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Forever FIZMO!

Post by sequence » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:10 am

Well after searching hi und lo I found my new love, a 1998 FIZMO very clean with a replaced voltage regulator at of all places a GC, where it belonged to one of the sales managers. After much hemming and hawing, mostly as to where I would fit it in my studio, I snagged it, AC, manuals, and even a sustain pedal for a very good price :D

First digital synth ive purchased in at least 5 years (I dont count my MEK as fully digital) adn it seems to mix well with my analog gear...

And I must say, after being a former owner of a Microwave XT that fried on me and the Dorf could not repair, Im sooooooooooooo happy to be back in the transwavetable way of life. It sounds fantastic, from silky smooth to scary spooky :shock: now I know why they're so highly regarded! :D

FIZMO heads, unite! :D
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Post by carbon111 » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:29 am

Congrats! :D

It was the siren call of the Fiz that finally made sure I had one in my setup again ;)
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Post by Pighood » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:00 am

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Post by sequence » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:11 am

Siren call indeed :D I tweaked one of the presets into something that scared even ME :shock:
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Post by pangmaster » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:43 am

Nice!!! I've always wanted one and I'm still on the lookout for a fine specimen. 8)
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Post by KalinsFarm » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:54 am

Congratulations! Have fun (you will). :)


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Post by severen » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:16 am

I congratulate you.

My Fizmo is replaced. but still hot.
I sometimes uncertainty it. :)

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Post by crow » Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:05 pm

Pighood wrote:Image
That photo completed freaked me out for a second or two. I had to look to my left!! I have, almost, the exact same layout just by my side except I have the Korg Trinity V3 at the bottom not the Triton.
Damn good taste we have!! :lol: :lol:
...and ah just thought, cuntin well hit it!
GOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

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Post by sequence » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:55 pm

everything about P-hood scares me, esp. the fact that I have 3 of the boards he does now (fiz, mek, and triton), altho my Triton is an Ex not a pro. :lol: :wink:
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Post by sequence » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:02 pm

matrix wrote:Be sure to read this:
http://www.carbon111.com/fizmo.html
Ive heard from some other Fiz users that it wasnt the voltage regulator per se that was at fault, but the *original* defective wall-wart power supply that Ensoniq provided was the culprit, that it could not hold consistent voltage and spiked on occasion, causing the VR blowouts. Mine came with some Nintendo WW PS that provided years of great service for the previous user, and he explicity told me NOT to use anything else...

Is there still a user's forum for Fizmo? I tried the link in VSE and it's dead, and not much luck on Google :(
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Post by carbon111 » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:42 pm

People mistakingly thought it was the power supply for years because when the regulator failed the Fizmo drew too much power, destroying its DSP and ruining the power supply in the process. What people saw was a dead board and a burnt-out power supply and they jumped to the wrong conclusion.

As I stated, the original power supply was a tad underpowered as well so when just the power supply failed that was another red herring - you should have a power supply that provides an amp or more. (1000MA +)

If you have a LM2940 in your Fizmo, there is no question at all - thats a serious problem. The parts to fix it cost less than two dollars!
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Post by sequence » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:22 am

interesting, thanks for the info J. Now back to that siren song... :lol:
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Post by stikygum » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:12 am

That's too bad, there use to be a step by step with pics on doing this yourself. That NORM page is long gone.

I just checked and my Fiz has the bad LM2940 regulator. I have never had a problem with my fiz and only use the Nintendo adapter. c**p I guess I better find someone to do it, unless it's not too hard. I'm not a solderer, but I've soldered my guitar before and it's not too hard. It's mainly hit or miss. And with a miss, comes a resolder until you get it right.

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Post by stikygum » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:20 am

Ah here it is:

http://www.muzikelektronix.com/Tutorial ... lator.html

Not sure if I want to try this myself. I don't feel like drilling holes in my gear, although it would be fun, but could easily turn to a headache I imagine if you drill or solder wrong.

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