Casio CZ-3000

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The CZ-3000 is very much like the CZ-5000, minus the on-board sequencer. Yet the CZ-3000 expands the Casio CZ series further into the professional arena. Based on the CZ-101 and CZ-1000 synths, the CZ-3000 adds many new features while retaining much the same sound and programming methods as the latter. The keyboard has been expanded to a full 61 note or 5-octave length and is capable of being split. As a side note, the CZ-5000 has an expanded waveform memory for even more sounds and thicker sounds. It's like having two stacked CZ-1000 synths all in one!

Casio's CZ series of phase-distortion digital synths make for a unique sound. After all, there are 8-stage envelopes and 2 oscillators per voice for a thicker tone. Their sound is similar to the Yamaha DX synths but is much easier to program. The CZ-3000 and CZ-5000 may be at the pinnacle of Casio's synthesizer line, and it is still a great low-cost means of getting into vintage digital synth sounds today. The CZ-3000 is not analog and has no filters. But many still find it useful where strange synth sounds are needed such as industrial and electro types of music.

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26 Visitor comments
March 24, 2014 @ 5:29 am
Quick question, if anyone knows: Is there a way to SAVE the MIDI settings? The MIDI-receive channel always defaults to 01 on powering up, but I like to control it from a different channel in Ableton so I always have to change it before I can get to jamming. Again, this synth is highly underrated.
March 24, 2014 @ 5:25 am
This was my first real synth and still one of my favorites. Everyone mentions it can do industrial, freaky sounding stuff but I think it excels at very pure bells and kind of Rhodesy sounds and flutey sort of leads.

I use it for the bell sounds here from 10:00 to the end:

I'm also jamming on it earlier in the song from 3:36 to 7:35. I control all my instruments via MIDI from a Prophet 08 hooked up to Ableton, so the CZ-3000 is out off screen.
January 31, 2013 @ 6:08 am
Hi thanks you
Well the batteries connections are broken anyway.
I am using this free editor I have found it is for the CZ101/CZ1000
But is works on the 3000, kind of as I do not really understand how to save your patch (save does not seems to work most of the time)
November 17, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
Right JUL, the slot for batteries on the bottom is for patch memory storage. Just be cognizant of the fact that batteries don't last forever and if you forget to change them, they may corrode. Best thing is to back up your patches with sysex over MIDI. Then you won't lose them when you (regularly!) change the batteries. With sysex, you'll need to close the MIDI circuit - The CZ's need to be connected to both MIDI in and out with your MIDI librarian/sequencer.
October 19, 2012 @ 5:19 am
Just got on CZ3000, but it can store the memory patch, i was wondering if there is an internal battery to change or if it need to have batteries in the battery slot in the back of the unit ?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 per voice
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - Chorus
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Memory - 32 preset, 32 user patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
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