|Digital synthesizer - Released in 1985|
We actually had a Casio CZ-1000 laying around at home when I was kid. Once I took it and played through the presets and was thinking something like "well, this trumpet doesn’t sound that realistic" or "these violins suck". Of course they did suck! I compared it to some Korg workstation synths… But I didn’t realize that the Casio CZ was much more of a synthesizer than the 01/W for example.
Casio CZ-3000 utilizes synthesis called phase-distortion, whatever that means, but there are eight digital waveforms to choose from, some of which are resonance waveforms to make up for filter-kind-of sweeps. There aren't real filters in the synth. The programming is not that difficult but I find it unbelievably slow and frustrating to adjust the eight-stage envelopes for example.
There are ring- and noise modulation, portamento and glide, solo-mode and other features, but most importantly it has a very unique sound.
I didn’t use the Casio CZ-3000 that much – only made one piece with it actually, but I really became fond of the sound when using it. Well, it has a very weak bass, but maybe sometimes it can sound even a bit "analog". The output is very noisy though. There is a built in stereo chorus, (I chose to use an external chorus unit instead).
I’m happy with the piece I made with the CZ-3000, it’s a great memory. I had to let the synth go, (make room for others, that is). But if you like digital vintage synths, get it – they’re very cheap. There are tons of user patches for the CZ-series around the web to get you started, and it can be used as a basic MIDI controller, (but there’s no keyboard velocity, though - for keyboard velocity and aftertouch get the CZ-1).
Listen to the song I made exclusively with Casio CZ-3000 sounds. Outboard effects were used.