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Casio Tone VL-1

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    The VL-1 was the first instrument of Casio's VL-Tone product line, and is sometimes referred to as the VL-Tone. It combined a calculator, a monophonic synthesizer, and sequencer. Released in 1980 and selling for around $70. The VL-1 is notable for its kitsch value among electronic musicians, due to its cheap construction and its unrealistic, uniquely low-fidelity sounds.

    Its 8-bit sounds were mostly composed of filtered square waves with varied pulse-widths. Its piano, violin, flute and guitar timbres were nearly unrecognizable abstractions of real instruments. It also featured a "fantasy" voice, and a programmable synthesizer which provided for choice of both oscillator waveform and ADSR envelope. The six voices include: Piano, Fantasy, Violin, Flute, Guitar, and ADSR.

    The VL-1 featured a small LCD display capable of displaying 8 characters. This was primarily used for the calculator function, but also displayed notes played.

    The VL-1 also had changeable tone and balance, basic tempo settings and a real-time monophonic music sequencer, which could play back up to 100 notes. This was programmed by entering a number into the calculator section's memory, then switching back to keyboard mode. It had a range of two and a half octaves.

    There were also 10 pre-loaded rhythms which utilized just three basic drum sounds.

    Ten Rhythms: March, Waltz, 4-Beat, Swing, Rock-1, Rock-2, Bossanova, Samba, Rhumba. Beguine
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Square
    Osc Modulation: Keyboard, LFO, Sequencer
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain Level, Release
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Sine, Square
    LFO Notes::
    + Vibrato (sine)
    + Tremolo (square)
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches ROM: 6
    Storage: Internal
    + 10 rhythms
    + 3 Drum Sounds
    + 100 notes
    + Key entry record
    + Manual advance and reverse step
    Case: Keyboard
    Case Details: 29 Keys
    Keyboard: Buttons, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Sequencer, Switches
    Display Type: LCD
    Display Count H: 8
    Display Count V: 1
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 300 x 75 x 30 mm / 11 3/4 x 3 x 1 1/8 inches
    Weight: 438 g / 15.4 oz with batteries
    Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    DAC Bits: 8
    Power: 6V DC 6W, 4 x AA batteries
    Year Released: 1980
    Year Discontinued: 1985
    Used By
    Trio, Thomas Dolby, Beastie Boys, Bill Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Monte Cazazza, The Human League, Gorillaz, Tony Banks, Andy Partridge, Lady Gaga, Devo, Talking Heads, Cars, Dee-Lite, Sting, Vince Clarke
    Manuals & Documents
    Repairs and Support
    [+] weltenschule.de
    Editors & Software:
    [+] www.polyvalens.com
    MSRP List Price: $69.95 - convert
    Used Price: $40 - $60 - convert
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