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|Attenuator||ADSR, 6 preset envelopes|
|Memory||8 preset tones
4 samples (0.7 second)
2 samples (1.4 second)
4 built-in sample pads
4 sample-trigger pads
Casio SK-5 specifications
- Preset tones/samples: 8 preset keyboard sounds, including
- Built-in samples: 4 (high conga, low conga, lion, laser gun)
- Auto-rhythms: 10 (rock, disco, 16 beat, march, bossa nova, samba, slow rock, waltz)
- Demonstration tunes
Sampling and playback
- Sampling rate: 8-bit, 9.38 kHz
- Tuning control: ±30 cents
- Built-in speaker: 8 cm diameter / 1 watt output
- Inputs: microphone phone connector (1/4 inch), line-in minijack (1/8 inch)
- Outputs: audio-out minijack (1/8 inch)
- Auto power off time: 7 minutes since last operation
- Power: 5 AA batteries or 7.5 volt negative tip polarity AC or DC adapter
- Power consumption: 1.8 watts
In popular culture
The distinctive "Lion" sample has been used in several commercial recordings. It can be heard at the very end of "Ghetto Thang" on De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising album, and also during "A Shropshire Lad" (at 1:27) by Half Man Half Biscuit.
In the Kanye West documentary Making of Late Registration, producer and composer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Robyn Hitchcock) is seen in the first studio scenes of the documentary talking with West holding an Casio SK-5 in his lap. (YouTube version has this scene in Part 1 at 3:58, West is talking to Brion about his Shirley Bassey sample; referring to the popular track "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"). However it is not known whether the Casio was actually used in the production of the critically acclaimed album.
Elastica used the Dog, Lion, and Laser Gun samples in their song "Mad Dog God Dam." Electroclash band Le Tigre also utilised the SK5 for their single "Deceptacon", and the SK5 featured in the music video of this song. It is rumoured that the SK5 was fundamental to the short lived ambient death jungle scene which emerged in Sheffield in the late 90’s. Pioneers of the scene, the Igniting Death Rocket People (IDRP) made extensive use of the preset dog bark and lion samples for their debut single 'The elucent howl'. It is currently unverifiable whether any copies of the elucent howl remain in circulation.
- Casio SK-5 Remastered Demos
- Casio Sampling Keyboards archive: SK-5 — review and modding info; includes original manual.
- a demo of casio sk5