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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Nicolás Diab from Argentina writes:
The CZ-230s was the first instrument I've created music with in a conciously way . I was a teenager by that time and I think now that that music is nothing but irrelevant experiments. But, in the other hand I'm particularly fond of that stupid tunes. I really love that artifact. It's a pity it does´nt work anymore and unfortunately I lost an interesting tape I've recorded with some music I took out of it. But I still got another tape that is not so interesting. If anyone of you wants to hear that music or need the User's Manual the only thing you gotta do is mail me. Apologize me for my poor english.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-11-2000 at 17:54
Paul Nicholls a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This was one of the first synths I bought, back in the late eigthies.

The first thing it did when I got it out of the box, was to annoy me by being completely silent! After an hour checking out the manual, I discovered that the volume levels were internally set to 0!!! When it did finally make a sound, I was dead chuffed. It sounded very nice indeed. A bit thin sounding by today's standards, but versatile and full of character back then.

Basically it's a preset version of the CZ-101, and larger (full size keys) CZ-1000. The 100 presets give you a good range of sounds. The last four (mostly useless) patches can be over-written, but you'll need an external device to achieve this.

The drums were naff early PCM jobs. But this thing was four part multi-timbral over midi, and also had a sequencer that could sync to midi. This was really cutting edge stuff at the time!

Unfortunately I sold it many years ago, and replaced it with a Casio VZ-1. Although the VZ-1 looked and sounded a lot bigger than the CZ, it didn't have the same character, and eventually I sold the VZ-1 as well. I know which machine will live longer in my memory...

I've got an old tape somewhere, that could be converted to an MP3, If anyone wants a demo of what it sounds like.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-06-2000 at 18:29
PVF a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I just got this funky little thing from ebay for 190 DM (must be 'bout 100 $)and I'm almost satisfied - almost, since, though, you need an cz-editor to make your own sounds because can't do that on the keyboard itself. The sounds are cool as well as the drum section and the 4-track sequencer. I think you can use an edtior for common cz-synthies - there must be one @ synthzone as far as I know. Grab one if you can because they're cheap, abso-f****ng cool and RARE!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-27-2000 at 11:07
Ken Martin a part-time user from Canada writes:
The cz230S is the coolest synth i've ever had...although i don't have it any longer i wish i had another one. I've done so much on it...that even i amaze myself. programming tracks, adding fills to songs during shows...writing my own songs.. oh i can't forget the scratch buddies that rap...loved the way i worked it during a talent show....those of you who own a cz...never part with it....any for sale...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-22-2000 at 20:06
Jim Counts a part time user from USA writes:
The CZ-230S is distinguished by its great 4-track, 12-drum onboard MIDI sequencer. Plus you get 100 peppy CZ samples going head to head with the dryest thumping drums around. All this and a pitchbender, too! Now that's a real meal! Don't miss these samples:

#99-Sweep: Ubiquitous sustained techno-filter-sweep

#20, #21-Organ: Dry buzzes built for house music

#96-Computer Game: Used by The Residents on PeeWee's Playhouse once. Has a killer sustained loop at the end that you can pitchbend.

#50-#53-Pianos: Loud, punchy pianos!

#39, #49-Qanun, Sitar: Bright, pingy Asian flavor Don't knock the 230S!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
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