Casio CZ-1 Synthesizer

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:

  • CZ-101
  • CZ-230S
  • CZ-1000
  • CZ-2000S
  • CZ-2600S
  • CZ-3000
  • CZ-5000
  • CZ-1

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

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6 thoughts on “Casio CZ-1 Synthesizer

  1. this synth is the backbone of most of my songs, though it is digital it has the capability of sounding immensely fat and heavy. it's not an easy one to edit but experimenting with it can lead to astounding results. It's keyboard if of a very high quality and plays better than modern new midi controllers

  2. I’ve been using a CZ-1 as my top keyboard MIDI controller for 19 years. The light action
    is great for fast synth runs and organ slides. I use the internal sounds on occasion, which
    were excellent until software synths become more developed. Some of the sounds I still
    have not found a VST replacement for. I use it as a controller for my Roland Vintage Synth
    module and MOTIF ES rack. I play in an 80s rock band.

    I started with a CZ-101 in the mid 80s, and also purchased a CZ-1000 a year or two
    later. I still gig with a CZ-1000 also. I purchased a spare CZ-1 & CZ-1000 that I can
    leave at band practice. Most of the internal sounds I use on the CZs I collected over
    25 years ago and download via my Amiga computer with a librarian program going through
    sysex files. All these years later, I still use some of those sounds. I have them saved in the
    internal memory of all of my CZs, and also on ram cartridges. Haven’t connected it to
    a Librian program in decades.

  3. I was using a 1989 CZ-1 – (purchased used in 1993) – for my home studio controller keyboard until fairly recently (finally, I got fed up with the 61 key limitation and bought an 88 key controller!)…The ace in the hole for the CZ-1 was the ‘aftertouch’…hard to find in a reasonable priced controller / synth…Anyway, still have the (HEAVY) beast…drag it out on occasion, to remember the ‘good old days’…Never had any problems with it…MIDI implementation was fairly up-to-date, for its era…but, sometimes notes would drop out…If you find one – BUY IT!

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