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Casio CZ-1

Phase Distortion Synthesizer

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Casio CZ-1
400.00 street price

The Casio CZ-1 is a digital synthesizer released by Casio in 1984. It was one of the first synthesizers to feature phase distortion synthesis, which allowed for more complex and expressive sounds than traditional analog synthesis. The CZ-1 was popular among electronic musicians and producers for its unique sound and wide range of capabilities.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Digital (D) 
Multi Timbral Capacity2 part(s)
Split/LayerLayered patches memory
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Digital Subtractive
Oscillator Type Digital
Technology of Sound Generation PD (Phase Distortion)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Up Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count33
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset64
User-defined Single Voice64
User-defined Multitimbral64
Envelope Generator (EG)
LFO: LFO Count1
LFO Waveforms
Up Saw 
Ring Modulation 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys61
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Resolution: Symbols Count32
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
All voices mixed in one output 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
DAC Frequency40 kHz
Resolution12 bit
Voltage 220V
Voltage 240V
Voltage 100V
Voltage 120V
Voltage 50-60Hz
Power consumption30 W
Height127 mm
Width1025 mm
Depth341 mm
Weight13 kg
Case/ body
Production start1986
Production end1991
Production ended

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