Casio CT-101

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The CasioTone 101 (CT-101) is a VERY basic analog synth from Casio circa 1981. The keyboard has 49 full-size keys and is finished in satin black painted metal, has wooden end-cheeks and a wood grain finish underneath the front of the keys. It gives your studio a good analog/vintage feel. Most sounds are very basic and fairly unusable. However, its organ tones are pretty good as well as its 'Cosmic Tone' patch, which uses two oscillators tuned an octave apart, and as the keys are held down, the sound drops an octave as oscillator 1 fades up, and oscillator 2 fades down. The CT-101 has been used by The Human League, Blondie, Vince Clark, Severed Heads, Goldie, and Moby.

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24 Visitor comments
December 15, 2013 @ 8:34 am
I was looking inside the synth again today. Considering the amount of free space on the panel and the inside of the case on the right hand side, and also that the PSU puts out the standard +/-15v that analogue synths use, one could easily add a paraphonic VCF and VCA to it. Either that or scrap the Voice gen circuitry and use the PSU, case, and keybed for another project.
Richard Manock
October 30, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
For the others on here that were looking for a CT-101 operation manual, you would do worse than to follow link below and download the CASIOTONE 403 manual. The features on the 101 are on the 403 and operation is the same:
Richard Manock
October 30, 2013 @ 4:12 am
Does anyone know where I might get hold of an operation manual for a Casiotone 101 (CT-101) please? Scan pdf copy would do... Many thanks, Richard
September 3, 2013 @ 6:18 am
i created my vintagesynth account after reading this review, after buying a ct-101, giving it a try, and making this song. in reaction to rather... all/only ct-101 presets. no plug-ins compression effects etc. and a drum track. you be the judge. i will say however you aren't gonna get much bass out of this thing.... i apologize for the lack of mixing...
August 12, 2013 @ 8:06 pm
The Human League used one of these on Dare.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 note
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs
  • Effects - Sustain and Vibrato
  • Keyboard - 49 full size keys
  • Memory - 25 patches, 4 performances
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1981
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