Synth Site: Casio: CZ101 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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cephus a professional user from USA writes:
I probably paid more than anyone for mine in 1986. I traded a silver Bach Strad trumpet even up for mine because I needed the cheapest keyboard in the store to control my Akai S612 sampler with. From time to time this thing ends up in the shed and I forget about it. When I get it out, it's lots of fun to mess around with. It's the commodore 64 of synths. One thing that I didn't see anyone mention that is one of my favorite things about it: When it goes without batteries for a long time, some of the parameters than normally range from 1 to 8 or 1 to 12 get corrupt and go from 1 to 99. The bend range set to 99 can make your dog go running. Looking for some patch sheets online to build some new sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-11-2012 at 09:25
tom a hobbyist user from Reno, Nevada writes:
Bought this for $5 at a flea market. My guitar player laughed at it when I enthusiastically showed it to him. After fixing the battery leads & spendign about 1/2 hr reprogramming some of the presets; this thing completely blew his mind, when he heard the deep ring mod like electric piano sounds that I was able to get out of a few minor adjustments to the Vibe patch. It probably helped that the CZ-101 was playing thru a spring reverb. It reminds of the juno 60/106 at times & its known for being Fm-ish; how many other synths (from this era) can go from a low deep analog/acoustic piano sound to a lo-fi waspy intermodulated beast that sounds as if it was circuit bent by Raymond Scott?

I love you $5 CZ-101.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-09-2009 at 06:04
Stavros a part-time user from Greece writes:
If you find one for 150$ BUY IT. In a momment of weakness I sold mine and I had to buy a Micron (Alesis) to replace the sound scapes that I lost by sellin' it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-01-2007 at 04:43
Jeremiah Stanfill a part-time user from USA writes:
This was the first real programmable synth I ever got acquainted with.

From the surface it's got a Juno-106 simplicity about its appearance but beneath it will really fool you what you can do with it. At the age of 17 in 1995 with barely any programming experience prior to playing this I just looked at the parameters and scratched my has envelopes that go on and on and on and on and on and on and on an on....for the DCO, DCW (waveshaper...kinda like a filter) and DCA.

They actually have a manual out there 'How to program the DX7 and CZ-101' in the same book...too bad I spotted it 10 years after having my uneducated approach to it.

The goods: white noise, ring mod, very tight portamento, sonically rich waveshapes, 4 sounds at once! Who cares if you can only store 16 sounds. The instrument has a very spacey quality to can create some very raucious, industrial synth drums on it with the LFO, white noise and ring mod combined. I might buy one just 'cuz...but I might not.

...Did I mention it had knobs on the side to attach a guitar strap? That'd be the reason I'd buy it...its light and fun to play...standin' up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-22-2007 at 22:26
Ivan a hobbyist user from Sydney, Australia writes:
Hi folks

I've had the CZ101 for a few years now, and recently discovered that despite it's primitive midi spec, it does however recieve PORTAMENTO TIME over midi, which enabled me to make some seriously wacky scream type sounds, and oh yeah setting it up as 4-part multitimbral is easy, now if only I could do sysex from Ableton Live and tweak that "filter". I've thought about selling it but like I can't! I've made much better sounds with it than my TX7.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-01-2006 at 00:10
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