If somebody wants to avoid this f**k problem:
forget about the sampler...
buy a SCSI expansion, wich was around 180$, and now is very hard to find, and then install a hard disk.
FInd a nonflash memory RAMS (where....?)
I assume you mean flash memory, as the RAM that the EX5 uses is old standard computer SIMMs which are quite cheap.
Yes they are cheap but they erase data after turning off the synth, mine has installed two SIMMS of 32MB each one. however, in order to fill them with samples, you must load the samples from the floppy unit or if yu have the SCSI expansion board, from the hard disk each time you turn on the synth. And the loading process is really tedious.
If you want to avoid this problem, the only alternative is to purchase nonflash memory SIMMS, wich retain the samples after turning off the unit.
The s**t comes if you have patches that uses samples. If you have more than 15 seconds of samples and no hard disk and no SCSI interface, you must load from more than one floppy disk. Then, you must numerate each one of the floppys and load them one by one on a specific order. Because if you skipped one single sample, all the other samples will move one location, and all the patches that use samples will be screwed.
From the three versions, maybe the EX7 is the perfect description for "unreliable synth". An a good example of why tons of features doesn't always mean great quality or a good deal.
Another detail, on the EX7, they supressed the VL engine, but the EX7 still having the breath controller input on the back But they took away the Stereo input for sampling.... WTF???? Wouldn't be better to miss the BC input, instead the stereo sampling capability?
The reason I still having the EX(5 is for the hability of create patches wth VA combined with VL and AW2M at the same time, and, mostly, for the FDSP effects. Ten effects that f**k kick a*s. The tornado, or the water effect, or the pickup rhodes, are simple gold and unique. And mostly, because it hurts to sell a synth that cost you $3000 when released, on $500 today.
Regarding what said about the Fizmo or Ensoniq I disagree. Fizmos rotate from owners a lot, and I understand that. However, I'm plenty satisfied with mine, because is, what I was expecting for.
Fizmo was released with a lot of mistakes. You can't complaint about the hardware except for the f**k screen and the power supply problem (wich can be solved).
Now, Fizmo is a performance synth. It has only 64 memories of 8 transwaves, but this forces you to REALLY work on those patches. And the sounds you can get from this synth are out of this world.
The screen is not so necessary, since almost everything is there on buttons and knobs.
Problems?: when editing patches, how do you know wich transwave is using each patch? You move the transwaves knob, and there's no way to know wich transwave you just changed, unless you're using f**k Sounddiver.
When moving a knob, there's no way to know wich was the default position. No light, no indicators.
But, these problems ended with a curious result: Fizmo, maybe in a unintended way, avoids determinism, and maybe this can be good and could provide a great contribution to your music, if you just let it be. It has a superb engine to create weird stuff, great effects, unusual tweaks. And huge polyphony for a interpretative synth is enough to let you be expressive with both hands over the keyboard. But for some users, this "what the f**k" can be really frustrating.
And I can't blame them.
It's a reliable synth, if you want to add some little drops of chaos to your music. Almost all of my Fizmo patches, are a result of random, unexpected weird sounds. After pulling my hair with it during long hours of sterile results on editing sounds, trying to get "that" patch, I just said f**k it, let's use another method.... anyway, I have other synths like the microQ or the Vsynth, they can show me the way to reach certain type of sound, why not doing sounds on the Fizmo, as a kid with no knowledge, would do???? Just apply certain basics, and when the thing resists to your willing due to its unfinished configuration, let him do his part.
But I don't think this synth worths more than $700. But its price lately goes from 750 to $1000. That' s a rip off for this synthesizer. I paid $565 for mine, with the power supply fixed, and I love it.
The control that you can get on a single Fizmo patch with MIDI, is amazing. It has 4 pairs of transwaves inside each patch, and with a MIDI sequencer, you can play each pair by separated using several tracks at the same time. That's a great and very unusual feature.And still playing the 8 transwaves at the same time on another separated channel. You can even play an arpeggio using a separate MIDI channel, and the patch on the keyboard, can be performed without it. This way to control a patch with a MIDI sequencer, is my favorite feature on the Fizmo.
All the sounds on this track, except the percussion, are fizmo sounds, and all of them, are just ONE patch, being played by a sequencer using the split MIDI channels feature.
It's very very reliable!