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  • Quote Originally Posted by Blissful World
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    Like a Theremin is so yesterday and a step sequencer is a new trick? There wouldn't even be an XW-P1 if Theremin hadn't done all the electronic pioneering he did. Watch the Theremin documentary and tell me how uninteresting it is. And quit raining on other posters' parades.



    p.s. if it was so easy to reproduce a reasonable semblance of a Theremin, every other programmer in the world would have already done it.




    I don't think he was taking the mickey, but it sounds impressive if no other programmer has done it.

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    • Best video of the features so far...



      http://www.dv247.com/keyboards-and-m...hesizer--93756



      Wish us uk people could get the amazing price like you lucky Americans.

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      • Can anyone decipher what the synth wave abbreviations mean?



        MM - Moog Music?

        MG - Moog?

        AP - ARP?

        OB - Oberheim?

        P5 - ????

        CZ - Casio

        ND - A New England Digital Syclavier?

        JP - Jupiter 80?

        VA - ????

        TB - ????

        SH - ?????
        Time is precious - you can't buy it or take it with you when you're gone - don't waste it.

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        • P5 - Prophet V right?
          Time is precious - you can't buy it or take it with you when you're gone - don't waste it.

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          • SH - Roland...
            Time is precious - you can't buy it or take it with you when you're gone - don't waste it.

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            • VA - Virtual Analog; TB - Roland Bassline
              Time is precious - you can't buy it or take it with you when you're gone - don't waste it.

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              • I sort of suspected that, but from looking at some other comments, perhaps the pre-sets will be a pleasant surprise.



                For me at present my hearts saying XWP1 and my heads saying Juno Di, but will be able to try both in store fairly soon.

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                • I think we have enough sounds for now, and we'll be doing more as the review goes along, but I think it's time to look at the infamous Step Sequencer.



                  First of all, it's a pretty sophisticated 16-step sequencer with 100 factory sequences (which can't be overwritten) and 100 user sequences. Each sequence pattern (what Casio calls a "part") has nine tracks - five drum, one bass, two solos, and one chord. So you can build up a lot more than just drum parts. There are eight parts per sequence.



                  As editing is a little daunting for me right now until I spend some quality time with the manual, let's talk about playback as that gives you can idea of the sequencer's capabilities.



                  For Ableton Live fans, you can think of each track as a loop, and each part as a "scene." So for example, one part could be just kick, snare, and high-hat. Another could add in a bass line, and another, a variation on that bass line with a chord. Another pattern could be a fill, and so on.



                  Therefore, just as with Ableton Live you can step through Scenes to create a composition, you can step through the patterns on the XW-P1 to build up a composition. Also like Ableton Live, there's quantization in the sense that a pattern won't start until the existing pattern plays though.



                  The buttons that trigger the patterns make for a pretty big target.







                  When a pattern is playing, its light goes out and if it's waiting for another pattern to end before it starts playing, it's flashing.



                  The Factory sequences can be a lot of fun, and triggering different patterns at different times can provide hours of amusement But then the question becomes how easy is it to edit sequences, and how easy it is to create patterns...so let's check that out next.
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                  • Quote Originally Posted by Anderton
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                    Also like Ableton Live, there's quantization in the sense that a pattern won't start until the existing pattern plays though.




                    Hi Craig,

                    One quick clarification. You have the capability to set to pattern switching from WAIT (until next measure) to Real-time which seamlessly switches within the middle of a pattern. You'll find this capability in a Performance - which is a scene of everything that is happening on the keyboard at one time.
                    -Mike Martin
                    Casio America, Inc.

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                    • Quote Originally Posted by Mike Martin
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                      Hi Craig,

                      One quick clarification. You have the capability to set to pattern switching from WAIT (until next measure) to Real-time which seamlessly switches within the middle of a pattern. You'll find this capability in a Performance - which is a scene of everything that is happening on the keyboard at one time.




                      Thanks Mike...good to know in case you're playing with a drummer who's close to the tempo, but not always spot on.
                      The first 3 books in "The Musician's Guide to Home Recording" series are available from Hal Leonard and http://www.reverb.com. Listen to my music on http://www.YouTube.com/thecraiganderton, and visit http://www.craiganderton.com. Thanks!

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                      • Actually Craig, not quite. It still stays in tempo. It can switch seamlessly in the middle of a pattern to another while keeping it perfectly in time. So if you switch patterns somewhere between beat 2 and 3, it will go to that exact point between beat 2 and 3 in the other pattern.
                        -Mike Martin
                        Casio America, Inc.

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                        • Some tutorials on the Step Sequencer:



                          http://xwsynth.wordpress.com/2012/04...play-parts-11/



                          http://xwsynth.wordpress.com/2012/04...equencer-10-2/



                          Not that you need them Craig.
                          -Mike Martin
                          Casio America, Inc.

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                          • I'm new here - owning a Casio XW-P1 for a couple of weeks now (the second one already in fact .

                            Being a big Casio vintage synth fan (CZ...) I couldn't resist finding out how this new pro synth sounds and what features it is offering, so I ordered one of the first ones available in my area.

                            First of all I think the amount of features and general quality of sounds and SOLO synth options offered on this synth is very good for its price.

                            I also really like the quality of information provided by Craig and Mike.

                            One of the things I like on the XW-P1 is the possibility to stack/layer different types of sounds in performances; in my opinion the PCM sounds are mainly meant to support SOLO or HEX sounds as additional 'supporting' (background) sound layers.

                            Now maybe I overlooked something, but one of the things I immediately and naturally wanted to do was changing the balance of sound volumes between the different parts of a performance in real time (while playing the performance, e.g. during a live session). I assumed this could be done by assigning volume control to either the four assignable knobs (to control the main sound parts 1-4) or - even better - to assign this coontrol to the sliders. But I didn't find a way to do that yet. Of course there's the mixer button, but when pushing this one during a performance, the audio changes to the sound of an individual part, which is not what one really expects during a live gig.

                            Is there a way to control the volumes of each part of a performance in real time ? Did I overlook something in the manual (I probably did...) ?

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                            • Krissynth,

                              Thanks for purchasing the XW-P1!!

                              You're not mistaken about volume control and the sliders within a Performance. The issue is that in a performance the sliders are set to manipulate either the solo synth or a Hex Layer sound in real time. Pressing the mixer button allows you to access all the parts because a Performance could also contain a sequence.



                              The knobs however can save the day.



                              Example: Four Knobs = Volume for Each Zone

                              From Performance Mode, press EDIT.

                              Select Controllers and press Enter.



                              Here you'll see the four Knob assignments labeled K1, K2, K3 and K4. Change each of the assignments here to Control #7 Volume.



                              Next, Press EXIT

                              Then select Zone Parameters and press Enter



                              You should be looking at Zone 1, indicated by the Z1 at the top of the screen. You're going to want to scroll down to find the Knob Enable parameter for this zone. Important Tip: Rather than pressing the cursor down button a dozen or more times, press the cursor right > button to move down by pages. I think six times to get to the Knob Enable Page.



                              So what you're going to want to do is set Zone 1 only Knob 1 is enabled. Use the Part +/- buttons and move to Zone 2, and set it so only Knob 2 is enabled. Do the same for Zone 3 and Knob 3 and again for Zone 4.



                              Using this method you have 4 independent volume controls, one for each zone. More than likely you wouldn't want to use all four knobs for this purpose. You'd likely want to leave knob 1 open for something else and use the others to balance out the layers. Note that you could set one knob to control the volume of multiple zones at once. You may want to consider using MIDI Controller 11 (Expression) instead of Controller 7 in order to keep the relative balance of all the layers equal.



                              I hope this helps,
                              -Mike Martin
                              Casio America, Inc.

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                              • My XW-P1 arrived today and I have been working through the manual. Have not gotten very far. One annoyance is that I have a synth sound from the B below middle C all the way down to the lowest key in the bass, that sounds with the pcm and the drawbar organ sounds. I have not researched zones (it's in Zones 1 & 2) yet so I don't know how to get rid of it. I guess it's a zones thing. If I am wrong please steer me in the right direction. Initialize did not help.

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