Casio FZ1

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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby ahaigh01 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:31 pm

Thanks - that's a great resource for FZ stuff all in one place-

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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby xparis001 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:10 pm

Does anyone know of a source for an FZ10m LCD screen and PCB? I have an FZ10m I want to resurrect.

By the way, the FZ1 screen / PCB doesnt appear to fit. The Cable is the wrong size for the ribbon connector. I may try to figure something out with some solder magic, but i prefer to find an original one.
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby ahaigh01 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:55 pm

This is a link to the Casio FZ1 disks in FZF format - not the user group disks.....


http://www.mediafire.com/download/sh847 ... %20FZF.zip
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby gmeredith » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:23 pm

Cool! Thanks for that - I grabbed them for the archives

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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby gmeredith » Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:57 am

Attention all FZ-1/10/20M owners - I now have the Casio FZ Holy Grail - the parallel port high speed cable, and FZDump program for WinXP!

Someone from a Casio User Group contacted me and said they had made up the elusive cable and had it working, and then ported Jeff McClintock's old DOS program FZDump for WinXP. He has all the source code for FZDump. He sent me a copy of the program and the cable for beta testing, so I'm in contact with him to try and get it sorted out.

Here are my findings:

- The program at this beta stage only transfers sample banks from PC to FZ, not saves them to PC. The guy says that to do that would require writing a driver for XP, something that he doesn't feel quite confident to do yet (anyone out there up to the job??)

- for some reason the program causes the PC's CPU to run at close to full capacity when transferring samples - CPU load nearly 100% on the P4 2.8G single core Dell Optiplex GX280 I'm using (WinXP SP3, 1G RAM).
A 2.2G Celeron laptop I tried can't do it - CPU pegged at 100%, it locks up and also locks up the FZ during data transfer.

- transferring a full 2MB FZ RAM bank to the FZ takes about 60-80 secs (about the same time it takes by FZ floppy drive). This is a big improvement over MIDI sample dump (about 25mins). The Casio Shareware library has over 140 sample banks in the collection; I haven't heard most of them because it takes so long to load by (up till now) MIDI. This cable/program has changed all that - I've been busy loading and playing with the sounds the last couple of days. Pure inspiration!! - I never knew you could make the FZ do some of the sounds I've been playing with :D

- Using the cable/program would now enable you to use a HxC solid state floppy drive emulator to save the shareware library banks from PC to USB stick/SD card, and save your sounds sampled on the FZ, if you have an FZ that the floppy drive has died on. I have always been careful not to use my floppy drive very much, because when it dies, that would have been the end, if I could not get a replacement or modify a PC floppy drive. I aim to get a HxC USB drive soon, now I have the cable and XP program, and store the whole shareware library and also the official Casio factory library (which I have) to USB stick. While I still have my floppy drive working, I could then save all my own samples to USB stick and then retire my floppy drive while it is still good.

I'll keep you updated. When things are tested and working OK I'll ask the guy if it's ok to share the program, and I'll make up instructions on how to make up the cable (I'm going to make up a couple of sets for practice).

Cheers, Graham
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby ahaigh01 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:14 pm

Graham, that's great news! I would like to get this kind of set up going at some point - outfit one of my FZs with an HxC solid state floppy drive emulator and get everything stored on it.
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby ahaigh01 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:17 pm

Here is another excellent collection of FZ-1 disks - the Soundwaves library..

http://www.mediafire.com/download/bhr24 ... dwaves.zip
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby gmeredith » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:22 am

Got 'em...thanks for that! I'll archive them in and put them up on my band's website for everyone to get in case that site goes down.

**EDIT** - here you go, the entire collection of known FZ samples in the universe:

http://www.warningwillrobinson.com.au/S ... /Casio/FZ/

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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby ahaigh01 » Thu May 08, 2014 7:32 pm

Here are a few more Casio FZ-1 disks - Livewire. Only 6 disks, but that's all I've gotten ahold of....

http://www.mediafire.com/download/j96so ... _Disks.zip

I'm working on getting every FZ-1 disk I have (my collection keeps growing) dumped to the computer. As of now I have done all of them except all of the "homebrew" disks I have either by myself or by others. I have dozens of those. I haven't built one of the cables yet but I really need to. And I guess build a vintage DOS pc to connect it to :D for transfers from the FZ
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby Robber1956 » Wed May 14, 2014 2:04 pm

ahaigh01 wrote:Here are a few more Casio FZ-1 disks - Livewire. Only 6 disks, but that's all I've gotten ahold of....

http://www.mediafire.com/download/j96so ... _Disks.zip

I'm working on getting every FZ-1 disk I have (my collection keeps growing) dumped to the computer. As of now I have done all of them except all of the "homebrew" disks I have either by myself or by others. I have dozens of those. I haven't built one of the cables yet but I really need to. And I guess build a vintage DOS pc to connect it to :D for transfers from the FZ



Why do you need that cable? It has become obsolete. You can simply convert all your '.fzf' files to '.fhe 'files through HxCFloppyEmulatorv2.0.20.1 on the PC and put them onto a SD card. All you need is the Floppy Emulator build in the FZ which is easy. Just replace and connect.
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby gmeredith » Wed May 14, 2014 11:08 pm

Yes but that's doing it the easy and sensible way. :roll:

You're not a true FZ-1 collector if you don't go to all the trouble of trying to find an old 486 DOS PC and make up an antiquated modified parallel port cable to transfer samples to an ancient machine that can only hold 2MB of samples (when memory expanded). :lol:
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby Robber1956 » Thu May 15, 2014 4:49 am

gmeredith wrote:Yes but that's doing it the easy and sensible way. :roll:

You're not a true FZ-1 collector if you don't go to all the trouble of trying to find an old 486 DOS PC and make up an
antiquated modified parallel port cable to transfer samples to an ancient machine that can only hold 2MB of samples (when memory expanded). :lol:


Of course, FROM the FZ. And you certainly need one because you've got only 1 FZ1.
But Alan, aka Ahaigh01, who I was referring to has a FZ1 and a FZ20m;

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and I hope that at least one of his FZ samplers still has a working floppydrive.

And now we're getting into a very peculiar subject. After reading your reply at first I thought "hm, a bit hasty to come with my suggestion, of course you need Jeff's cable to avoid the slow midi transmission, especialy when you have a lot of samples to save.
(it's his, isn't it? That Notelt site with that picture of Jeff McClintock's cable has gone long time ago).
But I remembered that gearlist, saved my ass :lol:

Anyway, I'm pretty sure Alan didn't try to transfer his sample collection from one FZ with a working floppy drive to the other, with the HxC Floppy Emulator through the serial port, otherwise he wouldn't feel the need for McClintock's cable.

In the FZ manual it says:

(quote)
CAUTION:
Please note that the 25-pin Port is not a normal RS-232C terminal, and therefore cannot be used with a conventional RS-232C cable.
(unquote)

But which cable you should use, it doesn't say!

I've got a FZ1 for many years now and because it had no working floppydrive anymore, no display and the tabs hardly made any contact I just used it as a masterkeyboard.
About a year ago I bought a second hand FZ10m with a working floppydrive, display and tabs just to be able to play the old stuff again.

Then I found spare parts I needed for the FZ1 on eBay and with the HxC Floppy Emulator the old FZ1 was in mint condition again, even better.

So the first thing I did was trying to transfer data between the FZ's through the serial port. I used a parallel cable
but that didn't work as expected.
Wrong cable of course. So I started looking for the right one. The manual? Nada. Joe
Scacciaferro and Steve DeFuria's big CASIO FZ book? Nothing. On the internet? Absolutely zilch.
So, who is going to tell me what to use. Is it going to be a null modem cable?
Sometimes I think that nobody else has ever tried to make a
connection between two FZ samplers through the serial port.
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby gmeredith » Thu May 15, 2014 7:37 am

To transfer samples from one FZ to another, you need a specially wired parallel port cable, unique to the FZ. It was sold by Casio as an accessory for the FZ.

To transfer samples to and from an FZ to a PC using Jeff's FZDump program, you need ANOTHER specially wired parallel port cable, NOT the same as the genuine special FZ-FZ cable :roll:
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby Robber1956 » Thu May 15, 2014 12:38 pm

gmeredith wrote:To transfer samples from one FZ to another, you need a specially wired parallel port cable, unique to the FZ. It was sold by Casio as an accessory for the FZ.


So, is there a way to DIY? Has anybody got a wiring scheme?

....hours later:

Went to the Yahoo FZ group, made an account but still nothing. The only thing everybody is talking about is that :pissed: cable of McClintock :cry: :cry: :cry: ( of course Mr McClintock deserves the Nobelprice for his contribution to electronic music).

If the FZ port cable is like the Link97 for Atari (I've got 2 of those and they work perfectly together with the Iomega Zip 100 scsi drives. Had to adjust one myself by soldering on the termpower lead from the joystickport), then I better stop looking and buy another FloppyEmulator for the FZ10m.
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Re: Casio FZ1

Postby Robber1956 » Sat May 17, 2014 11:25 pm

Still looking for that Special Casio Serial Port Cable.
Anybody any ideas? Is it an active or a passive cable?
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