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  1. The PX-350/PX-360 speakers are inadequate to show what the sound generator can do. A subwoofer will help. IMHO, you need an 8" woofer to get the low end sounding OK. I bought one EV ZXA1 (couldn't afford or fit two of them). It sounds way better than the built-in speakers, even though it's monophonic. . Charles
  2. SP33 pedal+CGP700 issue

    FWIW -- The middle pedal is a _sostenuto_ pedal. The way it's supposed to work: . . . If a key is being held down _at the moment when the pedal is pressed_, that note will continue to sound after the key is released. That is, the sostenuto pedal acts as a damper pedal, for notes that are sounding when it is depressed. . . . If a note is struck _when the pedal is already down_, it will behave as though the sostenuto pedal is not present. Lift your finger off the key, and the note stops. I don't know how an acoustic piano behaves when the sostenuto pedal is depressed _when notes are sounding because the damper pedal is held down_. I suspect that -- in that case -- it will "catch" the dampers in their raised position. So when you let go of the damper pedal, the notes will continue to sound. If that's how your DP is acting, I don't think there's a problem. The previous thread was about a mis-behaving pedal assembly. Yours, sounds like it's OK. . Charles
  3. PX350 DSP settings

    Yes, an Android (or even a PC) app would be nice. But the PX-350 is obsolescent (I think it's still in production), replaced by the PX-360. I've read some reviews of the PX-360 touch screen -- it sounds very nice. But it doesn't permit programming the DSP chip. . Charles PS - my PX-350 is now a MIDI keyboard for Pianoteq. Its built-in sounds are OK, but Pianoteq's are better. And there's an adjustable reverb, an EQ, and so on, inside Pianoteq.
  4. Casio mini-keyboard controller

    >>> . . . Neither are the microkorgs [velocity-sensitive] as far as I know. <<< Yes, they are. I _know_ the microKorg XL+ is (I own one), and I think the rest are, also. As for playing serious, sensitive music on mini-keys -- yuck! . Charles
  5. PX350/360 with SP33 half damper function

    Yes -- based on those results, it's the PX-350 (not the SP-33) that is too "dumb" to do proper translation of the SP-33 position to a MIDI value. . . . I learn something new every day! And congratulations to the PX-360 owners who have "continuous pedalling"! . Charles (a PX-350 owner) PS -- thanks to the testers!
  6. PX350/360 with SP33 half damper function

    I've watched the MIDI data stream _out_ of the PX-350 with the SP-33, and it _doesn't_ have continuous half-pedalling -- three values come out: . . . Pedal up . . . half-pedal (the MIDI value is settable in the menu system); . . . Pedal down.. I have sent MIDI streams with "continuous half-pedal" messages _into_ the PX-350, and its sound generator _does_ respond properly to them, with slowly-increasing sustain times as the MIDI value changes. I haven't checked -- pin-to-pin on the connector -- whether the "sustain" pedal is actually a continuous controller. But I'd bet that it isn't. Check for some messages by Mike Martin on "Pianoworld" in 2014-2015; I think he finally agreed with me. But I can't find them now. It would take an incredibly short-sighted engineering department to have a continuous pedal, and a sound generator that responded to "continuous half-pedal" MIDI messages, and _not_ send the pedal data straight to the sound generator. . Charles
  7. PX350 - Odd MIDI input behavior

    FWIW -- When you press down two keys, _two_ MIDI "note on" messages should happen - and nothing else! My guess is that the "high-res" portions of the "note on" messages are being interpreted as something peculiar, by the software. In Pianoteq, there's a menu setting for "hi-resolution MIDI", which stopped some problems I was having with my PX-350. I'd contact the people who wrote your software, and ask if they can handle "high-resolution MIDI". . Charles
  8. New Celviano Hybrids Announced!

    From someone who owns an acoustic grand, that's a powerful statement! A bunch of technical information is still missing: . . . Are the decays looped? . . . . . .Are the decays full-length? . . . Are the samples stretched (that is, one sample serves for several pitches) ? . . . Are the samples from the "old" sampled piano (for the PX-x50, etc) re-processed and re-used, . . . . or is it a brand-new sample set? Since the GP300 can produce sounds louder than an acoustic grand, I'd expect something over 100 watts in the amps -- but I can't find the specs. I'm sure all will become clear . . . Then I can really drool. . charles
  9. Casio CDP 130: fine tuning and the pedal

    "Short sustain" is a problem with all low-priced digital pianos (and some high-priced ones, too). It has nothing to do with the physical pedal. It is a frequent complaint. It's caused by technical issues in designing a lowest-possible-cost "sound generator" -- the electronics that generates a sound, when you press a key. A nice long sustain requires nice long recordings of a real piano -- and that requires lots of internal memory, and that memory costs money. Another problem is that an acoustic piano is _loud_. If you have your DP set below "full volume", its sustain will seem even shorter than it really is. There are two solutions: 1. . . . Buy a more expensive instrument -- the sustain gets longer, by and large, as the price goes up. 2. . . . Use your digital piano's MIDI output to control a "software piano" running on a computer. "Pianoteq" is one example -- its sustain is . . . quite nice. So are other candidates like "Vintage D". Solution (2) is usually cheaper, _if_ you have a computer to run the software piano, and some loudspeakers to play it through. . Charles
  10. PX780 as a midi controller

    In the unfavorable thread, Jokeyman says: The capability the OP was looking for was sending "instrument change" messages. . . . How much control do you need over the recording process, _from the keyboard_ ? That's going to determine whether the PX-780 is adequate, or not. . Charles
  11. PX780 as a midi controller

    Check the PX-780 manual. I believe that the PX-780 is essentially a PX-350 (which I own) with a cabinet, and improved amps and speakers. If that's true: It should have a "MIDI In" and "MIDI Out" jack on the rear panel. If it does, you can use it as a MIDI controller -- I use my PX-350 with Pianoteq. It doesn't have a "Mod" wheel -- just "pitch bend" -- so there are limits to what you can do. It sends pitch and velocity and pedal (up, half, and down) MIDI messages. Even if it doesn't have "MIDI In" and "MIDI Out" jacks, you can use the USB jack (rear panel, not the USB disk drive slot on the control panel) to feed MIDI data to the computer. . Charles PS -- now I'll read the links you posted.
  12. setup for external speakers on DP

    This is why God gave us the Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer! Any small mixer with several stereo "Line In" channels, mixed to stereo outputs (for the powered loudspeakers), will do the job. You can select which inputs are "live" by turning knobs (or moving sliders), without unplugging any cables. You don't need a DAC. What you _need_ is called a "soundcard", and it's built into both the iPad and the Mac. A DAC might give you higher-quality conversion from digital to analog. And you might, or might not, be able to hear the difference. . Charles
  13. Changing the tone of Casio Chords

    Further experimentation: If you select one of the "Piano" rhythms, and "auto-chord" is turned on, and the "Accomp On/Off" light is _on_: . . . Before you press the "Start/Stop" button (before the the rhythm is started), you get synth (string pad?) chord tones; . . . After you press the "Start/Stop" button, all tones are Piano tones. I wish I understood this better! Maybe I should stick to Bach and non-automated blues?<g> . Charles
  14. Changing the tone of Casio Chords

    I've been reading the manual, but haven't started to experiment . . . If I understand things correctly, "auto chording" only works if Auto Accompaniment is turned on. So it's reasonable to assume that the tones used to fill in chords, are the Tones specified in the Auto Accompaniment that's being used. And that -- illogically -- is the same as the Rhythm that's being used. As well as percussion tones, the auto-accompaniment "Parts" are Bass, Chord 1, . . . Chord 5. The editing processs is described in the User Manual, page E-21 thru E-23. . . . You can save the edited Auto Accompaniment as a "User Rhythm". This isn't slick, or easy. But it seems that Casio _does_ let you decide which Tone you want to use for chordal accompaniment. My experiment will be to edit one of the stock Rhythms so that all Parts are assigned to Grand Piano, and save it as a User Rhythm. . . . And if I select it, and turn on Auto-Chord, and I hear _only piano tones_ in the chords, this will become a Solved Problem. Anyone else is welcome to try it first. . Charles
  15. PX150 electric piano

    Lots of e-piano patches uses stereo phasing effects, to emulate a Leslie loudspeaker (which has rotating mechanics). If you only play one channel of a sound like that, it doesn't sound very good. Instead of phasing from left to right, it just varies in amplitude. . charles
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