Synth Site: Casio: CZ1000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Zane a professional user from u.s. writes:
this is a fantastic synth for industrial and synth pop styles. the noise generator is hideous, crackly and digital, the ring modulator and detuning make very fat depeche mode style basses, and the pitch envelope and knob can make some wacky glissandos. there's no real LFO, nor is there actually a resonance filter (there are instead "resonance waves" which are just squirty sounds that don't work with the ring mod) but it's not a moog, it's a casio. the 8-stage envelopes are a bit excessive, maybe even useless for musical applications, but if you're scoring an art film, this thing would cover all the bases. i run mine thru a yamaha cs-15's resonance filter for that daft punk/prodigy filter sweep flavor. the pure waveforms are good for NIN basses too. all in all, it rocks, and it cost like 100 bucks

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-02-2001 at 23:19
Aeryk Mechanoid a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I really don't suggest this unless you are into rather thin 80s sounds, but if you don't mind that it is great fun, the ibrato and detuning and whatnot can create some bizarre smashing,crashing, and buzzing noises. I got mine for free from an uncle so the price is right, the midi on it does not work though :( which really sucks so I (being dextrously challenged) cannot make it do arpeggiation or crazy midi sequences. beware of the tiny polyphony on this too, once you have sufficently tweaked the sounds it is very common to have the sounds change massively if you hold down 2 keys at once. Overall I think the best usage of this is to get it cheap and sample the very very cool retro-nintendo, smashing, noise, and insect sounds that this makes so well and then play them from your sampler.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-20-2001 at 17:50
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought one at $130 back to's a funny synth,it's digital but can make some analog-like synth-bass,just listen to early erasure songs,vince used a lot.obviously,its a 80s syn-pop can make strange effects too,but for strings is a bit dry.the cz series is bargain at that time 'coz it even had the 4-part multi-timbre that went w/ a sz-1 4-track seq and u will be quite happy playing toys.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 04:24
Hans a part-time user from Norway writes:
i got this one sometime ago, after browsing loads of synth pages, looking for a possible firsttime synth, and ended up with this one. it's not for bass sounds, maybe 80's ambiences, which suits me well. and i love that vibrato bug that makes that insane noise

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-20-2001 at 17:24
dollfullofrivets a professional user from u.s. writes:
Got my banged up beauty off e-bay for around $60 us. They didnt give a good enough description of it and said that some of the keys were broken when I only found one to have any problems (SUCKERS). Anyhoo what can i say that hasnt been said. This synth goes to show that analog is way over rated. Sure you can get some cool bleeps and shit. But what ever. This is deffinately good for the pads. I got some of the books to go along with it but u=you really dont need it unless your bored or something. Super ease of use. If you find one dont hesitate. The midi works pretty well to. Hooked it up to a Dr. Synth and it played fine, plus its way lighter than my Kawai K3. I would never part with mine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-29-2001 at 16:51
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