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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Criag a professional user from US/UK writes:
How this sampler can be described as over-hyped beats me. They can be picked up for $30. If that was $3000 then there may be a case. For pure fun, it is the best deal in town. Lots of features, which are easy to use. A nice lo-fi sound. Good build quality. Cute, small and reliable. Cheap deals, or any deals for that matter, are becoming less common. Old Akais are unreliable...needed a new disk drive recently..and a sod to use. Amusingly, they lack many of the fun features of the SK range. Now, it would be stupid to suggest that an SK could, or should, ever take the place of a professional sampler. An Akai is a far superior unit. It's just that it's not only about usefulness. An SK , or VSS are great fun. Fantastic fun. Akai menus and disk loading isn't. Fun costs.

Now, back to hype, where are my 303 and Moog Rogue. I need to raise cash to buy a house!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-16-2005 at 10:27
DjGoatt a hobbyist user from Wisconsin, United States writes:
Best $8 I ever laid down on a thrift-store counter! Yeah, the Yamaha VSS-30 is the better of the two.......but have you seen how much people are asking for those? $150? Are you out of your minds? I've seen the old Akai keyboards go for that, and Emulators as well, either of which I'd much rather have than a (slightly) superior SK-1 twin.I love my little Casio. Just made a song with it today, as a matter of fact, sampling an old Jazz record, and running the headphone jack from the receiver to the Line In jack (don't even bother with that crappy condenser mic). If you adjust the levels right, you can get a pretty decent sample, all things considered, and if you have a turntable with +/- 10/20% pitchshift, you can fit an entire breakbeat into the 2 seconds or so it gives you. Casio should make a new version of this thing and give it a USB jack so I wouldn't have to mess around with then recording it on the computer.It was a good idea back in '85....and it's still a great little keyboard. That SK-5's looking pretty good to me as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-12-2005 at 23:41
neven dayvid a professional user from berlin writes:
may be over-hyped as some have remarked, but for my generation who were teens in the 80s, it is an amazing cult piece. virtually indestructible. grandiose lo-fi sounds, some of which by now should be given the status of classics of sound design... if you want absolute and utter lo-fi, this is the ticket.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-25-2005 at 14:05
bryun a hobbyist user from Stupid California writes:
What can I say? It's just great. I got one for the purpose of circuit-bending, and just couldnt bring myself to do it. I just ordered a mint condition one and I will bent this one once I get that. The sampling sucks for most things but you can make some coooool sounds... sample glass bottles clinking together, put sample repeat on, and choose the envelope located on the F# key of the second octave. Cool, cool stuff! I would have given this a five but let's be realistic- fives are for those really, really good synths!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-28-2004 at 00:48
Dane a professional user writes:
A great little sampler, but not a patch on the Yamaha VSS 30. It does mental stuff and is easyish to use. The sample time is very short. The editing is very simple and shallow. The VSS is just as small but samples for longer, is cleaner sounding, in a good way and does more, especially in the editing area which is quite developed. Don't pay silly money for one. The yard sale finds have just about ran out, so you will have to buy off ebay or similar. The build quality is good. The SK 5 is a better buy. Good fun, but not an important, crucial instrument by any means. A good Casio creation. Casio are a great company and should be congratulated for taking sampling to the masses. As I said earier, the VSS 30 is a better buy, but more rare.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-25-2004 at 14:51
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