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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gridsleep
May 20, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
Some of its sounds are identical to a Kawai SX-240's, at 1/10 the price. You see one of these in mint condition? You go for it. Do not hesitate. An undiscovered gem.
bjoern
May 17, 2011 @ 4:49 am
I recently found a CT-101 in really good condition. Tried it and like it. The sounds are very "charming" and warm. Not all of them are very usefull, but I have fun with it and will use it live for some 70's/80's sounds (Piano, Organ, Strings) in my band :)
dave cassidy
April 19, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
anyone got a user manual for casiotone ct 101
JV
November 2, 2010 @ 8:29 am
I just picked one of these up in great condition. The sounds a really naff...but in a very cool lo-fi way.. I really like it and agree with Sonic's comment below... somehow a very tactile and usable synth.. quite psychedelic actually :-)
sonic
April 16, 2010 @ 6:33 pm
I got one of these a few weeks ago and I have to say I love it !
I have a few (5+) old Casios but this one beats them all for sounds and style. It just has a little something that makes you want to keep playing it... not quite sure what, can't quite put my finger on it, just great sounds I guess. Defiantly cannot agree with "Most sounds are very basic and fairly unusable" I could use most of the sounds on this, but I guess it depends on what you are into. It is also aesthetically pleasing, a sturdy piece of late 70s (early 80s) design. Just a nice keyboard to own.
 
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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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