Ensoniq ZR-76

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The ZR-76 is a 76-key, weighted action, stage and studio keyboard / workstation. The ZR-76 offers 64 voice polyphony and over 1200 digital ROM sounds, including the "Perfect Piano" by W. Coakley. There are also three expansion slots, an easy-to-use sequencer, interactive drum machine and a 24-bit effects processor. One of the best features is the sound finder: all you have to do is type the first few letters of the patch you want and the synth finds them for you, or you can browse through the sounds by categories. A big help when there are over 1200 sounds on-board.

While its sounds are very good, for ROM samples, it's the 16MB "Perfect Piano" expansion card that really stands out, providing one of the most realistic sounding pianos on the market, plus it gives you a couple of realistic electric pianos as well. This synth also has a ton of amazing retro-synth samples and some awesome guitar sounds. The available expansion cards (Urban Dance and World Beat, for example) are excellent as well. And the ZR even comes with a program that lets you edit and create your own sounds too.

The ZR-76 also features an idea/sketch pad performance recorder in which it remembers everything you have played, and it can play back what you just did or send it to your sequencer for editing or to add to an existing sequence. In addition, the exclusive Ensoniq Delta Quantize feature will adjust your performance to match your sequence tempo (in case your playing wasn't already perfect).

Yes, this is the synth featured in the HALO sound library, and it makes a worthy addition to any song writer's synth collection. It has been used by Baby Face and other rock, pop and R&B artists.

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17 Visitor comments
Digi Fan
May 6, 2011 @ 7:21 pm
I own, the Emu ZR-76 rom card, is installed in a Proteus 2000 board. Incredable selection of sounds to work with and has an overall unique warm character about the samples in relation to the Proteus architecture compared with the other pop style roms that good ol EMU released around the same time. Really have allot of fun with the ZR expansion ROM and ofcourse the included Coakely "perfect piano" samples are beuty.
DC 10
August 31, 2010 @ 1:00 am
This is an excellent keyboard - has some fantastic rhodes type of sounds, some really great acoustic sounds, the Piano is okay - The drum machine is both: a bit cheesy, yet at times can be very good, The software is a bit buggy, once you found out the method of sound finder then it makes a little bit better sense and lastly, the encoder knobs are horrible to say the least - I have the WORLD expansion board - which is a must have - All in All - its the type of keyboard that if you sold - you would buy it again - has a bunch of sounds - you can score a movie or TV show with this easy if you know how to use it.
May 25, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
This keyboard had by far some of the best feeling keys i've ever used. THe pianos and e-pianos...amazing. the pads and strings...rich and warm. Organs very excellent. I just wish I hadn't sold mine. Heck, I would buy it again, but I already have two ensoniqs, the KS32 and the HALO.
January 20, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
The 16 meg piano competes well with the pianos in the shootout at PurgatoryCreek.com.
The Idea Pad is an excellent feature for composers. Its like having the sequencer running in record mode constantly.
I agree with the previous poster about the knobs. They take some getting used to. The Ensoniq ASR-X Pro's knobs are similar.
They are a good value in the used market.
July 4, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
I am a newbie but I agree with Josh on the MR61 and MR76. I owned a MR76 for 9 years until I gave it to my granddaughter for Christmas 08. I loved that keyboard and had not 1 problem in all those years. The "Idea Pad" should be available on every keyboard made in the future as I see it as a must have for people like me. A songwriter but not a Keyboard player and a Synth noob. I replaced my MR76 with 2 ZR76's, one for me and one for my wife to be left downstairs so she won't be using mine and yes the addition of Perfect Piano did 'Sweeten The Pot" on an already Perfect instrument. Regards ,,deda,,
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demos of various patches. From Future Music CD issue 75.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 16MB wave ROM, plus 16MB "ZR/Perfect Piano" Sound Set ROM. Over 1200 sounds, including The Perfect Piano by W. Coakley, plus 3 expansion slots.
  • LFO - Yes, with sine, triangle, square waveforms
  • Filter - 2 24dB filters
  • Effects - 6 FX units; 40 different FX
  • Keyboard - 76 keys; weighted action with programmable velocity
  • Memory - 778 patches (+751 drum elements)
  • Arpeg/Seq - 16 track sequencer; 24 songs; exclusive Delta Quantize feature
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT (16-part multitimbral)
  • Date Produced - 1998

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