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
January 1, 2009 @ 7:41 pm
I have one of these, a great little board. It was also used by Sonseed in the terrible/cheesy 'Jesus is my friend' can be heard in use in this hideous clip here:
Nick Esposito
December 18, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
My sister owns this little instrument called the Casio CT-360. It includes the following:

1. main and accomp. volume sliders,
2. wimpy "Casio Chord" features,
3. helpful drum section with 12 different beats,
4. 12-voice instrument section and
5. a very limited memory section.

The Casio Chord--pretty much worthless, need I say more? The drum patterns are good. The instrument voices usually sound nothing like the instrument they're supposed to (if you're not looking at what the player is doing, you can't even recognize the "vibes"), so I like to imagine they're just random sounds from any old keyboard.
The memory barely even deserves a place in this thing--it can only save one song at a time, and just to create one stupid song you have to go through this confusing button-pressing sequence. One you turn the instrument off, the "remembered" song just blows away.
Do you have any information on it?
December 8, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
Made famous by the classic song Jesus Is My Friend by Sonseed!:-)
September 15, 2008 @ 8:26 am
Hi, I just got hold of a CasioTone 403, seems that it is the same as the 101 apart from it also has an analog drum section and some 'casiochord' features. I can't seem find any information on it online...

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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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