Synth Site: Casio: HZ-600: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 2.3 out of 5
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Gary a hobbyist user from England writes:
I've had my HZ600 since 1988/89 and I still use it alongside my more powerful gear. I only like a couple of the presets (Synth reed & Synth celesta), but I've managed to create great filtered chord sounds, SH101 type bass, and modern sounding dance sequence sounds even without effects. It's not the best synth in the world I'll admit & it is a bit weedy, but it can be used to great effect as the synth input for a vocoder once you get the sound right. It also gives a really fat and warm solo 70s synth sound when you put it through a decent effects unit. I don't like the way you have to programme it, as you can't get a decent view of where all the envelope parameters are at the same time.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-12-2001 at 13:12
George a hobbyist user from Toronto, Canada writes:
This is one of the most boring machines I have ever used. The sound of it sucks and I would rather prefer a 10$ Bontempi children toy-keyboard instead. :-D Despite of the fact that Casio made the incredible and honourable CZ/VZ-synthesizers around the same time I must say that this so called synthesizer was a total failure of Casio. I had one of these some years ago and did never use it.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-07-2001 at 20:04
Mathias a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Well it sounds "glory days of the eighties" =). It has a very very noisy waveform =( but I like the keyboard!! maybe the first who does that =). want a budget 303??? no problem, choose the "synthbass" preset..close the filter and turn the resonans to max, then set the filter envelope to about 16... then we have it!! =) now try to play on the lowest!! =) want acid sound?? just pull in a guitar dist and scream!! =)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-28-2001 at 19:32
Liwythan a hobbyist user from United States writes:
This keyboard decent. Good to start learning sound programming because it is simple. Can send on 2 midi channels, despite what the specs say. Which makes it an ok MIDI controller. No key pressure which downs it as a controller though. Fairly sturdy. You can make some usable sounds if you put it through an effect or two. If it's cheap give it a try.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-16-2000 at 19:43
Sean Dorn a part time user from USA writes:
Programming interface based on the Roland Alpha Juno's-it has a dial. Despite the other review of this synth-it is the classic example of thin, cold digital waveforms for the the basic DCO type-i.e. hardly "retro" if you mean analog sounding and certainly impossible of producing a convincing 303 bass sound. On the flip side it does have 32 different waveforms and a cinch to program so it is capable of making some interesting "plink" noises although the filters are to short crappy for really decent pads. No where near as interesting as the other vastly underated el cheapo Casio synths-the CZ series. ********IMPORTANT NOTE-If you are using this as an el-cheapo MIDI controller (probably the only thing its any good for) the modulation on/off button next to the mod wheel must be flicked on and off at least once before it starts to transmit MIDI

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
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