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AlenK

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  1. Updating the XW Firmware

    There IS a change: The version number goes up. Seriously though, the changes are described on the update page. Where it says "Improved certain operation" you an assume they fixed a few bugs that you may or may not have encountered.
  2. Knots effect? Are you referring to changing the filter cutoff frequency??
  3. It is true that the PX-560 doesn't support half-pedaling except through the SP-33 triple pedal unit. This is normally attached to the CP-67BK stand. However, it is possible to use it with other stands: see this thread. That said, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the OP's original question or even with Tombo's reply. Tombo is having problems with an EXPRESSION pedal, not a sustain pedal. His pedal is probably NOT COMPATIBLE. I don't have any experience with that pedal or I would have commented earlier. But by his description of its operation it certainly sounds like it isn't compatible. The software update wouldn't have magically made it compatible. He should choose another pedal; the thread I linked to above and which Tombo resurrected to ask a question that he should have started a new thread to ask, mentions several that work fine.
  4. Hammond Organ

    "AWSOP uses 3dbs for the verses…no perc or C/V. The choruses add some higher pitched db’s, as well as fast leslie." PH"s keyboard player Matthew Fisher appears to disagree with you concerning the use of percussion: http://www.procolharum.com/awsop_reg-cerdes.htm Of course, I'm sure he's wrong. He only played the tune originally, after all.
  5. X500 vs Yamaha A3000

    Not to disparage the X500 but if you are looking for articulated sounds that are better than what the PSR-A3000 provides I do not believe you will find them in the X500. You will need to look at a higher-end Yamaha board that provides SA2 voices, which are in general superior to SA voices, or look at software virtual instruments.
  6. Logical Song sound

    That's just a Wurlitzer "electronic piano" (that's what Wurlitzer called it) model 200 or 200A. You can see Roger playing a white version here: The PX-560's "AiR 60's E.PIANO"" is a pretty decent emulation, IMO.
  7. XW-P1, A modern ARP Quadra?

    amysmart, you have proven that you can read Casio's promotional literature. Well done. Do you have anything original to add? The XW forums could use an injection.
  8. Hammond Organ

    The WK 3800 has a proper drawbar-organ engine, as do later WK and CTK instruments. The XW-P1, the MZ-X300 and the MZ-X500 also have a drawbar-organ engine. None of Casio's past or present stage pianos have a drawbar-organ engine. It's as simple as that. But...it IS possible to get to the AWSoP organ sound using the Hex Layer engine. The proof is here. Listen to the downloadable MP3; it's quite close IMO. Yes, you can't use it directly because it's for the PX-5S. But I don't believe the PX-5S offers any waves the tone's author would have used that aren't also in the PX-560. All you need to do is ask the author for the recipe; which waves he used and their relative volumes. Actually, all you really need to know is which waves; you can work out their relative volumes by using your own ears. (PS. He might also have employed some custom envelope settings, especially to get the percussion element of the sound.)
  9. Re The Sampler - Exactly what IS the problem --

    I don't know about Chris but despite all the posts in this thread I'm no closer to understanding what's wrong with the sampler. From what Jose says you can't use even 30MB effectively ("without making mistakes"). Anyone been able to do that?
  10. Re The Sampler - Exactly what IS the problem --

    I don't doubt your willingness to help but being an "advanced member" is merely a matter of racking up a few posts. I don't know exactly how many it takes but I have seen someone with only 31 posts with that title. It's meaningless.
  11. Re The Sampler - Exactly what IS the problem --

    "No one has mentioned so far" probably because it's hard to understand what you're trying to say. What you wrote two posts above in English is a word-for-word copy of what Google Translate produces from what you originally wrote in Portuguese. So I suspect you speak very little to no English. Here in this forum, frankly, that's a huge impediment.
  12. Pedal assign issue

    Contrary to what it seems you assume, the function of the footpedal is not saved within a Tone (Casio's term for what you are calling a patch). It is, rather, saved within a Performance. Also, unlike what I too assumed initially when the XW-P1 was new to me, the function of the footpedal in Tone mode is whatever is assigned to it in the last Performance that was loaded. Also, you don't need to use the data editor to assign, say, the ROTARY SLOW/FAST function to the footpedal. You just go into the Performance Edit menu. Bear in mind that you don't actually assign that function to the footpedal, despite what the User's Guide says. Rather, you actually gain footpedal control of the switch, in which case they will always do the same thing. Note that you can do other things with the ROTARY SLOW/FAST switch (and optionally the footpedal). It (or they) can be used to switch between two settings for any one of the parameters of whatever DSP effect is assigned to a drawbar-organ tone. See page E-32 in the User's Guide for how to assign a parameter to the switch as well as settings for the On and Off positions. See page E-38 for how to choose a DSP effect; it does NOT need to be the rotary DSP effect, although of course that one is used most often with drawbar-organ tones. To learn more about the drawbar organ mode and more about the DSP effects, see The XW-P1 Companion.
  13. Will January NAMM bring news from Casio?

    As far as I can guess, one of two things has been going on. The first possibility is that Casio has decided to concentrate on home keyboards after not quite hitting the home run they hoped in the pro market with the XW series in 2012 and the PX-5S in 2013, sales-wise. To continue with the baseball analogy, sales of the XW series have probably been like a solid line drive that got a man on base. Sales of the PX-5S have probably been like a ball that managed to fall between two outfielders who each thought the other would go for it, allowing three men to get on base. The other possibility, and the one I think is more likely, is that Casio is more resource limited than we know and consequently they have been too busy working on something else that they believe will pay them far more dividends than the MZ-X series ever could. Many people of course are hoping the "something" is a successor to the PX-5S. We'll know more on January 25th.
  14. Download px560 tones to usb legality?

    You paid Casio for hardware that contains Casio IP. Try to sell that IP and you WILL get in trouble. People have tried that already with sounds they sampled themselves from a particular Roland keyboard (the D-50). Roland came down hard on them. I'm not saying you had any intention of that but you seem to think that by owning the product you own everything inside it to do with as you please. Not so.
  15. Px 560 ZLT???????????

    Great. Now, what was that about why they couldn't use a user-friendly system? Assuming you weren't just lashing out in frustration (the eleven question marks in the title kind of made that frustration obvious), what's not user friendly about it? I happen to think it's not bad but of course everything can be improved. Casio might actually use your feedback to improve the interface.
  16. Download px560 tones to usb legality?

    I think (and this is just an opinion from someone with no legal training) you would only get in trouble if you tried to sell the vst as a product. But if it turns out that you are technically not allowed to make a vst even for personal use, how would Casio find out? You'd have to outright tell everyone in a public forum that you wanted to do that. ...... Oops.
  17. Disable one zone while enabling another

    IMO this is actually a pretty basic ask; enabling and disabling combinations of zones using the foot pedal. The lack of that capability is an unfortunate omission, again IMO. I wanted to do the same thing on the XW-P1 when I first got it. But it doesn't do it either, at least not without some programming. I finally figured out how and it required using the step sequencer. I posted an example in the XW-P1 downloads section. The way the step sequencer was designed makes it a pretty flexible tool. But of course the PX-5S doesn't have one of those.
  18. Px 560 ZLT???????????

    See this thread. Does that solve your problem?
  19. PX560 vs Yamaha MOXF8

    "Flexibility with pads and synth sounds": Check, except for monophonic (one-note-at-a-time) synth sounds. The PX-560 doesn't do monophonic. But the Hex Layer mode does great pads and the filters are very smooooth. "Great sounding pianos both acoustic and electric": Check. I have heard a few complaints about the acoustic piano tone in the mid-registers but other than that owner responses I have read online indicate they are very satisfied with the piano tones. BUT...The PX-560 is no Krome. If you're looking for a superior replacement for the Krome the PX-560 isn't it. It's a different beast; mostly a stage piano but also a home piano with arranger features, while also being a synthesizer with some workstation features like a 17-track sequencer (but one without overdub capability, a pet peeve of mine).
  20. Whaldeaux23

    .zlt is a Hex Layer tone. The PX-560, like my XW-P1 and probably most other Casio keyboards, is context sensitive when reading from the thumb drive (or SD card in the case of the XW). You have to select a Hex Layer tone before trying to read a .zlt file on the thumb drive.
  21. You can make a custom effect based on any of the primary algorithms listed on page E-67 in the User's Guide. The parameters are described on pages E-88 to E-91. Just select a preset in the Effects menu, press Edit, choose the algorithm, adjust the parameters then save to a user effect memory.
  22. You can add reverb by increasing the reverb send level for the external part in the mixer. You can similarly add a chorus effect if the Cho/DSP parameter in the Effects menu is set to Cho. If that parameter is set to DSP instead then you can select a DSP effect from the Effects menu. Note that the "DSP" parameter of the external part has to be On for the external part in order for the DSP effect to have any effect on it. Also, if you are playing the solo-synth tone then the DSP effect in the solo-synth tone overrides whatever you have selected in the Effects menu. (So if the solo-synth tone has no DSP effect you will not hear a DSP effect.) The rules of the XW-P1's effects system are pretty complicated but I did my best to break them down in The XW-P1 Companion.
  23. Considering switching to the PX560

    AFAIK the pianos, both acoustic and electric on the PX-560 are the same as on the PX-5S. The PX-560 does include a new string-section sound that is quite lush compared to the old version, which is still present. funky is giving good advice. Winter NAMM is so close why not wait and see if they have anything new coming out? An update to the PX-5S has been eagerly anticipated for a couple of years now (longer, actually!).
  24. Steinway Grand Model D download

    Official Casio tones here. Community-created tones here. The Steinway D tone is here. I haven't tried it myself to hear what is different but I will note that the regular default piano tone is already supposedly based on a Steinway Model D concert grand.
  25. My bad. I was thinking of the PX-560. Strange that Casio decided to outfit its top non-piano keyboard with half the voices of its top stage piano.
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