Casio FZ-1

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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


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.

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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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45 Visitor comments
April 23, 2013 @ 5:31 pm
FZ-1gx : according to @wiki (in Japanese translated by Google translate) "Models of FZ-1GX with reduced price as version after minor change has been released.
Sound character out there is a slightly different change of the filter part in and beyond the initial lot." []
Casio Freeq
December 7, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
tsun said: "also has anyone pointed out that there are 8 outs but only one voice can be assigned to each?"

That is in fact not correct... you can assign more than one voice to each of the eight outputs, but when the next voice triggers it will cut off the previous voice. This is in fact useful... For example, if you have both open and closed High Hat samples assigned to one output, the closed hat sound will replace the long open hat sound when it's triggered. Just like the sound of a hat being closed after being hit.

Great keyboard, currently at a bargain price! but short on memory!
September 21, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
I happend to upload a song a while back on soundcloud that i made many many years ago (20 or so) with the casio fz1, 2 MB I once owned.
It's 'synth' music, check it out if you want to heear what the fz-1 could sound like.
It uses samples and waweforms.
Don Airey
August 21, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
Just to inform the people of Vintage Planet that the filters and the envelopes on this Sampler are ANALOG !!

June 7, 2012 @ 3:18 am
I just got one, it has the added gx in its name (Casio FZ-1 gx)
Anyone know what that means?
I know it was made for the japanese market (because of the power supply) , but I suppose it cant be only that?
Ive only seen references to gx in some japanese guys studio online (so far), so any info is appreciated (and worth adding perhaps?)
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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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