MATRIXSYNTH: 1998 Ensoniq Fizmo, Transwave Two Oscillator Synthesizer SN 10536

Monday, July 29, 2019

1998 Ensoniq Fizmo, Transwave Two Oscillator Synthesizer SN 10536


via this auction, also on Reverb

"1998 Ensoniq Fizmo Synthesizer, in perfect working order and in excellent condition. The Fizmo was the ultimate and short-lived attempt by Ensoniq to create a truly powerful and unique experimental machine. Transwave synthesis lies at the heart of the Fizmo, pulling from layers of varied loops within wavetables of sound data, allowing for real-time, dynamic response and decay modulation. Heard in use by bands such as the Faint and Eat Static, this versatile, hidden gem is perfect for creating ambient, atmospheric textures that are completely tweakable and interactive.

The Fizmo is a 48-voice synthesizer which uses 2nd-generation Transwave technology to create organic, interactive sounds unlike any other synth available at the time. Every programming function has its own dedicated knob or button, and there is a limited but useful four-character LCD display. The Fizmo features an Arpeggiator and 24-bit VLSI effects with 41 algorithms and a Vocoder. There are 2 oscillators available for each of the 4 presets allowing for 8 unique oscillators at the same time, each with individual LFO and Noise generators. The built-in Arpeggiator has 118 presets which can be easily edited to your liking, and 26 real-time control/editing knobs make mutating your sound a pleasure. All controls may be recorded in real-time to an external sequencer.

With transwave synthesis, the timbre of layered variations in harmonic structures progress naturally from one end to the other, allowing for sounds to modulate over time, or by velocity, wheel, pressure, or any number of other options. Adding to the array of Fizmo features is its ability to process incoming audio through the Vocoder and effects. Individual presets can also be stacked together into one sound and mapped across the keyboard.

The multitude of interactive features on the Fizmo add up to a complex and powerful creative synthesizer, perfect for the budding sound designer or bedroom pop artist. This keyboard is exceedingly clean with sparingly little cosmetic wear and all but one of the original knobs.

A zippered vinyl gigbag is included along with a brand-new power supply

Features include:

61-note velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keyboard
5 real-time control knobs (F, I, Z, M, O)
Four programmable key ranges, and four possible zones
48-voice polyphony
Two 24-bit effects processors
Vocoder
Arpeggiator
44.1kHz sample playback rate
20-bit D/A conversion with 100dB dynamic range
97dB signal-to-noise ratio
2Hz-20kHz frequency range
Left/right quarter-inch outputs
Stereo headphone output
Audio input (quarter-inch jack).
Single/dual footswitch input.
MIDI In/Out/Thru.
64 Presets, 256 Sounds.
24 knobs, 32 buttons.
4Mb of 16-bit internal wave ROM (featuring Ensoniq 2nd-generation Transwaves, created through digital synthesis and resynthesis)"

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