Synth Site: Casio: CZ101 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Paul Clothier a hobbyist user from Staffs, UK writes:
The sounds are go through programming it and you think "wow - Boards of Canada sound, this lead of such and such a techno classic etc". The presets make it sound like a crap DX synth but once you get programming it's totally unique.

The only drawback is its medieval MIDI spec...starts in Channel 1, can't really send sysex, no velocity etc. If Casio or someone did what Yamaha did with their flagship pile of crap the DX7 and re-released it, not as a groovebox exactly but as a cheap module with better MIDI and more memories, some knobs, maybe slightly simpler envelopes and a simple-ish arpeggiator, and perhaps a chorus unit, and some much better presets, it would sell thousands.

With its lack of decent MIDI and limited memories, it's more a "play it over MIDI then record sequence to sampler" type synth, which is just about OK. Top marks for the sound, but a tad inconvenient. Then, do you want convenience or amazing sounds?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-27-2006 at 06:40
Andy Martin a professional user from Germany writes:
Hi, I use this little keyboard hooked up as a midi keyboard controller but I don´t know how to change the display contrast! Things are looking decidedly dim and the characters are almost invisible - if anyone knows how to alter the display - please write and let me know! I thank you - Andy. (

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-05-2006 at 14:40
Anonymous a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I highly recommend buying a chorus pedal for the CZ synths which don't have a chorus effect built-in. The CZ1, 3000, & 5000 come with built-in chorus; the CZ-101 and 1000 do not. Sometimes CZ sounds need a little bit of post-processing to kind of fatten them up/smooth them out and just adding a simple chorus effect, if not already built-in, between the CZ and your amp will make it sound really great!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-08-2005 at 06:57
Joe a hobbyist user from Holland (egmond aan zee) writes:
The main lead from: Salt n'Peppa - push it, is from a cz-101, sounds really cool :D

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-28-2005 at 12:00
thom p. a professional user from Los Angeles, CA, USA writes:
The casio cz-101 is my first synth besides the sk-1 and casiotone mt-70. I bought it solely on appearance and size because i don't like the huge synthesizers. (small hands here) I love the design and solid structure of this tiny synth. The sounds are great...the programming may not be easy but with patience defintitely worth the time...Good for solid bass to cut through a track or ambient background sounds and anything inbetween! Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-04-2004 at 23:33
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