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Tom Williams

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About Tom Williams

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  1. Drawbars 8-1.ZPF

    Version 1.0.0

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    Here's my first upload effort -- a rock organ's lower manual. I have a nice synth which nicely models single-manual clonewheel, which I play in a stack above my new PX-5S. The PX can't match that for organ, but I figured I would take a stab at at least providing a backup (lower) manual functionality. The initial (scrapped for now) trick was going to be to put the first three drawbars on the first slider, since so many registrations build from 888 00 0000. Then I was going to mix a couple of higher footages -- 1-3/5' and 1-1/3' -- on the 5th slider. Getting the 16', 5-1/3', and 8' pitches to be operated by one slider is proving to be a challenge, due to limitations in the PX-5S synth architecture. I'll work on that one again another day... It occurred to me though that Hammond spinets don't even use 16' and 5-1/3' bars on the lower manual, and that I have an extra octave of keys at the bottom anyway, so part way through the exercise I ditched the two lower drawbars. So for now I offer a fader-to-drawbar mapping of 8' 4' 2-2/3' 2' 1-3/5' plus 1-13' mixture 1' (because lots of organists like that whistle to be separate from the others) Initially, the mixture played too many major chords when I played LH bass, so I used the wonderful per-hexlayer key mapping to get the 1-3/5' sound to disappear about 1 octave below middle C, and to get the quint stops and 1' to play a little more quietly. This allows some nice bright RH comping and non-dissonant LH bass. This "lower manual" uses neither percussion nor C/V, but it does use Overdrive rotary. The Mod wheel is mapped to overdrive level. Pedal 2 is toggles fast/slow rotating speaker. There is an editable, but non-modifiable, key click.
  2. Drawbars 8-1.ZPF

    Drawbars 8-1.ZPF View File Here's my first upload effort -- a rock organ's lower manual. I have a nice synth which nicely models single-manual clonewheel, which I play in a stack above my new PX-5S. The PX can't match that for organ, but I figured I would take a stab at at least providing a backup (lower) manual functionality. The initial (scrapped for now) trick was going to be to put the first three drawbars on the first slider, since so many registrations build from 888 00 0000. Then I was going to mix a couple of higher footages -- 1-3/5' and 1-1/3' -- on the 5th slider. Getting the 16', 5-1/3', and 8' pitches to be operated by one slider is proving to be a challenge, due to limitations in the PX-5S synth architecture. I'll work on that one again another day... It occurred to me though that Hammond spinets don't even use 16' and 5-1/3' bars on the lower manual, and that I have an extra octave of keys at the bottom anyway, so part way through the exercise I ditched the two lower drawbars. So for now I offer a fader-to-drawbar mapping of 8' 4' 2-2/3' 2' 1-3/5' plus 1-13' mixture 1' (because lots of organists like that whistle to be separate from the others) Initially, the mixture played too many major chords when I played LH bass, so I used the wonderful per-hexlayer key mapping to get the 1-3/5' sound to disappear about 1 octave below middle C, and to get the quint stops and 1' to play a little more quietly. This allows some nice bright RH comping and non-dissonant LH bass. This "lower manual" uses neither percussion nor C/V, but it does use Overdrive rotary. The Mod wheel is mapped to overdrive level. Pedal 2 is toggles fast/slow rotating speaker. There is an editable, but non-modifiable, key click. Submitter Tom Williams Submitted 02/14/2018 Category Organs  
  3. Drawbars 8-1

    Okay, third try -- the stage setting, originally attached to this post, is now correctly linked to http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/file/1168-drawbars-8-1zpf/ Lessee if I did it right this time.
  4. When I consult the table of 419 waves available for hex layers, I would sure like to be able to copy-and-paste the text, eventually into a spreadsheet where I could annotate waves (e.g., buzzy, square, chime, saw, good bowing attack, etc). Unfortunately, the downloaded manual is set to be secure / read-only by Adobe. Is there any legal version of the wave chart(s) that I could save and annotate?
  5. Should my PX-5S be this bouncy?

    Another thing to remember when comparing the PX-5S action to an upright is that upright pianos' actions have very different internals from grands, due to the hammer of a grand falling back naturally due to gravity. In more tech-ese, their escapements are different. The Casio's action is based on that of a grand, so it will never behave quite like an upright.
  6. Alternate Power

    Thanks Brad. Yeah, I have AA batteries, but I'd go through them pretty fast.
  7. Alternate Power

    I left my AC adapter in another town this morning. Grasping at a straw, can the PX-5S be powered by its (rear) USB port?
  8. swell, volume, expression PX5s

    As far as I can tell, only if you use an external pedal-controlled MIDI volume or expression control signal that can send signal to 4 MIDI channels, going to the PX's MIDI input. Otherwise, the answer is "no." It's one of the PX-5S's few, but frustrating, weaknesses.
  9. Controlling two Zones with one slider on PX-5S

    I've been thinking about that. Since we get up to 2 hex layer voices per stage setting, and a fader can address up to one layer for each of two zones, The most crossfade you can get out of a single fader is two layers with the same number going up (one per hex tone) and two layers of some other same number (one per hex tone) going down. The slight bummer is you have to program each of the hex layer tones sort of separately but in parallel. And of course we can double that to 4 up and 4 down if we grab two adjacent faders.
  10. Extracting a single stage setting

    Brad: Thanks, and might I add, arrgh. I was hoping you'd say something like "You dummy, the ZAL librarian function is clearly documented in the <insert manual name or FAQ sheet here>," but nooooo, you had to confirm my understanding instead. Oh well. I still got a bunch of space freed up, and even managed to create a setup for a song I've recently learned. I'm actually starting to feel like this keyboard is "mine."
  11. I've been putting my favorite 50 stage settings into the banks 0-4, to allow space for stuff I tweak / create in banks 5-9. // Select a stage setting / write / decrement until I hit the planned destination number / Enter / Yes // 30 to 50 times. Unfortunately, I fatigued a little after a while, and overwrote a stage setup that I would have preferred to keep. No problem, thinks I, I'll just restore it from the backup I made before I started all this. The backup is in an "All" (.ZAL) file. Uh-oh. I haven't found a lot of documentation on manipulating ZAL files. Is there a way to load a single element, such as a stage setting, from a ZAL file without overwriting the whole PX-5S?
  12. PX-5S MIDI Output & Zones

    Hah! -- Brand new (~6 weeks ago) PX-5S owner here. I just dealt with that last week when I set it up to use also as a controller. I was surprised by the default on x 4 zones behavior. It means I have to edit all stage setups before I deploy them for use. I was curious about whether MIDI was included in the Stage Setup Filter category, but it looks like it isn't.
  13. Disable one zone while enabling another

    Thanks, Brad. I don't have mine in front of me, but the "layer volume" 1-6 rings a bell, and so it should be a good road map even if you missed a step somewhere. I shoulda thought of that.
  14. Hi folks. I am trying to execute two opposite tasks with one pedal (pedal 2): When the pedal is up, Zone one sounds, and zone 2 is muted. When the pedal's down, Zone 2 sounds and zone 1 is muted (or disabled). It's easy enough to do zone enable for pedal 2 and enable pedal 2 for zone 2, but how to turn off zone 1 at the same time has me flummoxed.
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