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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Ben Seigel a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Had this sampler for several years back in 1990. Its not modern, its heavy, it has limited memory and loads off floppy disk.

That said, I had a lot of fun with this sampler. The LCD is nice, and displays waveforms clearly so you can get your cut and loop points correct.

Very nice sampler for a beginner or someone with little $. I made some fun dance music with this unit.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-16-2003 at 14:19
David a part-time user from United Kingdom writes:
Silly me it does have a head-phone socket.

posted Tuesday-Jul-30-2002 at 17:28
David a part-time user from United Kingdom writes:
I bought one of these in 1988 and used it solidly for many years. The sound quality is definitely superior to the Akai S900/950 - you can hear the higher resolution in the clarity of the sound (16 bit vs. 12 bit). It has another *huge* advantage over the Akai S900/950 (and even the S1000) - the Casio's filters have resonance (this was only implemented on Akai models with the S3000, about six years later. Without resonance on a filter you can't make those squidgy filter effects (try doing it on an older Akai, the sound just goes from bright to dull in a feeble way).

Other good points:

The large LCD (good for editing samples - not implemented on Akai machines until the S1000 but even then not as good as the Casio. The Casio waveform display looks like a miniature version of a computer display not the S1000/3000's confusing succession of dots).

User interface is logical and easy to understand (well I think it is).

Bad points:

Output level is on the low side so you have to bring up the mixer gain to get a decent level of signal. Make sure you sample your sounds at a good level, not too quiet, otherwise you will exacerbate this problem. But watch the meters carefully - it's easy to overdo it and distort the incoming sound.

Envelopes are a little slow. Getting sounds to cut off in a crisp, clipped way requires you to make notes very short in your sequencer (or shorten the sounds themselves by editing the sample end point). This is if you want clipped, short drum sounds eg for garage or drum & bass.

No headphone socket. Not a problem if you're running it into a mixer.

LCD backlight fades with time. It can be replaced but I think it's quite expensive.

Manual not as helpful as it could be. It will all make sense if you've used samplers before, but perhaps not if you're completely new to the game.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-30-2002 at 17:13
zeljko a professional user from CROATIA writes:
Last week I bought FZ-10m, costed me $150 with break floppy. Also I have Triton and Kurzweil so I need one smaller sampler like FZ-10m (2mb)for live playing in dust and rain and low voltage where I need 3-5 sounds. Of course, fz is not comparative with Triton and Kurzweil but for my purpose this is ok. I would like that this sampler is smallest and have 5 kg instead 10,7 but for $150 I got good sampler on 36 kz for stage. I like fz-10m 8 outputs which is great for my drum which I have sampled from my Triton and work perfect in live. So, I can say FZ-10m is not sampler for studio (oh, this is 1989 y.)but in use on live with bigger sampler is great combination.In my country (Croatia-Europe) I don't know anyone who use casio sampler. Maybe I am first, maybe I not, who know? If you know, write me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-11-2002 at 08:46
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i have both the fz1(1mb) and fz10m(2mb) back to 89,costed me total $1300. 16bit but 36khz,better than korg dsm1 i felt.but not as clear as akais,not as fat as emu/roland/ensoniq/kurzweil. the function which u can draw a waveform is a joke such as the built in syntnh waves of the dsm1=useless.i think casio wannabe a cheap-clone of the influential fairlight??failure as the roland s50 imo,of course,roland sounds more better.1 mark for the big lcd it its time,1 mark for the sound better than dsm1.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 04:49
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