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#101 ultra.klick

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 04:43 AM

So i have to wait for the PX-6-XL - THE biggest Synthesizer in world


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#102 ultra.klick

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 06:16 AM

I think "PRIVIA PX-5s" is the perfect name for this design .
The name sounds very smooth . Reminds you on "privilege" .
If this became a fully editable Synthesizer , also the biggest in world , in future , this is also the perfect name , i think .
Because of this : It should be an privilege to own this beautiful white-blue designsynthies .   


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#103 ultra.klick

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:15 PM

I'd have to agree here, because when comparing the fidelity of the sounds in the PX-5S to say my Kurzweil PC3LE6 which is in a similar price range here in Australia ($2,000 retail) the Casio sounds seem to be sampled at a much lower bit rate and don't sound as clean and crisp.

Now, while some people may be really disappointed with this, I tend to see the PX-5S keyboard as the ultimate excersise in compromise by the Casio engineers. I mean we have so many features packaged into a board featuring 88 superbly weighted keys with crazy polyphony limits, making it an amazing gigging instrument. Forget lugging a Hammond & Leslie to gigs, for some of us older folk, even lugging a Kurzweil or Roland is too much ;)

What I'd really like to see is the ability to turn off polyphony so when you play solo instruments like woodwinds and some retro synth sounds the phrasing is more authentic. For example, think of playing the synth solo in the classic 'Nutbush City Limits'

Finally I want to add that this is one rare moment where I have not experienced buyers remorse and I've owned a lot of boards in the last 35 years.

In Germany the Kurzweil costs less than 1200 AUD and the P(hantastic)X-5s more than 1500 AUD .

This is because the Kurzweil have three soundengines instead of one . You know: You have VA and physical moddelling .

Not only Therefore it weighs up to 14kg .

 

..and (dirty trick!) is not expandable with V.A.-S.T.machine  KOREa64.

So , The Kurzweil is unfortunately cheaper


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:23 PM

Hello! I'm new PX5s owner, great machine!

 

I'd like to play synth lead in real mono mode.



#105 PianoManChuck

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:36 PM

Hmmm.... looks like more and more requests for mono mode are coming in....

 

So far, two "must have" things that a new(er) model should have:

   - some sort of MONO mode

   - an expression pedal input



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 03:38 PM

Hello! I'm new PX5s owner, great machine!

 

I'd like to play synth lead in real mono mode.

Hi and welcome to the forums. While the PX-5S is capable of creating some really fat sounding lead sounds, it will always be in polyphonic mode.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 04:41 PM

Lest it be forgotten, I wanted to put in my quarterly plug for the next ugrade, if there is one, to add the ability for the PX-5S to send MIDI messages for cc values 100 or greater.  A few of the controls on my Nord Electro 4 require this.  Thanks and happy holidays!



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 05:02 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums. While the PX-5S is capable of creating some really fat sounding lead sounds, it will always be in polyphonic mode.

 

Thanks!

 

Is it possible to add this feature (mono mode) by upgrading?



#109 ultra.klick

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:55 PM

Lest it be forgotten, I wanted to put in my quarterly plug for the next ugrade, if there is one, to add the ability for the PX-5S to send MIDI messages for cc values 100 or greater.  A few of the controls on my Nord Electro 4 require this.  Thanks and happy holidays!

 

Don´t wait :

Get an Behringer BCR2000 - and you´re able to control all your Nord parameters incl. SysEx .. 

Much more comfortable than via Casio!

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#110 Scott Hamlin

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thanks!

 

Is it possible to add this feature (mono mode) by upgrading?

I don't speak for Casio, but I would not expect that to be something included in an update.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 03:51 PM

ultra.klick, thanks for the tip on the Behringer but it's not what I'm looking for.  I need control for live playing.  I use the PX-5S and its weighted keys to drive the pianos on the NE4 (I have the SW for organ use) and it would be nice to have all the Nord effects controllable from the PX-5S.  I mapped the ones I could to a Stage Setting I posted just after the PX-5S came out.  Seems like twenty years ago but it's only been about eight months. Scott, Mike, any chance this is going to happen or should I just give up?



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:43 PM

Another wish for a new feature that would very likely be easy to implement:

I'd like the Start/Stop functions (for phrase, arpeggio, song) to not be toggles.  That's already a function in the pedal list (momentary vs. toggle).  When selected for a pedal, the momentary function of the pedal turns into a toggle.  The toggle function of the pedal becomes some funky double-toggle thing.  It might be nice to only have the phrase play while holding the pedal down.

Maybe not so easy to implement, it would be nice to be able to assign controllers to trigger note events.  You know, like if someone wanted to turn their pedals into kick drums or hi-hats or something.  ;-)

 

While we're at it, maybe we could add a "tap-tempo" function to the pedal, too.  I LOVE that the PX-5S has this function already.  It would just be nice if I could assign it to a pedal.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:02 PM

I know that the PX-5S isn't designed to be a mixer, but...  if it had a balance control for the line-ins, that would be really awesome!  I'm finding it extremely useful to use it as a volume controller for other acoustic instruments as well.  I can also assign a "solo boost" function to a pedal which really helps!

Now if the line-ins came in before the effects, that would be something else!  Like another one- or two-thousand US dollars else!



#114 happyrat1

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:33 PM

Something to ponder while Casio designs their next great breakout machine.  Howabout a built in Ribbon Controller?

 

I just ordered one for my Kurzweil and from what I can see on Youtube they are the Bee's Knees! :)

 

Wouldn't cost all that much extra to implement either. ;)

 

 

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:20 PM

I would LOVE to pick up a PX-5S. I'd want to use it as a bottom keyboard in a two keyboard midi rig driven by a laptop. I currently use a Nord Stage 88 classic on bottom and a novation sl mk2 61 on top. Great balance of weighted action/synth action. onboard sounds in case of failure/faders and buttons for interfacing with software.

 

I feel like the Nord is a little heavy for how often I move it, which is everyday! I'm gigging/rehearsing a lot. It'd be beautiful to have this casio on bottom to drive pianoteq and co. 

 

Pros:

  • 24 pounds!!! Cannot overstate how important this is...
  • Great action. Very impressed when I brought my laptop in to Sam Ash and tried it as a controller for pianoteq. 
  • Very usable onboard sounds in case of a computer failure.
  • Pitch bend, mod wheel, sliders, zone support, and other real time controls make this nice for a master controller.

 

Cons:

  • NO EXPRESSION PEDAL! While I'd most often use my nonweighted top board for organs, sometimes I need to use the bottom one and not being able to control an expression pedal is a nonstarter for me. You cannot do great B3 work without an expression pedal.
  • NO AFTERTOUCH! Another big one. It's so nice to be able to control vibrato and other things without having your hands leave the keyboard. Also, so many soft synths have critical parameters mapped to aftertouch that it's a pain having to reroute them.
  • On board organ sound (especially leslie sim) needs serious improvement. 

 

If Casio can add an expression pedal slot, aftertouch, and an even slightly better leslie sim all while keeping it at a low weight, I'd buy one this very second. I love the price point, but these features are important. I spend another 500 to have this version of this keyboard right now.

 


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:40 PM

right with you sppiano. the expression pedal omission was the stopper from the start for me, and I never got a good answer as to why something that relatively simple would be omitted. I would also probably own one right now if not for that (well, ok, I don't care for the white on the case either, but that's nitpicking).  You don't see a lot of aftertouch these days, which is, indeed, a shame.


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Posted Today, 01:05 AM

Continuous Controller capability (as in available via a footswitch jack)

Some decent acoustic (steel and nylon) patches. Sorry to say but (imo) the ac gtr sounds are about on par with the GM synth in Windows. Forget trying to create Jimi Hendrix or Slash, just a believable set of acoustics please.

 

Everything else is pretty much okay at this price point ;)



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Posted Today, 05:21 AM

I would like to suggest that there should be an indicator in the display screen to say if the PX is running on batteries. I tried using them yesterday (such a brilliant feature! :-) ) and decided to leave them in. What worries me is that In the event of the power supply not being properly connected - ie. if the cable gets pulled or (heaven forbid) if I forget to connect it at all!! I might not realise and then my batteries might quietly go flat and leave me high and dry in a real emergency....
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#119 BradMZ

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Posted Today, 08:20 AM

Exactly Knuckles.   I request the same thing for the same issue.  Plugging into a dead outlet will cause you to run on batteries without any warning.  I would go along suspecting nothing and be surprised when the low batt warning came on.   I suggest the screen backlight dim and an icon on the screen be active while on batteries.  


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#120 BradMZ

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Posted Today, 08:46 AM

Some decent acoustic (steel and nylon) patches. Sorry to say but (imo) the ac gtr sounds are about on par with the GM synth in Windows. Forget trying to create Jimi Hendrix or Slash, just a believable set of acoustics please.

 

You must have hit the wrong button.  LOL   One thing to realize is that the "melody tones" are mostly Casio's usual programming of their wave samples.  The real magic is in stage settings and hex tones where access to additional waves and programming tools can make sounds that are incredible.  Look at the factory stuff first and get familiar with the board, then when you're ready to expand, scour the downloads section for additional stuff from both users and Mike Martin(Casio Official).   Saturday I have some new sounds going up.  Be on the lookout for greatness.  :)






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