CASIOTONE: MT-68 INFO PAGE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date = 1983

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 7

Rhythms = 12 (Preset with Fill-In's)

Rhythm Combining = No

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purely for nostalgic reasons, I recently bought a Casio MT-68 to add to the Dubsounds sample collection. Not because it was particularly worthy, (although it was analogue) but simply for the fact that, (like many others of a certain generation) we used to own one.

This "Casiotone" was a very successful home keyboard back in the early '80s and for those of us teenagers that were already armed with our budget Moog Prodigy's, Korg MS-20's etc. it was a "make-do" synth that we could use for...

polyphonic sounds such as organ & string accompaniment with what very little we had left of our YOP wages.

The main sounds nowadays are pretty much unusable for anything other than novelty value, although it does have a rather nice electric piano sound and an almost Farfisa like '60s organ. The limitation of its mini-keys and the lack of velocity sensitivity would make it difficult to get any real mileage out of the piano but the organ could still have its uses.

This thing had one of those "auto accompaniment" sections that provided a bassline, arpeggiator/chord and drum machine sounds that could be played "one finger" or manually (if you'd mastered chords). The built in drum machine with its 12 rhythms and fill-in beats was something that I'd missed over the years as the drum voices were really distinctive and had a character of their own. They were certainly easier on the ears than the dreadful low-grade PCM voices that came on later home keyboards from the likes of Casio and Yamaha.

My own MT-68 was destroyed in an act of violence at a particularly unrestrained party in the late '80s. Someone decided it would be a great idea to pour petrol on it and set it alight whilst it cheerily played its final backing track. Unfortunately for the Casio, it took far too long to die so, in a scene not too dissimilar to The Lord of the Flies, everyone jumped up and down on it and threw it's shattered remains into the barbeque.

In an attempt to absolve myself for my part in this crime, I picked up another one recently and decided that, yes... the synth sounds were still terrible but the drums were actually really rather good. I've heard MT-68's being used on electronic and dance tracks over the last few years so it looks like the circle has finally turned to allow these unique and distinctive sounds their own place in our sample collections.

Fortunately, there's the added bonus that each of the seven sounds have now been multi-sampled so you're no longer tied to using the "beguine" beat and can program whatever you like and mash it up in ways that were never possible with the original machine. One last thing... this sample pack is worth it for the open hi-hat alone!

Have fun...

 

Sample Pack Info:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

This sample set contains 12 four bar loops of all the 12 preset rhythms and a further 12 loops containing the fill-in beats.

This set contains 96 multi-sampled individual drum hits covering all seven of the drum sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's so special about these sample packs? Quite simply, there isn't anywhere on the internet or in any commercial sample library where you can get this stuff. We made these samples because nobody else has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Dubsounds sample packs are sampled directly from our own drum machines. They are definitely NOT ripped from sample CD's, unlike many you see on Ebay at the moment, (which is a bit sad). All the rhythms are recorded directly into Pro-Tools from the machine's audio output and are not equalised, compressed or effected in any way. We want you to have the closest thing to the real machine as possible but with the added benefits of seamless integration into your VST host. The only thing we have done is to CAREFULLY remove any unwanted electrical noise and hum present in the signal, (if required) and taking extreme care to avoid damaging the delicate percussive transients. These samples were made for our own use first and foremost!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casio MT-68 Rhythms - 24 loops - 96 hits - (13 Mb download)

4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note:

Before buying; please make sure that you have read the information on the drum sounds intro page