Time machine: CASIO VL-1 Keyboard 1981

October 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

More a toy then a real thing, but still :-)

The Casio VL-1 or VL-Tone as it’s also called has 29 little calculator-type button keys, five preset and one user memory patches, built-in rhythm machine (waltz, swing, rock, samba, etc.) and a 100-note sequencer. There is no chance at any external or MIDI control and there are no filters or effects. There is an LFO with vibrato and tremolo effects and an ADSR envelope.

The Casio VL-1 is a low cost monophonic keyboard from the year 1981. It has some rhythm patterns and a few preset sounds. It even has a mini synthesizer function (no, there is no filter). You can change waveforms, LFO speed, envelopes… the editing procedure is a bit complicated, but it works! If you have a VL-1 and want to program your own sounds, you need the manual – otherwise there is no chance to find out… :-)

The VL-1 has an output jack, it runs on batteries or with an AC adaptor. You can also use the VL-1 as a calculator! :-)

The Casio VL-1 was even used on recordings. It was used by Human League, Trio (da da da..), Stevie Wonder, Vengaboys and Robbie Williams. The VL-Tone is a real classic Casio!

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