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  1. Configuring classic sound hell

    As above. Also sounds like Ray Manzarek in The Doors, also famous for using a Vox Continental. Check out the downloads section here, and you'll find a Vox Continental patch in there 👍
  2. Bands with the XW's

    The Crystal Method were known for using XW's.
  3. Casio HT-6000

    Here's the link to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vintagesynthrepair/
  4. Casio HT-6000

    Lawrence, Welcome to the Casio Music Forum! Almost certainly this is an output amp issue, or to do with the final output/ amplifying stage of the HT's sound. The HT's are actually mono, the only part that is stereo is the onboard chorus effect. With the stereo chorus off, the sound will be a mono signal sent to both left and right amp outputs. The fact that you are getting output on one channel shows that the sound generation of the HT is working fine. The issue may be with the chorus unit, though I would expect the sound to come out of both channels (mono) with the chorus switched off. Therefore it's most likely to be an issue with the final output stage where the signal is sent to both the headphones and internal speakers. One thing worth checking is the left and right line outs. I'm not 100% sure, but these might be output before the signal reaches the amp. If the line outs are fine, then it's almost certainly an output amp issue. I have 3 x HT6000's (!), 2 working and one dead. I took the dead HT apart to see if anything obvious was amiss, nothing appeared to be so I screwed it back together again and that's as far as I got. I'm sorry I can't help you any further. As to people who can repair it for you, I don't know anyone in the UK, other than a chap called Mark in SE London who fitted a KiwiTechnics Kiwi3P upgrade into my Roland JX-3P. If you want his contact details let me know and I will dig them out for you. Otherwise best to join up one of the Facebook groups such as Vintage Synth Repairs group and ask for recommendations. I am sure you will get some recommendations. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  5. IIRC, the 405 is the full sized wooden cased version of the MT65/ 68. I have one of each and they're really cool little boards, especially the rhythm section. On both my MT65 and 65, the preset main tone is in two banks, with a push to lock/ unlock button used to switch between the two. The button has a habit of sticking so that it won't lock in the second position. If you press and hold the bank select button, then you will hear the tones selected in the second bank. But the moment you release the button it resorts back to the first bank. Is that how your 405 also works? If not, or it uses different types of switches, the good news is that the switches used are simple and easy to check. Chances are something is sticking or not making good contact, and some cleaning may well work wonders. You could try squirting some switch cleaner into the switch to see if that helps. If not you will have to take the unit apart to check/ clean the switches, which if you are careful and methodical isn't too difficult at all.
  6. What software for music do you like

    I recently purchased Acoustica Mixcraft Pro 8. I read all the reviews and examined the features it offers, and it by far offered the best value for money as well as being regarded highly. I'm still in the process of learning how to use it, and have no regrets whatsoever at choosing it over other more well known DAWs.
  7. members status

    Member status is determined by the number of posts that you make on the forum, not how long you've been a member. Post more and then you will lose your "Newbie" member status
  8. At present, I would suggest the MZ-X500 comes closest to your requirements. It actually covers every one of your requirements above. However, if you are primarily using DAW based multi track recording software, along with large amounts of VST's, you'd probably be better off getting a dedicated MIDI controller keyboard. These have more controllers and are easier to map to DAW software. Plus one would be cheaper than any workstation. However, if you must have a unit that can operate as a standalone as well as part of a DAW, then the MZ-X is the best recommendation.
  9. DELETED-FILES ?? Nightmare ?? Help / Recover

    I'm fairly certain that most flash based memory cards (USB, SD etc.) use similar file deletion principles to computers i.e. unless the media is given a full format, the data remains. Only the directory entries are removed during any 'delete' process. Even quick formats are similar in that they only delete the directory, not the actual data. A "full format" WOULD, however, delete all data, though luckily in Jay's case he hasn't done that. Whether Casio used their own proprietary disk structure I am not sure, but hopefully it's pretty standard and most data recovery programs should be able recovery the data. Try Alen's suggestion, as being free you can see if it works before (if) you buy. You may not even need to recover more than 2gb of data as I know that most Casio Data files are quite small. The most important thing right now is DO NOT USE THE MEDIUM! If you start writing any data to it in its 'deleted' state, you risk overwriting your lost data that is likely still there. To give you a bit of hope, I have rescued 'deleted' data on both USB and SD cards in the past so it should still be possible in your case.
  10. From what I understand, the biggest drawback with using a PD1 is that it can output clock signal, but it cannot receive it. That means in any rig, the PD1 has to be the master and all the other devices set to slave. Also, from what I have read, the PD1 was always designed to be the master in a stand-alone rig. I'm not sure quite how it would work any other way, or how it would work as part of a computer DAW set up. Have to say, the missing 5 pin MIDI sockets and the inability to receive clock signal really hurts the usefulness of the PD1. It has so much potential and is otherwise a powerful little beat/ rhythm/ sampler box.
  11. CMF looks different today

    The main banner still states "commnunity" though!
  12. I guess the question is, how similar are the Hex Layer engines between the XW-P1, PX5S and the MZ-X? Could the basic programming principles from one model translate to the others?
  13. XW-P1, A modern ARP Quadra?

    Cheshurecat, you are right that that the XW-P1 is almost a modern take of the Arp Quadra. The Quadra had a bass synth (Odyssey based), a poly synth (Solina based?), a solo synth (Odyssey in duophonic mode) and a string synth (Solina II). The XW has a Solo/ bass synth (equivalent to the Quadra Solo/ Bass synths), three poly synths with PCM, Drawbar and HEX being being the equivalent of the Quadra's Poly and Strings mode, plus onboard effects (many more than the the Quadra's Phaser). Of course, the XW-P1 does so much more and has a large amount of effects too, as well as the wicked solo synth filter. Definitely a PCM Panini with a cup of espresso served as well!