Casio CZ synthesizers introduced a new type of synthesis called, “Phase Distortion”. While analog purists won’t be impressed, these digital instruments offer a stepping stone from traditional subtractive synthesis to things like FM synthesis.
Models differ in size and features, however all CZ synthesizers share the same sound engine. Each sound can be made up of one or two “lines”, each of which have:
Each of these three blocks has its own dedicated 8-step envelope for powerful control of all aspects of the sound. Beyond that, there’s ring modulation, noise modulation, detune and vibrato.
If you’re looking for something a little different from the same-old subtractive synthesizers at a low price point, give the Casio CZ series a try.