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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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farkost a part-timer user from Sweden writes:
Ok. I bought this machine for 180 $ (Ripoff!). At first I was really dissapointed. I thought that the sounds would be much more electronic. When I realised that it's sounds exactly as my 707, I banged my head against the wall. However i replaced the samples with some good drum sounds, but first after a month or so I really started to play with it. And whoa! Suddenly it sounded great. Using a kick sample, a cabass sample and the hihat and clap, I was making a Daft Punk hit!. Works great with Midi and sampling is very easy. Just hold down the sampling button and then the sample number (you can link 1-2 3-4 and 1-4) play the sound and you got your sample.

The bad thing with this drummachine is that you cant turn off the click when your recording. Or can you? If anybody know how to do this please mail me. Cus then I can use this sucker live!!.

Oh. by the way. Using openhihat on all 16 beats, mixing mute and normal on some of the beats sounds cool. And ofcourse if you think it all sounds crap whatever you do, use some vocoder or distorsion (always ok).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-22-1999 at 05:38
fleshmachine a part-timer user from USASUX writes:
i just hooked this up about a month ago for $70. im just starting to play with it now however. i dont like any of the drum sounds on their own but the closed high-hat and the kick drum sound good doubled with a 909 (what im doing on my most current song). i cant figure out the sampler section i have fiddled with it for a few hours and still cant sample anything. the rythm programming is simple enough i managed to figure it out in about 30 minutes. i dont have a manual. all in all its OK ive seen worse, but ive seen better as well.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-23-1999 at 08:32
John McCallum a hobbyist user from New Zealand writes:
Picked one up real cheap on the strength of the comments on this page and was not disappointed. Real simple to bash out some good beats on and then improvise more stuff on as it plays back. The massive 4 x0.2 sec of lo-fi sampling means you can add in a beefy kick (get a copy of Stomper freeware drumsynth to roll your own). Currently I like to feed it all thru a distortion pedal which makes the toms sound good n ruff and the crash and open hihats just crazy. The hats sure make for a distinctive clatter! Has anybody worked out the tape backup??

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-04-1998 at 21:04
Zhentil a part time user from the states writes:
The timbrality with the sampling is a little edgy but this can be extremely cool. If you say, play sample #4, but then also put #3 in the same beat, it cuts off 4 and plays 3. (same with samples 1 and 2)

But if you sample something like 909 hats, they go right, the closed cutting off the open. Or sampling an industrial sounding hihat and then sampling silence, and cut it off at the beginning of the count (this isnt coming out in words..)

Just gotta play around and see what you think.. and you can never get bored because of the (whole ;) 1 second of sampling time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Brian Towles a hobbyist user from US writes:
I've had my RZ-1 for a couple of months now and for less than $100US, it's a lot of fun! Programming is a breeze, either real-time or step-based to form patterns. The patterns are sequenced to make a song. My internal battery is dead, so samples and patterns are lost when the machine is turned off. However, a the RZ-1 does have a tape backup ( including samples ) for those who are brave enough. The sounds are okay, but the sampling has made it famous! Four 0.2 second sampling banks, which can be sampled individually or linked in pairs of 2 or 4 for two 0.4 samples or one 0.8 sample. Each pair of drum sounds and samples has its own output and level. The box is built like a tank, and it's BIG! I got a copy of the manual from Casio for free by calling some number I found on their web page. Here's the overview of the sample linking feature: * hold the sampling button while pressing the buttons to be linked: 1 & 2 & sample or 3 & 4 & sample ( 0.4 second ), 1 & 4 & sample ( 0.8 second )

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
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