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  2. Nice to hear from you Silvano! Sounds to me as if you've become a real fan of the MZ-X500! 😊 I'm looking forward to joining you! Take it easy Chris
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  4. My Friend Songwriter2015 You may have seen some suggested topics for system fixes and you may have interpreted as criticise. We love the MZ-X and are happy with the return of Casio in the arranger area. We also want to help report what is negative and also enhance what is positive. And the MZ-X always amazes me how everything sounds good on this keyboard. We know the affection of the sounds that were well produced and how much it excites us to add external sounds and mix everything. Apart from the controls that are a show apart and I confess that I could not enjoy the wonderful features due to the lack of time to produce and convert the rhythms. One sensational feature was the two Dial K where one can put endless features from Equalization to volume of upper tones in real time. I think it's always good to report everything, so adding to the experience we have with other brands and other platforms are adding to the Casio brand. From now on, arranger for me, just Casio
  5. I've tried everything I can find to try to make this better but no luck. Is there some way to adjust the C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, to tune them? The first four on the list are the worst. Thanks
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  7. My PX-3 that I've had for some time now longer remembers registries after it's turned off. Also, it won't reinitialize. It just hangs on the "PLEASE WAIT....." Screen. Like, all night long. Is there a battery powered memory in this that needs to be replaced? If so where would it be located? Seems to be memory related. I've had success working on my own boards for 30+ years and have had this disassembled to replace the sensors. The memory problem was pre-existing so I know that it wasn't related to my work on the keyboard. Can't really use it as a controller any more this way.
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    Hex layer organ for playing Whiter shade of pale. 1 layer = Triangle Wave 1 to make the Sound stronger 2 layer = Perc Organ 1 Main Organ Sound 3 layer = Jazz Organ 2-2 Click Sound 1 4 layer = Rock Organ 1-2 Slow Rotation 5 layer = Rock Organ 1-1 Fast Rotation 6 layer = Perc Organ 4-2 second Click Try it out and tell me your opinion. Thx Karl-Heinz
  9. Well Rick ( one of my new "heroes" - and there's no bs in that Rick, I promise you!! ) in response to your last comment, well, I've been trying every ploy, excuse, bribe, whatever, to get my hands on it before the 15th but, so far, no luck 😄 16 days to go and it STILL seems like an eternity! I can almost promise you mate that, once I, finally, manage to open that precious box, I'm going to sit in front of that piece of instrument-design genius for as long as I can go without sleep!! 😊 In-so-far as your first comment, Rick, I totally agree with the inference of what I think your saying? I, myself, as I think Ive said before, own a Korg PA300, which was a terrific little Arranger for the money. In addition to that, which was my first ever arranger keyboard, I have a Kawai (still a stunning synth!), an Emu Proteus, as well as a KORG Monopoly, and Polysix, ( both of which will show you how old I am, Rick! ), which both still function perfectly!! The thing is though, Rick, being ( mainly ) a guitarist for most of my life/career, although keyboards have always played a significant part in my playing/recording, I've never "loved" a keyboard the way I do, say, my J200, or my precious Fenders..... BUT, strange though it may sound to some, I simply KNOW I'm going to feel different about the X500! Like I've said, Rick, I believe this keyboard is the beginning of something very special from Casio..... I know it is for me! Take care Rick Chris
  10. Hi Tnicoson, no problem, thanks for all your time :)!
  11. OK Dalandra ! Glad you got it all sorted. I apologize if any of my "edits in progress" confused you, as I mistakenly thought you were talking "in general" about the LK-280's built-in songs. There is not much you can do about those. They are pretty much "what you get is what you get", but I realized very late in this discussion that you were talking either primarily or exclusively about the MIDI file you had originally posted. Once I realized that, things began to fall into place, and hopefully, my "edits in progress" began to make more sense. Normally, I do these things in the wee hours of the morning, so unless you are a night owl, like me, you will never see the two or three or four "takes" I do to get a reply "mostly" (?) right.
  12. Hi there! I bought the PX-5s a while ago and I'm a bit confused about going from one sound to another in the stage are (to the right of the keyboard). Say that I'm in bank 0 and I want to go from sound 0-1 (a piano sound) to sound 0-6 (an organ sound). When I'm playing 0-1 and press number 6 the piano sound just stops abruptly (totally dies) and I have to release the keys press them down again to get the organ sound. I want it to be a seamless transition between 0-1 and 0-6 like in the zone area. And, sometimes when I go from the organ sound to the piano sound the sustain pedal (without having used the sustain pedal) hangs (the pedal is not pressed down but the piano sound behaves like it's pressed down. This will be a big problem for me when playing live. Any ideas are gratefully appreciated! Couldn't find anything about it in the manual. The keyboard is 3 weeks old (new I would say) with the latest firmware installed.
  13. Hello! I want to tell you that I am very happy because I am able to play the song now on the keyboard! I combined the tracks and now all the right keys I should use light up! Thank you for your help!
  14. Scott, thanks for the reply. Am I on the right track with Discovery 1 to Discovery 4? We did find several Rhythms in 3/4 the problem was they were not appropriate for the mix we were doing. The Accompaniment just didn't mesh well. What we really wanted to do was to use Rhythm > Various > Symphony in 3/4. Would you happen to know if there is a piece of software I can put on my computer and connect to the CDP-700 via USB and then do everything on the computer rather than use the built in MIDI Recorder and Mixer? I see your one of the Administrators, You folks should be proud of yourselves for helping struggling rookies like myself.
  15. You can only assign two adjacent channels at a time as the Navigate Channels to light the keys. That is a design limitation of the LK-280. In the MIDI file you posted above, Tracks 1 and 2 are the right and left hand parts, and Track 6 is a bass part. If the key-lighting is correct for Tracks 1 and 2, you are all set for them, but if the lighting seems to be switched around, then you need to use your sequencer sortware to swap the data for those two tracks, or swap the MIDI Channels that those two tracks transmit on, so the the left hand part is on the lower channel. Once that is done, you need to merge the Track 6 data with the data in the left hand track, or just set Track 6 to transmist on the same channel as the left hand Navigate track.
  16. Chris, For the record I still own a Korg Kronos 2 and a Korg PA600. Both great instruments in their respective leagues. Nevertheless, I still love my MZ-X500, and it's the one that gets played almost every day. ;-) cheers, Rick P.S. You must have the patience of Job! ;-)
  17. Hi folks! I know, full well, that to some of you ( probably the majority! 😊 ), the fact that my X500 is sitting in it's Thomann box, just upstairs, and that, because of Family tradition, I can't get my hands on it until the 15th ( my birthdate ) will sound plain daft!! Well, there it is, and I console myself that, the fact that my wife and two daughters have combined to buy me such a very special gift, is something pretty amazing! 😊 As some of you, incredibly special guys, already know, all this hasn't prevented me from doing as much research as I can, both on the features of our extraordinary instrument, AND on the way it's been received, and perceived, on other message boards! One such site is the "SYNTHZONE" board ( which I think a couple of you contribute to - in a positive way! ) and I confess to being astonished at the apparent " snobbery " that seems to be prevalent, in particular from owners of such as the "top end" Korg, and Yamaha Arrangers! Rightly, or wrongly, it seems to me that resorting to comparing £3000+ keyboards to a new, almost unbelievably, feature-laden, Arranger/Synth/Sampler from Casio, smacks of envy in spades!! A couple of the regular contributors to the aforementioned site have even, whilst desperately searching for ways to criticise the MZ-X500, in the same breath asserted that, and I quote: " It's the KING when it comes to functionality ", and: " Yamaha could learn some lessons from Casio "!! - and there are many more - surf their board..... You'll find them! 😊 Even before I get to play, what I know, is this wonderful instrument, I begin to feel, more and more, that we are all owners of a keyboard that will only truly begin, and continue, to reveal its true brilliance, as the months ( and years?? ) pass!! Personally - I can't wait!! 😊 Take care all, Chris
  18. Thanks a lot, tnicoson! That's too bad, but I'm still learning about the unit. I appreciate your clarification. Sergio
  19. Sergio What you are describing is done on the CTK/WK-6XXX/7XXX Workstations by making the desired changes (Part On/Off, Tone, Volume, Pan, etc.) with the Mixer Section and performing a "Panel Record" to save the changes, but the PX-780 has no Mixer Section and no "Panel Record" feature. Its song editing capabilities are very coarse: song delete, track delete, and re-record (Punch-In) of an entire section of the song. There is no provision for the precise type of editing you describe.
  20. Hello, thank you for your reply. What I meant was that the song doesn't light all the keys that you hear in the MIDI file. The MIDI file is piano only but has three channels. I would like all the channels to light up on the LK 280 so I can play the whole song. Do you perhaps have an idea? Thanks in advance.
  21. Not sure what you mean by having "all the keys light up". If you mean you want all 61 keys to light up at the same time, none of the "LK" keyboards can do that. If you mean you want the keys for the accompaniment notes to light up as well as the keys you play, there again, none of the "LK" units can do that. The only keys that will light during "live" play are those that you play yourself. The only keys that will light, when you play the internal songs are those that you WOULD be playing, if you were playing the song in "live" play. The LK-280 also allows you to assign any two adjacent channels (01-16) as Navigate Channels. The higher numbered Navigate Channel would normally handle the right hand notes and the lower the left hand notes. You only assign the higher (right hand) channel, and the keyboard automatically assigns the adjacent lower channel as the left hand channel. When you play a MIDI song, only notes on the assigned Navigate Channels will light the keys, and even at that, the LK-280 can only light 10 keys maximum at a time. Having all incoming notes or all notes in a demo or internal song lighting all the keys would be confusing, and would make the "learning" features completely useless, but if you want to learn the various parts of a MIDI song you can keep reassigning the Navigate Channels and "learn" all the parts one at a time (The LK-280 allows you to "turn off" either one of the Navigate Channels, so that only one lights its associated keys.). The LK unit I have is not as sophisticated as the LK-280, and only allows one Navigate Channel for just the right hand that is fixed at Channel 1, so I do not know if my "reassign" suggestion will work for the LK-280's demo/internal songs, but it should work for songs "played" to the LK-280 from an external or computer based sequencer or MIDI file player.
  22. Casio used to offer an extended warranty on Privia pianos if owners registered their purchase. Anybody know if extended warranty is offered on MZX series?
  23. I'm fairly certain you can not edit the rhythms on the CGP-700, however you may be able to find some preset rhythms in 3/4.
  24. "Rocky" Since I am unsure of your experience with all of this, I apologize if some of the following gets a little too basic. On the PX-350M (or any keyboard, really), USB-MIDI and 5-pin-DIN MIDI are two entirely different circuits, so it is very highly unlikely that both would be defective. I suspect a subtle set up problem, somewhere. Let's start with USB-MIDI. Since the 350M can send audio to your DAW, we know the DAW has the proper "Audio Device" selected in its audio setup menus, but if you have not already done so, you need to make a similar selection in your DAW's "MIDI Device" set up menus. In there, you should see and select the device labeled "Casio USB-MIDI". The 350M is "Class Compliant", so you should not need to install any drivers, over and above those which are already built-in to your operating system (Windows or MAC-OS), and which will load and activate automatically the first time you connect the 350M. While we are on the subject of operating systems, what operating system are you running? Some combinations of keyboard/PC hardware can have USB-MIDI problems with Windows-8/10, particularly Windows-10. You also need to ensure that the 350M is tranmitting on the same MIDI Channel that the DAW is "looking" for data on, and vice versa. See Item 7-1 "KeyboardCh" under "MIDI Group" in the Function menu (Page E-45 in the manual). This applies to USB-MIDI as well as 5-pin-DIN-MIDI. Again, sorry if this seems overly elementary, but it is something that does get overlooked from time to time, especially in the heat of frustration. Now, 5-pin-DIN-MIDI is a different story. I'm not really sure what is going on there, so we need to set up a trouble-shooting connection. Since your "other" keyboard is able to communicate with your DAW, we know its 5-pin-DIN-MIDI is working OK. Connect the 350M and your "other" keyboard's 5-pin-DIN-MIDI connections together, set both to transmit and receive on MIDI Channel 1 and see if they will communicate with each other. If they do, then you know that the 350M's 5-pin-DIN-MIDI is operating OK, and you have a set up problem somewhere between the 350M and your DAW. If the two keyboards will not communicate, you know there is either something wrong with the 350M's 5-pin-DIN-MIDI set up or the 5-pin-DIN-MIDI circuit is defective. This assumes that your "other" keyboard has full MIDI IN/OUT capabilities. If it is a "controller" with just a MIDI OUT, at least connect that to the 350M's MIDI IN to see if the 350M will receive MIDI data from it. Also, I strongly recommend a MIDI test utility. It can save a lot of time when trouble-shooting MIDI problems: for Windows: for MAC-OS: Good luck! Let us know how things work out.
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  26. Yes, I'm a rookie but I'm trying. Please help restore my sanity. The forum has helped me tremendously and I need to know if I've put things in the correct perspective. Question / Discovery 1 System Track, which if you just start the MIDI recorder is the track that gets recorded to can't be exported from the CGP-700. Question / Discovery 2 Solo Track 1 to 16, only record 'Upper 1' tone / voice. Question / Discovery 3 If I want to make a recording with piano, flute, and drums AND be able to export it as MIDI you must record each instrument on a separate track because if you try to layer it using multiple tones / voices by doing things like Split and using Upper1 / Upper2 / Lower1 / Lower2 etc. the MIDI recorder is only going to record the tone associated with Upper1. Question / Discovery 4 The System track is the only track that will record everything you've set in the CGP-700. Meaning I can have a Split and use Upper1 / Upper2 / Lower1 / Lower2, Accompaniment, etc and it will all be recorded on the System track. Final Question / Yet to be Discovered Is there any way to modify the timing of a Rhythm, change a 4/4 to a 3/4? So if someone asked my advice the best thing to do is on the first take set up the majority of functionality (i.e tones, accompaniment, etc.) and record onto System track. Then use Solo Tracks 1 to 16 to add other tones. Use the mixer to make adjustments if necessary using "Port C step on the pedal method" (Found in another post on the forum). Then start the Audio Recorder and play the MIDI so it gets transformed and recorded by the Audio Recorder. End result is you have the final production of what you wanted to create but only in audio file format not MIDI. Thanks for your patience and dedication to helping us rookies.
  27. Davwein, If yours is still covered by warranty, I wouldn doubt it and I'd send it back asap too. Anyway, in my case (no warranty) I tried the simpler solution suggested by BradMZ, and fortunately it has been working perfect since then!! I just wanted to let go a couple of weeks and see if it was stable, and yes, it is up to now. It looks that I underestimated the power of canned air...
  28. I use Sonar Artist now.
  29. Hello, I bought the Casio LK280, I would like all the keys from the keyboard to light up, but until now not all the keys do so... and I tried to adjust the MIDI file, with changing channels to 3 and 4, but something went wrong. Does anyone have an idea what to do to make all the keys light up? Any help is appreciated, I am looking forward to learn to play this song (see the attachment). This is the version I didn't adjust. Thanks! 1_SHES_LIKE_THE_WIND.mid
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