FREE Sample Pack #2: Casio SA-10 SoundFont, Drum Samples And Loops

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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.

Preview

This is the original Casio SA-10 demo song (mp3 quality):

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About The Author

Tomislav is a journalist, music producer and web designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the owner and editor-in-chief here at Bedroom Producers Blog.

43 Comments

  1. Hi,

    This sample kit is awesome, I had the casio in my childhood !
    That’s so much fun to recover it although I was a bit desapointed about the lack of the whole soundset in the soundfont pack … I loved one sound in particular, the “cosmic sound” which is missing :)
    thank you so much bedroom producers.
    cheers

    Curtis

    • bedroomproducers on

      thanks for the kind words! yes, having a full featured soundfont would rock, but it would take quite a while to make… it took me a week or so to get the current version of the soundfont running properly, without nasty cracks and such, and plus i’m sharing these samples for free. anyway, i’m working on some new samples, so while i’m at it i will probably update the casio sa-10 pack with some new sounds and possibly other formats. if i do that, you can count on the cosmic sound being incuded. ;]

  2. That drumpack is fine as well. But your Casio fonts are great at all!
    Great great great!

    I found it too long. There’s no organ sound in pack so it’s little sad.
    Anyway you’re just magic, thanks so much!

    Good luck and happy new year!

  3. Hey! Thanks for the great samples! Unfortunately I can’t manage to get the SoundFont working on Garageband :(, followed many tutorials and tried using this thing called bs-0 but I can’t seem to get any sound out of it.

    Any ideas? :D

    • bedroomproducers on

      hey, i’m not a mac guy unfortunately so i can’t be of much help here. :[

      from what i’ve heard, all macs have some sort of a native plugin that can be loaded into hosts that support AU, but i’m not sure if Garageband is one of those. perhaps you should try converting the soundfont to some other format using Translator Free by the Chicken Systems Inc.

    • bedroomproducers on

      thank you very much for the mappings, DrumsAndSounds! i will add them to the post with a link to your website.

  4. I am actually working on building a VSTi of a casio SA-38 (with sampled sounds) in max/msp 4.6 and pluggo right now for my senior project. it’s good to see a strong userbase and interest in these awesome old synths

    • bedroomproducers on

      hey, i’ve just tested the download link and it works fine here. try again perhaps? have you had problems with downloading from mediafire before?

  5. Thanks! I just rediscovered my Casio SA-10 and when played the demo song it touched something inside of my memories… Did a search for it and found your blog!

  6. thank you for the sample pack :) i had this casio sa 11 when i was a kid and the lost it when we’re moving. you save my childhiid memories

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