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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Paul
December 22, 2012 @ 7:43 am
My first poly synth, and boy did I have fun with it. Loved the poly glide to death and used it as if I had invented it - oh dear. Cool design, but the membrane buttons wore through eventually. I got into programming it and made some nice sounds, but secretly I yearned to upgrade to a CZ5000. Happy days!
Dan
July 14, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
The first wedding I played for was outdoor. I created an organ patch on my cz1000, then ran it through my BOSS ME-5 guitar pedal. Sounded great! Suffice it to say, this was many years ago.
KitKat
June 22, 2012 @ 12:29 am
Just scored one of these. Some of the preset sounds are fairly usable (in an 80s sort of way) but of course, as with any synth, the fun comes out of programming your own unique sounds.
1xeach
June 5, 2012 @ 4:52 am
I used this synth back in the 1980s and i'm very sad that i selled it. It was a great source for fm like sounds (and cool fx), and its price was ok too...
Gus
February 22, 2012 @ 4:25 pm
mac,
CZ synths cannot emulate a good piano sound. They excel in synthesizer sounds, saw, pulse sounds. If you want a good piano, you are messing with the wrong toy, and shoud try some romplers.
This said, CZ series are wonderful. Put some external effects (phaser, reverb, delay) and the thing shines.
 
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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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