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Jay f. 12/09/2012

Casio HT3000 : Jay f.'s user review

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Casio synthesizer, 5 octaves.
Auto Accompaniment. 4 parts: drums / bass / accompaniment / lead.
Keyboard splittable into 3 different points.
Editing sounds. Backup on an optional memory card.

Connection MIDI IN / OUT / THRU
The first review gives features. More on the Wikipedia page dedicated: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_SD_Synthesizers

UTILIZATION

Configuraiton very simple.
Sounds and functions are available via 1 or 2 keys max. Very fast.

Complete manual.

Edit or sequencer sounds quite complicated, given the limitations of the small screen.
Using the encoder very playful.

SOUNDS

The synthesis is based on 1-DCO-VCF DCA voice. 32 waveforms can be generated by the COD, including a noise generator fun.

The sounds are pretty basic, not at all realistic. Only percussion and metallic sounds are correctly rendered and interesting. Strings and synth basses are pretty good too.
For an affordable synth 80s, it is very good. But it is light years away from the modern equivalent.

The keyboard is not velocity sensitive.

OVERALL OPINION

I have since the late 80s.
It was my first synth.

The machine is very robust. It drags in a corner, but still works.

I enjoyed the editability of the machine and the fact that it is splittable.
For cons, the sounds are annoying very quickly. When I could, I completed a SoundCanvas to provide better sound quality.