Casio FZ-1

Casio FZ-1 Image

The Casio FZ-1 is an impressive sampler/synthesizer keyboard from 1987. Its offerings at the time were very professional features. In an 8-voice polyphonic full 61-note keyboard synthesizer you get a 16-bit digital sampler with variable 9kHz to 36kHz sampling rates. 1MB of memory expandable to 2MB could provide a maximum time of almost 2 minutes sample time at 9kHz. Up to 64 samples can be held in memory and placed across the keyboard. Graphic editing on the big LCD screen provides intuitive and easier editing of your samples with tuning, truncating, looping and much more. It also has eight outputs and analog-like 8-stage filters (DCF) and envelopes (DCA).

Casio FZ-10M Image

FZ-10M

Surprisingly the FZ-1 also has a built-in synthesizer section. It uses digital synthesis employing both harmonic additive synthesis and waveform drawing. Basic waveforms available include sawtooth, square, pulse, double sine, saw/pulse, random waves and 48 harmonics. The FZ-10M (pictured above) is the rack-module version of the FZ-1 with 2MB internal memory and XLR inputs and outputs. Dated by today's standards, the FZ-1 is a neat piece of Casio history to own but could never replace your current sampler. With the look and features you'd expect from a vintage pro-sampler, this Casio has been used by Underworld, Kronos Quartet, Dee Lite, 2 Live Crew, and Kitaro.

Hohner HS-1 Image

The Hohner HS-1 is a German version of the Casio FZ-1. Only its case is light in color. This version has been used by Coldcut.

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Stefan Tiedje
May 5, 2011 @ 5:13 am
I still have a bunch of discs (more than 90). Most or all of them with my own sounds though. (From Didjeridus to Steelcello and bird sounds or spoken sentences. All kinds of interesting experimental sounds. As I don't have an FZ anymore, I can pass them on.
I'd happily send them for the cost of shipping. If you happen to be able to create computer readable backups for me I'd be even more happy...;-)

Stefan
andre
April 7, 2011 @ 7:34 am
Is there anyone out there who still has the original sounds - or sound patches at all ?
I did not find any ...
Would be great if someone could help me
HL
April 4, 2011 @ 6:09 pm
FZ1 and FZ10M used by Steve Reich in late 80s.
rich
December 13, 2010 @ 6:27 am
808 state have 2 of them in this classic clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp0iTqboaEI
Mark
June 21, 2010 @ 9:11 am
Like Jules I have owned an FZ1 since it came out. Originally,I was looking for a great all round sampler with a good library. The FZ stood out with a great sample library after trying all the others at the time.
After 23yrs I have replaced a few parts but it's been very reliable, everything still works including the floppy!
If you need a reasonable keyboard(FZ is like DX7-well made but lighter action), great sampling features and synth section which is unique and you don't want to spend a lot....look at an FZ1/10M. There was also an FZ20M - this was Casio's attempt at a HDD interface...this one's not worth looking at though.
In a nut shell....the FZ1 was Casio's attempt at a professional sampling keyboard.....it certainly did well enough to impressive serious musicians professional and amature alike! Unfortunately they didn't really market it too well....it's popularity was really by 'word of mouth' in the pre-internet days!
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here's a demo from the Honer HS-1 version. It has a resonant bass-line with filter sweeps, electro-drums and a few lead synth blips and bleeps.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 16-bit, 9kHz - 36kHz variable sample rate; Sample-time: 58 seconds max. at 9kHz, 14.5 seconds at 36kHz
  • Effects - None
  • Filter - DCF 8-stage Filter
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 1MB internal, 3.5"HD
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1987

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