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Casio CZ-101

 

 

 

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Casio CZ-101 (1984)

 

Synthesizer based on digital synthesis PD-Phase Distortion, strongly inspired by Yamaha FM technology. The CZ-101 is the portable version with minikeys.


phase distortion

pd synthesis waveforms

info KEYBOARD (weight: 3 Kg) 49 keys. The main panel features a 16 x 2 lines display and 52 push buttons. On the left side there is a single pitch wheel.

Terminal connectors:
- Midi interface (no Thru)
- cartridge slot
- line out
- headphones

acPower supply 6 X 1.5 V batteries or an external power supply type DC 9V negative in center. Original factory model is labeled CASIO AD-5.




editVOICE system manages 8 digital voices based on PD synthesis.
A basic patch is composed by 1 or 2 DCO or LINES which are detunable digital sinewave-cosine oscillators processed by logic mathematical operations. DCO LINES can be mixed with noise (no gain) or ringmodulated together with fixed depth.


 

simulated resonance



edit
PHASE DISTORTION process periodically distorts the phase angle of the oscillator altering the harmonic content, consequently creating new rich waveforms (8 to be precise).
The pattern of the distorted reading phase angle determines the DCO, while the amount of distortion of the reading phase angle (the depth) is determined by a dedicated EG DCW (digitally controlled wave) which transforms the harmonics from pure sine to full distorted wave (99 stepped values).

simulated resonance


edit
WAVES each DCO is composed by 1 or 2 rich waves out of the 8 available.
The second wave follows the first one for each periodic cycle, thus creating even more waveforms. However there are some hardware restriction: it it not possible to mix 2 waves from group 2; following this rule, it is possible to obtain 33 different combinations.


group1 group2
saw resonance saw
square resonance square
pulse resonance trapezoidal
double sine  
saw-pulse  



playmodes PERFORMANCE
the 2 DCO lines can be set to 4 different path modes:
- line 1: just DCO1, 8 voices polyphony
- line 2: just DCO2, 8 voices polyphony
- line 1+2: DCO1 + DCO2, 4 voices polyphony with detune
- line 1+1: stacks 2 times DCO1, 4 voices polyphony with detune
In addition there are are some playmode functions:
- portamento time
- monophonic mode
- key transpose
- bender range


adsr ENEVELOPE
3 EGs for each line DCO (6 in total):
- DCW PD: 8-stages + 8 levels + 8 sustain points that determines the level at which a sound is held as long as a key is pressed
- DCO pitch: same structure as DCW
- DCA amplitude: same structure as DCW


lfo LFO
a single delayed amplitude modulator for DCA 1-2 at same time.
The LFO features variable depth and 4 waveforms: sine, saw, square and ramp


midi MIDI
basic implementation but fully exclusive systems compliant for both edit and backup.
System is fully compatible with Cz-1000 model.



memroy MEMORY
holds:
- 16 ROM sounds
- 16 RAM slots
- 16 RAM extra slots if card model Casio RA-3 is fitted.
RAM needs the internal 1.5V batteries to retain sounds (no lithium battery inside).


cz family models


memroy EDITORS some computer-based softwares:
- Czrider (atari ST) PIC
- soundquest ($ mac / pc)
- Casio CZ-101 Patch Editor (max/msp IOS)
- Soundiver (out of business).

casio cz101 editr


memroy MODIFICATION
- lithium battery for volatile memory
- DISPLAY LCD replacement VIDEO
- circuit bending

 

memroy CZ FAMILY:

 

cz family models

CZ-1000: the same but bigger and normal keys plus membrane buttons

cz-3000: 16 voices 1 DCO or 8 voices 2x stacking 61 keys and chorus effect

cz-2000S
: same as 3000 plus internal stereo speakers (also known as 2600s for other market)

cz-230S:
tiny as cz101 but preset non editable + speakers + PCM drums

cz-5000:
with (difficult) sequencer and 61 keys

cz-1:
the biggest with keys velocity with Aftertouch (no sequencer)

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

  name price link demo
VIRTUAL CZ VIRTUAL CZ commercial
VST PLUGINs
effet VIRTUAL CZ
synthex VST Kasio-M4L FREE VST
MX MSP
effet N/A
VIRTUAL CZ Kassiopeia FREE
VST PLUGINs
effet Kassiopeia
tubehohm Tubeohm Phasewave

Commercial
VST PLUGIN

effet Tubeohm
Lektro Lektro FREE
VST PLUGIN
effet Lektro
phase84 Phase84 COMMERCIAL
IOS APP
effet plhase84

 

demoAUDIO DEMO


demo funk metal bass
demo bass deep (+drums)
demo magic phase
demo analogik
demo temple of sid

demo bubble sound
demo softsquare
demo 8 - jazzy performance (+drum)
demo 9 - enolagay with Roland Cr-78
demo 10 - Demo sent by demo by andy matic


effet Soundcloud CASIO CZ-101


demo1 3 tracks 3 tracks


video VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

Casio CZ-101 Demo Casio CZ 101 +cr8000 Casio Keyboard CZ-101
Demo with Roland CR-8000 Casio Keyboard

 

casio cz101





manual
CASIO CZ-101 USER MANUAL

 

 


manual
FACTORY PATCHES

 



elka synthex free schematics

CZ-101 SERVICE MANUAL


playmodes
wiseman tip:

Reset CZ101 remove batteries for at least 10 minutes, then use thin object to push the rest button under the hood.

 

 

original scan

 

 

original scan

 

 

original scan

 

 

original scan

 

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manual

- Display/ editing
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REVIEW: "Especially good for digital noises and droning. The Casio Cz-101 is not the most powerful of CZ family but surely the cutest and most sought-after for its cheap 80' design with minikeys. "


"So if your fingers are fabulous on a keyboard but all thumbs when it comes to things electronic, get a CasioCZ-101. For a little money you could make it very big" - Casio AD
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