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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Francis
May 15, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
Great little synth, had 2 of them at one point. Great for 'nasty' buzzy sounds and organs. Think farfisa meets a filter and portamento. Good for some pad work, but main strengths are in digital sounds or buzzy near-analogesque noises. The chorus also helps fatten it up a little.
Dave
April 22, 2009 @ 1:58 pm
I bought one on ebay a little over a year ago and Love the machine , I quicky made my own patch sound and I play it almost every day !
I'm so use to it that i use the midi wire from it to play my other keyboards. It's a great machine
Ben Anderson
February 13, 2009 @ 3:05 pm
I have a Juno106, a YamahaDX and an FZ-1 but the CZ3000 is by far my favourite synthesizer. The majority of my sound library is from my CZ3000: bass, pads, leads and sound effects galore come from this thing! Even though it's described as having DX7-like sounds it can do so much more! WAY MORE. DX7 saounds, analogue sounds plus it's own flavour of gritty. Despite the casio name it's a highly versitile and user friendly synthesizer once you get used to reading from an LCD rather than twisting dials. I hope one day Casio will get some common sense and make the "Casio CZ-2". I'd be one of the first to buy it. If you find a programable CZ for cheap, GET IT.
jay
January 11, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
i just picked one up for $15.00 at a swap meet cant beat that other than getting it for free sounds fat nice .
jay
January 11, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
i just picked one up for $15.00 at a swap meet cant beat that other than getting it for free sounds fat nice .
 
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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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