Casio CZ-5000

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The CZ-5000 expands the Casio CZ series further into the professional arena. Based on the CZ-101 and CZ-1000 synths, the CZ-5000 adds many new features while retaining the same sound and programming methods as the latter. The keyboard is expanded to a full 61 note or 5-octave length and is capable of being split for bass and treble sounds. There is a built-in 8 track sequencer which is great for storing ideas or creating patterns and sequences to edit in real-time. And finally 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 at once!

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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-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-5000 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. It has been used by The Orb and Jean-Michel Jarre.

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hornfrog
May 2, 2014 @ 10:19 pm
you have to give casio credit for the programming logic on these. different if u are used to the analogues of the era. but easily understood and simple, yet with a proper degree of complexity.

great bargain, still today. it holds its own in a mix.

personally, I feel I need to give it more time. the potential shown here is immense:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z35DBa2tWRw
Yuri Degg
April 18, 2014 @ 11:31 am
Whoa... I thought every synth player in the world knew that Van Halen played an Oberheim OB-Xa on "Jump".
Jason J. Young
April 17, 2014 @ 11:26 am
Bought mine in December 1985, played it for several years, now getting back into music...it's one of the best I've tried out, has some really amazing patches. Check this out to see what I can do with it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202789014759302&set=vb.1618504718& ;type=2&theater
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March 22, 2014 @ 4:36 am
In this day and age, you have to be grateful for the advancements in technology. If you think about how convenient it has become to fix a picture’s overall appearance. 
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pete
January 27, 2014 @ 8:55 am
Jump was released in 1983 and the CZ5000 was released in 1985. Not the same synth, though I agree that this is a pretty awesome piece.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 per voice
  • Filter - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 8 track; 3400 steps in real-time, 6400 steps in step-time; no quantizing
  • Effects - Chorus
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Memory - 32 preset, 32 user patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985
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