The 5% Nation of Casiotone

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  • @scottlake Nov 15

    I actually made quite a good pile of cash on these after a guy that collects 80’s stuff and has a pretty good band paid me over 1000% of what I paid for the CT-430. I threw in the Concertmate 660 as a good will measure.

  • @beat  Dec 22

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

  • @gubna Jan 10

    I have a CT-80. This was my first musical instrument!

  • @declan  Jan 13

    Anyone planning on writing songs that follow the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone rules -

    “ Those limitations: Everything was to be written in the key of C, thereby rendering the black keys useless; songs were to begin and end with the vocals, because Ashworth considered anything before or after that superfluous; all music was to be created with battery-powered Casios, because, well, that was cool; and, finally, everything had to be totally glum.”

  • @konemake Jan 13

    I have a few old Casios. I wish I had more of them.

  • @timfatchen  Jan 13

    And at the other end of the spectrum, my current workhorse is a Casio...but alas, it's a Privia, guess I bomb out. I could resurrect the Yamaha PSR310? No? Not even if I stuff it with D cells? No? oh well...

  • @metalfoot  Jan 13

    @timfatchen I have a Casio Celviano digital piano so yeah, a little too nice to be truly casiotone. But it does have the casiochords.

  • @timfatchen  Jan 13

    Ah @metalfoot . I should have known you'd bring a spark of hope into a sombre world/. The Privia has Casiochords too, if I can only penetrate the impenetrable chord buttons (made impenetrable no doubt in an attempt to save me from myself)

  • @beat  Jan 16

    @declan there’s a CZ-101 collecting dust in the basement. If I can power it up with new batteries I could go for a track.

  • @zecoop  Jan 16

    I'm a Casio-a-holic, and also a Yamaha PSS-a-holic. You'll be hearing quite a bit using those from me. That said, I often run them through loads of guitar pedals and render them pretty unrecognizable as those. 😀

  • @spingo  Jan 17

    I still have Yamaha lust, but haven't gotten there yet. I have three Casios in the other room and still can't really play keyboards.

    I got the SA76 to have a nice mini one to grab.

  • @konemake Jan 17

    Great idea!
    I think I might also do something a bit different with the the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone rules, because now I only noticed that using effects is fine. Even if it wasn't I think I'll try do something funny with the included built-in patterns. Slice them into small loops + use guitar pedals on them. It's probably not going to sound one bit like the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, but probably interesting anyway and it sounds like a funny way of making music. 😁
    Oh yeah I also have couple old Yamaha keyboards + one old Kawai, which is one of my favourites. (50% here just that Kawai, can't remember the model sorry )

  • @w1n  Jan 17

    I have a couple of Casiotones and Yamaha PSS keyboards, have a couple of favorite sounds I overused for a period, but haven't used them in a while so I should probably give them a spin during FAWM.

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 17

    I have four different Casio keyboards!

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 17

    Just saw what @w1n posted - I have a Yamaha PS, but not sure of the number, and got mistaken because all of the keyboards are hidden away, so only have three Casio keyboards.

  • @zecoop  Jan 17

    Yamaha PSS bells/chimes @w1n - I overuse those every single year and will continue to do so, lol. Ditto for the PSS cello. 😁

  • @scottlake Jan 17

    @beat you can convert the CZ-101 I to some cash. At least $100.

  • @toms Jan 17

    What are some of the best recordings made with a Casiotone?

  • @zecoop  Jan 17

    @toms - anything by @lanasolyluna and @santadharma. I’ll put a few below that I’ve done. For famous ones? Da Da Da by Trio is one of the most famous.

    One of my own favorites features the aforementioned Holly Lanasolyluna.

    Most of this one was on Casio or Yamaha PSS, through many pedals. The ‘train sound’ is made by Casiotone drums through reverse reverb and a flanger.

  • @gubna Jan 18

    I’m going to record my PT80 into my Eventide Space.

  • @beat  Jan 18

    @scottlake *] thx, but no. It works perfect, just plugged it into me system yesterday, powered with the adaptor. The only thing is that the batteries part don’t work no more. Guess that the copper or brass is oxidized, can see it on the opening side of the compartment but not on the other side. Who knows, with 23 days to go, I might still have time to clean the contacts...

  • @beat  Jan 18

    @zecoop am just, like every year, watching the Lauberhorn downhill race. This year though it is very special! I’ve got your tracks filling me ears rather then having to listen to them tv folks making stupid comments... thous two tracks are absolutely great. Streaming in revers is a great pumpin’ go for it and California crush is beautifully laid back. Luv Hollys vox. Thx for the music!

  • @zecoop  Jan 18

    @gubna - that should be epic... looks like an amazing pedal

  • @sonicdeatheagle  Jan 19

    OK, I'll see if I can make the CT-102 work.

  • @lanasolyluna Jan 24

    Yes as @zecoop says both @santadharma and I make a lot of tracks with Casio (Yamahas, Omnichords, etc. too). I am a huge fan of the PT-30. One of the songs @santadharma and I wrote for FAWM a couple years back ended up on our EP released last year.

  • @konemake Jan 24

    Tomorrow I'm going get all my Casios back home for FAWM. 😀

  • @aflinner  Jan 24

    My first electric keyboard was a little monophonic Casio PT-10. I have fond memories of making music with its 4 sounds and built-in step sequencer in the back of my parents’ Ford Aerostar when I was small.

    Last year I circuit-bent it, adding a switchable output jack, a pitchbend knob than goes a couple of octaves, and a knob that adds a filter, as I recall. So much fun running it through my pedalboard.

    After reading this thread, I’m thinking this would be the perfect time for it to make an appearance....😁

  • @zecoop  Jan 24

    @aflinner - That sounds amazing. I love the circuit bent madness and keep wanting to do something like that to some of mine... But I have not had the time or guts to do it yet.

  • @johnnycashpoint Jan 24

    MY Casio Vl-tone has bitten the bucket after many years' trusted service. I miss it. I have a reasonable VST simulator though.

  • @konemake Jan 27

    I got my Casios back home. The smaller one is SA-20. It is pretty weird. I bought it originally to circuit bend it but it is so funny as it is that I haven't at least yet. I got two bigger ones from different times, but I still can't remember their names and then of course my favourite: SK-1 sampler keyboard. 😀

  • @atitlan  Jan 27

    @toms "Get Carter" on Dare by The Human League is the VL-1.

    On the subject of the CZ-101; that was my first synth and a very good one it was too. I still use a VST version as it's synthesis model always gave it a distinctive character compared to other digital synths of the era. Always good for a gnarly bass sound.

  • @vomvorton  Jan 27

    There will definitely be plenty of old Casio / Yamaha keyboards on my stuff. I heavily used the Casiotone MT-65 on a song I wrote yesterday, I've got an SK-5 that I use a lot too. Some weirder ones that I don't pull out of the cupboard quite as much (like the DM-100, which looks great but doesn't have such a charming sound). I'll be sure to use a #casiocore tag and note which ones get used this FAWM!

  • @toms Jan 27

    TY for the info, @atitlan !

  • @toms Jan 27

    I remember seeing the Bongos in Ann Arbor in 83 or so, and I heard a keyboard sound but no one on stage was playing one, and I looked over at the sound man and he was playing a VL-1. At least I think it was the Bongos. Numbers with Wings tour.

  • @zecoop  Jan 27

    @toms - I was just listening to "Beat Hotel" by The Bongos this week, as I was washing off records... 😀

    My favorite Casio/PSS keyboards are the Casio MT-41 (SWEET drums) and either the Yamaha PSS-170 (with portamento!!) or PSS-370 (EQ/Envelope sliders)

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