SynthsCasio ⇝ Casio CZ-101

The CZ-101 is based on phase distortion (PD) synthesis, which is similar to FM synthesis. It has non-velocity-sensitive mini-keys and can be powered with six "D" batteries. Of the CZ series of synthesizers, the CZ-101 is the one most like a toy/home-keyboard.

In spite of its limitations, the CZ-101 was very popular and sold more than 65,000 units. The CZ-1000 is an upgraded version with full-sized keys.


Year Released: 1985

MSRP: $499

Keyboard: 49 mini keys

Polyphony: 8 notes

Preset Patches: 16

User Patches: 16

Power Consumption: 5.4 watts

Dimensions: 676 mm x 208 mm x 70 mm

Weight: 3.2 kg

User Demo Videos


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File Downloads

Casio CZ-101 Manual

Casio CZ-101/CZ-1000 Service Manual