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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60 Visitor comments
DJ Adam J
April 3, 2013 @ 4:40 am
Does the cz-5000 have all the cz101/1000 sounds? I was going to be a 1000 particularlly for the "solid bass" sound. If the 5000 has it then I might as well get one instead! I have looked all over for this answer. Anybody?
April 2, 2013 @ 11:36 pm
You can't just open the box and expect it to sound great or match your tastes, people! You've gotta put in the elbow grease and make it your own! Otherwise, you might as well just play around with ROMplers.

It's a fantastic synth with a one of a kind synthesis method, no matter what anyone says.
nico de boer
February 6, 2013 @ 10:17 pm
selling my casio cz5000
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January 25, 2013 @ 1:07 pm
I admit, the demo video that I saw on Youtube made me immediately hunt down the CZ- 5000 and add it to my arsenal. After finally getting my hands on one, I have to say this particular synth is nothing more than a glorified version of any plastic keyboard that you'd pick up in K-Mart's toy section. With that said, the on board sequencer is pretty cool, and its easy to program, but it should be noted that the CZ-5000 IN NO WAY compares to the DX-7 in terms of sound.
December 18, 2012 @ 7:59 am
Greetings! I found the guy I sold my original CZ5000 to on Facebook, and he let me have it back for free. Very lucky, eh? So I no longer need to buy one. Thanks to all who have contacted me at!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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