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Details about  Casio CZ-101 Vintage Synthesizer - No Reserve - 99p Start

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Casio CZ-101 Vintage Synthesizer - No Reserve - 99p Start
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Used
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16 Apr, 2012 12:13:10 BST
Winning bid:
£113.00
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Item location:
Bath, United Kingdom

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eBay item number:
270951171166
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Last updated on  08 Apr, 2012 18:58:42 BST  View all revisions

Item specifics

Condition:

Used

Type:

Electric/ Digital Keyboards

Brand:

Casio

Sub-Type:

Flat

This is a vintage 1980s Casio CZ-101 Synthesizer in good physical condition and there's a RA-3 RAM cartridge included too.

When I plugged it in the keyboard works but the output seems quite low and quiet. I don't know any more about it than that but it could be an easy fix/workaround.

The Casio CZ-101 was unique for its time - small, cheap, digital, MIDI and multitimbral, it was quite a powerful synthesizer with lots of classic sounds. It uses PHASE Distortion synthesis - this is often traded as "rather like Yamaha DX", but it is a totally different synthesis method - the similarity is in the fact that it uses a modulation method to produce the tones. The CZ series can make either piano-type envelopes, or complex sustained envelopes or even simple echoes.

The unit is MIDI equipped and can recieve on any of the 16 available channels. It features a pitch bender (adjustable range) and tone storage locations 16 ROM-based and 16 user ram - if you add a cartridge (RA series) then you double your user storage. Tones can be layered but you lose polyphony. A tone is made up of two DCO layers which can be detuned and ring modulated for bell-tones. Noise can be added but this is hardly your flute-blow effect and I have found it mostly useless unless you wish to simulate Wind-effects.

There are 8 waveshapes from which to carry out phase distortion and these vary from Triangle and Square to rather more esoteric shapes with in-built resonance for HI-Q filter effects. Portamento is provided and is adjustable. Vibrato can be delayed and have its waveshape altered from 4 waveshapes.

The INITIALIZE parameter allows the rather complex ADSR to be set up - in somewhat similar fashion to how DX parameters can be "defaulted" - this is useful if you find you cannot get a noise out of any tone - just initialise it. Press the initialise button along with the parameter to set it to its default.

All in all for a vintage synth the CZs are quite an addition to DX types.
You can induce the CZ to dump the tones via SYSx if you know the correct codes. Extra storage can be gained by using the RA(3)-series cartridges.

This synth can be heard in action all over YouTube and on hit records such as 'I Got 5 On It' by Luniz and was used extensively by Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure.


On 13-Apr-12 at 10:36:01 BST, seller added the following information:

I found out that there's a reset button on the bottom of the keyboard. I reset it and it all seems to be working ok now.

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