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19.01.2012

Casio to Release Two Types of Unique Synthesizers Designed for Intuitive Control of a Wide Array of Sounds
Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today announced that it will consecutively release two types of synthesizers designed under unique new concepts in spring 2012

TOKYO, January 19, 2012 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today announced that it will consecutively release two types of synthesizers designed under unique new concepts in spring 2012: the XW-G1, a groove synthesizer that combines the functions of the various digital equipment used by club DJs in a single unit, and the XW-P1, a true performance synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds for live performances and playing expressively.

Featuring a slim body and weighing only 5.4 kilograms, both models are equipped with nine sliders and four independent assignable knobs, making it intuitive and easy for users to control a wide array of sounds.

XW-G1 Groove Synthesizer
The XW-G1 is a synthesizer that lets users enjoy many of the features club DJs use on their digital equipment. The functions of various DJ gear are included in this all-in-one unit, including its Step Sequencer for selecting an array of rhythm patterns, Phrase Sequencer offering preset phrases that spice up DJ performances, and Sample Looper for digitally samplin rhythm patterns, keyboard performances, or externally input sound allowing overdubbing. Using the built-in 61-key keyboard, users can not only play the keyboard live while using rhythm patterns as backing tracks, but can also use the keyboard to call up features quickly while DJ-ing, giving them real-time control of the instrument’s cool club sounds.

XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer
The XW-P1 is a synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds and playing expressively in live performances. This model features 620 preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer presets that reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds, Hex Layer ensemble sounds that comprise as many as six tones, and Drawbar Organ presets that can be controlled using nine sliders functioning as drawbars. A wide array of sounds can be created using the preset tones and a wide range of internal waves. Moreover, the XW-P1 is loaded with various functions to give discerning performers more power of expression, including the Performance function that allows performance setups to be independently assigned for up to four designated keyboard zones.



Category

Product name

Time of sales release

Groove Synthesizer

XW-G1

April

Performance Synthesizer

XW-P1

Late March



A Groove Synthesizer with Many of the Cool Sounds and Features a DJ Uses in a Club


The XW-G1 is a groove synthesizer equipped with a keyboard and loaded with the functions of the various kinds of digital equipment used by club DJs, including the ability to create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns and musical phrases, all in a single unit. Users can enjoy playing an all-in-one instrument that enables control of cool sounds via sets of nine sliders, 16 Step Sequencer buttons and four assignable knobs arranged on the left side of the top panel.

Step Sequencer lets users create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns
·   100 different rhythm patterns are available for playback in the preset sequences
·   Up to 100 original rhythm patterns can be recorded as user sequences
·   Users can improvise using the set of 16 buttons while playing back rhythm patterns
·   Multiple rhythm patterns—as many as 99—can be connected in a sequence and played as loops using the Chains function

Phrase Sequencer lets users create and play back musical phrases that spice up DJ performances
·   100 musical phrases can be readily played back using the preset phrases
·   Up to 100 musical phrases spontaneously played on the keyboard can be stored in memory as user phrases
Useful functions bring out the best in live performance
·   A multifunction keys enables users to assign essential functions for DJ performances to keys
·   420 preset tones including Solo Synthesizer and PCM tones can be quickly accessed in keyboard performances
·   The Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys
Sample Looper digitally samples any sound, and allows overdubbing
·   Sounds performed on the synthesizer as well as sounds input from external source can be sampled and played back in loops of up to 19 seconds long, allowing overdubbing
·   Sampled sounds that are saved as user tones can be played in keyboard performances
Excellent scalability for more performance enjoyment
·   Users can choose from a wide variety of preset tones or internal PCM and Synth waves to create sounds
·   Various input and output terminals enable connection of audio equipment and MIDI-compatible devices, such a DJ gear and musical instruments
·  Portable MIDI devices or audio equipment can be placed on the designated rubber holding space


A Groove Synthesizer with Many of the Cool Sounds and Features a DJ Uses in a Club

The XW-P1 is a true performance synthesizer that allows users to create a wide array of sounds from many preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer, Hex Layer, and Drawbar Organ tones, as well as numerous types of internal PCM and Synth waves. The unit is also loaded with a full range of functions that are useful for live performances. Weighing only 5.4 kilograms and with a slimly designed body, the XW-P1 can be powered with dry cell batteries, making it possible to be played in a wide range of live settings—from the stage to the street. Wide selection of preset tones ensures quick access in performances
• 100 Solo Synthesizer presets can reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds
• 50 Hex Layer presets layer as many as six tones for ensemble sounds
• 50 Drawbar Organ presets can reproduce traditional Drawbar Organ sounds
• A total of 420 PCM Melody and PCM Drum presets have been produced from samples of various instrument sounds including pianos, guitars, and drums

Special features make it easy for discerning performers to create sounds
• A total of 311 internal Synth waves reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds
• A total of 2,158 PCM waves are built in, including wave data from the CZ series, Casio’s
best-selling digital synthesizers of the 1980s
• Users can create integrated sounds by layering analog synthesizer waves and PCM waves
• Users can produce original Hex Layer sounds by combining as many as six preset tones
• Users can create their own Drawbar Organ sounds by using the nine sliders

Variety of functions useful for live performances
• Users can assign performance setups for up to four designated keyboard zones by using the Performance function
• The Phrase Sequencer lets users create and play back musical phrases to enhance their performances
• The Step Sequencer allows users to create and play back a variety of rhythm patterns
• The Arpeggio function can automatically play arpeggios just by pressing keys
Useful features for applications ranging from performance to music production
• SMF data or audio data saved on an SD card can be played back while playing the keyboard
• MIDI devices, microphones, audio players, and other equipment can be connected using the various input and output terminals
• Portable audio equipment or MIDI devices can be placed on the designated rubber holding space

                                                                                                                   

Model

 

XW-G1

XW-P1

Keyboard

 

61 standard-size keys

Touch Response

2 types, off

Sound Source

 

HPSS (Hybrid Processing Sound Source)

Maximum Polyphony

64 (1 to 32 for some tones)

Tones

 

420 preset, 220 user

620 preset, 310 user

Solo Synthesizer (monophonic)

100 preset, 100 user

100 preset, 100 user

Hex Layer

-

50 preset, 50 user

Drawbar Organ

-

50 preset, 50 user

PCM Melody

300 preset, 100 user

400 preset, 100 user

PCM Drum

20 preset, 10 user

20 preset, 10 user

User Wave

10

-

Solo Synthesizer Tones Edit (monophonic)

Synth OSC1/ OSC2 Blocks

Oscillator (311Synth waves), filter, amp

PCM OSC1/ OSC2 Blocks

Oscillator (1,777 PCM waves* )
*Including 308 synth waves

Oscillator (2,158 PCM waves* )
*Including 308 synth waves

Filter, amp

External Input Sound Block

Pitch shifter, filter, amp

Noise Block

Noise generator, filter, amp

Total Block

Filter, solo synthesizer DSP

Effects

Reverb

System reverb

Chorus

System chorus*  *not available when using DSP or Solo Synthesizer sound

DSP

100 preset, 100 user
52 types (46 normal, 6 solo synthesizer)

Master Equalizer

4 bands

Performance
Functions

Memories

100 preset, 100 user

Zone

4 (maximum)

Split

Yes

Step
Sequencer

Sequence

100 preset, 100 user,

Number of Tracks

8 monophonic, 1 polyphonic, 4 control

Patterns

8 types per sequence

Chains

100

Maximum Steps

16

Phrase
Sequencer

Phrase

100 preset, 100 user

Track

1

Playback Mode

One-time, loop

Memory Capacity

128KB

Other

Overdubbing

Sample
Looper

User Samples

10

-

Sampling frequencies

42 / 21kHz

Sampling channels

Stereo, monaural

Quantization

16bit

Mixer

 

16 internal parts + 1 external part

Other
Functions

Transpose

±1 octaves (–12 to 0 to +12 semitones)

Octave Shift

±3 octaves

Tuning

A4 = 415.5 - 440.0 - 465.9 Hz

Arpeggios

100 preset, 100 user

MIDI

 

16 multi-timbre received, GM level 1 standard

Wheels

 

Bender, modulation

Sliders

 

9

Assignable Knobs

4

Dial

 

1

Display

 

LCD with backlight

Demonstration Songs

3

SD Memory Card Slot

Supported Card

SD or SDHC memory cards, 32GB or less

Functions

SMF playback

SMF playback, audio file playback

File storage, file recall, file delete, card format

Terminals

MIDI

MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru

USB port

Type B

SUSTAIN / ASSIGNABLE

Standard jack (sustain, sostenuto, soft, start/stop)

PHONES

Stereo standard jack

LINE OUT

Standard jack (L/MONO for each), standard jack (R)

INST IN

 

Standard mono jack

A/D converter

42 kHz sample rate,
10-bit resolution

-

MIC IN

 

Standard mono jack

AUDIO IN

Stereo mini jack

DC IN

9.5V

Power Supply

 

2-way

Batteries

6 D-size zinc-carbon batteries or alkaline batteries

Battery Life

Approximately 35 hours
(alkaline batteries, using the headphones)

AC Adaptor

AD-E95100L(included)

Size (W x D x H)

948 x 384 x 124mm

Weight

5.4kg



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19.09.2011

Updates & Upgrades
CASIO presents numerous improvements of details in its successful instrument categories

CASIO has currently given six keyboards and four digital pianos a facelift and is now sending them into the race for popularity amongst the buyers with sound improvements, functions that have been further optimized and the likeable prices they are known for. The many improvements made on the details of the still quite new models prove that CASIO has the correct answers ready in the highly competitive start-up keyboard market as well as in the important compact piano segment.

New keyboards
The new models in the standard series are known as CTK-2200, CTK-3200, CTK-4200 and WK-220, in the key lighting series they are the models LK-220 and LK-280. All of these start-up keyboards now have the high-quality AHL sound source with 48 notes, and a power adapter is included in delivery with all of them. With USB-to-host (MIDI) and Plug & Play, the new keyboards are also state-ofthe- art in terms of connectivity. One great feature is AUDIO IN: when a CD or MP3 player is connected to the audio input of the keyboard, the songs are broadcast over the keyboard’s loudspeakers as “halfplayback”. This turns a jam session with one’s favourite musicians into reality.

CASIO has defined two new performance levels for its six new keyboards. CTK-2200, CTK-3200 and LK-240 form the first group, CTK-4200, WK-220 and LK-280 the second. The assignment of the functionalities is as follows:

    CTK-2200, CTK-3200 and LK-240:
  • 48-note polyphony, 400 AHL tones, 150 rhythms
  • Sampling function with voice pads: sample and play your own sounds (3 sounds, 1 second)
  • Bass reflex loudspeaker system with 2 x 2 Watt

    CTK-4200, WK-220 and LK-280:
  • 48-note polyphony, 600 AHL tones, 180 rhythms, stereo grand
  • Sampling function via keyboard: sample and play your own sounds (5 users/3 drum sounds, 10 seconds), additional sampling via microphone: WK-220, LK-280
  • Chord book: the virtual chord book shows what the corresponding chords sound like and how they are played and includes fingerings, interval ratios and chord inversions
  • Piano/organ button: to directly switch from a piano to an organ tone (and vice versa), the keyboard’s pre-settings are adjusted accordingly in terms of sound
  • Registration memory with 32 set-ups (8 banks à 4 memory spaces)
  • Bass reflex loudspeaker system with 2 x 2.5 Watt


Regardless of this group assignment, all new models – except the CTK-2200 – have touch response. The two key lighting keyboards are delivered with a microphone.


New, compact digital pianos
The two new models in the popular compact series are known as CDP-120 and CDP-220R. The CDP- 120 now also has the AHL sound source from CASIO as well as a hammer action keyboard with two sensors, derived from the PRIVIA series. In addition, the basis instrument was equipped with a USB interface and now has an even more compact design. The CDP-220R was furnished with an addition 30 tones (for a total of now 700) and can be effortlessly switched from piano to organ tone by means of the new piano/organ button. A chord book is included as well in the delivery of the multi-functional ensemble piano.

The PX-135 and PX-735 have been newly introduced in the PRIVIA series. The successors of the former top sellers (PX-130 and PX-730) offer two new grand piano tones, increasing the tones from 16 to 18. The colour concept was changed in the process: The PX-135 is available in black (BK) and white (WE), the PX-735 in black (BK), brown (BN) and white (WE).


About CASIO Computer Co., Ltd.:
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of „creativity and contribution“ through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. Today, Casio‘s offerings include timepieces, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, calculators, musical instruments, system equipment, and others. The Casio Group employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, shipping over 100 million products per year, with net sales of 341 billion yen (approx. US$ 4.1 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2011. News and product information from Casio is available at www.casio-europe.com.


For enquiries or further information please contact:
Werbewerkstatt GmbH
Friedensallee 27A
D-22765 Hamburg
Phone: 040 / 380 379 44
Fax: 040 / 380 379 40
eMail: presse.emi@werbewerkstattgmbh.de


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06.04.2011

On the way to desired sound! - CASIO turns keyboard creativity into a topic of discussion at Musikmesse 2011

CASIO rang in a new era in the keyboards sector with their new high-grade series. Since winter 2010, the WK-7500/WK-7000 as well as the CTK-6500/CTK-6000 have catapulted the „middle class keyboard“ category to an entirely new level. What the arranger keyboards have to offer in terms of what is possible for creative sound editing is unparalleled in this price category. The “Oriental series” was also added at the beginning of this year: the AT-5 and AT-3 are technically based on the high-grade models and make it possible to play traditional Turkish and Arabian music true to style.

The current flagships of the new keyboard series from CASIO not only have a generous 800 tones, 250 rhythms and a 32-channel mixer at their disposal, but also an integrated microphone input and come with a high-performance 2-way bass-reflex system. Furthermore, they allow one to create and save up to 100 original sounds and to mix just as many DSP effects. Another highlight is the recording possibilities: songs and accompaniments played can be saved as song files in standard MIDI format (SMF) or as audio files directly on the SD card. In addition, audio-recording/playback offers the possibility of not only recording the keyboard playing live, but also simultaneously recording a microphone signal and further instruments (via INST IN). The Oriental variations of the multi-function creative keyboards offer samples of the most important Oriental instruments (54 tones) and accompanying functions with Oriental rhythms (83 accompanying rhythms). It’s also possible to set the keyboard to quarter tone steps and one’s own tunings (scale function) and to save them using the memory function (scale memory).

The way to desired sound begins in Frankfurt
During Musikmesse 2011, CASIO invites all keyboard enthusiasts to get to know the many technical possibilities of the two new keyboard series. From arpeggiators to drawbar organs, CASIO covers it all – competently presented by two of the tried-and-true CASIO promoters: the likeable keyboard freak Ralph Maten presents the high-grade series while musician Merih Aktoprak, a Hamburg resident with Turkish roots who convincingly represents the instrument’s philosophy, is responsible for the Oriental series.

Workshop with workstation
Put your headphones on and dive in: at the keyboard workstation, Ralph Maten gets to the bottom of the high-grade series‘ many creative possibilities with help from the WK-7500 and shows hands-on how the top model can be individually adjusted to suit one’s needs and desires. CASIO placed particular value on the simple operation of its arranger keyboards, a fact that Ralph Maten can impressively prove. The trade fair visitors can communicate directly with Ralph Maten over headsets and ask him for his insider tips. Every day at Musikmesse!

Authentic and true to style
What does Oud, Nay or Quanun sound like? On the AT-5, Merih Aktoprak will take you on a journey to the exciting world of Oriental instruments. Whether traditional Arabic folk music or modern Turkish pop – the likeable musician will bring the many sound possibilities of the Oriental series to life. Every day at Musikmesse!

Hall 5.0, Booth A48: CASIO presents its keyboards and digital pianos at their usual spot in Hall 5.0. As always with lots of opportunities to take the instruments on a test run and to receive some intensive advice.

About CASIO Computer Co., Ltd.:
CASIO Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, CASIO has strived to realise its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. Today, CASIO’s offerings include timepieces, digital cameras, electronic dictionaries, calculators, musical instruments, system equipment, and electronic components such as LCDs. The CASIO Group employs more than 12,000 people worldwide, shipping over 100 million products per year, with net sales of 427 billion yen (approx. US $ 4.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2010. News and product information from CASIO are available at http://world.casio.com

For enquiries or further information please contact:
Werbewerkstatt GmbH • Friedensallee 27A • D-22765 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 380 379 44 • Fax: +49 40 380 379 40
eMail: presse.emi@werbewerkstattgmbh.de
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11.01.2011

The Orient meets the Occident! CASIO launches new Oriental Keyboards series

Kanun, Al-Oud, Nay – these are typical Oriental instruments that belong to the repertoire of many musicians with Turkish or Arabic roots. In its new keyboard series, CASIO now makes the authentic sounds of such traditional flutes, string instruments and drums available for all lovers of Oriental music. With it, CASIO as an international company fulfils the wish for ethnically-specific instruments and taps into new target groups.

The new “Oriental Keyboards” do of course not only offer samples of the most important Oriental instruments and accompaniment functions with Oriental rhythms, but also the possibility of setting the keyboard to quarter tone steps and one’s own tunings and of saving them with the memory function. The focus was on authenticity and sonority when the specific sounds and rhythms were being developed. The new Oriental Keyboards are technically based on the current high-grade models – they offer the same broad range of possibilities for creative sound design and ambitious songwriting. Whether for modern Turkish pop or traditional Arabic folk music – original worlds of sound will come to life with the Oriental Keyboards AT-3 and AT-5.

AT for Arabic Tone. The new series will be positioned on the market with the – for CASIO – new description of AT for Arabic Tone. The AT-3 is based on the high-grade top model CTK-7000 (61 keys), the AT-5 on the high-grade top model WK-7500 (76 keys) – guaranteeing a huge choice of sounds: in both new AT models, 83 of the 250 total rhythms and 54 of the 800 total sounds are Oriental in nature – the keyboarder therefore has a myriad of possibilities to allow his or her specific musical background to shine through.

Quarter tone by quarter tone: The Oriental scale buttons with memory function open the musician up to the possibility of selecting different scale templates and, by fine-tuning the notes, of creating their own scales. The oriental scales with their typical notes are thus authentically playable. With their gold-coloured casing and (in part) Arabic lettering, the new AT models stand out optimally from the high-grade keyboards and signalize their own musical presence.

Uncompromisingly creative: As with the high-grade series, the Oriental Keyboards AT-3 and AT-5 come with a wealth of functions that leave little to be desired and prove themselves to be multi-functional creative keyboards:
  • extensive sequencer and mixer functions such as song-sequencer, 32-channel mixer, pattern sequencer and audio recording
  • high-quality effect and editor tools such as DSP effects, arpeggiator, tone editor and registration function
  • multifaceted configuration and memory possibilities such as a slot for SD and SDHC memory cards, Plug & Play USB interface as well as possibilities for connecting instruments and microphones (LINE OUT, INST IN, MIC IN, AUDIO IN)
  • excellent sound quality through AHL sound generation (64-voice polyphony) and user-friendly control concept with large LC-Display

The new Oriental Keyboards AT-3 and AT-5 are expected to go on sale in Germany in February 2011. Prices will be positioned as follows:
AT-3 Adapter included: MSRP 549,– Euros
AT-5 Adapter included: MSRP 649,– Euros

Oriental Keyboard AT-3 highlights
  • 61 piano-style keys
  • 800 sounds
  • 250 rhythms
  • LC-Display, data entry dial
  • 100 DSP effects
  • Oriental scale buttons
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sound editor
  • 16-track sequencer
  • Pattern sequencer
  • 32-channel mixer
  • Direct audio recording on SD card
  • SD card slot, audio-in, line-out, USB

Oriental Keyboard AT-5 highlights
  • 76 piano-style keys
  • 800 sounds
  • 250 rhythms
  • LC-Display, data entry dial
  • 100 DSP effects
  • Oriental scale buttons
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sound editor
  • 16-track sequencer
  • Pattern sequencer
  • 32-channel mixer
  • Direct audio recording on SD card
  • SD card slot, audio-in, line-out, USB

About CASIO Computer Co., Ltd.:
CASIO Computer Co., Ltd. is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics products and business equipment solutions. Since its establishment in 1957, CASIO has strived to realise its corporate creed of „creativity and contribution“ through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. Today, CASIO‘s offerings include musical instruments, timepieces, digital cameras, mobile phones, electronic dictionaries, calculators, system equipment, and electronic components such as LCDs. The CASIO Group employs more than 12,000 people worldwide, shipping over 100 million products per year, with net sales of 518 billion yen (approx. US $ 5.4 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2009. News and product information from CASIO are available at http://world.casio.com

For enquiries or further information please contact:
Werbewerkstatt GmbH • Friedensallee 27A • D-22765 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 380 379 44 • Fax: +49 40 380 379 40
eMail: presse.emi@werbewerkstattgmbh.de
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