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
November 17, 2010 @ 3:52 pm
One of the best digital synths I think - it's warm and crunchy and fun to edit sounds on (as fun as pushing buttons can be) - it would sound amazing if it was velocity or aftertouch sensitive, even through an external keyboard, but it's still very useable if you like unique sounds and sits nicely in a mix with digital or analog stuff.
January 21, 2010 @ 4:46 pm
I just bought a CZ3000 on e bay, talk about dirty pleasures, I wish I'd bought one years ago, great for ambient sounds, I like this synth enormously!
January 3, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
The Scottish band The Blue Nile used this synth.
July 10, 2009 @ 12:50 am
I don't care if that thing says 3 stars, this synth deserves 5. I got one of these by chance, and at first glance it seems limited, but if you read the manual, you'll unlock its insane progammability. You can make some awesomely weird sounds with this thing, very cosmic and spacey. Its really unique and different than almost any synth I've played with. Programming is a bit tedious, but not Oberheim 6 tedious.
July 8, 2009 @ 7:38 pm
Got one from a friend a few months ago. Initially confused as hell by the thing, but after reading the manual for about 30 minutes, a light went on and everything clicked. Different than most synths, but definately not too hard to get the hang of. I run mine through a micro POG pedal to beef up for an organ sound, then through a dL4 for some rediculous sounds.
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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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