Synth Site: Casio: VZ10M Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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JH a part-time user from USA writes:
I had one of these circa 1992 and couldn't program it beyond strings & bell sounds, so I sold it. Then I read some reviews here on Sonic State and the old Harmony Central and realized I probably never really understood this beast. I picked one up a couple years ago for $75 and loaded some excellent programs from the Yahoo CZ/VZ user group - wow, what a difference that made! Those patches got me started, and after a few long programming sessions, I now have several banks of excellent, useable sounds. The VZ10M needs external effects, but the synth power is amazing. I started making classic sounds like resonant synth bass & leads, huge strings, Pink Floyd-ish "on the run" arpeggios and "any colour you like" delay lead sounds, a great wurlitzer, the Tom Sawyer growly reso-sweep, soft electric pianos, raspy vocal choirs, pipe/jazz organs, ethereal bells, glassy percussive sounds, lead guitar sounds with mod-wheel controlled feedback, wind/noise sweeps, warbling pads, Lucky Man square wave, Taurus bass, osc-sync sweeps ... and then from there you can get into classes of sounds I can't even describe. 8 oscillators, each with 8-stage envelopes, various combinations of phase or ring modulation, an LFO for pitch, and another LFO for amplitude/timbre. Then put 4 of those sounds in split/layer/delay combi's. The portamento and monophonic trigger mode is really, really good too. Except for a grand piano or drum kits, it covers the bases quite well (you'd never know that from the factory patches) and then from there you can take it way, way into wacky territory. And oh yeah, I use it live no problem.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-10-2011 at 21:00
RPG a professional user from USA writes:
Read the other reviews to find out how COOL this synth is. It's NOT a ROMpler - that's for sure.

I don't think anyone mentioned the stereo has 2 indiv outs, and you can send independent patches to each one.

TO CREATE A KILLER STEREO SYNTH, simply copy a sound, modify it a little, send the orig. sound to output 1 and the modified clone to output 2. Bingo, your patch comes alive. Even the under-achieving presets sound great modified this way.

You can store 64 patches using this method. (Plus other layered/split combos)

They DO tend to sound "digital bright" but the VZ10M blends very well with other timbres.

Keep an eye out for one, it'll definitely add some new sounds to your work....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-2010 at 16:42
FM-Driller a professional user from Dortmund writes:
I own this FM-beast with a rom-card since 1999 and it can produce so many diferent complex clean or dirty deep basses, leads, FX and pads like DX7. Some presets are very easy to change and create a new cool sound without spending hours.You need only to learn which parameters play the key-roll to change a program very radicaly. the guy who sold it to me, gave me an Atari-Editor and many sound-disks too. I'm very happy with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-22-2009 at 16:10
Jaregger a hobbyist user from London writes:
I can't believe someone here said 'they are a decent electric piano module' It's a bit like saying 'analog synthesisers are decent sine wave generators' Well, they may be so, but you're missing the point entirely!! The VZ10 is a programmer's synth (ie if you like good presets or acoustic samples look elsewhere). You really have to get to the dark dephts of phase distortion synthesis to get sounds out of this thing. But when you get there (after blood, sweat and possibly tears) it's a M-O-N-S-T-E-R. It can do analog, it can do digital, it can do brittle FM-like tones and bells... If you don't mind programming, get this synth. It's one of the most underrated machines ever. If Korg had made it (and programmed the presets on it) it would have been a instant classic like the Wavestation or the M1.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2006 at 15:27
jon a hobbyist user from england writes:
my opinion to this as some have said before good synth better for tweakers can be deep but if you want keep it simple there are sound banks to download via the internet ,,sounds are solid sounding ,i find some romplers can be good but a little digtal sounding but they will though ,,this has warm analogue character ,factory sounds i find varied piano type sounds strings etc some say are not brilliant but personally it depends what you do but i like them ,,a bit of tweaking and there very good,price now seems low but getting popular ..good edition to my set up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-03-2006 at 09:44
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