New Casio Privia PX5S Synth powerhouse, piano and controller
From the press release:
The newly developed Privia Pro PX-5S is a genuine stage piano, advanced MIDI controller and performance workstation packed with functions that set it apart from other digital pianos. Equipped with Casio’s new proprietary sound source, “AiR” (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator), the PX-5S delivers acoustic piano sounds with unmatched realism and detail. The power of AiR is also applied to an all new set of authentic vintage electric piano sounds and clavinets that is paired by a powerful new effects engine giving the PX-5S an arsenal of both acoustic and electric piano sounds.
In addition the PX-5S features a large assortment of fully programmable sounds, including Hex Layer tones derived from the award winning XW-P1 synthesizer. Hex Layers can produce evocative synth sounds as well as complex acoustic and orchestral simulations.
The PX-5S is stage piano like no other. In a remarkable 24 pound package it is also a four-zone performance controller, complete with 4 assignable knobs, 6 assignable sliders, 2 pedal inputs, pitch and modulation wheels. Four independent and programmable arpeggiators allow the PX-5S to expand in to sonic territory by creating an array of animated textures. An 8 track phrase sequencer allows the performer to trigger sequences and riffs which can be triggered and transpose and on the fly, allowing for unheard of performances by a single musician.
“The Privia PX-5S is a new breed of stage piano,” said Schmidt. “Designed with a plethora of features ideal for any performing musician, the PX-5S is sure to raise the bar and caliber of stage pianos within the industry.”
Casio’s PX-5S even provides the ability to record a 44.1kHz .wav file directly to a USB thumb drive so that rehearsals, performances and moments of inspiration can be easily captured and shared.
It looks like Casio has a new synth to introduce at the 2013 NAMM Show!
This image has leaked out of a new full-size Casio keyboard that looks a bit like one of their digital pianos crossed with the XW-P1 synthesizer, introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show.
The new Casio synth is also rumored to be ‘the most powerful synth” that they’ve ever built.
Here’s a new video of nice circuit bent Casio SK-1, details below:
Running through a Mackie mixer, Drawmer Compressor, Bel BD-80 delay and a Roland DEP-3 Reverb.
2 4 – M O D I F I C A T I O N S
Tone / Rhythm Glitch. 14 Toggle Matrix.All mods create the classic SK-style glitches and drones on the keyboard as well as creating rhythm fills and variations.
Tone Glitch. 5 Toggles that exclusively effect the tones and voices.
Rhythm Mods. 1. Volume 2. Boost 3. Filter 4. Punch
Plus 1. Pitch Down (Affects Rhythms and Voices) 2. Reset (For when things get too much)
The Casio HZ-600 is the “professional” version of the HT series keyboard synthesizers.
“Checking out the basic features of the Casio HZ-600 synthesizer. All keys and buttons work properly. MIDI IN and OUT also work as demonstrated along with Roland Fantom X6. A little bit of reverb added to the Casio with help of the X6.”
Dr Benway has published this new video featuring Moby´s classic song on a Casio keyboard. The Casio SK-5 is a sampling keyboard introduced by Casio in 1987. Samples may be gathered from a built-in microphone or a line-level input from another source. The keyboard was rebranded as the Realistic Concertmate-650 for sale at Radio Shack stores.
Moby – Porcelain
2 samples are used: orchestral strings and drum beat.
The sequencer plays the samples in loop.
“Showing off CASIO’s latest synthesizer XW-P1. This video was made right after delivery. Read my review in OKEY-magazine #107. www.robert-karasek.com”
The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer with Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source. Providing screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more, the XW-P1 has the sounds and real-time control the performing musician needs.
- 6 Oscillator Monophonic Solo Synthesizer
- Drawbar Organ Mode
- 6 Oscillator Monophonic Solo Synthesizer
- HexLayer – A single sound made up of 6 components for gig ready splits and layers
- Drawbar Organ Mode with 9 sliders, adjustable rotary speaker, key click, vibrato and percussion
- 400 fully editable PCM based sounds like stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, guitars, drums and more
- Step Sequencer with 9 instrument tracks and 4 controller tracks
- 16 step programmable Arpeggiator
- Phrase sequencer to record and playback your riffs
- Performance mode providing 4 internal or external instrument zones with instant recall of effects, Step Sequences, Arpeggiators and Phrases
- 4 real-time controller knobs
- Pitch and Modulation Wheels
- 1/4” Mic and Line puts to process your voice or other instruments
- Stereo 1/8” line input to connect an MP3 player, laptop or tablet
- USB and MIDI ports
- 1/4” Line Outputs
- Included Power Supply
- Can operate on 6 D batteries
Icebreaker Audio has released the PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 platform.
PortaSynth is an emulation of a circuit-bent Yamaha PortaSound PSS130 from 1987. It also includes PortaDrums – a drum machine based on the percussion samples from the same instrument.
Calc-U-Synth is a full emulation of the Casio VL-Tone’s programmable synth engine for Kontakt. It features faithful emulations of all of the VL-Tone’s parameters.
Both PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth are included in the ToyBreaker Bundle, which also includes HandySynth – a sample based emulation of a circuit bent Yamaha HandySound. Not only does this bundle save you around 25% of the total price of buying the three products separately, but as an added bonus, ToyBreaker Bundle owners also get an exclusive battery kit of drum samples taken from several toy keyboards from the 80s.
- All instrument sounds sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
- Bent sound counterparts for each of the sampled sounds.
- Advanced speaker options.
- Distortion, filter and spring reverb effects.
- Key-Click and Background Noise controls.
- Also includes the PortaDrum drum machine.
- A full emulation of the Casio VL-Tone’s programmable synth engine.
- All waveforms sampled chromatically at 24bit, 48kHz quality.
- Additional filter, distortion and echo effects.
- Advanced speaker options, and key-click noise control.
- PortaSynth: £7.50 (€9 / $12 approx.).
- Calc-U-Synth: £4.50 (€5.5 / $7 approx.).
- The ToyBreaker Bundle: £12.50 (€15.5 / $20 approx.) – a 25% saving over buying the three products separately.
Upgrade Prices: HandySynth Owners can upgrade to the ToyBreaker Bundle for £9 (€11 / $14) before the 1st September, 2012.
All products are available now from the Icebreaker Audio website.
SXSW Gear Alley 2012 Austin, TX was the place to be and Casio knew this was the audience to be some of the first to preview their new XW line of synthesizers. Casio’s full line of keyboards and Privia digital pianos were a big hit, but the buzz was clearly the new XW synths!
Performance by Karmina. #beyondsound
In this video we take you on a quick tour of the front panel of the Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer. Selecting Performances and Tones, making quick edits, using the arpeggiator and phrase sequencer. This is the first in a series of videos on the XW-P1.
Daniel Fisher plays the XW-P1 using a preset that he created. A quick tribute to Shine On by Pink Floyd
CASIO new synth presented by a cool band