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  1. 2 points

    New guitar tone.

    Hello guys! I made some mixes and inserted some effects into some guitar tones for MZ-X500. Try it out! GUITARRA.ZTN
  2. 2 points

    Slider Levels and Customization

    1) Regarding sliders and levels, do the sliders utilize "catch" (slider has to pass through preset value to become active) or "jump" (slider value immediately jumps to slider position when it is moved)? It would be nice if this were a setting option for each Tone that uses sliders. 2) I believe Hex Layers specifically engage the sliders to control each part of the Hex Layer Tone? Do the part names of each part appear so that one can EASILY identify which part is being controlled by the slider? 3). Can any of the sliders be set up to always control Upper 1, Upper 2, Lower 1, Lower 2? Going into the "Balance" sub-menu and adjusting is cumbersome and difficult to do live. (Maybe using registration)?
  3. 2 points


    Here is a video showing the keyboard locking up when trying to play an audio recording after it has been successfully created. Most of the time it is necessary to physically unplug the keyboard to clear the fault. Rarely, on occasion, if the power button is depressed for an extended period that will clear the fault. I should also say that I have installed the latest OS Update. Here is a link to Youtube video:
  4. 2 points
    The XW-P1 remains one of my all time favorite instruments. I have actually spent a lot of time with it recently as one of our artists, Steve Weingart will taking his XW-P1 on tour with David Sanborn. The XW-P1 has an amazing quality and character that fits in perfectly with other instruments (including our own PX-5S and PX-560). I also was exploring areas of the XW-P1 such as its HexLayer section which are actually remarkably different sounding than the versions in the PX-5S, PX-560 and MZ-X500. I've tried to recreate many sounds on the PX-5S that I have on the XW-P1 and they simply don't sound the same at all. The XW-P1 also has several other advantages in its wide selection of waveforms that only exist on the XW-P1. Probably the biggest weakness of the XW-P1 is the onboard DSP effects. I find myself using pedals and other outboard gear with it and it is simply amazing.
  5. 2 points

    XW-P1, A modern ARP Quadra?

    I hope you give us an update after you get your XW-P1, on how its similar to the Quadra.
  6. 2 points

    Midi File Player

    I've answered my question: the blue looping box was invariably showing red, hence continuous play ! One lives and learns !!
  7. 1 point

    How to set default values to knobs 1,2,3

    The 3 knobs can only be saved in registrations. You cannot save them globally. To set the 2nd set tap 2 and choose a controller and proceed as the 1st. Just remember that both controllers will be affected when you make adjustments.
  8. 1 point
    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
  9. 1 point

    SAMPLES with Loops and ADSR System

    Decay time key follow is only available in hex layer tones of the MZ-X500.
  10. 1 point

    Pattern edit

    opposite Casio thinks that we are all programmers not musicians while other manufacturers have less respect for us they treat us like dummies and explain everything so we can do music 😀
  11. 1 point

    Need help with my Casio Privia

    If you use headphones with an 1/8 inch (3.5mm) to 1/4 inch stereo adapter, make sure the adapter has not been left in one of the PHONES jacks. An adapter left in either one of the PHONES jacks will cut off the speakers. If that is not the problem, plug in a set of headhones and check for sound from them. If you get sound through the headphones, but not through the speakers, insert the headphones into each of the PHONES jacks several times, in case the speakers/phones switch in either of the jacks is stuck. If this does not resolve the problem, see Page E-24 of the manual to ensure that the Back-up feature is turned off, then power the PX-150 OFF/ON. When the PX-150 is powered ON with the Back-up feature off, all settings are reset to their initial factory values. If this does not resolve the problem, the PX-150 will most likely need to go to a service center for repair. There is no "MUTE" feature on the PX-150, other than just turning the main volume knob all the way down - BTW - have you checked that? Sorry, I should have asked THAT first.
  12. 1 point

    Pattern edit

    Hi, haven't tried this advanced stuff yet on my MZ-X (hey, its only been eighteen months), but there's a lot of info in the tutorial manual .
  13. 1 point

    Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    I thought it might be helpful to start a Topic that everyone could add their "wish list" ideas for the next MZ-X500 (MZ-X600?). It seems that there are a lot of requests out there (some software, some hardware) but they're scattered across several threads. I'll put a few of my ideas and others can add theirs. Obviously, each of these are individual desires or preferences and may not be right for everyone. Also, a few may already be on the board, but I was unsure (marked with ??); sorry about that and I appreciate any friendly education. Some ideas will add cost to the board, but that's ok. Just like other manufacturers, Casio could make both a 76 key AND a 61 key for the budget conscious. Hopefully, Casio is already prepared with the next MZ release for NAMM 2018. So here's my wish list. What's yours? - 76 keys (semi-weighted) - better screen resolution - bigger screen .... PLEASE - iPad integration (less menu diving, and Casio wouldn't have to change the screen). - Bluetooth connectivity for iPad. - more assignable knobs - fluid motion on knobs instead of detented clicks. (just my preference) - allow customization for "range of knob" to control full range of parameter; i.e. rotating knob from 7 o'clock to 5 o'clock position changes value from min. to max. - sliders (and knobs) programmable for either "catch" or "jump" option. (catching current value before change or jumping to value when moved). - vocoder (Oh yeah) - vocal harmony option (Oh yeah, in triples) - separate DSP for vocal channel. (??) - add additional Tone and Rhythym group name buttons (currently 8 and 8) instead of combining them into one category. This will make navigating to a Tone or Rhythym way easier. - allow custom naming of banks and registrations for easier retrieval. - create a "favorites" where you can add and recall favorite Tones or Rythyms, by name, quickly. (Registrations kind of do this, but registration changes alters the patch remain and also recalls the entire keyboard setup.) - the ability to assign and customize slider control over ALL levels and balances. (??) - assignable slider control of "layers" and "split" Tones. (Upper 1,2, Lower 1,2) - with Hex Layers, display the specific name of the voice associated with a specific slider in the mixer control. - more onboard memory (256 MB is a little small for some and memory is cheap) - "dynamic rhythym" option that follows players tempo and volume. (Yamaha PSR does this and it adds so much expressiveness) - improve the "Full Range" keyboard chord recognition and responsiveness. Currently, Casio cannot recognize an octave with a fifth. (See Yamaha PSR) - improve the manual, going into more detailed and thorough descriptions of features. - improve "patch remain" to hold previous patch, even through Registration changes or Tone DSP changes. - allow patch/tone remain when switching between Hex Layer Tones, or when switching from Hex Tone to regular Tone. Switching between Hex layers in the "Main" panel works, but not within the Hex Layer sub-category or changing registrations. - add additional "Intro" and "Ending" - Finally, pay Ralph Maten, Mike Martin, Brad MZ a lot of money to personally conduct MZ-X500 webinars.
  14. 1 point

    Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    Tson, you're right. but the posts about Casio's support of the MZX are also spot-on and relevant: This is a very complex instrument with many different (ideally interconnected) capabilities and Casio has supported it hardly at all. it seems to me the company either signals its commitment to this product line w/ explanatory materials (tutorials, step by step instructions, whatever) as well as OS updates. or it doesn't. right now, Casio is not listening to its arranger customers. it seems like wasted effort to make wish lists for a product that may already be abandoned. we'll know by NAMM.
  15. 1 point
    I would guess because the natural decay time for say C0 is much longer than C6. My question for the OP would be what's wrong with the factory pianos? ;-) I think they're pretty good for this class keyboard, can't compare with my Kronos 2 SGX-2: piano synthesis engine with 12 level velocity switching, but the X500 does OK with 4. (Edit: I originally said 5)
  16. 1 point
    Nothing yet for the PX-560 but there is a MIDI implementation document for the MZ-X300/X500. You can find it here: http://support.casio.com/storage/en/manual/pdf/EN/008/MZX_midi_imple_EN.pdf Since these two keyboards are close to being the same "generation" there is likely to be (but by no means guaranteed to be) similarities in their MIDI implementations, especially seeing that the PX-5S also uses many of the same MIDI commands as revealed in its own MIDI implementation document (I have actually compared the two documents closely). Between them, those two documents should help your experimentation should you choose to try. We might just grow old waiting for Casio to release a MIDI implementation document for the PX-560. (PS. I tried to paste a direct link to the document when I initially replied on my iPad using Safari but it was turned into an image of the title page that did not take me to the PDF when I clicked on it. On my PC using IE, Chrome or Firefox, the image was not visible at all, just some linkless text. But I can - and did just now - add the direct link using the PC. Weird.)
  17. 1 point

    PX-360 max USB memory stick size?

    I own a 350. It was too difficult to split and layer. The 360 is SO much easier. I got my 360 last week and love it!!
  18. 1 point

    Logic x wav

    No problem lads....sorted.
  19. 1 point

    MZ X500 Firmware wish list

    I see there is a new generation wishlist for the MZX models. I wanted to create the same idea here specifically for the current model MZ X500 and possible firmware updates that users would like on board. I have to gather all my ideas and post them here in comments. Please feel free to do the same, thanks!
  20. 1 point
    Amado Jose

    Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    Of what use these desires if the instrument hangs, can not handle, first we have to think about the correction of the bugs
  21. 1 point

    My first set of MZ-X500 Tones

    Hello all! I've just published on my blog a set of tones I made for my own pleasure, this keyboard is so fun to play! The tones uses the internal samples so no precious memory is wasted. You can download and audition the tones one by one; individual downloads as well as a single package are provided. Let me know what do you think. Here is the link P.S.: later I will upload a copy on the download section and a one on the official facebook page
  22. 1 point
    I was perusing Casio's annual report for 2016 and found this very interesting statement from the Casio CEO: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "In the electronic musical instruments business, we will endeavor to develop new markets by marketing instruments at high price points, especially our full-featured pianos and high-quality keyboards. Specifically, we will market instruments to specialty musical instrument stores and music schools, and we will expand sales of keyboards in North America and Europe." Kazuo Kashio Casio Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is great news! More high-end digital pianos and keyboards for pros and "prosumers".. next gen versions of the current line up or all new instruments??? . By the way, this is also good for the casual user; the tech from the flagship models usually end up in mid-range instruments eventually, often in a more limited form. We're already seeing this with the Celviano AP-700: it has the three piano samples from the Grand Hybrid series. Go Go Casio!
  23. 1 point
    Hi, I’d like to say thank you for the great information shared in this forum. There is one thing for which I couldn’t find an answer: is there a way, when a rhythm is selected, to automatically set the default (recommended) tempo for that rhythm? It seems that the rhythms you select use the tempo that is already set (for example by a previous rhythm) and the only way to set the recommended tempo for the new chosen rhythm, is to use the one-touch function or press both the tempo buttons, meaning that, to have a rhythm play at its recommended tempo, one have to change the tempo manually every single time a rhythm is chosen (unless one wants to set a specific tempo and have all the rhythms play at that tempo). There is one more thing that I’d want to know: the use of the sliders to control hex layer tones. When a new tone is selected, it’s necessary to move the sliders to hear all the parts of the hex layer. If the sliders remain in the same position as the previous tone (or all up/down) only some of the parts are heard. Is there a way to put the sliders in a “default” position (e.g. all up) on which it’s possible to hear the full hex layer tone for all tones, wihout having to move the sliders for each and every tone selected to hear all the parts? Thank you
  24. 1 point
    Rick Sterling

    My first set of MZ-X500 Tones

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing these!
  25. 1 point
    Silvano Silva


    Many endorsers do not have new videos here. I already think it's they're jumped out.. We were abandoned. And Casio does not give us a position.
  26. 1 point

    XW-P1, A modern ARP Quadra?

    Ever since I first saw the XW-p1 and read it's feautures, I've always kinda thought of it as a modern Arp Quadra of sorts. anyone have thoughts on this?
  27. 1 point
    Thank you for the support and assistance, Brad, Mike and Joe! A big thank you to Mike for posting the file on Dropbox. It downloaded quickly and I was able to get my board up and running just in time for rehearsal! The problem might actually be something with my browser like you guys said. Small (and usually large) files download quickly but every once in a while, bigger ones get stuck. Thanks again, guys! You were my lifeline just in time!
  28. 1 point
    I'll put it on dropbox but confirmed that the link from the Casio site works perfectly. https://www.dropbox.com/s/l8p6ktk3zbkqhj7/PX-5S_Updater-1_13_141001.zip?dl=0
  29. 1 point
    I don't have the data allowances or speeds to download or upload a file that size. I always need to use my local library wifi to download the updates. Perhaps try a different browser or faster connection. Meanwhile, I'll see if I can find help for you.
  30. 1 point

    Versatile Tones / Articulations / Realism

    ....including this other WOW! factor: Yamaha PSR-S970 (61 keys): £1,737 Bax shop Casio MZ-X500 (61 keys): £680 Bax shop
  31. 1 point
    I'd like to make this thread a sticky. Mike Martin has produced a number of live clinics over the years following the introduction of the XW synths in 2012. The most recent was uploaded to YouTube in early 2016, four years after introduction. That's just one of the many ways Mike went above and beyond to support the XW series. Mike's support for all of Casio's products is one of the reasons I recommend them. I personally found these clinics, several of which I attended live, quite helpful, especially when the machine was new to me. They are organized below from earliest to latest according to their upload date on YouTube. Note: Even if you have a XW-G1 there are things in the XW-P1 clinics that will apply to your G1. Likewise the clinic on the XW-G1 discusses many things that also apply to the XW-P1.
  32. 1 point
    The guitars do have various nuances like body slaps, muted picked strings, fret slides, string noises and various other sounds. These are triggered by velocity and by keys outside of the normal range for guitar. For example, some guitar tones have velocity triggered fret slides.
  33. 1 point

    PX-560M arpeggio in a band

    I was hoping someone with a PX-560 would confirm for you. I don't have a PX-560, but an MZ-X500 which is similar. On that model it is possible to use the mixer to adjust pan on part 8 where the metronome plays from. To double check for you, I asked about it in the recent PX-560 live clinic. It turns out the PX-560 cannot do this. Here is the clinic in case you're interested in other options. https
  34. 1 point

    Pad fade-in / out

    Agree, a fade for pads would be very useful. Sometimes I will have 3 pads looping and at the end of the performance I have to remember the best sequence for turning them off as the volume fades. Usually this is acceptable if I start turning them off sequentially just before the downbeat when the volume reaches about 50%. Another option is to just manually fade using the volume control if you don't have to play a repeating outro. Look forward to your results from experimenting with an external controller
  35. 1 point

    PX-560M arpeggio in a band

    I am one of the admins of the group. It appears Facebook removed your post from the group. I commented on it yesterday but now it's gone. As for metronome panning, it can be done with the mixer screen on the PX-560.
  36. 1 point

    PX-560M arpeggio in a band

    Here is a link to the main support center for both the PX-560 and PX-5S, it's a Facebook group. If you're on Facebook, please join and ask more questions there. Ask the same things you asked here. You will get much more help there than here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Casio.Px5s/
  37. 1 point

    PX-560M arpeggio in a band

    I'm definitely no expert, but I would say probably not very easily. I only poked around the the Balance, System Setting and Mixer menus. Nothing stands out as an obvious way to route anything to the headphone that isn't also going to go to the line outs. However, under the Mixer menu you can pan individual tones L and R. I suppose you could use a simple drum pattern instead of the metronome, maybe just a bass drum, and pan that to the L, then pan whichever tone you want to use with the arpeggiator to the R and send that to your mixer.
  38. 1 point

    CGP 700 Sound Disappointment

    Recently came back from Vegas. I saw that local musicians are using a lot cheap Yamahas and Privia. Just want to share some experience I had: I was passing by a bar in my resort I heard excellent piano. I knew that bands are changing every night, so I stopped to look inside - who is playing and most importantly what he is playing on. Hah. To my surprise it was one person, playing on Casio PX 360. The sound was just like a concert grand piano. Awesome !!!
  39. 1 point

    MZ-X' PDF manuals on tablet?

    I have all my manuals as pdf files on android tablets, Windows laptops and Motion (Windows) tablets. Very readable and pages can be selected right on the touchscreens as well as scanning through pages with finger gestures in Android and pen swipes or cursor buttons on Motion tablets. I've tried many pdf readers and writers for both Android and Windows platforms. Adobe Acrobat still seems to be easier to work with on Android tablets although there are many usable alternative apps including the ebook readers some of which read pdf and some of which don't. Currently I am using Foxit Reader with Windows 7 since Adobe Acrobat IMO for windows has become rather "bloated" although it is still considered the standard for reading pdf files on a Windows machine. There are also a few usable alternatives for Windows machines aside from Adobe and Foxit reader. For example, the Firefox browser allows for reading pdf files directly without needing any additional software for Windows. I don't think the Android version of Firefox has the same capability but I don't use it so I'm not sure. One more detail-I will read pdfs with small tablets and even a larger screen smartphone (I use 6 inch screens) but for android I find it easier to read with a 10 inch screen-I use a Dragontech 10" which is probably the best inexpensive tablet I've ever owned (check *bay). But my Motion 12" screens will show more of a complete page without having to scroll around. Hope this helps!
  40. 1 point

    MZ-X' PDF manuals on tablet?

    1.Yes, navigate with finger 2.🤔 3.Yes SD card transfer
  41. 1 point

    Hex & Solo XW-P1

    This is really great. With a little tweaking, I've done lots of songs with this set. Thank you.
  42. 1 point

    Initial thoughts on MZ-X500

    MZ is a Corvette guys.
  43. 1 point

    Version 1.0.0


    NOTE: No voicebox sound that is used in song intro was attempted here. Octave 6: Arpeggio 16th notes (you must be play it though). The envelopes cuts off the notes quickly to get that mechanical arpeggiated sound, and it's also easier to play well. Octave 5: Polysynth quasi brass shots. Octave 3: String-Voicy, used for chords in middle verses.
  44. 1 point


    I have really enjoyed using the PX-560. I greatly appreciate Mike Martin and the other people who have uploaded PX-560 sounds to share. I also appreciate PianoManChuck's numerous videos. At the moment there seems to be a lot more PX-5S sounds available from this forum, but I am hoping more PX-560 users will add to the collection. Any ideas if Casio may release more too? Thanks.
  45. 1 point

    Version 1.0.0


    I've probably spent more time on this Stage Setting than any other. This is a 4 zone Stage Setting set up as follows: Zone1: Strings Zone2: Pad Zone3: Synth Arp Zone4: Piano Sliders 1-4 correspond to volume of each of those. It starts with the volume of zones 1-3 set to 0. Slider 5 is a wonderful stereo panning delay for the piano part. What makes this Stage Setting different is the way each of the parts are voiced. This Stage Setting is "radio ready" or performance ready in that it utilizes a narrow amplitude dynamic range while still remaining remarkably expressive. Pedal 2 is an essential element of this Stage Setting as it is set up to toggle the filter. This allows this Stage Setting to breath. This is an especially unique and powerful aspect of the PX-5S. Enjoy.
  46. 1 point


    Who of us PX-560 owners on this board can or would consider themselves as experts on the Casio PX-560? As as for me; I'm just beginning to learn piano myself, and have only owned a 560 for less than a month. Also, keep in mind that this is primarily a users forum, and that Casio engineers and techs probably don't visit very often. Except for Mike Martin, who wears multiple hats, and is very busy in many areas within Casio. We, as PX-560 owners/users/experts are probably small in number, and even fewer have the skill sets to answer complex questions that have been asked of us. My main point is, we should proceed to build up a database of FAQ's, uploads, registrations, hex layers, and other settings ourselves. We have been given an area for uploads. Somebody's got to do it. LOL.
  47. 1 point


    We can probably populate that download area or another area ourselves if we come up with some keyboard settings we like, and want to share them. Our favorite keyboard setups/settings can be stored in registrations, on USB drives, and (if permissible by admin site rules) also be sent online here for folks to use. So until then, I will be watching some superlative YouTube PianoManChuck videos. .
  48. 1 point

    Damper pedal problems

    This tells me you are going to stage settings where the pedal is programmed to do other things. For example, factory organ stage settings have the pedal set to adjust rotary speaker speed.
  49. 1 point

    9 Drawbar Organ

    Do this on the front panel of the px5 and it will show the dsp parameters by name in the target list. The editor will not show the names like this. Select the zone with the organ tone/rotary dsp using the zone +- buttons. Press edit>stage setting>common edit>pedal 1>set it to toggle and not momentary> edit target>choose SPEED fast/slow Make sure pedal 1 is off in the other 3 zones. Edit>stage setting>zone>controller>pedal 1>off (use the zone +- buttons to change zones)
  50. 1 point

    Mixer/sequencer volume settings

    The best way to do it is to select ALL and then lower the volume or raise it. This will adjust all 16 tracks at once. Then select track 1 and adjust it alone. For example if the sequencer is too loud then turn down all 16 channels using ALL and then grab channel 1 alone and bring it back up. Don't know how well that would work for adjusting live.