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  1. Here's a patent from 2008 that describes mechanisms to switch between articulations during normal playing as a better solution than the keyswitching typically provided in sample libraries (the MZ-X500 of course doesn't even provide that). If you can understand Patentese it's an interesting read. My point in presenting all of this stuff, some of it ten years old now, is that the concepts have been out there for a while. Heck, they're so old that Casio might well consider using some of them.
  2. Something like THIS is the kind of control of articulations a keyboard like the MZ-X500 should have, obviously with a different kind of interface compatible with Casio's touchscreen UI. https://www.orangetreesamples.com/products/mind-control As you can see this goes way beyond Yamaha's SA or XA technology. It doesn't even have to be quite so complicated on a Casio keyboard; even two or three simultaneous conditions per articulation would be fine. Heck, I'm sure even the fixed triggering conditions provided by SA would suffice. But SOMETHING beyond just velocity, key release and key position is needed. It's a point I have made here many times BEFORE I knew software like this existed (which was about half an hour ago). When it comes to emulating acoustic and electric instruments, this is where the rubber meets the road. Here's some more from the same people, this time built in to one of their virtual instruments:
  3. You did the right thing on all counts. But couldn't GC test the replacement before they ship it just to be certain that it too doesn't have the same issue (or any easily detected issue)? If I were a retailer that's what I would do. Two problem units in a row, especially with the SAME problem, would leave a bad impression with any customer. It would probably ensure they don't buy other Casio products in the future and could well sour them on buying ANYTHING again from GC.
  4. I can't understand what is being said in the video (which I have watched before) but it does NOT seem to show triggering of any special articulations like slides or special tones like string squeak, by note velocity. (String squeak is called "fret noise" by General MIDI despite the frets having nothing to do with it.) The brass tones played near the end of the video apparently trigger doits, falls or shakes at key release instead. (It's unclear to me if release velocity affects the triggering of the articulations or only affects their volume with respect to the main tone. Release velocity is fairly hard to control, IMO.) Versatile Tones are analogous to Yamaha's MegaVoice technology, which is easily ten years old now. That's how far behind Casio is at present when it comes to triggering articulations. As Yamaha has repeatedly maintained, MegaVoices are not intended to be played live; instead they are played by specially designed arpeggios, which keyboards like the Motif models have in spades. The MZ-X500 doesn't have anything like Super Articulation (SA) or eXpanded Articulation (XA) or even Korg's version of XA, which are themselves fairly old technologies but probably patented, hence effectively unavailable to Casio. And Yamaha progressed to SA2 for the last few years, so they're even further ahead. The MZ-X500 can evidently generate most of the important articulations, unlike previous Casio keyboards, which is a huge step in the right direction. It's just the triggering part that is lacking. That said, if you are willing to create your own custom samples (could even be done by recording articulations from the MZ-X500 itself by the MZ-X500 itself one at a time) you can build tones that allow controllable selection of articulations by velocity. The first video in this thread likely shows something like that. In that thread Brad, CMF's resident MZ-X500 expert and all-around nice guy, provides some great explanations of the MZ-X500's capabilities in that regard. Strangely enough, I have been able to find only two videos, the one in this thread and the one I posted in the thread I referenced above, that show any special articulations from the MZ-X500 when played "normally" (not counting ones that show articulations triggered by the pads). Maybe there are more and I simply missed them (somehow).
  5. Auto pan or tremelo px560

    You can definitely do that. A list of the available insert effects is in the User's Guide.
  6. Can you name some of the tones that have this problem? Then people could check it out to try to replicate what you are hearing.
  7. quick pallet

  8. Yes and no. FAT32 can handle larger partitions under Windows, although it is not a normal thing to do. See http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/format-large-hard-drive-fat-fat32/
  9. Blade Runner Setup on the P1

    Good question because I'm not aware of any tone or bank explicitly named "CS80" that was uploaded by Mike Martin. I did find the solo-synth tone "Vangelis.ZSY" in the "XWP1_Soundbank1.zip" file here, which the pdf document in the zip archive explains is the main sound Mike used for that particular YouTube video. That tone is, as Mike's document explains, an emulation of the tone from the Yamaha CS-80 that Vangelis used in the Blade Runner soundtrack. AFAIK Mike did not actually release the Performance file or other associated sounds, sequences or phrases that he used for that video. But he did explain some of what he did in the comments and as I recall also in one of his live clinics (I can't remember which one) so it shouldn't be too hard to re-create. One reason Mike may have had for not sharing a Performance: There is a practical difficulty associated with that because a Performance will point to the memory locations of various components in the author's machine, which may not be where the user who downloads the Performance and those components will or can put them. But that problem can be easily overcome by putting the components where you want them and then editing the Performance to point to their new locations. It shouldn't stop anyone from sharing a zip file containing a Performance and the required components, as I have done here now several times. I haven't received any questions about that so I assume that downloaders have followed that process successfully. As most users will quickly discover, Performance mode is the key to getting the absolute most out of the XW-P1; Mike's video is a prime example of that.
  10. "Just sounds like a real Casio"

    Here's an example of what I was saying about putting the MZ-X500's strengths forward: That's a seriously good electric distortion guitar sound. I'm not sure if it's a preset or a custom tone or even a custom sample, but if an example like this had been put out shortly after the product was introduced or at least shortly after it was released, instead of just recently, it may have converted some opinions back when it actually mattered. Really, IMO Casio largely dropped the ball on this. Maybe they only really cared about promoting it heavily in countries other than primarily English speaking ones, where sales of arrangers are reportedly much more brisk.
  11. "Just sounds like a real Casio"

    Well, maybe Casio does need more demonstrators but they already have a big name who seems, as far as I can tell, underutilized. I'm talking about Rich Formidoni. His credentials as a product demonstrator are without question. He was hired to do marketing, including social media, product demonstrations at trade shows and online videos. While it is quite clear that Rich has done the latter two and we have to assume he is doing the first, he has a surprisingly sparse online presence since joining Casio. There are plenty of ways Casio could have demonstrated in videos and SoundCloud tracks at introduction of the MZ-X500 that certain of its voices, specifically the Versatile Tones, are actually high quality, with different articulations and extra instrument noises (e.g., string squeaks, fret noise, body slaps). We didn't get those. The drawbar-organ emulation is, I assume, also really good and certainly on paper an improvement over that in the XW-P1 (which isn't shabby itself) but we didn't get any videos that highlighted that either. The videos we did get even months after introduction were not good at highlighting the strengths of the instrument apart from the styles, the synth voices and the pianos, IMO. Without such online videos and/or online SoundCloud tracks it's no wonder that habitual Casio bashers have had free reign to denigrate. It's only now that we're starting to see videos that show the MZ-X500's true capabilities.
  12. Use of pedals

    All three pedals of the three-pedal unit connect to this connector (it's one connection). The two quarter-inch pedal jacks in the back remain free when you have the three-pedal unit connected. So you can still, for example, connect an expression pedal for synth or organ stuff.
  13. "Just sounds like a real Casio"

    Rick's reply is still unanswered in that thread on Keyboard Corner. It's funny but when you ask for specifics of people who are dismissive in a vague way like that, you most often get nothing. That strongly suggests to me that there is no real basis for their criticisms. They're just talking smack.
  14. Use of pedals

    The three-pedal unit works only with the CS-67 stand. Electrically, it connects to a special connector on the bottom of the keyboard. I have the stand but not the three-pedal unit (although I may yet buy it). For opinions on it just look back in this forum far enough.
  15. The quote below is from a recent thread in the Keyboard Corner. Some day with any luck, "just sounds like a real Casio" will actually be meant as a compliment.