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
November 21, 2009 @ 6:26 am
I have been using a rompler for the last few years and when I heard this this thing I bought it immediately. $195 aus. It sounds so much more alive and full of character than the rompler! I have been able to pull amazing bass sounds out of this thing in a matter of minutes.
November 16, 2009 @ 3:09 am
I bought it as i knew that J.M. Jarre used this instrument on the album Rendez-Vous. To be exact, the bass on Rendez-Vous IV is played on this great machine.
Neven Dayvid
October 14, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Totally underrated, still a fun synth for unusual tone colours. It is often compared to Yamaha´s FM synths but PD sounds quite different...
June 14, 2009 @ 8:26 am
Also used by Thompson Twins on the album "Here's To Future Days" (1985).
Gandalf's Beard
May 5, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
I think I got my CZ 5000 in '89 but not sure. But it's still the center of my composing. It may not be touch sensitive--but it is easy to program sounds that are velocity sensitive which mimics touch sensitivity . All this board really needs is a couple of analog knobs to twiddle. Though the slider for stereo-chorus effect works well for creating filter sweep effects on certain synth lead sounds. I have thought of buying analog effects boxes to enhance it, but I am always stunned when I find a way to program the effect I need. This is the most easily programmable and flexible synth that I've ever had the pleasure of using or owning.
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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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