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
September 10, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
If anyone is looking for one of these
December 27, 2011 @ 3:58 am
though it has to be said they can sound a little cold at times, add some good old fashioned analog chorus/phaser/flanger or whatever and besides thickening up the sound it also warms it up as well, and while its forte is bells gongs etc, do not dismiss its strings/brass etc they do sound good, and besides you dont always want soup thick strings on every song, sometimes you need to thin them out a little.
December 27, 2011 @ 3:53 am
I've said it before, and i'll say it again who on earth actually reviews synths for this site? they either look at pictures and only see whats on the front panel, or dont know how synths actually work.
the cz series does have filters it comes under the heading DCW what this does is control the sound like it is being run through a filter, but instead of having filter/res you program the DCW to take you through the filters steps so in reality you control how it sounds at each point on the envelope which can actually sound as though its resonating depending on which waveform you use.
August 6, 2011 @ 4:23 am
It SHOULD be OK in portugal
August 4, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
Just received one I bought from ebay at 53gbp! Can anyone tell if I just have to change the cable (wall socket is different) to use it in Portugal? The synth says 240V, and the voltage in Portugal is the same that in UK 220-240. I found some info on the net, but I don't wan't to fry it, so can anyone that knows about eletronics help me? Thanks a lot
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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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