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  1. You can take any of the preset tones, edit it and store the result in a user memory. You can call up any preset tone or user tone in any of the four zones (Upper 1, Upper 2, Lower 1, Lower 2). However, there is a caveat: Only one DSP effect block is allocated to the tones playing in the 16 parts not addressed by the accompaniment system (which gets the other DSP effect block). If any of the tones in those 16 parts calls up a DSP effect, you will hear only the one on Upper 1, assuming it calls up a DSP effect. If the tone in Upper 1 doesn't call up a DSP effect I don't know which one you will hear but hopefully it follows the part number order.
  2. Weird. This was supposed to be the Mike Martin video posted below. But the link didn't work for some reason.
  3. Feel the love:
  4. Casio will launch a new keytar when the surviving member of Milli Vanilli is awarded another Grammy.
  5. Maybe this works?
  6. The Farfisa could evidently make a few different sounds, all similar but not exactly the same: But I think the Animal's organ sound was actually from a Vox Continental:
  7. Here is all I could find concerning Casio pre-NAMM product announcements: Not too encouraging yet. Anyone find anything else?
  8. I can't of course answer the first question. Mike is probably very busy getting ready for NAMM; hopefully we will learn at the show of a firmware update that fixes that problem and maybe adds some new stuff (after all, the MZ-X500 has received some significant new capabilities in the last few firmware updates). Or maybe not. I think I can answer your second question. Page EN-76 of the PX-560 User's Guide shows all the assignments you can make to the footpedals, the modulation wheel and the three assignable knobs (K1, K2, K3). Among the staggering list of controllable items it does say "Layer 1 to Layer 6: Tone parameter settings of each layer" followed by a list of parameters for each layer. Bear in mind that each controller can control _two_ separate parameters with independent ranges. Clearly, Casio put some thought into it.
  9. That's a nice way to organize performances. Unfortunately, the footswitch still can't be used. Pity. There are _so_ many things that become possible if that was supported.
  10. Which is.....? If it has been described here before please link to it. If not please briefly give a few hints. Always willing to learn something new.
  11. Prices have to be a little bit better than competitive; a little bit better because Casio is starting from behind in the pro market (although not in the home market or the digital piano markets). They know that, of course and the prices thus far _have_ been better than competitive, sometimes significantly so.
  12. I don't know of a way. I did try at one point to figure something out. It was a little convoluted, involving some relevant MIDI commands that I considered promising but I hit a dead end trying to make use of them.
  13. Me too! I think they have all the required pieces, technologically. They "just" need to put the right ones together in the right way to knock our socks off.
  14. Let's hope a PX-5S successor is revealed at NAMM. I think Casio is overdue on that one. Such a successor will likely have a few of the items on your list at the very least (e.g., 88 key Privia keyboard and 4 hexlayers are a safe bet ). PS. Expression pedal input and 5.3-inch touchscreen are also safe bets. I thought these obvious enough not to be worth mentioning.