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Casio FZ-20M Digital Sampling Synthesizer

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Casio also produced FZ-20M as an expander rack with a number of enhancements over the keyboard version. With double the memory of 2MB increases to a maximum sampling time of 29 seconds at 36 kHz.

The FZ-20M also features significantly improved playback sound quality with improved Digital-to-analog converters.

Additionally, the rack version features improvements in the user interface, through a brighter display and the noticeably faster internal response to the use of buttons and sliders, as well as a number of bug fixes.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Sampling, Subtractive
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Additive, Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Square, User Drawn, Wave Table, White Noise
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 32 kHz
Oscillator Notes:
Harmonic Additive: 48 harmonic levels, Waveform Drawing
Digital Subtractive: Analog waves - Random, Saw Pulse, Double Sine, Pulse, Square and Sawtooth. Digital waves - Sample cycles, user drawn.
Sampling: 16 bit, 9 kHz, 18 kHz, 36 kHz
Sampling Notes:
Sample Memory: 2 MB
120 secs at 9 kHz
60 secs at 18 kHz
30 secs at 36 kHz
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: 8-step Casio
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, LFO, Velocity
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
Patches RAM: 64
Storage: Tape, Internal
Case: Rack
Case Details: 3U 19" Rack
Rack Size: 19", 3U, Full
Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Buttons, Sliders
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 96
Display Count V: 64
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 12
Inputs: MIC XLR / TR, RS232
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 32
Power: 120 V AC
Year Released: 1988
Year Discontinued: 1991
Used By
Underworld, Kronos Quartet, Dee Lite, 2 Live Crew, KMD, and Kitaro.
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $2,000 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,800 - convert
Used Price: $200 - $400 - convert
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