Casio SK-1, ‘The Classic Toy Sampler That Inspired Generations of Musicians’

Synthesist Hainbach – In his latest video – takes a look at the classic toy sampling keyboard, the Casio SK-1.

The SK-1 was introduced in 1985, has onboard sampling and can capture up to 1.4 seconds of 8-bit sound.

As ever, Hainbach takes the instrument into interesting territory, mangling the SK-1’s sound to create lo-fi soundscapes.

What he say about it:

“The Casio SK-1 was my very first electronic music instrument that allowed for some degree of experimentation. Its crunchy 8BIT sound got me hooked in a way that shaped my entire music career. 25 years later and with a bunch of SK-1 inspired instruments incoming on Kickstarter, I wanted to revisit this beautifully crappy sampler.”

Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments. And, if you’ve played the SK-1, let us know what you think of it!


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