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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Werner from Netherlands writes:
I love analog synth and also some good digital machines. Fizmo is one of the keyboards that is a real synthesiser with heart. With so few available I am sure that their rarity is a factor. If you really know how to program a wave scanning device these are very cool for interesting textures. If you like evolving sounds that most musicians buy in a rompler you will absolutely enjoy the Fizmo. There is much more than using a filter when it comes to playing this synth, it is true sound design. I use one for special parts of the music, it is a very special sound color in a sonic mix. Between 500 and 2000 were made and maybe less than 1000 are in existence, using one will pretty much guarantee that your sounds are not copied easily!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2012 at 12:39
werner from Nl writes:
I have owned my FIZMO for many years, no problems at all structurally or sonically. The build is amazing, made of real metal and very little plastic. The patch memory is not very large but it is big enough for a few dozen very interesting sounds. It is pretty heavy also. You can program from the control panel if your experienced in synthesis or use an external software. The vocoder is not awesome but the FX are pretty good. This was one of the last of the great synthesisers made in the USA. (Not a rompler at all) It is very nice for space sounds and unusual sonic effects and atmosphere, the presets are not really even close to being what the machine is about.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2012 at 04:17
totekahedron a hobbyist user from Birmingham, UK writes:
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Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-16-2011 at 14:27
gridsleep a hobbyist user writes:
There isn't anything else I can add by way of review. The acumen and approbrium heaped upon this machine is voluminous enough as it is.

I just can't believe that it only rates 3.6 out of 5.0. And, yet, I'm surprised there are 105 reviews at all. That's a lot of FIZMOs! Considering how many players don't contribute for every one that does. Way popular! Of course it's going to generate controversy. Only milk and cookie keyboards like Yamaha and Roland get universal approval. Nobody goes for those things expecting anything beyond spectacular mundanity. Plain vanilla gets plain vanilla, nobody's complaining.

But, when someone gets a FIZMO, and it shatters their sensibility, or doesn't, when they were expecting some kind of god box, well, the opinions will fly fast and furious. Does anyone expect enormous philosophical controversy and intellectual challenge from Star Wars? It's a Western with droids instead of Indian guides. But, show the average audience The Man Who Fell To Earth and they'll be arguing into the wee hours and there may be blood.

The FIZMO challenges everything, preconceptions, misconceptions, scales, timbers, tonality, sonic construction, meter, intent, and genre. It would only have been disappointing had it NOT generated fierce argument. That would have been a sad failure. I like it, I use it, I sweat over it and I want to punch it sometimes. But when it gives, it's like stepping out of the forest and seeing the Rift Valley with human eyes for the first time since life began. You stand on a precipice of your own making, and only your artful hand and eye can fill the gap. It is exciting. When was the last time anyone could say that about a musical instrument?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-04-2011 at 19:58
jay naked a professional user from US OF A !! writes:
All of you fizmo haters can put your fizmo's up for sale and I'll buy them if i can. This stupid looking machine is one of the greatest instruments ever made. What it does is make music. Not add to music, but MAKES music. And it takes a little time and finessing, but once you find a magic sweet spot, it comes alive and will play complete songs by themselves. to get it to do this, you have to use all 4 layers, and use the arpeggiator. With the fizmo, less is definitely more and that's the secret. I've had 2 of these and wish i kept the second, and will buy another if i can ever get one. I put the 2 together and it was unbelievable. Another secret trick is that it has a line in. run anything thru it and it's crazy! The drums are limited in the actual wave samples, but can be massaged and tweeked to sound like a thousand kits. the effects are simple and raw, but again, it's all about coaxing the magic out. It will create rhythms and melodies by itself. It's almost cheating. the only other synth i know that will " come alive" is the matrix 6 by oberheim. that one plays itself also, but in a different way. the last thing i will say about the fizmo is that it also makes super killer lead synth sounds, that are magic and cut through anything. It would be great to see someone make a new version of it with only more layers and more rom samples or even if you could make samples, then it would be even more sick than it is, and it is already the sickest! if you don't have one, sorry, there are so few left after the power supply's killed so many......

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-04-2009 at 23:59
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