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Casio Cosmo Synthesizer ZZ-1 Workstation

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    in the 1980s, the Casio Electronics company embarked on a project to produce a high-end audio work station that could compete with the Fairlight CMI and other systems coming to market. The Casio Cosmo system featured a combination of their ZZ-1 Phase Distortion (PD) synthesis, SK-1 audio sampling and the Casio FP-6000S computer to program the different sound modules and sequencer.

    The Cosmo ZZ-1 synthesizers units, called a PDU. Are said to have been the original version of the CZ-101 synthesizer. Each PDU featured 2 oscillators and filtering, that was left off of the 101. The four note sampling units, called a SPU. Featured 12bit sampling resolution at 40 khz. With a maximum of 3 seconds sampling time. The system was also designed to include digital delay and other effects upgrades. All of these options could be ordered ala cart to be configured to the customers needs. As shown in the official literature. The debut system appears with six of the PDU synthesizers and two of the SPU sampler units along side the FP-6000S computer with a remote keyboard for MIDI control. Shown with the Casiotone CT-6000 remote keyboard.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Phase Distorion, Sampling, Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Square, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Ring Modulation, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
    Oscillator Notes:
    + 8 basic waveforms: saw, square, saw pulse, saw half-sine, quarter sine, low harmonics, mid harmonics, low & mid harmonics.
    + 25 combo waveforms: non-resonant waveforms 1~5 can cascade resonant waveforms.
    + 8 note polyphonic
    Sampling: 12 bit
    Sampling Notes:
    + 40 kHz sampling
    + 3 seconds max sample time
    + 4 note polyphonic
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: 8-step Casio
    Filters: 1
    Types: Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Keyboard, LFO
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Triangle, Delay
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 4-8 per rack
    Timbrality: 4 per rack
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic, Split, Unison
    Storage: Floppy 3½ inch
    Editing: MIDI
    Yes - software based
    Chips and Operating System
    Casio FP-6000S PC
    Proprietary MS-DOS based system
    Case: Keyboard, Rack
    Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Switches, Sequencer
    Display Type: LED, Numeric
    Display Count H: 4
    Display Count V: 1
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, XLR, Mono Out
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 12
    DAC Frequency Rate: 40
    Year Released: 1986
    Used By
    Isao Tomita, Tukihiro Takahashi and Hajime Tachibana
    Design Notes:

    Debuted at Musikmesse 1986 in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Tomita was one of the product advisers. Who worked with the system into the 1990s. The Cosmo system can be first heard on his album "Dawn Chorus", and was used on subsequent records as well.
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: $6,400 - convert
    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
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