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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REENO
July 15, 2014 @ 9:09 am
I got a fizmo keyboard about 2 months ago, with the replace voltage regulator and the required nintendo wall wart....
I think the reason people were initially confused about this synth is due to the fact they were hearing 3 or 4 layers at a time when they auditioned presets!

The trick with the fizmo is to enable only ONE LAYER when editing/programming. This is the only way you can actually hear what parameter changes are actually doing.

If you program it this way, it will suddenly become much clearer as to what is happening with the waves and how they can be modulated.
Dariusz
July 13, 2013 @ 12:10 pm
The Fizmo is for real programmers! Designed for deep space, REAL TRANCE.
Forget about the haters for they know nothing.
relic
June 22, 2013 @ 9:43 am
nothing sounds like this synth. I thought the dsi evolver was cool..this one may just top it! mine ended up having the voltage regulator factory fix, so I lucked out! but if you do have the old faulty one, it's not that hard to get to and fix. just open the rear plate and there it is! follow the steps on google, fizmo fix.
psiklon
May 19, 2013 @ 3:04 pm
I totally enjoy the sounds this makes. I think it makes me a stranger musician!
gridsleep
March 31, 2013 @ 5:49 am
If the FIZMO had been given the same PolyTouch keyboard as its antecedents, it would have been the perfect synthesizer.
 
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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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