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  1. 4 points
    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
  2. 4 points

    Firmware 1.14 released

    Hi! The official word from Casio is to do the factory reset. My humble opinion is that requirement is there because it was copied and pasted from some other Casio firmware upgrade instruction manual, not because it is necessary. The factory reset will restore the system parameters to their default factory values and delete all user data as well. But from a technical perspective such data can be fully kept between compatible updates of the system. The keyboard stores the system parameters that are configurable by the user (mixer, EQ settings, main settings etc.) and the user created data (tones, registrations, SMFs etc.). Apart from this data, the keyboard has no need to store any other type of data when turned off. And all internal system variables (sound generator data, oscillator data, counters, etc.) must also be fully reset at least when the system is powered up. So the system after being upgraded can still use all system parameters and user data that were defined with the previous firmware version. A full reset does makes sense if the firmware changed parameters or formats that are incompatible with the ones found in previous firmware versions. A simple example: if a tuning temperament was removed in this version then a reset would be the simplest way to make sure that the existing registrations were not using a temperament that no longer exists. But all parameters and formats in 1.14 (and 1.10) seem to be exactly the same, which would make the reset unnecessary. If there were any changes of this kind then they were not documented! But only Casio could explain if - and why - the reset is really required. As a side note, I also fail to understand why the factory reset option is not just about restoring all system parameters to their original values while keeping the user created data intact. At least, there is no reason to delete the SMF files when restoring the system parameters. Anyway, what makes the factory reset an unnecessarily difficult task for the users who have been using the keyboard's internal memory instead of USB to save SMF files, is the inability to easily save/load (and delete) these files - these are good examples that show how not to design a graphical user interface ;-) The tones and registrations can be easily saved and loaded, and the system parameters that need to reconfigured after the reset are minimal, as most are saved with the registrations anyway. So, the reset should not a big deal if you have no internal SMF files. And maybe that is Casio is requesting the reset. Not because it is necessary but because it should be easy for (most of?) the users. And yes, the power off does does not seem to work anymore as in version 1.10. And unfortunately the metronome bug in version 1.10 was not corrected in version 1.14. It still sounds a beat out of tempo every couple of minutes. I agree that for most the metronome bug is probably insignificant in scope of the overall functionality of the keyboard. But it is rather unacceptable for a digital musical instrument to have a basic metronome that is not working properly! And I do wonder if this metronome timing issue (which seems to technically be an overflow or rounding error) is confined just to the metronome or if it is also affecting everything on the keyboard that depends on correctly timing the tempo and its beats, such as rhythms, the arp, the synchronization of some DSPs (e.g. delay), and playing the SMF files. Anyway, I guess this upgrade is just trying to fix the expression pedal. Better than nothing! It would be grateful if Casio would let its customers know what was actually changed with this upgrade and if there are plans to release any future firmware improvements for this keyboard. Thanks.
  3. 4 points
    Hi Guys and Gals, It has been almost seven months since I last published an update to The XW-P1 Companion, Volume 1. Where did the time go?? This update corrects a few more typos, adds some clarifications here and there (nothing super important that you should bother to hunt for) and adds another appendix, this one describing a method for selecting quickly between up to 16 tones, which I first described in this thread. Since I did add some significant content (the new appendix) I upped the revison number to 3. As always if you find any errors please let me know. Update: The document has been updated. See here.
  4. 3 points

    Initial thoughts on MZ-X500

    MZ is a Corvette guys.
  5. 3 points

    Initial thoughts on MZ-X500

    If you compare keyboards to the cars CTK and WK series are ford Fiesta MZ X 300/500 is ford Mustang.
  6. 3 points

    FINALLY! The day's Arrived!

    How I lasted out I have no idea, but it's "that day" at last!! ( so sorry LOBBARD but I just couldn't bring myself to open it before the day! ). Honestly guys, I am SO genuinely excited I feel like a kid! The next couple of years are just going to be BRILLIANT!! :-) Hope you don't mind but I'm posting a photo of me with the X500, PA300, and my, much treasured, X32! Happy days boys, happy days!! :-) Take care all Chris
  7. 3 points

    I gots me one!

    "... but it'll still be the same song!." ... but embellished by the echo of an empty bank balance. :-)
  8. 3 points

    Duophonic Emulation

    Greetings XW enthusiasts, I’m posting this in the XW-P1 part of the forum even though I believe it will apply equally well to XW-G1 because I think more people will read it here given the far greater number of P1s out there. If you happen to be fortunate enough to own one of Korg’s recreations of the famous ARP Odyssey, or own an original ARP version, you are well aware that it is actually a “duophonic” synthesizer. That is, it is capable of playing two pitches at one time. When two keys on its keyboard are pressed, one of the Odyssey’s two oscillators plays the pitch corresponding to one key while the other oscillator plays the pitch for the other key. “Duophonic” is in quotes because the Odyssey isn’t actually playing two individually articulated notes; both oscillators pass through the same filter and amplifier. I have recently discovered for myself a way to emulate this behavior in the XW’s solo synth. I say “for myself” because I may not be the first to have discovered it. And it may well have been described here already. However, I am aware of only one other post on the matter of duophonic operation. Here’s the method: Program oscillator Syn1 with a KeyFollow value of zero (00) rather than the normal +64 and a KeyFolBase value of C- instead of the standard C4. Program a virtual controller with NoteOnKeyNum as the source, a depth of 127 and KeyFolBase of Syn1 as the destination. Choose whatever wave and envelopes for Syn1 you desire. If you want a simple duophonic sound, program Syn2 with the same wave and envelopes but leave its KeyFollow and KeyFolBase parameters at their default settings. Of course, you needn't use the same wave or envelopes. When you play a key the pitch of Syn1 will correspond to NoteOnKeyNum, which is simply the MIDI note number. The pitch of Syn2 will be identical. When you now play a second note without releasing the first note the pitch of Syn1 will continue to correspond to NoteOnKeyNum. The pitch of Syn2, however, will correspond to the actual pitch of the second key you pressed. This works because, in the case of the synth oscillators (Syn1 and Syn2) the NoteOnKeyNum value they receive appears to always be that of the first key pressed. Hence, pressing a second key does not change the value that Syn1 receives through the virtual controller whereas Syn2 responds normally. (PS. The PCM oscillators don't respond to NoteOnKeyNum in the same way, as it turns out. I initially had hopes of assigning two oscillators to each of the pitches but so far I haven't found a way to do it.) The legato parameters of each of the two oscillators greatly affect how their individual envelopes respond to key presses in this “mode” of operation. There are four possible combinations and each yields a different result; which of them is “right” for a given piece of music will depend on the music. This technique has one major limitation. Since the pitch of oscillator Syn1 depends entirely on the NoteOnKeyNum value passed through a virtual controller, portamento is not supported for it. Turning it on has no effect whatsoever. You can, however, freely apply portamento to oscillator Syn2, which is an interesting effect in its own right. I have uploaded an example. Yes, it really does work.
  9. 3 points

    MZ-X500 Rhythms (set 1)

    Version 1.0.0


    Hi, here are some MZ-X500 rhythms converted from various Yamaha arrangers styles. I own an MZ-X500 and the conversion has been entirely made using the internal instrument's tools without using a PC. I've revoiced wrong instruments, adjusted volumes, re-mapped wrong notes (especially in some drum tracks), and shifted many bass tracks that where too low. I've also adjusted the effects values and the panning to my own personal taste, I hope you will like them In this package you will find some 6/8 rhythms, 8 Beat rhythms and 1 16/8 Ballad for a total of 18 rhythms. Have fun!
  10. 3 points
    (Admin edit: Caution! Installing this ZAL file will delete all user content in keyboard memory. Back up your keyboard to USB memory before loading this file) Installing this content file will give you instant access to even more rhythms and sounds taken from Electro, Dubstep, Hip-Hop or EDM. Installation Before installing the content please check if the firmware of your instrument is updated to version 1.50 . To add the new sounds and rhythms to your keyboard, you’ll need the downloaded installation file as well as a USB flash drive. Your MZ-X500 supports FAT32 - formatted USB drives. If your USB flash drive is formatted for use with another file system, use the Windows formatting function to format it for FAT32 (do not select Quick Format). Download the file MUSICDAT.rar and use an unraring program to unpack the file on your PC. When you have unpacked the rar file, you will have a folder named MUSICDAT containing a file named EDM5b.ZAL. Move the entire MUSICDAT folder and its contents onto the formatted USB drive. With your digital keyboard off, insert the USB flash drive into its USB port. Then turn the instrument on. Select MEDIA on the second page of the MENU screen. Select “Load All”. Select “All” and you will be given access to the EDM5b.ZAL file on the USB flash drive. Select that file and tap “Execute”. At the “Load - sure?” prompt, select “yes” and then wait until the loading process is complete (about two minutes). You can then switch the keyboard off and remove the USB drive. Now restart the instrument... and you’re all set! When you install the EDM5b.ZAL file, 8 sound and rhythm combinations showcasing the capabilities of the instrument will be stored to registry slots. Using the registry to try out a rhythm and sound combination - example Registration memory lets you store setups. You can access the first eight registry slots by simply pressing Registry buttons 1 through 8. Select Registry Slot 1. To start creating impressive sound effects immediately, hold down the Synchro button on the PAD controller and then press PADS 1 to 3, one after the other - afterwards you can let go of the Synchro button. Now start with Intro 1 on the Rhythm Controller by pressing that button; the samples on the PADS are synchronized and will play along in time. Now, for example, you can switch off PAD 2 (press it once) and play around with Variations 1-4 on the Rhythm Controller. Play around with the other PADS to try them out. The content is compatible with firmware version 1.50 (MZX500). You can find more inspirational videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb4JW-1ZqM0&index=20&list=PLdL64PlAKQ8PP1phFV7LOpIB6ZJOZQrh9 MUSICDAT.rar
  11. 3 points
    Scott Hamlin

    Sound quality

    MZ-X500 has a TON of awesome synth sounds, including a new bass synth engine. Combine with the hex layers.. yeah it can sound like a warm analog or a crisp clear digital.
  12. 3 points
    Rick Sterling

    Registration memory

    There is a way to do it by setting the Filter function for the FREEZE Button Go to page EN-40 for details. Go to main menu REGISTRATION and press the FILTER EDIT and set the FILTER to ON for everything except TONE. Now when you press the FREEZE button (lit up) you can change only TONES with the registration buttons.
  13. 3 points

    Firmware 1.14 released

    Hi! I fully agree with Simone. The problems I have found so far are in the 1.14 upgrade : Metronome bug is still there. Seems to be different than the bug in 1.10 but it still does not work. Auto power off does not as in 1.10. I left the keyboard on overnight and it was still on the next day. In 1.10 it powered off after a long 3-4h. MIDI player repeat does not work as expected. The same as in 1.10. This is not necessarily a bug but poor implementation. I have never seen any MIDI player (software or keyboard based) introducing a delay when repeating. The same happens with the MIDI player repeat A-B where one needs to tweak the "ticks" in order to get seamless playback. But as soon as you change the tempo you need to re-tweak the ticks. So, loops and repeats are not working properly. The knobs are now jumpy. In 1.10 the knobs resulted in smooth inputs and smooth output transitions. Now there is a delay or a "jump" between the knob input and the effect on the sound. It seems I am now having some issues with the acoustic pianos (around 40% volume using headphones and not tested with other tones). Nothing has changed in my setup apart from the upgrade to 1.14. Some keys now seem to produce a random stacatto sound regardless of the velocity and the sustain/reverb seems to be non-existent. (seems the sound is bypassing reverb and other DSP effects). This was quite noticeable for me because I was practising the same piano piece before the upgrade and now, after the upgrade, I get this random but very audible sound artefacts where before there were none. Maybe this is a very big coincidence and some of the key sensors are not working properly anymore (my keyboard is 1 year old and some of the middle octave keys are now much more noisy and "clicky" than before and than the upper and lower octave keys, so there is probably some internal wear). Still no MIDI specification. At least an official statement about the feasibility of changing registrations using MIDI. 1.14 introduces no improvements or new features at all (especially from the MZ). This is very disappointing as the 560 is supposed to be Casio's top-range Privia Pro model. At this point I was expecting new tone libraries (especially hex-layers) and rhythms to have been published by Casio. This helps keeping a keyboard model alive for long. This would have been made simpler if it was possible to load user-created tones across models with similar sound engines (this is exactly what happens with most middle and top range models of other brands). If Casio had no plans to improve the 560 then it would have been much better to do like in the other Privias such as the 360 and remove the firmware upgrade feature altogether. This is not about blaming Casio but just a personal matter of having the wrong expectations.
  14. 3 points

    Firmware 1.14 released

    I installed the 1.14 firmware yesterday on my 560 after spending a (long) time copying MIDI files to an USB external device. As BradMZ said, the upgrade itself does not delete the user data. But I performed a factory reset as stated in the upgrade instructions and all user data was deleted as a result. So you should "save all/l" the tones and registrations and save all the relevant SMF files one by one before upgrading. The 1.14 upgrade seems to be just about fixing bugs. It is not clear exactly which problems are corrected because the release note only makes reference to an "improvement" of the expression pedal and to "improvement" of "certain operations". As a side note, correcting bugs is not an "improvement" but simply making a system to behave as expected. I am disappointed because the PX-560 is marketed as being part of the "Privia Pro" series (whatever that means) and I believe it is still the most expensive keyboard being sold by CASIO apart from the Celviano GP series. So, I was (wrongly) expecting CASIO to improve the Privia Pro keyboards. From my perspective, CASIO seems to be focussed in improving the MZ keyboards and marketing the Celviano GP. The Privia Pro series is out of the map and just being ignored. Anyone who had the chance to visit the CASIO booth in the Musikmesse a couple weeks ago got that message.The 1.14 upgrade is just a reflection of that: it offers no new features, no improvements to any of the existing functionality and no improvements to the user interface. I would really like CASIO to prove me completely wrong and show their commitment to the Privia Pro. On the upside, this upgrade seems to have corrected the metronome bug (the metronome would not beat steadily as it would skip some ticks every couple hundred measures). I will test it properly during the next days. Hopefully, the MIDI player loop/repeat bug was also addressed. If any of you find any actual "improvement" in the 1.14 upgrade please let me know. Cheers!
  15. 3 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.
  16. 3 points
    Mike Martin

    XW-303 (XW Solo)



    XW-Series Solo Synth TB-303 emulation OSC1 - Sawtooth OSC2 - Pulse Modulation wheel set to portamento time. Insert Effect - Distortion. Enjoy.
  17. 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)?
  18. 2 points
    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!
  19. 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 !!
  20. 2 points

    new Korg Pa700

    From my perspective Casio need their customers to start to look at them as a professional supplier rather than just a cheap consumer supplier as perceived here in the UK so I doubt that they will react to this at all, merely look at what is being offered and try to gauge how the customer respond and what sales are made using this information as a guide for any future designs and developments. In my opinion Casio need to concentrate more on promoting their current line up better first. For example the MZ-X300/500 is not even sold in the UK and to tempt the pro's they will need to show a steady release of more rythm/styles plus get more 3rd party developers to buy into development of them. Steve
  21. 2 points
    Of course, the Hex Layer engines in the PX-5S, PX-560 and X500 are much more advanced than the Hex Layer engine in the XW-P1, with the one in the MZ-X500 having the most parameters as Brad pointed out in another thread. Additionally, the X500 Hex Layer Engine can, uniquely, operate in monophonic modes. (Monophonic operation on the XW-P1 is accomplished with its dedicated solo-synth engine instead, which has multiple features missing from the monophonic X500 Hex Layer modes.) However, there are some points of essential similarity. You are in all cases combining six components, each with its own pitch control, filter control and amplitude control. The degree of that control is what differs between the models. None of the components in any of the Hex Layer engines can interact or modulate any of the others. That is different than the XW-P1's solo synth, which provides hard sync between two of its oscillators. Also, the oscillators in the Hex Layer engines don't allow for pulse-width modulation (PWM), which is another feature offered by the XW-P1's solo synth. So I do believe that enough of the essential principles of Hex Layer programming translate between models. The XW-P1 would likely to be the "odd man out" in conversations despite being the first to implement a Hex Layer mode. Sometimes coming out first means getting all the arrows.
  22. 2 points
    You , sir, have a future career in comedy (if the music thing doesn't work out).
  23. 2 points

    Initial thoughts on MZ-X500

    Last week I challenged myself to start from scratch with a new hex layer tone, building a classic style synth sound using only the raw tri, saw, sine, square, pulse and noise waves at the beginning of the wave list. What eventually came out was so smooth and rich. I added some chorus effect, turned on the arpeggiator and choose a basic pattern, then tweaked my hex tone some more. Later I added delay and nice reverb. Then I hit a pad that played a nice phrase. I adjusted the delay to tempo match. Some really nice sounds and textures started happening. It was alive and rich and moving and so awesome. Then I called up a basic preset drum pattern to add to it. Everything was falling into place. Only regret I have is that I didnt video what I was doing. But....I did save everything to memory and registration. Then I recorded some of it to the usb audio recorder so I could revisit this later and build on it. It's so easy to get lost just creating new stuff from scratch and combining presets and tweaking presets to make new and exciting things. This is really a great experimental instrument. I love it.
  24. 2 points

    Initial thoughts on MZ-X500

    RANDELPH - Firstly, I don't do "confrontation", so NOTHING I say is meant to have any negative, personal, inference My initial comment on your review, re the comparitive quality of the X500's speaker system, is that, here in the U.K., a pair of "QSC K-10"'s would set you back, close on, £1400 (!!!!) so, honestly my friend, how on earth that can be, in ANY way, a relevant contribution is beyond my poor simple brain! At least you concede that the onboard speakers are a "huge upgrade from the 7600" but, just a little earlier, you make a negative comparison with the "Yamaha CP300" ( again, an £1800 keyboard!! ) which I DEFINITELY recall as having a seriously disappointing bottom end with an emphasis on, what Yamaha describe as, "brightness", but which these ears remember as being very "thin" - but, of course, that is wholly a personal thing. Now..... EVERYTHING else you say is, with my very brief experience, right on the button, although I think it's fair to give Casio credit for making the X500 with the specific aim ( and certain knowledge!! ) that they would fly-out-the-door at the given price-point! Altering it to a 76 note board, would not have just meant a significant price increase in itself, but, in order to keep the style, the aesthetics, as appealing as they obviously are would have, again, meant a significant redesign which, to all intents and purposes, would have wound up with it being a totally different keyboard - and with a price tag of not much south of £1000!! Now, for what little it's worth, anyone who's seen any of my inadequate posts will know that I am an almost "fanatical" supporter of the X500, BUT, had I seen it advertised with a 76 note keyboard and a price of £1000 would I have bought it? Almost certainly NOT!! and thus I would not now be enjoying one of the most exciting, innovative, and genuinely fascinating instruments I've EVER come across in my ( many, many ) decades of writing and making music! It's also my firm belief that there are an awful lot of musicians who, in truth, don't WANT a 76 or 88 note keyboard! Many of them will be definitive Synth/Keyboard players, and NOT Pianists! Their setup, whether Live or in the Studio, may simply WORK with the smaller board. Personally, I have a studio that I've worked hard for. It's small, but it has everything virtually any musician might need. It's ultra friendly, VERY relaxed, it may not be "flash" but we "get it done" - and everybody who has anything to do with it is a musician, and a friend...... BUT, a 76 note keyboard would just "get in the way "!! I just don't have the room - seriously! I've produced more than 35 Albums in my studio ( ALL local-ish! NO "big-time, star struck" pretentions ) and I've never had ANYONE turn down the gig because we didn't have any 76 note keyboards....... BUT, I have ALREADY had some of my lifetime friends-in-music, literally, go "Wow!!" Before they'd even HEARD the X500!! Proves that, even to vastly experienced, wrinkled old, slightly cynical, musicians, the "Blue-Wonder" is a real eyeball-popper...... And when they've heard what it can do............!!!! I realise my my mind is wandering, so, to conclude...... ........ RANDELPH, I KNOW you are RIGHT!! Of course a 76/88 note, semi-weighted, keyboard on the X500 would be wonderful, brilliant, FANTASTIC!! BUT, in THIS musician's unwavering opinion, the X500 already IS Wonderful, Brilliant, FANTASTIC...... Just as it is Apologies, everyone, for babbling!! Take care all Chris
  25. 2 points
    This is the G1 forum, so don't forget the G1's sampler. You can access all of the waves in the G1 via the PCM oscillators in the solo synth and record them into the sampler, thereby extracting PCM tone component waves for closer editing. You can even export these via the G1 data editor and edit them in an external wave editor such as Audacity. The example PCM tone, P:320 NEW AGE, is comprised of waves 0332 New Age-A and 0333 New Age-B on the G1; 0332 is the bell tone and 0333 is the synth pad. You could sample both of these waves into two splits of a sampler tone, set an envelope to make the bell tone fade, set loop points to make the pad continuous, and you'd come pretty close to duplicating PCM tone 320. You could also, as requested in post #1, sample other waves in the splits. If you wanted to put the bell on a different pad, you could extract 0332 and a different pad wave for split 2, or just extract 0332 and layer it in a performance with your preferred PCM tone pad. The sampler engine gives the G1 infinite possibilities.
  26. 2 points
    How genuinely humble do I feel!! Thank you ALL for taking the time to share my almost childish excitement! ;-) Thanks for the comment BRAD - and yeah it really feels cool! :-) drb32856 - I believe you, I really do! :-) LEONH - You bet it does mate! :-) Just "playing around" today ( I just KNOW you'll all understand that - there's SO much to explore!! ), and, to be honest, that may well last into the next couple of days as well! ;-) But I WILL, eventually, start to explore how it'll fit into, and enhance, some of my original material - and THAT'S going to be REALLY exciting!! :-) Thanks again guys! The support and encouragement means a lot, believe me! Take care all Chris
  27. 2 points

    FINALLY! The day's Arrived!

    Congratulations, I have the same feeling playing my MZ-X500 after a year as I did on day 1! I know you will too!
  28. 2 points

    FINALLY! The day's Arrived!

    Now fun start's
  29. 2 points

    What you use it for MZ 500/300

    Hi, using my MZ-X500 for lots of things: using amplifier and speakers, novelty songs, mixing unusual sounds with music, just discovering the joys of using the PADS to play chord sequences, and most of all producing EDM (elderly dance music).
  30. 2 points
    Hi Robin - And I should clarify, here, that I speak as someone who won't be getting his MZ-X500 for a month or so ( because it's been, generously, bought for me, by my family, (from THOMANN) for my birthday in July! 😊 ), but I hope I can still contribute to your post, if not in a particularly helpful way! Whilst having very genuine sympathy with your apparent problem concerning batch loading of a large number of files, a couple of thoughts occur to me - and if I'm totally wrong, here, then I, equally genuinely, apologise in advance! Firstly, I'm getting the sense, from your various replies, that you have been, up 'till now, and, at least, in the main, used to working with folders/files, in a "computer-driven" setup, via some form of DAW, Virtual Sampler, whatever, with the almost, limitless, options available, in such a system, with regard to storing, collating, moving, saving, loading, etc, those folders/files, with the only "qualifications" being the size of the hard-drives / SSD, storage available, together with the amount of (vital, obviously!) RAM you have, and the inherent options within the Daw, other software, virtual instruments/samplers, etc? Now, to my knowledge, and I'm pretty certain about this, NO KEYBOARD, has, or can EVER have ( out of the box ), that level of storage, file-manipulation, or ease-of-use, editing, that is available in all, pro-level, DAW software. So, and in reality, ANY, comparison or, perhaps, more to the point, EXPECTATION, that the MZ-X500 ( because that, I assume, is what we're all here to discuss, and who's power,features, and abilities, we want to disseminate, for the benefit of all owners/users ) should have the ability to even approach, let alone, match, the file manipulation features of a fully-loaded, computer-based, setup, IS, in my opinion, totally redundant! The various recording and editing, as well as loading/saving, features of the MZ-X500, are, nothing less than, outstanding, imho.......... BUT - It is, first and foremost, a KEYBOARD!! A keyboard the costs less than £700!! It has a stunning variety of Sound options, an excellent spread of Rhythm options, and features such as the "Pads", and physical "Drawbars" that you won't find on many keyboards costing more that two and a half times as much!! These, and many other, reasons, are why, I believe, most of us have chosen to purchase it!........ ......... And that brings me to my second thought - and, for once, I'm not going to apologise for the length of this reply. I was, literally, on the verge of purchasing KORG PA4x ( which my family would, most certainly, NOT, have given me for my birthday!! ) when, almost by accident, I came upon a brief review of the MZ-X500, and, to be totally frank, I simply could not believe what I was reading, seeing, and hearing...... at less than £700?!!? So I read, researched, and absorbed, everything I could possibly find. Having done that, I assessed what the keyboard could and couldn't do, how it could improve and enhance my studio setup, and what sort of fit it would make, in relation to my other kit. I simply cannot remember coming up with ANY major negatives! And here, Robin, is where you may take offence at what I'm about to say, although I promise you that NONE is intended - in ANY way! You have made much criticism of Casio in the way they have "failed", in your eyes, in regard to the MZ-X500's "inability" to handle the loading and storage of sounds/voices, in a way YOU think it SHOULD! But did you ever read ANYTHING that told you that the MZ-X500 WOULD behave in the way you expected? I suspect the answer is "NO"....... Because I never have! Robin, I'm NOT being sycophantic when I say that you sound like a seriously intelligent guy, BUT, in this case, I suspect that you've allowed your expectations - and, maybe, your wallet - to override that intelligence. SURELY, ANYONE, assesses, before they buy ANY new piece of kit, whether keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, mic., whatever, that it's going to do what they want it to do? Who buys a new keyboard and then complains because it doesn't do what they EXPECTED it to do?!? I am truly sorry at your disappointment, Robin, but I'm equally sorry that you choose to criticise CASIO over features that the MZ-X500 doesn't have when, I'm afraid, in truth, that criticism should, it would appear, from everything youve said, be aimed, squarely, at your own lack of adequate research. I truly hope, Robin, that I haven't caused you any great angst. Regards Chris
  31. 2 points
    (Installing this ZAL file will delete all user created content in keyboard memory. Back up your keyboard to USB memory before loading this file) Hi Ralph. I have inserted cautions about this file type. We don't want to see people accidentally overwriting all of their hard work.
  32. 2 points

    Sound quality

    I confirm, electronic sounds are awesome, many HexLayer tones are really great
  33. 2 points

    Firmware 1.14 released

    First of all tnicoson, I do not tell you not to buy it, as a matter of fact I just wanted it, note that it was born 2 years ago but not available in Italy till 1 year and a half ago, I could get it just before Christmas 2015, on instalments... this is a short list of what you do not have to expect from PX-560M it is not a workstation it does not have a real sequencer no MIDI implementation guide or sheet is supplied the accompaniments are rahter simple and old it is not a master keyboard to send MIDI data the list of the good qualities is longer the keyboard is 88 graded keys the keyboard is hard enough the keyboard is triple sensor the keyboard touch and feel is fine the keyboard is better than that of the PX-5S the speakers are enough the touch panel works fine the USB pen drive works fine the display of envelope is fine the tweaking sound is easy the effects are fine the drumkits are fine you can set the split point wherever you like it (not common feature in other brands) the dynamic is fine creating hex-layer with up to 6 sounds is fine the blue colour is fine the 100 preset arpeggiator is fine (though not advertised by Casio) the LINE IN inputs work fine (not common feature in other brands) the expression pedal works fine the real time controller knobs work fine it works fine as a master keyboard to play other instruments or VST As it can be read in italian forums, some owners of the PX-5S sold it and swapped it with the PX-560M, because the keyboard is better but then use it to play VST instruments, complaining about the internal sounds. Try them together and you cannot but realize it, I am a piano player and felt the difference in a while, the fact is that also my son realized it in a couple of seconds, though he is a child and told me about it before I could tell him. A lot of stuff was written in this forum complaining about the poor sampling of the Steinway into the Casio Piano sound, and I agree with it, that it has not enough sustain and lacks of body in the middle, where some notes are sampled even worse, that it suffers from short decay... that's why I worked so hard but I was happy to share more real like piano sounds with the other members in the download section. Nevertheless if you are a piano player you still hear that the sampling is the same and only one through camouflage by tweaking. Yet I also realized that someone likes it the way it is or worse, cuts it shorter. Try the AP700, that is a fascinating digital piano, the best sampling is the Steinway, then comes the Bechstein and last the Boesendorfer, I do not swap with it, because of the price and because it is not portable. As for the firmware update that does more harm than healing the bugs: I only read this page and realized that what the other members wrote was sadly true, the 2nd update in 2 years and it unfixes what was working fine rather than fixing bugs! this is not acceptable, in spite of what much more was asked for in other posts... in the meantime the cost of the PX-560M has risen from 1.100,00€ to 1.200,00€... expression pedal runs more smoothly, fixed metronome bug not fixed auto power off worked and does not work anymore, now needs to be fixed! real time control knobs worked fluently and do not anymore, now need to be fixed! no description about what the 1.14 does... the included sheet is about the MIDI SMF, the which was fixed by the 1.10... by the way, the previous on the main site was 1.10... so, what about 1.11, 1.12, 1.13...? Yes, Alenk, I had posted a screenshot of the facebook where a member described that the 1.14 caused the delay of the knobs, I did not think it was something wrong, anyhow, the post was removed and I was not informed nor warned by the admins, sorry, maybe I violated any privacy
  34. 2 points

    Firmware 1.14 released

    My impression exactly. I don't know what Casio is doing behind the scenes. All I can see is what is happening "on stage." On stage, not much seems to be happening with the PX-560 (or the PX-5S, but that's now so "old" that I wouldn't expect much more from them on that product). Except for this bug-fix firmware update (which, don't get me wrong, I appreciate) they don't APPEAR to be giving the PX-560 much attention despite its supposed inclusion in Casio's Privia Pro line. C'est la vie. There are other fish in the sea and potential customers will choose to catch them instead. The competition ain't sleepin'.
  35. 2 points

    Version 1.2


    This is a 'real church' organ stagesetting. The goal was to create a detailed church organ sound, with not only the full power of the organ, but also the subtleties from blending different stops or retracting them. To get this to work you need to download the stagesetting 'CHURCHORG' I have added the separate hex layers also, eventhough they aren't necessary in order to function. The layers act as different organ stops. You can see the organ stops as different sounds which can be added to each other. Add layers (stops) by pulling down the sliders! The stops in this stagesetting: S1 -- 16' principal S2 -- 8' Flute S3 -- 4' principal -- the above first 3 stops are making a base layer S4 -- 3' mixture S5 -- 3' nazard S6 -- 8' trumpet -- these 3 above give a different blend to the mix K4 -- 8' voix céleste (slightly detuned sound, to create a wavering human voice effect). -- I consider the above stop a solo register, not to be used with all the rest together, which is why it's on knob4. However you can blend the voix céleste nice with the flute or the principals. K1 -- controls the amount of reverb. If you play in a church you wouldn't need reverb (but then again you'd have a real church organ, no?) Example: https://soundcloud.com/pieter-jan-lanssens/realistic-church-organ Stops used here: in the beginning a tutti (everything except voix celeste), then only voix celeste, then flutes. Was a quick record, without any rehearsal, it shows at the end :-).
  36. 2 points
    Mike Martin

    Volume Jumping w/ Expression Pedals

    A firmware update will be released later in April to resolve this issue.
  37. 2 points

    new member, just got MX-500

    Hi There, brand new to this forum. I Have just purchased the MX-500 for myself in the UK and what a fantastic keyboard! There is no doubt that Casio are going to challenge the big players with this keyboard. I am a professional musician and run my own company producing albums for the ballroom and Latin market around the world and have had quite a few hit albums in the last few years. I use Mainly the Yamaha PSR S 950 and the korg PA3X in my studio. I had never until the Mx-500 considered Casio seriously as their keyboards didn't have the quality of styles, sounds and effects etc to be considered professional enough. A few thoughts for anyone reading this.... What makes an arranger?? the bottom line apart from all it's features is how good the styles are...This is where Yamaha rule as korg also has great issues with providing decent styles. I have just downloaded the new styles available for the Mx-500 and they prove without doubt what it can do as they are better than the factory styles....so please please Casio produce more please as this is what is needed most urgently. For performers and musicians like me although it is fun to try and create styles having a brilliant library is so important. I noticed with pleasure the addition on the Mp3 player on the firmware update 1.04 what a fantastic addition and brings it almost in line with the new Yamaha arrangers....If Casio can do this how about one more thing which the keyboard is sadly lacking for the next update.......the addition of more intro's and endings which surely can be added and then assigned to the intro and endings buttons....2 is just not enough!! I can't think of anything else this wonderful machine needs to put it directly against the likes of the PSR S 970 etc....come on Casio you have gone this far!! Any comments please say hello....I am producing my 2 new albums ready for release in the summer and already supplying 6 countries apart from the Uk and at this point will let everyone hear what I have incorporated from the new Casio.......one last comment....why on earth have Casio not launched this in the UK??? I had to purchase from the Netherlands and when I asked Casio Uk there was no proper answer...is the UK so dominated by Yamaha and Korg and Roland that our dealers are so resistant ( Or frightened to challenge the big boys who make up most of their stock!) Interested to hear from anyone else in the Uk who had to order from Europe!!
  38. 2 points
    Good for playing swing music. Can also be used for cleaning your windows with the optional power winch attachment. And you are free to dance around the stage with the optional neck bracket, making yer setup completely mobile. yours truly, Alice in Chains and Lon Chaney
  39. 2 points
    Scott Hamlin

    Learning hard riffs

    Yep. Amazing Slow Downer: https://www.ronimusic.com/
  40. 2 points

    Help! Sustain pedal making weird noise

    I'm going to assume you are playing the concert grand sound. Press the system effects button and go to damper noise. Reduce the level.
  41. 2 points

    8 Keys Not Working

    Just a remote guess, since I am familiar with the insides of these plastic key mechanisms I'll give it a try. The keys on these are assembled and fitted in sections, with thin plastic strips interconnecting specific groups of keys together (these are not fitted as individual keys as are many keyboards). Only 2-3 screws placed vertically and top down hold the keys in place by fastening through these plastic strips. The keys will mechanically sit where positioned without the screws or if the screws become loose-mine were on my XW-P1 when I took it apart the first time. There is a possibility-and I noticed this on mine, that if the screws are loose, the fulcrum pressure on the keys will not be sufficient to make enough contact with the rubber boots underneath-in other words, the back of the key which is it's hinge, may be lifting just enough to create this problem. Since only a specific range of keys are being affected, and consecutively, I suspect this section of the keystrip inside has come loose due to the screws fastening these down in the back part of the key. There is nothing else holding these keys in place except the physical design of the frame surrounding the keys-in other words, any loose-fitting internal strip will not be obvious and may even feel as secure as the other keys. If you take it apart-I would check all these top-placed screws as all of them will loosen over time. And since this range may be one you tend to play more frequently, this diagnosis would be my best guess. I would also think a little loctite or some similar thread-locking material in these screws might prevent this from happening again. Might as well if you disassemble it as these will only loosen again with repeated playing. Another observation-the back part of the keys on these XWs is a very thin plastic structure-this is the key's hinge. None of mine have broken-yet-but I look at this as a weak link in this playing mechanism. Just saying! And i think i have some old posts showing the insides of my XW-if I disremember (my own word) if not I'm sure by now there must be some pics somewhere on the web showing the insides of the XWs.
  42. 2 points

    CDP 230R out of tune

    OK, so this is a little embarrassing. My daughter is the one with the great ear and she initially thought it was out of tune. But she then told me she is getting over a cold and maybe her hearing was affected, so we used a tuner to check it out. After doing so, it seems to be pretty darn close, especially when we compared it with a higher end piano. Thanks for your input and sorry to waste your time. I do appreciate your responses.
  43. 2 points
    I will help-I'm giving lessons to a student who is 80% blind-and will guide you based on touch. I will need a little time to think this through. I am also wondering-if there is someone available to you locally who could study and prepare a template for the PX350 with braille lettering. I will do some research and getback to you here. What mechanisms are you using for posting, reading etc.? I am a retired music educator and worked with visually impaired students in my music class, I'll help as much as i can within my capabilities.
  44. 2 points

    Casio 560M

    I agree with what has been said too. I have owned a PX5S for some time, and was so impressed with it, that I bought the PX560 recently as I like the touch screen and the built in speakers to use as a freestanding instrument. I also own a Roland JP80, and agree the the Privia piano is much better in my opinion. I also own a Korg Kronos, which to my taste has the best piano of all, but to me the Casio piano is the next best thing, when I don't have my Kronos with me. I had historically held the feeling too that Casio were products dominating the low end of the market mostly, but then discovered the Privias, and I have as much respect for these as the so called "other professional" gear. I am very happy to advertise that the Privias are in the same professional category as Roland, Korg, Yamaha! To own a Digital Piano\Synth which has so much functionality, quality of sound and fantastic weighted action in such a lightweight instrument is where Casio in my view are ahead of the rest, and there seems to be no equivalent if you rate it by that combination of attributes.
  45. 2 points
    Hello I have Moog EP-3 and it works perfectly. Did you try with different positions of switches. At the bottom and on side; my positions to those are like this:
  46. 2 points
    This is the PX-5S but the PX-560 should be able to make the same sorts of guitar sounds:
  47. 2 points

    Version 4


    Here is an "all file" with the patches I use, some 80s sounds (Tears For Fears, New Order, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Japan, OMD, Eurythmics)... More than 40 patches. Hope that it's useful for someone. Be careful and back up yur previous settings!
  48. 2 points
    Guilherme Moreira


    Supertramp View File Tentei criar um som de piano parecido com o do grande Roger Hodgson . referência ao timbre da música Logical Song - Supertramp . editado no modo Hexlayer Eu fiz a seguinte programação: I tried to create a piano sound similar the great Roger Hodgson . reference to the timbre of music Logical Song - Supertramp . edited in Hexlayer mode I made a Next Programming: Layer 1= PCM Wave 063 (60's EP-2) Volume [+110] CoarseTune [-12] Cutoff [-50] Atk. Time [+127] Rls. Time [+127] _______________________________________________ Layer 2= PCM Wave 064 (Dyno EP-1) Volume [-66] CoarseTune [-12] Cutoff [-38] Atk. Time [000] Rls. Time [000] ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Layer 3= PCM Wave 076 (Trem.EP1-2) Volume [-94] CoarseTune [-12] Cutoff [000] Atk. Time [000] Rls. Time [000] ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Layer 4= PCM Wave 024 (Dance Piano) Volume [-108] CoarseTune [-12] Cutoff [-17] Atk. Time [000] Rls. Time [000] ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Layer 5= PCM Wave 019 (Rock Pno-Rt) Volume [-100] CoarseTune [00] Cutoff [000] Atk. Time [000] Rls. Time [000] Submitter Guilherme Moreira Submitted 06/13/2016 Category XW-P1
  49. 2 points
    Mike Martin did a 'Back to Basics' video that explains the basic functions in detail: When you go to YouTube you can take a look at the description in detail and then jump to what interests you the most.
  50. 2 points

    Casio MZ-X500 latest demo'

    Ralph Maten invokes the Dark Side with a Casio MZ-X500: