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
August 22, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
I've a CASIO CZ-1, VZ-1 and a VZ8m. I can't figure out a fair market value, Any help?

July 27, 2012 @ 4:20 am
Hey Philip, If you still have it and its in good condition I can offer you 1000dk if shipping to Norway (Oslo) isnt horribly expensive. Contact me at alpemannen at hotmail dot com
July 10, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
The feature they describe as Ring Modulation sounds much more like soft sync to me.
Kari Sprague
June 5, 2012 @ 12:06 am
@Philip: I've seen fairly clean ones in working condition go for $200 US easy, sometimes more if they have ROMS, a case, and/or manual. I lucked out and got mine at a pawnshop for $100. I love it, like how it sounds, and its built solidly. At 65 or so pounds one certainly won't enjoy packing it around much! The velocity and aftertouch are nice and I am happy they added that instead of the rather useless sequencer the 5000 has. Basically you get very DX-7ish sounds for a lot less money, and in my opinion it is much easier to use and program than the DX-7. Great keys for not much money!!
Philip P
April 30, 2012 @ 11:37 am
Forgot to write in english. Sorry guys.
I want to put a cz-1 up for sale, but I can't figure out the proper price level. What would you recon?

Philip P
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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