Casio VL-1 KONTAKT
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Casio VL-1 Sampled for Kontakt, original sounds and rhythms…
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Casio VL-1 Sampled for Kontakt, original sounds and rhythms…
The CZ V models the Casio CZ-101 and CZ-1000, two cult synthesizers behind many ‘80s pop hits. It adds a ton of new features that make it an instrument for the ages. Casio’s mid-‘80s digital synths were light on price and big on sound. One listen and you’ll be really big on the new, improved CZ V. Like you, we love synths of every flavor. That’s why we just had to recreate the true essence of Casio’s patented phase distortion synthesis that made their CZ series so popular. You don’t need to understand how phase distortion works—just let your ears tell you how cool and unique it would sound in your music. As you’ve come to expect from all of Arturia’s V Collection, our enhancements transform CZ into an even more formidable sonic force that can transform your music.
Introducing the Custom VL-1. Casio’s first instrument in the VL-Tone line. It featured synth, sequencer and calculator. Loved by many electronic musicians for it’s unique, lo-fi sounds. Most notably used by Athlete, Dee Lite, Trio, The Human League, Talking Heads and many more. Includes speed, drive and warmth controls to subtly edit the samples. Includes ADSR programmed patches Little blippy lo-fi synth sounds created by typing in many sequences of eight digit numbers used to programme this little beast.
PD1000 is a highly detailed library of sounds sampled from the Casio CZ1000, developed for Kontakt 4 and higher. In total, there are 108 patches (including all of the original ROM sounds), made from 1,349 individual samples. All samples were recorded in 24 bit at 44.1 kHz through an Inward Connections Vac Rac 4000 pre-amp, into an RME Fireface 800.
Casio’s uniquely powerful early-digital synthesiser • 3 digiwave oscillators with complex, involving waveforms, each with its own modulation and envelope controls • 80 factory patches plus instant patch creation with the Glitch button • Truly unusual sound palette – grainier and airier than FM or LA • Shifting, morphing soundscapes a speciality! Released in 1987, the HT-6000 came just as Casio was making a determined effort to carve out a swathe of the pro audio market. Machines like the CZ-1 phase distortion synth had already staked a claim, suggesting that Casio needn’t just be known for home keyboards; the follow-up FZ-1 sampler was a real eye-opener, offering 16-bit sampling at a shocking low price. Clearly Casio had serious designs on studio space – which makes the arrival of the HT-6000 all the more confusing. On the one hand, it boasted some truly impressive on-paper spec: four digital oscillators each capable of generating 32 different waveforms, plus analogue filters and decent modulation capabilities. On the other hand, it had built-in speakers and an overall vibe that uncertainly straddled the line between studio synth and home keyboard. Probably as a direct result of this, it failed to make a significant mark in either arena, and now remains something of a cult keyboard – largely forgotten, and all but buried under a landslide of DX7s and D50s.
It’s 2020 and we’re kicking it off with royalty as we welcome back synth guru King Unique for an all-new new course looking at How To Use CZ V. Starting with a fascinating insight into Casio’s rise from innovative smoking aids to suspended synth pyramids, Matt runs through how to use this iconic synth in-depth and how to make the most out of this ‘phase distortion synth’ to get some awesome sounds. A relatively simple synth to master compared to some of Arturia’s emulations but still packed full of endless possibilities. Go check it out for yourself!
A fresh library based on the Interactive Phase Distortion principle. The Casio VZ10m and the German Hohner HS2/E are the last hardware synths featuring iPD. The iPD synthesis was meant as an effort to simplify sound programming because its results are easier to predict when comparing to FM synthesis. IPD is capable of producing bright and lively tunes with sharp attacks and digital precision. The Library contains 30 instruments featuring “filter-less” and “non-substractive” sounds that stand out thru their rich harmonic content and agile brightness. Each instrument is based on its unique set of velocity-layered multi-samples.
Something that was weirdly great about the 80s was the emergence of “things that are also other things”. For example: pencil erasers that also smell of candy. Or toy cars that are also toy robots. Or school calculators that are also tiny synthesisers. Casio’s VL Tone series of calculators really embodied an oddball notion taken to extremes: once you’ve solved the square on the hypotenuse as being equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides of the triangle, why not kick back with some funky toonz? (Luckily there was a headphone jack built in, so that the surprisingly loud two-inch speaker didn’t distract the rest of the class from their studies.) Not only were there six preset sounds to fool around with, you could even – get this – program your own, by inputting laborious strings of numbers with the calculator switched to a special mode. With control over envelope, tone shape, vibrato and so on, you could come up with your own VL Tone patches, in a move which Casio presumably hoped was a kind of gateway drug to their bigger, more professional keyboards.
‘Retro Keyboard Loops 1’ brings some 80’s magic to your tracks, showcasing a range of classic Casio sounds sampled from authentic hardware. 200 loops are arranged into seven loop packs and both wet and dry loops are included for maximum versatility. Take a trip down memory lane with ‘Retro Keyboard Loops 1’. Recorded on a classic Casio keyboard, this pack includes a selection of retro style synths, clarinets, flutes and whistles all captured in their ear-piercing beauty. Contained within are 200 loops arranged into seven packs at 122 BPM allowing you to easily mix and match the various musical phrases. Wet and dry loops also give you the option of creating your own unique FX mix.
The Casio MT40 looks like a typical 80s home keyboard, however it has a remarkable history. It was used to create a song called Under Mi Sleng Teng… which kicked off the digital Dancehall revolution. The rock drum preset and bass accompaniment are unmistakable and have been used numerous times since. The MT40 drums are lofi but surprisingly punchy. The Bass is warm and fuzzy and very distinctive. The keyboard instruments are based on 2 mixed variable pulse square waves, with digital envelopes and a low pass filter. I have given this famous little keyboard the treatment. Using a studio full of tasty analog hardware to sample all the drum sounds as single drum hits and loops ( Rex, Apple and Wav). I have also sampled the bass sound with 4 different signal chains and lastly I multi-sampled 16 of the keyboard tones.
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