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    More: Vintage, Synthesizer, Frequency modulation, Frequency modulation synthesis, Analog synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, voices of 6-op FM synthesis, fantastic instruments, audio-rate modulation  
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2020-10-01 12:30:45 AM  
I'd rather have the true frequency mod Casio VZ-1 from TFA or the phase mod CZ-101 from TFA, but fate brought me a CT-410V, which apparently is the most rare or at least among the rarest.  I don't care about that.  It's a super deluxe Casio with an analog filter section (ADSR) and a host of other cool bits.  The tones/patches are pretty good, though it would be hard to wedge it into a rock context.  Of course, like any "good" Casio, it has the accompaniment and canned rhythm section, but this time around it's actually not bad.

Interestingly, there's an unused port/connection on the bottom left that I have read was to be an input for a breath control as appears on a similar keyboard by another brand, but Casio abandoned it.  That would have been a cool feature.

I've never run the thing through pedals or racks, I figure it would open up some if I did but it might still remain something best employed for silly, fanciful, cartoonish, or otherwise lighthearted work.

Also often overlooked are the single unit MIDI rack synths from the late 80's and 90's.  They're set and forget unless you have the related hardware editor or want to dump SYSEX data into software.  They're super cheap now and can easily bring 100-200+ patches to you.  Well, I guess if you're using software it's easier than that, but I grew up on hardware and that's where my mind goes first.

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2020-10-01 1:02:32 AM  
I swear that Casio is leaving money on the ground not releasing a combo CZ and Con/Vowel midi/usb synth module loaded with all the classic auto accompaniments and an accompaniment sequencer. Money would create a vacuum as it left my wallet. I so wanted that VZ-1 synth back in the day.
 
2020-10-01 1:04:01 AM  
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2020-10-01 3:05:18 AM  
I was never into synthesizers or the pop/techno scene that came with them. I was a straight-up guitar and vocals guy. That was 30 gears ago.

A little over a year ago, I picked up a little Volca Sample--and really enjoyed it. I'm not a techno/sample guy, but damn this thing is fun. Not long after that, I picked up a Volca Beats, and then a Volca FM, a 3 oscillator, programmable synth...and I kinda love the thing. But damnit, switching to a full patchable synth seems like a MASSIVE challenge. That's just WAY too many knobs, cords, and variables for me.
 
2020-10-01 4:59:30 AM  
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2020-10-01 5:37:49 AM  
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2020-10-01 6:48:14 AM  
It's not about what you use, it's about what you do with it.
 
2020-10-01 8:35:40 AM  
No Korg Prophecy?!? That was a proper game-changer with it's little touchbar modulator gizmo. Best monophonic synth ever, imho!
 
2020-10-01 9:17:21 AM  
[slightly] off topic: There's a great book, "Analog Days", about the developers behind Moog and some of the effects pedals. Worth reading.
 
2020-10-01 10:00:46 AM  
If you haven't seen the video of Keith Emerson stabbing his keyboards with a bowie knife...well, it's great stuff. ELP rules.

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2020-10-01 1:18:07 PM  
They miss saying the coolest part of this one. I have one, boxed not in use right now, but i could never give it up for one thing.

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When i first opened it up and saw that in it, i knew i'd never be able to part with it, that's just too cool.
 
2020-10-01 1:45:22 PM  

Ishkur: It's not about what you use, it's about what you do with it.


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Mind = blown
 
2020-10-01 2:13:13 PM  

PvtStash: They miss saying the coolest part of this one. I have one, boxed not in use right now, but i could never give it up for one thing.

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this on the main board[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]When i first opened it up and saw that in it, i knew i'd never be able to part with it, that's just too cool.


I've always loved cool and quirky circuit board art.
 
2020-10-01 2:29:06 PM  

PvtStash: They miss saying the coolest part of this one. I have one, boxed not in use right now, but i could never give it up for one thing.

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this on the main board[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]When i first opened it up and saw that in it, i knew i'd never be able to part with it, that's just too cool.


Cool, we never opened ours up to see that. The only unfortunate thing about ours was that the oscillators used by the sequencer were out of tune with the mains.
 
2020-10-01 3:06:57 PM  

DreamyAltarBoy: PvtStash: They miss saying the coolest part of this one. I have one, boxed not in use right now, but i could never give it up for one thing.

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this on the main board[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]When i first opened it up and saw that in it, i knew i'd never be able to part with it, that's just too cool.

Cool, we never opened ours up to see that. The only unfortunate thing about ours was that the oscillators used by the sequencer were out of tune with the mains.


That's just the analog warmth talking, son...

(like ten cents warm)
 
2020-10-01 8:13:10 PM  

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I remember waffling for the longest time between getting a CZ-1000 (full sized keys, shiatty membrane programming switches) and the CZ-101 (shiatty mini keys, real programming switches). I decided on the CZ-101 just because I hate membrane switches (especially 80s membrane switches). Of course neither one mattered much in the long run. Rarely played the 101s mini keys because I was using my Ensoniq Mirage as a controller, yet rarely programmed the synth from the front panel because I used an editor on the Atari ST.

At the time it was a big choice because the 101 and the 1000 were available for the same price.

Now a CZ-1... oh man did I want that. My friend had one and I was jelly.
 
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