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  1. 2 points
    Hi. My first test of CASIO CT-670, my the newest asset, heh. The song's name is "Mikromusikwerk 01". I left the original sound, just added some multitracking for various volume levels (which are not present on the machine itself). The sequencer was ATARI 520ST. Greetings.
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    I have collected in this thread all of the English-language PX-560 tutorials from Casio to date, including the live online webinars done by Mike Martin. There aren't many but new owners of the PX-560 should definitely start with these.
  4. 1 point
    Next generations, current generations, older generations, whoever we can evangelize.
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    On eBay I saw a rare workstation keyboard Casio CTK-711EX, which looks like an even bulkier variant of the mythical CTK-1000 with additional LCD display, 232 ToneBank, 110 rhythms and 3.5'' diskette drive. May it be that this one was "the real thing" while CTK-1000 was only a cut down household variant? (See here for my info and hardware analysis of CTK-1000.) Here is a YouTube clip about the CTK-711EX: My CTK-1000 panel PCB contains a strange adapter like when the hardware was originally designed for something else. Perhaps it was the LCD based CTK-711EX. This would namely explain why the fairly complex sequencer and synth in CTK-1000 was made but not means of data storage. By the way, I found out the mysterious meaning of "IXA Sound Source". It's "Integrated Cross-Sound Architecture" (thanks Synrise for info), which IMO sounds more like an advertisement name without technical meaning and therefore likely soon was dropped by Casio. I just found the CTK-711EX service manual from 1998, and the main ICs do strongly differ (see CTK-1000 hardware analysis). Thus it is likely more the case design than technical similarity.
  6. 1 point
    I haven't loaded the Steinway B, but do have the Steinway D and find that tone very much like the description: "softer attack, slightly less dynamic, longer decay" A very nice touch, with slight differences in tone - worth a try.
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    I was watching like an eagle on Dv247.com in case they reduced them any further for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I decided that it was unlikely as the price was low anyway at £217.00, so took the plunge and purchased it at that price and it was delivered a week ago. At the time, they had 5+ in stock but if you search their site now, XW P1 returns a no trace. Perhaps there were numerous eagles waiting to pounce? 😀
  8. 1 point
    In agreement re quality of sounds on newer Casios and i have played almost everything being the old troglodyte I am. Granted the GM sounds are not my favorites but then neither are many other GM sets on other keys. One of the reasons I looked carefully at the Casios recently (I own and play an XW-P1, PX350 and PX575 along with a roomful of other keyboards and modules) is based upon a much older Casio arranger, forget which model but was about 10 years ago. I was a school music educator with a classroom full of instruments, had already played many pro Yamahas, Kurzweil piano, Ensoniq and Korgs as well as Steinways in school, a hammond B-3 and the older Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos (had a practice room fll of them at college) . I picked up a consumer Casio arranger to abuse in the musicroom along with my students and what a surprise-the sounds were really good, acoustic piano was as good as the pro boards, given the spring action keyboard and the selection of organ sounds was huge and held up well to anything else I had played, on a keyboard that didn't cost much more than 100 bucks-i was one of the early CTKs I recall. That got my attention and so when I started looking at and listening to the more recent Casios, there was the XW-P1 and PX350. Even the older PX575 is holding up well and although I can hear the subtle differences in stepping up to the PX350, with the piano action keys i am having a blast practicing and composing with these. and although plasticky, every time I start in with the XW, once again I am impressed and would not be ashamed to use this in a live gig as well as the pianos. And i can still afford to eat and pay for my cable Internet, otherwise i would not be here!
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    I got my new PX-560 and the first thing I noticed was the weird Grand Piano vibrato reverbery unnatural sound it was making out of the box. I searched through the settings feverishly trying to see if it was some effects setting causing that tremolo or vibrato effect and couldn't figure out how to get rid of it. I too was thinking that I might have got a defective unit until I searched and found this forum topic and your post. It was indeed the modulation wheel causing the unnatural vibrato effect. I felt so relieved that that is all it was. The piano is sounding excellent! Thank You!
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    Well, maybe Casio does need more demonstrators but they already have a big name who seems, as far as I can tell, underutilized. I'm talking about Rich Formidoni. His credentials as a product demonstrator are without question. He was hired to do marketing, including social media, product demonstrations at trade shows and online videos. While it is quite clear that Rich has done the latter two and we have to assume he is doing the first, he has a surprisingly sparse online presence since joining Casio. There are plenty of ways Casio could have demonstrated in videos and SoundCloud tracks at introduction of the MZ-X500 that certain of its voices, specifically the Versatile Tones, are actually high quality, with different articulations and extra instrument noises (e.g., string squeaks, fret noise, body slaps). We didn't get those. The drawbar-organ emulation is, I assume, also really good and certainly on paper an improvement over that in the XW-P1 (which isn't shabby itself) but we didn't get any videos that highlighted that either. The videos we did get even months after introduction were not good at highlighting the strengths of the instrument apart from the styles, the synth voices and the pianos, IMO. Without such online videos and/or online SoundCloud tracks it's no wonder that habitual Casio bashers have had free reign to denigrate. It's only now that we're starting to see videos that show the MZ-X500's true capabilities.
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    IMHO...There's too many biased opinions with regards to the multitude of manufacturers out there. It seems that now-a-days you can't get one unbiased review. Just because the MZ is Casio doesn't mean that it's not up to par with any of the others. For some reason, Casio isn't regarded as a "PRO" choice. Um, wrong! Going all the way back to when the FZ series sampler came out...the was some rocking sampler, but it never got the credit it deserved until later in life! I wish I still had mine!! I agree with Rick as I've owned mainly Yamaha boards the past 20 years and Casio has really up'd the ante with this series. The sounds are really good and match up nicely with my S900. They add a different flavor and augment my other boards well. In fact, isn't that the purpose of owning different brands, to get some variety and different flavor (as well as features too)? After all, how many different brands of cooking spices are there and don't they add a different flavor to the mix?
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    Might be some form of restriction set on Facebook. This link explains some of them. Maybe check if your facebook thinks you are underage or something like that. Steve http://boostlikes.com/blog/2016/03/sorry-content-available-message
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    Well someone ...... .. Maybe I should have stayed quiet about that one, you know keeping it to myself
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    .. either showcasing their ignorance or their negative bias, since the MZ-X500 has all the tools to make any sound you like.
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    Ok. Maybe they just found a total of 1 of them in the back room.
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    My reply to that post ... "I'm curious what you base your opinion on. I own the X500 and it holds up well with my Kronos 2 and PA600 in my opinion. When hooked up to a set of decent studio speakers the sound quality is quite good."
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    Thank you for this fantastic tones!
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    If you go into Performance edit and drill down into the MIDI settings you can turn MIDI recieving off individually for each part. I believe (but am not certain) that these settings are stored for each Performance. If so you will have to load that Performance to get your changed MIDI settings. See page E-66 in the XW-P1 User's Guide.
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    I believe the important thing is that the USB flash drive needs to use the FAT32 file system. Most USB flash drives come that way but in the case of drives larger than 32GB (64GB and up) it's possible that some come pre-formatted with exFAT. (NTFS is another possible file system for a USB flash drive but it's highly unlikely that one would come pre-formatted that way because NTFS volumes can't normally be written to by macOS.) That said, even if there were a 32GB upper limit on size (which there doesn't seem to be) it would not be a huge problem. I think most users would find it a challenge to fill up a 32GB USB flash drive on the MZ-X500. And they're cheap as dirt nowadays so if you do fill one up just slip in another one.
  20. 1 point
    It's just what they recommend for models with USB drives. We've seen PX-5S users say they have no issues with drives over 32 gigs.
  21. 1 point
    well. that sort of snobbery just loses them business. I wanted a Casio, they couldn't deliver so guesd what? My money goes to Thomann and I'm going to be the proud owner of the bluest workstation on the market. So who loses? My local dealer. Same thing when the Akai MiniAK came out. I just had to have one. Had to go to the UK. Still love it. Built like a tank. Sounds better than other small synths IMO but harder to programme for the uninitiated. Well looking forward to my MZX500 though.
  22. 1 point
    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.
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    Hello there, I did update MZ's fw to current version 1.50 and I"m extremely happy to share, The above is already done! Kindly check the control labels right over K1 and K2 knobs at the new version screen below. Thank you Casio ! That was a learning to me: before dreaming for a suggested improvement, I should be optimistic, less cautious and update to the latest firmware version. I might be already there... Cheers !!!
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    Version 1.0.0

    1 download

    Here’s an example of a technique to generate a single random value within the solo synth that holds for the length of a note and that can be used to modify parameters of the solo synth such as filter cutoff. How it works is fully described here. This example merely modifies the pitch of a single oscillator in order to allow you to clearly hear the effect. The file should work on both the XW-P1 and XW-G1.
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    A picture paints a thousand words, a video is even better. Just went through first video. Emphasizing the versatility of a performance-excellent! Thank you and thanks Alenk for keeping this a priority post. I'm glad I've kept mine. I have it midied to my old Ensoniq TS-12 and my PX350 for the piano action. still can't see parting with it for anything else.
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    I'm bumping this to ensure it stays near the top. We've already seen a new user discover this series of videos independently, not realizing this thread was here because it wasn't near the top. I wouldn't have to bump it if it was pinned. Sigh.
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    Most of the companies, including Yamaha and Kawai, have been happy to rest their reputation on older boards for quite some time. Even the Yamaha MX88 is not really new. It is basically an 88 key version of the MX 49 and MX 61 which have been out for several years although I think it may have better piano sounds and other improvements which I haven't studied yet. I would like to play it and see for myself. Kawai did release the ES110 which is light and cheap but doesn't have a lot of non-piano features. Even Hammond has been sitting on its SK-1 line which nails the Hammond sound but has less than stellar other sounds for quite some time. It used to be that you had to buy a Hammond clone if you wanted decent Hammond sounds. At this late date, unfortunately, it appears it is still hard to find a board with piano and Hammond sounds at a really high level with the Nord Stage 3 being an exception to the rule. I am not a programmer but find this absurd. Garageband on my IPhone has a more credible Hammond sound than many if not most of the non-clone boards. I have concluded that the really talented programmers are locked down with NDA agreements or no company can afford to put the proper amount of R&D into their boards because they don't make enough money to do so. Yamaha puts out better horn and other acoustic instrument sounds on its high end PSR/Tyros/Genos line than it does on its Motif line. I have first hand experience there. Roland's VK organ module was always better than the organs put in Roland's other boards. In essence, sometimes the companies are intentionally forcing musicians to buy more than one board by dumbing down certain aspects of each of their boards. I realize we live in the age of electronic music and a lot of music companies are competing to come up with the best set of weird synth sounds. Many of us want great piano, Wurly, Rhodes, Clav and Hammond sounds with a decent set of strings, horns, basses, guitars and a few good synth patches to get us through a gig. Where I put Casio Privia on top is its form factor, weight, price, decent piano action and very credible piano and electric piano sounds. If it could do non-piano sounds as well as the piano sounds a little better, I will stay with Casio Privia in the future provided it completely ups its game on Hammond organ sounds. If Casio could match the flute sounds on the high end Yamaha boards, that would even be better. I want to leave my Hammond clone home. The days of bringing three boards to a gig are over for me. And bringing two boards to a gig is getting tiresome. My two cents.
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    Hi XW-P1 users, In the XW Companion thread I mentioned a Volume 2. No, it isn't done yet. It's not even near to being done yet. But I thought it would be worthwhile posting an excerpt with a couple of emulation examples that are more-or-less done. These were the easy ones. The others I am still working on are proving much more difficult. XW-P1 Companion - Volume 2 -excerpt_2.pdf
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    There is now the Dexibell S7, the Korg Grandstage, Roland RD-2000, the Kurzweil SP6, the Roland VR-730 and I am sure that Kawai and Yamaha will up their game as to boards which are three or four years old at this point, i.e., MP-7 and CP-4. I could not understand that Casio sort of forced its PX-5S owners to buy the PX-560 rather than releasing a new and improved PX-5S over a year ago. I am a fan of the Privia line, having owned four Privia boards but am frustrated with the less than stellar organ sounds, a sort of complicated and non-intuitive interface and am hoping that when Casio puts out an updated model, it will wow me. Otherwise, I will go to the competition. At 26 pounds and with very good piano action and sounds, an updated version of the PX-5S could be killer. Although I enjoy my PX-560 in my home, I gig with my PX-5S with a Roland VR-09 on top. I don't think the PX-5S standing alone, cuts it in a cover band. I would love that to change. If I could gig with a single board and cover Hammond parts as well as piano parts at a high level, I would be in synth heaven. (I am tired of crappy Hammond sounds on boards with great piano sounds; can't Casio steal away a programmer that really knows how to nail the Hammond sound?) That is the idea behind the Roland VR-730 although I am sure that the piano sounds will not be as good as those on the PX-5S. I realize that many of us use two boards because we want piano action on the bottom and synth action on the top. Sometimes, I just want one light and compact board that can do it all. In summary, I am hoping Namm 2018 will be the year of the keyboard and Casio will be part of the excitement by releasing a great replacement for the PX-5S. It is time.
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    Version v.1


    A modified violin tone. I tried to emulate finger vibrato on the strings. This works well for slow music.
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    Rip the CD to your computer (rip setting format - wav) using a media player application. Locate the resulting wav files and rename them using this format "TAKE00.wav", "TAKE01.wav", etc. Copy the wav files to USB thumb drive placing them in a folder named "AUDIO". Now it will play on the PX-350.
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    Casio MZ X500 and Roland FA-06 Thoughts? I can not afford everything. This is just what I noticed while weighing my options.
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    Surprised this thread hasn't generated more interest. I'm also trying to make this buying decision. For my needs, they both have very similar features and unique strengths. I've rated with exclamation points: != cool feature !!= want it, tempting !!!= want and need, almost must-have Pluses for the FA06: ! - Sub out, could see using this for the click in the band !! - Been out longer, many bugs fixed, larger user base sharing patches, more units available used, more reviews to base buying decision on ! - More extensive FX available ! - 16 patch combi capability !!! - 6 knobs with matrix for easier tweaking, more extensive controller keyboard routing ! - 2 sound modifier buttons above pitch/mod Pluses for Mz-x500: !!! - Powerful speakers that project to player and audience! ! - Arranger capabilities !!!- Velocity sensitive pads! ! - Separate mod and pitch wheels ! - 9 drawbars !! - Potentially better keybed. Have played the FA06 and it has a weirdly short key travel, not great feeling. I could live with it if it was overall a better board for my needs Beyond that, a lot of the capabilities overlap. I've got a Nord Stage that satisfies immensely, but I have no sequencer, pad, arpeggiation, chord memory, sampler, etc., all of which I choose to do with no computer involved. I do want to control my IPad music apps with a controller keyboard. Sounds are really important to me; I tend to play a lot of bread and butter sounds, all of which the Stage does superbly to my ears, but with a 2d keyboard I could get more pads, synths, orchestral, etc., though sometimes I wouldn't have the Stage with me, so whichever keyboard I buy would have to satisfy for bread and butter as well. I've had the Casio WK7600 for awhile now, and can easily say the sounds do NOT satisfy. They're OK, but that's a big hesitation for me, would the MZ be a significant upgrade? Life is too short to play mediocre sounds, esp now that I've got a great sound system (QSC K10). I'd like to be able to build up simple compositions easily with the sequencer, and create great drum patterns that can be easily triggered. Some of the capabilities like chord memory, sequencer loop recording, etc., I won't know until I've got it if I'd actually use it. I could potentially use the arranger features on the MZ, but I generally get instantly bored with repeating patterns and the quality of the accompaniment I hear on arrangers. In the band I'm in the leader wants to incorporate SOME EDM, so that's a consideration as well. We're primarily a rock/pop band, this would just be an addition for some songs. I also INSIST that whatever board I buy is user friendly. Whaddayatink? Randy
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    Version 1


    A great piano edited!