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
Joei Hinton
June 28, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
So you are convinced it's a one trick pony, but you never even tried it? You kids should just get a microkorg or something, it is more suitable for you. The Fizmo is a dreammachine if you know how to use it.
June 16, 2012 @ 11:39 am
Lol @ John. I love ensoniq stuff. I've watched demo after demo of this synth hoping to want it. But, I'm convinced it is a one trick pony. I only hear it doing weird pads.
June 12, 2012 @ 9:49 am
Joseph below me is exactly correct. It took me quite a while to program only a few sounds... but those who are able to use a synthesizer, and those who are patient enough to "decrypt" the confusing behavior of this synth will be truly rewarded with fantastic sounds.
May 11, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
This is one of the most unique synthesizers I have had the pleasure of playing. The sounds and parameters are incredible, not to mention that the LFO's, effects, and onboard arpeggiators are savory. People that don't like the Fizmo don't know how to use synthesizers. It is a complex creative tool and instrument. With the right knowledge and understanding, it's user can accomplish incredible things.
May 10, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
Had this thing & hated it, absolutely hated it. I have no clue why they are so sought after now. It did sound original, but it wasn't very well rounded in it's capabilities. It always seemed like every patch you made more or less sounded like the last patch you made. Editing was a nightmare as well BTW, had to keep the manual in my lap every time and edit slow and painfully. Only owned one because it was 100 bucks, and at the time i was broke in my early 20's and this was all i had for a short period. Would only buy it again if it was next to free, and would only buy it to resell it.
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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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