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  1. 4 points
    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.
  2. 4 points
    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. 3 points
    Hi all, For what little it may be worth ( and I sincerely apologise if I sound too negative ) I truly believe we're in a " no grey area " situation, as far as the X500 is concerned! Either Casio will announce a brand new keyboard, featuring everything they may have learned about what the X500 COULD have been -- OR, ( as I've, sadly, confessed I believe, elsewhere on this Forum ), they will retire back into their "consumer-focussed" mode, ( as they, pretty much, did, after the MZ2000 ), and we'll hear nothing from them, re another "professional" model! Again, as I've said previously, the lack of ANYTHING, even approaching, what could be called, "marketing", of the X500 in the UK and EUROPE, is a mystery, the like of which I've never seen in terms of, what Casio themselves called, a brand new, "flagship" model!! Even more of a conundrum is why the X500 was totally absent from the pages of the Casio-Europe website ---- At least, until very, very, recently, by which time the astonishingly few companies that had been selling it had all deleted it from their product lineup! To this day, their was not a single, major, respected, store, wherein you would find Casio's new " Flagship Arranger " ( their title, remember, not mine!! ). Let me be clear -- I have MASSIVE RESPECT for Casio, and their obvious philosophy on producing some stunning keyboards at ridiculously low prices! ........ ........ But the way they ( sorry, yet again, as I've said before! ) launched the X500, and then proceeded to totally ignore it -- in the UK and Europe, at least -- is something my, obviously, feeble brain, will NEVER understand!! Anyway........ Here's hoping for a huge surprise at NAMM, when I can, VERY happily, eat humble pie -- and get my credit card ready, yet again!! 😊 The YAMAHA GENOS is, quite clearly, DISAPPOINTING buyers, left, right, and centre!! ROLAND offer NOTHING, of any consequence, AT ALL!! THIS could be CASIO's year to SHINE!! πŸ˜ƒ Roll on 25th January!! πŸ˜„ Take care all Chris
  4. 3 points

    Version 1.0.0


    Here is a demo of the sound you are downloading.... https://soundcloud.com/bradmz/ukulele-strumming-demo-casio-px-5s UKULE2.ZLT is a hex layer tone. UKULELST.ZAR is an arpeggio pattern. Load these two files into your MZ-X500. Select the new Ukulele tone as Upper 1 tone. Enable the arpeggiator and select the new Ukulele arpeggio pattern. The hex layer tone will have the muted strum sound in the lower octave, while the rest of the keyboard will be for open strumming. To play the pattern, use a rhythmic back and forth between your sustain pedal and the muted strum in the left hand while holding chords with your right hand for the arpeggiator to use. Release the sustain pedal and play the muted sound almost simultaneously. To play the strum manually as in the second part of my demo, disable the arpeggiator and practice playing chords in a sweeping motion as if you are strumming with a flat pick on guitar strings.
  5. 3 points
    Here is the latest update to The XW-P1 Companion, Volume 1. I have added 34 pages of new content, most of it in Section 6 - Voice Programming Techniques, which has been almost entirely re-organized as well as expanded. I already "leaked" a few of the new techniques to the forum a couple of weeks ago. A lot more of them are described in the new document. For those who prefer to get their content on the forum directly (i.e., "documents" ain't your thing) I will be starting several new topics here in the coming weeks to highlight specific selected techniques from the document. Each of those will point to an example uploaded to the files section of the forum. I also intend to release a zip file containing all of the example files when I have completed them. I hope you enjoy this latest update. Now that it is complete I can get back to working on Volume 2, which will discuss emulations of specific instruments and famous synth sounds. It's about half done. XW-P1 Companion - Vol 1 - Rev4.pdf PS. If you have read previous versions there is no need to read sections 1 to 4 again; there is nothing really new there. All the updated sections and new sections are listed on page 5 and clicking on any one of the section numbers will take you there directly.
  6. 3 points
    .. either showcasing their ignorance or their negative bias, since the MZ-X500 has all the tools to make any sound you like.
  7. 3 points
    I was willing to create a tread with this very same intent. I'm glad I'm not alone and there's one already!!! An improvement suggested is to move the control area of the assignable knobs (K1 & K2) to the right, so that they lay above them on the screen. By this simple move, the touch control on screen doubles as LABELs identifying the assigned function. This change requires a minimum effort in the screen design, simply moving the Phrase control to the far left (please check attached picture). Currently, driven by the screen, I often actuate the Value willing to reach K1 (or reach K1 willing K2). This small change would help, specially when paying in the dark....
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    If you compare keyboards to the cars CTK and WK series are ford Fiesta MZ X 300/500 is ford Mustang.
  10. 3 points
    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
  11. 3 points
    "... but it'll still be the same song!." ... but embellished by the echo of an empty bank balance. :-)
  12. 3 points
    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).
  13. 3 points
    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 β€œduophonic” 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. β€œDuophonic” 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 β€œfor 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 β€œmode” of operation. There are four possible combinations and each yields a different result; which of them is β€œright” 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.
  14. 3 points

    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!
  15. 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 β€œLoad All”. Select β€œAll” and you will be given access to the EDM5b.ZAL file on the USB flash drive. Select that file and tap β€œExecute”. At the β€œLoad - sure?” prompt, select β€œyes” 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
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    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.
  18. 3 points
    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!
  19. 3 points



    XW-Series Solo Synth TB-303 emulation OSC1 - Sawtooth OSC2 - Pulse Modulation wheel set to portamento time. Insert Effect - Distortion. Enjoy.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
  22. 2 points
    You , sir, have a future career in comedy (if the music thing doesn't work out).
  23. 2 points
    Guten Morgen! "I have watched Ralph Maten so many times I am starting to learn German!" That is hilarious! I had the same feeling watching Ralph!
  24. 2 points
    If money matters, then it's all about what compares for a similar price. Myself I don't care much about the arranger features, and the only other board that made it to the top of my list is the Roland FA-06. However, the FA-06 has one of the shizziest keybeds I've ever felt, and that was a buying decision, refused to be saddled with that action. The action on their x500 may be an issue, time will tell. I've seen that even the same models (variations on the WK series) had noticeably different actions, some better than others, so i don't know if i trust the consistency for their keybeds. There have been some people here who have complained of very noisy keybeds on the X500. I guess i lucked out, mine is relatively quiet, and i hope that doesn't change over time. I have a WK 7600, and over the course of several years the keybed loosened up in a way that makes it less enjoyable and accurate to play (i play noticeably sloppier on it). That said, I've been really pleased with the keybed on the X500, i get decent dynamics out of it and feel in control. Overall I have to say I'm pretty blown away with the X500. It's by far the most user friendly board I've ever owned (I have a Nord Stage, but that doesn't count, it doesn't have a sequencer, etc.), which makes learning it and discovering what it can do pretty natural and fun. The onboard speakers are surprisingly powerful- at first i didn't think so, but then i discovered it has bass eq assigned to one of its knobs, and that brings the full sound forward. And the hex layers are a blast, with the six "organ" sliders you can adjust the volume of each of those layers and create your own Hex tones pretty easily. And the pads feel great, once again, good dynamic sensitivity for playing expressively with your fingers. And ther quality of sounds- hard to quantify, but overall they're big, full sounds, and the efx are really decent Is money a major consideration for you, and if so what are the contender boards you're considering? And what do you use your keyboards for? Randy
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    Been having a blast getting to know my way around this board. It's so user friendly that as I stumble about and try different things I learn more all the time. Being a player (don't use the auto accompaniment much, at least not yet), for me its all about the sounds, and having options. Being systematic, I like creating systems that invite spontanaiety while playing in jam sessions. So far I've been tackling easy, obvious targets. Like populating the registrations with a bank of piano sounds, a bank of EPs, a bank of organs, hex layers, etc. My approach so far has been to mostly use all 4 tones for layering, using Upper 1 as the main or starter Tone, Upper 2 as a supporting, complimentary tone that can be turned on to typically thicken the sound. Lower 1 more often than not is a bass guitar, and Lower 2 is the wild card, often times a hex layer. Building up my User Tones is also part of this effort, which of course is done when you go into Edit mode. Most Tones have the volume lower than 127, even quieter Tones that need more volume. I suppose by having more them at a more moderate volume you don't run the risk as much of overloading the board with too hot of combined signals, but I'd rather know I've got access to full volume, which can be moderated on the Balance page. Have to give major kudos out to Casio. The hex tones solve so many conundrums: how do you have great flexibility and power, while maintaining simplicity? By having registrations with 4 easy to access and see sounds, you've made it very simple to do a lot of basic things with your sounds. Add to that, the User Tones are not just one big pile like it was with the 7600, the User Tones are part of their own sound category, and are easy to get to. And by having some things that are saved to a registration, like relative volume of Tones, and some things that are saved to User Tones, where you get your in depth editing, you get a smooth workflow, though i suppose that structure is inherent in any arranger I've ever seen. And then add to that hex Tones, you get the complexity and depth many of us want, without it being a requirement. Cause hex layers do require another learning curve, but at least you can do the simpler things with ordinary Tones to get yourself started. Am just loving having 6 sliders to control the hex layers. Much to learn, a lot of power, haven't found a solo mode yet though, and wish there was a way (maybe i just haven't found it yet) to know at a glance the name of the layers, the velocity and keyboard ranges they're set to, and if they're on or off. Maybe that's too much info to convey on one screen? Seems like a likely place for an iPad editor, being able to see all of that info for all six layers on one screen would be tremendously helpful. As it is I play in different ranges of the keyboard, from soft to loud, to see if there's even a sound assigned and turned onto that layer. Am looking forward to customizing the existing hex tones and building my own! Editing Tones: tonight i was lowering all my Piano and EP User Tones by an octave. Doing such puts you in the lowest range of an acoustic piano, (minus the lowest B, Bb and A), and truth be told, I consistently play more in the lowest two octaves and hardly miss the uppermost octave I'm sacrificing by doing this. Not that I play so deeply all the time, but having ready acces to that lowest octave is great for left hand bass, grabbing a few notes when you need them. Adding system fx and the DSP really helps a lot of sounds. The Reverb and Chorus on this board is soooo much better than what was offered on the WK7600. Its fast and a blast to use the XY pad for dialing in the DSP setting. For renaming my Tones, I put a capital U at the very end, which means I've got to slightly abbreviate some of the names. It's very useful knowing which Tones have been massaged by me into a U ser Tone. At first I didn't even notice the settings are shown on the Main page for the 2 knobs. It makes sense that by default they're set to eq, esp. low eq, many of these patches can really rumble. I hope y'all get a chance to play this board with some serious amplification. The onboard speakers do a pretty ok job, but it's impossible for them to compete with a QSC K10 or my new K8.2. When you hear the full range, fidelity and astounding bass coming from this board you're instantly glad to have the means to hear what this board can do. I've been kind of blown away by many of the sounds, the basses, the lush strings, the pads, the pianos, and to some degree the EPs. First time I noticed the rhythms that are associated with each registration. Went thru a few of them, and it was quite fun to play along with some of the pop and rock rhythms. So much to explore, so many registrations to customize! Randy
  27. 2 points
    I'm probably the best person to ask for this. I recently spent 6 weeks restoring a lap steel, 1950 Fender Dual 8 Professional. I sampled the guitar with intentions of making a tone for the MZX series. I started with a test that uses only 1 sample. It's actually enough to get a good idea of what a full sampled guitar will sound like. Not surprisingly, it ends up sounding much like the factory clean guitar samples of a Telecaster. There is a timbre difference that gives the Dual 8 more of a steel guitar flavor than the Telecaster. Unfortunately 90% of the sound of a lap steel is in technique. You'll need to know how to play your keyboard like a lap steel and you'll need to know what NOT to attempt. Hawaiian lap steel is traditionally non-pedal steel guitar. Pedal steel is heard more in country music. "Steel" refers to the bar that is used to fret the strings. Slides done with the bar and bar vibrato are part of what makes the sound unique. Unfortunately the use of pitch bend to create slides alters the timbre of samples, making them sound less like the real thing. In order to remain more believable, slides should be kept to a minimum and within a two note range. Also to remain believable, don't use more than 2 or 3 fingers to play the keys. Lap steel players use 2 finger picks and a thumb pick to play most things. Keep these tips in mind and you'll have a better shot at sounding more convincing.
  28. 2 points
    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.
  29. 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.
  30. 2 points
    Happy birthday to you sir, love the studio, happiness is blue-shaped.
  31. 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
  32. 2 points
    Congratulations, I have the same feeling playing my MZ-X500 after a year as I did on day 1! I know you will too!
  33. 2 points
    Great thread and conversation. Just wanted to point out that the MZ-X500 does indeed have a solo synth mode, as well as a new monophonic bass synth engine. You can really get those "juicy" TB sounds when you play with the cutoff/res.
  34. 2 points
    Hello, everyone! I'm aware that the CTK-1000 (1993 or so) manual is hard to find online, so I'm sharing a PDF copy here for those who didn't have it and may find it useful. I still don't have the keyboard, sadly, but I was able to get this digital copy through someone who has it. I reckon that some of its features aren't super clear, so I'm sure that having the manual helps. Enjoy! https://mega.nz/#!rpwWjSza!1TKyDG-ctUmj3SP0-WFoLl0IKqJDZViytiE352iXHcU
  35. 2 points
    Definitely agree! Tone quality is great. Much more flexibility than the Yamaha (as I owned several over the years). The MZ-X500 allows you to create you own sounds by using the Sample Manager software which far exceeds anything Yamaha is offering in the price range of the MZ-X500. You don't simply change parameters in the software, but load your own samples and then you can adjust dozens of parameters to massage the sound to your liking. I've seen several samples demo'd on the forum with velocity control that makes the X500 sound like your playing one of the top end PSR Yamaha with the Super Articulation voices. Boggles the mind!!
  36. 2 points
    I confirm, electronic sounds are awesome, many HexLayer tones are really great
  37. 2 points
    It's been five years since the XW-P1 and XW-G1 were released. Combining that fact with what is probably a fairly limited user base and the much larger number of people who dismissed and continue to dismiss the XW synths and it's understandable that they have almost faded from view except here in the Casio Music Forums. Are they the world's best synthesizers? Hardly. They are in many respects almost entry-level instruments. But anyone who has stuck with theirs has probably realized that they are deeper instruments than they appear on the surface. I'm sometimes amazed by what I have been able to make my XW-P1 do. (I have also been frustrated at times by what I would call somewhat unwise design decisions.) I have tried to document everything I have discovered and some of what others have discovered (I can't take full credit!) in The XW-P1 Companion, which despite its name contains a lot of content that also applies to the XW-G1. Here are a few of the "extra" capabilities I describe there: Using phrases and step sequencer patterns as modulation sources (LFO-like and envelope-like) Using the step sequencer as a phrase selector Using the step sequencer to add functions to the foot pedal Several alternate methods for PWM Simple pitch envelopes for polyphonic tones Continuous volume control of a Hex Layer tone with the modulation wheel Tricks with the solo-synth LFOs: Constant-value source Random-value source Ramps and envelopes Legato indicator Dynamic LFO waveforms Simulated sample-and-hold Simulated stepped glissando "Performance" mode for synthesis Duophonic emulation In some ways Casio has already released the successor to the XW-P1: the MZ-X500. It can do almost everything that the XW-P1 and XW-G1 can do and do it better, as well as many things that XW synths can't do. But it's not a true successor because it lacks two defining capabilities of the XW synths: the step sequencer and the six-oscillator monophonic (nominally) solo synth mode. (The MZ-X500 does monophonic synthesis but it's not quite the same.) For Casio's sake I am still hopeful that they intend some day to replace the XW synths with a true successor. Whether they do or not I think the XW-P1 will always have a place in my "studio."
  38. 2 points

    Version 1.0.01


    Hi guys, just completed this INS file for Sonar (Cakewalk) DAW. I have run some tests and it all seems ot run fine at my end. If you notice any errors please let me know and I can fix Hope it helps those using PC's for music creation. Cheers Dennis PS: I did not include drum notes, as one cannot edit the drum kits anyway, so I thought they were supefluous. Also as it SEEMS the 560 cannot receive SYSEX data, I also did not include that. It is basically a stripped down version that will allow patch and drum kit changes from a PC or iOS/Android device (with appropo apps installed).
  39. 2 points
    Wow! 15 people have looked and no comments - perhaps MIDI control is not as important as I thought among 560 users. Must be mostly home players btw, I should have also added a hahaha! after the smiley - as I was just kidding aound!
  40. 2 points
    SOLVED! Choppin, you were spot on. I was able to eliminate the MIDI output from the keyboard that was exiting through separate channels. In turn, this eliminated the three inputs per key stroke. By consequence, with or without sustain pedal Reason sound perfect again! Thanks so much for the idea. Love this forum.
  41. 2 points
    The distortion DSP effect works like this. Dist Gain is the virtual amp gain control . As the gain increases, so does volume and distortion. Even more distortion can be achieved by boosting tone amp volume level to maximum. You'll need to offset the volume boost caused by increasing gain by reducing the DSP effect output level (Dist Level). Hint: This is where target two of the the pedal comes into use again. Reverse the min max values for level to offset gain.
  42. 2 points

    Version 1.0.0


    I've downloaded some old Casio *.AC7 Rhythm (Style) files I had saved when I owned a CKT7000. These files will enable players to play Rhythms directly from the USB when selected in the Rhythm Select USB screen. Hope they are of interest
  43. 2 points
    I did decide to purchase the px 560 despite knowing the problem with using expression; I have discovered the same issue with using an expression pedal (to a lesser degree the same problem persists with when using the mod wheel to control volume). I have found a work around that although not perfect works better for me than abrupt, uneven jumps of volume: I set the minimum value of the pedal to 1 instead of 0 and I didn't notice the annoying jumps in output volume. The down side is that the layer is never off completely; it does sound softly and can be heard. The work around for that can be accomplished by muting the zone on the touch screen. Hopefully Casio will find a software solution to the problem, but I think I can live with this for now since the keyboard action, sounds, portability, and ease of navigation and editing are very good. Hope this helps.
  44. 2 points
    Supertramp View File Tentei criar um som de piano parecido com o do grande Roger Hodgson . referΓͺncia ao timbre da mΓΊsica 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
  45. 2 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.
  46. 2 points

    Version CTK Re-Vamped Kris NJich


    CTK-811EX 8Beat Bank for All CTKs & WKs Here are use the 8 Beats Rhythms I took from the CTK-811EX and re-Mixed for the WK-7600 More Rhythms will be Uploaded in the future All rhythms work with all CASIO LK, CTK & WK SERIES Enjoy Kris Nicholson
  47. 2 points

    Version CTK Re-Vamped Kris NJich


    This is my first CTK Rhythm I Personally Re-Vamped to my own liking The Rhythm is originally From the CTK-750 and i took the parts and made it more livelier and have more feeling Drums sound more real drummers feel and grove I re-did the Ending to my original Feel and the Intro in originally from the CTK-750 I created this myself and more rhythms in the future Have Fun Works with CTK & WK 7000 Series
  48. 2 points



    Originally available on the blog: http://xwsynth.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/xw-sound-week-todays-solo-synth-6-pack/
  49. 2 points



    Yet another set of sounds, this time all Hex Layers for the XW-P1. As you’ll notice a number of these sounds have the initials β€œCG” in the name. That is because they were done by Christopher Geissler, one of the sales engineers at Sweetwater Sound. Some particularly cool vintage organ sounds in this bunch if you’re doing any Doors covers. So think about that the next time you’re going to make a purchase. Thanks Christopher! http://xwsynth.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/xw-p1-hexlayer-10-pack1-released/
  50. 2 points



    First attempt at the famous Roland GR-300 sound as used by Pat Metheny and countless others.