The CZ1 is a new occurence of the Casio CZ virus that never seems to get completely elliminated at the Sternstudio. Most important benefits of the CZ1 above the CZ101's is that it has more user patches, chorus, velocity, aftertouch, mod wheel, 4 modulation types, glide and you can set the output levels for the 2 DCA's seperatly. Technically it can be 16 voices, but since that requires only 1 of the oscs it will most of the time be limited to 8 voices. The CZ101 is 4 part multitimbral, the CZ1 8 part but it wants you to assign a number of voices for each part and as said; the CZ1 is most of the time limited to 8 voices. Still better then the CZ101 so let's not complain. It can do sysex dumps (hurray!!!) and you can exchange sounds with your CZ101. So how does it sound? Pretty much the same.The chorus is a nice but noisy addition. Perhaps it's a little bit warmer but that can only be caused by the outputs, the CZ101 and CZ1 use technically the same engines.more
The tones that come out of this thing are so incredibly mellow. If you really try and program your own patches, you can get sounds far from the stock, cheesy 80s presets this thing ships with.
The options for cross-modulation make this a dream for pads, as well as the envelope shaping.