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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Andy a hobbyist user from Bath, UK writes:
Just acquired my CZ-230s, having wanted one more or less since they first came out. Awesome fun in such a small package. Love the sounds (a few a bit rubbish, but not many), love the drums (very retro, but really sound great), portamento effect excellent. Haven't used the pattern programmer yet, but I think I'm going to have fun with that. It's a shame that you can't edit sounds on the synth itself, but you can't have everything for a few quid on ebay, and it's not the end of the world. Next stop CZ-101 and/or CZ-1. I'll have 'em all, I tell you, all of 'em!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-10-2007 at 13:57
E.L. G. a part-time user from USA writes:
The Casio CZ-230S was the first board I ever owned. I still have and use this great little board. For several years in the mid-198's I packed this small board around from club to club.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-13-2007 at 00:30
the Whiz from USA writes:
A crippled CZ101, this synth contains all but 4 preset patches. Unfortunately, those four patches cannot be edited directly from the synth, like the rest of the CZ line, but must be accessed by an editor.

As all the sounds can be made by other CZ synths, I would recommend instead buying a CZ101 at minimum, which would be fully editable from the front panel, and has the ability to act as four monosynths as well for sequencing.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-16-2003 at 15:17
Poserp a part-time user from writes:
HOLY SHIZZZLE FAT! I just bought one of these off Ebay for 100 bucks... Tonight I plugged it into a Yamaha FX-500 (that I obtained for 10 bucks at a thrift store. Someone upstairs likes me...) and gadzooks, this thing can peel paint. I dig preset #48, with the "Turbo Drive" preset on the Yamaha it'll knock your socks off. The combo will give me everything from real low "The Audience Is Listening" type pads to freaky acid stuff, and I've only exlpored a tenth of what it can do. Still need to learn how to use the sequencer, need to download a patch editor too so I can make my own sounds. I have an Electribe EM-1 which, after this, is relegated to the rhythm section. Wow, wow, and wow. Truly a sleeper of a synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-11-2002 at 03:38
eD a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I owned one until it died a slow and painful death. As cheap and cheesy as the keyboard itself was, it had a handful of interesting sounds, including a killer electric bass and some nice sounding bells.

But by far my greatest regret is that portamento. I've bought several middle-of-the-road boards since the CZ, and I've yet to find one with a solo/portamento that was as easy to use and worked so perfectly. Call me a sentimental old fool, but I'd give a testicle to find another one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-11-2001 at 20:43
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