Casio CT-X3000 and CT-X5000 Differences Explained

While they look similar, there are some significant differences in these two models besides price. In this video, Mike Martin explains nine significant feature differences between the CT-X3000 and CT-X5000.

Don’t have 3 minutes to watch the video? Here are the 9 differences in a nutshell:
  1. Speaker System: The most noticeable difference between CT-X3000 is 12W and the CT-X5000 is an amazing 30W!! 
  2. Battery Power: They both come with power supplies but the CT-X5000 is the only model in the CT-X lineup that can’t run on batteries due to the higher amplification.
  3. User Rhythms:The CT-X3000 has 50 User Rhythms, while the CT-X5000 has 100 User Rhythms. 
  4. Direct Access Category Buttons:The CT-X5000 provides quicker access to tones and rhythms with 16 buttons for direct access to categories.
  5. Connectivity:The CT-X5000 adds 1/4″ Left/Right Line Outputs and a Mic Input with access to the system effects.
  6. Assignable Modulation Button:The CT-X5000 also has an assignable button for tone vibrato or real-time effects control like rotary speaker.
  7. Backlit Registration Buttons:For easier viewing on stage the 8 Registration buttons are backlit on the CT-X5000.
  8. System Effects:The CT-X5000 offers more Reverb, Chorus and Delay choices.
  9. System EQ:They both have EQ presets but the CT-X5000 adds a programmable System EQ.

HexLayer tones – 6 times the fun

Casio’s HexLayer system was originally in Casio’s XW-P1. Since then it has become a more powerful sound shaping tool in the other products like the PX-5S, PX-560 and MZ-X500. So what is it all about?

Simply put, a HexLayer is a single tone with up to 6 layers. Each layer has its choice of waveforms. So you can build a horn section by combining different saxophone, trumpet and trombone layers. Similarly you could create an orchestra by combining strings, clarinet, oboe, french horn, flute and more. Each of the six layers in a HexLayer tone can have their own key range and velocity range so each component doesn’t haven’t be stacked on top of each other, they can be arranged across the range of the keyboard and elements can be triggered only when specific key velocities are reached.

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Synth aficionados take note that the capabilities of a HexLayer tone go far beyond acoustic instrument sounds. In the case of the PX-5S, PX-560 and MZ-X500, each of the six layers have their own pitch envelope, filter type (5 choices), filter envelope and amplitude envelope. So of course you could simply stack 6 sawtooth waveforms for a huge polysynth sound but you can also create much more complex evolving textures using these tools.

The power of HexLayers can also be used to refine and customize keyboard instruments like Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos. PX-560 and MZ-X500 owners, be sure to look through the HexLayer presets where you’ll find electric piano preset that were created using these sound shaping tools. You’ll find that layers can even be programmed to sound on the key release that helps us give some of these the electric piano tones that perfect vintage feel.

Even more amazing is that some instruments allow for multiple HexLayer tones at once! The possibilities are endless.

Stay tuned for an upcoming video on HexLayer programming…
-Mike Martin
Casio America, Inc.

 

The Definitive PX-5S vs PX-560 Comparison

 

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Just a few months ago the Privia PX-560 was added to Casio’s professional stage piano line up. Since this model is not a replacement for the PX-5S many people have been asking what the real differences are between the two models to find out which one suits their needs.

To make things simple, lets get a few things out of the way that are in common between the two instruments.

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Trackformer XW-PD1 Introduction

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At the CES show this week two surprise new products were announced by Casio.  The Trackformer series includes two products; the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and the XW-PD1 Groove Center. On Facebook and forums across the web there has been a lot of discussion about the XW-PD1 in particular so over the next few weeks we’ll be using this blog to tell you what is all about.

The XW-PD1 is a stand alone groove box.  All of it sounds are self contained, it can be battery powered and it even has a built-in speaker allowing you to use it just about anywhere, if you’ve found this blog on the web you probably know that much already, so lets dive a little deeper.

One of the most interesting things about the XW-PD1 is its unique shape. 16 pads surrounded by a circle of 16 buttons. This outer ring of buttons is the key to understand the XW-PD1 and how it works. Switches on the left side of the XW-PD1 such as Step, Bank and Pattern determine what these switches are doing.  If Step is selected the 16 switches show the 16 steps of a given part in the step sequencer.  Bank allows you to switch between the groups of 16 sounds or effects that are on the pads and Pattern allows you to select patterns within a sequence.

The Step Sequencer in the XW-PD1 is very advanced. It has a total of 64 tracks. Each of the pads on the XW-PD1 gets its own track and the four groups (or banks) of 16 pads.  When you press one of the pads, the outer ring can then be used to input notes.  Of course you can also just put the XW-PD1 in record mode and start playing the pads and each of the parts will get recorded to their own track.

The next area that makes the XW-PD1 particularly unique is the combination of remixing effects that it offers. In addition to sound such as drum and bass, the pads can be assigned trigger effects. Filters, Stutters, Gates, Flangers, Delays, Distortions and more.  When an effect is triggered the knobs or even one of the sliders can be used to manipulate that effect. All of the audio that the XW-PD1 is producing runs through these effects.  In addition audio coming into the XW-PD1 through its mic or line inputs is processed allowing you to remix external audio too.

So that is a brief introduction but there is much more to talk about so stay tuned. Subscribe to this blog, add your comments and questions below or join the Casio XW users group on Facebook or join the community at the Casio Music Forums.

Welcome!

Welcome to the new Casio Music Gear blog.

We’ve had some blogs dedicated for the XW-Synthesizers and the Privia Pro PX-5S, but here we’re going to talk about all of Casio’s incredible musical instruments including Celviano Digital Pianos, Portable Keyboards, Workstations and other Privia Digital Pianos.

This blog is just one of many ways you can get connected with Casio Music Gear.  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube and Instagram.  We want to hear from you too. Let us know how you’re using your Casio.  Tag us #CasioMusicGear, we’d love to hear from you.

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Stay Tuned for more.