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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58 Visitor comments
izera stephen
August 4, 2011 @ 9:50 am
Hey there Luke,
The Casio reference booklets are fairly informative but IMHO your best bet is to aquire soundiver.
May 22, 2011 @ 11:23 am
Any place that repairs phonographs and stereo equipment should be able to handle a vintage Casio. It helps to check the manufacturer's web site for a repair phone number, regardless of brand.
March 26, 2011 @ 10:14 pm
I'm in Brooklyn, New York. I Just bought a casio cz-500 synthesiser I turned it on and there is no sound. Is there a place I can take it for repair?
January 18, 2011 @ 3:44 am
I just bought one today for £40, sounds really nice! Does anyone know how to get into the internal sounds?
Analogue Crazy
December 16, 2010 @ 10:13 am
I have had mine for a few years now and i have to say, it keeps amazing me over and over again with its distinctive warm sounds. I think it's pretty easy to program; the only thing thats challenging are the 8 stage envelopes which can be very time consuming. They are wonderfully designed though in that you can use as many stages you want, by pressing the END button on the last step you want to use (that step then becomes release). Couple this outstanding envelope design with 8 unique and beautiful waveforms; and you've got one of the best cheap Digital Synths money can buy you. The real only drawbacks are: 1) It's a large and not very attractive looking instrument. 2) No level parameter on each DCO. 3) No performance memories, so it can only store ONE split and layer patch. 4) The sequencer is very primitive, and only useful as a compositional tool really.
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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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