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Casio CZ-101

CZ-101 (copyright 2012)

Released: 1985

MSRP: $499US


The CZ family was this consumer electronics manufacturer's first foray into the professional synthesizer realm. Casio brought a unique spin to digital synthesis with their digital "Phase distortion synthesis" method (similar to FM). In 1988, Casio replaced the CZ family with their next generation VZ line. Architecture Class: FM.

Ebay Description:

The Casio CZ-101 is a 49 (mini) key, 8 voice digital synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (8 waveforms with ring and noise mod), dedicated 8 stage pitch, phase, and volume envelopes per voice, along with vibrato, portamento, 32 presets (16 editable) and MIDI. The CZ101 can be powered by batteries (6 D) or 9VDC adapter.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
49 mini keys W:676mm D:208mm H:70mm 3.2kg no mono MIDI: IN OUT no no no 5.4W 9VDC (- tip) 6 D batteries


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
CZ-101 CZ-1000 CZ-2000s CZ-2300s CZ-3000 CZ-5000 CZ-1 None Preset:16 User:16 Cartridge:16 cartridge: RA-3 MIDI SysEx Dedicated buttons LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
2 ("Tone Mix") single osc:8 dual osc:4 Tone Mix:1 Solo:1 no Phase distortion


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
None no DCA-EG yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no no no N/A N/A MIDI Pitch-Wheel MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no MIDI-PitchBend MIDI-CC5 no None no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
DCO1 digital Samples sawC1 sawC6 squareC1 squareC6 pulseC1 pulseC6 doublesineC1 doublesineC6 sawpulseC1 sawpulseC6 ressawC1 ressawC6 restriangleC1 restriangleC6 restrapezoidC1 restrapezoidC6 +-1 no PhaseEG noise ring glide LFO portamento DCO-EG Pitch-Wheel no
DCO2 digital pulse saw sine:double square saw/pulse 3 "resonant" +-1 no PhaseEG noise ring glide LFO portamento DCO-EG Pitch-Wheel no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
DCO-EG 8 8 no no no no no
PhaseEG 8 8 no no no key no
DCA-EG 8 8 no no no key no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO saw:up saw:down square triangle no no no no Mod-Wheel no
FM Models
CZ-101 CZ-230S CZ-1000 CZ-2000S CZ-3000 CZ-5000 CZ-1 VZ-1
VZ-10M VZ-8M