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
April 12, 2012 @ 12:37 am
The need for a computer is not "a huge drawback." Who does not own a computer these days? Who, in wanting the weird and wonderful sounds the FIZMO, would not also have a computer centric studio? Some old Luddite with a stable of analogs with nary a MIDI in sight might well protest, but that's a different philosphy. Compare the Micro Q to the Microwave XT or to the Q itself. Is the uQ hugely disadvantaged because it has only seven knobs? Will the XT allow a naive fool to create beautiful sounds instantly merely because it has dozens of controls? Just about every modern synth needs a computer.
April 10, 2012 @ 3:32 am
This synthesiser is extremely well made and heavy also. It is easy to program from the front panel if you have experience. I like that I have to think ahead of what I am doing to get predictable results but sometime I discover new and useful space and atmospherically interesting sounds quite randomly. This not a rompler or preset workstation. I would say the problem with these are that you can spend a lot of time exploring it's ability and for many Electronic Artists that is not always an option. Some people use 12 tubes of paint while others have a huge palette of colors- purple is GOOD!
January 22, 2012 @ 11:08 am
Forget the haters, this is an excellent synth that only needs two things to shine: A new power regulator (the standard one is flawed) and a user who is wise enough to judge it (or any synth for that matter) based on its sonic capabilities, not the presets or some OS shenanigans. Contrary to one of the many misconceptions about the Fiz, it's possible to create unique sounds for almost any type of production, even though it feels most at home among electronic styles. This is a piece of gear every synth enthusiast worth his salt should try at least once.
November 7, 2011 @ 12:57 pm
this synth is capable of things that no other synth can do! I've created this facebook group for user's of the fiz to use as a resource - http://www.facebook.com/groups/Fizmo/ - however please place the fizmo yahoo group ahead of the facebook group! so many helpful people out there
Mob Boog
September 7, 2011 @ 6:05 am
Yeah Ensoniq's transwave synthesis is cool but this synth was slimmed down to reduce production cost unlike previous ensoniq's models.
The led display and the need of a computer in order to edit In-Depth parameters is huge drawback. Not to mention the voltage regulator timebomb...
It is an interesting synth but it gets too overhyped nowdays.
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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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