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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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javier a hobbyist user from Argentina writes:
Hace 4 años que lo tengo y me parece que es muy intuitivo y facil de usar principalmente por su display con su OS bastante rapido para la época.

posted Saturday-Aug-19-2000 at 00:47
Jon a part-timer user from UK writes:
Don't forget about the synth section! You can have a lot of fun without even sampling anything - if you're looking for filthy gong/bell sounds, just set up two sounds on the Sine Synthesis (basically, just make sure that no partial is louder than the one before it, and leave out every 2 in 3 for example), and then make a bank to layer the two and you're away. You can also just about get a semi-convincing analogue squelch out of it - I really dig those filters, they're unique. Expect anything you sample into it to come out sounding different to what you put in, but that's part of the charm of the beast. It's just got bags of character, and will make all manner of sounds that you didn't think could actually be made. It's a real shame about the menu-driven operating system, but even this isn't to bad once you know where everything is. Here's hoping they do do a 303 price explosion (even though I still probably wouldn't sell it...)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-28-1998 at 05:52
RPG a professional user from USA writes:
well, if anyone reads this, I just want to say that the FZ1 is a VERY useful machine to have around the studio. I picked mine up for $325 (w/extended mem.) and have never looked back. Yes you can't monitor the input via the unit, but I use the tape inputs on my mixer for the source (sending the signal to the main mixer outputs PLUS the "tape outputs" which I feed to the FZ. That way you can hear both the source and the sampled FZ sound. Having the display is simply the BEST way to loop. You can actually zoom in to any portion of the waveform finding exactly the points you wish to loop. Pressing "enter" switches the display from the start to the end points of the loop making good loops pretty easy. PLUS you can set 8 loops points. It even has a built in synth engine, whereby you can play with 64 partials. Not modyfied over time, but fun to play with anyway. It has preset waveforms like the old analogue synths, or you can even draw your own. Although the individ. outputs are monophonic, you can get decent stereo effects by assinging the same voice to 2 different MIDI channels and pan them as desired. This works well with effects, and with a bit of detuning, would work well with pads etc. (yes the output is monophonic, so sample the whole chord if poss.) The DCA and DCF envelopes are good - both of which can be displayed and edited visually. The filters do resonate, and there's quite a lot of modulation possibilities. You gotta get one. Pay up to $500 and you'll have yourself a powerful machine that will always prove to be useful. anyway, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Chad Renard a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've used this sampler for approximately three years, and have come to adore its

many quirky advantages. It's sampling capabilities are often overlooked in

comparison to the many newer &quot;high-tech&quot; samplers, which is a crime. For a low

price (I paid about 450 dollars for it, and it was expanded!) you can have a

sampler which defies many expectations of an older model. There are many tricks

one can accomplish, using it's simple envelopes and filters. If you use it

enough, and really get to know it, there are many ways to &quot;cheat&quot; it's

so called disadvantages. (disadvantages my foot) The synthesis engine, however,

is rather weak. But the sound reproduction is amazing for such an old board.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Leo a part time user from Sweden writes:
What do I gotta say?...

ITS A CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!

The pioneer in Sample/Keyboards, It has become a status symbol for every b-boy rack...

I forecast a renaisance in its field of use, just like analogue units or early digital sets...

GET ONE!!!!....

,,,and you'll probably make a fortune out of it in 2010...

*Not knowing wether im bullshitting or not*....

naw, serious, its warmth in tone is matchless, and the way it distorts is truly an advantage...

who knows, In a few years maybe they panic and start building FZ1-filters to nuance your prods...

be ahead of your time, bop!

peace...

/Leo

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
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