MATRIXSYNTH: Casio HZ600


Friday, October 22, 2010

Casio HZ600


via this French auction site.

This one spotted and sent in via electraumatisme. I don't think I've seen one before. It looks a bit like a Roland Alpha Juno.

"A vendre synthé numérique casio HZ600 avec un filtre résonnant analogique :
- clavier léger grandes touches 5 octaves,
- splittable,molette de modulation et pitchbend
- midi in, out, thru,
- sorties stéréo en jack 6,35,
- transfo fourni et fixé sur le clavier.

Ce synthé sonne très analo. Excellent rapport qualité/prix.
A voir sur Lille."

Googlish:
"Sell casio digital synth with a resonant filter HZ600 Analog
- Lightweight keyboard large keys 5 octaves,
- Splittable, modulation wheel and pitchbend
- MIDI IN, OUT, THROUGH,
- Output stereo jack 6.35,
- Transformer supplied and fixed on the keyboard.

This synth sounds very analog. Excellent value for money.

See it on Lille."

Update via popman in the comments:

"Here is some more informations I found after I sent you this auction :

"The HZ-600 was the first SD synthesizer, and was the only SD synthesizer built to look like a "professional" synthesizer, i.e., without built-in speakers or auto-accompaniment controls. In contrast to the bulky-looking Casio CZ line, the HZ-600 was deliberately styled after the sleek-looking Roland Alpha Juno 2 right down to the inclusion of an "alpha-dial" programming wheel. The HZ-600 was a 61-key, 8-note polyphonic basic-MIDI synthesizer without initial- or after-touch, and functionally was essentially an advanced Korg Poly-800. Like the Poly-800, all voices (in each channel) shared a single VCF, meaning the VCF envelope would retrigger when a new note was played, affecting all previous notes still playing. The HZ-600 included 3 levels of onboard analog chorus, 3 selectable keyboard split points, 3 selectable pitch-bender ranges, a modulation wheel, transpose, and a card slot for the new sleek Casio RA-100 RAM cards, which had 8K of memory. Unlike the CZ series, portamento was not available."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_SD_Synthesizers"

Update via Jared in the comments: I found this video demo on youtube:

Casio HZ600 SD Synthesizer

YouTube via oscillatorelectric | April 21, 2010

"A sound demo of my Casio HZ600 SD Synthesizer"

2 comments:

  1. Here is some more informations I found after I sent you this auction :

    "The HZ-600 was the first SD synthesizer, and was the only SD synthesizer built to look like a "professional" synthesizer, i.e., without built-in speakers or auto-accompaniment controls. In contrast to the bulky-looking Casio CZ line, the HZ-600 was deliberately styled after the sleek-looking Roland Alpha Juno 2 right down to the inclusion of an "alpha-dial" programming wheel. The HZ-600 was a 61-key, 8-note polyphonic basic-MIDI synthesizer without initial- or after-touch, and functionally was essentially an advanced Korg Poly-800. Like the Poly-800, all voices (in each channel) shared a single VCF, meaning the VCF envelope would retrigger when a new note was played, affecting all previous notes still playing. The HZ-600 included 3 levels of onboard analog chorus, 3 selectable keyboard split points, 3 selectable pitch-bender ranges, a modulation wheel, transpose, and a card slot for the new sleek Casio RA-100 RAM cards, which had 8K of memory. Unlike the CZ series, portamento was not available."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_SD_Synthesizers

    ReplyDelete
  2. I found this video demo on youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSyRQ9dIzAE

    ReplyDelete

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