Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer

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Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer

Casio Synthesizer

The Casio XWP1 61 Key Performance Synthesizer was designed with the performer in mind. You get two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM oscillators, one noise oscillator, and one external oscillator for use with line and mic inputs. The XWP1 gig ready 61-key synth has 400 editable PCM sounds including pianos, electric pianos, brass, strings, guitars, basses, guitars, drums and more.

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Keri R says:

Excellent little synth The Casio XW-P1 is a very affordable, lightweight synth that packs in a lot of cool features. If you run too far in any direction, you’ll find the limits of the keyboard pretty quickly (only 4 tones to a combi, polyphony, effects), but if you want something that will enable you to edit tones, combis, and arpeggios super-quick, this is the keyboard you’re looking for.The Casio XW-P1 is almost all plastic and weighs 11 lbs without batteries (which aren’t required). It’s not as sturdy as a $2k+ keyboard, but it doesn’t feel like it will break if I look at it wrong. The knobs and sliders have a little bit of resistance to their movement, and the keys also push back a little more than what I’m used to for spring action. I haven’t tried beating on the screen, but the buttons feel like they can take some mild abuse (and they probably need to if you’re going to use the arpeggiator and sequencer a lot). The black squre that takes up the upper-right corner of the keyboard is a rubbery surface and shelf obviously intended to be a place to put your tablet, but it works well for snacks and small mixer boards (for those with multi-keyboard setups).The UI on the XW-P1 is well-designed and shows a lot of info with only a little space. With the exception of EPs, the preset tones (620 of them) are pretty good. The bass solo synths are some of my favorites. Editing tones and combining tones (up to 4, and each can be transposed/octave shifted and assigned to any uninterrupted area of the keyboard) is super-easy, and the instructions included in the owner’s manual do a good job of explaining those processes. While there isn’t a “Favorites” list where you can save tones for quick selection, the keyboard will remember the last tone you were on for a particular category, and there aren’t that many tones to scroll through. The arpeggiator is also very easy to program, but is limited to a maximum of 16-step arpeggios. I haven’t played around with the sequencer or Hex Layers too much yet.My favorite feature is the drawbar organ. There are 50 presets, and then you can use the 9 sliders on the left side of the keyboard as drawbars to further shape your sound. The only thing I wish it had were better control over the speaker rotation speed. There’s a button that selects fast/slow, and you can set the fast and slow speed, but you can’t assign any of the knobs to control speed on a finer scale. The jacks on the back include instrument in (no effects), mic in (effects), SD card slot for larger projects, USB-Midi and USB-data (for the editing software) as well as your standard audio out, pedals, power, etc.

rockstardave "rockstardave" says:

Great board First of all, Casio is coming up in the world They’ve released some excellent and very affordable boards in the last few years. If you can get past the name and look at their boards honestly, they have a lot to offer.For many years, I’ve been wondering why nobody made an affordable (plastic) synth with some useable basic sounds, a Hammond/Leslie clone with realtime drawbars, and a wide range of input/output options. I searched in vain for such a board. I’ve owned a several real Hammonds, a Moog, a clavinet, and I currently own a Fender Rhodes and nice piano, but I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have something digital (lightweight!) and cheap (plastic) that will get it all done with some decent sounds?” But unless you want to spend A LOT more, there has been nothing even remotely close (except for Casio’s WK 7500). This is pretty close to hitting the mark. The fact that it has lots of other goodies like the step sequencer and auto-play stuff crammed in is pretty cool, though I’ll admit it’s not my thing. The Hammond clone is very useable with a good amp, the drawbars are realtime and have 8 levels like a real Hammond, sound good. The Leslie sim is just barely useable; a Boss RT20 or other outboard rotary sim would probably really make the clonewheel portion shine. The pianos are OK, not as good as Casio’s recent Privia models, but decent. There is a somewhat convincing clavinet sound, but the Rhodes patches are not so great (one of the hardest instruments out there to make a good digi clone of, IMO). They actually put in a couple Wurlitzer EP patches (also very hard to make a digi clone), which is pretty hard to come by on a budget board, and they are about as good as the Rhodes. The strings and horns are about what you would expect, a few useable patches and some cheese. The virtual analog synth is wicked, and the layering options are insane, a lot of fun.This board is overall geared towards electronic music makers, but there is something here for players who want useable old-school sounds, too.Just remember, while this is board is an incredible bargain, you get what you pay for–plastic. This board makes a good studio piece for someone who is easy on their gear. I would hesitate to gig with it. The build quality is decent, but I’ve played plastic boards that were more solidly built.If Casio can take the synth and organ features of this board, and combine it with the fantastic action, sound, and build quality of their Privia models, all while keeping their very competitive pricing scheme, then they would have a real landmark product. Are you listening, Casio?

Fred Heuer "Fab Four Fred" says:

Not your fathers Casio I have had a couplr korg synth’s- which I love. So when I saw this casio in the store I was thinking it’ quality questionable . I remember the old Casio organs and their limited sounds but it’ s a new dawn at Casio. This baby is powerful and at $499.00 a steal, given everything it does. I have had mine for a month and I’m still discovering new things it can do. Boy are the sounds fat. You can emulate most 70’s and 80’s sounds- really amazing. And for the person new to synth sounds , it has a ton of presets to get you started. – A big A+ from me!,,,,,

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