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  1. Okay, more about the mystery of the grey color. According to official images from Casio seen here the CT-X700 and CT-X800 are both primarily "blackish" (no, not the TV series). However, the CT-X800's center panel is indeed grey, whereas on the CT-X700 only the lower part of the center panel is grey. The speaker grills of both look black to me and the rest of the panel and case of both look like a very dark grey. Accordng to those images the blackest model is the CT-X3000. But maybe it's all a trick of the lighting used to take the photos.
  2. The only thing I can think of is to use a foot pedal that can generate MIDI pitch-bend messages and find a way to connect it to the X700's USB input. (There is another thread hear that discusses ways to do that.) I'm assuming that the CT-X700 listens to MIDI pitch-bend messages, which it would pretty much have to if it's going to be at all useful for playing MIDI sequences from a DAW or the like. Even if this works it's not a very good solution. Aside from the considerable expense (more than you'll pay for the CT-X700), pitch bending is a lot harder to control with a foot pedal than it is with a wheel. Re the CT-X800 being grey rather than black, this is the first time I have heard anyone say that. It looks the same color (black) as the CT-X700 in the online images I have seen. Have you seen on in the flesh (so to speakl)? Can you point us to an image where it looks grey?
  3. Album made with CZ 1000

    Very nice. I assume the album title and song names are all Greek. (Yes, I am obviously a highly astute detective. Call me Clouseau. ) Given what you paid for your CZ-1000 I would have called it "Ten Spot." This could well be the only all-CZ album (not counting the drum machines) ever released. Some stuff from Yaz (Yazoo in the US) back in the 80's might also qualify; if so this is still likely the only all-CZ-1000 album.
  4. Saucier? Is that your real last name or are you just being saucy? And are you giving up allegiance to the MZ line, both old and new?


    Inquiring minds want to know. (Well, just me probably. :) )


    I would have sent a PM but apparently you are no longer receiving them.

  5. Firmware 1.14 released

    That's nice but I think one of the asks, or at least expectations, was for the name to appear on the LCD screen when you are selecting a registration to play. Does it? (I'm not near my PX-560 right now so I can't try it.) Another expectation was probably to see a list (menu) of the named registrations on the screen with the ability to choose from the list rather than needing to hit bank and registration buttons. The latter method would still need to work, of course, since it's much faster for live playing situations. But the whole problem is that of remembering what a given registration contains. If you all you have is number, it can be difficult to remember what selecting that number will recall. Hence, if the name doesn't appear on the LCD during or after selection, there is still a problem. (This reminds me of an OLD joke. An new inmate in a prison hears people at night yelling out numbers and everyone laughing at them. He asks his cellmate about it and is told that since they have all told the same jokes many times they just give them numbers now. So the next night he tries one himself, "102." No one laughs at all. He asks his cell mate what went wrong. His cellmate says, "You told it wrong.")
  6. Firmware 1.14 released

    That's a very good point. I have read that people feel that a digital piano with built-in speakers, especially speakers that have some bass, feels more natural and closer to the feel of a real piano than a DP without. I supposed anyone with a PX-560 could test that by playing the same passage with speakers on and then with them off. One reason may be that the tone from the speakers transmits some bass into the keys and from there into the player's fingers; the keys literally feel different as a result. Another reason could be a psychological thing: In the display world, tests have shown that the images from a movie are judged as looking better when the observers hear the movie's soundtrack than when they don't. The mind is a powerful engine of self-deception. (But we really don't need to be reminded of that in today's alternative-fact-filled world, do we?)
  7. A couple of new CT-X700 demos on Youtube

    I have to admit I don't understand the reasoning behind this justification. I see many similarities in the features of keyboards that L&M does already carry, yet I see no sign of them dropping any of those. I'm speaking of products made by Yamaha, Roland, Korg, and Clavia primarily. It's called offering choices and all good retailers do it. I think L&M simply decided they could drop Casio without any repercussions; they probably weren't moving very many XW synths (not putting them in showrooms almost guaranteed that -> see my PS below). They know they can't do the same with any of the other manufacturers I named. I also think their decision way back in 2013 not to carry the PX-5S was a pretty dumb move that actually lead to them dropping all Casio products a few years later. I'm sure that the PX-5S has been Casio's best selling pro model in recent times. (I don't know how many CZ synths they sold back in the 80's but I'm sure it was WAY more.) If L&M had decided to carry the PX-5S back then, the decent sales might have persuaded them to continue to carry Casio even to the present day. PS. I think one of the reasons L&M didn't put XW's in showrooms is that it would have made the low-end synths from those other brands look less competitive in comparison. Despite all the faults of the XW-P1 (and by now I know them all), customers playing one and then playing any of those other synths would have wondered why the others were so much more expensive. The higher the cost of a product the more money the dealer gets on each sale, so why use up precious space in your showroom for a product that generates less income on each sale and has the potential to reduce sales of those other products?
  8. Sampling sustained sounds

    You are correct about sharing music that you create. But the question was about sharing samples. That's not at all the same thing. By "sample" the poster asking the question was clearly not talking about a recording of a single note that he wished to share. Are you thinking that a sample set is just a collection of single notes and hence should be considered music? That reasoning is pretty sketchy and I'm certain it would not pass the smell test in court. But I'm not a lawyer so I can't name you cases in which it has been tested (as I'm also sure it has been). But really, folks, it doesn't matter if you can justify sharing samples (or sample sets or tones) that were recorded from instruments that themselves use samples. It isn't allowed HERE according to Brad. End of story. (And if you want to argue that all Brad has prohibited are samples taken from the Nord Stage, I'm sure he will clarify the matter.)
  9. Sampling sustained sounds

    My, my, Mr. Silva, what a big font you have. (PS. Google Translate actually mangled the translation from Portuguese pretty badly. I had to infer based on my knowledge of English what you actually meant. It seems I was not too far off. I have to do the same thing when I read your posts but sometimes it is not so obvious since we are talking about technical matters. If you persist in this line of argument I will have to start a poll to see how many other people here have trouble deciphering your posts. You might not like the results.)
  10. A couple of new CT-X700 demos on Youtube

    Long & McQuade is a decently large chain in Canada and it's unfortunate that they stopped carrying Casio several years ago. They did sell the XW synths for a few years after they came out; it's where I bought mine. They didn't carry them in my local store. They probably didn't physically carry them in more than a few stores, if any at all. I had to special order mine and the sales guy asked me, "Are you sure this is what you want?," apparently concerned I was making a bad choice (special orders can't be returned, evidently). But they dropped them a couple of years after I bought. I don't recall Long & McQuade ever offering the PX-5S, strangely enough. See here. It's the one Casio model that probably would have sold well for them.
  11. Sampling sustained sounds

    Google translations are not very good, generally speaking. Since you don't speak English, how would know the quality of Google's translations? I tell you with no malice that your posts are not always entirely understandable. You should accept that at face value. I needn't bother replying to your posts? Sorry, it doesn't work that way (as you can see). I will continue to reply if I feel the need until the moderators say I can't. THAT's the way it works. You should believe me when I say that if you sample another keyboard that uses samples to produce its sounds you are technically infinging copyright. It doesn't matter if you didn't capture all of the sample set. If you captured ANY of it you are infringing. If you try to sell them and someone who cares (like, the company making the keyboard) finds out, you WILL be asked to stop selling. You will likely get the request in the form of a cease and desist letter. Maybe copyright law is different in Brazil but I doubt it's THAT different. [PS. I believe Amados is being flippant when he says the MZ-X500 doesn't work with samples. He apparently has experienced serious problems with the X500's sampling function. However, even if the X500 didn't sample at all it would still be true that it uses samples. Every single tone it produces is based on samples, although a few of them are only one cycle long and were likely originally generated mathematically (e.g., sawtooth waveform).] You're wrong. But posting Google translations does nothing to promote the kind of understanding necessary for a meaningful discussion. You can stop anytime. Nobody is forcing you to post.
  12. Sampling sustained sounds

    There must be a translation issue here: We know you generate your English text from Google translate (at least, you did it several times before). There are no "preserved rights" associated with sounds from acoustic instruments. Go ahead and sample any acoustic instrument to your heart's content. Sampling another electronic instrument whose sounds are produced using samples, on the other hand, is not generally allowed because the samples are copyrighted. It doesn't matter that you are recording an analog output and not taking the sample data directly. It would be like sampling a piece of recorded music; you violate copyright. In the case of music there are cases where it is allowed; so-called fair use. I don't know if there is any fair use of samples from electronic instruments. I believe, however, that it is okay to sample an electronic instrument that does NOT use samples.
  13. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I wasn't at all serious. Note the tongue. But I thought you deserved a little humor/humour.
  14. CT-X VS MZ-X

    How cheeky. You know he meant "editing." But au contraire. It can be done. Here's how. First, you buy a CT-X700. Then you sample it fully: all the keyboard ranges, all the unique velocity ranges. Then you build your tones in the MZ sample manager and load them into the MZ. Voila. Of course I am NOT serious. You could simply slave the CT-X700 to the MZ via MIDI, but you would need a 5-pin MIDI DIN to USB interface to do it. Far less work and you get all the CT-X tones. (P.S. For anyone wanting to try the latter you'll only be able to get one CT-X tone at a time because as far as I can tell the MZ models don't have multi-zone controller capability. So it certainly isn't a solution.)
  15. CT-X VS MZ-X

    I double checked the manual to be sure. But I wondered if there was contrary information out there. Indeed there is: Sweetwater has verbiage on their MZ-X300 page that says it has Hex Layers! https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MZX300--casio-mz-x300-61-key-arranger "Where did they get that from?," I wondered. Well, on the X300 page on the Casio International website they mention Hex Layers but then specify "MZ-X500 only." That's just plain sloppy. What they should have done is delete the entire paragraph concerning Hex Layers. http://www.casio-intl.com/asia/en/emi/products/mzx300/ Regarding these "inferior" machines, most of the models are considerably less expensive than the MZ-X models, particularily in the US. They are for a different market. And they may not be inferior in every respect. Some of the sounds may be better. (Do the MZ-X acoustic guitars provide velocity-switched slides like the ones on all of the CT-X models?) Casio also seems to be claiming that the accompaniment rhythms (styles) are better than previous efforts. Only someone with a model from both series will be able to say if the differences are substantial or not.