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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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a hobbyist user writes:
Thinner sound than a CZ-101? Hardly, it's actually a little bigger, with more "oscillators", using the very same sound engine. Same CZ sound character with minor differences with the envelopes. In essence, you've got the CZ sound with more oscillators along with a chorus, which helps immeasurably on pads, and with far more expressivity because of the nuance of dynamics and touch sensitivity on the keys. Thus, you've got enhanced CZ sounds along with a good but cheap controller.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-05-2004 at 08:50
DreamSequence a part-time user writes:
Earlier posts here claim that this model has less bass than the 101/1000/3000. I had a 3000 (which died on me) and this isn't true. The trick is to turn velocity and aftertouch sensing off on bass-heavy patches. When you do that it sounds exactly like the 3000. (Do you really need velocity on a synth bass?). Killer board for plastic sounds- I use it to contrast my more analogish synths. I couldn't find any local OFF control, though. Makes it kinda tough to use as a master keyboard.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-10-2003 at 23:40
Keith Middlemass a part-time user from Scotland writes:
Complicated menu driven onboard O/S but what a sound when mastered. Sadly Casio thought that this beast should imitate acoustic instruments like Marimba?. It's best at analogue type sounds. This monster can scream and its got it all MODULATION, GLIDE, PORTAMENTO, OSC DETUNE, 2x DCO per Voice and best of all VELOCITY SENSITIVE. Forget its little bros, this thing will be a classic some day? Mines was bought for £40 and now its priceless. Takes pride beside my Jupiter. 6...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-20-2002 at 15:32
Monster from Germany writes:
big machine, I love it!

USE your CZ - try this: -- more sounds on one preset -- your preset uses only one DCA / LINE (1) and a second (good when quite similar in attack) sound too; mix them! so: DCA1 is sound A and DCA 2 is sound B; this can increase your memory. why using two presets for 2 sounds?

-- got it?

LINE 1 is Sound A, LINE 2 is B, LINE 1+1" is C, fat it up with detune (maybe octave -1 or 2, add a little flanger/ chorous using with rate=6-9 LINE 1+2" is D, your fourth Sound!

Believe me, a little practice and you will have 2, 3 or 4 good Sounds on ONE preset sitch it with the LINE-Button.

Programming is perfect with copy/paste) with an editor like unisyn or galaxy+ (mac, still running under OS 9.2!).

MORE? ok. -- Mix 4 Sounds with Operation Memory--- Place your Sounds from preset-memory in the same place in Operation Memory (OM); Preset A1=OM A1, easyer to "navigate" ;-).

so if preset A1 is your (two sound)-Bass and preset A2 is your second (two sound)-Bass, choose A1 in OM for BOTH Basses (A1+A2/ MIX) and voila: 4 Sounds! Detune it (2. sound is always detuned. Vice versa: Operation Mem. A2 is A2+A1. BIG for Strings/Synths (don't forget: 4 Sounds; poly is only 4 then!

yeaa, that means if preset B1 (DCO1) is a square synth, and DCO2 is a sinus (+ detune) and preset B2 is another Synth Sound, you can detune the second (B2) TWICE in OM! Works like a unisono-sound on a DX7...

Thats cooooooooool.

I'll add a CZ-page to my site; check it out: It's still in progress; but I will add sys-ex and a few MP3s soon! Monster

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-30-2002 at 14:23
sexo modular from zurich writes:
i'm using a cz-1 -great digital sound, once you know how to programm it, you can easily set up new patches of your choise. good for bell like tones, noisy, crusty sounds. the keyboard isn't that bad as you might expect, and the overall mecanical stability is ok. if you find one to sell, just take it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-13-2002 at 11:45
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