Auto-accompaniment keyboard (electronic musical instrument)
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Casio Casiotone MT-500 is a classic late '80s Casio model. It
features 12 rhythms (aka "super drums"), 20 tones, and 4 great
rubber pads with interchangeable drum and percussion sounds, all
in stereo :-)
The omnipresent Casio-Chord is available, and it's possible to vary the accompaniments thanks to five sliders that change the pattern of the bass drum/bass, the snare/rim shot/tom, the cymbal/high hat, the hand clap/agogo/bongo, and finally the chord structure.
Separate sliders are available to control and mix the volumes of the accompaniment and the rhythm, change the tempo, and adjust the main outputs.
The keyboard is standard Casio mini-keys, four octaves, and it's surprisingly easy to play even for large hands. It's not velocity-sensitive.
The rhythms and tones themselves are early PCM, and are typical Casio. Among the tones there are a few standouts, like the excellent pipe organ, and the synth. guitar, but if you like retro styles, you'll like this keyboard.
A difference between this and other Casio keyboards of the same era is that it's not possible to change the preset tones in any way... no envelope, vibrato... like it's possible to do on other Casio models.
The rhythms sound nice and punchy, and gloriously lo-fi. There's also a synchro-start/fill-in button, and a set of two outputs for external drum pads.
Check out the audio demos here below...
|Rhythm name with audio demo||My comments|
|16 beat||Nice syncopated 16-beat rhythm|
|bossa nova||Relaxed, summery and warm :-)|
|disco||Great Simmons-style disco tom-toms|
|march||Nice military snare|
|pops 1||Nice and happy|
|pops 2||Very nice retro style :-)|
|reggae||Superb reggae beat!|
|rock||Good rock 'n' roll|
|samba||Classic samba accompaniment|
|slow rock||Typical '60s style|
|swing||Fluid and jazzy|
|Tone name with audio demo||My comments|
|bells||Static but sparkly.|
|clavichord||Nice preset - works as Clavinet|
|double reed||Pretty realistic, bassoon-like|
|elec. guitar||Overdriven Strat (with a bit of imagination...)|
|elec. piano||Of FM, not Rhodes, variety.|
|harpsichord||Realistic and useful|
|human voice||Very interesting and analog sounding!|
|jazz organ 1||Solid Hammond organ|
|jazz organ 2||Variation with a bit of pseudo-reverb|
|piano||Typical early Casio piano|
|pipe organ||Beautiful pipe organ patch|
|synth. sound 1||Good synth sound that would benefit immensely from quality fx processing|
|synth. sound 2||Nice variation|
And here's what possible to do using the four yellow hexagonal drum pads:
drum solos a series of rhythms improvised on the pads, switching the various sounds assigned to them.
|Features at a glance|
|Year of release:||198_|
|Responds to velocity:||no|
|Sound generation method:||PCM|
|Sound expansion capabilities:||no|
|Outputs:||stereo RCA, phones|
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