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Casio CZ-101

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:02 pm
by Ice Cream Jonsey
Hey Vark, a buddy of mine is selling a Casio CZ-101 keyboard. I just need something that will let me input MIDI. No idea what he's asking for on it, but have you heard of that keyboard at all? I guess it's fairly old?

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:41 pm
by Flack
That looks like a pretty fun keyboard, but way overkill if you're just wanting MIDI. You can get a MIDI keyboard way cheap these days, and all modern MIDI controllers are USB.


Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:41 pm
by Flack
I have no idea what the forum did to my Amazon link but here you go.

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:27 pm
by Tdarcos
Jesus, they are $37? This is amazing, for anyone playing a keyboard, these are cheap.

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:15 am
by Flack
Just to clarify in case you missed it... that $37 keyboard does not make any sound on its own. It has to be connected to a PC and run through some sort of MIDI software to make any noise. Also according to the Amazon specs it weighs 1 1/2 pounds, so in regards to quality there's probably nowhere to go but up. All that said, USB based MIDI is a heck of a lot easier to deal with than those old keyboards with a round DIN MIDI port which I don't even know how you would hook up to a modern PC (where there's a will...)

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:19 am
by Tdarcos
Flack wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:15 am
Just to clarify in case you missed it... that $37 keyboard does not make any sound on its own. It has to be connected to a PC and run through some sort of MIDI software to make any noise.
(Comment from 1970:)
"Jesus, I just spent $600 on this turntable and I have to buy speakers to hear my records?"

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:56 am
by Jizaboz
I use the exact same keyboard actually! I'm not a very good keyboard player, but I used it to make the 2 songs here http://jizaboz.com/projects/music/index.html

Like Flack mentioned.. yes it requires a computer and a program to use. I've used it with "Delphie Mask" and "Garage Band" on my work MacBook pro.

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:02 am
by Jizaboz
Er I mean.. I'm using the one Flack linked to on Amazon

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:08 pm
by AArdvark
All my keyboards have the old style round ports. I got one of those midi to USB adapters and it works quite well. I also bought a 4 port thru box so I can midi all the keyboards together for that wall of sound. I found a Korg Legacy Pack* that emulates six or seven old keyboards on the PC and I can use that as well.
I've never seen the Casio CZ 101 but it sounds cool as hell in the videos I watched. I'm not a fan of the mini keys cause my fingers fumble too much but I can use my Yamaha full size as the master controller. I had the opportunity to get the weighted keys version but I cheaped out and I've been kicking myself a little ever since.


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*free for the asking!

Re: Casio CZ-101

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:22 pm
by Ice Cream Jonsey
Ok, eff it, I bought that MIDI controller that everyone was talking about. I am finally getting organized in life. I will make some songs with that before spending $700 or whatever on a proper keyboard.