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
April 9, 2011 @ 4:56 am
Hey Ivan ! I have the manual, and another material for the synthesis process of my cz, I have this synth for more than a year and I can tell that it is really magnific, I don't know why casio does not try to make a come back to the "professional arena" with a new series of professional synths like the CZ, or VZ series were. in fact they try a workstation model called MZ 2000 ten years ago, they should realease a kind of VST or some about the cz series as well as the Korg M1, Fm7, etc...
April 5, 2011 @ 9:34 pm
Any body know where I can find the operation manual for this? The two linked here are helpful, but I wanna get more in depth with it.
March 26, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
A friend gave me one of these since it had fallen off a truck and was badly damaged.
I used Elmer epoxy internally to strengthen the cracked case.

I repaired a broken off PC board. I rebuilt the pushed in pitch bend wheels with metal, and now they're stronger than new.

A couple of middle keys were broken so I replaced them with ones from the end. I found some matching keys left from another synth, but had to cut like an F key down and glue it to make it a G key. It's on the end, so no-one ever notices the small gap between the keys.

Polished out scratches & it looks new.
March 26, 2011 @ 6:54 pm
Someone made a patch librarian for CZ's for Amiga computer. This gives you a visual display of waveforms and envelopes and you can draw waveforms or drag the envelope's vector points. It is amazing.

Find a cheap Amiga; preferably with PAL display; or else you'll have to scroll the extended screen. It may work with an Amiga emulator on the PC, but I haven't tried it.
December 10, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
I bought one of these back in the 1980s when they first came out. It was much cheaper than a Yamaha DX7 and, surprisingly, had warm analogue-style sounds, as well as the more "metallic" sounding stuff becoming popular back then.

With a bit of perserverance - and a little bit of luck - you can get some great sounds out of it. It's multi-timbral, too, but the output is only in mono, with the option of an in-built stereo chorus effect.

Great value, though, and good fun.
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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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