Synth Site: Casio: VZ1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Sébastien Delage a hobbyist user from Switzerland writes:
The VZ1 was my first keyboard... and a quite good one. I would like to say that it is interesting to create sounds with that original and rebelious keyboard. Not always easy to manage, even surprizing sometimes, but interesting anyway. Yes, VZ 1 is not a "classical" keyboard: you will to take time to explore it. It took me 7 years to stop to be surprized by its synthetizing possibilities.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-09-2000 at 12:05
James Bong a part-time user from USofA writes:
I bought the VZ1 new and beat my head against the wall trying to figgure it out. The fact that the manual was in German (which I couldn't read) didn't help either. Finally I got an english manual and proceded to delete all of the factory patches and create my own wild sounds. Once you get the hang of the OS, you can create some of the most unreal sounds. I love the gritty chainsaw basses and lush orchastral sounds I've made with this thing. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Well... Almost anything.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-22-2000 at 20:10
Christian Tan a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
The VZ-1 can, to my surprise, sound quite fat and warm, considering it's a digital synth. It's synthesis is more advanced than that of a DX-7. I buigt mine cheap, and it was worth it, fat basses, nice pads, nice weird digtal sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-19-1999 at 20:49
Patrick Fridh a professional user from Sweden writes:
The Casio VZ synthesizer IS a programmer's dream. I've done a zillion of new sounds for it, and now they are available to you - thru the internet. Please check out my site and read about my VZ patches.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-01-1999 at 15:01
Jon a part-timer user from UK writes:
I've had my VZ-1 for about 4-5 months now, and after spending about 2 months trying to figure out how the hell the sound engine worked, I almost gave up in desperation. In the end, I just started using it as an 8-op additive synth, or poking around with presets I liked the sound of, and I now sort of have a vague idea about what's going on. However, the pads you can get out of this are amazingly lush - anything from smooth sine pads to deep sawtooth stuff - it's possible to stack two voices together, which gives you an impressive 16 operators per note, so you can set up some massive voices. You can do some nice deep bass stuff as well, and electric pianos n organs etc. The operating system is stupidly complex, but it does contain some features which I haven't seen on any other synth - for example note velocity can modulate almost any parameter of a sound, even the rate of each section of an EG individually, so with a bit of forethought, you can get some truly unique sounds coming out of it. Basically, as a digital synth it rocks, but don't expect to be able to walk up to it and create a sound from scratch in under a day (unless you fluke it)... I will certainly be holding on to mine for the forseeable future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-28-1998 at 05:24
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