This page hosts the updated version of BPB’s old Casio SA-10 toy keyboard sample pack. Originally released as a SoundFont back in 2009, the pack now also contains the individual samples in 16-bit WAV format, as well as the instrument patches in SFZ format.
My initial plan for this sampling project was to only record the drum samples, but I later decided to also create a free SoundFont which would feature my favorite Casio SA-10 instruments. As a bonus, I recorded all the Casio SA-10 drum loops, the demo song, and the so-called “Super Accompaniment” loops. So what you’re getting here is an experience similar to owning a real Casio SA-10.
While the samples were recorded with great attention to detail, don’t expect any audiophile-quality sounds here. These samples are cheap, dirty, and noisy, just as the Casio SA-10 is. You may use them just for fun and jamming if you want, but these sounds can also add an authentic lo-fi vibe to your projects. For example, instead of adding bitcrushing and distortion effects to some higher quality piano samples, why not use some piano samples that are lo-fi to begin with? That said, I highly recommend the electric piano patch featured in this download, as it’s one of the most lovely sounding lo-fi pianos I’ve ever heard.
As for the recording process, no effects have been added to the samples, to keep the sounds as authentic as possible. Even the instrument names in the SoundFont were written with Caps Lock on since 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 included SoundFont and SFZ patches.
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.
Casio SA-10 Sample Pack (45.2 MB download size, RAR archive)