Last updated on January 19th, 2012 at 04:00 pm
Many of my friends had toy synths when they were kids and I’ve actually never had one. Not even a cheap chinese model. Can you imagine how happy I was when I got this little 80’s Casio a few days ago?
Well anyway, the same moment I heard its lovely lo-fi sounds, I new I had to record them and make a new sample pack.
At first my intention was to only record the drum samples, but later i decided to also make a soundfont with my favorite Casio SA-10 instruments. As a bonus, i recorded all the rhythms, the demo song, and the so called “Super Accompaniment” loops, and included all of those in the sample pack too. So what you get here is an experience similar to owning a real Casio SA-10.
While the samples were recorded perfectly from the Casio SA-10, don’t expect any audiophile-quality sounds here. These samples are cheap, dirty, and noisy, and they are meant to be so. You may use them just for fun if you want, but some of them can be very useful in music production, especially in the situations where you might find yourself in need of some lo-fi pianos and such. Instead of adding bitcrushing effects to some high quality samples, you might want to use some of these ready and authentically lo-fi samples. I especially like the electric piano, almost fell in love with it.
No fx has been added to the samples, to keep them as authentic as possible. Even the instrument names in the soundfont have been written with Caps Lock on – they’re written like that on the Casio SA-10.
Note that the original keyboard has the range of keys from F1 to C4. I used the same layout in the soundfont.
UPDATE: The sample pack has been updated with the new version of the soundfont that has twelve instruments instead of nine, and also some loop points fixed. If you already have the 9 instrument version on your computer, you might want to download the sample pack again. Loop points were fixed in the SYNTH-LEAD instrument. The new instruments that have been added are: POP LEAD, SYNTH-ACCORDION and FLUTE.
This is the original Casio SA-10 demo song (mp3 quality):
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