Synth Site: Casio: VZ10M Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Louis a professional user from USA - south writes:
I really enjoy my VZ-10M, and I am looking for that book on it ("PowerPlay VZ") published about 1990. I've achieved some wonderful contrasts in textures with my VZ-10M, and the organs were there years before the competition did it. This synth records really well, and is nice & quiet! Also, I"m looking for some of those sound cards...anyone know where to find em?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-19-2001 at 17:50
Warren a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Bought one several years ago and liked it so much I bought another. Big tip - two of these at the same time can make major magic! It was mentioned that you get 8 oscillators, but you can stack these 8 oscillator patches 4 deep and save as combos with separate levels on each "normal" patch! polyphony goes down to 4, but still - pretty amazing results... SoundDiver works with it, but you have to set the VZ to receive... a three menu process. Once you get through that hoop everything is on the screen - most cool. The manual is a big help, though it's mostly just a description of the different commands - but there are a lot of commands... There's a book on the VZ's out there somewhere, but they are real scarce... The interface is the biggest drawback - expect to punch a lot of buttons unless you use a computer editor... But, all that said and done - it's got no competition - sounds totally unique... Definitely needs outboard processing to sound good... If you hate programming - this is not the synth for you. If you are willing to dig in it can be amazingly rewarding. One other thing - the number of waveforms is deceptive - these are "interactive phase distortion" synths, so the original waveforms change depending on how you program the envelopes and whether you ring mod or phase them or just let them sing. These monsters are REAL powerful. But, expect to spend some time with it. Not an out of the box wonder... Enjoy!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-22-2001 at 03:33
Clark a part-time user from USA writes:
I had a Casio VZ10M and LOVED IT! Lots of programable features made some killer sounds. I regret selling it and I've been looking for another one!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-12-2001 at 03:13
Juno14 a professional user from USA writes:
Just bought two of them today for a blowout of $45.00 each. I had never used one before today, but having spent the last 4 hours with one, I can safely say that this is the best kept secret in the keyboard playing world. The previous reviews are correct...the factory patches blow. But once you get a grip on the editing functions, which is fairly easy, you can tweak the living shit out of this. Excellent pads, basses, weird string sounds, phasey solos, anything but imitative sounds. 8 oscillators with a choice of 8 different waveforms (sine, saw 1-5, a white noise, and a more "pink noise"), the capability to create user defined envelopes, ring mods (4 of them!) phase distortion, the works. An excellent synth, and totally useable for techno, house, electronica...buy one, buy one, buy one. You wont regret it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-30-1999 at 22:40
Ed Averill a part-timer user from California, USA writes:
A very interesting toy! Like everyone says, the factory patches mostly bite with one or two exceptions, so trash 'em. It's close to impossible to find a manual, don't bother with Casio as they don't care, but there's some support on the Web and a Windows-based patch editor is available. Sits well in the mix, especially useful for totally obscene sounds that I can't get out of my TX81Z...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-26-1999 at 12:50
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