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 22, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
Have owned most of the CZ range, and the sound is fantastic- this adds touch sensitivity, the biggest omission from the range compared to the DX7. Programming is easier than Yamaha's FM, being of the classic pitch-filter-amp architecture.
An excellent bet for electro music,some really good leads,basses and superb metallic clangs. The downside to all these boards is lack of real-time control, other than vibrato, though the portamento is good. Also, it can be emulated very well in software- check outr the shareware CZ10xV plugin, which if registered can read CZ sysex data.
July 10, 2013 @ 9:57 am
I got a CZ-1 this week and got fascinated about it, I think the programming is very easy and intuitive and it sound great, the Phase Distortion can reach very warm and rich sounds, comparing it to the DX7 like some people do...well...the sound it's not as bright but had a interesting roughness which makes it more unique. I love the fact that all the buttons are there so it's very easy to go straight to what you want, besides...this synth is deserves to be bought just because of the way it looks
Jonathan Ifergan
June 15, 2013 @ 10:34 am
kerry - I live in Chicago, and would love to by the CZ-1 from you. Can you email me more info/pics? I can paypal you and pay for shipping. Thanks man! - Jonny (
June 6, 2013 @ 10:52 am
I have a CZ1 complete with its original box and manual stored in my basement. Any interest?
April 12, 2013 @ 10:44 am
The polyphony stated on this page is incorrect. The CZ-1, 3000 and 5000 have 16 oscillators, which can be used at one per voice ( polyphony = 16) or 2 per voice (polyphony = 8).
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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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