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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Dr. Negative a part-time user from unbeknownst to me??? writes:
a friend let me borrow this thing to sample the hell out it. i must say that there is something truly great about everything casio put it's hand's on in the 80's. they are the only one's to give such cheap toyish equipment a SOUL. this thing is so much fun, the last instrument that gave me this much inspiration was my cz101.i actually wrote the chorus to song whlie i was driving, don't recommend that to anyone else, but it was so easy to do with that little keyboard now i am on a mission to find my own....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-25-2002 at 21:09
K Middlemass from Scotland writes:
Bought mine in 1989 for £5. Sampled the dinky drum tones, don't know why. Great as a gimmick in the early 80's but lets face it, without any outboard efx it's CRAP! Still their seems to be a resurgence of interest, WHY? I'll sell mine for a squillion quid! Maybe not? Oh god now the LCD doesn't work. tssk...

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-16-2002 at 08:21
David Kristian a professional user from Canada writes:
I have just gotten reacquainted with an old friend of mine, the Casio VL-1, aka VL-Tone. Back in 1983, synths were still very expensive, but a friend of mine was kind enough to sell me his VL-1 and I was able to make good use of its sequencer and “ADSR” sound generation mode to create crude, but effective tunes, or sketches of tunes which I would later recreate in the studio using “serious” instruments. During one such studio session, I ran the VL-1 through reverb and was quite impressed by the little ivory beast’s unique sound. Years later, around the time everyone was selling their analogue and FM synths to get Korg M1s etc., I sold my VL-1 to a friend who collected vintage computers and other 80s gadgetry. What a mistake… Thanks to eBay, I was able to find a decent replacement for my long lost VL-Tone, and I’m now using it in new tracks. Sure it’s a tiny toy, sure it sounds dreadful through it’s internal speaker, but run it through effects, and you’ll have something which nothing else can emulate; and that’s what really counts in the end, it’s all about the character of an instrument, a quality that is only now starting to become a key factor with synth designers. KEY TRACKS: King Headley Computes

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Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-08-2002 at 14:00
JiMmY a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
Yes Yes, This little machine is So F*C*I*G good, You can program wacky space sounds with it, I have one, And I Like it, I like it to play a bit, or fore the spacy sounds you can make with it. Yes its very good

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-01-2002 at 15:54
John Mayer a professional user from US writes:
The Casio VL 1 Tone is a beast. What more could you ask for? It's got a built in calculator, I mean, come on... If you're going for the pro grooves, or just messing around in your home studio The Casio VL 1 is the most important tool for any electronic musician.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-23-2001 at 17:26
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