA to the Q. The Q is undoubtably the most feature packed VA on the market, though it has a distinctive sound that not everyone loves.

Anyway... I'd just like to say that the Kurzweil and the Ensoniq are both good workstations... but if you're in the market for something with ultimate synthesis power, the Kurzweil is where you should put your money. If you're looking for a ROMpler full of good presets with a sequencer attached, go with the ZR-76.

posted Tuesday-Nov-21-2000 at 21:00
Dan McCollum a part-time user from Waynesburg, PA USA writes:
Looked for a new keyboard for 2 years until I found the ZR-76. The most for the buck hands down. Kurzwiel cannot touch the ZR-76 for sound quality, ease of use, and features. I use the ZR for recording, live performance, sequencing, arranging, and writing. If I never own another keyboard, I think I would die happy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-21-2000 at 15:28
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