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Casio RZ-1 Digital Sampling Ryhthm Composer

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    The Casio RZ-1 was a drum machine manufactured and released by Casio in 1986. It was one of the first drum machines to allow the user to sample their own sounds, augmenting the unit's built-in sounds.

    Either four samples of 0.2 seconds each, or one sample of 0.8 seconds, could be recorded and used. The sampling frequency was 20 kHz, which resulted in a playback bandwidth of around 10 kHz. The sampled sounds could not be edited in any way. This was unfortunate because the user recorded sounds had a tiny portion of silence before their start, causing them to sound slightly delayed in playback compared to the machine's built-in sounds. The only adjustable parameter provided for the samples was a simple low pass filter.

    The RZ-1 had a built-in mixer section allowing adjustment of the mix heard through the stereo outputs. In addition to the stereo mix output, the RZ-1 had ten separate outputs for feeding the individual sounds into an external mixer. The unit also featured a backlit LCD and MIDI in/out/thru sockets. The internal memory held 100 patterns and 20 songs, which could be copied to cassette tape using an unorthodox socket labeled MT (Music Tape - not be confused with a MIDI Thru socket).
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling
    Pattern Engine (+) Open Manual Page
    Programming: Real Time, Step
    Sounds Per Pad (+) Open Manual Page
    Sounds Per Pad: 1
    Sources: ROM, Samples
    Sounds Notes:
    ROM Sounds
    + Tom1
    + Tom2
    + Tom3
    + Snare
    + Kick
    + Rim
    + Open HiHat
    + Closed HiHat
    + Ride
    + Crash
    + Clap
    + Cowbell
    Sampling: 12 bit, 20 kHz
    Filters: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 16
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patterns User: 100
    Songs User: 20
    Storage: Internal
    External Storage: MIDI
    Case: Desktop
    Trigger Pads : 16 pads, Hard Pads
    Controls: Buttons, Sequencer, Sliders
    Display Type: LCD, LED
    Display Count H: 16
    Display Count V: 2
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger (+) Open Manual Page
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 14
    Audio Output Notes: 10 Mono 1/4" phone
    Inputs: Mic 1/4" phone
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 12
    DAC Frequency Rate: 32
    List: $599
    Retail: $550
    Used: $75 - $150
    Released: 1986
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