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Joe Muscara

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  1. seeking a better piano sound

    The opinion of many keyboard players I know is that most "keyboard amps" are crap. They're referring to the Peavey and Roland models.
  2. seeking a better piano sound

    Amplification can matter a lot. Have you tried headphones? Not for playing out, but to see if the sound you're looking for is closer in headphones. If it is, that means your amplification choices are less than desirable. Guitar amps don't have the full range a piano sound requires. Powered speakers and PAs can, but it depends on how they're set up. Lots of keyboard players I know use powered speakers like the QSC K series, JBL EON, and others as an "amp." But I also know a few guys who aren't happy with those and only like the sounds of some brands/models I don't remember. Maybe you're that particular.
  3. If I read you right, you will record MIDI data in reaper, each zone on a different track, and then play that back out the PX-5S. For that much, you shouldn't even need an interface, just a USB cable. The only thing you need the interface is to record the audio back in Reaper.
  4. Looking for more Upright Acoustic Pianos

    It's the one area many manufacturers lack. They all want to say they sampled the biggest and best grand piano, which is great. But sometimes a true vertical piano is what the music calls for. I'm glad some have taken it upon themselves to try to give us that sound in the PX-5S.
  5. The PX-5S only has two outputs (right?). If you want to put each of four zones on separate tracks in your DAW, you'd only be able to record two audio tracks at a time anyway, so a two-track interface will do. Besides, assuming the timing is consistent, it would be easier to record the audio in multiple passes using only one sound at a time instead of zones (unless you're fading between zones or something like that).
  6. PX560 piano Sound for PX5S

    As an experiment, I would try the opposite. Turn the internal speakers off and run the PX560 through the same sound system you run the PX-5S through. Then you're comparing apples to apples.
  7. Keyboard Amps

    How much does the SpaceStation v3 cost over there? http://aspenpittmandesigns.com Think about amp quality this way. You put a bunch of money into your keyboard, don't cheap out* on the sound by buying an amp that can't handle it and is of poor quality. * I realize you might only have so much money left. Lots of keyboard players go with the active speaker route for their full-range sound. the QSC K series is one example, the JBL EON is another. There are LOTS of threads about keyboard amplification over at the Keyboard Corner. http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/18/1
  8. So, what about spare parts of PX-5S ?

    Since many of the parts are common with other members of the Privia line (and a few not called Privia), sure.
  9. MIDI Software

    I'm a Mac person, but there are a lot of choices for both platforms and many have free versions that are either time-limited or feature-limited you can try. Big names include Steinberg, Presonus, and Avid ProTools.
  10. MIDI Software

    First, what kind of computer, PC or Mac? Second, what are you looking to do?
  11. Next generations, current generations, older generations, whoever we can evangelize.
  12. IMNSHO, the primary reason to get an 88 key keyboard for anyone starting out is that they are weighted like a real piano. There might be some 76-key keyboards that are, but not many, and I don't know of any 61-key keyboards that are, except maybe by Nord, which is more than you want for a beginner anyway. IOW, it's not the number of keys but the weighting that matters.
  13. SP33 Clicking sound on Damper pedal

    Yeah, that can be annoying because you guys might disagree if it's right or not.
  14. SP33 Clicking sound on Damper pedal

    If you're talking about a mechanical clicking sound from the pedal itself and not coming from the speakers or the keyboard, no, I don't think it should be making that noise. Have you contacted the vendor where you purchased it?
  15. Need Advice for Upgrading from CGP-700

    The PX-360 and PX-560 allow you to create your own rhythms, 10 on the PX-360 and 30 on the PX-560. Both have 50 slots for your own Music Presets. The piano tone is better on both, with string resonance and key off simulation. Neither has a mic input per se, but both have 2 1/4" inputs. Both models have the color touch screen and a very similar layout to the CGP-700, so you should be able to jump in and be very familiar with either model.
  16. Any PX-5s successor yet in 2018?

    Mike Martin posted in the Keyboard Corner the following:
  17. Px5s and virtual piano for ipad

    Have you tried any other instruments on the iPad? There are several free ones that you could use to test. I would want to know if other ones work okay for you and then we can go from there.
  18. sad

    Who has said that? No one that I see. OTOH, if someone claims that Casio products are cheap, do not work, etc., like someone did above, others may say that they and many others haven't had the same problems so to act like Casio is bad when you got one lemon is unfair. It's not denying they had problems, but just stating that their problems aren't representative. As far as your issues, I'm sorry that you had them. I doubt Mike thought you were lying about your power supply failure, but I'm sure he was surprised by it. That power supply is used by many Casio models and it's more likely that someone lose it than it actually fail. Yours is the first that I've heard of, ever. That doesn't mean it never happens, just that it's rare.
  19. Touchscreen Problems and Registration Question

    Have you ever tried the touchscreen elsewhere such as a store model? (The PX-360, CGP-700, and MZ-X series all have it as well.) I'm wondering if it's the touchscreen on yours or the way you're interacting with it. It's a little different than the touchscreen on smart phones, and I find that the angle you approach it can be important.
  20. PX-360 max USB memory stick size?

    You don't *need* to buy the SP-33 for the CGP-700, but it's a nice add-on. The SP-32 and SP-33 are NOT compatible. The SP-32 is for the older Casios, the SP-33 is for the newer ones. The SP-33 works with models such as the PX-160, 360, 560, CGP-700, while the SP-32 works with the PX-350 and others of that generation, I believe. Please check compatibility before buying. Also, the SP-32 and SP-33 are best used with a Casio stand. If you are using a third-party stand the pedal unit won't be attached to anything.
  21. Help! Can't download Firmware 1.13. Please assist

    I didn't have an issue with the Casio download link, either. Hopefully Fritz got his PX-5S working, and maybe can find out later what the issue was with the download, or he just had some bad timing with some internet problem occurring when he needed it least.
  22. sad

    It's tempting to nuke this thread since he doesn't even mention what product he's talking about and it's his only post so I'm betting he'll never be back. He could prove me wrong...
  23. PX-310 half dead keys

    That would be up to you. There have been some threads around here about disassembling some other models, I would imagine this would be similar. If parts are worn, I don't know if replacements are available. OTOH, if things in there are just gummed up, maybe all it needs is a good cleaning.
  24. Can a Casio WK1200 be used a a MIDI controller?

    With what you describe, it should totally work. You may need the right driver for the MIDI to USB device, or it may just plug and play. I would try that first. I would also recommend MIDI Monitor in case you have problems. It will tell you if your Mac is seeing the MIDI data. One thing I'm not clear on is if you're trying to record the sounds generated in GarageBand with Studio One. I don't think there's a way to do that directly, but you could export the audio for each sound from GB and use that in Studio One I guess.
  25. Connecting to Chrome

    Are you talking about audio files recorded from your keyboards? They should be wav files and I would think even Chrome should recognize those. The USB drives themselves are formatted as FAT32, so it might depend if Chrome OS can read that disk format.
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