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    How to Simulate a Duophonic Synth on the XW-P1 (and maybe the XW-G1 too!) After decades of defaulting to polyphony, I've finally become fascinated with mono synths and the awesome Solo Synth of my XW-P1. As a result, I've also found myself interested in the duophonic play style of synths like the ARP Odyssey and Moog's Sub 37. It got me to thinking if there was a way to simulate a duophonic synth on the XW-P1 (and the XW-G1) to support that kind of sound. After a week or so of experimenting, I think I came up with a suitable way to pull it off. It won't support the full spectrum of those synths, but it does give me the ability to, for instance, play or hold single notes on one part of the keyboard, and play or hold the Solo Synth on the other. Since you obviously can't have two Solo Synths going on at the same time, the next best thing is to pair up the Solo Synth with a PCM synth tone/tones, split them using Zones, and have them share the same filter. Fortunately others like AlenK, Chas, BradMZ and others have deciphered all the elements I need to do this. The XW-P1 Companion, in particular, was really helpful to me. Also thanks to Clark Denham over on the Facebook Group who said something to me that clicked and kept me from giving up. The XW-P1 Solo Synth app for iPad was also invaluable for the fine tuning I needed to do. Once I accepted that I was going to have to work the Solo Synth and PCM tones, I set out on finding some Solo Synth tones that I liked, ones that were reminiscent of the sound I was going for. I chose a handful of them, then set out to find some PCM tones that sounded similar. I decided that I was going to need a combination of PCM tones to sound right side-by-side with a Solo Synth. In the end, I found a good match between XW LeadSyn 2, and the combination of PCM tones Slow SawLead and Seq.Square. So I put XW LeadSyn 2 in Zone 1 (so that I could later apply its filter to the other Zones), Slow SawLead in Zone 2 and Seq.Square in Zone 3. I assigned Zone 1 keys as the Lower Key Split (C- to B2) and Zones 2 and 3 both (layered) as the Upper Key Split (C3 - G9). The first test was to play Lower and Upper to hear how it sounded, and this is where the first lightbulb went off. What I really wanted to do was play the Solo Synth as the Lead, and let the PCM tones either do bass duty or just be the lower held note. So I switched my key arrangement and that was much better. So Zone 1 as Upper (C3 - G9) and Zones 2 and 3 both as Lower (C- to B2). Much better. So I played B2 and C3 (the split point) to hear how natural the progression was, but found that it sounded like it jumped an octave. So I set Zone 1 with a +1 Octave Shift, and the split matched quite naturally. The tones were close, but it required some fine tuning of the Solo Synth sound and envelope to bring it into line with the layered PCM tones. This is where the iPad app came in really handy, and with a little tweaking, I had a custom Solo Synth tone that sounded pretty much just like Slow SawLead+Seq.Square. (note: I save a lot as I go along, and even save temporary variations in case tweaking goes too far and it becomes difficult to get back. So it really helps to use that Write function on both Performance and Tone so that you can audition variations and finally choose the best combined settings) The next step is some housekeeping to help keep your sanity later on. Basically, you want to normalize the Performance. Go through the Volume/Level settings and match them, match the Reverb settings, do everything you can to get those two sides of the split to match as closely as possible. The goal is a set of keys that sounds like a single tone on a monosynth (on which you can play two notes at a time!). What comes next can be as small or big as you want. Remember that I put the Solo Synth on Zone 1 specifically so that I could apply effects and behavior that was available to the PCM tones as well (see posts like Chas's Filter All and XW surprises). For what I was working on, I wanted an automated LFO Sweep running in a cycle for all the notes. I went back to my SoloSynth tone, set (and saved!) the Cutoff and Resonance of the LPF to where I had a nice medium "growl", went to LFO and set LFO1 and LFO2, made a Virtual Controller for LFO2 routed to the Cutoff of the Filter, and added a Flanger to the DSP. Tweaked as I went along and got the sound I was looking for. Resaved the Tone. Went back to the Performance, into Zone, and set the PCM tones on Zones 2 and 3 to DSP Line "On" so that they could tap into the same effect. Tested it out across the keyboard, probably did some more tweaking and came up with a single sound I really liked. Saved the Performance. The other big lightbulb was serendipitous. I started messing with the Sequencers for the Performance, knowing that I'd probably want to assign Arpeggio to one Zone (only) and Phrase/Key Play to the other. At first I was thinking that Arpeggio would be great for an automated bassline on the Lower Split. But I was messing with the Phrase Recorder and assigned it to the Lower half (again, Zones 2 and 3). I recorded a long single C note on the Phrase Recorder and saved it. When I tried it out, I realized I had just made the Lower half a monosynth! Keep in mind that with the PCM tones in the lower half, I could still play them as poly. I would just have to be careful to play only one note at a time. But with a single note Phrase/Key Play assigned to the Lower Split, I can only play one note at a time. That, combined with the Zone 1 Solo Synth on the Upper Split gives me the "two-note monophonic" synth I was looking for. Essentially, a Pseudo Duo Synth. I saved my custom Key Play sequence, set it to be limited to the Lower Zone keys (C- to B2), set Key Play default as "On", and saved my completed Program (I even named my Program "PseuDual"). I still have some more experimenting I want to do with envelopes, and switching my Upper/Lower assignments to see how that sounds. And since I really have very little hands-on experience with actual Duophonic synths (Sub 37 coming soon), I don't know what I might be missing. Feedback from others here would be welcome and I hope that someone else will find this useful and possibly take it further. I'm not sure if I upload just the Program file if that will include the Tone and other elements, so in the next day or so I'll upload all of the associated files. I'll also try to do a video or audio demo of the results (all of this was for a specific song I've been working on). I just had some time this evening and wanted to make sure I got the basic steps down in writing before they started to drift out of my mind.
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    After 3.5 weeks away in the USA, I returned to the UK with a bump on Wednesday 16th. Thursday 17th, guess what was one of the first things I did? Yes, of course, fired up my XW's as I'd missed playing around with them whilst I was away from home! And I was surprised again at just what the XW's can do. I've owned my P1 for over 18 months, and my G1 for about 7 months, and STILL I keep finding new things that I can do with them. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'd struggled to get to grips with the filter for anything other than the monosynth. In the end, I almost wrote it off for anything other than use with the monosynth, and was campaigning for Casio to update the XW's with a genuine analogue filter(s). One of the main reasons for this is that when I tried using the filter with other XW sections (non monosynth) the results were far from pleasant. However, I think I now know why. Firstly, when using the "filter all" function, one zone needs to set to a mono synth sound for the filter to work. The type of sound selected is important, as if it uses a really harsh/ screaming filter, it will affect the sound of any other section going through. I was looking for a nice, pleasant sounding sweep of a lush pad, so I chose a gentle mono synth sound in one zone, and a polysynth PCM sound in another. NOW I could get the sweeping, lush, poly sound that I was after - tweaking the cut off and resonance knobs now sounding great! You lose some of the stereo effect of the sound (I think it resorts to mono), but hey, a Jupiter 8 was mono too (other than the chorus effect I think), so if it's good enough for the Jupiter 8... Then I found further tricks you can do. With one zone set to a monosynth bass and the other zone set to the polysynth sound, I enabled the arpegiator for the bass and had a cool little bass riff running. I stuck in a simple drum pattern in the step sequencer, hit the 'hold' button and let the pattern loop whilst tweaking the cut off and resonance. Now I was getting some great sounds and that classic sweep. And then I was finding that as I lowered the cut off, I was getting a lovely 'choppy' rhythmic effect on the polysynth sound, in sync with the bass and drums. But there's more (!) By adjusting the DSP settings, it's possible to select which sections go through the filter. My first attempt had the filter sweeping EVERYTHING, drums, bass and polysynth. But by adjust various DSP settings to '+/-' (instead of 'On'), I was able to get the filter to only affect the bass and polysynth sound whilst leaving the step sequencer drums unaffected. My experimentation has been a bit hit of miss at the moment as I'm not 100% clear on what exactly I am doing, however, the findings are opening up yet more possibilities and capabilities of the XW's. More importantly, it is sounding GREAT! Last night's experiments were done on my G1, and I'm sure the same could be achieved on the P1 too. I also realised why I was struggling with my first attempts at using the 'filter all' function on my P1. The limitations are that (I believe this to be correct), you cannot 'filter all' the Hex Layers or Drawbar Organ sections. You need to have a monosynth sound selected, and you can only have one of the Monosynth, Hex or Drawbar sounds at anyone time, even with multiple zones. That does mean that all the PCM and samples can be routed through the filter, so there are still many opportunities for new sounds and effects to be created/ filtered! Luckily for me that I have both a P1 and a G1, so I can leave the P1 to give me the excellent Hex Layer sounds, and do all my filter tweaking with PCM/ Sample sounds on the G1. I guess as well you could take the sounds from the P1 and route it through the G1's filter if you really wanted to. For now though, I feel I've discovered yet another dimension to the XW's. Perhaps others will tell me that they knew of these filter effects all along and I've just been a bit dense in working my XW's (ahem!) For now though, I'm having great sonic fun, and that's what the XW's are all about!
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    Greetings XW enthusiasts, I’m posting this in the XW-P1 part of the forum even though I believe it will apply equally well to XW-G1 because I think more people will read it here given the far greater number of P1s out there. If you happen to be fortunate enough to own one of Korg’s recreations of the famous ARP Odyssey, or own an original ARP version, you are well aware that it is actually a “duophonic” synthesizer. That is, it is capable of playing two pitches at one time. When two keys on its keyboard are pressed, one of the Odyssey’s two oscillators plays the pitch corresponding to one key while the other oscillator plays the pitch for the other key. “Duophonic” is in quotes because the Odyssey isn’t actually playing two individually articulated notes; both oscillators pass through the same filter and amplifier. I have recently discovered for myself a way to emulate this behavior in the XW’s solo synth. I say “for myself” because I may not be the first to have discovered it. And it may well have been described here already. However, I am aware of only one other post on the matter of duophonic operation. Here’s the method: Program oscillator Syn1 with a KeyFollow value of zero (00) rather than the normal +64 and a KeyFolBase value of C- instead of the standard C4. Program a virtual controller with NoteOnKeyNum as the source, a depth of 127 and KeyFolBase of Syn1 as the destination. Choose whatever wave and envelopes for Syn1 you desire. If you want a simple duophonic sound, program Syn2 with the same wave and envelopes but leave its KeyFollow and KeyFolBase parameters at their default settings. Of course, you needn't use the same wave or envelopes. When you play a key the pitch of Syn1 will correspond to NoteOnKeyNum, which is simply the MIDI note number. The pitch of Syn2 will be identical. When you now play a second note without releasing the first note the pitch of Syn1 will continue to correspond to NoteOnKeyNum. The pitch of Syn2, however, will correspond to the actual pitch of the second key you pressed. This works because, in the case of the synth oscillators (Syn1 and Syn2) the NoteOnKeyNum value they receive appears to always be that of the first key pressed. Hence, pressing a second key does not change the value that Syn1 receives through the virtual controller whereas Syn2 responds normally. (PS. The PCM oscillators don't respond to NoteOnKeyNum in the same way, as it turns out. I initially had hopes of assigning two oscillators to each of the pitches but so far I haven't found a way to do it.) The legato parameters of each of the two oscillators greatly affect how their individual envelopes respond to key presses in this “mode” of operation. There are four possible combinations and each yields a different result; which of them is “right” for a given piece of music will depend on the music. This technique has one major limitation. Since the pitch of oscillator Syn1 depends entirely on the NoteOnKeyNum value passed through a virtual controller, portamento is not supported for it. Turning it on has no effect whatsoever. You can, however, freely apply portamento to oscillator Syn2, which is an interesting effect in its own right. I have uploaded an example. Yes, it really does work.
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    MZ-X500 has a TON of awesome synth sounds, including a new bass synth engine. Combine with the hex layers.. yeah it can sound like a warm analog or a crisp clear digital.
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    There is a way to do it by setting the Filter function for the FREEZE Button Go to page EN-40 for details. Go to main menu REGISTRATION and press the FILTER EDIT and set the FILTER to ON for everything except TONE. Now when you press the FREEZE button (lit up) you can change only TONES with the registration buttons.
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    That article is a great find. I visit ProgArchives often but never came across that post. I too have been a long-time prog fan, starting with ELP to Genesis to Marillion and up to more "modern" prog bands. The reason I have my Casio WK7500 and XW-P1 is that it gives me lots of "Prog" horsepower in a two keyboard setup. Thanks for sharing! Pierre
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    Great thread and conversation. Just wanted to point out that the MZ-X500 does indeed have a solo synth mode, as well as a new monophonic bass synth engine. You can really get those "juicy" TB sounds when you play with the cutoff/res.
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    Hi, here are some MZ-X500 rhythms converted from various Yamaha arrangers styles. I own an MZ-X500 and the conversion has been entirely made using the internal instrument's tools without using a PC. I've revoiced wrong instruments, adjusted volumes, re-mapped wrong notes (especially in some drum tracks), and shifted many bass tracks that where too low. I've also adjusted the effects values and the panning to my own personal taste, I hope you will like them In this package you will find some 6/8 rhythms, 8 Beat rhythms and 1 16/8 Ballad for a total of 18 rhythms. Have fun!
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    Hello, everyone! I'm aware that the CTK-1000 (1993 or so) manual is hard to find online, so I'm sharing a PDF copy here for those who didn't have it and may find it useful. I still don't have the keyboard, sadly, but I was able to get this digital copy through someone who has it. I reckon that some of its features aren't super clear, so I'm sure that having the manual helps. Enjoy! https://mega.nz/#!rpwWjSza!1TKyDG-ctUmj3SP0-WFoLl0IKqJDZViytiE352iXHcU
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    (Admin edit: Caution! Installing this ZAL file will delete all user content in keyboard memory. Back up your keyboard to USB memory before loading this file) Installing this content file will give you instant access to even more rhythms and sounds taken from Electro, Dubstep, Hip-Hop or EDM. Installation Before installing the content please check if the firmware of your instrument is updated to version 1.50 . To add the new sounds and rhythms to your keyboard, you’ll need the downloaded installation file as well as a USB flash drive. Your MZ-X500 supports FAT32 - formatted USB drives. If your USB flash drive is formatted for use with another file system, use the Windows formatting function to format it for FAT32 (do not select Quick Format). Download the file MUSICDAT.rar and use an unraring program to unpack the file on your PC. When you have unpacked the rar file, you will have a folder named MUSICDAT containing a file named EDM5b.ZAL. Move the entire MUSICDAT folder and its contents onto the formatted USB drive. With your digital keyboard off, insert the USB flash drive into its USB port. Then turn the instrument on. Select MEDIA on the second page of the MENU screen. Select “Load All”. Select “All” and you will be given access to the EDM5b.ZAL file on the USB flash drive. Select that file and tap “Execute”. At the “Load - sure?” prompt, select “yes” and then wait until the loading process is complete (about two minutes). You can then switch the keyboard off and remove the USB drive. Now restart the instrument... and you’re all set! When you install the EDM5b.ZAL file, 8 sound and rhythm combinations showcasing the capabilities of the instrument will be stored to registry slots. Using the registry to try out a rhythm and sound combination - example Registration memory lets you store setups. You can access the first eight registry slots by simply pressing Registry buttons 1 through 8. Select Registry Slot 1. To start creating impressive sound effects immediately, hold down the Synchro button on the PAD controller and then press PADS 1 to 3, one after the other - afterwards you can let go of the Synchro button. Now start with Intro 1 on the Rhythm Controller by pressing that button; the samples on the PADS are synchronized and will play along in time. Now, for example, you can switch off PAD 2 (press it once) and play around with Variations 1-4 on the Rhythm Controller. Play around with the other PADS to try them out. The content is compatible with firmware version 1.50 (MZX500). You can find more inspirational videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb4JW-1ZqM0&index=20&list=PLdL64PlAKQ8PP1phFV7LOpIB6ZJOZQrh9 MUSICDAT.rar
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    Hi Robin - And I should clarify, here, that I speak as someone who won't be getting his MZ-X500 for a month or so ( because it's been, generously, bought for me, by my family, (from THOMANN) for my birthday in July! 😊 ), but I hope I can still contribute to your post, if not in a particularly helpful way! Whilst having very genuine sympathy with your apparent problem concerning batch loading of a large number of files, a couple of thoughts occur to me - and if I'm totally wrong, here, then I, equally genuinely, apologise in advance! Firstly, I'm getting the sense, from your various replies, that you have been, up 'till now, and, at least, in the main, used to working with folders/files, in a "computer-driven" setup, via some form of DAW, Virtual Sampler, whatever, with the almost, limitless, options available, in such a system, with regard to storing, collating, moving, saving, loading, etc, those folders/files, with the only "qualifications" being the size of the hard-drives / SSD, storage available, together with the amount of (vital, obviously!) RAM you have, and the inherent options within the Daw, other software, virtual instruments/samplers, etc? Now, to my knowledge, and I'm pretty certain about this, NO KEYBOARD, has, or can EVER have ( out of the box ), that level of storage, file-manipulation, or ease-of-use, editing, that is available in all, pro-level, DAW software. So, and in reality, ANY, comparison or, perhaps, more to the point, EXPECTATION, that the MZ-X500 ( because that, I assume, is what we're all here to discuss, and who's power,features, and abilities, we want to disseminate, for the benefit of all owners/users ) should have the ability to even approach, let alone, match, the file manipulation features of a fully-loaded, computer-based, setup, IS, in my opinion, totally redundant! The various recording and editing, as well as loading/saving, features of the MZ-X500, are, nothing less than, outstanding, imho.......... BUT - It is, first and foremost, a KEYBOARD!! A keyboard the costs less than £700!! It has a stunning variety of Sound options, an excellent spread of Rhythm options, and features such as the "Pads", and physical "Drawbars" that you won't find on many keyboards costing more that two and a half times as much!! These, and many other, reasons, are why, I believe, most of us have chosen to purchase it!........ ......... And that brings me to my second thought - and, for once, I'm not going to apologise for the length of this reply. I was, literally, on the verge of purchasing KORG PA4x ( which my family would, most certainly, NOT, have given me for my birthday!! ) when, almost by accident, I came upon a brief review of the MZ-X500, and, to be totally frank, I simply could not believe what I was reading, seeing, and hearing...... at less than £700?!!? So I read, researched, and absorbed, everything I could possibly find. Having done that, I assessed what the keyboard could and couldn't do, how it could improve and enhance my studio setup, and what sort of fit it would make, in relation to my other kit. I simply cannot remember coming up with ANY major negatives! And here, Robin, is where you may take offence at what I'm about to say, although I promise you that NONE is intended - in ANY way! You have made much criticism of Casio in the way they have "failed", in your eyes, in regard to the MZ-X500's "inability" to handle the loading and storage of sounds/voices, in a way YOU think it SHOULD! But did you ever read ANYTHING that told you that the MZ-X500 WOULD behave in the way you expected? I suspect the answer is "NO"....... Because I never have! Robin, I'm NOT being sycophantic when I say that you sound like a seriously intelligent guy, BUT, in this case, I suspect that you've allowed your expectations - and, maybe, your wallet - to override that intelligence. SURELY, ANYONE, assesses, before they buy ANY new piece of kit, whether keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, mic., whatever, that it's going to do what they want it to do? Who buys a new keyboard and then complains because it doesn't do what they EXPECTED it to do?!? I am truly sorry at your disappointment, Robin, but I'm equally sorry that you choose to criticise CASIO over features that the MZ-X500 doesn't have when, I'm afraid, in truth, that criticism should, it would appear, from everything youve said, be aimed, squarely, at your own lack of adequate research. I truly hope, Robin, that I haven't caused you any great angst. Regards Chris
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    Definitely agree! Tone quality is great. Much more flexibility than the Yamaha (as I owned several over the years). The MZ-X500 allows you to create you own sounds by using the Sample Manager software which far exceeds anything Yamaha is offering in the price range of the MZ-X500. You don't simply change parameters in the software, but load your own samples and then you can adjust dozens of parameters to massage the sound to your liking. I've seen several samples demo'd on the forum with velocity control that makes the X500 sound like your playing one of the top end PSR Yamaha with the Super Articulation voices. Boggles the mind!!
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    I confirm, electronic sounds are awesome, many HexLayer tones are really great
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    Here's a way to emulate a resonant filter sweep with a Hex Layer tone. Others here have observed that the Wah DSP effect, whose filter has controllable resonance, can be applied to Hex Layer tones and to PCM tones to achieve the sound of a filter sweep. This is a way to automate that. Essentially, a step sequencer control track is aimed at CC#17, which for the Wah DSP effect will modulate the center frequency of its bandpass filter. The steps in the control track are arranged to emulate an envelope and the sequence plays through only once by virtue of another control track that address a knob programmed for the Step Sequencer Start/Stop NRPN command within a Performance. A custom Hex Layer tone is then created in which the Wah effect's built-in LFO is disabled. In order to more closely emulate a real filter envelope an arpeggio is created that does nothing by itself (a "null" arpeggio). However, if SYNC is turned on (specifically using the "S/S" setting) then pressing any key for which the arpeggio is enabled will start and stop the step sequencer, which starts and stops the pseudo-envelope. (Note that the arpeggio is enabled in a zone other than zone 1 because that zone will end up being silent.) The Hex Layer tone, step sequence and arpeggio are then all called up in a suitably programmed Performance. The technique is fully described in section 6.6.2.1 of The XW-P1 Companion, Volume 1 (Rev 4 or later). This kind of filtering is called "paraphonic" because all notes pass through a single filter modulated by a single (pseudo) envelope. You'll find an example here.
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    Here's an example of a "pseudo-envelope" created with the step sequencer. It is used within a Performance to modulate the center frequency of the bandpass filter in the Wah DSP effect within a custom Hex Layer tone. The tone is based on the preset tone "Analogued" (P2-8) but modified with a different attack and to turn off the LFO in the Wah effect. A so-called "Null" arpeggio is used only in zone 2 (which consequently becomes silent) in order to trigger the pseudo-envelope on every keypress to emulate a real filter envelope. You can read more about the technique here. There are four components in the zip file: a Performance, a custom Hex Layer tone, a step sequence and an arpeggio. Load them where you want to in your XW synth. Now edit the Performance to point to all of the other components.
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    I wrote a CZ patch edttor/librian for DOS (yes D O S !) many years ago. Learned a lot about MIDI SYSEX from that experience. Some years back, a guy from France contacted me at the email address I listed in the doc distributed with the program (offered free). He asked (and I permitted him) to use my code that communicated with the CZ in his Windows version. Still have my CZ101 but I haven't powered it up in years.
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    Coldplay's Chris Martin jams on a Casio SA-76 during an episode of the Late Late Show's "Carpool Karaoke". (The Casio comes in at 7:45)
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    Casio SA-76 spotted on an episode of "The Middle".
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    Learned alot about programming on these. I owned the CZ-101, CZ-3000 and CZ-1 when these first came out and were all a load of fun. Had a complete collection of "EZ-CZ" cartridges plus the original smaller capacity ones. All have disappeared now sold everything. I also had a unique programmer's guide-a thick paperback put out by an independent programmer which had some of the best sounds I ever created on these, including some 'concrete" sounds i didn't think were possible without samples-glass breaking, car crashes, explosions, sirens all kinds of cool stuff and pretty realistic considering were done with synth waves and white noise. If i come across this book anywhere I'll post info here.
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    I found this link on another forum gives a little summation of key's and such made me skip a heart beat reading it XD. Know some of you surely would like it, Ivé found a sound reading it which I'm going to try to build myself on the PX5S and G1 its the Wurly from the Queen song "You're my best friend" its so beautiful to listen to. http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=91772
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    I love prog rock too.. and in particular, i love hammond, arp synthyzers and fender rhodes sounds... As you can listen in the "share your music" section, i ve posted a couple of tunes, that reproduce the sound of Arp+Fender Rhodes (with my XW-P1 and a Nord Electro). wurlitzer has got a warm and cool sound too, with little differences
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    Well, here's the end of my story. Received XW-P1 mainboard, soldered it and it works It cost me extra $140 (PCB + shipping to USA + shipping to Ukraine). Nice price for firmware upgrading.
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    I would also suggest trying to insert and remove the headphone jack from the keyboard to see if that clears it. It could be that the switch in the headphone jack that turns off the internal speakers is sticking.
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    Here, the Oxygene 4 patch, ( Jean Michel Jarre ) that i which I built using a programming principle. Enjoy and regards Oxygene.ZPF
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    I'd like to suggest that the Factory Reset tab be assigned a secondary "Are You Sure" question. As it is, the second you touch it, ALL user data is lost permanently, and with the sensitive touchpad this could be dangerous! I already accidentally touched it and lost data, luckily I had only programmed two sounds at the time!
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    Dear Leonh, Thanks for the tips. I purchased Ableton Push and the Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 package of software which has over 10,000 sounds. Once my software arrives I am looking forward to setting everything up. I agree that the MZX-500 is a great unit...it won best of NAMMH 2016, which is what caught my interest. I am also aware of the differences between a regular keyboard versus a keyboard arranger. I had the option to buy Roland, Korg or Yamaha but at this price point (under $2500 in the States) it seemed to be the best in it's class. The only thing I saw that was better was a $5000 Yamaha. Thanks for the helpful suggestions - I appreciate all of the input. Regards, Robin Baugh
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    Thank you! I have downloaded the manual and stored it safely away with all my other PDF manuals. I found the CTK 1000 to be fairly straightforward to use, though it will be good to read the manual and see if there's anything I missed. It's certainly an interesting board.
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    I'm not an expert on this as I've only had mine a few weeks, that being said I think overall it's a great keyboard arranger. In terms of dance/edm I think it has a decent amount of trance style loops, but it seems like batch loading isn't possible (see my earlier questions about this). I ordered from Reveal Sound (a top site for Trance/EDM recommended by the likes of Armin Van Buuren,) about 8 large sets of music files which include midi, wav and files that will only work in DAW's. I wasn't worried though because I knew the MZX will read midi and wav files. There is a bit of a caveat here - it will see them if you have them in the MUSICDAT file but it's a process. You can't do what I was expecting, which was to load them into user profiles in one shot, like if you downloaded a CASIO file, it will batch load them. I don't know if this is a common issue with other keyboards (although I kind of think it might be) otherwise programs like ABLETON might not be needed as much. So if you order a set which has a lot of loops, it seems you have to pick and choose what to load one at a time. For myself, I am thinking about getting ABLETON LIVE and throwing my EDM files on a computer and then seeing if I can run ABLETON LIVE as a midi in time with the keyboard, so I can hopefully grab files easier as I am composing. Hope this helps.
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    That, x 1000!!!! Of the "Big Four" Japanese keyboard/ synth manufacturers, three of them (Yamaha, Roland and Korg) have all issued various degrees of re-issues of their classic keyboards, or brought them up to date via modelling. Roland with their "Boutique" range (Juno, JX and Jupiter), as well as modern takes on the Jupiter and Juno, Yamaha with their "Reface" (including the DX7) range, and Korg with out and out repros of classic synths (MS 20, (Korg)ARP Odyssey). Korg has also pushed the boat out by delving into pure analogue goodness with the recent Minilogue, a four voice VCO (not even DCO!) synth capable of as much analogue squelchiness that you can ask for. There is a market for well loved retro synths, as the other three Japanese manufacturers have all capitalised on. Casio could make a killing re-issuing the much loved and respected CZ line, and surely being all digital, it would be dead easy to bring it back in a modern synth with far greater processing power. Add greater polyphony, more features, DSP's, real time parameter (CC) controls, real time filters etc. and they'd sell them like hot cakes. Make them able to read original CZ programming data too, and you'd have a HUGE library of patches available right off the bat. It surely wouldn't have been that hard to incorporate such a synth into the XW/ MZ line. Then, offer a mini key "101" version and a rack version too (to make up for the original CZ line not having a rack version!), and all bases would be covered. One can still dream and hope. Please give the world the 2017 CZ, Casio!
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    Back up your entire board, then load Ralph's file. Then save the Rythyms, Tones and Regisyrations separately. Load your backup, then load in the separate elements you saved from Ralph's file.
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    (Installing this ZAL file will delete all user created content in keyboard memory. Back up your keyboard to USB memory before loading this file) Hi Ralph. I have inserted cautions about this file type. We don't want to see people accidentally overwriting all of their hard work.
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    (Admin edit: Caution! Installing this ZAL file will delete all user content in keyboard memory. Back up your keyboard to USB memory before loading this file) Installing this content file will give you instant access to even more rhythms and sounds taken from Electro, Dubstep, Hip-Hop or EDM. Installation Before installing the content please check if the firmware of your instrument is updated to version 1.50 . To add the new sounds and rhythms to your keyboard, you’ll need the downloaded installation file as well as a USB flash drive. Your MZ-X300 supports FAT32 - formatted USB drives. If your USB flash drive is formatted for use with another file system, use the Windows formatting function to format it for FAT32 (do not select Quick Format). Download the file MUSICDAT.rar and use an unraring program to unpack the file on your PC. When you have unpacked the rar file, you will have a folder named MUSICDAT containing a file named EDM3b.ZAL. Move the entire MUSICDAT folder and its contents onto the formatted USB drive. With your digital keyboard off, insert the USB flash drive into its USB port. Then turn the instrument on. Select MEDIA on the second page of the MENU screen. Select “Load All”. Select “All” and you will be given access to the EDM3b.ZAL file on the USB flash drive. Select that file and tap “Execute”. At the “Load - sure?” prompt, select “yes” and then wait until the loading process is complete (about two minutes). You can then switch the keyboard off and remove the USB drive. Now restart the instrument... and you’re all set! When you install the EDM3b.ZAL file, 8 sound and rhythm combinations showcasing the capabilities of the instrument will be stored to registry slots. Using the registry to try out a rhythm and sound combination - example Registration memory lets you store setups. You can access the first eight registry slots by simply pressing Registry buttons 1 through 8. Select Registry Slot 1. To start creating impressive sound effects immediately, hold down the Synchro button on the PAD controller and then press PADS 1 to 3, one after the other - afterwards you can let go of the Synchro button. Now start with Intro 1 on the Rhythm Controller by pressing that button; the samples on the PADS are synchronized and will play along in time. Now, for example, you can switch off PAD 2 (press it once) and play around with Variations 1-4 on the Rhythm Controller. The content is compatible with firmware version 1.50 (MZX300). You can find more inspirational videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb4JW-1ZqM0&index=20&list=PLdL64PlAKQ8PP1phFV7LOpIB6ZJOZQrh9 MUSICDAT.rar
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    Changed the title. It seems far more appropriate now.
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    Something like this along the floor contact areas of the AP-650 might work while still providing distributed support. Of course, it's not a particularly attractive solution and you'll have to raise your bench by a similar amount: 7/8". (Hopefully your bench is adjustable.)
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    hi: can we import various samples or loops with various tempo into this keyboard pads and mix AND SYNCH them in a same tempo? for example we have: drum:120 ,bass 110,vocal 121,... but we like SYNCH them in 100 tempo. can we? thank you so much
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    Hi everyone, and can I just say how seriously impressed I am by the knowledge, helpfulness, and camaraderie, that the whole of this excellent site seems to have, in abundance! After as much research as I can muster, given, sadly, the lack of very much video help on the 'net, I made a very firm decision to talk my wife and two adult daughters into getting me an MZ-X500 for my upcoming birthday in July 😊 Luckily, and to my surprise, they seem to have found this an excellent idea (!!) - but my question is, WHERE, in the U.K., do they FIND one?!? The only places I've seen it advertised are: " THOMANN " with whom I have a long and totally satisfied relationship, as a customer, for something like 20 years, and the company called " BAXX " who I know nothing about, although I've seen their website. I know that there would be no hassle getting it from THOMANN, but why does there appear to be none of the U.K. retailers selling, what appears to me, to be, a simply astonishing keyboard at an unbelievable price? I'm looking forward to it joining my PA 300 in my home studio, and, hopefully, to getting some sound and helpful advice from all of you, in the very near future - because I KNOW I'm going to need it!! 😊 Regards to you all Chris
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    Hi there, Chris and welcome. My prized MZ-X500 is one year old today! Time flies when you're having fun, eh! Got mine hassle-free from Thomann, but now I see that the UK music instrument, mail order giant, Bax Shop UK are stocking 'em @ £670 with a 3-year warranty. Check out Bax shop at the link 'tuxfriend' posted. Yes, I reported here on this forum over a year ago, about UK dealers' apparent snobbery regards this flagship Casio model. Some even had the cheek to try to steer my money towards another Yamaha! Fat chance of that, though. See this earlier post by 'Guest' which was my name before I got married: Hard to believe that the Casio MZ-X500 even after a year, still can't be found in stock in any UK high street music store to try out. But never mind that; hope you enjoy your new MZ-X500, wherever it comes from.
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    I like Latin Music and found this great sounding live clip on YouTube, so let's reanimate this thread. Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye feat. Adan Perez on a Casio - it's a Privia, no idea what one:
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    Brad--Thank you for explaining how the effects work. You were absolutely correct about the sounds I was hearing being caused by the modulation wheel. Re-positioned it and everything back to normal. Appreciate your guidance and expertise in helping me resolve this "problem."
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    Hi. So here is the audio file. To add to the already listed caveats i.e. primarily No exactly spot on tones Levels needing adjusting I should also add There are several parts with wrong notes - it was done by ear - which are sometimes (but not always) corrected in later parts The part I actually play, whilst simple, is awful. Not being a keyboard player should allow me a little leeway (though it should still be better, but if I waited until I could do it well, I may not get around to posting it at all). Be careful not to play to loud as I got a 'clip' warning when uploading the file. Despite all the reservations, and as stated before, it should still provide a basis for someone to improve upon.
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    While the audio file player in the XW-P1 will allow you to Chain play songs on the SD Card, it will not allow you to "loop" a particular song for continuous play. That is more a function of a standard MP3 player. One work around would be to copy the "song"/"sample" linearly the number of times you want it repeated with external audio editing software, before converting it to a Casio audio file. Another would be to copy the "song"/"sample" you want "looped"/"repeated" to "File1", "File2', "File3", etc, on the SD Card, the number of times you want it repeated, then "Chain" play those with the XW-P1's audio file player, but there may be several seconds delay from the end of one "song"/"sample" to the start of the next. Now, since you used the word "samples" in your original post, if you are talking about looping samples and playing them from the keys, you have the wrong keyboard, as the XW-P1 is not a "sampler". For that, you need the XW-G1, but even then, the XW-G1 does its sample looping in internal memory, not directly on the SD Card.
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    A carpet matt under foot and under the piano is probably your best bet.
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    I have noticed occasional unit-to-unit variations in keyboard feel from Casio as well as some other brands (I noticed it very much on the XW-P1, for example) . This are a number of reasons this can happen, including using parts from multiple sources, which in theory should all be identical, but actually may not be, even if they are all "within spec." My point is, while I believe you when you say that the PX560 model(s) you played feel better than the PX5S model(s), I don't think that you can extrapolate from that that *all* PX560 boards will feel better than *all* PX5S boards. Personally, I own a PX560 and a PX5S which feel the same to me. It may be that some units feel a bit different, but if it happens, I suspect it will be "luck of the draw" as to whether that different feeling action ended up in a PX560 or a PX5S. And while you're correct that some people have decided to move from a PX5S to a PX560, personally, I have not seen action as a reason. Rather, they preferred some of its features (touchscreen interface, expression pedal input, whatever), and felt that they didn't really need the things it was missing relative to the PX5S.
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    why doesn't anyone thank casio for finally allowing naming of registration files, this is included in v1.14 There were lots of people wanting this. You can now save and personally name the file to usb stick in the front
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    Here is the latest update to The XW-P1 Companion, Volume 1. I have added 34 pages of new content, most of it in Section 6 - Voice Programming Techniques, which has been almost entirely re-organized as well as expanded. I already "leaked" a few of the new techniques to the forum a couple of weeks ago. A lot more of them are described in the new document. For those who prefer to get their content on the forum directly (i.e., "documents" ain't your thing) I will be starting several new topics here in the coming weeks to highlight specific selected techniques from the document. Each of those will point to an example uploaded to the files section of the forum. I also intend to release a zip file containing all of the example files when I have completed them. I hope you enjoy this latest update. Now that it is complete I can get back to working on Volume 2, which will discuss emulations of specific instruments and famous synth sounds. It's about half done. XW-P1 Companion - Vol 1 - Rev4.pdf PS. If you have read previous versions there is no need to read sections 1 to 4 again; there is nothing really new there. All the updated sections and new sections are listed on page 5 and clicking on any one of the section numbers will take you there directly. PPS. If you downloaded the file in the first four hours please download it again. A "bug" in Word caused a formatting error and I had to correct it.
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    Now for those who think about it a bit more - if you set all four tones to be a Hex tone - then you can actually create split points bu allocating note ranges in the HEX layer editor...each HEX tone of course will recall all its settings as these are IN the tone itself and are not relying on separate "Registration" settings to set them up. Examples: part volume, pan, effects, pseudo split points, patches (up to six in one HEX) the list goes on. In a way this could be MORE powerful than registrations. When it comes to selecting setups via MIDI
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    Tom Rung

    Piano Bar-1

    Version 1.0.0

    12 downloads

    1. Install LNGPNO-1.ZTN (displays as Lounge Pno-1) in User Slot of Piano The tone "Lounge Pno-1" is a modification of 007 DancePiano 1 2. Install PNOBAR-1.ZRM in a Registration Slot Strings on/or off as desired. Split on/or off as desired with split point @ F3-F#3
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    Hello!I am David ,come from mainIand China,I edit the tones and stage settings, live play, a packet of 5 people live: two Blues harmonica, a guitar, a bass, and a drum of Congas. I'm not playing the conga lively, but using cyclic music phrase, with second pedals to control its start / end. 《Dream Field》.mp3It seems like a band show,really?
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    How do you set up the mod wheel to change the slow/fast Leslie effect? The assignable foot pedal only offers Soft and Sostenuto as options. The pitch bend wheel is not programmable from what I can see.
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    dlm

    Gimme Some Lovin

    Version

    116 downloads

    I saw a post on the Casio FB forum the other day where some guy was asking for the stage setting for the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin" ... Well, here it is! The left half of the keyboard is piano; the right hand is the organ. PLEASE adjust the distortion levels yourself (under the Tone > DSP Edit function), as this stage setting probably sounds different on your keyboard than it does in my cheapo headphones! - I'm pretty sure you'll want MORE DISTORTION... At least this ss will get you "in the ballpark" (as they say...) I TRIED to get the rotary effect to sound decent on the MOD wheel, but it needs a little work still. Please sample this ss at: https://soundcloud.com/mcnab1dl/gimme-sum-lvwav