Casio XW-P1 Synthesizer
Looks like Casio has re-entered the professional synthesizer market this year with two products ideal for performing and recording artists – the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer and the XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer.
I have been playing with Casio XW-P1 and it’s a lot of fun. It will take a while until I master all of the features but I can see how I could use the board to create some unique sounds. Big thanks to Casio for a review unit.
Casio teamed up with a street wear brand located in New York City, to create a limited edition XW-P1 synthesizer. Designed in a signature gold hue, only 200 XW-P1 limited edition units will be available in the United States.
The synthesizer is equipped with 61 keys and provides screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more to produce the sounds and real-time control any performing musician needs.
A six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engines in the XW-P1. Two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs can be combined to make up a single solo synth tone.
Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFO’s and access to master resonant filter.
In addition to the solo synth, the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer is armed with an arsenal of gig-ready sounds like stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums and more.
The sounds can easily be used within the XW-P1’s step sequencer to create unique grooves and compositions. There are lots of built in beats that can be changed up like the 80’s electro beat and you can also change octaves.
Furthermore, the XW-P1 has four real-time controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with nine sliders to provide control over internal sounds and external devices.
Through standard MIDI ports and with a class-compliant USB port the keyboard can be used as a controller for other instruments, including computer software and iPad® based software applications. It also includes an audio input allowing you to monitor an MP3 player, computer or other device without the need for a mixer.
• 6 Oscillator Monophonic Solo Synthesizer
• HexLayer – A single sound made up of 6 components for gig ready splits and layers
• Drawbar Organ Mode with 9 sliders, adjustable rotary speaker, key click, vibrato and percussion
• 400 fully editable PCM based sounds like stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, guitars, drums and more.
• Step Sequencer with 9 instrument tracks and 4 controller tracks
• 16 step programmable Arpeggiator
• Phrase sequencer to record and playback your riffs
• Performance mode providing 4 internal or external instrument zones with instant recall of effects, Step Sequences, Arpeggiators and Phrases
• 4 real-time controller knobs
• Pitch and Modulation Wheels
• ¼” Mic and Line puts to process your voice or other instruments
• Stereo 1/8” line input to connect an MP3 player, laptop or tablet
• USB and MIDI ports
• ¼” Line Outputs
• Included Power Supply
• Can operate on 6 D batteries
This is a great sounding synthesizer, lightweight and relatively inexpensive for all the features you’re getting.
The unit contains more plastic than metal, but that is ok because the unique characteristics of this board make it worth the price.
There are a lot of cool features built into this unit including the bender and drawbar. The step sequencer and arpeggio allows you to build something really unique with excellent sound quality.
The XW-P1 will be available in October 2012 for an MSRP of $799.00 at select music dealers nationwide. For additional information, visit Casio Music Gear.