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  1. And another sighting! This time the mighty Depeche Mode, live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, circa mid 1980's. Martin Gore has a small white keyboard on top of his PPG Wave 2, with "FAIRLITE" badly written on the back of it. It's a Casio MT-30! Apparently it was a dig at ex-member Vince Clarke, who had allegedly spent a fortune on Fairlights while in Yazoo. Martin does also actually play the Casio, and it can be seen and heard quite clearly @ 27.20 or so.
  2. I don't think so Larry. The reverse coloured keys I'm pretty certain is something Casio has never done (major keys black, minor keys white). The stand also says "Farfisa", a well known Italian organ manufacturer, and using Google search comes up with a few similar looking keyboards/ organs to that in the video. See attached pics below, (and I've rotated the google image Farfisa upside down so it can be compared with the still shot from the video).
  3. In the video for Outkast's massive hit, "Hey Ya", "Benjamin Andre" (aka Andre 3000, who played all the parts in the video!) appears to have a little Casio SA76 on top of the large keyboard on a stand. I wonder if the catchy little riff in the song may even have used the Casio on the actual recording?
  4. Just been watching Devo's "That's Good" video. I'm pretty sure singer Mark Mothersbaugh "plays" the solo @1.50 on a Casio M10 strapped to him like a keytar!
  5. Pretty sure the XW-P1 and G1 could cover everything on the list too (except aftertouch). The arpeggiator requirement is very well covered on the XW's, and is programmed and operates in a kind of similar way to the 1000P as well. Add in the step sequencer, and the XW's basic synth waves (there will be some simple sine waves among then to replicate the 1000P) then you are getting close to mimicking the sound and features of the 1000P. Plus you get all the other XW features too.
  6. The 1000P does have a unique sound about it, very limited in some respects, though definitely characterful. I believe it's based on the sine wave synthesis that some early Casios used, which was then dropped in favour of the more flexible consonant vowel synthesis. Some older keyboards can be retrofitted with MIDI via kits, though that's normally only as far as note on/ off MIDI is concerned. There's a possibility that the sequencer/ arpeggiator could be adapted to be clocked to MIDI also, but much depends on the schematics of the keyboard. All the effects you listed can be added simply by using guitar pedals or DAW effect sends. The other features suggested, to me, would be making it into a totally different synth. And with all those high level features, to then only have the limited 1000P sound engine is rather pointless. Sadly, the 1000P is in no way regarded as a classic and to be honest, for good reason - it is too limited compared with other synths available at the time. It is almost unheard of and unknown outside of Casio collector circles. Casio has yet to re-issue an updated CZ series synth, and those ARE cult keyboards with much fondness from many who had and used them back in the 80's calling out for them to brought up to date with new features. If Casio's most popular retro synth hasn't been re-issued, I can't see an obscure oddball such as the 1000P getting the reissue treatment. Don't get me wrong, the 1000P is nice board for what it is, making some lovely, warm, organ/ wind type tones. Add in the onboard vibrato settings and it sounds quite interesting. It also has quite good bass, though it's a warm, smooth bass rather than punchy/ squelchy synth bass ala Roland Juno. Best thing would be to pick one up cheaply (they don't normally go for much), and just enjoy it for what it is.
  7. My XW's are still en-route to my home in the USA (according to the shipping tracker, they are soon to be docking in the NE USA, then hopefully they'll finally be transported to me around the end of April). I am very curious to hear this duophonic emulation. Can anyone upload an audio file with it in action to satisfy my curiosity until I get to try it for real?
  8. I'm not sure about the RZ-1, though the FZ-1 (plus 10M and 20M) are known for their "crunchiness". In fact, many find that it adds a unique character to the samples. Now, I've no idea if it's the filter (analogue) that causes this, or if it's the way the FZ processes its samples. It's supposedly 16 bit (and advertised as such), though some speculate that it samples at 12 bit. Or as you said earlier, perhaps it's the frequency range that does it, though I do also know that the FZ has selectable variable rates for sampling. When my FZ-20M finally arrives here from the UK (it's currently with the shipping company along with all my belongings) I will be eager to test it out!
  9. I've never had one, though I wouldn't mind one to add to my collection. They're quite collectible now and no longer go for bargain prices. From what I've read/ heard, the samples are the same as found on the HT series keyboards rhythm sections. Of course, the RZ allows the user to load in their own samples, which is one of the major selling points of the unit. However, I understand that the samples are very short and might be quite low resolution. For the prices that RZ's go for, you could probably pick up an FZ sampler for similar money, which also had 8 line outs. Then get the RZ samples, load them into the FZ and have all the FZ features as well!
  10. A recent Youtube video is pretty good at showing the basics:
  11. Hi All, I'm back in the UK getting my gear ready to be shipped over to the USA. Before I pack each item, I check to make sure all was working. Of course, having not played with any of my synths for over a year I wanted to a little bit of time to enjoy them before I packed them up, and that included both my XW's. My P1 worked fine, so after a while I packed it away. My G1 though, seems to have a fault with the keyboard. In a nutshell, C3 - G3, including the black keys, are unresponsive. I must confess that it has done this before, and it seemed to be an intermittent fault as either they'd suddenly start working again or would do so as I flipped through the settings and messed around with key ranges and all that. I remember once doing a factory reset that seemed to solve the issue, though I've no idea if that or the menu diving had any effect or not or whether it was a coincidence. Anyhow, when I got back after being away a year sure enough the G1 was doing the dead keys trick again, then seemed to start working again. It stayed that way until I got my Roland JX-3P back from having its KIWI3P upgrade installed and as can be expected, my attention turned to playing the hell out of that as it completely revamps the Roland and turns it into quite the beast. The G1 was not used for a good few weeks until tonight when I decided to try it out one last time before packing it away for the shippers. However, once again when I switched it on the C3 - G3 are unresponsive. I tried menu diving, resetting key ranges and finally tried two factory resets all to no avail - these particular keys remain dead. I also hooked it up via MIDI to the JX-3P, and using the G1 to play the JX shows the same issue with the same range of dead keys. When I do it the other way round and use the JX to play the G1 via MIDI, all key ranges are responsive indicating that the G1's sound engine is functioning perfectly and that there is something stopping the G1's C3 - G3 range of keys from working. Has anyone encountered this issue with the G1 (or P1) before (I tried looking through the forum and can't see where any similar incidences)? Any idea where I should start looking to resolve the problem? I know I can use the G1 fine over MIDI, but I'd still like its keyboard to work properly again Chas
  12. You are, indeed, correct. The CZ3000 (and 5000) use 3 x AA batteries to back up the internal memory. They are accessed underneath the CZ via a small plastic cover that if I recall correctly, slides off to reveal them. The CZ101/ 1000 do not have changeable batteries to back up their memory, and the CZ-1 is different to the 3000/ 5000 as its memory back up battery is on the main board itself and only accessible if you take the CZ-1 apart.
  13. You've come to the right place! Most of us have more than one Casio. Some of us (ahem!) have quite a few of them!
  14. I believe this is a common feature of many older Casios that run on batteries as well as with an AC adapter. If I recall correctly, it's called "APO" (Automatic Power Off), and if the keyboard is switched on and left idle (no keys or buttons pressed for more than a few minutes), it will automatically switch itself off. Even if it's powered by the adapter. Some battery and mains adapter powered Casios, such as the CZ101, have a switch that can turn off this feature, but the lesser model Casios don't. The CT1000P is mains powered only, hence does not have the auto power off feature. Love the MT68/ 65 models by the way! Great beats and rhythms on those
  15. Oh, and this is one of the best demos I've heard demonstrating a modified HT3000 filter: