synthparts wrote:The biggest difference is with the CZ-3000, 5000, and 1 is you still get polyphony when layering 2 patches. The lower CZs are mono in layer mode. I've had them all and they all sounded the same except the CZ-1. I didn't like it as much although it could have been a calibration issue.
GoldSpanner wrote:I'm not completely clued up on the features the range, so also how much variation is there in terms of basic synth features i.e. filters etc?
madtheory wrote:Ignoring the difference in features, there is no variation in the basic sound, assuming that the calibration is right. The most common fault with sound quality is the DAC offset voltage being incorrect, which makes it sound like there's quantizing distortion. Easily fixed if you follow the instructions in the service manual. Noisy sliders can be a problem with the models that have the chorus. Generally a very reliable range of synths though, quite well put together inside. The CZ-1 excels because it has velocity and AT modulation, and more comprehensive layering options. The layering opens up a whole new pallette of sounds.
Jaytee wrote:Is this a procedure that can be followed from one of the other CZ service manuals? Are the insides similar enough that I could find my way around using the "wrong" manual? Most importantly, is this a task that I could accomplish having very little electronics experience?
meatballfulton wrote:CZ-3000/5000 have double the polyphony (8/16) and double the patch storage (32) of the 101/1000 plus a stereo chorus and a mod wheel.
5000 adds an 8-track sequencer.
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