Casio Privia PX-5S Pro Digital Stage Piano
Privia PX-5S redefines the stage piano category with unprecedented
sound quality and performance features in a lightweight design that is
supremely portable. Featuring tone editing, insert effects, MIDI
controller capabilities, an 88 Key, Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
Keyboard and weighing only 24 lbs., the Privia PX-5S is ready to take
- All the sounds a performer wants in a portable stage piano
- 8-track sequencer lets you trigger sequences and riffs
- Realistic piano feel from tri-sensor spring-less 88-key scaled hammer action keybed
- High-definition sounds using Casio's AiR (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) processor
- Record 44.1kHz audio direct to a USB thumb drive
- 88 Note Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard
- Vintage Electric Piano Sounds
- 4 Zone Master Controller
- AiR Sound Source
- 256 Note Polyphony
Hex Layers were originally introduced in the award winning XW-P1 synthesizer. Due to the power of the AiR sound source, PX-5S takes them several steps further. A Hex Layer is a single complex tone that can be made up of six sample layers. These can be stacked (layered), split or velocity switched. Each of those six layers gets its own filter (LP, HP, BP) and filter envelope, its own AMP envelope and pitch envelope (all 7 stage envelopes). You can even have layers that are triggered on key-release. A Hex Layer tone gets its own insert effect but you can choose if a layer uses that insert or the amount that goes to the system effects (chorus, delay, reverb). Best of all, the PX-5S can use two Hex Layer tones simultaneously.
Phrases and Arpeggiators
PX-5S includes two unique and highly configurable performance tools a
Phrase Sequencer and an Arpeggiator. Each Zone within a Stage Setting on
the PX-5S can choose to use an Arpeggiator or trigger a Phrase.
The Arpeggiator in the PX-5S is fully programmable. There are 100
presets and room for 100 of your own. There are up to 16 steps in the
Arpeggiator and it can be configured to play at different note values
such as 8th notes or 16th note triplets. Particularly unique to the
PX-5S, the Arpeggiator can be used to trigger parameter changes such as
panning, filters and more, with or without triggering notes, allowing
you to add animation to your parts.
The PX-5S also includes 100 phrases with room for 900 of your own. Phrases can be riffs, drum patterns, controller movements or longer musical events that can be triggered live from the keyboard. Phrases can include things like bass lines and horn riffs that will transpose across a range of keys in the zone. Using the Data Manager software for the PX-5S you can convert standard .MID files for use as phrases. This gives you access to thousands of free and commercially available .MID files for use in the PX-5S.
AUDIO RECORDING AND PLAYBACK
Using a standard USB thumb drive, your performances or moments of inspiration can easily be captured as a standard .WAV file. Simply press the Audio Record button two times and the PX-5S is ready to record. Similarly, the PX-5S can play back .WAV files that are put on the USB drive. The second footswitch can be used to start or stop playback while you play along with your own pre-recorded backing tracks.
PORTABLE AND BATTERY POWERED
At 24 lbs., the PX-5S is the lightest weighted action stage piano ever built. This makes it easy to get to and from your performance. While you’re at your performance you never need to worry about interruptions in power as the PX-5S can operate for hours with 8 standard AA batteries. So wherever you are the PX-5S is easy to travel with and be up and running in an instant.
Casio continues the tradition or providing "class compliant" USB connectivity on Privia digital pianos. This allows Privia to be used with Mac or Windows computers without the need for downloading drivers. Class Compliant USB MIDI also allows Privia digital pianos can also be used as a controller the Apple iPad simply with the use of Apple's Camera Connection Kit.