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
October 26, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
I have the MR76. I added the Perfect Piano card which makes mine the same as ZR76 except for the ZR's 12 programmable Favorite buttons. I know this because my bandmate has a ZR and I've played both for years. Same buttons, same voices, same everything. I recall years ago reading about some cheaper quality key assemblies in the MR, IIRC by Fatar. Mine needed repair, found a local guy to fix it.
June 21, 2013 @ 2:08 am
thesoniq in San Jose CA is the only Ensoniq repair shop still authorized by Creative owners of E-Mu and Ensoniq. Write them at thesoniq@prodigy.net. You could call local music shops, or small venues where local musicians perform to find out who repairs equipment in your area.
Carol Unruh
April 17, 2013 @ 9:31 am
I have one of these that I have had for more than 10 years. I have loved it!! Nothing else I've seen compares to the capabilities of this one. Too bad they stopped making them and improving them! Mine needs some repairs. How do I find someone who could work on it? I live in the Fort Worth area.
Danielle Graham
March 15, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
I have one I purchased brand new -- an it is practically brand new. It's heavy, the perfect piano and weighted keyboard are awesome. I have the original box and a heavy-duty stand. It has been stored in a moisture/temperature-controlled environment all these years -- and is still in brand new condition.

The sounds on this thing are stunning.

Any interest?


WA State - close to Olympia
January 12, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
I just played this yesterday @ Sam Ash, it was on display (used for sale) & I gotta say the sounds sound good! The sequencer is super simple, it has a loop button. The Sales Associate was a good keyboard player...he started a sequence & I added to it. I couldn't find the drum kits section (mind you I was only on it for about 3 mins + I don't know this board)....But I must say it would be cool to have. The weighted keys feels better than current 88 key KB's to me! I was there to test out a used Korg m3 tho :)
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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