Casio's ultimate 'Phase Distortion' synth. It offers up the following: 1)5 octave unweighted velocity and aftertouch keyboard. 2)Standard pitchbend and modulation wheels. 3)16 note polyphonic. 4)Chorus effect. 5)8 Part enhanced multitimbral Midi (full sysex spec). 6)64 patch memories, 64 operational memories, 64 cartridge memories.
Casio CZ Synth App: Overview (Wall of Text) for anyone interested. March 2016 edited March 2016 in General App Discussion. It's Saturday (well. If it came loaded with all the original CZ patches and a way to sysex patches in and out plus a randomizer it would be pretty cool. Patch Base & Sysex Base - Any users out there? August 2016 in General App Discussion. If you open a.sysex file in Patch Base (or Dexed or whatever), it's actually a sysex 'bank' of a variety of sounds (up to 32 I think). I'm actually using the Patch Base predecessor CZ Touch with a Casio CZ1000 and it's one-shot only without.
7)Stereo, mono, headphone outputs + sustain pedal input. 8)Backlight LCD (Blue). 9)Casio's fully programmable enhanced Pro Phase Distortion sound engine. And lots more. UTILIZATION The original initialised sound set is basically the same as its siblings ( - ) which is tragic for a synth with additional sonic capabilities.
The stereo chorus effect has control, a linear pot for depth and a bit noisy compared to dedicated FX units but good nonetheless. User manual is pretty standard although Casio didn't explain the PD sound engine very well and since this was cutting edge technology when released (initially a poor man's DX) they should of tried a little harder. Analogue anoraks where still trying to understand FM synthesis (hard even today) so a little more help would have been a godsend. The chapter 'Sound Seminar' isn't much better either.
You get the impression that both are half hearted attempts at a basic explanation. That said, you have to don your cap to Casio for giving musicians such unbelievable sonic power in an age where ruled and equally cost the earth. SOUNDS It's a sonic marvel so Casio should have made this thing sound big, instead we got marimba. I suppose that in the 1980's manufacturers were still searching for the Holy Grail, true synthesis and acoustic realism. The CZ range for the most part sounds synthetic even plastic but is very good at glass, bell and percussive instruments. The synth is fully programmable with no presets so if you should ever want to recall the original sounds you'll have to initialise the keyboard, sadly deleting your own unless your lucky enough to have a memory cartridge or sysex dump facilities.
Breakaway audio enhancer keygen download. Why you would initialise is beyond me cos they're awful to middling. Makes you wonder what Casio were thinking, cost cutting perhaps. Personally I think they would have sold a lot more CZ-1's if they showed its full potential.
You've got to remember its original price (999 sterling in 1986) and competing against very stiff competition from other prominent manufacturers. Thus wading into battle with slightly damp powder. Underneath its strength is quite simply being a Jack of all trades. It can sound clinical as any digital synth of that time, as vicious as an analogue digital hybrid, or as mellow as a classic Moog or ARP. Bass, pads, leads n sonic FX are well catered for and as previously stated can emulate most other non sample (PCM) based sound engines. Great for most music genres and generally good allrounder. Simply put, it's as good as the person programming it and always delivers.
Amazingly after so many years of ownership I've yet to exhaust its sonic repetoire. The user interface is by design almost analogue instead of digital, obviously reflecting the mindset of potential buyers. It's certainly an improvement to Yamaha's incomprehensible FM system which frustrated rather than inspired. Most reviews state that Phase Distortion is psuedo FM synthesis resembling 4-op FM synths when imitating acoustic instruments. That's somewhat true but where the similarities end as PD is far more powerful than most 4-op Yammy's. I wouldn't pit it against the range, they're completely different beasts.