The Casio CZ-1 was the top of the Casio’s CZ synthesizer line. The CZ series were a family of low-cost phase distortion synthesizers produced by Casio mid-1980s.
The CZ-1 synthesizer offered the classic CZ sound, but also featured stored splits and layers , velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. The CZ-1 also featured a backlit display – an improvement over the rest of the series.
There were eight models of CZ synthesizers released:
Additionally the home-keyboard model CT-6500 used 48 phase-distortion presets from the CZ line.
The CZ series were flexible synthesizers, and their price made programmable synthesizers affordable.
If you’ve used the Casio CZ-1, leave a comment with your thoughts!
Casio CZ-1 Resources
- Wikipedia entry for the Casio CZ series
- Casio CZ-1 at SonicState
- The Casio CZ-1 at RetroSound
- Cosmo’s Casio World
- Deep Synthesis on the Casio CZ-1
- Casio CZ-1 Banks for Kontakt3, Wav
- Casio CZ-1 Editor/Librarian and Virtualizer for Windows and Macintosh OS X
- Patchman offers patches for the Casio CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000, CZ-5000, CZ-1
Video via AnjelicasBaby:
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