Casio VZ-1

Casio VZ-1

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VZ-1, Digital Synth from Casio.

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Casio VZ-1 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Casio
  • Model: VZ-1
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Casio VZ-1 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
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 1 user review33 %

jprintz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Casio VZ-1
Well, we'll not do it again, see below ...


Watch out: the screen is very readable, small print, low contrast, it would just put the bold, it would have been much better.
The screen tends to lose its brightness, which again strains the eyes. The menus are clear and well organized but to get out or call another page, we must return to the root ... Tedious. This is the app that is in question, said that besides the record, except that at the time, they were proud of this language! He wants "computerizing computer" if I may say so.
The edition, you will understand, is slow and complex. Better to treat each "line" simultaneously with the same page, passing from one to another, as when moving from one operator to another on the DX7. About the FM, forget everything you thought he knew, because if the results are close, how to get there is totally different. Only common, we must work to build on the pitch lines and envelopes.


The combination keyboard / sensitivity parameters is consistent and optimal. One can quite express themselves with the touch and all the parameters of curves, sensitivity, speed, ratio of length envelopes according to the position of the buttons or by typing. Everything is possible.
The sound is what one actually. It's a real synth and we must start from the perspective "I create a unique instrument with the patch I program." One should always be that way with digital. So is knowing what you want and get there before the repeat, because while, can not quickly correct the details ...
The sound is nevertheless very close to the DX. We manage to "turn" harmonics easily by changing the waveform and choosing algoritmes with ring mod and phasing. This is also one of its strengths: each line of oscillators (4 lines 2 osc) can have its own algoritme, as in the D50, but with more combinations: 4 rows and 3 algoritmes: mix = signals parallel (32 on the DX7 algorithms), ring = ring osc1 modulated by osc2, phase = phasing of osc2 on osc1. With all that, good cutting heights-note-octave envelopes, there is everything you need. Remain ideas, time and attention to detail.
It is imperative from the factory patches and edit them. They give a good indication of what may be the VZ and just waiting to be upgraded / modified.
Plan when even a small multi-effect with the least chorus / reverb together personal, I passed through a Boss ME50 pedal and it does. When I program, however, no effect: if the result begins to be satisfactory in the rough, then we are on track.
It is well for comps, nicks clavis, ethereal pads and the leads pretty sweet. Anyway, what are the uses that I do in my group.


I've had a little less than a year. I had ups and downs, I asked many questions, for nothing ... It is an instrument in itself, it reflects the spirit and concern for quality "Generation DX". It should be taken as such, without having to feel obligated to return it to its context. It performs very well in some very contemporary and does not necessarily give a color eighties, even if able.
If you want one, think first what you want or need to do. He certainly can, but you will take unusual paths, with surprises at every turn!

Sebounet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Casio VZ-1
The keyboard has 61 keys trs, trs comfortable. With three modulation wheels, its curves VLOC its MIDI implmentation done everything in the standard (the traditional IOT), a keyboard would be perfect if only matre local mode OFF silent prvu the features of the device. Only one pair of outputs across rear is not much, but remember that not VZ1 prvu to be multi-timbral: it's a real synthtiseur, with a host of paramtres absolutely crazy that will give her an unusual, enjoyable trs, including excellent strings and bells gniales. This is not a reader of sample, but a real synthtiseur IPD, based on the sometimes surprising Infringements sinusodes, saw teeth, white and pink noise. The polyphony of 16 voices should be, but if the sounds are stacked, it is reduced accordingly. Unfortunately, no filters in the VZ 1, but when I pass in my EMAX, your exact is awesome!


There is a beautiful blue screen, knobs, shortcut keys - in terms of ergonomics, the keyboard is trs, trs damn well (including the headphone jack in front faade, so rare today ...). The edition sounds require patience, but your exact worth the effort. The manual rpond absolutely all questions that may arise about the Casio VZ 1. There are masses of things to edit the sounds, the Infringements of two waveforms dcalage their lightweight, through the ADSR 8 points ... Synthtiseur a remarkable, really.


For those who look for strings hot trs, tablecloths apriodiques the CASIO VZ one is very well. For fans of reading sample, look elsewhere, the VZ one has absolutely no use and can not do tural sound - only the pure synthetic, soft, numrique, pais ...


I use this keyboard since 1991 without problem. It is solid, original trs, unfortunately little known. Trs is certainly one of my choices, I do not resell

Canardoo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Casio VZ-1
Beautiful production overall. Keyboard sweet and enjoyable, chassis mtallique weight! Irrprochable finish. This is a keyboard built to last!
Three assignable modulation wheels. thank you for the words!
Complte standard connectors but with a clever little cross to cut the sending and reception noon. The polyphony is that of his era. Limit 16 channels but is it really ncessaire to expect so much given that the multitimbralit8 channels) is not the purpose of this instrument. No effects intgrs.Ce not constitute a default for a home studio that possde of the name. Your effects will certainly be of better quality than those embedded in machines of this era. There are soft to tidion. Freeware for PC and Atari VZ rider.


A new synthse, news-making head. The edition of the interactive phase distortion is not at all like that Submitted on CZ SERIES! We must spend time ... a lot of time trying to matriser sounds crs. The central display is blue graphic and help the edition cel. The menus are clear enough but you have to press the play button! Often you get a chance .. .. by rsultat as on many machines by the way! VZ1 but has potential!
The manual is complet.Le hard part is done, will integrate all the possibilities offered by this synthse your account! To be honnte, I did not find the ease and simplicity edition of the CZ.


Casio trs sound ..! But we do not find the grain of the CZ. The offer sounds VZ1 own trs, trs pais both ends and in the pads. Low standards, distorted leads, FM bells, strings and brilliant sound typical digital synthse trsars and scrolls. The quality is to go, no breath and a dynamic dzynguer your HP! Obviously, no sounds of acoustic piano and mandolin, is a synthtiseur, and not a real player PCM Exceeds after two years! the keyboard is dynamic and sensitive aftertouch which is very well peru sonore.De by the engine over the wheels modulations provide a useful expressiveness supplmentaire rev sounds sometimes a little too clean. Ah! if there were pots on this machine! (And many others!).
Short! The VZ1 produces unique sound! It's a matter of taste.
Note that CASIO offers a SERIES of sound cards out of the machine. One card silent book in the package.


Bought in 1991, I used the keyboard matre. I almost sold, but APRS reflection, I care! It tural possde a personality and a synth is a quality indniable.
Too bad it did not have casio synth in France inttt the public. Unfortunately, it does marketed far too late. APRS dferlante the DX7 with which it shares the innovative synthse cot, he does noy in the wave of machines based PCM multi effects and rowdy public adulation of the end of this century.
If you are looking for new sounds coming out of the ordinary interest to you this rare machine that Exceeds 500 in the Figure occasion. You will tonns of its sonic possibilities

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