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  2. Piano Sound In Hex Layers

    I would like to create hex layers that have an acoustic piano sound layered and/or split with several other tones. When I select a piano wave to import into a hex layer, I notice that there are four different piano waves, each with a left and right wave, so eight total. From the sound of these waves, I’m assuming that they correspond to four increasing stages of piano velocity. So does anyone know the numeric ranges of velocity that correspond to each of the four piano waves? And if I want to have a hex layer with a full-range piano sound with all four velocity waves, would I have to use four of the six hex layers to create that? Or even eight layers (all six of one hex layer, and two of another simultaneous hex layer) to have it in stereo? Honestly, this seems like a lot of layers to have to use just to get a full-range piano sound. And I also notice that there is no basic general MIDI acoustic piano wave that I can import into a hex layer. So am I missing something here? Any help or advice any of you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  3. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I wasn't at all serious. Note the tongue. But I thought you deserved a little humor/humour.
  4. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I have a better idea: Since i am not interested AT ALL in the MZX, why don't i just buy my CTX, enjoy it and save myself from throwing 999 euros through the window !!!!
  5. CT-X VS MZ-X

    How cheeky. You know he meant "editing." But au contraire. It can be done. Here's how. First, you buy a CT-X700. Then you sample it fully: all the keyboard ranges, all the unique velocity ranges. Then you build your tone in the MZ sample manager and load into the MZ. Voila. Of course I am NOT serious. You could simply slave the CT-X700 to the MZ via MIDI, but you would need a 5-pin MIDI DIN to USB interface to do it. Far less work and you get all the CT-X tones. (P.S. For anyone wanting to try the latter you'll only be able to get one CT-X tone at a time because as far as I can tell the MZ models don't have multi-zone controller capability. So it certainly isn't a solution.)
  6. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I have spent quite some time right now on youtube and listened to a lot of videos. Seriously, the MZX 500 sounds embarassingly bad (except from some nice synth pads). I wanted to know how much it costs. I swear i had no idea before googling it: 999 euros !! I mean seriously ! For me it is not worth even half that money ! For those who have bought a MZX 500, have you heard before how a PSR S770 sounds for the same price ! Or a Korg PA-600 for even less money ! I guess not ! It is day and night !!! I have no prejudices against Casio, i have had a CTK 900 for 10 years and loved it and now i will buy either a CT-X3000 or a X5000 because they have a huge quality/price ratio, but this MZX series is a big mystery to me !!! 999 euros ! I still can't believe i have read that !!! But why not, if Casio can still find people to buy them ! (I doubt they found a lot of them).
  7. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I agree..... partially. It is true but i think only for "electronic" sounds. How efficiently can you edit a piano, nylon guitar or acoustic drums ? You can "embellish" them but that will not turn mediocre samples into good ones. No edition will ever make acoustic instruments on the MZ, sound as good as they are as presets on the CTX
  8. CT-X VS MZ-X

    The CTX line I believe is a clean platform. Good sound quality but no large expansion capabilities. The MZ-X is a arranjer workstation. To get quality in the MZ-X you have to make use of the tools. Is that it is not a keyboard ready. Editions are required.
  9. CT-X VS MZ-X

    Take The MZ-X500 is the best. The CT-X line has a tone table derived from the MZ-X. But I believe it will not have the sampler function. Only the sampler function will leave your MZ-X updated for a long time.
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  11. CT-X VS MZ-X

    Well, i don't have a Tyros 5, i have the Tyros 1.. So that's why i'm willing to make that step towards the MZX/CTX. If i'd had a Tyros 5 there would be no way i would even consider it, but i think the Tyros 1 is still a master in terms of styles, but it's starting to sound dated, and it's starting to sound compareable to the newest Casio's nowadays with the versatile tones, hex layers and velocity switchin.
  12. I wonder what is the current absorption on batteries due the fact they become warm. The fact the battery are getting hot means that there's an high power draw. Now it's true that NiMh and NiCd have a lower internal resistance, so they could deliver more power, especially peak power, but the lower nominal voltage and higher current could cause problems. I am a radio amateur and have some portable rigs designed to run at nominal 12 V/13,8V to be used eventually on a car. The old FT290 Yaesu has NINE cells on the battery holder: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2w0daa/14628273554 The newer FT-817 uses 8 AA cells instead of D cells and they could be either Alkaline and NiMh, but the holder is different and there's a sense pin used to disable recharging of alkalines. https://www.lxrobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/FT-817ND-YF-122S-01.jpg The HT Vx-6 has a rechargeable lithium battery or an alkaline adapter, if you put NiMh the output voltage is too low and the HT does not work. I think that on the Privia the battery compartment was an afterthought so the power supply unit could misbehave if the voltage is under 12 V. If the original power supply is regulated this could be a sign that the DC supply has to be clean. Anyway recheargeable alkalines and regular alkalines are almost the same, if you like fireworks, you could try to recharge regular ones. The biggest problem is that is missing the vent for making the excess hydrogen to exit.
  13. Thanks Casio kid. I may just do that if the rigs I’m looking at are only USB and the VST doesn’t work. Forgot to add, I do own an older Windows laptop but would prefer to not use it at gigs since I’ve had too many of them get knocked off stands, drinks getting spilled on them, etc. Hardware wise I’ve had better luck with Apple products
  14. Awesome Jokeyman123. Thanks so much for your detailed response. I thought it was unusual that my beater keyboard I paid 30 dollars for that isn’t touch sensitive and is older has MIDI in and out and I also noticed the Keybed is more durable. I busted a key on my PSRE while using the clav patch which had me playing more percussively. I probably need to lighten my touch but the older beater also seems to he more durable, even though the sounds are horrible. Perusing other forums it seems sound wise the newer stuff is better but complaints are light, cheap, feels like a toy, etc. I think the route I may go is still pick up a used CTK6200 or better since the keybed has a better feel than the PSREs. The Wks are great boards, I think others have stated the Ctk:/wk 6500s and up have the same sound engine but the Wks are 76 keys and have the drawbars. The fact that they also may have the MIDI ports I may just go with one of those. if I have an iPad Air 2, an iPhone6 and an Android phone, if I connect it via USB, download some of the free VST plugins and make that my synth module are there guys on here that can speak to that regarding sound quality and latency issues, if any?
  15. Using a Ctk6200 as a MIDI controller

    A Midi Host unit will take the CTK6200 USB midi messages and give you conventional DIN Midi 'in' and 'out'. If the CTK6200 has an inbuilt mixer,midi channels can also be further controlled, by means of the mixer controls transmitting on midi port 'A' -See the CTK6200's Midi implementation chart for details
  16. CT-X VS MZ-X

    A little early to tell, wait for these models to come out. In the states the ct-x700 is already out, i hear the x5000 is out in May. I have the wk7600, their previous top of the line in their under $500 arranger line, and thought the keybed was really bad, made my playing sloppy, not sure if this was partly cause it was well worn from playing. YMMV depending on the individual keyboard you get, i’ve seen considerable differences with the same model. I find the keybed on the mz-x500 to be acceptable, not great but serviceable, i’m able to get good expressive dynamic range out of it, it doesn’t have a ton of self-noise (though there are some folks on this forum that have reported a noisy keybed with the sound turned off). The speakers may be a step up on the x500 compared to the x5000. At a total of 40 watts compared to 30, that’s an obvious step up, though you don’t really know until you test them against each other. The screen is a huge difference. The Ctx boards use a screen that looks similar to the WK series, and having a touchscreen that’s built for user friendliness makes a big difference. I wasn’t interested in editing or doing much of anything advanced using the WK, with the MZ i’ve gotten pretty deep with some of it and am not turned off by the interface. The editing of the sounds is much deeper as well compared to the WK series. Overall i was pretty dissatisfied with the WK sounds, was hesitant to buy the MZ as a result, but am happy to say i enjoy the sounds on the MZ, overall, a really big improvement to the WK.. i hope Casio does right by the MZ owners and come out with sample packs to give us the best of the new sounds of the CTX. That’s another advantage, having 256MB of memory for additional samples. If you’re into pads, they’ve done a really good job on the x500. They feel good, you can do expressive playing with them and they’ve gone out of their way to make them useful. Keep in mind, if you’re keen on the battery operation, only up the x3000 do you have that option. I’ve looked at the x300 and at least in the states there’s only a $200 difference between it and the x500. Would strongly recommend the x500 over the x300, its a really big upgrade. For me the appeal of CTX line is the battery operation, low cost, improved sounds, probably wouldn’t be an acceptable substitute for the x500. Randy
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  18. Using a Ctk6200 as a MIDI controller

    Unfortunately the Casio CTK6200 does not have "legacy" midi din in or out connectors, only the USB connector which eliminates it for using to trigger the MX49 unless you use a computer as an intermediary connection between the MX49 and the CTK. The MX49 does have both I believe which means you can use this as a usb out device to your computer for using music software programs to control it, as you can with the CTK through it's USB connection. Or you can use the "legacy" midi din connectors for directly connecting the MX49 to any other midi device with midi din connectors. It is again unfortunate that for the sake of economy I suppose, many hobby keyboards and even some supposedly pro boards have eliminated the original DIN style interfaces which in addition to being a universal standard for connecting midi music instruments, also had a developed "language" so instruments could speak to each other. In doing so, they stripped out the hardware ICs and software routines that were used universally for all original midi music and even lighting equipment for automation. Now you must buy (expensive) usb "host" boxes such as the Kenton and Midiplus to add the DIN connectors to keyboards or modules that do not have these. I purposely use an Alesis q25 for playing my hardware modules since it has both usb and midi din connectors going out, as do a few other new midi controllers but not many. (Casio, there's another marketing idea!) The advantage of having the USB interface is that you only need a standard USB computer cable which acts as both the in and out connection for midi data, but again your computer must provide the software routines to enable 2 different usb music devices to work together if these do not have the midi din interface built-in. For example, my PX575 Casio only has a usb port, no midi din ports. If I wish to play my midi tone modules such as my RM1X Yamaha using the PX575, I either have to connect the host box to the PX575 with a usb cable and use its midi din connectors to connect to the RM1X with separate midi din cables. Or, I could connect the PX575 to my computer's usb port with a standard usb cable and through a rather complicated process I would now have to connect another usb cable designed with midi din in and out ports to the RM1X and another computer usb port-and this cable will need computer drivers to recognize the whole mess, and your computer has to have 2 usb ports-and hope it works which depending on your operating system, might not. Basically I don't bother since it ends up being a rather complex mess. You might want to consider one of the other Casios-I forget which one, but I think one of the WKs has midi din connectors, and I know the XW-P1 has both USB and midi din, and a really good menu for setting these up any way you want to. You could very easily use the XW to play the MX49, or the other way around! I hope this info helps clarify what you want to do and how to do it.
  19. Light for non-backlighted display

    I have a whole bunch of these.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Flexible-2-Dual-Duet-Arms-Clip-on-4-LED-Piano-Music-Stand-Book-Light-Lamp/111973487672?epid=1139234936&hash=item1a1223d438:g:D7IAAOSw0exZ6ZX~ The light is a little more focused than the wider one I see posted here which looks good too. With the dual configuration I am able to see every display-I also use these a mixing board lights and music lead sheets. There are single light versions of these all over eBoopy but I like the dual version since I can angle these on either side of a screen for less glare. I use these on a QY100 and the RM1X/MC505 in dark environments to see the controls and with a microkontrol for the same reason. if you get the new 1.6V AAA and AA batteries-the lights are even brighter since you are pushing a little more voltage throught the LED. I haven't had any burn out this way. These are also available on eBoodle and are called NIZN batteries. Need their own dedicated chargers but I now use these with almost everything.
  20. CT-X VS MZ-X

    Listen to all MZX demos on youtube compared with the few ones we have from CTX. As far as only sound/instrument quality is concerned, to my ears MZX sounds like a toy vs CTX (I mean the "bread and butter" ones: Pianos, acoustic drums, strings, saxophone, guitar etc....). . MZX has more features but coming from a Tyros i don't think you are going to enjoy playing those MZX instruments compared to the more "realistic" samples of the CTX. If you are only into electronic music/synth sounds, then i guess the MZX can be good enough. (Edit: meanwhile i have seen some of your youtube videos, so i guess you definetly need those "bread and butter" instruments !)
  21. Hello , does casio px-5s actually in 2018 ?

    That will never happen. The closest you'll get is the announcement and demonstration at something like NAMM of a new model coming anywhere from immediately to a few months afterwards.
  22. Hello , does casio px-5s actually in 2018 ?

    Or he/she asks if the PX-5S gets a replacement in 2018. My crystal ball is broken, so I can't answer that. ;-) Then again, it would be great for Casio to at least give us an idea of anything to be developed, as in saying 'We're curently developing a successor. It will be ready when it is ready.'
  23. Light for non-backlighted display

    https://www.lidl.de/de/livarno-lux-led-klemmspot/p257647 I've found useful these clam-on lamp sold sometimes at LIDL, it's never the same exact model. They provide a diffused illumination that I find that is illuminating sheets and displays better than IKEA ones http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/lighting/work-lamps/jansjö-led-wall-clamp-spotlight-black-art-40386316/
  24. CT-X VS MZ-X

    The screen on the MZ-X500/300 is a necessity these days on arrangers. The screen on the CT-X5000/3000 is a retro grade step in a new arranger. This same screen has been around some time on earlier Casio models. Arrangers such as the Technics KN models eighteen years ago had bigger more intuitive screens than the CT-X. Yes Casio did rise to the occasion in giving users a decent screen with the PX 560 and MZ-X500/300 models but will we have to all wait another eighteen years for Casio to bring out another MZ whose type of screen has become the norm these days? It would appear like the MZ-2000 and now with the MZ-X500/300 these keyboards are Casio LIMITIED EDITION arrangers ?
  25. Sampling sustained sounds

    Awesome Brad - many thanks Pete
  26. Light for non-backlighted display

    Yup. This light works great. I have it mounted on the lower side of the music stand. No excess weight, and no glare.
  27. Hello , does casio px-5s actually in 2018 ?

    If you are asking if they are still making the PX5S the answer is yes. They have not updated or replaced it yet.
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