AMSTRAD : Chaine HiFi
.AMSTRAD STUDIO 100
Cette chaine est pour moi un COLLECTOR !!!
=> RECHERCHE : les 4 micros de couleur avec le casque... d'origine !
(occasion Ebay France)
AMSTRAD FIDELITY COMPUTERPHONIC : Synthétiseur
Amstrad CKX100 ComputerPhonic
Clavier Midi avec mode d'emploi mais sans bloc alimentation
This keyboard is a historical oddity, because although it was released in 1988 (box copyright date), its sound and case style, box design and especially the long and lovely demos resemble much more the early digital sound estheticism from around 1984. The main voice is made from very clean digital dual waveform timbres those imitate FM and resemble very much the great Yamaha MK-100 from 1983, and like the latter it has even a trio mode ("auto harmony") for cheesy pop organ chords.
An unusual special feature of this instrument is the "playright mode", which switches the right keyboard section to pentatonic tone scales, those vary with the actual chord (selected with the left hand) to force the player to play what establishment considers harmonious (a bit like an Omnichord). The cheesy single finger accompaniments are quite over- orchestrated and thus less versatile. The percussion is made from simple low resolution samples and resembles much Bontempi GT 759. There is also a MIDI- out jack and a simple sequencer with data storage on audio cassettes. The preset sound and rhythm selection is a bit awkward, since you have to press buttons multiple times to step through them, and the demos appear between the rhythms. Initially the PCB stank badly of epoxy.
The Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 seems to be extremely rare and likely was only released in Spain (I bough mine from eBay), since the manual, box and warranty card is in Spanish and I neither saw the CKX100 nor any other Amstrad keyboards elsewhere yet. The company Amstrad was known in 1980th for cheap and often poor sounding stereo sets and the famous Amstrad CPC 464/ 664/ 6128 home computer series. In Germany their HiFi and computer stuff was sold under the Schneider brand.