Synth Site: Casio: CZ5000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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yes_that a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Its huge, ( well compared to its 80's equivalents ) mine came with a travelcase and it almost snaps your arm off carying it ( its roughtly 30kg in its case ). I bought a cz 3000 before this and one thing the cz x000's are vunreble too is snapping keys both came with broken keys from postage or genral use i havnt broke any yet but they seem quite weak being attached by a litte notch of brittle plastic. It creates some lovely sharp fat basses especially if you use tone mix which lets you any 2 tones at once. I havnt had a go with the sequencer its hardly worth it in the computer sequencing age. one big limitation is it doent have midi thru. Its quite easy to get some warmth into your sounds too which i found suprising. Also it has an 8 part envelope for each module which adds more flexability. Having it all layed out makes it much easier to program than other digital synths of the age and makes it look odd and cool, althogh the cheap tactile push buttons seem to have become quite unresponsive with age, the hardware used on the cz5000 is very cheap the sliders crackle when they get old too ( mine do ). they are pretty cheap to get hold of though , mine was £50 with stand and case.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-03-2005 at 08:56
K Middlemass a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
I always wanted a CZ5000 because it had an onboard sequencer. Got one for a while and the sequencer is essentially a SZ1 which is very limited. Better looked upon as a musical notepad, not nearly as useful as a dedicated sequencer. Needless to say I never used it. Sound engine is exactly the same as the other CZ pro synth the CZ3000 which I owned for years. Most presets are identical to the other CZ models thus rubbish for the best part. There's 32 fixed presets and 32 user. Programming needs a bit of trial and error until you get the hang of it. Once mastered you can get some excellent patches especially pseudo analogue. Keysplit and Tone mix functions are useful but only one each can be saved to memory. No velocity sensitivity which is a shame. It is multi timbral. I've got 2x CZ1 synths which are way ahead more professional than the CZ5000. They are totally programmable with 64 user patches and 64 operational memories which can be keysplit or tone mix or whatever you want. Also multi timbral, velocity and aftertouch inclused with a backlit screen. CZ5000's are usually more expensive than the other lower models but unless you want to use that basic sequencer then the CZ3000 would be just as good. My advice, get the CZ-1 as it is way better than the CZ5000. Trust me!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-27-2005 at 11:12
neven a professional user writes:
what went wrong? jupiters fetch thousands of euros, and i just stole this fella for one hundred... programming isn´t all that hard, especially if you fool around starting with existing patches. there are quite a few dedicated buttons, and then you just go through the old yes-no routine. it behaves well with fx, and has a very alive sound. excellent portamento implementation, very musical. i most certainly don´t think this machine is limited to 80´s cheese - it´ll just as well provide you with abstract and beautifully evolving sweeps and electronic atmos. it´s can be sound compared to, ahm, well, jupiters or the yamaha cs-01. i was quite smitten. a funny old world this is. highly recommended.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-04-2003 at 06:38
a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I bought this second for 80Euro . This machine is veeeery nice! easy to program, and with the 8 stage envelope, you can make very weird pads =) it lack on ringmodulator and the noise generator, the noise sounds just to digital.. but i really love this machine!! =)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-16-2002 at 20:50
Keto a hobbyist user from Czech Republic writes:
Yes. CZ5000 is multitibral. You have to push MIDI button, then change the mode from (P) to (M). Now it works in multitimbral. In second line you can set the number of voices for every channel or number of channels - i'm not sure. Try it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-25-2002 at 10:27
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