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    Version 1.0.0


    Grand Piano Concert that is SteinwayD with softer attack, slightly less dynamic, longer decay, EQ changes Load SteinwayD Tone in Group Name: Piano Load SteinwayD Registration in empty location Load SteinwayD Tone in Upper 1 See details in the attachment
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    Version 1.11 is the latest firmware for the XW-P1 and XW-G1. The update process requires your computer. The firmware and instructions are located here: http://support.casio.com/en/support/download.php?cid=008&pid=20 Here are some things to remember. Do not interrupt the firmware update in any way. Powering off the XW during the process will damage it permanently. If you are worried about the power going out, putting batteries in your XW is a good precaution. Disable any virus protection, this can interfere with the Updater Do not run other applications on your computer while doing the update. Launch the Update tool BEFORE and put your XW in Update mode BEFORE connecting the XW to the computer If the update seems to stop during the process DO NOT power off the XW. Please wait at least 10 minutes before doing the followingDo not touch the XWClose the Updater application on your computerDisconnect the USB cableRestart the Updater Application.Reconnect the XW keyboard to the computerThe Updater should resume.When complete your XW will restart automatically
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    I've created INS files for the X500, There are separate INS files for instruments and drums. I've loaded this into Sonar and it appears to be working fine. These files can be edited in a text editor like TextPad to customize the instrument names to your liking or add new instruments in the USER sections. EDIT: I've Posted a ZIP file with the INS files here. Enjoy! best regards, Rick Sterling x500.zip
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    File Name: XW-303 (XW Solo) File Submitter: Mike Martin File Submitted: 24 Jul 2013 File Category: XW-Synths XW-Series Solo Synth TB-303 emulation OSC1 - Sawtooth OSC2 - Pulse Modulation wheel set to portamento time. Insert Effect - Distortion. Enjoy. Click here to download this file
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    Hi! I fully agree with Simone. The problems I have found so far are in the 1.14 upgrade : Metronome bug is still there. Seems to be different than the bug in 1.10 but it still does not work. Auto power off does not as in 1.10. I left the keyboard on overnight and it was still on the next day. In 1.10 it powered off after a long 3-4h. MIDI player repeat does not work as expected. The same as in 1.10. This is not necessarily a bug but poor implementation. I have never seen any MIDI player (software or keyboard based) introducing a delay when repeating. The same happens with the MIDI player repeat A-B where one needs to tweak the "ticks" in order to get seamless playback. But as soon as you change the tempo you need to re-tweak the ticks. So, loops and repeats are not working properly. The knobs are now jumpy. In 1.10 the knobs resulted in smooth inputs and smooth output transitions. Now there is a delay or a "jump" between the knob input and the effect on the sound. It seems I am now having some issues with the acoustic pianos (around 40% volume using headphones and not tested with other tones). Nothing has changed in my setup apart from the upgrade to 1.14. Some keys now seem to produce a random stacatto sound regardless of the velocity and the sustain/reverb seems to be non-existent. (seems the sound is bypassing reverb and other DSP effects). This was quite noticeable for me because I was practising the same piano piece before the upgrade and now, after the upgrade, I get this random but very audible sound artefacts where before there were none. Maybe this is a very big coincidence and some of the key sensors are not working properly anymore (my keyboard is 1 year old and some of the middle octave keys are now much more noisy and "clicky" than before and than the upper and lower octave keys, so there is probably some internal wear). Still no MIDI specification. At least an official statement about the feasibility of changing registrations using MIDI. 1.14 introduces no improvements or new features at all (especially from the MZ). This is very disappointing as the 560 is supposed to be Casio's top-range Privia Pro model. At this point I was expecting new tone libraries (especially hex-layers) and rhythms to have been published by Casio. This helps keeping a keyboard model alive for long. This would have been made simpler if it was possible to load user-created tones across models with similar sound engines (this is exactly what happens with most middle and top range models of other brands). If Casio had no plans to improve the 560 then it would have been much better to do like in the other Privias such as the 360 and remove the firmware upgrade feature altogether. This is not about blaming Casio but just a personal matter of having the wrong expectations.
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    Hi! The official word from Casio is to do the factory reset. My humble opinion is that requirement is there because it was copied and pasted from some other Casio firmware upgrade instruction manual, not because it is necessary. The factory reset will restore the system parameters to their default factory values and delete all user data as well. But from a technical perspective such data can be fully kept between compatible updates of the system. The keyboard stores the system parameters that are configurable by the user (mixer, EQ settings, main settings etc.) and the user created data (tones, registrations, SMFs etc.). Apart from this data, the keyboard has no need to store any other type of data when turned off. And all internal system variables (sound generator data, oscillator data, counters, etc.) must also be fully reset at least when the system is powered up. So the system after being upgraded can still use all system parameters and user data that were defined with the previous firmware version. A full reset does makes sense if the firmware changed parameters or formats that are incompatible with the ones found in previous firmware versions. A simple example: if a tuning temperament was removed in this version then a reset would be the simplest way to make sure that the existing registrations were not using a temperament that no longer exists. But all parameters and formats in 1.14 (and 1.10) seem to be exactly the same, which would make the reset unnecessary. If there were any changes of this kind then they were not documented! But only Casio could explain if - and why - the reset is really required. As a side note, I also fail to understand why the factory reset option is not just about restoring all system parameters to their original values while keeping the user created data intact. At least, there is no reason to delete the SMF files when restoring the system parameters. Anyway, what makes the factory reset an unnecessarily difficult task for the users who have been using the keyboard's internal memory instead of USB to save SMF files, is the inability to easily save/load (and delete) these files - these are good examples that show how not to design a graphical user interface ;-) The tones and registrations can be easily saved and loaded, and the system parameters that need to reconfigured after the reset are minimal, as most are saved with the registrations anyway. So, the reset should not a big deal if you have no internal SMF files. And maybe that is Casio is requesting the reset. Not because it is necessary but because it should be easy for (most of?) the users. And yes, the power off does does not seem to work anymore as in version 1.10. And unfortunately the metronome bug in version 1.10 was not corrected in version 1.14. It still sounds a beat out of tempo every couple of minutes. I agree that for most the metronome bug is probably insignificant in scope of the overall functionality of the keyboard. But it is rather unacceptable for a digital musical instrument to have a basic metronome that is not working properly! And I do wonder if this metronome timing issue (which seems to technically be an overflow or rounding error) is confined just to the metronome or if it is also affecting everything on the keyboard that depends on correctly timing the tempo and its beats, such as rhythms, the arp, the synchronization of some DSPs (e.g. delay), and playing the SMF files. Anyway, I guess this upgrade is just trying to fix the expression pedal. Better than nothing! It would be grateful if Casio would let its customers know what was actually changed with this upgrade and if there are plans to release any future firmware improvements for this keyboard. Thanks.
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    I installed the 1.14 firmware yesterday on my 560 after spending a (long) time copying MIDI files to an USB external device. As BradMZ said, the upgrade itself does not delete the user data. But I performed a factory reset as stated in the upgrade instructions and all user data was deleted as a result. So you should "save all/l" the tones and registrations and save all the relevant SMF files one by one before upgrading. The 1.14 upgrade seems to be just about fixing bugs. It is not clear exactly which problems are corrected because the release note only makes reference to an "improvement" of the expression pedal and to "improvement" of "certain operations". As a side note, correcting bugs is not an "improvement" but simply making a system to behave as expected. I am disappointed because the PX-560 is marketed as being part of the "Privia Pro" series (whatever that means) and I believe it is still the most expensive keyboard being sold by CASIO apart from the Celviano GP series. So, I was (wrongly) expecting CASIO to improve the Privia Pro keyboards. From my perspective, CASIO seems to be focussed in improving the MZ keyboards and marketing the Celviano GP. The Privia Pro series is out of the map and just being ignored. Anyone who had the chance to visit the CASIO booth in the Musikmesse a couple weeks ago got that message.The 1.14 upgrade is just a reflection of that: it offers no new features, no improvements to any of the existing functionality and no improvements to the user interface. I would really like CASIO to prove me completely wrong and show their commitment to the Privia Pro. On the upside, this upgrade seems to have corrected the metronome bug (the metronome would not beat steadily as it would skip some ticks every couple hundred measures). I will test it properly during the next days. Hopefully, the MIDI player loop/repeat bug was also addressed. If any of you find any actual "improvement" in the 1.14 upgrade please let me know. Cheers!
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    Hi All, I just found, where you can download 50 new free rhythm styles for your WK-7500 / CTK 7000 keyboard. Have a look over here: http://www.casio-europe.com/euro/emi/rhythmsspecial/ Music to listen to and download:Let CASIO help you discover new genres of music and get your favourite beats on your CASIO keyboard. All rhythms are suitable for high-performance CTK-7000, CTK-6000, WK-7500 and WK-6500 keyboards, as well as for AT-3 and AT-5 oriental keyboards Enjoy ! Regards, Stefan.
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    I received my PX-560 yesterday and can promise you, you're in for a treat! None of the photos I've seen do it justice. The blue is absolutely gorgeous. I haven't had time to get deep into any functions yet, but having owned the PX-5S, the PX-560 is a pleasure to navigate, with the new touch screen. OK, it isn't quite as much of a 'synth powerhouse', but it does offer some beautiful tones and features, combined with one of the best actions I've every played. The PX-560 fills a gap in the market, because it provides the ease of use of home keyboards and digital pianos, with the editing and sequencing capabilities of synths and workstations. I imagine it will be a huge hit with both studio and live musicians for all of those reasons. On a personal level, I think we've become so used to owning instruments with huge specifications features and gimmicks, but the most important thing is how an instrument makes you feel. I haven't enjoyed playing this much in a long time! Enjoy yours when you get it and I'll do my best to help and advise if I can. Greetings from England!
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    Jokeyman I assume by your questions, that you do not have a copy of the Data Editor User's Guide. If not, you can download a copy here: http://support.casio.com/en/support/download.php?cid=008&pid=66 The Editor User's Guide is the third "Download" item on that page. While you are there, be sure to download a copy of the most recent Editor, if you need that too: 1.1.2 7 for Windows or 1.1.2 8 for the MAC. Your answer is on Page 17 of the Editor User's Guide. It states that Package Files are for use by the Editor only and can not be used directly by the XW-P1/G1. Page 17 also gives instructions for using the Editor software for assembling new packages. In the XW-P1 hardware manual, the table on Page 73 gives the "Supported Data Types" for the XW and SD Data Card. ZPK Package Files are not in the list, and a search of the entire manual PDF file finds no instance of the word "package" or the phrase "ZPK", so this follows the statement in the Editor User's Guide that the XW-P1/G1 do not use ZPK Package files directly. The "ALL DATA" files generated by the XW are ZAL Files and are not related to ZPK Package Files generated by the Data Editor. Good luck and happy "packaging" ! BTW: If you do need to download a new version of the Data Editor, it is a pretty good idea to retain a copy of the previous version (if it is working OK for you). There are still a lot of CTK/WK-6XXX/7XXX owners in a lurch since they downloaded Data Manager 6.1 and deleted 6.0 only to find that 6.1 would not work with their particular OS/PC hardware combinations and then found that 6.0 was no longer available for re-download.
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    Hi Sonny, Here's what I would do. Save the hex tone to a user slot. To do this,click on the Zone 1 Tone tab so it shows. Then go up to the blue bar right side and click the save button. Use the one that looks like a computer chip to save it to the PX. It will then show the memory locations and allow you to pick the spot to save it to. The floppy disk button saves to the computer but I wouldnt use that for this. Next, click on the Zone 2 Tone tab. Click on the tone name button and choose the tone you just saved from the hex user list.
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    XW-Series Solo Synth TB-303 emulation OSC1 - Sawtooth OSC2 - Pulse Modulation wheel set to portamento time. Insert Effect - Distortion. Enjoy.
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    It's been five years since the XW-P1 and XW-G1 were released. Combining that fact with what is probably a fairly limited user base and the much larger number of people who dismissed and continue to dismiss the XW synths and it's understandable that they have almost faded from view except here in the Casio Music Forums. Are they the world's best synthesizers? Hardly. They are in many respects almost entry-level instruments. But anyone who has stuck with theirs has probably realized that they are deeper instruments than they appear on the surface. I'm sometimes amazed by what I have been able to make my XW-P1 do. (I have also been frustrated at times by what I would call somewhat unwise design decisions.) I have tried to document everything I have discovered and some of what others have discovered (I can't take full credit!) in The XW-P1 Companion, which despite its name contains a lot of content that also applies to the XW-G1. Here are a few of the "extra" capabilities I describe there: Using phrases and step sequencer patterns as modulation sources (LFO-like and envelope-like) Using the step sequencer as a phrase selector Using the step sequencer to add functions to the foot pedal Several alternate methods for PWM Simple pitch envelopes for polyphonic tones Continuous volume control of a Hex Layer tone with the modulation wheel Tricks with the solo-synth LFOs: Constant-value source Random-value source Ramps and envelopes Legato indicator Dynamic LFO waveforms Simulated sample-and-hold Simulated stepped glissando "Performance" mode for synthesis Duophonic emulation In some ways Casio has already released the successor to the XW-P1: the MZ-X500. It can do almost everything that the XW-P1 and XW-G1 can do and do it better, as well as many things that XW synths can't do. But it's not a true successor because it lacks two defining capabilities of the XW synths: the step sequencer and the six-oscillator monophonic (nominally) solo synth mode. (The MZ-X500 does monophonic synthesis but it's not quite the same.) For Casio's sake I am still hopeful that they intend some day to replace the XW synths with a true successor. Whether they do or not I think the XW-P1 will always have a place in my "studio."
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    Version 1.0.01


    Hi guys, just completed this INS file for Sonar (Cakewalk) DAW. I have run some tests and it all seems ot run fine at my end. If you notice any errors please let me know and I can fix Hope it helps those using PC's for music creation. Cheers Dennis PS: I did not include drum notes, as one cannot edit the drum kits anyway, so I thought they were supefluous. Also as it SEEMS the 560 cannot receive SYSEX data, I also did not include that. It is basically a stripped down version that will allow patch and drum kit changes from a PC or iOS/Android device (with appropo apps installed).
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    Wow! 15 people have looked and no comments - perhaps MIDI control is not as important as I thought among 560 users. Must be mostly home players btw, I should have also added a hahaha! after the smiley - as I was just kidding aound!
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    Should I point out that if the release notes you see on the download page for V1.14 said more than "Improving expression pedal performance" and "Improving certain operation," or even if the manual addendum had been updated to explain the new functionality, there would be less user misunderstanding and frustration? Nah, surely the smart people at Casio know this already. They're just messing with us.
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    First of all tnicoson, I do not tell you not to buy it, as a matter of fact I just wanted it, note that it was born 2 years ago but not available in Italy till 1 year and a half ago, I could get it just before Christmas 2015, on instalments... this is a short list of what you do not have to expect from PX-560M it is not a workstation it does not have a real sequencer no MIDI implementation guide or sheet is supplied the accompaniments are rahter simple and old it is not a master keyboard to send MIDI data the list of the good qualities is longer the keyboard is 88 graded keys the keyboard is hard enough the keyboard is triple sensor the keyboard touch and feel is fine the keyboard is better than that of the PX-5S the speakers are enough the touch panel works fine the USB pen drive works fine the display of envelope is fine the tweaking sound is easy the effects are fine the drumkits are fine you can set the split point wherever you like it (not common feature in other brands) the dynamic is fine creating hex-layer with up to 6 sounds is fine the blue colour is fine the 100 preset arpeggiator is fine (though not advertised by Casio) the LINE IN inputs work fine (not common feature in other brands) the expression pedal works fine the real time controller knobs work fine it works fine as a master keyboard to play other instruments or VST As it can be read in italian forums, some owners of the PX-5S sold it and swapped it with the PX-560M, because the keyboard is better but then use it to play VST instruments, complaining about the internal sounds. Try them together and you cannot but realize it, I am a piano player and felt the difference in a while, the fact is that also my son realized it in a couple of seconds, though he is a child and told me about it before I could tell him. A lot of stuff was written in this forum complaining about the poor sampling of the Steinway into the Casio Piano sound, and I agree with it, that it has not enough sustain and lacks of body in the middle, where some notes are sampled even worse, that it suffers from short decay... that's why I worked so hard but I was happy to share more real like piano sounds with the other members in the download section. Nevertheless if you are a piano player you still hear that the sampling is the same and only one through camouflage by tweaking. Yet I also realized that someone likes it the way it is or worse, cuts it shorter. Try the AP700, that is a fascinating digital piano, the best sampling is the Steinway, then comes the Bechstein and last the Boesendorfer, I do not swap with it, because of the price and because it is not portable. As for the firmware update that does more harm than healing the bugs: I only read this page and realized that what the other members wrote was sadly true, the 2nd update in 2 years and it unfixes what was working fine rather than fixing bugs! this is not acceptable, in spite of what much more was asked for in other posts... in the meantime the cost of the PX-560M has risen from 1.100,00€ to 1.200,00€... expression pedal runs more smoothly, fixed metronome bug not fixed auto power off worked and does not work anymore, now needs to be fixed! real time control knobs worked fluently and do not anymore, now need to be fixed! no description about what the 1.14 does... the included sheet is about the MIDI SMF, the which was fixed by the 1.10... by the way, the previous on the main site was 1.10... so, what about 1.11, 1.12, 1.13...? Yes, Alenk, I had posted a screenshot of the facebook where a member described that the 1.14 caused the delay of the knobs, I did not think it was something wrong, anyhow, the post was removed and I was not informed nor warned by the admins, sorry, maybe I violated any privacy
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    My impression exactly. I don't know what Casio is doing behind the scenes. All I can see is what is happening "on stage." On stage, not much seems to be happening with the PX-560 (or the PX-5S, but that's now so "old" that I wouldn't expect much more from them on that product). Except for this bug-fix firmware update (which, don't get me wrong, I appreciate) they don't APPEAR to be giving the PX-560 much attention despite its supposed inclusion in Casio's Privia Pro line. C'est la vie. There are other fish in the sea and potential customers will choose to catch them instead. The competition ain't sleepin'.
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    First of all, the update itself does not delete any user data. It's always good to have a backup anyway for other reasons. If you decide to perform an intialize all (factory reset), that will delete everything. But yes, save all "ZAL" file saves everything stored in the keyboard as a snapshot. It will load everythig like it was when you saved it and to the same locations.
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    SOLVED! Choppin, you were spot on. I was able to eliminate the MIDI output from the keyboard that was exiting through separate channels. In turn, this eliminated the three inputs per key stroke. By consequence, with or without sustain pedal Reason sound perfect again! Thanks so much for the idea. Love this forum.
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    If by the "net" you mean this forum (which AFAIK is the only place to get new tones for the PX-560) then you simply navigate to the Downloads section and once there choose one of the two section for the PX-560: one under Casio Official Files and the other under Community Created Files. Click on your choice of the entries in one of those, then click on the "Download this file" button. To load it into the PX-560 put the file on a USB thumb drive in a directory at the root level called MUSICDAT (just create the directory yourself on your Mac/PC). Stick the thumb drive into the PX-560. From the Menu choose "Media." Touch "Load" and choose "Tone." Find your file (the name might look a little weird because it'll be just 8 characters long regardless of how many the original file name used) and select it. Specify the destination location; typically a free user tone location, so not one with an asterisk beside it, which indicates there is already something there. Hit "Execute" and Yes to confirm.
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    Just a remote guess, since I am familiar with the insides of these plastic key mechanisms I'll give it a try. The keys on these are assembled and fitted in sections, with thin plastic strips interconnecting specific groups of keys together (these are not fitted as individual keys as are many keyboards). Only 2-3 screws placed vertically and top down hold the keys in place by fastening through these plastic strips. The keys will mechanically sit where positioned without the screws or if the screws become loose-mine were on my XW-P1 when I took it apart the first time. There is a possibility-and I noticed this on mine, that if the screws are loose, the fulcrum pressure on the keys will not be sufficient to make enough contact with the rubber boots underneath-in other words, the back of the key which is it's hinge, may be lifting just enough to create this problem. Since only a specific range of keys are being affected, and consecutively, I suspect this section of the keystrip inside has come loose due to the screws fastening these down in the back part of the key. There is nothing else holding these keys in place except the physical design of the frame surrounding the keys-in other words, any loose-fitting internal strip will not be obvious and may even feel as secure as the other keys. If you take it apart-I would check all these top-placed screws as all of them will loosen over time. And since this range may be one you tend to play more frequently, this diagnosis would be my best guess. I would also think a little loctite or some similar thread-locking material in these screws might prevent this from happening again. Might as well if you disassemble it as these will only loosen again with repeated playing. Another observation-the back part of the keys on these XWs is a very thin plastic structure-this is the key's hinge. None of mine have broken-yet-but I look at this as a weak link in this playing mechanism. Just saying! And i think i have some old posts showing the insides of my XW-if I disremember (my own word) if not I'm sure by now there must be some pics somewhere on the web showing the insides of the XWs.
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    For your use in Cakewalk, the main advantage I can think of would be those extra knobs and sliders. But the 560 has a direct expression pedal input where the 5S does not. The next major difference, The 560 has a 4 "part" keyboard. It can layer two upper sounds and two lower sounds split by a single adjustable split point. Each part sends midi out thru separate midi channels, 1 thru 4. The 5S has a 4 "zone" keyboard. Each zone has completely independent key range hi and low settings for total flexibility in splits, layers and overlapping of sounds. Each zone also has independently programmable midi output channels, routing and bank program output data. Better for more complex multi-keyboard live performance setups. Also note the 5S is not a workstation or arranger. It does not have a midi recorder or rhythms like the 560.
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    Thanks for info. Its sad that no externally made solo synth patches can be loaded. But most FM home keyboards were preset too. By the way, the XW-PD1 somehow blantantly resembles my "Coleco Zodiac" astrological computer from 1979. Maybe a good hacker should now interconnect both to unleash some unheard noise that shakes the cosmos vigorously. (Remember what was done with a Casio MT-210 in the "Masters of the Universe" movie. ;-) ) Coleco - Zodiac - Astrological Computer 1979 - YouTube Coleco Zodiac - Handheld Games Museum
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    If anyone is interested, I found that it is possible to set the number of metronome beats to zero in the settings menu and therefore remove the accent metronome sound.
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    (With apologies to Monty Python) "Who'd a thought thirty years ago we'd all be usin' fancy touchscreens on our keyboards?" "Aye. In them days, we were glad to have a one-line LCD." "A SMALL one-line LCD." "Without backlighting." "Or even characters." "Under a filthy, cracked window." "That would have been nice. The best WE could manage was a row of little LEDs." "You had it easy. We used to play a keyboard with broken keys we found in a dumpster." "Keys? You were lucky to have keys! Our 'keyboard' had some buttons for keys. And half of them were missing!" "You were lucky to have buttons! *We* used to have to short the wires ourselves to make a sound!" "Ohhhh we used to DREAM of shorting wires! We used to have to press the circuit board directly to make a sound." "A circuit board? Looxery. We used to have to hold the transistors in our hands in just the right way to make a sound." "But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'." "Nope, nope."
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    BTW, on the PX-560, you can select the drums only part to the accompaniment; easily. Just press the rhythm >/O* (for play/pause) or don't engage the accompaniment button. You can also pause/break and start back up again during a chord progression. Just hit the >/O* button to pause when you want the break, and hit the chord or note when you want it to start again either with or without accompaniment (or drums only if you wish). Two different drum roll breaks can be had with NORMAL/FILL-IN, and VARIATION/FILL-IN. They also provide a break of sorts during the song performance. The Yamaha arranger is a totally different animal. It IS an arranger, and NOT a piano. EDIT> (NOT TRUE)>They really are lame pianos compared to the 560. LOL A B3 organ is not a piano either. You don't want weighted keys on an organ, and the 560 will again, blow it away in the piano department. A Montage is not an arranger either. It doesn't have much in the accompaniment department, but a lot in the synth department. It may come fairly close to the 560 in piano mode, but for crying out loud. It's 3x more expensive too. Controller keyboards are quite different too. Those are best at DAW sequencing and playing VST samples. Controllers are usually cheap too. Mostly under $500, and loads of fun if you want to get under the hood. Categorizing of Keyboards is important, because while there is overlap, the various types are also quite distinct. The PX-560 is definitely not lame by any means. It is however, unique, and is extremely equal to or better than other brand pianos. You should be comparing it with the Yamaha 255, Yamaha CV, and other piano keyboards. NOT a PSR, pa3x Roland other arrangers. Casio PX-560's are not arrangers. But those keyboards that are sold as arrangers should be better at doing arrangements than a keyboard sold as a piano. It stands to reason and is only logical, because that is what they are made for. Casio PX-560's do crossover slightly into the arranger territory. Just like arrangers crossover into the piano region. Arrangers though usually have synth key action, non-weighted and less than 88-keys. Not good for a piano. As I experiment more and more, I'm finding that the rhythms and tones in the 560 aren't really that bad after all. Maybe my speakers are getting broken in. LOL But I am indeed getting to like them, and adjusting to using them to play a multitude of piano songs. *The "O" is a square icon, like a pause button. Use that button to play or pause your rhythm during a song. Oh, and that's what I got my PX-560 for; to play songs. Look out Elton John! HaHa He has nothing to worry about.
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    Actually I don't. I did this all in about 3-4 hours, but I had been researching this before (Casio had pics showing the keys inside but not much there.) I also have put in many hours repairing/modding electronics which helps and I've taken courses as an electronics and computer tech. And my father made me learn "basic" computer language and advanced math as a kid-he did work for NASA and the military (guidance systems) when I was a kid so you can imagine what my childhood was like! I put pressure on myself and I literally broke out in a sweat when I did this one worrying about any mistakes I might make. I'm probably marginally insane anyway, what's a little more damage gonna do! A relief when I got it all back and my warranty was already gone, I bought mine second-hand which might be why it had been noisier than a spanking new one. There are a few posts describing pretty noisy keys on other Privias. I thought this might help to at least understand what is going on when you hammer the old keys and if there actually is a problem or not. I would have preferred not needing to do this, believe me but I can't afford to turn over to new equipment so quickly.
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    Version 1.0.0


    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've not experienced this one time and I use the x500 on gigs all the time. I've even created my own voices with Sample Manager and without faults. Does the problem happen on certain sounds or does it seem to be any sound and only on the E5 key?
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    Try here ... http://support.casio.com/en/support/download.php?cid=008&pid=1326
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    I just installed firmware 1.14 for PX-560 and noticed a much improved smooth transition of expression and volume using my Moog pedal. Many thanks to Casio for listening and taking action to improve expression pedal interface.
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    It's actually mentioned on page 19 of the User's Guide: "Specifying 0 will cause each beat to be indicated by the. same sound. This setting lets you practice with a steady beat."
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    Chord recognition methods on this Casio are VERY basic, especially in fingered mode. Have a look at Korg or Roland chord recognition and you'll see a truly pro way of doing things!
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    Just creating an .INS file for the 560....man, Casio have some weird naming and sorting methods for the Addendum Sheet! The way all the 560 tones are sorted are about the oddest I have seen hahaha! It's like the placement was "just choose the next available spot...doesn't matter if it's not the same instrument type haha! Anyhoo...I'm about half way done for those interested and will post to downloads EDIT: Is now available in the downloads secton http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/file/1117-casio-px-560-sonar-ins-file/
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    How to make the best sound of the piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAbyioraSbQ
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    Yes, it has always been there. But the description of it in the manual does not imply any kind of smoothing or interpolation, which is what I was trying to say was the good thing. All the manual describes is what amounts to a scaling function. Now, if _I_ had engineered that it would have used interpolation from the start. (And I could have done that; I spent over twenty years doing similar design work on embedded systems.) It's nice to see that the Casio engineers have improved it. Frankly, I hadn't noticed that it needed improvement because I never examined the operation of the knobs that closely. I've hardly used them at all. I'm still too busy making my XW-P1 do cartwheels and other tricks to devote much attention to the PX-560.
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    The Grand Hybrid seems like a fine product and Casio should be justifiably proud of it. If I were looking for a full console piano for my home that would be on the short list.
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    Simone, This is my post from the FB group in regards to the knobs. I'll be checking into some other issues you describe as soon as possible. One thing you state above however is not factual. The keyboard in the PX-5S and PX-560 are identical. There are no physical changes in the action between the two products. ------ Okay, I spent some time with this and I understand the changes with the knob behavior. This is a good thing in my opinion, let me explain. Before v1.14, broad parameter changes were challenging. It was NOT possible as an example to do a smooth filter cutoff sweep using the knob. Some of use would resort to using the Modwheel as a filter control as it was the only way to get a smooth filter sweep as an example. Now with v1.1.4 as long as the "Auto Resolution" parameter is ON (found in the menu under the knob assignment), this is great for these broad expressive changes in layer balance, filter or parameters. The issue that some of you have discovered is that it is more difficult to do precise adjustments in EQ as an example. In the knob value. Set the "Auto Resolution" to off and you'll see that each "click" of the knob precisely adjusts the values. So you'll want to change the Auto Resolution parameter based on the type of control you're looking for.
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    Good finds Chas. I always thought that riff in Hey Ya sounded like it could be a Casio but I could never pinpoint the sound.
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    Record a midi at 4/4 and play the drum on the first beat of the first measure and then play it back using repeat A-B, setting A to measure 1/beat 1 and B to measure 2/beat 2/tick 1. Other option with the arp: try the "filtering" pattern with the "hold" option on applied to one of the zones and set a drum set to that zone. That arp pattern will repeat once per beat. If you set a slow tempo maybe you will get what you want. As far as I know you cannot change the metronome sound - the most you can do is getting rid of the bell/accent sound if you set the metronome beat count to zero. BTW, the 560 manual says it accepts CASIO format rhythm files, including the ac7 format as well as the older z00 and ckf formats. A while ago I downloaded some old ctk rhythms into the 560 that worked but all the few ac7 files I found online failed to load. There are discussions on this forum and elsewhere on how to create such rhythm files but I never looked into this in detail. There are probably forum members that can explain exactly how to use external software tools to create (or convert) rhythms that can be loaded into the 560.
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    Robin, Once you merge the tracks, the sequencer has no way of distinguishing which "Note Off" messages belong with which "Note On" messages from the two original tracks, so notes from both tracks (even sustained notes) respond to ANY "Note Off" messages, for that same note (C, D, E, F, G, etc.) occuring in the resulting "merged" track. For instance, if you merge a staccato Middle C from one track with a sustained Middle C from another track, and the staccato Middle C occurs after the start of the sustained Middle C, the sustained Middle C will respond to the "Note Off" message of the staccato Middle C and be truncated. "Note Off" messages from other notes (D, E, F, G, etc.) will not affect the sustained Middle C, just a Middle C "Note Off" message, but as you have already discovered, that is enough to upset the apple cart on your merged track. A sustain pedal merely delays the transmission of a "Note Off" message until the pedal is released, but if an erroneous "Note Off" message from a merged track comes along in the meantime, the sustained note gets cut off, regardless of the position of the pedal. When you merge MIDI data streams, the streams lose most of their original identity. I would recommend doing some reading up on how MIDI operates, before trying these types of operations: http://tweakheadz.com/how-to-get-started-with-midi-and-the-difference-between-midi-and-audio-is-explained-along-with-many-other-core-concepts-for-building-a-home-recording-studio/ Keep in mind that, in the above discussion, when the author writes about sending MIDI data streams down a MIDI cable, it really makes no difference whether the data stream is sent down a cable to an external device (ie. a sound module) or stays internal within the keyboard and is sent to the keyboard's own sound engine, the operation is exactly the same. The sequencer makes very little, if any, distinction between the keyboard's own sound module at the other end on an internal circuit board trace or some other manufacturer's sound module at the other end of a MIDI cable. As far as the sequencer is concerned, they are both "external" devices. That is, they are both "external" to the sequencer circuit, itself. Best of luck with your WK-6600 !
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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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    The edit "button" in the Tone menu is only on Upper 1. So if want to edit a Tone you have to call it up for Upper 1, edit it and then save it either to the same location if it is a user tone and you just wanted to modify it, or to a new location if it is a preset tone (because you can't overwrite the presets) or because you want a new version of the tone in it's own location (usually with it's own unique name). You can call up any tone, whether preset or user, into any of the four "slots" (Upper1, Upper2, Lower1, Lower2) from the Tone menu or from the Main screen. For your example: 1. Hit Menu on right-hand side. 2. Select Tone, select the name shown in Upper 1, select a Tone category along the top and look through the list for that category below. Select the tone you want. 3. Press Exit to return to the Tone menu. Hit the Edit button beside the tone name. Now select Edit in the Tone Edit Menu. 4. Assuming this is not a Hex layer tone (because there are more menu choices), select Amp (by pressing Enter). Similarly, select Envelope, select Release Time (by pressing the number below it) and use the data wheel to increase or decrease the time until you are happy with it. 5. Hit Exit on the right-hand side three times to bring you back to the Tone Edit menu. 6. Select Write. Select Rename if you want to give the edited tone a different name, enter the name and hit Enter. 7. Select a User tone number. If you edited a preset the next available user memory should be shown at the top of the list. If, OTOH, you edited a user tone then the location at the top will be the tone's original number with an asterisk beside it to indicate it isn't empty. Select Execute and Yes to save it. (If it wasn't an empty location you just overwrote what was originally there.) 8. Return to the Tone menu. Select the name in Upper 2. Navigate to the tone you just edited and select it. 9. Since you had to call up the original tone in Upper 1 it is still there (or points to the modified tone if it was originally a user tone and you overwrote it). So you will have to reselect what was there originally, assuming you were happy with what was in Upper 1 before you started editing. 10. Save your modified registration. The steps to do that are left as an exercise for the reader (it's described in the User's Guide). You get to use actual hardware buttons for that. Mind you, I'm mostly going by memory. I hope I didn't forget a few steps. It all sounds much harder than it is. Really, the touchscreen makes everything very easy. If you haven't looked at the User's Guide (it's downloadable) I highly recommend it. UPDATE: Turns out I did miss a couple of steps. I have edited the description to add them for posterity.
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    A microphone connected to the WK-6600 uses the WK-6600's audio circuits strictly for effects processing and amplification. None of the CTK/WK-6XXX model line has digital audio recording capabilities. For that, you would need to move up into the CTK/WK-7XXX model line. However, you can connect the WK-6600's Line-Out connections to an external recording device or to your computer's Line-In connections (with the computer running DAW or digital audio recording software) and record the mix of the WK-6600's output and the voice signal (with effects) from the microphone.
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    Yes, go to system settings and turn off the external speakers. This setting changes the EQ of the internal speakers to work without the stand. I would go back and try it like that.
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    1. Download Rhythms to PC either in a download file or on desktop 2. Open Casio Data Manager 3. Conncect PC to Keyboard via USB cable 4. Finds drop down menu on data manager and select Rhythm 5. Drag each rhythm from download to left side of data manager 6. Once downloaded to data manager drag each file from left to right side of data manager 7. You should see on left side numbers with either a rhythm (previously downloaded) or empty space 8. Drag new ones into empty space (watch bottom of data manager to make sure download is complete) 9. Once downloaded it should appear in User Rhythms file and shows on LED screen. You can listen to it immediately and decide if you like that, if not drag another file on top of the one just downloaded Hope this helps.
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    How about the intro to "Baba O'Riley" AKA called "Teenage Wasteland"? I think it's possible, if I have some time I may take a crack at this one. According to Wikipedia: was played by Townshend on a Lowrey Berkshire Deluxe TBO-1 organ using its marimba repeat feature. Some of these old "home" organs had pretty cool presets, used early concepts of synthesis for their basic waves. Was Keith Moon's idea to put the violin solo in the middle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_O%27Riley Having a little trouble programming the XW? Watch this one although it'sthe "Won't Get Fooled Again" intro. Look at that room full of stuff, and you thought the XW was tough! Except for the EMS "Putney" reference I've found elsewhere and the Wikipedia reference, couldn't find the exact explanation for the Baba O'Riley although I remember a discussion in keyboard magazine years back and i remember the name "Rabbit" Bundrick, not sure I'm spelling it right but that might have been Won't Get Fooled Again".
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    Yet another set of sounds, this time all Hex Layers for the XW-P1. As you’ll notice a number of these sounds have the initials “CG” in the name. That is because they were done by Christopher Geissler, one of the sales engineers at Sweetwater Sound. Some particularly cool vintage organ sounds in this bunch if you’re doing any Doors covers. So think about that the next time you’re going to make a purchase. Thanks Christopher! http://xwsynth.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/xw-p1-hexlayer-10-pack1-released/