Casio CZ-1000

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Coming from Casio you might assume entry-level and that just about sums up the CZ-1000. Fortunately it's become known for having a surprisingly good 8-stage envelope. It also uses Phase Distortion (PD) synthesis so it is quite capable of some cool digital/analog sounds! PD is Casio's own take on digital synthesis from the mid-eighties and is found in all of their CZ series. You basically modify digital waveforms (sine waves) to create various sounds. It can create wild new sounds, notably percussive sounds. But it's not too easy to program if you don't know much about waveform theory and design.

Three sets of 8-stage envelope sections are used to modulate your sounds extensively. The first is used to modify the DCO pitches over time. Another 8-stage envelope section in the DCW is used to modify the Phase Angle over time (like filtering). Finally the DCA amplifier also has an 8-stage envelope to modify the volume of sounds over time. For further tweaking the CZ-1000 employs some surprisingly analog effects. Four types of Vibrato make up a simple LFO-type section with triangle, square, ramp up or down waveforms as well as rate, depth and delay settings. Portamento adds that classic glide effect from one note to the next. Double up on the oscillators with 4-note polyphony. Built-in noise and ring modulation. It's also MIDI equipped with 4 monophonic multitimbral parts. However, with only 32 patches (16 preset, 16 user) storage is a bit slim.

The CZ-1000 is a CZ-101 with full sized keys. It is succeeded by the CZ-3000 and CZ-5000 which really fatten up the synth and provide more professional features and looks. However the CZ-1000 is without a doubt the best low-cost means of truly useable sounds for pads and lead synth sounds. It was used by Vince Clarke and Eat Static.

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39 Visitor comments
Olaf Wagner
January 14, 2010 @ 10:51 am
There are 2 interesting posts (1 on either side of the keyboard) that look like they are meant for a strap (Keytar-style). What is interesting is that they aren't mentioned in the manual anywhere. Have any of you strapped on of these CZ-1000's?
December 24, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
love the 80s sound this tank produces. the only problem now is the buttons (hard to push because of the aging membrane on the panel). good thing there are free casio midi software available online.
December 13, 2009 @ 4:19 am
One little known fact, the CZ-101 & CZ-1000 can hold glitch patches. This was a bug that was corrected on the CZ-3000, CZ-5000 & CZ-1. Basically if the synths battery backup gets low, it will reprogram itself with "forbidden" information, some of these glitch patches arn't that great, but a few really shine to those that like noise & odd sounds
Maikel Yeremy
December 11, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
Basically a CZ-101 with larger keys and cheap membrane switches instead of the regular raised switches of the 101. I loved the CZ-101 but would never keep a 1000 because the membrane switches have more of a potential to go bad as in the early Yamaha DX7s.
November 22, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
Owned CZ-5000 and sold it. Now I just picked up the CZ-1000 and I feel its a better synth. I know its less synth than the bigger brother but I feel I can tweak more with it. Its just easier to operate. What a great steal of a synth. Trust me this synth rocks. I own MS-20 and other high end synths but there is nothing like good cheesy sounds that you can make dope...
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 notes (8 oscillators)
  • Oscillators - Digital Phase Distortion Synthesis (sine, saw, square, pulse, resonance, double-sine, saw-pulse)
  • #Instruments - 4 part multitimbral
  • DCW - 8-stage envelope generators with level and rate controls with Key Follow (Adjusts Phase Angle)
  • DCA - 8-stage envelope generators with level and rate controls with Key Follow (Adjusts Volume)
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Memory - 16 preset, 16 internal and 16 cartridge patches
  • Control - YES
  • Date Produced - 1985

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