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  • Quote Originally Posted by raymb1
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    Can the xw be split? Like bass on the left and piano on the right. Can't figure out how to do it. Ads say the board can be split. Thanks, Ray




    You definitely can! With the XW-P1, a "Performance" is like what some other synth manufacturers call "combi" or "multi" mode. You can create four Zones, and these can be splits, layers, or splits and layers (e.g., bass on the left, lead on the right, pad across the entire keyboard, something else providing a layer on the bottom part of the bass, etc.).



    Once you're in a Performance, go into Edit mode and choose Zone. There (among many other parameters!!) you can specify the high and low note range for the Zone. You select the Zone you want to edit with the Part (+) and (-) buttons.
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    • Quote Originally Posted by Smart Alec
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      How about some choirs and orchestral brass?







      Yeah, how about some choirs? Here ya go!



      This has some of the standard choirs, with a few of the synth choirs and a jazz-type "dooo" thrown in there for good measure. Not sure what kind of genre you were looking for, but for choirs, I figure you can't go wrong with some cinematic/new age type stuff to get the point across.




      I recorded this into Sonar, and just for kicks I put on one of the Lexicon concert hall plug-ins...it really opened up the sound, and did wonderful things to the image. But, I resisted the temptation to dress things up a bit, so what you're hearing is the straight Casio sound going direct into the Octa-Capture interface.




      BTW I also recorded some brass. The XW-P1 is heavy on solo brass rather than brass sections, but I'll put the brass up next. I suspect that making my own presets could do some nice brass ensembles by combining a couple solo instruments.
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      • Quote Originally Posted by monsterism
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        Cheers



        Can I ask does the Casio have anything like the chord memory in the X6?.




        Yes. You can use the phrase sequencer to do this. Put the phrase sequencer in record, play the chord you want and hold it (for a while). Save it. Then use the Key Play feature to transpose the chord.



        In a Performance you can choose which zones access the Phrase.
        -Mike Martin
        Casio America, Inc.

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        • Hi! I've been a Casio fan for over 30 years - I bought my first Casio keyboard (a CT-202) directly from Casio UK in 1981, and since then I have owned a CZ-101, a CPS-101 piano (used as a MIDI controller), a second-hand CZ-1 and finally a WK-3000. The XW-P1 sounds like a more than worthy successor to the CZ series in many ways and yet...



          I have had a close look at the user manual, and it seems that while Hex Layer mode offers a true ADSR amplitude envelope, there is no user-adjustable filtering available in this mode apart from a cutoff control. Is this really the case? Surely a polysynth worthy of the name should offer some kind of adjustable timbre-shaping. And the PCM side is even more limited - no filtering at all (even the WK-3000 had that). Maybe this has been glossed over in your review - it is a fantastic machine for the price - but I would like to know what your take on this is.



          BTW, if you want to hear what I was doing with a CZ-101 and a CT-202 (plus electric and acoustic pianos, bass guitar and a Yamaha drum machine) 25 years ago, visit this page!



          Many thanks,



          Simon "Butterfingers" Beck

          London, UK

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          • Quote Originally Posted by Anderton
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            Yeah, how about some choirs? Here ya go!



            Not sure what kind of genre you were looking for, but for choirs, I figure you can't go wrong with some cinematic/new age type stuff to get the point across.





            Thanks, Craig. We all have our little musical quirks, don't we? Whenever I check out a keyboard I always look to see if its choirs and EPs will let me do a passable Stephen Halpern impersonation... and I also think A good French Horn section complements your basic strings and choirs in nice ways....
            the poster formerly known as TrancedelicBlues

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            • Hey, Simon, I'm a member of your Casio group on Yahoo... had to pawn my WK3200 about two years ago, and I really miss that machine...
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              • Quote Originally Posted by Smart Alec
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                ...had to pawn my WK3200 about two years ago, and I really miss that machine...




                Sorry to hear about that. I still have my 3000 (it's now my family's home keyboard) and, while I use a Nord Electro 3 73 and a Roland VK-7 live with my band, I still use the WK-3000 for home recordings and practising.



                My old CT-202 now lives at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, not far from where I live in south London (although it's not currently on display). My CZ-101 died of old age about 10 years ago; the CZ-1 which replaced it got stolen, and I Freecycled the CPS-101 piano a few years ago.



                If I do get another Casio, it'll be the XW. But not for a while yet...

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                • Quote Originally Posted by Smart Alec
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                  How about some choirs and orchestral brass?







                  I just found a hex layer brass patch that's awesome. Will record it later!!
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                  • Quote Originally Posted by simonbeck
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                    I have had a close look at the user manual, and it seems that while Hex Layer mode offers a true ADSR amplitude envelope, there is no user-adjustable filtering available in this mode apart from a cutoff control. Is this really the case? Surely a polysynth worthy of the name should offer some kind of adjustable timbre-shaping. And the PCM side is even more limited - no filtering at all (even the WK-3000 had that). Maybe this has been glossed over in your review - it is a fantastic machine for the price - but I would like to know what your take on this is.




                    Actually it's a little more complex than how it appears.



                    The non-drum PCM tones have a filter cutoff parameter, it's a standard low pass filter.







                    However it doesn't have modulation or resonance...it's more like a tone control. The drum sounds do not have a filter, although you can always put wah after it if you want the "funky filtered drum sound" effect.



                    You are correct that the Layer in a Hex Layer has only a low pass filter with cutoff control, like the way filtering is handled with PCM tones. Remember, the Hex Layer is based on the Tone architecture - the main difference is it gives you six of them.



                    The Solo Synth mode is where Casio put their filter mojo. Each of the six blocks has a filter section with slope (3, 6, 12, and 18dB per octave), velocity modulation (what Casio calls "Touch Sense"), key follow, envelope depth, and amount from the two LFOs. The envelope has nine stages; it's a time/level type with beat-synched retriggering, which is definitely cool



                    However, all the blocks go through a "Total" section, which has a multimode filter that offers a choice of lowpass, bandpass, or highpass. It also has the same envelope, LFO, etc. controls as the filters do in the individual blocks, including the beat-synched envelope retriggering.







                    So, the bottom line is if you want your choice of filter responses on, say, a PCM tone, you can load it into a Solo Synth patch (and layer it with a second PCM tone if you like), then send the combined output through the Total Filter. Of course, in this mode you're subject to both the constraints and advantages of the Solo Synth architecture.



                    Casio's terminology is in some ways misleading, because you might think that "solo synth" means you can only do saw, square, etc. but it's also another vehicle for PCM tones. Furthermore, it's the option that's used for processing external signals.
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                    • Hi,



                      I just discovered this thread while I was searching for a solution to my update problem.

                      I downloaded the update yesterday (Mac version), followed the instructions and

                      after almost 4 lines of update (P1 display) I got : 'Mac Error' in a popup with an OK button. I pressed OK and then ... Nothing.



                      My P1 froze on the update screen and stayed this way for minutes. I switched it of and

                      on again but nothing happens. Seems all internal soft is gone. P1 is dead,



                      Can anyone help? Is there a hard reset or do I have to take it back for service?



                      I only got it for 10 days or so and I'm very sad this happened. I never had a firmware

                      update gone wrong before with al the equipment I had before (A6, Virus TI, Roland stuff, Korg stuff,...)



                      Thanks for any respons,



                      Paulogic

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                      • Sorry for the trouble. This is now the third case of an update problem on the Mac side. I'll report it to the staff in Tokyo. I'm going to ask them to take down the Mac updater temporarily. Please send me a PM with information about your Mac (specifically which model).
                        -Mike Martin
                        Casio America, Inc.

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                        • Mine updated fine using OSX Snow Leopard.

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                          • My version is Lion 10.7.4.



                            I contacted my reseller (Shop). They forwarded my mail to the Casio Office in Benelux (empmusic.nl).



                            The answer they got from EMP is : reset the p1 as mentioned in the manual.

                            If that does not work, return the P1 to be repaired. Furthermore, the repair will

                            be charged because this is not covered by warranty.



                            If they had read my mail carefully, they would have noticed that my P1 does not

                            boot anymore and that the reset is therefore not possible.



                            Conclusion : Casio offers a free Firmware update that messes up my P1 and I will

                            have to pay for the repairs. Is this Casio logic of Holland logic?

                            (Yep the headoffice is not in Belgium but in Holland).



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                            • Paulogic,

                              Let me see what I can do from my end. This should be covered under warranty.
                              -Mike Martin
                              Casio America, Inc.

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                              • Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help.



                                By the way : it is your demonstration on Youtube that convinced me to buy this

                                great keyboard.

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