MATRIXSYNTH: Casio DM-100



Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Casio DM-100


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"The Casio DM-100 is basically a Casio SK-5 and a MT series keyboard in one housing. I believe it was the only mini-keyed keyboard to have dual keyboards on it.

Strangely though, not all of the SK-5 features are present (or at least brought to the control surface). Absent is the ever-useful lions roar, laser gun, dog, and surf sounds, but it features a few others instead. It does keep up to four samples and retains the useful sample tune, reverse, loop, and amp envelopes. The samples are stored in the memory after power off as long as batteries or AC adapter are present. I never cracked it open to see, but I imagine that some of the other SK-5 features are still there on the circuit board and accessible to hardware hackers and circuit benders. It has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/8" line-in jack for the sampler. The larger speakers on the DM-100 make it sound better than any SK-5 ever did.

The bottom keyboard has a PCM sampled soundset with the ability to layer any two of the 20 sounds together for a total of 210 possible combinations.

It also has rhythm accompaniment as well as Casio's auto chord accompaniment feature. It has a mixer section to balance the sound output of the top and bottom keyboards with the accompaniment and a 1/4" headphone jack on the front. On the back are RCA outputs, a 9V DC-in (AC adaptor not included) and individual tuning knobs for each of the keyboards so you can get detuned chorus-style effects out of this thing if you play both boards at once."

via devetron

Update via Alex in the comments: "Hate to break it to you, but the sampler is not based on the SK-5. I've owned two of these and had a good, long look inside them. The sampler is basically a stripped down SK-8 with the same instrument set and sampling capabilities.

So, you won't find any lion's roar or laser gun in this keyboard, I'm afraid. Neither will you find the oriental features or even any of the ROM related features."

2 comments:

  1. that's like the GX-1 done casio-style.

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  2. Hate to break it to you, but the sampler is not based on the SK-5. I've owned two of these and had a good, long look inside them. The sampler is basically a stripped down SK-8 with the same instrument set and sampling capabilities.

    So, you won't find any lion's roar or laser gun in this keyboard, I'm afraid. Neither will you find the oriental features or even any of the ROM related features.

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