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
February 6, 2012 @ 8:40 pm
1986 CASIO CZ-230S KEYBOARD I really NEED this keyboard to finish writing my songs...I heard from someone that said they had it but...don't kow what happened? I want to buy one asap...thx!
February 6, 2012 @ 6:21 am

I got one for sale! contact me
Paul Stanley
February 5, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
I want one of these so bad. Someone sell me one
January 3, 2012 @ 3:11 pm
My cz230s has no sound on the drum part....

I get full volume on the main voice bank but hardly any sound from the drums even at full volume. I have done the factory reset any ideas?? I don't really want to bin it....

December 22, 2011 @ 1:06 am
my Casio CZ-230S Digital Synthesizer got dropped & broke...I loved this keyboard as I would a friend, wrote many songs on it...I would LOVE to buy another if you have one for sale, PLEASE PLEASE contact me asap thank you sooooo much!
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Rated 3.28 (155 Votes)

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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
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    Info provided by Nicholas Varley.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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