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Casio FZ-1

Hohner HS-1
Hohner HS-1

Released: 1987

MSRP: $2195US


The FZ family was Casio's attempt to enter the professional sampling market. In addition to sampling, the FZ family featured both additive and subtractive synthesis capabilities. Besides samples, sources can be preset, additive, or hand drawn waveforms, similar to Korg DSS-1. Hohner rebadged the FZ-1 as the HS-1. Architecture Class: Sampler.

Ebay Description:

The Casio FZ-1 is a (pressure and velocity sensitive) 61 key, 8 voice multitimbral digital sampling synthesizer, featuring additive (48 harmonic), oscillator (5 waveforms or hand drawn), or sample (16 bit, 9-36kHz) sources, digital resonant low pass (24dB) filter, and dedicated 8 stage filter and amplifier envelopes per voice, along with LFO, 8 presets, 3.5" DSHD disk drive, and MIDI. Sample editing includes dual loops with cross-fade, reverse, mix resample, cross-mix splice, and truncate.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1036mm D:325mm H:120mm W:40.81in D:12.81in H:4.75in 17.5kg 38.5lbs no mix (TRS/XLR) 8 individual MIDI: IN OUT THRU RS232 (25 pin) volume no sustain 39W AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
FZ-1 FZ-10m FZ-20m shared 8 3.5" 2HD MIDI SysEx menu based graphic LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
8 8 no Waveform->DCF->DCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
None no pressure DCA-EG LFO Mod-Wheel pedal velocity yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no no no N/A N/A Mod-Wheel Pitch-Wheel MIDI-PitchBend MIDI-CC1 MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
channel no MIDI pedal yes 1


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 16 bit 9kHz 18kHz 36kHz 1MB (2MB via MB-10 board) no auto resample:mix reverse splice:cross-mix truncate


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
DCO digital additive (48 harmonics) draw Samples sawC1 sawC6 squareC1 squareC6 pulseC1 pulseC6 doublesineC1 doublesineC6 sawpulseC1 sawpulseC6 randomC1 randomC6 - no no LFO MIDI-PitchBend no
Sample digital 64 - no no LFO MIDI-PitchBend key velocity


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
DCF digital MB87186 yes sawC1 sawC1 pulseC1 doublesineC1 sawpulseC1 randomC1 low pass sawC1 squareC1 pulseC1 doublesineC1 sawpulseC1 randomC1 pressure DCF-EG LFO MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC4 velocity no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
DCF-EG 8 8 no no no key velocity key velocity
DCA-EG 8 8 no no no key velocity key velocity


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO random saw:down saw:up sine square triangle yes no yes no pressure LFO MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC4 no
Sampler Models
FZ-1 FZ-10M FZ-20M