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Casio XW-P1 61-key Synthesizer Bundle w/ Double X Keyboard Stand
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- 16-step programmable arpeggiator
- 61-key performance synthesizer
- 6 Oscillator Monophonic Solo Synthesizer
- HexTone - single sounds made up of 6 components
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The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer with Casios exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source. Providing screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more, the XW-P1 has the sounds and real-time control the performing musician needs.
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The Drawbar Organ section gives you everything from Casio's popular WK-7600/CTK-7200 workstations: lots of editable organ models, 9 drawbars to ride frequencies, and 3 buttons that toggle Leslie slow/fast and 2 keyclick frequencies.
The monophonic "Solo Synth" section basically lets you mix and modulate up to 4 onboard sources: 2 oscillators and 2 sampled ROM waveforms.
But for me, the 3rd "Hex Layer" mode is this board's real attraction. It lets you combine up to 6 sampled waveforms – layered, split across the keyboard, and/or panned. This gives you several interesting possibilities.
One is to mix up your own synthetic instruments, from up to 6 parallel sounds. You can store and recall the combination, and can vary the mix in real time – using 6 of the drawbars – for unusual swells and twists. You can build some nice, fat, polyphonic synth patches by layering 4–6 sampled waveforms. (A global, mutual detune setting is easy to access and tweak.)
Another is to build your own triple-strike, stereo (if you like), version of a single instrument. This means combining 3–6 of the single-strike waveform samples to achieve more complexity and depth.
The math here is simple: 6 = 3 velocity layers x 2 sides of the keyboard. Casio makes this formula obvious by naming the first 6 waveforms "Stereo Grand Left 1-2-3" and "Stereo Grand Right 1-2-3." From there, use your imagination: E.g., build an electric-piano model from 2 waveforms of different timbres, which trigger at different velocities, frosted with some vibes when you really whack the keys at the hardest velocity.
One level above all this, you can add 3 more instruments by storing a "Performance" (which is similar to a simpler keyboard's "registration"). This offers 4 "zones," layered and/or split across the keyboard. One zone can be a Hex Layer, Solo Synth, OR Drawbar Organ model. The other 3 are restricted to a single sampled waveform.
At this price level, there are some compromises: You can apply and customize only 1 effects row at a time. (But you also get vibrato and reverb for free; and some effects models combine two effects; and finally, a few tone waveforms have their own separate effect built in.) Overdrive/distortion is available independently, or as a 2nd effect in the Leslie models – although organ purists find the latter option a bit coarse. The 4 "assignable dials" above the drawbars can have rather coarse taper/results, and there are limits on what you can assign to them: E.g., you can control resonance only on Solo Synth patches.
Physically, the instrument looks better/softer in person than in photos, which exaggerate its 1980s angular look. The felt iPad pad at the top right is actually substantial enough to support a small laptop (like a 13" MacBook). The case is deeper than necessary for its small control panel, presumably because Casio wanted to reuse its existing CTK chassis.
The pitch-bend wheel and modulation (vibrato) wheel are available on all sound models. You get deep editing options for attack/decay envelope, LFO and filter parameters, detune, and mode-specific options like synth portamento. These require lots of menu diving and a learning curve. But the UI and user's manual are vastly clearer than on something like a Korg synth, and the LCD display makes surprisingly good use of a small space.
Finally, Casio's respected Privia PX-5S stage piano gives you most of what's here, plus more of everything: 27 more keys, more simultaneous Performance "zones," etc. But it's about twice the weight and price, is much wider for the extra keys, and lacks dedicated drawbars. I bought the XW-P1 as a compact, giggable, organ-focused alternative.