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  • My first keyboard was the Casio VL Tone so i'm excited to see that Casio is back in the game again!



    I doubt if the dealer here will bring unit to sell so I might have to consider getting it from eBay and pay the shipping and taxes...



    I'm gigging with a Motif XS Rack with a Novation controller. Might be fun to try and gig with one of these instead and see!

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    • Hey everyone, a new version of the XW-P1 editor has been posted on the Casio website. Among other improvements they added a UNDO feature. They also added access to a few additional parameters when editing PCM sounds.



      You can find the editor here:


      http://support.casio.com/download.ph...d=008&pid=1162
      -Mike Martin
      Casio America, Inc.

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      • Trying different sources for EXT...the police scanner app on my droid sounds pretty wild...
        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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        • Quote Originally Posted by Mike Martin
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          They also added access to a few additional parameters when editing PCM sounds.




          More programmability? That is awesome! Could you elaborate? And will the new parameters eventually be accessable from the keyboard interface itself??
          the poster formerly known as TrancedelicBlues

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          • Quote Originally Posted by Smart Alec
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            More programmability? That is awesome! Could you elaborate? And will the new parameters eventually be accessable from the keyboard interface itself??




            The new parameters bring the PCM vibrato options more in line with the hex layer options in that you now have vibrato fade in, depth from mod wheel, and depth from aftertouch. I would assume that these could end up in the next firmware update for control from the instrument itself, but Mike would have a better handle on that.
            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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            • Quote Originally Posted by Anderton
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              I would assume that these could end up in the next firmware update for control from the instrument itself, but Mike would have a better handle on that.




              There will likely be one more update for the XW-P1. The programmers really have a challenge fitting more stuff into this product so I can't guarantee anything at this point. Also, they're working on a new Firmware updater that should eliminate any concerns about updating the product.
              -Mike Martin
              Casio America, Inc.

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              • SPAM ALERT

                I'm going to be doing an online XW-P1 clinic next Tuesday June 5th at 80pm EST on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/casiomusicgear#events. For anyone in the Chicago area, the event will be held at Planet10 Studios. http://www.p10studios.com/



                Watch live for a chance to win a XW-P1 (US Customers only).
                -Mike Martin
                Casio America, Inc.

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                • FYI - I downloaded and tried the new editor, worked without a hitch. I also think it's worth downloading the accompanying PDF document (reading the manual! what a concept!) as it will help you figure out some of the editor's less obvious attributes.
                  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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                  • Hi;



                    I just got a new XW-P1, and I am quite happy with it. Just one question.



                    Let's assume I record a phrase, and I start playing it. Is it possible to play the keyboard while the phrase is playing, with a different timbre (i.e., different from the one used by the phrase)? (I hope it was clear enough.)



                    I was not able to do this; this would be a cool feature.



                    Thanks.



                    Regards,



                    Giuseppe.



                    P.S. I guess it would be feasible if in a PERFORMANCE I could assign to the phrase zone 2, while I play zone 1. I could just "almost" do it using the control track 4 in a step sequence: I use this track to activate the phrase, and I assign it to channel 16; then, I play track 1 with a different timbre. However, in this case, the phrase clearly lasts only 16 steps

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                    • If by phrase you mean a step sequence, you don't have to be using a performance. You can start a step sequence and play along with it using any available sound.
                      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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                      • Hi;



                        sorry, by "phrase" I mean a Phrase Sequence.



                        Thanks.



                        Regards,



                        Giuseppe.

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                        • Giuseppe,

                          I'm pretty sure this can be done this in a Performance. Make use of the Octave shift buttons play your comping "phrase" and loop it, then switch octaves and play the other part. I'll confirm later today.
                          -Mike Martin
                          Casio America, Inc.

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                          • Thanks Mike,



                            working on your suggestion I found a way: in Performance, I assigned to Part1 the timbre for my phrase (a pad), and to Part 2 the other timbre (a lead I play while the phrase goes). Then, splitting the keyboard, and also (very important) using the KEY PLAY feature to have the phrase starting at the right octave (thus avoiding any overlap with the lead sound) I managed to do it. (I noticed that the Ocatve Shift button does not influence the phrase.)



                            I was wondering (maybe in a future update ) if it would be possible to have the phrase seq still occupy one of the Parts of the performance, but be somehow "independent" from the other Parts of the performance. In this way the phrase could play in background, while being possible to use the whole keyboard to play on top of it....I hope I made myself clear enough!



                            Thanks again for your help.



                            Regards,



                            Giuseppe.

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                            • Hi,



                              This message is directed at both Craig and Mike and would probably be useful to others as well.



                              I received my XW-P1 back in April (one of the first ones to ship to Canada) and I'm extremely pleased with it. The synth sounds and the hex tones and the step sequencer make it a hell of a lot of fun to play with and I have no complaints about the build quality or the keyboard feel as some others here have complained about.



                              However, in order to be truly useful to me, I need to be able to use it with the MIDI sequencers I run under Linux, ie. Rosegarden and an Old Copy of Cakewalk Home Studio I run under WINE.



                              Now my question is directed at both Craig as well as Mike Martin regarding where, if anywhere on the web can I locate a Cakewalk INS Instrument Definitions File for this beast?



                              Craig has already mentioned programming some of his sequences under Sonar so this leads me to assume that such a file already exists? If so, is it available for download anywhere?



                              Should such a file not yet exist, is there any chance Mike could get the programming geniuses at Casio to whip up such a file? It would be invaluable to all XW-P1 owners both present and future.



                              It is with sadness that I note that most Casio products are horribly unsupported by official Cakewalk sources and all I have managed to find to date are user-created INS files for the WK series and very little else. Rather than forcing me into the position of creating yet another amateur INS file with my own sketchy programming skills, I'd like to suggest that Casio support their latest venture into the prosumer market with full INS support for Cakewalk Products, as well as other major players in the sequencer software world and make them available for download on their support site.



                              Frankly if there is any word of such a file coming down the pipe in the near future I would love to herar about it ASAP.



                              Also a couple of afterthoughts on the next generation of XW synths to come out of the factory someday. On my own personal wishlist I'd like to see a semi weighted hammer action 88 Key Keyboard incorporated from the Privia Line as well as a built in vocorder, though that one's not so much of a deal breaker as it can easily enough be added on as a module such as the EHX V256.



                              Also, though I know it's subjective, the samples of the GM waveset could stand some room for improvement. I realize it's not a $1500 instrument, but the side to side comparisons I've made of GM files between my Korg TR76 and the XW-P1 leave the Casio behind as the weaker of the two. Then again, I didn't buy this instrument for the ROMpler soundset, I mainly bought it for the CZ Synth Sounds and VA Synth capabilities as a complement to my Korg.



                              As an example I've attached two versions of an old GM song I composed and sequenced years ago, one recorded on the Casio XW-P1 and the other recorded on the Korg TR.











                              Upon playing them side by side, you should notice, as I have, that the Casio GM waveset is definitely the weaker of the two.



                              Perhaps in the next generation or in a future firmware upgrade a better waveset could be incorporated in the presets. After all, this is the 21st century and high capacity ROM chips are dirt cheap.



                              Anyway, I want to thank Craig and Mike for all their wonderful work supporting this marvellous synth and urge you to keep up the good work. Believe me, it is much appreciated by all of us who are finding their way back into the Cult of Casio after so many years absence

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                              • Thanks Craig...that organ sound is indeed cheesier then I got, so that's great! The sounds I'm trying to get out of the P1 are like the PPG Wave... very fast attack, glassy, crunchy, wavetable stuff, that I can then mix with a little string bed to ged an 80's "synth chord hit" type sound... think Tangerine Dream EXIT album. In Performance I have tried to layer various synth and string sounds but I just can't get that attack sound... no harpsichord or celeste sound will give that chunk, I get close but it ends up sounding like what it is... probably my bad programming!



                                Mal

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