Talk:Casio VL-1

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I just renamed the article to VL-1, because VL-Tone seems to be the name of the product line. Furthermore I'm in doubt that the original VL-1 featured the sound presets electro 1-3. Mine has those: piano, fantasy, violin, flute, guitar and ADSR. Since I don't have batteries at hand I can't tell you what ADSR actually does (can't remember actually).

For further reference: VL-1 and [VL-5] (the latter illustrates that VL-Tone is the name of the product line)

The Casio VL-1 actually has more sounds than is first apparent, although I don't know if any of these extra timbres (not really presets) are called "electro". The ADSR thing allows you to define a new instrument using a small string of digits (I forget how, exactly, but I remember it's not that hard to figure out if you're familiar with ADSR envelopes). One of the digits you can input specifies the instrument number, and by using this you can use a few extra timbres not offered by the simple switch. Why they didn't just make a bigger switch so each timbre has a preset is beyond me. - furrykef (Talk at me) 15:24, 13 June 2006 (UTC)
ADSR digits from memory;
1 - Code (1-9), specifying the waveform to be used (e.g. violin, flute, etc.)
2 - Attack - 0=short, 9=long
3 - Decay - 0=short, 9=long
4 - Sustain Level - the volume level at which the note is sustained. A plucked or percussive sound would have a low sustain level (e.g.0), where as a woodwind sound would have a high level.
5 - Sustain time - 0=short, 9=long (sustained note)
6 - Release time - what the sound does when you take your finger off the key - 0=short, 9=long
7 - vibrato (rate - 0 to 9)
8 - Tremelo (rate - 0-9)
You would enter the 8 digit number into the calculator's memory, and when you switched to ADSR the instrument would take its settings from this. Paul-b4 (talk) 13:00, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

New Order usage?[edit]

I seem to recall that the VL-1 features prominently in "Your Silent Face", by New Order. If someone can confirm this, I think it should go in the "Fame" section. Tevildo 15:02, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

the "fame" section is, as is often the case with these articles, full of people who aren't really famous, who've used the thing once for novelty value. do we really need more than "da da da" & "the man whose head expanded" for people to get the idea? duncanrmi (talk) 08:55, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Move back to Casio VL-Tone?[edit]

I propose that this page be moved back to Casio VL-Tone... as stated above, it is indeed correct that "VL-Tone" is the product line and "VL-1" was the original product, but perhaps all the VL-Tone line can be discussed in a single article. Whether or not this is a good idea probably depends on how similar the VL-Tone models are to each other. I've only heard of the VL-1 and the VL-5; there might not be any others. - furrykef (Talk at me) 15:30, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Casio VL-5[edit]

Perhaps there is room somewhere to mention the Casio VL-5? Essentially it was a 4 note polyphonic VL-1 with an added bar code reader, complete with a book of barcoded tunes which could be read into the machine (if you were patient enough!) Paul-b4 09:51, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Sample song?[edit]

Does anyone know what the sample song is called? --M1ss1ontomars2k4 (talk) 01:56, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

The manual says it's "German Folk Song". Kusyadi (talk) 15:24, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
My mother, who is German, spotted the song as a German folk tune, not too sure what the name is, but she tells me it's about a Troll waking around a house trrying to get in, and the people in the house rebuking his efforts, the tune has a kind of heavy plodding rhythm, and I alway iamagine this Troll walking around the house trying to gain entry.

Yakacm (talk) 08:59, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

The sample song is Unterlanders Heimweh, which was commonly featured on Casio's toy keyboards in the 1980's. Zoetrophy (talk) 02:13, 1 August 2015 (UTC)


This page says the VL-1 was from 1981 but has no source for it. I recall getting to use a Walkman and a VL-1 that were brought back to the US from Japan before anyone else here had seen them, and I think that was in 1980, not 1981, but I don't have a verifiable source, either. Can anyone help? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:50, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

It was 1980, according to Electronic and Experimental Music by Thom Holmes. I'll sort that now. Totnesmartin (talk) 19:39, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the fix, Totnesmartin! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:39, 19 April 2009 (UTC)


What's today successor to the VL-1? Maybe there are mobile Music video game devices that can (ore even are) be used for making real music? What else?-- (talk) 02:21, 27 December 2009 (UTC)