New Casio Synth

Limited Edition XW-P1CO comes in exclusive Chrome Orange finish   15-Mar-13

New Casio Synth

Casio America, Inc.'s XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer kicked off 2013 with not one, but two prestigious industry awards – Electronic Musician's "2013 Editors' Choice Awards for Affordable Synth Awesomeness" and The Music & Sound Retailer "Best Keyboard and Sound Module Award of 2012." With the XW-P1's recent success, Casio is continuing its momentum with the introduction of a limited edition model in a signature Chrome Orange hue. The XW-P1CO is the successor of the Gold XW-P1GO, the first model in Casio's Legends Collection – a sub-category of the Casio's XW series of synthesizers.

Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio's Electronic Musical Instrument Division, told us, "We chose Chrome Orange as the newest color for the Legends Collection because orange is believed to stimulate activity and encourage socialization, which is perfect for musicians constantly on the go and surrounded by fans. We feel that our color choice will appeal to musicians of varying levels seeking to express themselves and truly go beyond sound."

Here's more details in Casio's own words...

Casio's XW-P1 is the 2012 recipient of Keyboard Magazine's prestigious Key Buy Award, as well as a National Association of Musical Merchants (NAMM) Best in Show honoree. Equipped with 61 keys and Casio's exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, the XW-P1 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.

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.

Pricing and Availability:

The XW-P1CO will be available in April 2013 for an MSRP of $699.99 at select Guitar Center Stores, Musicians Friend, and other independent music retailers in the US.

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jsepeta    Said...

god, can they just spend $10 more and use a better screen?

15-Mar-13 04:58 AM

loneraver    Said...

Wow, is that ugly.

15-Mar-13 06:09 AM

AndyKeys    Said...

Does a different colour warrant it being called a new synth ???? I think not !!!!

15-Mar-13 08:12 AM

Mattsynth    Said...

Great looks, lots of knobs and sliders, full size keyboard, patch memory, virtual analog & PCM sounds. Very powerful and Casio usually has a good sound to there synths. I will have to take a good look at this one. Nice job Casio, you may have a winner here.

15-Mar-13 09:10 AM

Bob    Said...

Nothings wrong with the screen..


15-Mar-13 03:49 PM

Bob    Said...

Great synth. Lots of really Phatt sounds and the sound input as the 6th sound source is awesome. Great way to add character to the existing sounds.

The arpeggiator and the step sequencer is great to work with on the fly.

15-Mar-13 03:51 PM

Benedict J.    Said...

Back in 1992 I bought my first keyboard ever. It was a Casio. It had 99 voices and 99 drum rhythms. Now I have a Nord Stage 2: it has less than 99 voices and no drum rhythms..

I love the idea of Casio releasing a serious, competitive flexible analog-modeling synth, but is this FOR REAL? Is that a built-in speaker on the far right of the panel?

For all you guys calling the new Casio synth ugly, take a look at the King Korg and release how spoiled you've become

17-Mar-13 04:46 PM

Peter K.    Said...

The King Korg looks a lot less assy in real life compared to the pictures and video I saw of it. It sounded pretty good too! That thing on the right hand side is a rubbery surface that fits an iPad perfectly. I still like the vibe of my CZ-1 over this sample playback flimsy thing. Having said that, the VA sounds are kinda not so bad. It left me with the feeling of a basic synth engine strapped to a home consumer keyboard though. The organ section... Yikes!! Even though it seems I've just bashed Casio's new gear, I'm glad they're trying to come back to the pro synth world. I think new hardware competition is a good thing. Some of their digital pianos are quite good value for the money too. This would be a good keyboard for a beginner in his or her first band. But then so is a used Triton, know what I mean?

19-Mar-13 12:59 PM

Peter K.    Said...

Sorry, don't know why my paragraphs weren't coming out...

19-Mar-13 01:00 PM

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