Casio SK-1

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Casio SK-1

Post by Inyso » Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:11 am

This looks like fun enough to be worth the price (which isn't saying much, but still.) I also hear that it's something of a circuit-bender's holy grail. Has anyone here tried one of these out?

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Post by wiss » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:20 am

its a toy....its a fun toy to mess with and is perfect for circuit bend becuase of the sampling ablity and built in drum patterns it has.
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Post by Inyso » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:37 am

I think I might get one... I mean it sounds like a pretty cool toy, and $30 isn't much to lose.

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Post by konvert » Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:39 am

I have Casio SK-100 and it's a cool toy. Nothing more.
But for circuit-bending, it indeed is a holy grail of some sort.
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Post by salwa » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:18 am

It's more than a sampling toy IMO. It has a nice lo-fi piano (later models have different and worse one) and if you choose 'flute' preset with portamento and set it to solo mode, you have great theremin-like sound (which is always in tune :) )
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Post by Tyler2000 » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:26 am

If it's not too much more (i dont' check the prices, I got mine via thrift stores) I strongly suggest going for the SK-1. There a few key differences though. With the SK-5 you gain way more sampling power. In fact it takes up to 4 samples at a time and remembers then when you turn it off. The four samples can be tuned (against a built-in note, no less!) and played from rather nice feeling drum pads as well as from the keyboard.

However the SK-5 loses the GREAT SK-1 beats, which are very lo-fi/8bit if you are into that. It's not that the SK-5 beats aren't good, but they aren't as good. The 1's built-in voices are better too. The 5's voices are fun at first, but the voices on the 1 stay fun longer.

It's like this:

SK-1 = character
SK-5 = function

I like them both and rather keep at least one of each around.

(oh yeah, SK-5 does sample reverse and doesn't pop when it loops)
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by xpander » Fri Nov 23, 2007 10:18 am

SK-1 is to synthesizers what PixelVision is to videocameras.

i still have mine in my studio, the same one i got from the great music store (Macy*s) when i was a yute. if i remember, they were a pretty price-y, hot xmas toy, like $100 or $150 dollars, but they gave us a taste of sampling and certain synthesis fundamentals. plus, when you farted into the mic, you needed only press a button to have that fart incorporated into a song. brilliant, in short.

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Post by tallowwaters » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:48 pm

yamaha vss-30 trumps the sk-1s sorry a*s any day of the week. i still love my vss 30. it sits above my fizmo, hard wired to my dan echo.
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Post by Inyso » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:29 pm

Tyler2000 wrote:If it's not too much more (i dont' check the prices, I got mine via thrift stores) I strongly suggest going for the SK-1. There a few key differences though. With the SK-5 you gain way more sampling power. In fact it takes up to 4 samples at a time and remembers then when you turn it off. The four samples can be tuned (against a built-in note, no less!) and played from rather nice feeling drum pads as well as from the keyboard.

However the SK-5 loses the GREAT SK-1 beats, which are very lo-fi/8bit if you are into that. It's not that the SK-5 beats aren't good, but they aren't as good. The 1's built-in voices are better too. The 5's voices are fun at first, but the voices on the 1 stay fun longer.

It's like this:

SK-1 = character
SK-5 = function

I like them both and rather keep at least one of each around.

(oh yeah, SK-5 does sample reverse and doesn't pop when it loops)
I might end up getting both, since they're so f**k cheap. :)

I'll also check out that Yamaha that tallowwaters mentioned.

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Post by DX » Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:52 am

I have got one of these but I am not sure If I lend to someone or it is stored somewhere in my house.

It is a toy, sampler is very cheese, but there are some nice sounds, altought lo fi, really interesting.

I will search it in my home. I want to power it up again.
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Post by Inyso » Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:47 am

Now I'm thinking I'll just put it on my Christmas list and make other people buy it for me. :twisted:

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Post by Dlroto » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:43 am

I had a sk1 growing up and I regret breaking it, i may pick one up one day.
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Post by Architecture » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:14 am

I got one, and i must say, those things sound dirty as what! Im definitely going to need to sit down with mine and make something with it! I got mine for free to boot from my friends girlfriend!

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Post by michael stein » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:51 pm

Dont forget to look for the concertmate 500 as well. It is an sk-1 replica that was sold by radioshack. My avatar is mine circuitbent. Great fun. Toy=occupies hours of your time and you typically don't get anything accomplished. Great for parties.

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Post by Five » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:07 pm

michael stein wrote:Dont forget to look for the concertmate 500 as well. It is an sk-1 replica that was sold by radioshack. My avatar is mine circuitbent. Great fun. Toy=occupies hours of your time and you typically don't get anything accomplished. Great for parties.
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