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  1. 16 points
    This question was just asked on another forum, it is worthy of a sticky. The PX-5S does something unique when it comes to the Stage Settings. Other companies may calls these Performances, Setups or Registrations but the concept is the essentially the same. What makes the PX-5S unique is that tones themselves are stored within the Stage Setting. Here is the basic concept. You're performing and you need a particular sound, lets say its a rhodes. So you go to the tone section and find one that responds basically the way you want. This song requires an effect so you add one and adjust to taste. So you've made a Setting for a specific song. Most keyboards would require that you save the tone separately - which adds a different level of confusion at times. So many of the Stage Settings are like this, we've taken the ingredients (tone)- then customized the controls and effects. When you save the Stage Setting, all stuff that is supposed to go with it stays with it. This makes it very easy to share Stage Settings too. Now while you're creating a Stage Setting and you think...oh I might use this later for something else, you can choose to save the tone as well independently of the Stage Setting. This will allow you to load it in to another Stage Setting, perhaps on another zone. If not you may have a tone that only exists within a Stage Setting.
  2. 12 points
    Seriously? Seriously? A dozen hours of video tutorials. Hundreds of free sounds. The last few have been MAJOR improvements over stock sounds (Strings, Organs, Guitars). There have already been 3 firmware updates. A GM of Marketing that is directly involved with users groups. You say Casio is not listening? The first two firmware updates in particular are directly related to user feedback. Name one company that is anywhere close to as engaged with their customers? Seriously? I'm truly blown away by your comment. The reality is this. There are no bugs with the PX-5S. It has more features today than when it was released. It has an constantly growing library of sounds that far exceed the sound and quality of the factory presets. There are nearly monthly online video how-to clinics and other videos and support content. There is a MIDI Designer App for the PX-5S in development too. We could all write a wish list that goes on for pages that have things we'd like to see in new firmware. There are other things that we all know aren't physically possible. Work on adding more things to the PX-5S keeps the R&D team from developing new products. I'm not saying there will or won't be another firmware update, however no one should ever buy an instrument for something it doesn't do on the day they purchase it.
  3. 12 points
    Hi everyone, I'm glad I found this forum! This is my first post here and I'd like to start by sharing my experience with Casio. As a teen back in the 80's, I fell in love with synthesizers. I had been studying piano since I was 5 and although I enjoyed playing the piano, synths were amazing. I think "Howard Jones" was a major "culprit" in whetting my appetite to get a synth, and after a lot of peskering, my folks gave in. I originally wanted a Roland, probably because that was one of the main synths I saw popular rock artists using on stage, and the place where I was studying piano at the time had a used Juno 106 come through. I thought it was a Godsend, but after a weekend of thinking about it (my mom insisted I be patient, after all, it was a big expense back then), when I got back on Monday it was gone! Well, I then started considering the new CZ-1000 that was in the shop. I knew it would be fun, and although I didn't consider it a "serious" synth (I had friends around me buying everything but! Yamaha, Roland, Korg..). Maybe it was desperation, I don't know, but I bought it. Waveforms and LFOs and everything else was pretty new to me, but I had fun tweaking. Maybe too much fun. And I discovered that the 8-stage envelopes for filter, pitch and amplitude were a head above the other "professional" synths that were out there. (Heck, even the DX7 didn't have stereo output!) Then, I met a guy at the place where I worked, Tom, who had a CZ-101. So we decided to get together with our keyboards one weekend. After that weekend, we decided to meet again and share what we had come up with. My friend absolutely amazed me with the sounds he had come up with! One was a trickling water-type sound; another was an emulation of the "Baba O'Reilly" intro. Another was a pretty impressive helicopter sound (not the cheezy stuff I had heard in the past). I began looking at my CZ-1000 in a different light. This thing had power. In fact, I began "wowing" some of my friends who had other synths, as they couldn't reproduce the sounds (like the trickling water) that I was able to show them. (I even came across an ad about a "modulation strip" that could be soldered to the CZ-1000 to give mod wheel capability. So I got it, and my best friend (his name is Mike Martin! lol) gave me a hand in adding it. COOL!) ---- Well, time went by. I sold my CZ, which I now thoroughly regret. It was in good shape, but I thought the money was more important at the time. It wasn't. The money wasn't worth the synth. --Big mistake.-- With it, I sold several cartridges, and all the sounds it could make that I've never seen people post, even on YouTube. A true "love affair" ended. ---- Since 2001, I own a Yamaha Motif 8 that I enjoyed for a while, but I'm much more fascinated by tweaking waves than playing samples. (Yes, it's tweakable, but not the same world, imo.) Then I began exploring softsynths, and in particular, linux-based synthesizers, as I use only linux now. So I use the Motif as a controller now, and it does a good job for that, weighted keys and all. -------- Still, I certainly miss the CZ. I've recently made a website where I'm showcasing linux-based synths, and I was finally able to tweak the trickling water sound my friend Tom had created back then. I did it on a softsynth called amSynth. I called the sound "Mr. Tom" in dedication. What he could do, I've never seen demonstrated on any Casio demo, which is sad. Still to this day, I think that synth series wasn't given the attention it should have. Especially the CZ-1, with all the capabilities the CZ-1000 didn't have. Lots of powerful features there. Unfortunately, sampling arrived on the scene and changed the tide. But I still love tweaking, probably now more than ever. Lots of info out there to learn from, and I'm now doing my part participating in the virtual synth arena. (How I wish I had had Internet back in the 80's, to show the world what my CZ could do!!!!) End of rant... If anyone is curious about the trickling water sound (as well as an emulation of the CZ "Brass Ens. 1" start-up patch) or about linux-based softsynths, feel free to visit me at: http://amsynth.com In my humble experience, Casio is where it all started. I think the vision was good (and Tom should've been hired as a sound designer!). It's just sad that more attention wasn't given to it when it first came out. Fortunately, I do see some passion re-ignited for these 80's synths. Maybe they'll re-make the CZ line, perhaps with a few more "modern" features, but maintaining the same traditional structure? I'd certainly consider the purchase if they did! To me, the CZ line was as unique as the Moog or Prophet. Love to hear anyone's comments! brian
  4. 11 points
    Here are some rules we're establishing to keep things fun around here. Rules adapted from the ones Stephen Fortner at the MusicPlayer.com forums established: 1. Please refrain from ad hominem attacks. This is when someone attacks another person's character, personality, politics, religion, sock mismatch, etc, instead of simply offering reasons against the truth of their claim. 2. Three things its best not to discuss are politics, religion, and the Great Pumpkin. I don't want to be too restrictive, so please feel free to discuss the Great Pumpkin! Seriously, it may come up that people want to talk about a certain news event, and do so with their fellow keyboarders. If it turns into a Democrats vs Republicans (or any other "vs") thing, though, moderators reserve the right to delete it. Things just get too uncivil too quickly. 3. Profanity. Please use common sense to keep this forum as work-friendly and kid-friendly as possible. Many corporate and school firewalls automatically block sites based on scanning for cuss words, and we all want to evangelize keyboard-playing to as many people as we can. 4. Discussing specific pricing We request that members not post about any specific retailer in regards to pricing of gear/great deals they got, etc. Here's why: We will get people coming here trolling for sales...some people will even stoop so low as to pretend to be just another end user who just wanted to share the news about this cool store they bought their gear at, or some wonderful salesguy that they thought all of us should know about... Consequently, we try and keep info about specific pricing/retailers off the boards. 5. Selling New or Used Gear. There are plenty of other places to do this 5a. Selling "Sounds", (custom stage settings & registrations). We are a sharing-based community and take pride in the fact that we all give and take freely.
  5. 11 points
    I purchased a used Casio LK-280. It looks like it is in great shape. No signs of physical damage of any kind. All other features seem to be working great, except for the keyboard keys not lighting up. I've gone through the manual, page by page, to no avail. Reset it according to factory default settings (pg 8), nothing happened. Held down the function key for several seconds, able to see the feature on the LCD screen that indicates keyboard light is on or off. I tried both on and off, and nothing changed. Does anyone have any suggestions for me to try? I'd really, really love to get this working! Thank you for any ideas you can offer! Richie Rich
  6. 9 points
    File Name: PX-5S Updated ALL File File Submitter: Mike Martin File Submitted: 17 Sep 2014 File Category: Miscellaneous If I could update the factory presets with new ones, this would be my desired set. This keeps about 80% of the original Stage Settings and adds many of the new ones including the new strings and more. The downloadable PDF file shows the list of the Stage Settings. Those in BOLD are different from the original factory set. I have also included a number of individual tones (and Hex Layer tones). This aspect of this all file will continue to evolve as I have the time to include additional user tones that I've extracted from the more popular Stage Settings. Keep an eye for updates to this file. Now includes the "Alternate Order" option to have all Stage Settings by category and bank. Bank 0 - Pianos Bank 1 - Electric Pianos Bank 2 - Wurlys Bank 3 - Synths / Leads Bank 4 - Clavs / Harpsichords Bank 5 - Strings / Orchestral / Brass Bank 6 - Organs Bank 7 - Hex Layers / Pads / Synths Bank 8 - Arpeggiated Sounds Bank 9 - Phrase and Arpeggiated Sounds Instructions for loading: This file can only be loaded directly from the PX-5S. The editor can not be used. Put the download file on a USB drive in a folder called "MUSICDAT" Put the USB drive in the PX-5S. Press and hold the MEDIA button the PX-5S for 2 seconds. From the display select LOAD, then scroll down and find ALL from the menu and press ENTER. Use the No/Yes buttons to choose the file you want to load, then press ENTER. Click here to download this file
  7. 9 points

    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.
  8. 9 points
  9. 9 points
    Will powered speakers work coming out of the line out inputs without going through an amp?
  10. 9 points
    My band usually wants me playing electric piano on blues...seems to fit with the otherwise guitar-driven sound we have. I REALLY wanted a gravelly Rhodes sound, but none of the eight electrics quite did it. So, I opted for the one that was most metallic and had the most dialed-in tremelo, the "60s electric piano". One night, I thought I broke my PX-330! We were doing a request: Joy To the World by Three Dog Night. The keyboard was mixed particularly quietly that night, so I found myself beating on it pretty hard. Yay, Casio, it takes the abuse. But my ears went into shock when I heard the perfect metallic clank of a properly played Rhodes - coming from my PX-330! But only for a few notes, then back to the more bell-like tones that are a poor sub. I immediately realized that the patch plays a completely different sample when you strike the keys hard. Not a more aggressive sounding version of the same sample, but it's as if they sampled two completely different instrumenst. Back home I explored it further and confirmed it. Seems that of the "layered" voices, there's one that doesn't fit the rest in that patch...and I wish it were the normal one. I experimented with the touch sensitivity, but no matter how sensitive I set it, my fingers/hands do not have the strength to reliablity coax that unusual sample out of the instrument. On the whole, I'd say the patch is defective. I'd love to see it always sound like a Rhodes, but second best would be always sound like the "60s electric piano" normally does. Is there a software upgrade for this kind of issue, or did I really break it? Thanks, Clums
  11. 8 points
    It's been four months since I uploaded the first version of The XW-P1 Companion - A Guide to the Synthesis Capabilities of Casio's XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer. This is a revision of that document. I have corrected numerous spelling errors and other typos. I can't guarantee that it still doesn't have any but there shouldn't be too many now. I revised the wording in several sections to clarify them, to add the suggestions I received from Brett Myors, and to include the changes I mentioned later in the original XW-P1 Companion thread. I reduced the depth of the chorus effect described in section in the context of attempting to emulate a Solina string synthesizer. The original values in Table 15 were too aggressive. I also added a new section that discusses emulating the dynamics of acoustic instruments. Update: This version has been deleted. See here for the latest revision.
  12. 8 points
    HOW TO GET A POLYPHONIC RESONANT FILTER WITH THE XW-P1 and G1 Many people like me seem to have struggled to understand how to use the XW's resonant filter outside of the Solo Synth section i.e. with polyphonic tones. With a bit of experimenting, I believe I now know how to achieve this. First of all, what confused some people (like me) with a P1, is that you CANNOT use the the Resonant Filter with Hex Layers or the Draw Bar organ. It ONLY works with PCM tones, samples or via sound input into the XW from external sources (i.e. the 6th oscillator). The reason for this is, from what I understand, is that with the P1 you can only have the Solo Synth OR the Hex Layers OR the Drawbar organ at any one time. To be able to use the filter with resonance, you HAVE to have a solo synth tone selected as well as a PCM or sample. This is less of an issue with the G1 as it does not have Hex Layers or Drawbar sections, therefore it can filter any of its sound sources. The instructions below show what I did on my G1, though the same principle applies to the P1. There may be better ways of achieving this, so I don't expect my little guide to be taken as total gospel. This is just how I figured it out. To get a nice filter sweep with a PCM polyphonic tone(s): 1. Select a solo synth tone with some nice sounding filter resonance. For this I chose solo synth tone P004 (MM raw lead). This tone needs to be edited, so you need to save (write) a copy of it to a user tone slot. I used the U023 slot and left the name as it was. Now, the next bit is important depending on whether you want to mix the solo synth tone with the polyphonic tone. If you don't, then you need to press 'Edit', scroll down to 'Volume' and change the level to '0'. Now 'Write' this tone back into the slot and exit back to the main screen/ front page of the XW. 2. Now you need to select the 'Performance' mode, and press 'Edit'. Select 'Zone Parameters', which should take you to Zone 1 (you can have up to four zones). In Zone 1, you need to select the solo synth tone that we edited above for the 'Tone' (select U023 if you saved it into this slot.) Now scroll down to 'Key Range', and select Keyrange Low as the bottom note and Keyrange High as the top note - you just press the corresponding Hi and Low 'C' on the keyboard to do this. 3. Next you need to select your second tone (the polyphonic PCM, or a sample). While still in the Zone 1 menu, just press the 'Part +' button (just below the master volume knob), which will take you nicely into 'Zone 2'. Make sure the first setting (Zone) is set to 'ON'. Select the PCM or sample tone you wish to use - I used P157 (syn-strings1). Now scroll down the menu to get to the 'Key Range' setting like you did above, and select Keyrange High and Low to cover the whole keyboard again. While still in the Zone 2 menu, scroll down until you get to 'DSP Line' and select 'On'. 4. Now hit the 'Exit' button, which will take you back the 'Performance' main menu. Scroll down and select 'Controllers', and for 'K1' select CC74 (Cut off), and for 'K2 select CC71 (Resonance). Exit back to the front screen of the XW 5. If you are happy with these selections, you need to write them into a 'Performance' slot. Hit 'write' and select one of the user slots (I used U-93). All the settings are now stored, and you can instantly recall all the above selections by selecting 'Performance U-93' (or whichever Performance User slot you saved them to). Now it's time for the fun part! Adjust the 'K2' knob to around '114' (don't go too high as the resonance can get a bit overwhelming at higher values), hold down a chord, then sweep the 'K2' knob and listen to the results. You should now have that classic polyphonic resonant filter sweep! On the G1 you can of course select the 'Total Filter' section and use the sliders for the same effect. Furthermore, you can even add a further two tones as their are four possible Zones in total available per 'Performance' . It is possible to have 1 x solo synth tone and 3 x PCM/ sample tones giving you in effect a 'Quad' layer! If you silence the solosynth sound you can have a triple layer, which is still impressive. Additionally, you can also set the filter up so that it does/ does not retrigger with each key press, and also add in the LFO to sweep the cut-off. Some very odd sounds can be achieved by doing this! Important things to remember: On the P1, you cannot use the resonant filter with the Hex Layers or Drawbar sectionsThere is only one global filter, not 6 or 8 like the higher end classic analogues such as the Jupiter 6/ 8, or Oberheim OBX.You can select the filter to re-trigger for each key press, or to cycle/ stay in its current state for all subsequent key presses. You don't get an individual filter per key.By adjusting settings in the 'Mixer' section, you can also get the filter applied to the step sequencer (and I assume Looper) as well. You can filter everything playing, or select which sections you want to go to the filter (this is a very flexible and powerful feature).You can set the zones up so that you have a solo synth bass sound at the bottom part of the keyboard, and polyphonic PCM tones on the upper. When you start adding the arpeggio function as well for the solo synth bass section, you get some great choppy synth sounds when you play a chord in the PCM section and sweep the cut off.Don't expect it to sound quite as smooth or as pleasant as an genuine analogue filter - this is a fully digital synth with a digital filter emulating an analogue filter. It's good, but it's no Jupiter!Be careful with the resonance at high levels - it can be somewhat harsh and can split your ears when you sweep the cut -off. Most importantly, HAVE FUN with your XW and get creating with these new sounds and total filter control.
  13. 8 points
  14. 8 points
    XW-P1 (Gold), WK-7500 and KORG MS-20 Mini
  15. 8 points
    I am a long term member of the keyboard corner forum. I have been a korg snob for most of my life ( though, for piano sounds, I do lust after the Nord and Yamaha lines , not so much Roland ) My main weighted board for the last 6 years has alway been a korg ( started with a sp200 and progressed to a m50 88 ), I still have and adore the sp200 which I believe is korgs own RH2 key bed. Now for a second let me rant about my m50 88, that's an RH3 key bed. This is the only keyboard that I have ever DESTROYED because of its action. I know that there are many documented case of the RH3 key bed failure but believe me this was chronic .... Anyways I digress!.... I frequent these forums quite a lot, some might call me a lurker but I am a gigging musician like most of you, and I constantly search for ways to make my gigging life easier. I obviously had to retire my m50 88. I ' secretly' bought a privia px5s. I cannot begin to explain how much of a paradigm shift this was for me because I honestly had a casio bias. I simply believed the good folk at the keyboard corner and particularly and his approachable nature and honestly, he seemed like a nice guy. Now .... When I played this keyboard I first thought the sound were luscious but in all honesty I thought what's the action like? The I found the parameters to adjust the action/ touch response....... POSSIBLE BLASPHEMY COMMIN...... sweet Jesus, such a keyboard. Multi programmable sliders out the wazoo Price. I live I Ireland and got mine for 850 euro. In Ireland we drink this with family on 1 night out. Bad I know!!!! Best key bed and keyboard I have felt in years Tweakable to the Nth degree Lightweight - I guess around .....11 kg Runs on batteries Sounds Awesome. - I LOVE THIS KEYBOARD. I still use a korg m50 73 which has that terrible action but it's mine and apart from the drop outs ( I may upgrade to a Kronos soon ) I will still use. - midid to my px5s for the time being. In conclusion. If anyone is tempted by this keyboard go and try it you will not be disappointed. Regards. Gavan
  16. 8 points
    Sorry the forum was down today, but the migration to the new server finally happened. Seems ok so far. Let me know.
  17. 8 points
    Naaah...There's not much out there (as far as I know) that you can use to make your own sounds and rhythms. I experimented with a proggie called "stytockf", which converts Yamaha styles to ckf format. I think the brilliant guy that made the proggie gave up along the way, as there were no later versions available. Still, I managed to convert a few acceptable styles - frustrating as the work was - and it's not really something I'd recommend to others, unless you're a whizz at that sort of thing and have plenty of spare time on your hands. Likewise, I stopped making new styles along the way....... But you can still pick it up on the internet - quite free, too - and try it out yourself. If ya make some good sounds, then send them on, huh? Peanut
  18. 7 points
    A lovely song just on casio piano on a quiet night in Cumbria Autumn leaves.mp3
  19. 7 points
    Hi Everyone, I dropped out of these forums a while back. I had simply realized I was spending WAY too much time here and felt I had to quit it cold turkey. I'm popping in now on this the first day of the new year to make what I hope is a significant contribution for XW-P1 enthusiasts. It's a small document called The XW-P1 Companion: A Guide to the Synthesis Capabilities of Casio's XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer. Consider it my late Christmas present to forum members. Many here have complained about the XW-P1 User's Guide. It does its job but that is all. Hopefully, The XW-P1 Companion will fill in some of the blanks you might have in your understanding of the instrument. Note that as its subtitle says it concentrates on the XW-P1's synthesis capabilities. It doesn't say much about other aspects of the XW-P1 such as its step sequencer, phrase sequencer, arpeggiator or the mixer, except as resources for synthesizing sounds. If I had tried to include all of that I would never have finished the document. Even so it's appearing nearly four years after the XW-P1 was introduced. Why so late? I did it in my spare time, which has been exceptionally rare. Next time I'll try to work faster. The XW-P1 Companion is an independent effort done without the explicit involvement of Casio. Hence, any and all errors are my own. If you see any let me know (there are ALWAYS more errors!). You can PM them to me or reply to this post. However, if you feel you have found a factual error please include a way that I can reproduce or validate the correct operation. If you just say "you're wrong about X" without a specific example that illustrates exactly how, I'm unlikely to follow it up since I just don't have the time to experiment. Note: The document has been updated. That revision can be downloaded from the thread "The XW-P1 Companion - Rev 4".
  20. 7 points
    Here are some beat making videos using the Casio CTK-7000 Some 808 Style Beats: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPzB2L5IQq5dKZlh6PfPNE_hIbxlwWuaz Some Swing Beats: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPzB2L5IQq5fZJ9HEtNws27gJF0XHxgWJ Some Urban Beats: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPzB2L5IQq5fv1_gi93eXsF4U3TKaCXen Some Assorted Beats: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPzB2L5IQq5exImcR0VuRYX_ub0DyP6vm Sharing is caring so please feel free to share any of the links. Peace!
  21. 7 points
    Finally figured this one out. I had described in previous posts that I felt the PX-350 keyboard was way too "clacky" and tough to play, as the key action was pretty punishing on the downstroke. I've also read similar from PX5s posts and this might solve your problems too. I thought adding additional felt under the front part of the keys would solve that problem as there is a plastic tab that rests on a thin layer of felt under that part. This didn't work so I "went in" again. Here are pics and details of the parts of the keys that ended up being the real problem, and how I fixed this. I have it all back together, the noise is gone and the keybed now feels remarkably better-I can dig into the keys without feeling like my hands or the keys will be broken apart. I overlooked one major part, and it took a bit of studying with bright light to see what was going on. The PX350 uses an action that is actually similar to a real piano-it has a fulcrum arm made of steel with counterweights. When you hit the key, the fulcrum arm hits a strip of felt on top of the frame under the back of the key, this was the one most offending source of noise. When you release the key, it drops back onto another strip of felt again, in the back, not in the front. This creates the second loud clunk! Here it is: To modify this I added another pretty thick layer of felt under the top part-this made all the difference. Here is a pic of my added strip of felt which I attached with double-sided foam tape{ Even though Casio has a pretty hefty piece of white felt in both locations, I found the factory strips were pretty compressed and this was causing my keys to sound almost as if they were directly hitting the plastic frame, and my PX350 is less than 1 year old. The fulcrum arm is steel with counterweights and is heavy which gives the PX it's piano action, but also apparently puts alot of pressure on these factory-installed felt strips. Thje other place I added a not quite as thick felt strip was under the key frame between the body of the PX and the bottom of the keyframe. The black part is the factory felt, paper thin-I added the grayish-looking piece, much thicker. I did this because this 2nd clunk seemed to come more from the fact that the bottom of the keyframe is directly connected to the plastic body of the PX with no padding in between, so even though there is a thick felt strip the fulcrum returns to when it hits bottom inside the keyframe, it reverberates right through the entire body of the PX! Adding this extra layer between the keyframe and the PX "shell" quieted the downstroke which I also found to be pretty loud on mine. Again, when this felt strip gets compressed from playing, wham! You are going to hear a metal fulcrum with weights clunking down right on the keyframe and using the entire PX to amplify it! Sorry for this super ridiculously long post, but I've spent quite a bit of time trying to solve this problem. Amazing what a difference these 2 changes made, the noise was terribly distracting, especially for quieter classical passages it's making a huge difference. I will create a separate post and embed pictures showing disassembly of the PX for any of you that might be skilled enough ( or insane enough!) to try this. My warranty is so voided, I am probably permanently in the Casio "Hall of Shame" now! OH WELL.....I will post more pics showing my disassembled PX350 in a follow-up post here as soon as i can. Sorry these pics seem small-I uploaded as 640 x 480 but looks like the uploader shrinks them.
  22. 7 points
    6. Do NOT private message Mike Martin directly with a "How to" question. This is especially true if you have never posted a question on the forum. This is forum with thousands of users. Post your question on the forum and it will get answered by users. Then everyone can learn from the answer.
  23. 7 points
    File Name: PX-5S Xtreme Synth Bank File Submitter: Mike Martin File Submitted: 18 Mar 2014 File Category: Synths, Pads, Arpeggios and more Leads, pads, arpeggios and more. A collection of synth sounds programmed by Jerry Kovarsky and Mike Martin Click here to download this file
  24. 7 points
    Now available: http://www.shopcasio.com/product/casio-music-gear-t-shirt-size-medium
  25. 7 points
    Patrick Audio files placed on an SD Card for the XW-P1 are Casio proprietary audio files. They are not Windows standard 16-bit 44.1 Khz wav files, rather they are 42 KHz audio files. They are placed in a hidden partition on the SD Card by the XW Data Editor software, so they can not be seen on the SD Card by Windows Explorer and any audio files just copied to the SD Card with Windows Explorer will not be recognized by the XW-P1. The XW Data Editor software will convert Windows standard 16-bit 44.1 Khz wav files into the Casio proprietary format and install them onto the SD Card, but the files to be converted must be this exact format. So-called wav files with any other format (8, 24, 32 bit / 48 etc KHz sample rate) will not even be recognized by the Data Editor software. Audio files in other formats (including MP3) will need to be converted into the standard 16-bit 44.1 Khz wav format with other third party audio software before the XW Data Editor will recognize them. If you have not already done so, download and install the latest version of the XW Data Editor software from the Casio website onto your PC. Plug an SD Card into the XW-P1 and format it with the XW-P1. You should be able to format it on a PC, but the new Casio boards get a bit picky about formatting when dealing with audio files, so best to be safe and just do it on the board to begin with. That will also automatically create the MUSICDAT folder for storage of other than audio files. Unplug the SD Card from the XW-P1 and plug it into the card reader on your PC. Start the XW Data Editor software. When it comes up, click on "Preference" - the last item in the menu at the left of the Data Editor window. In the "Preference" window, go to the last (bottom) data entry field, entitled "WAVE File Folder Path" and click on the "Browse . . ." button at the right of that field. Browse to the folder on your PC that contains the wav file(s) that you want to convert and install on the SD Card. Nothing will be done to the files on your PC, so you do not need to worry about them. When you get to the intended folder, you will not see the files in it yet at this point. Once the intended folder is showing in the data entry field, click on "Audio" in the menu field, and this should take you to the audio file transfer screen. You should see all of the correct format audio files in that folder listed in the left hand pane. Click on the SD Card icon at the top left corner of the right hand pane and select the correct "drive" designation for your SD Card. Drag and drop the desired files from the left pane to the right pane and the Data Editor will convert them and install them onto the SD Card. You can use the standard Windows SHIFT-CLICK and CTRL-CLICK for dragging and dropping multiple files at a time. Remove the SD Card from your PC card reader and plug it back into the XW-P1. Press the "DEMO / PLAYER" buttons, and when the menu comes up, arrow down to "Audio" and press "Enter". The first audio file should show in the display. Use the data wheel or "- / +" buttons to select other audio files. Press the "START/STOP" button to start or stop file play. When finished, press the "Exit" button as many times as necessary to return to the "Performance" screen. As an interesting side item: for those that have a CTK/WK-7XXX Workstation as well as an XW-P1 or that have friends or colleagues with those workstations - audio recordings of performances on those workstations may be ported directly to the XW-P1 on their own SD Cards and played there, as the audio files for all of those units are the same format. What will play on one, will play on the others, but for audio file sharing, the downside is that the Data Editor or Data Manager software would still need to be used for copying audio files from one SD Card to another, since Windows Explorer can not access them. For the most part, the procedures for handling audio files for all of these units is pretty much the same, it's just that the CTK/WK-7XXX Workstations will also create them.
  26. 7 points
    Behold.. The Pentagon... Casio PX-5S Casio XW-G1 Yamaha DD-55 Roland FA-76 Roland D-50 Weber WG-60 M-Audio Keyrig 49 BOSS BR-800 Roland KC-110 Amp Lava Lamp Various other small sound toys... Not shown (need more stands): Ensoniq SQ-80 Yamaha DJXII The fam heads north in a couple weeks and I will be baching for a few weeks.. plan on setting up my whole rig and making some sonic mayhem. Will post some more pics then.
  27. 7 points
    Hi, since yesterday I am a proud owner of the XW-P1. after some study I created my first Hexlayer, and made this track with this hope you like it
  28. 7 points
    In one of the other threads it was noted that the Privia line has an unbalanced audio output. When feeding professional amplified speakers, mixers, etc., balanced output and balanced cable allows for very long cable runs without hum or change in sonic quality. I own a Radial Pro passive DI box, but that just didn't seem to work right, and I also wanted a dual channel capability because I generally use two amps for the piano or need to feed a monitor and PA sytem. The piano has plenty of output so the matter is strictly that of converting the unbalanced piano outputs to balanced. While there are loads of DI boxes, the lack of info regarding impedance transformation or ratios was disconcerting. My Radial Pro box reduced the levels. Instead, I opted to build my own DI box which proved to be an inexpensive and one evening project. The result is a dual channel box that has eliminated hum, ground loops while converting the outputs as required. The heart of the unit is a pair of Edcor model PC600/600 transformers. http://www.edcorusa.com These are small 600 ohm to 600 ohm transformers that can be wired unbalanced on the input to balanced on the output. They are designed for this use, have a flat frequency response and very low distortion. The transformers are mounted in a 4 x 3 x 1.5" plastic box strapped vertically on opposite sides with a wire tie. Two standard 3 connector 1/4" phone jacks are mounted on each end. The unbalanced inputs are wired: transformer pin 1 to tip, pin 3 to sleeve (pin 2 on the transformer and the ring on the jack are not used). The output or balanced jack is wired: transformer pin 5 to ring, pin 6 to sleeve, pin 7 to tip. In a dual channel box do NOT connect the sleeves of both channels together. If a metal enclosure is used, you must use fully insulated 1/4" jacks. Costs: The transformers are $6.37 each, but with shipping and handling my cost was $28. The four jacks and box will cost you around 15-$18, so for under $50 you have a dual channel matching DI box. One option is to use XLR connectors. That would work in the same size box if you place the transformers on the short sides. The net result is complete hum elimination and the ability to use balanced TRS cables to the powered speakers and the PA. Contact me if you need any other details. Gary
  29. 6 points

    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
  30. 6 points
    I love how easy it is to jam with the px5-s Have a listen chicken feed.mp3
  31. 6 points
    Don't know if this has been posted before: http://generror.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/history-of-casio-keyboards-1/ http://generror.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/history-of-casio-keyboards-2/ Casio clones (say what?): http://generror.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/liwacos-casio-clones/
  32. 6 points
    Here is teaser: http://instagram.com/p/lLnk1VwzN6/# Topics covered: Using the Solo Synth in the Step SequencerController TracksProcessing other tracks THROUGH the Solo Synth Filter & DSP (Yes, Really)
  33. 6 points
    This is the follow-up to the previous post, showing additional photos for disassembling the PX-350. Remember, you void your warranty doing this. And this is not a mod for the inexperienced-the keyframe flexes and can be easily damaged or broken and there are many screws. i documented the procedure as i went through this. There is a total of 50 screws that need to be taken out, all of which can be stripped since the screw anchors are all plastic. Fortunately all the screws are the same size, except the small ones holding the little plastic panels underneath. Just a few additional comments: Every screw must be taken out from the bottom first, including screws that are hidden deeply in the frame and under little plastic covers that must be removed to get to them. There are 2 screws on each side of the end caps (black). These snap out, but be careful you don't break them, they're in pretty tight. Under the end caps there are 2 more black screws on each side holding the speakers to the frame-don't try to take the speakers out until you get these screws out! Here are the speakers. The middle section must be lifted out first-gently as there are many delicate connectors and cables, including the main ribbon cable for the keyboard assembly to the mainboard. I removed this cable by pulling tiny plastic tabs out which loosens the ribbon cable which can now be pulled out. Once that is cleared away, there are three screws at the bottom of the keyframe -these are the only remaining screws holding the key assembly in place. here is a pic of one of these so you know what to look for. All the other screws holding the key assembly were the ones you took out from underneath. Be very careful when taking out the key assembly-it is all plastic, very flexible and pretty delicate-can easily be broken if you don't handle it with "kid gloves". Once this is done, now you can study the keys yourself. Check the pictures in the previous post-you will understand these pics once you have the key assembly in front of you. For the top strip, I used a thick type of black felt weatherstripping from my local hardware store and fastened it with thick double-sided foam tape-use your judgement for this material-I thought it had to be pretty thick to be effective. Too thick and you will not get enough "momentum" with the fulcrum action, too thin it will still "clunk". I had to cut everything to size exactly for this. For the strip between the bottom of the keyframe and the body of the PX, I used a thinner self-stick felt I found on eBleaachh (you know who you are!) Make sure this felt isn't overly-thick as it will create a little more depth when you put the screws back in the bottom that hold this section of the keyboard. While I had it apart, I checked all the internal screws (many needed tightening a bit especially the strips holding the keys in from the top). Also check the speaker screws. I added a little soft foam around the top of the speakers to damp out any vibrations caused by the bare plastic top of the PX since the speakers are open and I thought this might dampen some of the vibrating when playing through the speakers. if you're missing any screws-check the speaker magnets! If you have any particular questions, send me a PM here and I'll do what I can to help. Man I'm tired, this was a wooly bully!
  34. 6 points
    Hi.... I bought my PX-5S several months ago, and started exploring the many facets of this great instrument. I soon realized that I needed an organized system to manage the Stage Settings. (Maybe that's just me.) I had several goals in mind: Familiarize myself with the Factory Stage Settings. (I'm talking about sound, texture, musicality, etc. At this point, I'm not concerned so much about sound design or construction.)Retain the Stage Settings (SSs) that I like, and feel will be useful musically.Label the each SSs so that I can easily find it, play it, edit it, save it, delete it, etc.Other goals I haven't yet discoveredSo I came up with this system. I'm sure there are many ways to do this, and not so sure how this will work out. It's brand new and I'm just starting to use it, but thought I would share it in hopes that it might be useful to others. Generally, the steps I used were as follows: Listen to each SSUsing a spreadsheet (see attached), I color-coded each SS (more on this later)After all 100 SSs were evaluated, using the PX-5S Editor, I deleted those that I did not likeNow, with the new space available, I can download new SSs, or edit and save SSs in available locations.To continue, make sure you have downloaded the Editor, and the very informative Manual. Get familiar with it. It's easy to use and intuitive. Next download the spreadsheet attached to this topic. The spreadsheet contains several "SETS." Each SET is simply a group of 100 PX-5S Stage Settings. SET 1 is the Factory preset. That's what the instrument comes with, out of the box. Personally, I don't like the way SET 1 is configured, in that each BANK contains a sampling of Tones (e.g., Piano, Clav, Orchestral, Synth, etc.). I prefer to have Tones organized by BANK; for example, all Pianos in BANK 0, all EPianos in BANK 1, all Reeds in BANK 2, etc. SET 2 is what's called the Alternate Stage Setting. It contains the exact same SSs as in SET 1, however is organized the way I prefer. It's available for download on this Forum, so I downloaded it into my board. SET 3 started as an exact copy of SET 2. I then listened to each SS, evaluated it, and color coded each one. Here are the meanings of the colors: No Color - keep the SS, I like itYellow - hmm, maybe delete it later; it's ok, so keep for nowBlue - keep it, because it might be interesting to learn about it's sound design....laterRed - delete this one, and free up some spaceSET 4 is what I ended up with after doing the following: Using the Editor, rearrange each BANK by moving up all the keepers (No Color), Yellows, and Blues, and in the process, overwriting the Reds. Now I have open spots at the bottom of each BANKNext, I filled some of the open spots with new SSs that I downloaded from this Forum, and colored them Orange. And finally, any new SSs that I designed myself are Green, and blank spaces are open.SET 4 is the final arrangement of 100 Stage Settings. I can easily see the original Stage Settings, those I may want to delete later, new ones, open spaces, etc. Of course the meaning of what's in each BANK may change, as things get mixed up in time. PX-5S Stage Settings.xlsxPrinting out SET 4 and keeping it handy may be a useful way of easily seeing the big picture. Anyway, I hope this is of some use to you, while you get familiar with this incredible machine! peace... pkd23 PeterD
  35. 6 points
    A preview of what is coming....
  36. 6 points
    Don't know about you but I get so involved in tweaking sounds that I forget to play but thanks to Brad I'm finding programming easier so here is my version of isn't she lovely I did this morning I just used the string bass in logic and the rest on the PX 5s lovely.mp3
  37. 6 points
    Otters playing a Casio keyboard
  38. 6 points
    It is amazing, after about two year's, casio is still putting out good info on their xw series, and tutoriol video's. I dont think i have ever seen a synth company have this kind of involvment and commitment to customer's and product. Of course i also think Mike Martin contribute's greatly to this. Thank you casio, and Mr Martin.
  39. 6 points
    Wow! Wow! Wow! That hex layer sounds amazing. I never imagined it sounded that good. Im like a little kid with a new toy now! The twin brothers are finally reunited again. Amazing!!!!
  40. 6 points
    The PX_5S does have the ability for an expression pedal via MIDI with the Behringer FCB 1010. Plug it into the MIDI port and set it to the right CC. Done and done. They can do other things too, like program change up/down, trigger notes from the 10 switches... plus it has two pedals so you can use one to control filter, resonance, etc. so you can simulate aftertouch.
  41. 6 points
    You will have to turn on midi out for each part. (or usb out if that's your output) Edit > performance > midi edit > scroll down to midi out/usb out > use the part buttons to select the parts while turning on each part's output
  42. 6 points
  43. 6 points
    I took care of the duplicate post. Ditto on everything you said. A year ago at this time, if you would have told me I would soon have 2 new Casio professional keyboards I would have thought you were crazy. What a difference one year can make. As amazing as these boards are, the patient and generous support we get from Mike, Jared and the rest of the Casio team when we're in trouble is priceless. I support companies that support their customers.
  44. 6 points
    Latest pic of my 'set up'. The MZ2000 has had to be temporarily moved so that I can get fiddling with the G1. So now the twins are together - P1 and G1!
  45. 6 points
    There's not much new written about the XW-P1 lately with the exception of posts to the Casio Music Forums. But I did find this and it's an interesting read: http://www.rockshop.co.nz/community/blogs/keyboard-blogs/laboratory-tests-of-the-casio-xw-p1/
  46. 6 points
    Does anyone know where I can try out the new AP-650 near Winston-Salem or Hickory North Carolina?I can not find any stores listed on the where to buy link on the Casio music gear website. Thanks!
  47. 6 points
    I thought it would be interesting to contribute diagrams or descriptions of our setups. Mine is a home studio, and the diagram below illustrates the keyboards/synths that I'm using. I'll get some pics later and include them as well. In this diagram, I've focused on synths and omitted all things guitar as well as all outboard gear. I need to put some things away.
  48. 6 points
    You'll notice at the top of the forum a new tab for Downloads. This will allow you to share custom sounds for your Casio product. At first we have sections for the XW series and PX-5S but we'll get sections for other Casio products added soon.
  49. 6 points
    Hi Dan The PX-5S always operates in Stage Settings. So there is no separate "Tone" mode, or "Performance" mode like we have on say the XW series. Now, since we are always operating in a Stage Setting, the tone category buttons will scroll through tones, but by doing so you are choosing which tone to use for the current Zone you have active within the Stage Setting. When you press EDIT, you'll notice you are prompted to edit either the Tone, or the Stage Setting. This is where the uniqueness of the PX-5S comes in. If you go ahead here and choose to edit the tone, and then make your changes, then press WRITE - you can choose to save the Stage Setting as a whole, which INCLUDES the edits you made to the tone, without you needing to save the tone separately. On other keyboards, to edit a tone, you most likely need to go into the individual "Tone Mode" (or single, or program or any other interchangeable terminology between brands) make your changes, save the tone, then call up your Performance/Registration/Program, bring the new edited tone back in, and re-save the Performance/Registration/Program. Again, by comparison, the PX-5S allows you within a Stage Setting to edit a tone, and save the whole lot in one step. The only thing to remember here though is the edited tone only exists within that particular Stage Setting. So if you would like to access your edited tone within a different stage setting, you would then need to save the tone separately to a User Tone slot. Hope it's starting to make sense!
  50. 6 points
    Contact Casio Tech Support in the country where you purchased the piano. Don't forget if you purchased it with a credit card a lot of cards double the warranty. A good thing to know if it has to go in for repair. http://www.casio.com/support