Casio CZ-230S

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A wolf in sheep's clothing, the CZ-230S uses exactly the same synthesizer technology as the CZ-101, mini keys included. But a few things give it more of a 'home' keyboard type image; firstly it had a built-in speaker; secondly it had 99 preset sounds with no way of editing them (only four of the sounds in the sound bank could be programmed by linking the synthesizer to a computer via its MIDI port).

However it had a built-in programmable drum machine (from the Casio RZ-1) and sequencer (step and realtime) which almost made it a workstation before its time. Midi in/out/thru was undoubtedly a first for a 'home' keyboard. Used by Vince Clarke of Erasure on the album 'Wonderland'.

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21 Visitor comments
Hala
March 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Jack
hello
The Ghoul
January 1, 2014 @ 9:18 pm
I had a CZ-101 a while back that I sold for reasons I can't even remember.

Naturally, I wanted one again when I found a track I had used it one.

The point?, Well in Australia, 101s are more than I want to pay at the moment so when I saw a 230s for very little, with a built in sequencer, I grabbed it.

It had a few issues that I promptly fixed with a factory reset and DAMN..!! what a cool synth..!!

Again, it's no JP-8000 or Jupiter-6, but it is, as I said about the 101, pure Casio and a snapshot of the era in electronic music.
BluePlanetMedia
December 4, 2013 @ 10:02 pm
What kind of LCD does this model use and any recommendations for a replacement?
fwbik
February 10, 2013 @ 10:17 am
i have one casio cz-230-s...godd portamento and 80´s sound.if some body are interesting i shell my casio cz-230-s...is in great condition...i shell for only 100 euros...my mail is a4a000461@hotmail.com
peter
August 20, 2012 @ 4:57 am
I have a casio CZ230S in great condition and completed with a soft case if anyone is interested.. please make me an offer..i can post it for about £12 or so.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 note
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO using Digital Phase Distortion Synthesis
  • #Instruments - 4 part multitimbral
  • Keyboard - 49 note mini keyboard (no Velocity or Aftertouch)
  • Memory - 100 presets
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Date Produced - 1986
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Synrise.de.

    Info provided by Nicholas Varley.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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