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Casio CZ-series

Post by killanator » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:09 am

Just recieved my casio cz-1000 from nukeit and well its definitely not as good as my moog LP but its my first polysynth. I think it has a great "80's" sound. I guess thats just the "digital" sound. i'm still learning how to program it, but i understand how to use the phase distortion, and it's really nice. It's really more like a 4 oscilattor synth if you are phase distorting both oscillators(although then the polyphony goes down to 4)

but for being my first polysynth its quite fun. and i made a killer guitar-like lead using the filter and "overload" on the LP. from what i understand it is a quite popular line of synths despite its digital-ness and casio-ness and cheapness and cheesy-ness

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by ColorForm2113 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:43 am

i just picked up a cz-5000 at a thrift shop. second polysynth and 1st digital. but really like it despite haveing one key that is cracked off at the bottom. the 8 point envelope was a litte weird at first, but there is some real potential in these cheap synths
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Bitexion » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:02 am

The "cheap and crappy" reputation for Casios didn't appear until later, the CZ series are still regarded highly for their innovation and cool looks. And crazy envelopes.

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Analogue Crazy » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:21 pm

The CZ's are simply awsome. I have a CZ-5000 and really love its warm 'digital' 80's sound. I find the CZ's really excell at bass sounds. They have pleanty of bottom end and nice fast envelopes (if you want).
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by killanator » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:25 am

i dont really plan on using it for bass, considering it is sitting right below a Moog =P however i really like its string sounds and the envelopes are just fantastic, so flexible!

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by nuketifromorbit » Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:07 am

Its kind of funny, the envelopes are kind of the reason I lost interest in it. I really don't enjoy editing both time and level parameters for each step because its seems to make it more difficult to create smooth transitions. I was however amazed by how great the raw triangle and square waves sound.
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Computer Controlled » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:39 am

I have the 101 and the 230s. Great synthesis method! Too bad they never really took off.
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Bitexion » Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:38 am

And the 5000 looks pretty badass to me:

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It's like a space ship console from the 70's. Looks like a SERIOUS piece of synthesizer.

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by ColorForm2113 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:08 am

i just started messing with the sequencer today, and holy c**p can you do alot with that. very intelligent design. the manual says it can save info to cassette tapes, ive heard of this before but how does it do that? are there special types of cassette players? and are the MT cables still made? it doesnt seem like something i could find at radioshack
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by CZ Rider » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:41 pm

ColorForm2113 wrote: it doesnt seem like something i could find at radioshack
:lol: Thats exactly where you could get them though! It was the same cable used in the Radio Shack Color Computer. Had a multi pin DIN like a MIDI with 3 mini plugs on the other end.

The CZ is the heavy metal champ for me. Probably the baddest a*s synthesizer I ever played, right up there with my Moog modular. Can play a lead like no other synthesizer, and has a unique sound all it's own. There is some kind of magic in the sound, as if it were alive. One of the few synthesizers that I never get tired of the sound.

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Villi » Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:11 pm

Bitexion wrote:And the 5000 looks pretty badass to me:

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It's like a space ship console from the 70's. Looks like a SERIOUS piece of synthesizer.
It doesn't look that cool in the flesh. At least not mine :(

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by Sir Ruff » Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:35 pm

nuketifromorbit wrote:Its kind of funny, the envelopes are kind of the reason I lost interest in it. I really don't enjoy editing both time and level parameters for each step because its seems to make it more difficult to create smooth transitions.
yeah, ditto... which was a shame cos it did sound good!
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by masstronaut » Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:27 pm

Can anyone describe the sequencer on the 5000 a bit? Is it just a scratchpad or can you loop patterns / transpose etc.?

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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by ColorForm2113 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:27 pm

masstronaut wrote:Can anyone describe the sequencer on the 5000 a bit? Is it just a scratchpad or can you loop patterns / transpose etc.?
its more like a composer than a sequencer. you can select what type of note you want(quarter, sixteenth, whole, dotted, etc) put in rests, ties, repeats (you can have a section loop once or a few times and then go on to a new part or loop infinately) pattern changes can be programed in ( start the sequence with a stacato lead and have change to a pad sound in the third measure then go back to the lead sound and bring in a bass line) im sure there is more i havent found yet
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Re: Casio CZ-series

Post by masstronaut » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:53 pm

Sounds intriguing, thanks!

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