Casio CZ-1

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The CZ-1 competes with the CZ-5000 for the best all around Phase Distortion digital synth. The CZ-1 has the most advanced keyboard of all the CZ series synths. It has a full 61-note 5-octave keyboard with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. Very professional features from a Casio synth! Otherwise it is essentially a CZ-3000 (which is essentially two CZ-1000s or CZ-101s). With the CZ-1 you get 8-stage envelopes, 2 oscillators per voice and a whole lot more with relatively easy programming. Whereas the CZ-5000 may not have had as good a keyboard, it had the benefit of an on-board 8-track real-time sequencer which the CZ-1 lacked.

If you're looking for low-cost Yamaha DX-like sounds, the Casio CZ line of Phase Distortion synths are a good buy. For performance, the CZ-1 may be the best of the CZ-series. Its dynamic keyboard and enhanced memory abilities make it ideal for live situations. Memory, MIDI and multitimbrality have all been upgraded in the CZ-1 making it one of the nicest budget synths ever to grow out of a consumer market.

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45 Visitor comments
July 13, 2011 @ 11:04 am
just got one for cheap which for some reason has a very low volume output no both the line and the headphones output. had to raise the gain at my mixer to +20db (scary) to even hear anything. google told me that this seems to be a "somewhat" known issue but didnt offer any help.. did anyone encounter a similar problem and has an idea how to solve this? thanks in advance!
Roelf Staal
January 29, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
A nowadays hard to come by synthesizer.
Editing interface/button selection is easy to learn.
The CZ1 is capable of creating warm and characteristic sounds/timbres.
The most advanced in the CZ series.
November 6, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
just got one last week. one of my favorite playing keyboards yet. the aftertouch is great. some wierd stuff goin on with it though. chorus makes it act up, which [beep] s. still, great sounds and playability.
October 16, 2010 @ 2:10 pm
Picked up one about 6 months ago for $80 in full working order. I prefer the control, sounds, and editing parameters on the CZ1 to the DX7. A great find and I highly recommend this piece for the budget musician. Also, just picked up the CZ101 for $60!!!! ALL HAIL CASIO!
August 16, 2010 @ 10:02 am
Hard to come by these nowadays, by far the best I have ever used in my career. I recently picked one up for $200 and it was still the best I have even with my newer, computer-aided synths. Can't be beat in my op.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 per voice
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - Chorus
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 64 preset, 64 user patches, 64 patch external cartridge
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
  • Resources & Credits
  • Original image from Greg Fredericks.

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