In our Hybrid Synthesis series of soundbanks for the Casio CZ series synthesizer, we have tried to provide you with a wide variety of Analog, Digital and Emulative voices, designed to enhance the musical usefulness of your CZ-1, 101, 1000, 3000, or 5000 unit.
You will find that many of the voices sound more realistic within a certain range of the keyboard. Since these voices were programmed on a CZ-101, it may be necessary to change some of the octave settings when using a five-octave keyboard. You may want to experiment by adding a little chorus and/or delay to enhance many of the sounds to your individual needs. Let your ears decide.
VZ-1 “MASTERAM Collection” (VZ01)
“MasterRam 64 Collection” series of RAM/Voice cards for the Casio VZ-1, VZ-10M and VZ-8M keyboard synthesizers, as well as the PG-380 guitar synthesizer. This card contains 64 high quality “Normal” programs as well as 64 “Operation Memories” (OM). The 64 Normal programs will provide 16 voice polyphony and a homogeneous sound across the entire keyboard. The OM’s, however, consist of various keyboard Splits, Layers, and Crossfades that are constructed from up to a total of four of the Normal programs. The total polyphony for each of the OM’s will vary depending on how many sounds have been utilized. A four voice Layer (consisting of four sounds) will cut the available polyphony to four voices. A Split program that uses only two sounds will provide eight note polyphony on each half of the keyboard, etc.
A great deal of time was spent programming the Normal programs in an attempt to provide you with the most powerful “regular” types of patches available. There are a few reasons for this. First, in the “Multi” mode you cannot access the OM’s. Second, you use the normal patches to construct your own OM’s. The individual Normal programs have to be of high quality and be able to “stand on their own,” if they are to offer satisfactory results in the Multi mode. So even though we have provided a barrage of OM’s, they are only a “suggestion” on how one might combine the different Normal sounds into differing combinations. We strongly urge you to read the section of the manual that describes the creation and storage of the OM’s. This will greatly increase the musical power of your instrument and yourself.
Unfortunately the VZ’s display does not indicate which type of OM has been programmed or the number of voices that are available at any time. We have made an attempt to provide somewhat descriptive names to the OM’s to give you some idea of the type of program it is. The OM program list inside this manual also provides a key as to the type of OM, but you will have to experiment to determine the polyphony for each one. Something else: the PG-380 cannot access the OM’s. Sorry, but that’s the way Casio built the thing!