Jan 19

Namm 2012 and the first Synth from Casio in 20 years – The CASIO XW-P1 to be available in March 2012 and yet another Casio Synth to follow in April the XW-G1.

The XW-P1
The XW-P1 is 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. The unit is also loaded with a full range of functions that are useful for live performances. Weighing only 5.4 kilograms and with a slimly designed body, the XW-P1 can be powered with dry cell batteries, making it possible to be played in a wide range of live settings—from the stage to the street.

It has a wide selection of preset tones ensures quick access in performances, 100 Solo Synthesizer presets that can reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds. 50 Hex Layer presets layer as many as six tones for ensemble sounds and 50 Drawbar Organ presets can reproduce traditional Drawbar Organ sounds. There are a total of 420 PCM Melody and PCM Drum presets have been produced from samples of various instrument sounds including pianos, guitars, and drums. Special features make it easy for discerning performers to create sounds.

You will find a total of 311 internal Synth waves reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds and 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. You can create integrated sounds by layering analog synthesizer waves and PCM waves and produce original Hex Layer sounds by combining as many as six preset tones.

For live performances you can assign performance setups for up to four designated keyboard zones by using the Performance function. The Phrase Sequencer lets you create and play back musical phrases to enhance your performances. The Step Sequencer allows you to create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns and the Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys.

SMF data or audio data saved on an SD card can be played back while playing the keyboard. There is also a very useful tray so that Portable audio equipment or MIDI devices can be placed on this designated rubber holding space, like an iPad.

The XW-G1
The XW-G1 is a groove synthesizer equipped with a keyboard and loaded with the functions of 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, all in a single unit. Users can enjoy playing an all-in-one instrument that enables control of cool sounds via sets of nine sliders, 16 Step Sequencer buttons and four assignable knobs arranged on the left side of the top panel.

The Step Sequencer lets you create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns and there are a 100 different rhythm patterns available for playback in the preset sequences. Also up to 100 original rhythm patterns can be recorded as user sequences. You can improvise using the set of 16 buttons while playing back rhythm patterns and 99 multiple rhythm patterns can be connected in a sequence and played as loops using the Chains function.

The Phrase Sequencer lets you create and play back musical phrases that spice up DJ performances and 100 musical phrases can be readily played back using the preset phrases. Also, up to 100 musical phrases spontaneously played on the keyboard can be stored in memory as user phrases. Multifunction keys enables you 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 and the Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys.

There is a Sample Looper which digitally samples any sound, and allows overdubbing. 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.

You can choose from a wide variety of preset tones or internal PCM and Synth waves to create sounds and again portable MIDI devices or audio equipment can be placed on the designated rubber holding space – very useful.

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