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
October 16, 2012 @ 8:21 am
I WANT TO BUY A CZ5000! I had one way back when and stupidly sold it. If anyone knows where I can pick one up I would sincerely appreciate getting back to me at HOPE YOU CAN HELP! Thanks. I recorded a lot with this synth, and it will fit very nicely into my existing studio. I know I'm not supposed to post about sales, but I'm not trying to sell anything, Mr. Moderator. I'm (somewhat desperately) trying to buy one!
September 26, 2012 @ 4:51 am
bought one at a flea market last week for a good price. couldn't try it, but the looks alone convinced me :=) quite an impressive object asthetically.

as a synth, it offers a different approach to synthesis so you have to leave your roland-analogue-terminology aside to get going. it is comprehensible though and quite well thought out. very synthetic sound, but also very "hifi" and cutting. certainly stands out. good buy since it was cheap but it sounds everthing but.
August 17, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
Rikard: Sounddiver 3 is free and has CZ 5000 editor support I believe
August 6, 2012 @ 4:50 am
Are there any free or cheap editors (mac os x) for this synth? I found one editor but it cost like 400 dollars or something which is a little too much for my budget.
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June 13, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
You need to use an editor to really tap into the amazing capabilities of this synth. It is anything but cheezy sounding, though easily achievable by just using the presets. Of all my synth buying and selling over the past 6 years, this one, I just couldn't sell. And I've gotten rid of a Prophet 600, Juno 6, OBMX, Maxikorg, K5000, matrix 1000, to name a few. You need SoundDiver or Midiquest. It just sounds so good!
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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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