Ensoniq Fizmo

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The Fizmo is a 48-voice synthesizer which uses 2nd-generation Transwave technology to create very organic sounds unlike any other synth available. Every programming function has its own dedicated knob or button, and there is a limited but useful 4-character LCD display. The Fizmo features an Arpeggiator and 24-bit VLSI effects with 41 algorithms, including a Vocoder and the ability to process incoming audio through the Vocoder and effects.

Transwave synthesis uses wavetables of sound data with layered variations in harmonic structures such that their timbres progress naturally from one end to the other. This allows for sounds to modulate over time, or by velocity, wheel, pressure, or any number of other options.

There are 2 oscillators available for each of the 4 presets allowing for 8 unique oscillators at the same time, not to mention individual LFO and Noise generators for each Osc. Another wonderful feature is the ability to stack up to four individual presets together into one sound and map them across the keyboard. This synth is very capable of some very complex sounds.

The built-in Arpeggiator has 118 presets which can be easily edited to your liking, and 26 real-time control/editing knobs make mutating your sound a pleasure. All controls may be recorded in real-time to an external sequencer.

Ensoniq Fizmo Rack

The Fizmo Rack is 5U rack-mount version of the Fizmo with more patches. The Fizmo will appeal to anyone who creates electronic music, particularly those into techno, trance, ambient or industrial. Sound designers and film composers would also enjoy this synth. The evolving motion and rhythmic patterns of its sounds created by the Transwave technology set this synth apart from the others. The Fizmo has been used by Eat Static.

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38 Visitor comments
John Difool
April 17, 2010 @ 7:22 am
The Soniq willl fix your broken Fizmo...just go here: http://www.thesoniq.com/
February 3, 2010 @ 1:27 am
I am a huge fan of Ensoniqs, and have owned at least one since I bought my first keyboard - an EPS, when they were new. I now own an ASR-10, an ASR-X Pro, and a FIZMO. The FIZMO is my "go-to" synth when I need a sound with "motion" - well, the FIZMO and my Access Virus KC. I must say though that the FIZMO is much easier to program than my Virus. I feel privileged to own it. My ASR-10 is a wonderful workstation. The ASR-X was - and is - a disappointment (though once I got rid of one and simply had to get another; the 6-minute stereo sampling was almost indispensable at that point, plus the fact that I recorded so many sequences on it). The FIZMO constantly rewards experimentation with stunning soundscapes. It is almost in a category of its' own. -And with only some 550 of them extant, a prize in almost anyone's book.
October 16, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
Its funny seeing Joie Hinton comment below - the reason I fell in love with this beast was watching the Ozrics a few times and Eat Static once, and it seemed that every time he touched the Fizmo it kinda went supernova. Impossible to get hold of one of these though, which is a shame...am still hoping it will become uncool and people will dump theirs on ebay for not many notes...
August 2, 2009 @ 6:26 am
this thing is bonkers - one came my way so i took it on...

about 500 key versions were made, and 50 rack units!

I can see the appeal of the rack as this synth basically plays itself so no need for a keyboard :) Someone on the yahoo fizmo group has butchered a keyboard to make a rack version
May 26, 2009 @ 3:11 am
i got fizmo rack and this is incredible machine really. ideal for cosmic ambient sort of things, but can suit other genres as well.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 48 voices
  • Oscillators - 4 MB of 16-bit internal wave ROM, featuring Transwaves (created through digital synthesis and resynthesis technologies); 2 osc for each of 4 presets - total of 8 simultaneous - 58 waveforms
  • LFO - 8 LFO's (7 waveform choices, can sync to Arpeggiator or external MIDI clock)
  • Filter - Resonant LP & BP 4 pole filters. Non-Resonant 2LP+2HP, 3LP+1HP, 2LP+2LP, 3LP+1HP filters.
  • Effects - 41 digital VLSI 24-bit effects (8 Global Reverbs, Chorus, Flanger, DDL, Distortion, Tunable Speaker, Chatter Box, Vocal Morph, Auto-Wah, Vocoder); Processes incoming audio
  • Keyboard - 61 semi-weighted keys (velocity and channel pressure sensitive, 4 programmable key ranges, 4 possible zones)
  • Memory - 128 ROM sounds, Up to 128 RAM, 64 Presets
  • Control - MIDI (up to 4 polyphonic channels)
  • Date Produced - 1998

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