The Casio CZ-1000 Digital Synthesizer has one of the most unique Oscillators of all time; Phase Distortion Synthesis, (PD). Phase Distortion through Oscillator circuitry was accomplished by reading a sine wave table stored in memory. The most significant bits of an initial linear frequency counter are under envelope control transformed into a secondary phase angle signal which is then used to read the sine wave. Depending on the wiring, the transform will change and a wide variety of wave shapes can be produced. The CZ-1000 could also emulate the variable resonance found in analog voltage controlled filters using this technique!
The CZ-1000 Metasounds Synthesizer Patch Banks use the power of Phase Distortion Synthesis, and 8-Stage Envelope Generators to their maximum ability. Variable Resonant Analog Emulations and Digital Soundscapes, along with Traditional Instrumental Sounds, are included within this collection. Unfortunately, at this time, I can only make this package available for Atari ST™ Computer users, as the CZ-1000 Metasounds Synthesizer Patch Banks are in TOS™ / GEM™ format only, (read below for emulation alternatives!).
More great news is that as of Sept. 2014, you don’t even have to own a CZ-1000! The all new VirtualCZ is the first software emulation of the Casio line of CZ Synthesizers that can import CZ System Exclusive Data! Click here to find out more.
Casio CZ-1000 Package Contents
- Casio CZ-1000, 64 Patch CZ Sound Bank 1, in CZ LIB-II Atari TOS/GEM computer file format, (CZ-101 Compatible)
- Casio CZ-1000, 64 Patch CZ Sound Bank 2, in CZ LIB-II Atari TOS/GEM computer file format, (CZ-101 Compatible)
- The Atari ST – CZLIB Casio CZ-1000/101 version 2.0 Sound Librarian Program
- Sound documentation (this document)
- The Casio CZ-1000/101 Owners Manual
- The Casio CZ-1000 Service Manual with Electronic Schematics
Using the Atari ST CZLIB Program on your PC
Although the Casio CZ-1000 Metasounds package has been created for the Atari ST line of computers, you also have an opportunity to experience this package on your PC using an Atari ST MIDI enabled Emulator! I Recommend, and have thoroughly tested the Steem Engine Atari ST Emulator. To download the Steem Engine Atari ST Emulator visit the main development site here:
Where you will not only find access to the Emulator, but Instructions, Support, and Links to Resources! Below are screen shots of the Atari CZLIB Program running on the Steem Emulator using a PC, with the Casio CZ-1000 Metasounds package loaded and ready for transmission to a CZ-1000/101. Please see this program in action below:
The Steem Engine ST Emulator Desktop:
The Atari ST CZLIB Program Loading:
The Atari ST CZLIB Program Splash Screen:
Loading the Metasounds into the CZLIB:
Metasounds Successfully Loaded:
Loading Bank 2 into CZLIB:
The CZLIB MIDI Menu:
The CZLIB “About” Screen:
Sound File Summary of Terms
The files below are provided free and as is, (previously offered by me through Metascape Media for $5.00), no warranty or support implied or otherwise. You must agree to the END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT before downloading the provided .zip archive. The archive is also password protected. To gain the password, please leave a personal “thank you” message within the “comments” section below with a valid email address so that I may provide the archives password for you.
This ensures a proper count of the users who download, and use these sounds. Your email address will NOT be used for any other purpose than to gain the archived password. Thank you for understanding, and I sincerely hope you enjoy making music with my sounds, and the various included sounds within the package. I would also love to hear your work using these sounds, but that’s completely up to you. You’ll have my email address, link me to your creative genius anytime
Sound File Download
Casio CZ-101/1000 Video Demo
The Atari ST – CZLIB Casio CZ-1000 version 2.0 Sound Librarian Program is Copyright 1988 Steve Johns
The Casio CZ-1000/101 Owners Manual and Electronic Schematics are Copyright 1984 Casio
All new Casio CZ sound banks Copyright 2014 Michael Lyon