Casiotone keyboards came in three distinct families, separated by the method of synthesis.
Keyboards such as the CT-202 use Vowel-Consonant synthesis. The later model of this family, the MT-65, is one of the more well known and sought after models, as it also contains auto-accompaniment drum beats and bass lines. The distinctive sound of these keyboards is frequently heard in the Homestar Runner Macromedia Flash animations.
Some other keyboards (such as the MT-35 and MT-45) use a combination of two different binary weighted numbers (1 and 64). The larger weight bit provides the fundamental, and the smaller weight bit provides the harmonic complexity.
The later, more professional range of keyboards, the CZ series, used Phase distortion synthesis, which is mathematically almost identical to Yamaha's Frequency modulation synthesis, although implemented slightly differently to avoid patent infringement.
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