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  1. SAMPLES with Loops and ADSR System

    Yes, I believe there are only four and very likely the same four used in the PX-5S, PX-560 and some other models. One of the differences, unless I am way off base (and I could be because there isn't a lot of information out there) is that on the MZ-X models (and I think the CGP-700) the layers aren't blended or interpolated, which is part of Casio's A.i.R technology featured on PX-5S, PX-560 and some other models. But my question wasn't rhetorical because there is conceivably something out there that says five levels.
  2. SAMPLES with Loops and ADSR System

    Where did you read that the MZ-X500's acoustic piano uses five velocity levels?
  3. MIDI Implementation Manual for the PX-560M?

    Nothing yet for the PX-560 but there is a MIDI implementation document for the MZ-X300/X500. You can find it here: http://support.casio.com/storage/en/manual/pdf/EN/008/MZX_midi_imple_EN.pdf Since these two keyboards are close to being the same "generation" there is likely to be (but by no means guaranteed to be) similarities in their MIDI implementations, especially seeing that the PX-5S also uses many of the same MIDI commands as revealed in its own MIDI implementation document (I have actually compared the two documents closely). Between them, those two documents should help your experimentation should you choose to try. We might just grow old waiting for Casio to release a MIDI implementation document for the PX-560. (PS. I tried to paste a direct link to the document when I initially replied on my iPad using Safari but it was turned into an image of the title page that did not take me to the PDF when I clicked on it. On my PC using IE, Chrome or Firefox, the image was not visible at all, just some linkless text. But I can - and did just now - add the direct link using the PC. Weird.)
  4. Pedal Speed

    In order to help we need to know what Casio product you are using.
  5. AUDIO IN......how to do??

    Allow me to suggest pages 43 and 44 of The XW-P1 Companion, downloadable from the pinned thread at the top of this particular forum.
  6. Volume Jumping w/ Expression Pedals

    You aren't supposed to lose user-programmed settings. But you can always backup everything on a USB memory stick before you update, just in case.
  7. XW-P1, A modern ARP Quadra?

    Looking forward to reading that. For the record, I said the Quadra was much better in _one_ respect, albeit an important one if you need a phaser effect. One only needs to listen once to that effect on the two units to realize how much better the Quadra's phaser is. For some reason the Casio engineer or engineers who designed the algorithm of the phaser effect in the XW-P1 thought a single phase shift (implemented using an all-pass filter or a notch filter) was acceptable. I can't think of any phaser effect on any external effects unit that is as poor. Heck, even the phaser in my Mustang guitar amp is better. I really was quite disappointed when I heard it on the XW-P1 for the first time.
  8. EP Vibrato Speed/Depth Control

    The LFO rate and depth targets you see on page 15 of the Controller Target menu are actually for the DSP effect parameters. You only see them there if you have a DSP effect active that has those parameters (many of them do).
  9. I would be happy to see a Casio sound module PERIOD. I don't really need more keyboards (except for a 76 key super synth - from Casio I hope!). But having more sounds in hardware is always welcome (I like hardware - I'm old school). Some day I will pick up a lightly used INTEGRA 7. The recently released D-05 Boutique series module is tempting (I have a D-10). It's a D-50 in a little box.
  10. EP Vibrato Speed/Depth Control

    Interested to know what apparently worked. The LFO parameters on pages 13 and 14 (not 14 and 15) of the Target menu for each controller are all for LFO depths, not LFO rates, and they affect individual layers of a Hex Layer tone (only). As for "LFO rate/depth does not appear in the sub-menus with the hex layer wurli," these parameters are certainly editable for a Hex Layer tone for each of the tone's two LFOs, one for pitch and one for filter/amp. But the rates of the LFOs cannot be adjusted by a controller. (Depths are adjustable using NRPN, as I said.) As you no doubt discovered the PCM Wurlitzer (not named that, of course) uses pure amplitude modulation by LFO (no filter modulation) and the amplitude is controlled by the modulation wheel (as is also true for true vibrato). But again, the rate of the LFO cannot be adjusted in real time using a controller. As you puzzle out the machine you will discover, I am fairly confident, that doing what I suggested above (using the tremolo DSP effect) is the only way to achieve your goal: real time adjustment of both depth AND rate of a "vibrato" (tremolo) LFO within a Hex Layer Wurli tone. (If others want to consider that a challenge, go right ahead. I'm willing to learn something new about the PX-560. I haven't yet put nearly the hours in on it that I spent learning the XW-P1.)
  11. EP Vibrato Speed/Depth Control

    Something you can try: There is no MIDI implementation document for the PX-560 (I want to say "yet" but I have frankly lost confidence) but the MIDI implementation documents for the PX-5S and the MZ-X500 both show an NRPN that will adjust filter LFO depth. You can assign that to a knob or to an expression pedal, assuming the PX-560 works in the same way (a reasonable assumption in my opinion). See page 17 of the MZ-X500 MIDI implementation document. Unfortunately, I see nothing for controlling filter/amp LFO rate. However, I find it curious that the tone is modulating the filter with an LFO. Wurlitzer pianos used pure amplitude modulation for their so-called vibrato. The circuit is simple and has little if any affect on the harmonic content of the tone. I suspect that if you made a new tone that dispenses with the Hex Layer LFO and replaces it with the Tremolo DSP effect you could get a similar tone, if not an even more faithful emulation. In that case you would have full control of the Tremolo's LFO using knobs because all DSP effect parameters are direct targets for controllers (as well as, probably, by CCs and even by NRPNs).
  12. PX-560 Tutorials

    I have collected in this thread all of the English-language PX-560 tutorials from Casio to date, including the live online webinars done by Mike Martin. There aren't many but new owners of the PX-560 should definitely start with these.
  13. Expression Pedal EV-5 Set Up

    Short answer: First you have to tell it you have an expression pedal plugged in (it defaults to a foot-switch). Then you have to assign the expression pedal a target parameter (or even two). See the following video (hopefully it will begin at the correct time; otherwise start at 22m58s). You'll notice Mike had some trouble calibrating his M-Audio pedal, which is compatible with Roland's EV-5. I had the EV-5 for a short time and IIRC I had the best results with the side knob at zero. I didn't have any problems with calibration.
  14. Metronome Volume

    I suppose it is off by default because Casio thought that beginning users might be confused if the PX-560 powered up with settings that they didn't remember making the last time they used it. But to me it's not intuitive. I just assumed it wouldn't do that and it caught me. I should have remembered: With Casio assume nothing!
  15. Metronome Volume

    Good point! I did not have "auto resume" turned on. It is off by default, which is something I didn't expect. The OP was hoping the metronome volume would be stored in a registration. But since it's just an audio aid for practise and not something you'd normally want to hear during a musical performance, there really shouldn't be any need for more than one user setting: whatever works in the current audio environment (assuming the default setting of 127 is too loud, and it certainly is in my 560's environment). I'm sure that's why it isn't saved in a registration. But it's not obvious from the user's guide that it will or won't be saved in a registration, which was the OP's original question. That is unlike the case with the XW-P1, which does clearly list the parameters in a Performance (the P1's equivalent to a registration).