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
jj
February 17, 2013 @ 10:14 am
Just opened up my C101 and found the main voice chip is in fact a D990G, this baby is digital.
gridsleep
August 29, 2012 @ 1:38 pm
Too bad about the video. It helped convince me that the CT-101 could sound as good as a Kawai SX-240, so I got one, and it does. Pete needs to learn to keep his trap shut and JJ needs to grow a thicker skin. This board is for musical knowledge, not childish tantrums. If necessary, I will make a video to replace it. Eventually.
JJ
June 14, 2012 @ 9:15 pm
Pete. That video is mine, I made it for a friend. I didn't ask VSE to appropriate it for this article. If you have a CT101 too, why don't you make a better video? toolbox.
Pete
June 3, 2012 @ 10:30 am
If you like CZ-series, buy this if you can. RARE.
Price in europe 100-200 euro. I have this. Its not a toy. You need brains with this, its not a workstation or something boring. Very good and beautiful sounds if you know how to use them. Totally 70's landscape! And that youtube demo [beep] s! This thing is much better than that poor video. CT-series and CZ-series are very underrated but one of the best synths made in the 80's. They are UniQ!Buy it if you can! Its worth it!
Ryan
May 7, 2012 @ 6:33 pm
this has some great sounds, i will try to make a video of this really cool underated keyboard.
the piano 2 sounds just like some 70s recordings that i listen to.
great options that are simple and fast to adjust.
it's very limited but has a cool Lo-Fi sound that you can't get with a high end piece.
lucked out and bought mine for 30 bucks, they are cheap so get one if you can find one.
hey it's old and cool from 1981, hipsters should love this thing.
 
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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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