MATRIXSYNTH: Ensoniq ZR-76 Synthesizer Workstation

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Ensoniq ZR-76 Synthesizer Workstation

via this auction

You can find demos of one here.

"Fully functional Ensoniq ZR-76 synthesizer with printed manual and disks.

The ZR-76 is Heavy and built like a tank. It contains stellar grand piano Perfect Piano card and superb panning Rhodes patches, as well as some excellent synthesizer pads and leads.

The ZR-76 was one of the last products Ensoniq designed before being acquired by Creative Technology. Its sound set is very similar to the MR-76, but with the Perfect Piano expansion board preinstalled. With three slots total, it can be expanded with two more of the Ensoniq EXP-series expansion boards. It can also load WAV and AIFF samples from floppy disk if the 4MB MR-FLASH expansion board is installed.

One of the more popular features of the ZR-76 was the "Idea Pad", which is a feature that has the keyboard always recording MIDI of what's being played so that when you play something you want to keep, you can send it to the sequencer for later editing and refinement.

This board is made for producing a whole, movie score, Practically - That's how good the sounds are sampled - some sounds are a little dated similar to Korg and Roland of that era, but when it comes to WoodWinds, Strings, and drum sounds and Natural rain forest loops they are just super clean and Fantastic!

A few cosmetic dings, but nothing broken missing or damaged.

Excellent Weighted Key action.

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)

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)."

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