Synth Site: Casio: CZ1 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Jon a part-timer user from UK writes:
Love the CZ sound, so I had to get a CZ-1 for the modulation and velocity sensitivity - I'm pretty impressed with it, especially for really whacked-out out-there stuff. However, this could just be me, or my ears or sommat, but I reckon that the CZ-1000 has a fuller bottom end than the CZ-1, so I think I'll hang onto it for bassline stuff. Anyway, I'd say that of all the pure (non-wavetable) digital synths, the CZ's have the most lively organic sound of the lot, they're really fun to play with, and they just rock... dig the ring modulated resonance waveforms detuned over -3 octaves, nothing else comes even close.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-28-1998 at 05:38
Sean Harrington a part time user from USA writes:
The CZ-1 was my first synth. Now, I have two, including a Yamaha V-50 workstation. The CZ-1 gets equal use. The piano sound are lame, unless you're looking for an elec. piano. I'm impressed with the jazz and acousitc guitar presets. Violin/viola, bells, and brass sounds are pretty fair, as well. Otherwise, it's got some great, on-the-fly settings (like legatto, solo, portomento, key split, master tune, etc. -not a lot of menus to scroll through. And it makes a great MIDI controller. I've got mine attached to a Casio VZ-8M synth module for compatablility. Between the two, I've got great flexibility. The CZ-1 has a great feel to me (possibly because it was my first), and has solid, heavy construction.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Richard Johnson a professional user from Jamaica., W.I. writes:
I use the CZ1 alot for BASS, ORGAN, CLAVINET and percussive sounds like WATERDRUM and MARIMBA. I bought my CZ1 in 1987 and now I need to know.. Where canI get the Backlight Display fixed or replaced in the USA?..Also,..This synthesizer makes a GREAT MIDI CONTROLLER when triggering sound modules as it has a MIDI ON/OFF button, which is worth its weight in gold when performing LIVE!!!..Excellent PARAMETERS for programming your own sounds, if you are into programming!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Klaus - Dieter Pollack a 0 user from Germany writes:
The CZ1 is my first synthesizer, I bought Dezember 1985, I got some real amazing sound out of it, especially whith RING MODULATION, especially a fantastic flute or some real good Synth Voice Sounds. I also got real deep analog bass sounds and nice synth percussions out of my CZ, I guess I created some hundert nice sounds. It lacks of brightness, and the output is not quite clean, but I still like to use this old synth... I also own MT32 and TX81z, programmed the T1, M1R, AKAI S1000, Poly 800 and some soundcards, but I think the CZ Series with it's Phase Disortion has its very own characteristic and unreachable sound...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Greg Ward a professional user from Auckland,New Zealand writes:
Basically, I agree with your reviewer, apart from the 'crap' rating on the strings section....its old, and its clunky but the key velocity makes it a sustainable MIDI keyboard (which is what I use it for, rather than using its internal sound banks)

Key weight is absolutely crap though....and I'm not even a trained pianist! First time for me here on this site. Bloody good job!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
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