Category Archives: Schematics

Schematics for various circuits.

Casio SK-1 Modifications from back when

Casio Twins sk-1 modified
Here is a link
that Roger sent me a while ago. Its a website by Frans Samshuijzen with detailed descriptions of some mods that he did to a set of Casio SK-1 keyboards appropriately titled: “Casio Twins“. The mods include a full pitch mod with the use of a TI 74LS624 voltage controlled oscillator. It is also worth noting that a 555 timer circuit would theoretically do the same thing, except that the max frequency of a 555 is about 2Mhz and with the LS624 chip the schematics indicate a range of between 1.5 and 10Mhz with a max of 20Mhz. The downside however is the fact that the LS624 is far more expensive, $2.55 a pop. Still worth every penny considering that the Casio will provide for a full 3 Octave mind melting sound experience, along with longer and grainier recording times. Other mods include a nice line level adapter schematic for the microphone input and a remote trigger option. Audio of the improvisations on the Casio Twin set can be heard here and there is more information about what all the controls are here.



Building Guitar Effects + Other Circuits

Random Note Generator
This link I’ve been hanging onto for over a year now, Laurier’s Handy Dandy Little Circuits. The guy has quite a collection of various Wah-Wah circuits ranging in complexity and features like an added Fuzz circuit. Through some browsing other little circuitry gems can be found including this simple oscillator collection and a random note generator. Good pleace to get some ideas for experimenting.

Casio Sk-1 with a Video Out

Casio SK-1 Video Out

Gijs of has just sent me some information on their recent experiments with patching signals from an Casio SK-1’s ROM chip to a video monitor. The circuit is simply a diode to prevent the back flow of current and a resistor to drop the +5 Volt logic gate to a +2 Volt required for generating a video signal. The color of the pixel is determined by the voltage in between 0 ( Black ) and 2 ( White ), so if multiple points on the ROM chip were mixed with various resistor values color images will occur. Gijs’ result is a series of lines that appear on a monitor in a scrolling fashion. The resulting image is neat and in sync with the sounds generated, however it is out of sync with the screen. The NTSC and PAL video standards require a sync pulse to be sent every so often, without it the image will scroll. Very nice work and I am sure that this technique will work with other circuit bent devices.
Video on of the bend is on YouTube.

Casio SK-1 Video Out Circuit Bent