Casio MZ-X500 High-Grade Music-Arranger Keyboard

Casio MZ-X500 High-Grade Music-Arranger Keyboard

Casio MZ-X500 High-Grade Music-Arranger Keyboard

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Product Highlights

  • 61 Keys
  • 1,100 Built-In Tones, 650 User Tones
  • Virtual-Drawbar Tone-Wheel Organ
  • 330 Rhythms
  • 16 Multi-Pads
  • Color Touch LCD
  • Sound System (2-Way): 20 + 20W
  • 128-Note Polyphony
  • Audio Recording and Playback
  • 16-Part Multitimbral MIDI Sequencer
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Tones, Pads: 1,100 Tones, 16-Pads

1,100 Tones, 16-Pads 900 Tones, 4-Pads

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Casio MZ-X500 overview

  • 1Description

Building upon the success of the MZ-2000, the Casio MZ-X500 is a high-grade music arranger keyboard with a 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard and 128-note polyphony. The instrument offers an integrated 20W 2-way sound system, 16 velocity-sensitive multi-touch pads, a 5.3" full-color LCD touchscreen, and an advanced sound engine with 1,100 tones, as well as a virtual 9-drawbar tone-wheel organ. The instrument offers a powerful MIDI sequencer with on-board accompaniment and rhythms covering a wide selection of genres. Additional patterns can be created utilizing the arpeggiator with 100 pattern presets and 100 user presets.

The instrument provides 256MB of internal memory for storing custom tones, rhythms, songs, and more. There are several effects available including reverb, chorus, delay, EQ, compression, limiting, phaser, flanger, tremolo, auto-pan, auto wah, distortion, pitch shifting, ring modulation, and more. The keyboard also includes the ability to record and playback audio files in 16-bit/44.1 kHz stereo resolution. The MZ-X500 ships with a power adapter and a music stand.

  • Easy-Access Front Panel
    • A 3D cockpit design with the speaker and console facing the player has been adopted. This configuration establishes a natural 3D sound field, while at the same time facilitating performance with the pads and improving the visibility of the color touch LCD
Professional Sound Quality
  • High-Quality Sound Engine
    • Over 1,100 high-quality built-in tones support professional-level performances in virtually any musical genre
    • A compilation of Versatile Tones is also available to reproduce realistic guitar harmonics, bass glissando and other tonal variations characteristic of stringed-instrument fingering
    • A Tone Edit function supports intuitive sound production with simple knob operation. Users can draw on a selection of 20 effects to transform sounds dramatically
  • Virtual Tone-Wheel Organ
    • Casio's refined digital technologies faithfully reproduce the old mechanical tone-wheel organ sounds that are popular among rock and jazz fans. Not only the peculiar tremors of the organ's rotary speakers, but even its leakage noise, are accurately replicated
    • The developers' devotion to duplicating the deep, heavy resonance of the traditional tone-wheel organ has generated a rich supply of flavorful sounds
  • Hex Layer and Synth
    • A built-in Hex Layer overlays up to six different tones to produce polyphonic sound that contributes to powerful musical expression
    • A Bass Synth function that generates monophonic sound and portamento reminiscent of traditional analog synthesizers is also built in
      • New Synth Bass Tones
        • Mono Mode
        • Smooth Portamento
        • PWM (Under Study)
  • Tone Editor
    • A Tone Edit function supports intuitive sound production with simple knob operation. Users can draw on a selection of 20 effects to transform sounds dramatically
  • Strengthen the accompaniment system
    • Expanding Variation, fills and Intros / Endings
      • Variations x 4 Fills x 4 Auto fill function Intros / Endings x 2 Sync Start / Sync Stop Break Fade in / Fade out
    • Chord Type: 37 types included tension chords
Powerful Rhythms
  • Large Collection of Rhythms
    • The traditional rhythms of Latin, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and other cultures around the world are incorporated along with such enduring favorites as rock, jazz and pop rhythms. Players can also set automatic accompaniment functions such as Auto Fill-in, Break, Intro/Ending and Synchro Start/Stop to produce their envisioned performances to perfection. The system's ability to handle tension chords as well makes it easy for players to incorporate technical arrangements into their performances
  • Pattern Sequencer
    • The Pattern Sequencer permits users to set and save original back-up styles. Besides providing accompaniment for solo instrumental and vocal performances, it serves as a second member of the band to manage guitar, drum, string or other parts
  • Pattern Converter
    • The Pattern Converter converts SMF data to rhythm data in the MZ-X Series format that can then be imported freely into the keyboard
  • 16 Multi-Pads
    • 16 blue LED touch-response pads are incorporated to create new performance dimensions
  • Sampling
    • High-quality sampling is enabled at 44.1 kHz via the LINE IN or MIC IN terminal. Users can assign sounds to the pads as audio samples. Various percussion sounds have been sampled and built in as pad-tone presets, and the 16 touch-response pads can be used to add percussion arrangements to keyboard performances
  • Phrase
    • Players can use the touch-response pads to insert original preset phrases or any of the numerous built-in phrases suited to various musical genres into performances. When chords are specified in the Auto Accompaniment Mode, appropriate phrases are integrated naturally into the performance when the chords are played, deepening the music's expressive power
    • An original CASIO articulation function permits modification of sound-production nuances during performances
  • Chord
    • Chord progressions can be preset for automatic accompaniment. Chords can also be assigned to the 16 pads according to a song's progression. The ability to modify chords simply by pressing a pad lets players devote both hands to the melody or to ad lib freely
  • Synchro
    • The pad's sound and accompaniment rhythm playback timing can be synchronized
  • Multi
    • Sampling, Phrase and Chord can be used simultaneously on the same pad set. Pad settings matching the selected tones are preset
Color LCD
  • Full-Color Touch LCD
    • The 5.3" color touch LCD affords intuitive operation, making it surprisingly easy to call up impressive sounds and rhythms, and to adjust synth and effector parameters quickly and freely in real time. Users can leverage inspiration obtained through live shows and music production in their performances and compositions. The cockpit design has the operation buttons and display laid out in front of the performer. Substantial improvements in display visibility and pad and knob operability provide smooth, stress-free control
  • Advanced Sound System
    • Originally developed 20 + 20W high-capacity speakers are incorporated in a 2-way bass-reflex system
    • A 4-band parametric equalizer enabling finely detailed sound adjustment allows users to achieve high-quality sound production whenever and wherever they perform
Other Features
  • Audio Recorder
    • A built-in Audio Recorder saves players' performances to USB flash memory as audio data. A Center Cancel function is installed to enable players to cancel or suppress central sounds such as vocals or instrumental solos contained in an audio file
      • Format: WAV (16-bit/44.1 kHz, stereo)
  • User Expansion Memory
    • A large-capacity user memory enables players to save original tones and rhythms in the keyboard for use in later performances
      • MZ-X500: 256MB
  • Versatile Terminals
    • Line In, MIDI and other pedal terminals exhibit expandable expression enhancement. Externally input mic or audio-device effects can also be applied
UPC: 079767314620
In the Box
Casio MZ-X500 High-Grade Music-Arranger Keyboard
  • AC Adapter
  • Music Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Casio MZ-X500 specs

    Keyboard Number of Keys: 61 keys (Piano-style)
    Touch Response: 3 sensitivity levels, Off
    Polyphony 128 max
    Sound Source Sound Source: MXi (multi-expressive integrated)
    Hex Layer: Yes
    Tones Number of Built-in Tones: 1100
    Stereo Sampled Piano Tones: Yes
    Tone Edit: Yes
    User Tones: 650
    Organ Section Virtual Tone Wheel
    Drawbars: 9 drawbars (16', 5 1/3', 8', 4', 2 2/3', 2', 1 3/5', 1 1/3', 1')
    Preset Virtual Tone-Wheel Organ Tones: 75 (Included in 1,100 preset tones)
    User Virtual Tone Wheel Organ Tones: 50
    Percussion: Second / Third
    On Click: On / Off
    Off Click: On / Off
    Rotary Effect: Fast / Slow (Uses DSP)
    Effects System Effects
    Reverb: 20
    Chorus: 25
    Delay: 20
    DSP Equalizer, compressor, limiter, enhancer, early reflection, phaser, chorus, flanger, tremolo, auto pan, rotary, drive rotary, LFO wah, auto wah, distortion, pitch shifter, multi chorus, ring modulator, delay, piano effect
    Compressor Master Compressor: Editable
    Equalization Master EQ: 4-band parametric
    Auto Harmonize 12 types
    Arpeggiator Preset: 100 types
    User Arpeggio: 100 types
    Layer Lower 1 - 4, Upper 1 - 4 assignable (max. 4 tones)
    Split Variable split points
    Number Of Rhythms/Styles Number of Built-in Rhythms: 330
    One Touch Preset: 330
    Auto Accompaniment: CASIO Chord, Fingered 1, Fingered 2 (6th off), Fingered 3 (on bass), Full Range Chord
    Controllers: Start/Stop, Intro1 - 2, Variation1 - 4 / Fill-in, Break, Fade In /Out, Ending1 - 2, Synchro Start, Synchro Stop, Accomp On /Off, Ritardando, Auto Fill-In, Tap Start
    Chord Type: 37 types
    Pattern Sequencer: Real-time Recording, Event Edit (Delete, Copy, Insert, quantize, Step Recording), Part Parameters, SMF Import
    User Rhythms: 100
    Demo Songs 6
    Music Presets Number of Music Presets: 305 presets with chord progression, chord edit
    User Presets: 100
    MIDI Recorder MIDI Recorder: Real-time Recording, Track Edit, Event Edit (Delete, Copy, Insert, Quantize, Step Recording), Punch-In / Out, Over Dubbing, SMF Import
    User Songs: 100 songs, 17 tracks per song (1 system track + 16 multitracks)
    Approximate Data Capacity: 50,000 notes (1 song)
    Audio Recording and Playback Recording Source: Keyboard Play, Keyboard Play with Auto Accompaniment and with Music Preset, MIDI Recorder playback, Sound Input from Ext In (Line In, Mic In)
    Audio File Format: .wav (16-bit/44.1 kHz, stereo)
    Recording Capacity: Up to 100 audio files (Max. recording time: approximately 90 minutes for a single audio file)
    Center Cancel: Yes
    Requirement: USB memory, up to 32 GB
    Pad Function Number of Pads: 16
    Velocity: Yes
    Number of Banks: Phrase: 30, Sampling: 30, Chord: 20, Multi: 20, User: 100
    LED: Yes
    Sampling: 30 banks, 367 data (37 kick, 65 snare, 57 cymbal, 208 various)
    Sampling Time: Long: 9 seconds x 4, Short: 3 seconds x 32
    Phrase: 30 banks, 300 data (50 melody, 100 accomp., 50 drum, 50 various, 50 articulation)
    Event Edit: Yes
    Chord Sync: Yes
    Synchro: Yes
    Chord: 20 banks, 60 data (44 one shot, 16 sequence)
    Mixer 48 channels + Ext In (Line In, Mic In), 9-slider operation
    Registration Freeze: Yes
    Registration Sequence: 12
    Pedal SW Assignable: Yes
    Sustain Sustain On / Off SW: Yes
    Scale Scale Tuning: Equal temperaments plus 16 other types, Scale Fine Tune ±99 cents
    Key Transpose ±1 octave (-12 to +12 semitones)
    Tuning Tuning Control: 415.5 - 440.0 - 465.9 Hz (0.1 Hz units)
    Octave Shift ±3 octaves
    Metronome Metronome: 0 (Off), 1 - 9 beats
    Tempo Range: ♩ = 20 to 255 per minute
    Volume: Adjustable
    Display 5.3" / 13.5 cm touch panel (5.0" / 12.7 cm 528 x 320-dot TFT color LCD)
    Controllers Pitch Bend Wheel: Pitch bend range: 0 to 24 semitones
    Modulation Wheel: Yes
    Knobs: 3 (Assignable x 2, Value x 1)
    Sliders: 9
    General MIDI 16-channel multi-timbre received, GM Level 1 standard
    User Memory Internal User Memory (Tone, Rhythm, Song, etc.): 256 MB
    Connectivity Pedal 1: Mono standard jack
    Pedal 2 / Expression: Stereo standard jack
    Phones: Stereo standard jack, Front
    Line Out: L/MONO, R for each; Standard jack
    Line In: L/Mono, R for each; Standard jack
    Mic In: (Mono standard jack), Mic volume
    Audio In: (Stereo mini jack), Audio In volume
    USB to Host: Yes
    USB to Device: Yes (side)
    MIDI: In, Out/Thru
    DC In: 24 V
    Supported Operating Systems Windows
    Windows Vista (32-bit), 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    OS X (10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10)
    USB Memory Supported USB Memory: Up to 32 GB
    Functions: SMF Playback (up to 320 KB per file), File Storage, File Recall, File Delete, Format, Audio Data Playback / Storage
    Save / Load: User Tone, User Rhythm, User MIDI Data, User Music Preset, User Registration Memory, User Pad Bank, User Sample, User Phrase, User Chord Sequence, User Arpeggio
    Supported USB Drive File Formats USB Flash Memory Storable Data: Song data recorded on the digital keyboard, user rhythms, user music presets, registration setups, recorded audio data
    USB Flash Memory Download Data: SMF Format 0 or Format 1 (.mid), 44.1 kHz WAV format
    Supported USB Memory: This instrument is compatible with FAT32-formatted USB memory. USB memory formatted for devices using formatting other than FAT32 is available for use after the USB memory has been formatted (except with quick format) by specifying the file system as FAT32 with the Windows formatting function
    Sound System 2-Way, 4-Speaker System: 2x 4.7" / 12.0 cm and 2x 2.0" / 5.0 cm
    Bass-Reflex System: Yes
    Speaker: On /Off
    Amplifiers: 20 W + 20 W
    Power Supply AC Adapter: 24 VDC (AD-A24250LW)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 37.4 x 15.7 x 5.9" / 95.0 x 40.0 x 15.1 cm
    Weight 16.8 lb / 7.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 25.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.5 x 18.0 x 8.0"

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