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Everything posted by AlenK

  1. editing midi files

    Bummer. I can change the instruments live (don't know what I did wrong the first time) but I have not been able to update them permanently in the file. I get the message that the header has been updated but when I go to a different MIDI file and then reload the one I supposedly changed it has not actually changed. If I select the file and record "new" I can add an instrument on a given track. If I then change that instrument in the mixer and do the header update, the instrument I added does change. So it's just the instruments with existing track data that I cannot change.
  2. editing midi files

    I will follow your process. It would be a real nice feature if this works correctly!! PS. Naturally, the manual says nothing about this capability. And I am including the addendum with the v1.10 update, which introduced the header overwrite function. It says to find the "MIDI data file that contains the header information you want to rewrite." Since it earlier said "When you start playing, various mixer settings are recorded to to the MIDI data header as header information" it's not clear (to me) that the function will work with an imported MIDI file. Would be great if it does!
  3. editing midi files

    Didn't work for me (except for the MUTE and SOLO buttons oddly). I did quickly try it before I answered. If you're certain this works I must have done something wrong. (Clearly, some functionality on the 560 does not work the same as on an MZX; we previously discussed differences in how it handles style files.) I will have to try again tonight. Hopefully the OP will report success.
  4. Did you lose your car? Sorry, Carlos, couldn't resist. (carloss is close to "car loss") Congrats on picking up the G1! In case you haven't already discovered, the G1and P1 have many features in common; they are siblings, after all. (Too bad the features of both aren't in one model but I suppose you can't have everything!) That fact means that much of the content in the document The XW-P1 Companion, which you will find in the XW-P1-specific forum, applies to the G1 as well. Of course, I speak as a totally disinterested observer here on CMF.
  5. Pedal Speed

    Sure, you want the foot-operated equivalent of a slow/fast console button on a Hammond (or on an XW-P1!). I don't have a PX-5S but I just tried the same thing on my PX-560 with my damper pedal plugged into the assignable jack instead of the damper-pedal jack. It functioned the way I expected; slow rotary speed when pedal not pressed, fast rotary speed when pressed. Since I don't have a 5S I don't know what its display shows when you try to select the rotary or rotary drive effect's speed parameter as a pedal target. Does it actually show "Speed" (the 560 does) or do you have to select "DSP Parameter 1" (rotary) or "DSP Parameter 3" (rotary drive)? (Note: On the 560 the damper pedal input is NOT assignable like it is on the 5S, which IMNSHO is a dumb design decision and probably correctable in software if Casio cared enough about the 560 to bother, which I do not think they do. OTOH, as everyone knows unlike the 5S the 560 supports an expression pedal; so two steps forward, one step back.)
  6. editing midi files

    As far as I know, while you can play MIDI files on the 560 you can't actually edit them in any way. Even in real time the mixer settings don't seem to affect what is being played except for the "mute" and "solo" buttons on the Monitor pages, which in my tests functioned as expected.
  7. Touchscreen Problems and Registration Question

    I would say your 560's screen is not representative. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's defective because I don't know Casio's manufacturing tolerances. But if it were mine I would be complaining to Casio. The screen on my 560 is VERY responsive, especially considering it is, as you point out and my own quick tests confirm, a resistive screen. For me it takes very little pressure - almost none at all - for a finger press to be recognized as a button push. Swiping takes a little more force to register but only a little bit. The 560's screen acts about as close to a capacitive screen in its responsiveness as a resistive screen is likely to get, IMO. (Which is why I could not definitively say it was resistive without testing.) Regarding the design of the UI, exactly what were you expecting or hoping for? I find Casio's touchscreen UI to be easy to use. The visual appearance is obviously plain, granted, but visual simplicity is actually an advantage for a keyboard screen. Your brain should be thinking "play music" not "How do I do that again?" Korg's touchscreen UI as implemented on the Kronos and Krome, for example, I find to be overly busy, with too much crammed on most of the screens, even given their much larger sizes. I actually have some experience designing embedded UI's (for projection displays, not music keyboards) and I think Casio did a decent job with this one. To use a baseball analogy they didn't hit it out the park but rather did a nice, solid ground ball that gets the runner on base.
  8. Song Sequencer

    Has anyone here used the PX-5S's Song Sequencer? I ask because I'm trying to understand its capabilities. I don't have a PX-5S so I'm relying on the manual(s), which are often not as clear as we would like them to be. Am I correct in assuming that for each of the eight possible tracks of the Song Sequencer a list of phrases is built, specifying for each the number of repeats and a transposition value? And furthermore that all eight tracks run in parallel when you play back the song? That's how I interpret what is written in PX5S-ES-1C User's Guide (Basics) on pages E-21 and E-22. Another question: Does playback of a song send out any data on MIDI such as note data or, say, a program change command and bank select MSB at the start of the phrase? Based on what I see in the chart on page E-30 of the PX5S-E-2C User's Guide (Tutorial) it's tempting to think so, given that when you select a Stage Setup the PX-5S apparently can send that information out on MIDI for each of the four zones.
  9. Pedal Speed

    Fernando, ignoring for the moment that this question should have been posted to the PX-5S forum where you would get a lot more help, I note that I can only find one parameter in the PX-5S explicitly called "speed," and that parameter switches the speed mode of the Rotary and Drive Rotary DSP effects between slow and fast. Is that the one you mean? If not, what page number of the manual mentions it? Does anyone remember a scene in one of the Pink Panther movies where Inspector Clouseau asks a person he meets on the sidewalk if he knows the time? The person replies"yes" and walks on. This somehow reminds me of that scene. In other words, Fernando, please provide a lot more than one piece of information in each reply. Otherwise it's not going to work.
  10. Touchscreen Problems and Registration Question

    "These use resistive touchscreens whereas the 560 uses a capacitive touchscreen which is much less responsive." Most smartphones today actually use capacitive touchscreens, which are generally much more responsive than resistive touchscreens. http://www.knowyourmobile.com/products/7401/touchscreen-lowdown-capacitive-vs-resistive (note date of article: 2010!) https://techexplainer.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/resistive-vs-capacitive-touchscreen/ To my knowledge Casio has not specified what kind of touchscreen it uses in its keyboards. As a test, try touching it with thin gloves. If you can get a response at all then it is almost surely resistive. If you can't it is likely capacitive. I haven't tried this test because I haven't really cared: I've never had any problems using my PX-560's touchscreen and I also use a smartphone and an iPad, both with capacitive touchscreens, every day.
  11. Casio MZ-X

    Let the discussion begin.
  12. 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.
  13. SAMPLES with Loops and ADSR System

    Where did you read that the MZ-X500's acoustic piano uses five velocity levels?
  14. 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.)
  15. Pedal Speed

    In order to help we need to know what Casio product you are using.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Never

    Well, there _were_ posts here. I say we could use an official answer for the NEW estimated, we're-fairly-sure-about-it-this-time-but-don't-bet-on-it date for the first Casio Cast.
  19. 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.
  20. I'd like to make this thread a sticky. Mike Martin has produced a number of live clinics over the years following the introduction of the XW synths in 2012. The most recent was uploaded to YouTube in early 2016, four years after introduction. That's just one of the many ways Mike went above and beyond to support the XW series. Mike's support for all of Casio's products is one of the reasons I recommend them. I personally found these clinics, several of which I attended live, quite helpful, especially when the machine was new to me. They are organized below from earliest to latest according to their upload date on YouTube. Note: Even if you have a XW-G1 there are things in the XW-P1 clinics that will apply to your G1. Likewise the clinic on the XW-G1 discusses many things that also apply to the XW-P1.
  21. I like those slides, but how are they initiated? Are those articulations "built in" to the tone to be triggered by how you play, much as on a Tyros, or are they added some other way? I would ask the video's author but I think I'm likely to get a clearer answer here.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. 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.)
  25. 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).