Casio (established in 1957) has sold one billion calculators worldwide!
Casio, Inc. and its parent company Casio Computer Co. Ltd., announced today that one billion electronic Casio calculators have been sold worldwide. The company’s first electronic calculator – the 001, went on sale in 1965, and the company just passed the one billion mark at the end of December.
When I went to high school it was actually mandatory to get one of those scientific calculators and if my memory serves me right I think Casio was about the only brand allowed at the time.
So I have some Casio calculators (various fx models) as well. (Not that I use them anymore, since I use the PC for the basic calculation needs I have.)
PolyValens (Clemens Valens) has released VL1, a freeware Casio VL-Tone emulator.
VL1 is a emulator of the world famous classic calculator annex mini-synthesizer from the eigthies made by Casio.
VL1 was written in honour of Casio’s little VL-TONE that has given me many hours of pleasure and fun.
- Two channels, one for the rhythm sounds and one for the synthesizer The synthesizer is always on MIDI channel 1, the rhythm sounds are on MIDI channel 2
- Three rhythm sounds (MIDI notes C3 (60), D3 (62) and E3 (64))
- Unlimited instances of VL1 (as long as your system supports it)
- 5 presets + 1 user programmable sound
- Desktop calculator
Memorieeees! Check it out at PolyValens‘ website.