Casio RZ-1

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Casio's RZ-1 came out in 1986 and in its time, it was pretty good. It has 12 PCM sampled drum sounds - basic sounds, and nothing to get excited about either. They included 3 toms, kick, snare, rim, open/closed hh, ride, crash, cowbell and clap. They don't sound like real drums, but they do sound electronic and maybe a little different than more common Roland and Linn drum machines. They have been used in lots of Hip Hop and House tracks.

A real special feature (for its time) was on-board sampling designed to let you create up to four of your own percussion sounds. Now, the sampling specs are pretty bad with just a 20kHz sample rate and only 0.2 seconds of sample time per each of the four sample pads (or one 0.8 second sample). Its a very lo-fi sound, which may be a good thing. The only editing you can do with your samples is a simple low-pass tone adjust.

The built-in sequencer is fairly easy to work with. Just create some patterns (up to 100) and chain these patterns into songs (up to 20 songs). There are ten individual outputs and volume sliders for every sound. Well, some sounds have to share outputs and sliders as there are 16 sounds: Rim+Snare, Sample1+Sample2, Sample3+Sample4, Cowbell+Crash, Clap+Ride and Open+Closed HH. Kind of cool and a little different but certainly nothing to fall in love with here. It's been used by Prince Paul, Autechre, Steve Poindexter, DJ Mike Smooth, Raw Dope Posse, Christian Vogel and lots more.

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25 Visitor comments
1DAN
January 6, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
I have one and have been dabbling with it on various tracks but does it have any sort of swing/groove/shuffle function?
Void
October 1, 2011 @ 4:54 am
Also used by Dj Krush!
In an earlier interview he claimed this to be his favorite drummachine alongside with the SP1200..this must have happened during his more lo-fi era, before he moved on to protools which move he himself kinda regrets.
alex
May 28, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
@ derd niff - they rock this really hard
zoe
November 20, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
Is it true that you can't switch patterns while in play mode?
derd niff
November 19, 2010 @ 10:10 pm
also used by The Chicago Shags.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 12 PCM sounds (Tom1, Tom2, Tom3, Snare, Kick, Rim, Open HH, Closed HH, Ride, Crash, Clap, Cowbell)
  • Sampler - 0.8 seconds over four 'Banks'
  • Sequencer - 100 Patterns and 20 Songs
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 16 Pads
  • Control - MIDI IN, OUT, THRU
  • Date Produced - 1986

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