Send Sysex To CZ-101 Using MIDI-OX

Even though the title says CZ-101, this is also the procedure to use for the CZ-1000, CZ-3000, and CZ-5000.

Get Ready

  1. Make sure your cables are connected in the correct order. OUT from the computer goes to IN on the CZ. OUT from the CZ goes to IN on the computer.
  2. Make sure the PROTECT switch is set to OFF. This is a slide switch on the back of the CZ.
  3. Make sure SOLO on the keyboard is off. SOLO affects the MIDI mode.
  4. Press the MIDI button on the CZ. To make things simple for this tutorial, we are going to use defaults and MIDI channel 1. Please apply these settings:

    MIDI BASICPolyphonic mode
    CH=01Using MIDI channel 1
    PROG CHANGE=ENAProgram changes enabled

    When you’re done, the LCD should look like one of these:


    Settings screen, CZ-101


    Settings screen, CZ-5000

  5. Launch MIDI-OX. Play some notes on the CZ and they should show up in the main window of MIDI-OX. If not, then MIDI-OX is not communicating with your MIDI port.

Actual Steps

  1. You don't have to take any special steps to get a CZ-101 to accept sysex data. As long as you have taken care of all the previous steps, it should be ready to accept data.
  2. Click the MIDI-OX toolbar icon titled “Send a System Exclusive File to MIDI Out Port”. That is exactly what we want to do. When you click that toolbar item, a new window opens called “SysEx View and Scratchpad”.
  3. In “SysEx View and Scratchpad”, choose “File > Send Sysex File” from the menu. You browse to where your sysex file is stored and select it. That's it! MIDI-OX sends the sysex file to the MIDI port, and the CZ receives it.

  4. When the CZ-101 has successfully loaded all data, it will present this happy screen:


    The file was successfully sent to the CZ-101.

    Note: I have learned that the CZ-5000 does not present a DATA FULL message. I’m not sure about CZ-1000 and CZ-3000, needs further testing.

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