Casio XW-P1 Synth Workshop at Musikmesse 2012

March 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CASIO demonstrator Ralph Maten explains the features of the CASIO Perfomance Synthesizer XW-P1

CASIO XW-P1 – Directly from the MusikMesse 2012

March 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CASIO XW-P1 Musik Messe 2012 by Rock oN Report

The XW-P1 is a synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds and playing expressively in live performances. This model features 620 preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer presets that reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds, Hex Layer ensemble sounds that comprise as many as six tones, and Drawbar Organ presets that can be controlled using nine sliders functioning as drawbars. A wide array of sounds can be created using the preset tones and a wide range of internal waves. Moreover, the XW-P1 is loaded with various functions to give discerning performers more power of expression, including the Performance function that allows performance setups to be independently assigned for up to four designated keyboard zones.

Taking a closer look at the Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

February 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mike Martin from Casio visited Sweetwater Sound to give a deep overview of the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer. Mike shows off a lot of sounds, the ability to mix oscillators on the fly, and some awesome sequencing and arpeggiation capabilities. Enjoy the demo, then learn even more about the Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer right here: http://bit.ly/sw_XWP1

The Casio XW-P1 is a powerful six oscillator monophonic solo synth that is ready to gig. You can combine all six oscillators to make a single tone. You get two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM oscillators, one noise oscillator, and one external oscillator for use with line and mic inputs. Each oscillator has their own filter, portamento, envelopes, key tracking, a master resonant filter, and two LFOs. The XW-P1 is an extremely powerful synth that lets you really edit and tweak each setting. You also have access to the original CZ synthesizer’s waveforms.

Free Ableton Live Pack – Casio MT-68

February 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

AfroDJMac Free Ableton Live Pack #45: Casio MT-68. Created with Mike Longo.
Opening song “It’s What You Know” by Mike Longo

Download the Rack Here for Free: http://bit.ly/freesynth45

The MT-68 is very well equipped and makes good use of the potential found in the CPU NEC D 930 G (auto accompaniment CPU chip), which was built into many Casio keyboards. Besides 4 different bass and chord figures per rhythm pattern, 4 additional arpeggio modes are available. It even has functions comparable to a synthesizer’s ADSR envelope on the melody sounds, but I’m not going into detail about it for now.

The analog drum circuits sound quite thin, though. The bass also rather plays melodious sequences than real bass figures, but uses 4 different bass sounds. The 4 different chord sounds are warm and vary from elaborate rhythms to ponding, areal chords.

Bax TV takes a close look at the Casio XW P1 Performance synth

January 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Daniel Fisher, checks out the new Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer from the 2012 NAMM Show.

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.

NAMM: Taking a closer look at AKAI Max 49, Nord Drum and Casio WX-P1

January 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Akai Max 49 is unique in the way it combines traditional keyboard controller functions with MPC pads, control voltage support and LED faders.

The Nord Drum is not sample-based, but uses a virtual analog synth engine that’s designed specifically from drum synthesis.

A lot of buzz around  the WX-P1 – the first Casio synth release for 20 years.

NAMM: Casio XW-P1 WX-G1

January 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Namm 2012 Casio XW-P1 WX-G1 by Rock oN Report

Official video: Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

January 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Video link >>

“Introduction to the new XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer from Casio by Mike Martin.” Casio has unveiled two new professional Synthesizers: the XW-P1, a 61 key performance synthesizer equipped with Casio’s exclusive Hybrid Processing Sound Source (HPSS) that meets the needs of the most experienced performing musician, and the XW-G1 groove synthesizer, designed for the DJ and club performer, provides an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments. Designed with today’s professional musician in mind, both the XW-P1 and XW-G1 synthesizers are the ideal tools for performing and recording artists alike. With the launch of two new products Casio has re-entered the professional synthesizer market, ultimately demonstrating its commitment to innovation in the marketplace.

XW-P1:

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
Performance mode providing 4 internal or external instrument zones with instant recall of effects, 13 Track Step Sequencer and 16 step programmable Arpeggiators and Phrases
4 real-time controller knobs
Pitch and Modulation Wheels
USB and MIDI ports and a 1/8” stereo line input to connect to an MP3 Player, laptop or tablet
The XW-P1 will be available March 2012 with an MSRP of $699.00

Quotes

Mike Martin, General Manager, Marketing, Electronic Musical Instruments Division

“The XW series are not just new keyboards, they represent a new direction for Casio in the musical instrument business.”

“Casio’s formula of value and quality that has been the foundation of award winning instruments like Privia has been applied to a new product category, and the XW-P1 and XW-G1 are just the beginning.”

“The solo synth has an incredibly deep and powerful design. Among countless others, the oscillators even have access to waveforms from Casio’s original CZ synthesizers. It can create a variety of classic analog sounds, but also has the power to deliver sounds with an aggressive edge.”

‘Everyone is going to be surprised by the expressiveness and range of sounds the solo synth can create, but that is just one aspect of these products.'”

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

January 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

More info on the first new Casio synth since 1988 – Casio XW-P1

January 12, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Still just a teaser, but we do know this is Casio’s first synthesizer since  1988. Good to see them back. The XW-P1  is a hybrid Lead and Groove Synth with a Mono solo section with up to six oscillators: two virtual analog, two PCM, noise, and external audio. Poly section with wide variety of gig- ready sounds. Drawbar organ mode. Six-way HexTone multis. Nine-track step sequencer with dedicated drum track. We can all hope that it will also include Casio’s PD Synthesis, although the inclusion of drawbars does give the impression that its gonna be more in the  preset direction.
Full details available via the dedicated http://www.casiomusicgear.com/ site. Which has a preview image of an excited crowd in front of an empty stage with a couple of Korg MS20s on it..
Expected cost around $700
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