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  1. seeking a better piano sound

    I have/play the PX350 and have played several others-for playing out in various good or not so good acoustic settings-I use a full compact PA system with both linear and parametric equalizer settings, plus 2 10-inch speaker enclosures with bass ducts and horns for high-end frequencies. I can carry a pretty big room with about 200 watts into these stereo speakers although for solo gigs in a really big room i would use something even bigger than this. A piano has such a wide range of frequencies-it is very difficult getting a good mid-range sound out of any digital piano and still carry the extreme bass and treble octaves. Only a system with full eq will do it IMO. Every room is different and what sounds full in one venue may sound completely crap in another. A good Peavey or Roland keyboard amp, with at least a 12' speaker will help, but for solo gigs, I need stereo to even get close to an acoustic piano. I used to go out with a custom-made huge single speaker with an 18" driver and 2 horns, but even that didn't sound good enough and decided I needed the stereo sound to get a good solo piano. and as Joe and Brad said, if you want to duplicate the sound out of headphones, it is going to take a little work.
  2. Go-Tek USB Emulator

    You may want to check Yahoo user groups for the Yamaha RM1X, Yamaha SY77 (UK forum in particular) the Ensoniq TS-12 and there may be others where users have installed the Gotek in these keyboards/modules. I haven't attempted it, but it can be done. There unfortunately is no easy answer, but it seems from my research that there is a particular Gotek drive that must be used, there are 1-2 variations that won't work-the firmware has to be a certain kind as these were originally designed for older tech devices such as sewing machines!-not kidding. apparently there was some kind of sewing machine that used this floppy drive emulator. There are also connection issues-the floppy connectors can look the same, but I recall a modification had to be made to get these to work in say an Ensoniq TS or Yamaha involving a jumper setting or wiring. I think I recall a yamaha PSR user group also tried to replace the floppy drive in some of the PSR keyboards with the Gotek drive. I know this much because I'd considered this in several music keyboards but was discouraged when I saw how difficult it seemed to be. And the drive must still use a partitioned USB thumb drive that if not partitioned exactly like the floppy disk structure in the music device, will not work. I will look up some of my old links to tech user groups that have done this successfully, but with a Casio MZ2000, the information may or may not help. Even the so-called "compatible" drives you see on eBay aren't always. people who have gotten it to work say it is really beneficial if you have alot of data specific for the music machine, but the other drawback is that since the drive still sees the files as floppy disks-it is just as slow as the floppy-it will not access the data at the rates a thumb drive is capablr of. I could be wrong but i seem to remember that speedbump. I hope I've helped and not been too discouraging. wish it were easier, I'd have done this to at least 3 of my music keyboards/modules.
  3. Looking for more Upright Acoustic Pianos

    What specific tonal characteristics are looking to duplicate? Possibly less sustain, softer hammer sound, more muted tone altogether? Or are trying to get a more clanky, harsh ringing sound? I have played many uprights from 2 Baldwins, an old Steinway upright (I mean really old-still in my friend's house unless it fell through the floor weighs a ton) as well as a variety of classroom uprights and my brother-in-laws immaculate upright compact Yamaha. every one of these sounds very different-but most had a much more compressed duller sound than say a Yamaha/Steinway/Bechstein grand. if that's all you need, i agree with some of these posts-possibly using a less bright sound with very little reverb and a duller attack might be what you are after. And a little detuning might help (most uprights I played were never very well tuned though so that may be unnecessary for you). if you are looking for more of a "tack" piano sound-hmmmm, not sure how this can be achieved on the PX except through possibly layering a bell/ celeste or similar sound for the attack but with a very short sustain, and slightly detuned from the main piano sound. Just a thought.
  4. Privia px 5s e Breath Controller

    I believe there is a control change message that designates "breath control" in the midi specifications, which is universal for any midi instrument that can respond to these messages-I will have study a few things to know for sure. I think what you are asking for (andIi may be reading this incorrectly) is 1) does the PX5s accept correct midi control change messages and continuous control change messages from a breath controller or 2) what type of breath controller do I use to create nuances or changes to my sounds as I play sounds on the keyboard or.. 3) Can I play the PX5s with any of the midi wind controllers-such as the Akai series, the Yamaha WX series or even the Casio horns which have a midi din output. I can interpret what you are asking in any of those ways. If what you mean is from my choice number one and two, then the only breath controller I know of is the older yamaha midi breath controllers originally designed for connecting to the DX series synthesizers but I'm not sure the PX5s recognizes the midi control messages these controllers were designed for. If what you are asking is from my choice number three, whether you can play the PX5s with any of the Akai, Yamaha or Casio midi wind controller instruments I would say yes this is very easy to do, if you know how to play a wind instrument, and maybe even if you don't! I play both Yamaha WX7 and WX11 midi wind controllers connected from those instrument's midi connections and control box. These use a special control box that connects to the WX7/WX11 and then to the midi in port of any keyboard or tone module. All I have to do is pick the sound I want, put it on midi channel one and play. The difference being that a "breath controller" such as designed for the DX does not play a sound-it only changes the sound while you are playing it on the keyboard. i think that's what you are talking about. The true "wind controllers" are playing the keyboard sounds through the wind controller's mouthpiece and keys as it is connected to the keyboard or tone module. Sorry for the lengthy explanation but as I'm not entirely clear as to what you want to do, i tried to cover several different ideas hoping one of these explanations will help you. You can still get the Yamaha breath controller which sometime appear on eBay. The wind controllers also are pretty commonly available as well although the Casio sax is pretty rare and most often overpriced on eBay in my opinion.
  5. Step Sequencer adding By itself

    I would also look at that specific button, try to see if it seems more pressed in (collapsed) and how it feels when pushed in compared to the other sequencer buttons. Sometimes the slightest physical position of a button can be a clue that the contact below it is worn, defective or stuck. And try blowing some compressed air into it from the top of the panel on the off chance there might be a bit of dirt or other junk, even a tiny bit that could have stuck itself in underneath. And it could be a software glitch (like computers) that will disappear for no apparent reason, just as it appeared.
  6. Step Sequencer adding By itself

    Main headquarters for Casio USA is in Dover, NJ. I would contact that facility and see if they can help you. This is where I sent mine (actually brought it there since I am in driving distance) when I ruined it trying to upgrade the firmware. Might be better if you can find a good local tech to work on this although not many of those around. And is it still warraty covered?
  7. Step Sequencer adding By itself

    Could you describe this with a few more details? I own the XW-P1 but the sequencer I think is identical. 1) Is this happening when the sequencer is in play mode-is playing a sequence or does it happen at random even with the sequencer off? 2) Which "mode" are you switched to when this happens-tone mode, sequencer mode or performance mode, or is it happening in any or all of those? 3) What are doing when you move the sliders, anything in particular-in other words are you using the sliders for the drawbar settings, or specific sequencer functions such as changing note or volume levels. 4) Are you using the sliders for changing the mixer settings when this happens-are you in the screen settings for the mixer? The sequencer functions are pretty complicated IMO, and what the sliders do depends upon what mode you are in, and even how the slider functions are programmed. It may actually be doing what it's supposed to do but if I understand when the random notes happen, I'll have a better idea. I have completely taken apart my XW by the way and the assemblies for the buttons and switches are pretty secure so unless you've spilled anything into the keys or these have alot of wear the problem may not be that.
  8. Action of Casio PX-5S versus Roland A-88

    Billy studied serious classical music when he was young-while other kids would make fun of him on his way to lessons, at least that's what I heard. So he took up boxing to defend himself and became very good at it. i imagine that helped his chops quite a bit. i remember being really pissed off back in the late 60s-his band was the house band in one of the clubs we were trying to get into, I think in North Bergen or somewhere around there in NJ. i forget what they called themselves back then, something silly like the Herd or something, would have to look it up. he was good even back then, we couldn't bump his band out of there. it struck me much later when he became famous and I realized who he was. Also got to see him in 1974-75 I recall-he came to William Paterson College and performed on the Shea auditorium stage-where we did our student recitals-what a great show. I got in free backstage-I was downstairs practicing in one the practice rooms-the music dept. was right next to and below Shea Auditorium so it was a short trip. And i agree, the PX response is a little sluggish for fast passages, but gets better after a few beers dropped in it..................
  9. Any PX-5s successor yet in 2018?

    Seriously though, there is the closest approximation of a Highland pipe I've ever heard in the Ensoniq TS-12 which when I initially heard it struck me dumb. Why, I have no idea but it is there and it must have been a multi-sample since it sounds close to the multiple reed tones that come out of one of these beasts, there is a demo tune that uses it one one of the floppies it came with. You need the bass drone, two tenor drones roughly a fifth from the fundamental and the chanter which spans (loosely) an octave-none of these will be exactly in tune with anything else. this is why you don't generally hear say a bagpipe/string quartet, woodwind ensemble or anything else. Maybe a tympani duo or a really good kazoo player. I know, I play one. Seriously. Now you know. Sort of like playing an accordion that you have to blow into, but pump the bellows at the same time, and it will never be exactly in tune with anything else. Not for the faint-hearted. Certainly not if you have perfect pitch, you will go mad, i promise you. I usually can only play it for about fifteen minutes before I get nosebleeds, hypertension and vertigo. i like that though..... But truly there is nothing so powerful as hearing a close-order drill of serious pipers inside. These used to be the front line in military battles, used to frighten the enemy. it is a formidable sound and I'm not joking there. Just maybe not on a PX5s.
  10. Any PX-5s successor yet in 2018?

    OK, now I have to weigh in. Do any of you realize how many reeds (all double reeds by the way) are in a set of Highland Pipes? 4......3 drones and the one in the chanter. The last time i even mentioned a bagpipe sound in a club, a fine Scottish gentlemen threw a pound of haggis at me and threatened to kill me with a tam o'shanter and wrap his kiltie around my neck....rough people these bagpipe players. See here for a possible gig if you dare... http://www.tamoshanterclub.com/ I think they may already have a house-piper there already but you could try. I will leave you all with this, And an excerpt from the poem by Robert Burns (accompany softly with px5s bagpipe sound) Ah, Tam! ah, Tam! thou'll get thy fairin! In hell they'll roast thee like a herrin! In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin! Kate soon will be a woefu' woman! Now, do thy speedy utmost, Meg, And win the key-stane of the brig: There at them thou thy tail may toss, A running stream they dare na cross. But ere the key-stane she could make, The fient a tail she had to shake! For Nannie far before the rest, Hard upon noble Maggie prest, And flew at Tam wi' furious ettle; But little wist she Maggie's mettle— Ae spring brought aff her master hale But left behind her ain grey tail: The carlin claught her by the rump, And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.
  11. Tone catalog/glossary?

    From what i can hear and what I've read, it was a Fender Rhodes suitcase piano, with a strong tremolo, probably Fender amp based. I've played Rhodes pianos, I can't seem to recall a built-in tremolo on the models I played but my memory might be wrong. Generous use of sustain pedal....I have duplicated this sound with my old Ensoniq TS-12 and Yamaha SY77 but not yet with a Casio. You need the strong tremolo effect. The Rhodes sound characteristically was rather dull in the low registers unless you smacked it, and very bell-like in the upper registers. And unless it was well "regulated" the internal action was very mechanical-not completely consistent across the keys, creating a kind of random effect for dynamics. Actually part of the tonal quality of the instrument and why it is hard to duplicate accurately with digital. Maybe someone else on this forum has some ideas as to how to get that sound.
  12. Excellent layout, much more detailed than I had the patience to put together. Then again, I din't have too many good brain cells left after trying to figure this out in the first place! And there are important variations to the PX5s vs. PX350 as you clearly show. Glad to see I'm not the only one who decided this was a doable project. Mine is still holding up well, was worth the trouble to make it more playable. But then, mine was not under warranty and I had done teardowns on many other keyboards, some successful, some not. Not looking forward to having to do this again, but I would if the keys were worth it. Also ramped up the padding on an older PX575 with similar action as these. also successful, the Casios are much easier to work on than say for example the Kurzweils or Yamahas with piano actions.
  13. Privia PX-160 music downloads

    Without getting overly complicated myself, you first have to locate on the internet, the many websites that provide ".mid" files in the public domain for download. These websites often have specific categories of song styles available, including for example Christmas music. Then you download the particular files you want and save those in your Mac in any folder or even on the desktop temporarily. Keep in mind, a midi file is also called an "SMF" but will always end with the file name ".mid". I can point you to some common websites for finding downloadable .mid files but if you google Christmas .mid files I think you will have no trouble, there are thousands of .mid files available on the Internet for downloading. Now if you follow the PX160 manual on pages 25, 26 etc. you will find directions for connecting the PX160 to the Mac, you will need a simple USB cable (I think the PX160 comes with one already?) If no, these are the same type of cable used to connect printers and any other USB device to the Mac, which has a standard USB in port. Make sure you follow those directions for connecting and disconnecting the piano and the computer to make sure these "handshake" or recognize these are connected together. If you do this correctly, you will see a folder automatically created on your Mac called "piano". This folder automatically created is actually displaying the internal memory spaces contained in the PX160, not for your Mac. When you click and open that folder, you will see several other folders. The "Musiclib" folder is the one you want. as per the manual's description, there are separate folders when you open the "Musiclib" folder with numbers. Now all that remains is to copy and paste whatever ".mid" files you downloaded into the Mac into those folders. These files are now resident in the PX160 music library folder (musiclib), in the PX160 keyboard. Once you disconnect the Mac from the PX160, you can now access and play those .mid files the way you would play the existing song files already built into the PX160 from the factory. The manual describes how to select songs and play each. You will have to access and play one song at a time. The other alternative is much simpler, if you wish to download and play midi files without using the PX160 you can do this directly with the mac. I believe the Apple computers will recognize and play any .mid file directly through the built-in sound card and speakers, depending upon which computer you have. but that is another story!
  14. The XW-P1 Companion, Volume 1 - Rev 4

    Alen, another great addition to an already outstanding document. I was particularly studied the descriptions for articulations since this is such a subtle aspect to creating realistic sounds. You clearly demonstrate that creative use of any instrument is part of the fun of making music in the first place! If you have any interest at all, this document clearly screams professional publication. If Casio is not interested, I'm sure another tech publishing firm might pick you up. If this is a labor of love I could understand not making this a published book for profit, but it might be nice for future generations of musicians who someday may not have access to this kind of information. I know of 2 people who have submitted their "ebooks" for publication. As a retired music educator I can tell you this type of excellent comprehensive publication in our highly specialized field is pretty rare. I have only come across one other book from the past that even approached this, a book by David Crombie form the UK which illustrated many of the classic synths but came nowhere close to your technical and practical descriptions. And Craig Anderton, the early creator of "Electronic Musician" magazine I recall, i think still resident in the Keyboard player forum. This is still such an expanding field of knowledge, there are many younger musicians coming up who might benefit from something like this. Aside from some of the earlier more educational "user guides"-I think of my early 400+ page Ensoniq/Yamaha/Generalmusic manuals which are still amazingly detailed tutorials for those of us crazy enough to study them, and my first CZ synth programming books much of this kind of information is becoming harder to find on the Internet despite almost every user guide ever published available as a .pdf. This may not always be the case going forward. Just saying in a rather roundabout way, thanks!
  15. PX-850 - loud buzzing on two keys

    Phew, tough one but I'll try. A few possibilities without diagnosing it in front of me. 1) Could be a dirty or damaged touch sensor under those particular keys-will be hard to cleanor repair without taking apart keyboard-you could try some compressed air between and under the keys-such as used for computer dust cleaning. don't put anything else in there! 2) possible loose or poor connection to the one speaker, or a defect in the speaker itself which strangely enough could show up with this very narrow range of pitches-it is possible. Or could even be a loose screw or something loose inside that will resonate only at those frequencies-can happen, I've experienced that with electronics repair of musical instruments and since it happens at louder dynamics that is possible. Again, without disassembly, would be almost impossible to troubleshoot. i don't think it is software-based (sample errors in software) as this would affect a larger range of notes. if under warranty, would definitely return it as this kind of defect to me would be unacceptable. if I buy a piano, I expect all keys to work flawlessly since I will be playing music that uses all of them! I know of no-one that composes music and deliberately leaves out a few notes in case the instruments don't work!
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