The Sound of 1987, On The Casio FZ-10M

In his latest video, synthesist Espen Kraft takes a look at recreating the sound of 1987 with a Casio FZ-10M.

In the 80’s, Casio made a variety of powerful synths and samplers. The FZ-10M was part of a family of sampling synths, including the FZ-1, that let you mix sampling, additive and subtractive synthesis in a patch.

In the above video, Kraft takes an in-depth look at the FZ-10M. Below, he uses it to create a track, The Sounds Of 1987, inspired by artists like Pet Shop Boys:

If you’ve used any of the Casio FZ sampler/synths, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

5 thoughts on “The Sound of 1987, On The Casio FZ-10M

  1. I got an FZ-1 when it came out, I had the memory expansion that increased storage to a massive 2Mb (yes, 2 MEGAbyte). I played about with the internal synthesis but I never used it properly. The big display was a marvel of the time for trimming samples and you really wanted to squeeze every byte you could get back. Samples were saved to 3.5″ floppy, younger synthesists will recognise them as the “save” icon! It used the newer HD ffloppy discs, which cost an eye watering £5 EACH, bearing in mind this was the 80’s, so that was a lot of money. Great keys on it, I used it as a master keyboard for many years.

    I’m sure people look at things like this as classics and may yearn for one, but having been there I would never go back, give me modern day sample technology any day

      1. I had an EPS-16+. I loved the logical edit layout, the way tuning maps worked, polyphonic aftertouch, extensive looping processes, and the effects were ok, too. A side-bonus was that it was crashy AF and would make amazing sounds as it “tried” to keep playing audio! I wish I was recording when those things happened!!!

        I really wish someone would take all the original capabilities and organization of the EPS 16+, but with modern memory, resolution, polyphony, mod matrix, storage, etc. etc.

    1. It’s not the greatest for sampling but the sound design possibilities are still quite interesting, especially the filter which is a curious hybrid of digital and analog.

  2. My very first synth was a Casio CZ-1000. I absolutely loved it and I believe
    the year was 1985. Wish I still had the Casio!

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