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  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. CMF looks different today

    The main banner still states "commnunity" though!
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. I wonder if it might be more a key trigger issue? Sometimes if you play a succession of notes quickly and they overlap, then the filter and/ or amp envelopes don't get retriggered. This makes it sound as if only the first note has glide on it, because the successive notes overlap and thus the envelopes remain active. Only when every key is off will the envelopes reset.
  9. Time stretching user samples

    As others have mentioned, the XWs can't time stretch. However, you could take the sample and put it into a 3rd party program such as Paulstretch: http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/ Then you could 'stretch' the sample to the length you want while still keeping the pitch. However, it slows the sample down, so though the pitch remains correct the actual wave is stretched. For instance, if you sampled someone staying 'hello', the pitch would be correct when stretched, but the actual wave would play as "hhhhhhhheeeeeeeeelllllllllllllloooooooo". It seems to me that you need to multi sample across the keyboard as I mentioned in my previous post. If you use just one sample, then that will play in a much shorter time at high notes compared with low notes. If you sample at higher notes for the same sample length time as you do for lower notes, most of your samples will play for the same duration whatever note you play on the keyboard. As BradMZ stated, it sounds more that you need to set loop points that will sustain the notes while you hold the key(s) down. You can do this in the Casio Data Editor program.
  10. Time stretching user samples

    Do you mean will the G1 adjust the pitch by playing the sample faster or slower depending on the key you press? If so, then yes. You can also multi sample at different pitches, then place these samples at various points across the keyboard to correspond with the appropriate keys. This is useful when sampling another synthesizer for instance, especially analogue (and some digital non sample based synths), as each note is individually produced by the circuitry. I did this with my Casio CZ 101. I sampled the note 'C' at octave intervals from the 101, then placed the samples at the corresponding 'C' key positions on the G1. I could have got away with sampling just a middle C and letting the G1 sample engine adjust it for pitch, but by doing a range of samples it makes the G1 reproduce the sound of the 101 more accurately. Once loaded onto the G1, the samples can be played just the same as any other tone. Either singularly, or simultaneously and to produce chords.
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  12. As always, it is wise to regularly back up your synth just the same as you would back up a computer hard drive. Once I got my XW's back after waiting months for them to be shipped, the first thing I did was to back them up to my new music computer. That way, if anything happens to them, or I accidentally overwrite or delete my patches, I will have a back up
  13. Casio CZ-5000

    Oh, does MIDI Ox allow you to specify a memory slot before sending data? When the patch is loaded into the CZ, can you edit its parameters?