Casio SK-8A
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Now this is a really weird keyboard! It's like the SK-8, except perhaps aimed at the middle eastern market?
Has the lights and rom areas like the SK8. Has some different middle eastern sounds and rythyms.



Most interestingly, it has a 4th slider on the left for "Scale". You can play the normal 12 tone scales, but there are two alternate tunings that can be selected. Click the slider to a tuning, then press a key and chooose "arabic". Very, very weird and cool!




  • cartridge slot w/door
  • "melody lighst" above the keys to guide through songs which can be loaded on ROMs. Various roms were available.
  • four pads for playing samples
  • eight PCM sounds: piano, pipe organ, trumpet, clarinet, violin, qanun, oud, nay
  • ten rhythms: rock, swing 2 beat, samba, majroor, slow rock / baladi, disco, swing 4 beat, bossa nova, adani, waltz / romba junubi



    Comments:

    Cool, baby :)
    your wifey  [patty-AT-pattymason.com]  06/04/2002 06:28
    What the hell? Where did you find this? I want it!
    Josh  [j8-AT-paisd.com]  06/05/2002 11:16
    As far as I can tell, your SK-8a is the only one in the free world. Ok, probably not. But google searches of newsgroup history, google, yahoo searches....nobody else has ever posted a picture of one, much less ABOUT the keyboard anywhere..
    Sean Elliot  [info-AT-fumcn.org]  01/20/2003 09:59
    i picked one of these up yesterday in a remote shop, its missing the rom card, but this is truly an amazing piece of machinery, it has an incredible built in sampler for guitar and mic.
    todd cunningham  [regionfourzeroone-AT-hotmail.com]  01/22/2003 01:25
    I have circit-bent my normal SK-8; I added also the slider + 2 additional rhythm buttons + 4 drumpad buttons, but with my hacked version the slider only exchanges 2 rhythms in "arabic" mode and plays tom drum and clap sounds on all keys when set to "set 1" or "set 2".
    CYBERYOGI =CO=Windler    http://www.informatik.fh-hamburg.de/~windle_c/TableHooters/index.html  07/22/2003 07:22
    I just checked my modified Casio SK-8 again; my added "scale" switch works indeed! Just switch it to the 1st "set" mode and press all keys those shall be transposed 1 quartertone up, then switch to the 2nd "set" mode and press all keys to be transposed 1 quartertone down (the rightmost key always resets to default tuning). Then switch to "arabic" and voila - a new tone scale! It sounds almost like Atari POKEY - very anti-establishment, this de-scaler. My upgrade consists only of a switch slider (made from wood and sheet metal, modelled after the given ones), a slot soldering-ironed into the front panel and a diode added to the control panel PCB, and it works perfectly. Its almost an oriental keyboard now, although it has not the instrumentation of the SK-8A.
    CYBERYOGI =CO=Windler    http://www.informatik.fh-hamburg.de/~windle_c/TableHooters/index.html  07/23/2003 06:49
    I want!!!
    stephen  [sericson-AT-xanboo.com]  08/11/2003 10:06
    I opened my SK8... the circuit board includes some points for the forth slider, labeled arabic, normal b and # .... I donĀ“t think it would be too hard to add the slider...
    CANDYBAR  [thecandybars-AT-hotmail.com]  10/17/2003 08:01
    If any one know information about Casin AT-1 Please send to me Or any site about this Organ THanks a lot
    Umar Jawdat  [ujh2all-AT-hotmail.com]  http://ujh-soft.tripod.com  11/22/2003 07:49
    Hi I neeed to Know how much this is worth
    Hamiltoon  [electrosonoids-AT-hotmail.com]  12/01/2003 10:52
    Not that I want to buy it from you I just want to know If someone was to sell it to me wat would be a good price
    Hamiltoon  [electrosonoids-AT-hotmail.com]  12/01/2003 11:08
    Well Hamiltoon, I bought this beauty about two years ago, and I don't regret it one bit. I live in Italia and I bought it in London for about 498 Pounds. That's merely 750 Dollars I think. Buy it.
    Doystra Kaobe  [lauravanherck-AT-hotmail.com]  02/10/2004 07:20
    I reaally want one of these. They're beautiful. Noise samples in Arabic scales? I wonder if Bryn Jones (Muslimgauze) had one of these things. Name your price, my info is enclosed.
    Mic Litter  [Littermic-AT-aol.com]  http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/enoch212/  06/12/2004 03:34
    just started to bend my standard SK-8, thanks to great sites like this! the Qanun voice of the A model came out, maybe also the others are there
    Liqih  [lqhmine-AT-libero.it]  http://liqihsynth.com  10/31/2004 03:53
    soy de temuco chile quisiera ver quien vende un sk8a.escribame al mail
    pedro  [pedroantivil-AT-walla.com]  www.colectivono.tk  11/03/2004 06:18
    I am looking for SK8A. please email if you have one. leguano@yahoo.com
    LORA  [leguano-AT-yahoo.com]  11/15/2005 04:17
    I am a composer from the Bay Area, CA. I would like to use an SK-8A in an upcoming experimental piece called "The Vertigo Series Part II" (http://www.myspace.com/thevertigoseries) If anyone wants to sell it, please email me. thanks
    Nick Vasallo  [nickvasallo-AT-comcast.net]  www.nickvasallo.com  12/04/2005 01:27
    an auction for this guy just ended on ebay, i was outbid at the last second. anyway, it went for around $170 plus shipping. i loved my sk-8 and it doesnt work anymore, now i will not know how it feels to play an arabic sk-8. these are sad times for all of us. sorry i didnt post when the auction was still alive. i felt alive once.
    shawn  [teeteezon-AT-yahoo.com]  citizenoftheworld.org  03/21/2006 02:50
    HELLO i want to found for bying a casio SK8A ARABIC (A SMALL OR A BIG QUANTITY) number(01 to 10,or 50) I'M IN ALGERIA - CAN i FOUND IT HERE OR IN MORROCO OR IN TUNISIA CAN I HAVE SOME ADRESSE WHERE CAN I FOUND IT ? a his price prix? THANKS IDIR ( MUSIC SHOP ) ALGERIA MY POSTAL ADRESSE IS :MAKHLAF MAKHLOUF 19 RUE ASKRI AHCENE BEO ALGER ALGERIA tel: 00 213 71 89 38 67
    MAKHLOUF MAKHLAF  [IDIR1110-AT-CARAMAIL.COM]  05/22/2006 12:10
    I want to by SK8
    charife  [charife1-AT-hotmail.com]  08/31/2006 02:34
    I have an SK8A Arabic. The price is $500. You can write me to zelevnoel@gmail.com
    Alberto  [zelevnoel-AT-gmail.com]  01/05/2007 03:41
    i have SK8A arabic i any body want call me
    sami  [ensoniqts10plus-AT-yahoo.com]  06/08/2007 02:38
    I Have a great SK-8A that has recorded some excellent tracks for me, But I am broke so Im selling. Great Condition, original rom cartridge and all. SK-8A $500. if you are interested give me a call @ 612 695 1688, or just email me @ retardia@gmail.com ..Thanks!
    SK-8A  [retardia-AT-gmail.com]  09/04/2007 04:10
    SK-8A on Ebay! itll be there for another 8 days! Check it out!
    TIMESQUID  [retardia-AT-gmail.com]  09/06/2007 06:42
    dear mr CASIO PLEASE HELP ME .how can i found this model CASIO SK8A ARABIC in algeria algiers or in france paris FOR SOLD IT IN MY SHOP OF INSTRUMENTS OF MUSIC IN ALGERIA PLEASE HELP AND GIVE ME HiS PRICE TARIF (HoW MUCH)...FROM ALGERIA OR FROM FRANCE .WHERE I HAVE MY FAMILY IN PARIS . idir 00213 71 89 38 67 idir1110@caramail.com
    idir  [idir1110-AT-caramail.com]  01/10/2008 02:51
    is there any info on the rythyms or can i hear them somehow?
    ian  [ian-AT-austinworldmusic.com]  04/20/2008 11:30
    it's weird, because my friend has this keyboard coincidentally lol.
    andy  [andythefisher-AT-yahoo.com]  08/17/2008 03:03
    Hi all I have an SK-8A if anyone is interested email me
    Guy  [qayamah_shor-AT-yahoo.co.uk]  07/23/2009 09:21
    There's nothing unusual about an arabic keyboard when it comes to Casio. At least a third of all the keyboards Casio ever made were released as an arabic version. The reason for this is because Middle Eastern music is composed on a completely different scale than western music, hence the scale slider on the SK-8A. All arabic keyboards that Casio made always had hidden samples and instruments programmed onto the chips and extra controls were added to activate the arabic musical scales. Arabic keyboards are very common. Arabic SK-8s are not.
    Alex Andersson  [casiosk1-AT-yopmail.com]  12/16/2009 09:42
    Would love one but does anyone know what models of arabic keyboard are easier to obtain? Any links to cheap small arabic keyboards? thanks in advance
    camedon seed  [camedonseed-AT-yahoo.co.uk]  04/13/2010 08:15
    Hi everyone. About twenty years ago, A friend of mine had a CASIO SK8A that interested me a lot. I was still too young that time and was able to play the keyboard fairly well. I had a CASIO VL-TONE, which had a calculator obviously and I learned to play the keyboard through it. About a year or two, I realized that my friend had a CASIO SK8A which demonstrated Arabic songs and was crazy about it. I just borrowed it from him for one day and hadn't been able to see that keyboard again. Now, my question is: Do you have more pictures of this musical instrument (keyboard) in high resolution and songs recorded by it? If yes, would you be so kind as to send me some via E-Mail? I'd appreciative. Many thanks.
    Farid   [negahe_now-AT-rocketmail.com]  05/04/2010 08:27
    I am going to be putting my sk-8a up on ebay in about a week if anyone is interested.
    shawn  [teeteezon-AT-yahoo.com]  07/13/2010 01:40
    Hey, if anyone's wanting to sell this hit me up! let me know your price or if your going to stick it on eBay or something, will be happy to work something out! :)
    howard  [howieish-AT-hotmail.co.uk]  08/25/2011 10:37
    Hi! Im really interested in buying one of these. Please let me know if you have one for sale. Thanks
    Mads Kolding  [madslundkold-AT-gmail.com]  10/13/2011 08:36
    Hi all I have today placed one of these on ebay heres the link for those interested www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Casio-Keyboard-SK-8A-Very-Very-Rare-/170713206407?pt=UK_MusicalInstr_Keyboard_RL&hash=item27bf4cce87 cheers Guy
    Guy Turner  [qayamah_shor-AT-yahoo.co.uk]  10/16/2011 04:43
    Really want to get this one. Someone please tell me if you wat to sell or know how to get
    juhwan  [juhwan95-AT-gmail.com]  01/15/2012 07:53
    I had a SK8A whith his box and 3 rom packs for sale RO-276 tv tunes RO-456 beutiful arabian music RO-351 best of carpenters instruction manual in english and arabian
    vicente  [terol.ferrero-AT-gmail.com]  06/19/2012 02:08
    Please get in touch if you have a Casio SK 8A for sale in LOndon .Thank you. Cherif
    C Makhlaf  [cmakhlaf-AT-hotmail.com]  06/30/2012 11:39
    I have a SK-8A for sale. It's in very good condition, and comes in original Casio carrying case. Contact me at my email address for details.
    M.N. Guenes  [mgns80-AT-fastmail.fm]  02/08/2013 06:28

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