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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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marty a hobbyist user from the US writes:
jesus christ, can you believe what you can do with this thing? it's unheard of.

$5 for an sk1 at a thrift store is a very small price to pay for so much power.

such terrifying power.

yes you can sample a break and yes, you can get results. it's amazing. yes you can get convincing synth sounds merely from a sample of snapping, a pair of scissors, a dial tone, a pager, feedback, a jews harp, you name it.

there's something to be said about an well-placed casio bossanova beat.

i even dig the organ sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-05-1999 at 08:59
Lee Cremeans a hobbyist user from USA writes:
THe SK-1 (well, actually, RadioShack's OEM version of it; pull off the metal RS tag and it has "CASIO SK-1" molded into the plastic) was my first keyboard...I got it for Christmas in 1990. This thing, while its sounds are grainy and crappy, was a LOT of fun. I used to record my voice into it and pitch it up to try and sound like a cartoon character, and that additive harmonic synthesis, I spent hours trying to make it sound like the synth in "pump up the jam" (oberheim Matrix-12, I think), and could never get it.

Also, using that cheesy Human Voice over the demo was REALLY fun, and guaranteed to drive people crazy when cranked up. Man, I should find this thing and play with it some, I miss it now!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-02-1999 at 13:35
Eric T a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The SK-1is the best ROAD TRIP sampler product ever to hit the market. On the road goofs - excessively whisky friendly - great for hacking out 2 part harmony with your acoustic guitar on the side of a mountain - and how many times have your friends sampled the 'F WORD' and stretched it till you wanted to scream and hide the batts?????????

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-12-1998 at 13:07
clae a part-timer user from australia writes:
o brothers of the sk army!! help me for my sk has bit the dust. if any one can help me ressurect it let me know. i have committed the grave sin of feeding 9v into its 7.5v power input, and now it lights up to say it's on, but no sound comes out? what have i done?? help me bring my sampling buddy back to life.

i consider this the best $au55 i ever spent. give the flute voice a slow onset envelope and switch on the portamento for instant theremin imitations. great for dub trance. then overdrive the flux out of it. the brass voice thru a distortion pedal and then through the filter on my system 100, with an analogue sequencer opening and closing the filter.

the synth drums through distortion!! man. i have had the best fun playing the brass or string sounds through a wah pedal, the synth drums through a wah are your road to 808 nirvana.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-13-1998 at 04:58
Leviathant a hobbyist user from York, PA, USA writes:
The SK-1 is quite a bunch of fun. At first I was making dumb explosive/percussive noises by sampling my voice/breath/whatever came out of my mouth. Then I hooked it up to the output of my PC and sent out a sample from one of my favorite tunes that i wrote and instantly I could play it on the mini keyboard. Sounded like shite, but hey it worked. It's got a crunchy sorta lo-fi sound, and I wonder how well it would work to sample a breakbeat and noodle with it. One of the envelope choices makes for a halfway decent digital delay - kinda... It plays the sample looped, each reactivation at a noticably lower volume. It's not half bad. It can make some really good Sine wave stuff, if only I could get the keyboard to tune down an octave or two... it's really loud even with the crappy speaker that comes with the item. Look on the net for a "circuit bending" mod for this, add some useful knobs to your $10 toy. Apparently, some early models don't have an I/O board...

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-05-1998 at 01:27
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