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Casio XW-P1 61-Key Performance Synthesizer

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Product Highlights
  • 6 Oscillator Monophonic Solo Synth
  • Drawbar Organ With 9 Sliders
  • Built-In 13-Track Step Sequencer
  • Programmable 16 Step Arpeggiator
  • 400 Editable PCM Sounds
  • HexLayer Sound
  • Phrase Sequencer
  • 4 Real-Time Controller Knobs
  • Pitch And Modulation Wheels
  • 1/4" Line In / 1/8" In / 1/4" Out / MIDI

The Casio XW-P1 61-Key Performance Synthesizer represents a major comeback for Casio in the professional keyboard / synthesizer market. After twenty years without making a new pro synth, they have engineered one with their exclusive Hybrid Processing Sound Source (HPSS), an innovative twist on drawbar operation, iPad integration options that are sure to be popular, and a built-in step sequencer--and that's just scratching the surface.

The XW-P1 features a Solo Synth mode, a monophonic lead instrument with a six oscillator design, which can be controlled in real time via four knobs and nine sliders. Two virtual analog oscillators, two PCM oscillators, and a noise oscillator are at your fingertips. You've also got a sixth oscillator, which is external; mic and line inputs on the back of the instrument can be harnessed to function as the audio source for this sixth oscillator. Simply plug your iPod, iPhone, iPad or other device into this input, and it adds to your sound. Conveniently, there's even a dedicated spot on the right-hand side of the keyboard for placing external gear, large enough to accommodate your iPad.

Your 9 sliders bring the different oscillators in and out of the sound, as well as offering control for other elements, such as the noise generator. The sliders truly give you a more interactive playing experience. The presets in Solo Synth mode offer everything from bright leads to ripping basses, with deeply editable sounds you can customize to your taste. Hundreds of waveforms give you ample choices; you can even access those from Casio's original CZ synthesizers. Enjoy powerful tools, such as reverse key scaling on pitch, enabling you to have sounds or oscillators running in different directions. There are also envelopes galore: Pitch envelopes for each oscillator, plus a master for merged sound. Each oscillator also has an independent filter, with numerous options for filter types, as well as independent key tracking, portamento, dual LFO's and access to a master resonant filter.

A number of different sound engines designed for the performing musician are here accessible to you. You'll find a stunning 400 fully editable PCM based sounds, including pianos, electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums, acoustic sounds mixed with synths, and a powerful drawbar organ. Employ orchestral combination patches with velocity switch sounds, allowing you to play a string instrument and, if you hit the keys with sufficient velocity, trigger more strings, timpani and brass to accompany you. We also feel pretty confident that you'll enjoy the performance mode that enables you to produce 4 sounds simultaneously: A HexLayer, Solo Synth or drawbar organ for the first sound, with three other zones that can be populated by either internal or external sounds. What's more is that you get instant recall of effects, step sequences, arpeggiators and phrases.

The impressive HexLayer is a dedicated polyphonic mode featuring 6 components that join forces to make one instrument. Stacked sounds can easily be turned into pads, and you can also blend the various elements using the 9 sliders. Dig into complex layering, splits and additional velocity switched sounds. The formidable drawbar organ grants you control of key percussion sounds and rotary speaker effects. Feel free to add vibrato or distortion to get the organ sound you want. As if all this weren't enough, add a 13 track step sequencer, a 16 step programmable arpeggiator, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and a phrase sequencer for recording and playing back sounds, and you've got one amazing piece of musical genius on your hands.

Take advantage of the USB port for class compliant connection to Mac and Windows computers. The keyboard also has a MIDI port and 1/4" line outputs, in addition to the 1/4" mic and line inputs for the sixth oscillator and the 1/8" stereo mini-plug line input for connecting and monitoring an iPad or other device without a mixer. The XW-P1 comes with a power supply and can also run on 6 D batteries.

Solo Synth Mode

Utilizes Casio's exclusive Hybrid Processing Sound Source (HPSS)
Monophonic lead instrument with a six oscillator design, which can be controlled in real time via four knobs and nine sliders
Two virtual analog oscillators, two PCM oscillators, and a noise oscillator are at your fingertips. You've also got a sixth oscillator, which is external; mic and line inputs on the back of the instrument can be harnessed to function as the audio source for this sixth oscillator. Simply plug your iPod, iPhone, iPad or other device into this input, and it adds to your sound. A dedicated spot on the right-hand side of the keyboard provides space for this external gear and is large enough to fit your iPad
9 sliders bring the different oscillators in and out of the sound, as well as offering control for other elements, such as the noise generator. Sliders truly give you a more interactive playing experience
Presets offer everything from bright leads to ripping basses, with deeply editable sounds you can customize to your taste
Hundreds of waveforms give you ample choices; you can even access those from Casio's original CZ synthesizers
Enjoy powerful tools, such as reverse key scaling on pitch, enabling you to have sounds or oscillators running in different directions
Envelopes galore: Pitch envelopes for each oscillator, plus a master for merged sound
Each oscillator also has an independent filter, with numerous options for filter types, as well as independent key tracking, portamento, dual LFO's and access to a master resonant filter

Numerous Sound Engines For The Performing Musician

400 fully editable PCM based sounds, including pianos, electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums, acoustic sounds mixed with synths, and a powerful drawbar organ
Employ orchestral combination patches with velocity switch sounds, allowing you to play a string instrument and, if you hit the keys with sufficient velocity, trigger more strings, timpani and brass to accompany you
A performance mode that enables you to produce 4 sounds simultaneously: A HexLayer, Solo Synth or drawbar organ for the first sound, with three other zones that can be populated by either internal or external sounds. Instant recall of effects, step sequences, arpeggiators and phrases

HexLayer

Dedicated polyphonic mode featuring 6 components that join forces to make one instrument
Stacked sounds can easily be turned into pads, and you can also blend the various elements using the 9 sliders
Dig into complex layering, splits and additional velocity switched sounds

Drawbar Organ

Grants you control of key percussion sounds and rotary speaker effects. Feel free to add vibrato or distortion to get the organ sound you want

13 Track Step Sequencer

Offering everything from pulsing dance beats to animated synth textures and arpeggios, this step sequencing tool is a true original
Boasts nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, as well as four controller tracks to add panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts
Eight patterns comprise each sequence
You have the freedom to develop and mix your performances on the fly
You can even transpose sequences live directly from the keyboard, for a totally immersive and interactive experience

16 Step Programmable Arpeggiator

In addition to conventional arpeggio patterns, this tool is capable of producing polyphonic synth gated patterns and acoustic instrument emulations
Fully programmable, enabling you to create your own distinct sounds

Phrase Sequencer

For recording and playing back sounds
Gives you the power to quickly capture any riff you play on the keyboard and make it available on a front panel switch, or trigger and transpose it live from a range of notes on the keyboard

Additional Controls And Connectivity

Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Take advantage of the USB port for class compliant connection to Mac and Windows computers
Also has a MIDI port and 1/4" line outputs, in addition to the 1/4" mic and line inputs for the sixth oscillator and the 1/8" stereo mini-plug line input for connecting and monitoring an iPad or other device without a mixer

Power

Comes with a power supply and can also run on 6 D batteries
Keyboard 61 keys
Hybrid Processing Sound Source (HPSS)
Polyphony HexLayer: 6 components combining into a single instrument
4 zone performance mode: HexLayer, Solo Synth or drawbar organ, plus 3 other zones for internal or external sounds
Oscillator 6x oscillators: 2x virtual analog, 2x PCM, noise and external (for iPod, iPhone, iPad or other device)
Presets Broad array of editable sounds from leads to basses
Arpeggiator 16 step
Fully programmable
Produces conventional arpeggio patterns plus polyphonic synth gated patterns and acoustic instrument emulations
Sequencer 13 Track Step Sequencer:
9 tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts
4 controller tracks to add panning, filter changes and other animation
8 patterns comprise each sequence

Phrase Sequencer for recording and playing back sounds
Controllers 9 sliders
4 controller knobs
Sounds 400 fully editable PCM based sounds
Pianos, electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums, acoustic sounds mixed with synths, drawbar organ
Effects 2 global effects: Reverb and chorus - shared between all parts, different effect send levels for each part
1 insert effect - usable on Solo Synth or other specialty sound; other parts can share effect, enabling delay line on different parts simultaneously
Sample RAM Not specified by manufacturer
Outputs 1/4" line
Inputs 1/4" mic and line
1/8" stereo mini-plug line
Ports USB, MIDI
External Storage SD card slot in rear
Display Yes
Power Included power supply
Can also operate on 6x D batteries (not included)
Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Casio XW-P1 61-Key Performance Synthesizer
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    4.0

    Powerful for Perfomance

    By AnchovyD

    from The Great Southwest, USA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Casio XW-P1 61-Key Performance Synthesizer:

    I'm a professional musician and pick up this board as something light and fun to have around the house for sketching out ideas and using with softsynths on the iPad. It works great for that but it is also a powerful keyboard for performing with and have used it quite a bit as a rehearsal board.

    What makes this powerful is that you can do all sorts of splits and layers with it, something that you can't do on a Nord. Setting up splits requires a bit of menu diving and isn't as quick and easy as my Kurzweil or Kawai. Layers are easy to do but for splits you have do dive a little deeper in the menus to define the split points adjust volume levels, etc.

    The sounds are really good. The MonoSynth, HexLayer and Hammond Organ sim sounds all sound very good. The rotary sim on the Hammond is a little weak but the basic organ tone is nice and the draw-faders are great. The PCM sounds are pretty good and decent for use with a band, but aren't stellar. PCM soundwise it is on par with the Yamaha MM, Roland Juno and low end Korg stuff, but the Hammond sim, HexLayer and Monosynth really push it over top any competitors. Compared to something in a different class like my Kurzweil, the XW-P1 sounds a little thin and not nearly as rich.

    The main reason I use this a lot for rehearsals/jams is that it is very light and easy to carry and it has split/layer capabilities and sounds really good. Surprisingly good for such a low price.

    The only cons I see are that the keyboard flexes inside the case when playing and the synth key feel isn't as precise as on other synths I have that use Fatar actions like my Moog and Dave Smith stuff. I think it is because the whole keyboard seems to be floating and flexing. It is strange, the case is rigid and doesn't flex but the keyboard deflects a bit probably giving the less precise feel. In the heat of playing with the band it you don't really notice it too much.

    The other negative is that while there is a lot of adjustability of the sound, splits, layers, etc., you really need to menu dive to access the parameters and make changes so it really isn't a breeze to do a lot of heavy editing on the Casio. The Casio PC/Mac Editor is really nice though and makes editing sounds and creating setups/perfomances easy and quick.

    The bottom line is that the Casio XW-P1 is a really solid keyboard and will work great for jamming on your own at home or playing in a cover band at local dives. At the price, this thing is a no-brainer. Sounds better and is more capable than the Yamahas, Korgs, and Rolands that cost twice as much. It should definitely be on your short list of boards to check out under $1000.

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