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  1. Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    OK people. I think we got off track (topic). This topic was supposed to be for improvements users would like to see on the next generation MZ, not back and forth disagreements over the MZ itself. Just sayin’. If you want something (firmware or hardware) on the next release, this is a great place to let Casio know, IMHO. Everyone’s needs and “wants” are different. Just put em in and see what happens.
  2. Hex layers imported from PX560? PX5s?

    What is "decay time (and the others) key follow"
  3. I thought it might be helpful to start a Topic that everyone could add their "wish list" ideas for the next MZ-X500 (MZ-X600?). It seems that there are a lot of requests out there (some software, some hardware) but they're scattered across several threads. I'll put a few of my ideas and others can add theirs. Obviously, each of these are individual desires or preferences and may not be right for everyone. Also, a few may already be on the board, but I was unsure (marked with ??); sorry about that and I appreciate any friendly education. Some ideas will add cost to the board, but that's ok. Just like other manufacturers, Casio could make both a 76 key AND a 61 key for the budget conscious. Hopefully, Casio is already prepared with the next MZ release for NAMM 2018. So here's my wish list. What's yours? - 76 keys (semi-weighted) - better screen resolution - bigger screen .... PLEASE - iPad integration (less menu diving, and Casio wouldn't have to change the screen). - Bluetooth connectivity for iPad. - more assignable knobs - fluid motion on knobs instead of detented clicks. (just my preference) - allow customization for "range of knob" to control full range of parameter; i.e. rotating knob from 7 o'clock to 5 o'clock position changes value from min. to max. - sliders (and knobs) programmable for either "catch" or "jump" option. (catching current value before change or jumping to value when moved). - vocoder (Oh yeah) - vocal harmony option (Oh yeah, in triples) - separate DSP for vocal channel. (??) - add additional Tone and Rhythym group name buttons (currently 8 and 8) instead of combining them into one category. This will make navigating to a Tone or Rhythym way easier. - allow custom naming of banks and registrations for easier retrieval. - create a "favorites" where you can add and recall favorite Tones or Rythyms, by name, quickly. (Registrations kind of do this, but registration changes alters the patch remain and also recalls the entire keyboard setup.) - the ability to assign and customize slider control over ALL levels and balances. (??) - assignable slider control of "layers" and "split" Tones. (Upper 1,2, Lower 1,2) - with Hex Layers, display the specific name of the voice associated with a specific slider in the mixer control. - more onboard memory (256 MB is a little small for some and memory is cheap) - "dynamic rhythym" option that follows players tempo and volume. (Yamaha PSR does this and it adds so much expressiveness) - improve the "Full Range" keyboard chord recognition and responsiveness. Currently, Casio cannot recognize an octave with a fifth. (See Yamaha PSR) - improve the manual, going into more detailed and thorough descriptions of features. - improve "patch remain" to hold previous patch, even through Registration changes or Tone DSP changes. - allow patch/tone remain when switching between Hex Layer Tones, or when switching from Hex Tone to regular Tone. Switching between Hex layers in the "Main" panel works, but not within the Hex Layer sub-category or changing registrations. - add additional "Intro" and "Ending" - Finally, pay Ralph Maten, Mike Martin, Brad MZ a lot of money to personally conduct MZ-X500 webinars.
  4. Yes! The 76 key Casio MZ-X600... (we can only hope)...NAMM, Jan 2018 - Countdown to greatness. 1) 76 keys (semi weighted) 2) sliders (and knobs) programmable for "catch" or "jump" 3) better graphic interface 4) bigger display ... PLEASE 5) more assignable knobs (maybe 4?) 6) fluid motion on knobs instead of detented clicks 7) knobs option 6) sliders assignable for layers and split levels (maybe that does it already?) 7) vocorder 8) vocal harmony What would you like to see in the next Casio MZ-X?
  5. 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)?
  6. 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.
  7. I WANT an MZ-X500, mostly due to the awesome videos from Ralph Maten on YouTube. (I suspect he has done some serious custom editing on his MZ to do what he does.). If the MZ-X500 was 76 keys, I would have bought one already. (Maybe for NAMM in January...please Casio!) So...articulations. I can't get my hands on an MZ anywhere but I played the Yamaha PSR-S970 yesterday and the Super Articulations are ... WOW! Can the MZ-X500 create these articulations (fret slides, keyoffs) in the melody hand while playing (like the Yamaha) or do I have to hit pads or special keys in the lower register to trigger these random (but gorgeous) nuances? I looked at the Appendix pg 15, referencing "Versatile Tones" but I'm still not clear on this. Thanks all.
  8. I WANT an MZ-X500, mostly due to the awesome videos from Ralph Maten on YouTube.  (However, I suspect he has done some serious custom editing on his MZ to do what he does.)  But it's awesome!  If the MZ-X500 was 76 keys, I would have bought one already.  (Maybe for NAMM in January...please Casio!)  In the meantime, I'm trying to educate myself on this awesome board.

    So, articulations.  I can't get my hands on an MZ anywhere in my area, but I played the Yamaha PSR-S970 yesterday and the Super Articulations are ... WOW!  Can the MZ create these articulations (fret slides, keyoffs) in the melody hand while playing, like the Yamaha, or do I have to hit special keys in the lower register or pads to trigger these random (but gorgeous) nuances?  I looked at the Appendix pg 15, referencing "Versatile Tones" but I'm still not clear on this.

    1. BradMZ

      BradMZ

      This would be better to start a thread in the MZX forum so the answer can be there to help others who may have the same question.  To answer, nuances are triggered either by velocity or playing certain notes outside of the low guitar range.  

  9. Nice Sax - How Achieved?

    How do I get the MZX sample manager app? No results on App Store for iOS.
  10. Closest thing to MZ-X500 ??

    There are no MZ-X300 keyboards in my area. What about other electronic pianos that might be the same sounds interface?
  11. I am getting paralysis by analysis... Please help. Here is the question, read carefully: Ignoring price and onboard speakers, what does the MZ-X500 give me that the Roland FA-07 does not. It just seems like there's more in the FA-07. More sounds, better sounds, better acoustic modeling, more articulations, more presets, more layered sound capability, more live control knobs, more keys (76), and a vocoder! But I still am attracted to this amazing Casio machine! (Thanks for nothing Mr. Rich Formidoni, Casio smarty-pants and overall nice guy!) Anyway, please answer if you know the answer. Opinions are less relevant, but still appreciated.
  12. I would like to purchase an MZ-X500 but am debating against the Roland FA-07. No music store (including Guitar Center) in my area (Denver) carries the MZ-X500 in stock. What is the closest related Casio keyboard that I could preview the sounds, rhythms and user interface (ease of use etc.). A list of options would be great.
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