PortaSynth and Calc-U-Synth – new for Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 platform

May 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

PortaSynth features:

  • 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.

Calc-U-Synth features:

  • 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.

Prices:

  • 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.

CASIO Music @ SXSW Gear Alley Austin, TX

May 20, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

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

Casio XW-P1 Tutorial: Basic Navigation

April 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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 XW Synth on stage

April 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CASIO new synth presented by a cool band

New Sounds Coming for the XW-P1

April 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s what Casio has to say about it:

We’re working on expanding the library of sounds available for the XW-P1, here is a quick look at some of the sounds we’re working on. These sounds will be available in May for free at www.casiomusicgear.com

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.

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