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This sampler gave me a 35 year career...
In 1985 I was 15 years old and I produced the A-Side of my very first vinyl release Choice M.C. "Let's Make Some Noise" on Idlers/Warlock Records with the Casio SK-1 and Casio RZ-1. It's not the greatest sounding sampler, but it has its own character and I used it again on the sequel record "Let's Make Some Noise Part 2" released by 12-Bit Records. This sampler some consider a toy has blown up in the circuit bending movement, and strangely enough a few boom bap producers reached out to me to ask if I really used this on my earlier records and my answer to them is often "I still use it"...
lowest of lo-fi
I've been looking for one of these for a few years now, ever since I heard the music in Homestar Runner was made with one, but the prices on Ebay and Reverb are just way too high because of circuit benders and hipster indie bands. 75 dollars for one of these is fucking crazy, but if you can find one at an antique/thrift/junk shop, get it! The built in sounds are pretty typical of kids Casios from this era, but the sampler is so crunchy, it's great. It only has about a second and a half of sample time, but if you pull the classic SP-1200 trick of speeding a record up to 45, you can just barely fit a drum break in there, which sounds great under house drums, a la Fresh & Low's Wind On Water (https://youtu.be/e1X59TH8IxI)
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$2 at Goodwill? Worth it!
This was a steal at a local thrift store. I originally intended to circuit bend it, however as I played around with it I found it has great capabilities in it's original form. The sampling function is probably my go-to use for this instrument, but the built-in effects, "sound design" option, and present voices are worth exploring as well.