June 22, 2022

New Toys: Casio CT-S1000V Voice Synthesizer

Casio’s new CT-S1000 is the first voice synthesizer that transforms typed text, such as the lyrics of a song, into a musical phrase, then “sings” them in perfect harmony (if you wish) according to the notes played on its keyboard. Sounding like a vocoder except no microphone is required, there are 100 lyrical sounds (phrases inspired by familiar songs) built into the CT-S1000V. These can be overwritten and/or there is room for another 50 imported from the Lyric Creator app. The instrument works with both English and Japanese text.

Lyric Creator (app for iOS and Android) allows lyrics to be entered and then loaded into the CT-S1000V via USB. It is then, under your control on the keyboard, played using one of 22 types of singers, including dialogs, processed choirs, robot voices, vocoders and whispered voices. Phrases can be played all at once in rhythm, or one syllable at a time with or without legato, then sequenced together to play complete songs. The built-in MIDI recorder can store up to five songs.

The CT-S1000V has its own AiX tone source with 800 high-resolution sounds in 64-voice polyphony, and the keyboard can be split or layered to play multiple sounds together. The accompaniment section puts a full backing track at the player’s fingertips, including 243 built-in rhythms, 50 user-programmable rhythms, and automatic harmonies.

The CT-S1000V will sample up to ten seconds of high-quality audio samples through its 1/8″ stereo input jack or wirelessly using the included WU-BT10 Bluetooth Audio and MIDI Adapter. There are 100 studio-quality effects, including many amplifier and cabinet simulators, modulation effects, choruses, reverbs, delays and more.

The CT-S1000V retails for $679.99 MSRP.