When they were both at school, Tim Mosely pestered Melissa Elliott to come round to his house and hear the beats he'd made. When she finally got there, Missy was a bit surprised to find that he'd made the beats on a Casio SK1 keyboard. It was the first really cheap (less than £100) sampler ever made, and it's the crappiest-looking thing ever (this one on the left is modified - the original didn't have the weird patchbay. And they keys weren't coloured in with felt-tip-pen). Missy was impressed with his beats and Timbaland now has plenty of samplers, but the SK1 lives on. The circuit bending community:
This guy connects his SK1 to a huge modular synth.
These guys will tell you how to connect your SK-1 to MIDI.
Q.R.Chazala pretty much invented circuit-bending with an SK1. He doesn't half go on about it, though.
Tablebeast sell modified SK1s through their Ebay shop, and supplied the one in Nine Inch Nail's studio.
Inspired? There's a boxed, working SK1 for sale on Ebay right now. It's in Margate, the current bid is 99p and you've got nine days to go. (They normally go for between £20 and £50).
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