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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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tom barton a part-time user from london writes:
have just picked one up for £45. ride and 2 of the samples are very faint..anyone know how to get these fixed? Also it doesn't store patterns or samples so I will follow jaime's advice and try and replace the battery (!). What I like is the useability. Instead of spending ages loading up files onto my mp2000xl and then forgetting what I was going to do, its all instant access, with no fiddly menus between me and the idea. otherwise i'm using it more to dirty up the akai samples. When they finally write the history of samplers this one will be there, and by that time it'll be in a glass case in a museum with a security guard next to it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-13-2000 at 09:34
Luke Monteiro a professional user from Houston, USA writes:
I bought a RZ1 for 90 dollars, probably the best piece of gear I could get for that price, unfortunately a lot of people dont know much about this machine, I really like the claps and the kicks..I am into producing techno, so they sound pretty good for something so cheap, the cowbell and crash sound terrible, hi-hats are pretty good though..the 4 sampling pads are really interesting, although the sampling time is very limited, you can link samples and or/ sample stuff directly through the input, I have sampled everything from 909 kicks to synth riffs, and I get the best effects when all the sample banks are used ..if you find one for less than 100 dollars, dont hesitate, it will be worth it

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-14-1999 at 08:16
erange from United Snakes writes:
Well I appear to be the winner thus far. I saw one at a garage sale for $20.00. One of the Toms didn't work, so I talked him down to $15.00. I took it home and just beat the shit out of it, and now it works great. Everything you hear on the House Music classic "Work That Mother Fucker" came out of this box. The sampling is very lo-fi, but what would you expect from Casio? I use to drool over this in a music store in the late 80's. I think it was about $500.00 at the time. It's definately not worth any more than $100.00. The high hats are the shit. I didn't have a manual and figured everything out within 30 minute.s

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-1999 at 10:48
jaime a part-timer user from socal writes:
I just replaced the battery and i'm sooooo happy!!! now it retains all of the stuff i program, AND it saves the samples!!!! it only took me about 15 min. and $6 to do it. get a radio shack lithium battery (CR2032) and a lithium battery holder( i forgot the part number, but it holds 20mm batteries...). open it up. unscrew the bottom board. de-solder the current battery holder from the board. get the holes clear. get a small screw driver and clear out the holes. match the polarity on the lithium battery holder with the board. place it (it will hang off the edge of the board a may need to SLIGHTLY bend one of the pins...). it should sit completely flat with the board. now solder the pins (clip off the extra pin that doesn't go into the board...) put in a fresh battery, and begin creating tight tracks!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-26-1999 at 02:52
jaime anabalon a part-timer user from ca,usa writes:
Nice gritty sound. If you are tired of hearing the same roland stuff over and over again, get this box! I tested it with my 707 & 505, and it has a distinct sound. the hats are good as well as the bd/sd. the ride is preety cool too. the unit provides a good amount of flexibility in the mixer section and the outputs. i would chose to use this over my 707, 505 any day. one thing, $100 is the HIGH PRICE. i would not pay that unless it was in perfect condition, with the original box, packaging, manuals, and it was just absolutly immaculate!!! don't go over $50. i going to try to put a new battery in, it would greatly help to be able to save stuff on board. if you are selling one, EMAIL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would love to have another one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-19-1999 at 02:47
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