More info on the two new synths from Casio: XW-G1 and XW-P1

January 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Casio has introduced two new keyboard synthesizers at the Winter NAMM, the XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer and the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer, here are the full specs for both of them:

The Casio XW-G1 is a ‘groove synthesizer’ equipped with a keyboard and designed to offer the various kinds of digital equipment used by club DJs, including the ability to create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns and musical phrases.

Features:

  • Step Sequencer
    • 100 different rhythm patterns are available for playback in the preset sequences
    • Up to 100 original rhythm patterns can be recorded as user sequences
    • Users can improvise using the set of 16 buttons while playing back rhythm patterns
    • Multiple rhythm patterns—as many as 99—can be connected in a sequence and played as loops using the Chains function
  • Phrase Sequencer
    • 100 musical phrases can be readily played back using the preset phrases
    • Up to 100 musical phrases spontaneously played on the keyboard can be stored in memory as user phrases
  • Live performance functions
    • A multifunction keys enables users to assign essential functions for DJ performances to keys
    • 420 preset tones including Solo Synthesizer and PCM tones can be quickly accessed in keyboard performances
    • The Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys
  • Sample Looper
    • Sounds performed on the synthesizer as well as sounds input from external source can be sampled and played back in loops of up to 19 seconds long, allowing overdubbing
    • Sampled sounds that are saved as user tones can be played in keyboard performances
  • Other features
    • Wide variety of preset tones or internal PCM and Synth waves to create sounds
    • Various input and output terminals enable connection of audio equipment and MIDI-compatible devices, such a DJ gear and musical instruments
    • Portable MIDI devices or audio equipment can be placed on the designated rubber holding space

Specifications are available at the Casio site.

The XW-P1 is designed to be a true performance synthesizer that allows users to create a wide array of sounds from many preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer, Hex Layer, and Drawbar Organ tones, as well as numerous types of internal PCM and Synth waves.

Features:

  • Wide selection of preset tones ensures quick access in performances
    • 100 Solo Synthesizer presets can reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds
    • 50 Hex Layer presets layer as many as six tones for ensemble sounds
    • 50 Drawbar Organ presets can reproduce traditional Drawbar Organ sounds
    • A total of 420 PCM Melody and PCM Drum presets have been produced from samples of various instrument sounds including pianos, guitars, and drums
  • Synth features
    • A total of 311 internal Synth waves reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds
    • A total of 2,158 PCM waves are built in, including wave data from the CZ series, Casio’s best-selling digital synthesizers of the 1980s
    • Users can create integrated sounds by layering analog synthesizer waves and PCM waves
    • Users can produce original Hex Layer sounds by combining as many as six preset tones
    • Users can create their own Drawbar Organ sounds by using the nine sliders
  • Variety of functions useful for live performances
    • Users can assign performance setups for up to four designated keyboard zones by using the Performance function
    • The Phrase Sequencer lets users create and play back musical phrases to enhance their performances
    • The Step Sequencer allows users to create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns
    • The Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys
  • Useful features for applications ranging from performance to music production
    • SMF data or audio data saved on an SD card can be played back while playing the keyboard
    • MIDI devices, microphones, audio players, and other equipment can be connected using the various input and output terminals
    • Portable audio equipment or MIDI devices can be placed on the designated rubber holding space

Specifications for the XW-P1 are available at the Casio site.

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