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Jack Hertz

Topic: Casio CZ-101 Phase Modulation Synthesizer

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The CZ-101 was the first and best-selling synthesizer in this line. Approximately 68,500 were manufactured. Released in November 1984, it was one of the first (if not the first) fully programmable polyphonic synthesizers that was available for under $500. In order to keep the price low, several compromises were made. The CZ-101 only had 49 keys (4 octaves from C to C) instead of the 61 keys most synthesizers had. Instead of full sized keys, the CZ-101 used miniature keys.

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I love my CZ-101. My other synths, including a half dozen I no longer own, sound too familiar to me sometimes. When that happens I turn to the "Cosmo" to make some bizarre, unworldly snork or bleem. Nothing boings like a CZ.

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