Synth Site: Casio: CZ3000 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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dave miller a professional user from UK writes:
Can't believe how good this sounds in these days of softsynths etc. This baby rocks and is very easy to program and as I can generate 16 sounds at once just gets fatter and fatter with each layer, when you double them up in a bank add some chorus it's like nothing else it has very... very cool sounds. I will be keeping mine forever. The prices these go for now is crazy but as they are getting rare it's understandable. I paid 216 GBP for mine, worth every penny.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-10-2007 at 02:55
Andrew Deeks a part-time user from UK, Suffolk writes:
Wow, I just got this Synth for £35, after a bit of a wrangle and mixup with the buyer, nearlly said no to it with all the hassle, but so glad i kept with it. This synth is the best £35 i ever spent, even if it was £135, it would still be worth more. The envelopes are brilliant, it has wonderful lo fi qualitys, but can make thick pads, chopped leads, plucked leads, moog basses, DX basses. synthleads galore. great at analogue, and also digital. And so easy to edit with,once you delve into how the oscillators work. I am just filling up the 32 Users with some great basses and weird pads. I do own a VZ1 and i must admit although its given me a greater understanding of the VZ, its so much simpler and easier to get great sounds. Im sure the VZ1 does sound more awesome, but i prefer a quicker less laborious route to good usable sounds. All in all an absolute bargain. i have made some great Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada, kraftwerk, and of course Vince clark, lover of the CZ101

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-03-2005 at 09:01
agentmeow a part-time user from USA writes:
The Casio CZ-3000 singlehandedly restored my faith in Casio's otherwise crappy 1970's-2003 lines of junky electronic merchanise.

Ever listen to trance, darkwave, ebm, industrial, trip-hop, or any other fringe electronic music? Ever wonder what that CRAZY detuned synth sound is? It sounds almost like a horn, almost like a guitar, but it unmistakable (If you are of the genre, think Bad Boy Bill- Stomp to My Beat, VNV Nation- Epicentre, Assemblage 23, Document and many more). The seemingly most popular sound in dance music came mostly thanks to the CZ1, 3000, and 5000 synths. The VST plugin "PlasticCZ" has helped many electronic musicians, too many to name, to write hard-sounding synth stabs that no modern keyboard and amlost no analog board can touch.

The CZ is a fluke of value and waveform ingenuity. It is a Phase Distortion, simple 2-oscillator waveform digital synth. Programming is easy- 3 waveform tweakers, each with volume and depth settings. You can choose 2x 8 different waves (5 sine/saw/square and 3 bellish waves). The detuner, chorus, and portament, however, are the key. Detune one way +13 semitones from another to create that "Detuned" snth sound I was talking about earlier. Add chorus for an amazing stereo speaker sunbath. The portamento is great too, completely tweakable to give your new synth that "Daft Punk" sound. The board is simple and sweet sounding, albeit very 80's. You'll want to pick up a delay rack or pedal for the full electronica effect.

I have to give this synth a 4/5. It has become a very important player in electronic music as well as indy rock and many other genres. You can get them as cheap as 50 bucks on eBay, so if you see one in the price range of 50-150 bucks and want to try something new and different from the stereotypical modern "MS2000" sound, try this synth and you'll be happy you gave it a shot.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-02-2004 at 07:20
Arthur Byerly a part-time user writes:
Well, what I can I say? Compares very favorably to the dx-7 in a lot of aspects. Programmability is the major one. Sound is close but in no aspect a dead ringer. The Phase Distortion can even sound fatter that FM if you have enough time. No filter control but no synth is perfect. I give it a 3 out of 5. Not cause its a bad synth, but the higher marks are reserved for the Moogs, Oberheims, and Rolands. Good synth for the price, shouldnt be overlooked just because of the Casio nametag.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-01-2003 at 23:08
J a hobbyist user from Georgia writes:
I picked a CZ3000 up off of Ebay for $81.00 (plus $20.00 to ship) but for $101.00 this is a great 80's synthesizer. Easy to program, great sounds, and I think for Casio actually a decent "feel" to the action on the keys. The user memory is 3 aa batteries, and I think someone else mentioned it in here, why don't all the companies make memory battery replacement this easy, it's like changing batteries in my son's Nintendo Gameboy. It could've used a backlit lcd display but we all have our wishes in a perfect board. It is heavy and large, (I owned a CZ1000 new in 86, but I think I now prefer the CZ3000) Get one you won't be disappointed if your able to find someone who doesn't know it's true potential and tries to auction one off on Ebay. Also manuals available free photocopied contact www.casio.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-31-2002 at 01:09
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