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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  • 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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