Synth Site: Ensoniq: ZR-76: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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DexR a professional user from U.S.A writes:
I've owned a ZR-76 for just over 2 years now, and I have learned that this is a great song writing tool. In fact I've recently put out an album, which features this keyboard on most of the songs. The built-in drum machine is quite flexable and performed flawlessly on the album. In the mid section of the register, the piano patch sounds awesome but towards the higher end of the keyboard, you can tell that it's a synth(but still not bad). This board has other really cool sounds too, so check it out for yourself, if you can get your hands on one. You can hear a sample of me using the ZR-76, at (just type in DexR), the ZR-76 is great!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-15-2002 at 14:42
rob smith a hobbyist user from London, england. writes:
Just bought this two days ago. The keyboard has a lovely feel, the drum box is handy, but the sounds are very average (a few nice ones, but by & large they are below par for this day & age). The perfect piano is lovely *except* that at E3 (ie the 37th key up from bottom - counting white & black notes) the tonal characteristics & level changes significantly right on's far from perfect. I've sinced asked a couple of other ZR owners on message boards etc...they have now noticed the same thing i'm reporting here. I'm back onto the store this space!!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-26-2002 at 07:23
Tim Campbell a professional user from usa writes:
I just happened upon this site... I've owned ZR-76 for about 2 years... currently my favorite keyboard is the Roland FP-3 ... excellent touch and the piano & rhodes sounds are excellent. I read a few of the above reviews on the ZR. I really like the piano sound on the ZR. I have found the keyboard too heavy for live gigs. (I'm getting older and lazier) Also I do not like the particular ZR-76 does really weird things when you are playing it.. you barely touch the buttons on the face and things happen... recorder skips ahead... sounds cut out when using drum machine and split at same time. (almost like the memory chip can't handle it) I do consider it a great creative tool. I like the drum machine..but as with alot of synths...the rythms get old... not enough jazz/latin oriented rythms... I'm trying to find an easy way to obtain via web, different rythms already created and not have to edit the existing ones. IN conclusion... good keyboard and sequencer...but it has its problems.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-15-2002 at 11:30
Mike a professional user from U.S. writes:
I don't know why this board never blew up as the industry standard because it's got the best stereo piano and E.P. sounds I've heard. The only spot I thought needed improvement was some of the organ patches but what you get accustomed to it you learn how to tweak the sounds to get that leslie effect. The sequencer is so easy to use and makes it easy to put out high quality tracks without dealing with all the menus that other boards have.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-12-2002 at 14:31
Emsley a hobbyist user from Redlands, CA USA writes:
I've owned many workstation in my life, and this one is the best all around unit. With built in drum machine and idea pad that captures sporadic and inspired riffs - its awesome. Very user friendly with tremendous piano feel. The onboard sound patches are terrific by themselves. This is a great tool to have for your studio - not bad for road conditions as well. If you need a manual you can pick one up at Syntaur Productions in Texas.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-13-2001 at 15:49
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