This project is still on Kickstarter, but hasn’t gone as well as I thought it would so far. You can find it here.
This is one bit of hardware that I keep being drawn towards. Videos via Matrixsynth.
I know I’ve posted a few times about Casio VL-tones, and this is yet another. I will try to stop going on about this soon I promise. It is just that I have this thought in my head which says that wouldn’t it be great if you could modify a VL-Tone to be a MIDI controller for PDA?
It can and has been done in bigger devices such as the Casio SK-1 by Highly Liquid and does it look cool or what!
Now I realise that the first barrier to overcome is the small nature of the VL-1 and the fact that it is after all a glorified calculator, and that even if you could do that you’d then need to be able to get a serial connection into a palm device, which is not easy on many of the OS5 models, but if you could it would look amazing I bet!
My ideal would be to have one the size of the VL-10 below as these are only about 8″ long, but maybe that is just too much to ask for?
I think it would be brilliant if someone like Casio made another unit like the VL-1. Except I think today it would be a really ground breaking device. I would have the same sort of form as the old VL series, but it would also have a USB MIDI in/out, an audio line in/out and a mic in too.
The basis of the unit would be a keyboard similar to the VL-1
But it would be more like the size of the VL-10 below. Instead of a speaker on the front there would be two discreet speakers, one at each end, and the screen would be much bigger, colour and touch enabled like a PDA screen.
On board would be a sequencer and sampler and some basic synth functionality, but the device would be able to connect to a laptop of desktop to transfer files and export. It would have a slot for an SD card and sport wireless collaboration using bluetooth, but it would only work with other devices using the same standard.
But most important of all, it would have a CALCULATOR! built in.
I’ve no idea how this worked, but it claims to be a 4-track walkman device. I’ve never seen one, but who knows, maybe it was for real?
Another post from CDM that I spotted. I had a VL-Tone when they came out, in fact I think I had two at one point and would sequence them both together. I thought that they were brilliant, and if you think about it they were in effect the precursor to handheld music.
I think it would be brilliant if someone was to develop a new style VL-Tone, with audio and all sorts of bells and whistles. I’d probably buy one. In fact, I’ve just been considering getting an old style VL!