Check out this monstrosity of a 1980s synth:
No wait, that picture is missing the speakers, this will make what’s going on more clear:
Yes, it’s a synth with a built-in boombox. Or a synth built into a boombox, or a boombox with a built-in synth. It’s the legendarily goofy Casio KX-101, and I had never heard it it before Torsten Adair pointed it out to me on Facebook a couple of days ago.
You can play along with the radio, or with cassette playback, I think. You can’t record your music to that cassette, though – the synth uses it as a datacassette.
Like this, only DM1200. YES THIS THING COST LIKE 1200 DEUTSCHEMARKS.
Why a datacassette? So you could store your sequences, of course. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT IT IS ALSO A SEQUENCER. Why, gods, why?
ALSO FOR SOME REASON IT WILL PLAY YOUR CASSETTE TAPES IN RANDOM ORDER IF YOU WANT. Yay let’s randomise the setlist! Nothin’ says “pro concert experience” like each song being separated by 60-something seconds of tape-seeking noise as it randomly picks and seeks to another spot on the cassette, am I right or am I right?
Synthtopia has a 2009 article on this monstrosity. Here’s a video: