Casio XW Series Synthesizers

XW-G1 Groove Synth & XW-P1 Performance Synth

Casio is not a brand name that you would usually associate with cutting edge Synthesizers. Usually you would think of domestic keyboards, digital pianos, watches & calculators. With the introduction of the Casio XW series Synths, this has all changed.. With the success of the Casio PX5S Pro Portable Piano, Casio set a new standard of affordability in a gigging digital piano. The same is now true in the synth arena.

Casio XW-G1

The XW-G1 groove synthesizer is designed for the DJ and club performer providing an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments. Australian RRP $949 - Check out our buy price online now

Casio XW-P1

The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer with Casio's 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. Australian RRP $849 - Check out our buy price online now

After you've read through this information, do yourself a favour and head into Carlingford Music Centre so your ears can decide for themselves which XW is best for you.

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XW-G1 Features

SYNTHESIZER
The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer with Casio's 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.

STEP SEQUENCER
Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller

tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience.

DRAWBAR ORGAN
In addition to the solo synth and Hexlayers, 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. It also has a new drawbar organ mode. Utilizing the nine sliders on the XW-P1 you have full range control over each drawbar. The XW-P1 even has dedicated controls for key percussion and rotary speaker while also providing vibrato, distortion and more for the ultimate drawbar organ experience.

SOLO SYNTH
Utilizing Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, a six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engine in the XW-P1. The solo synth has the power to deliver classic analog sounds and sounds with an aggressive edge unlike anything else. 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. With impressive modulation and control capabilities at your fingertips, the solo synth is capable of a wide range of sounds and expression.

HEX LAYER
In addition to the solo synth, the XW-P1 also features HexLayer tones. A HexLayer is a single sound comprised of up to 6 components, allowing complex layers, splits and velocity switched sounds. The sliders on the XW-P1 can be used to mix sounds on the fly to create evolving pads and rich synth textures while key velocity can be used to create dynamic velocity switched orchestral sounds and more.ARPEGGIATOR AND PHRASE SEQUENCER
The XW-P1 has powerful arpeggiators. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, this arpeggiator can create polyphonic synth gated patterns, acoustic instrument emulations and is even fully programmable allowing you to create your own unique sounds. An additional phrase sequencer allows you to quickly capture any riff that you play on the keyboard and have it available on a front panel switch or triggered and transposed live from a range of notes on the keyboard. The combination of the Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer provides an endless array of sound possibilities.

CONTROL
The XW-P1 has 4 realtime controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with 9 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.

BATTERIES
While the XW-P1 comes with a power supply it can also run on batteries, providing a truly mobile music making experience. You can now create music virtually anywhere.

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XW-P1 features

SYNTHESIZER
The XW-P1 is a 61 key performance synthesizer with Casio's 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.

STEP SEQUENCER
Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience.

DRAWBAR ORGAN
In addition to the solo synth and Hexlayers, 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. It also has a new drawbar organ mode. Utilizing the nine sliders on the XW-P1 you have full range control over each drawbar. The XW-P1 even has dedicated controls for key percussion and rotary speaker while also providing vibrato, distortion and more for the ultimate drawbar organ experience.

SOLO SYNTH
Utilizing Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, a six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engine in the XW-P1. The solo synth has the power to deliver classic analog sounds and sounds with an aggressive edge unlike anything else. 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. With impressive modulation and control capabilities at your fingertips, the solo synth is capable of a wide range of sounds and expression.

HEX LAYER
In addition to the solo synth, the XW-P1 also features HexLayer tones. A HexLayer is a single sound comprised of up to 6 components, allowing complex layers, splits and velocity switched sounds. The sliders on the XW-P1 can be used to mix sounds on the fly to create evolving pads and rich synth textures while key velocity can be used to create dynamic velocity switched orchestral sounds and more.

ARPEGGIATOR AND PHRASE SEQUENCER
The XW-P1 has powerful arpeggiators. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, this arpeggiator can create polyphonic synth gated patterns, acoustic instrument emulations and is even fully programmable allowing you to create your own unique sounds. An additional phrase sequencer allows you to quickly capture any riff that you play on the keyboard and have it available on a front panel switch or triggered and transposed live from a range of notes on the keyboard. The combination of the Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer provides an endless array of sound possibilities.

CONTROL
The XW-P1 has 4 realtime controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with 9 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.

BATTERIES
While the XW-P1 comes with a power supply it can also run on batteries, providing a truly mobile music making experience. You can now create music virtually anywhere.

Comparison Chart

Model XW-P1 XW-G1
Number
of Keys
61
61
Key
Type
Piano
style
Piano
Style
Touch
Sensitivity
2
sensitivity levels, off
2
sensitivity levels, off
Sound
Source
Hybrid
Processing Sound Source (HPSS)
Hybrid
Processing Sound Source (HPSS)
Polyphony
(maximum)
64
64
Number
of Built-in Tones
620
preset, 310 user
420
preset, 220 user
Solo
Synth (Monophonic)
100
preset, 100 user
100
preset, 100 user
Hex
Layer
50
preset, 50 user
-
Drawbar
Organ
50
preset, 50 user
-
PCM
Melody
400
preset, 100 user
300
preset, 100 user
PCM
Drum
20
preset, 10 user
20
preset, 10 user
User
Wave
-
10
(50 max in Split Mode)
Synth
OSC1 / OSC 2 Blocks
311
Synth waves, filter amp
766
Synth waves, filter, amp
PCM
OSC1 / OSC2 Blocks
2158
PCM Waves, filter, amp
2046
PCM waves, filter amp
External
Input Sound Block
Pitch
shifter, filter, amp
Pitch
shifter, filter, amp
Noise
Block
Noise
generator, filter, amp
Noise
generator, filter, amp
Total
Block
Filter,
Solo Synthesizer DSP
Filter,
Solo Synthesizer DSP
LFO
Blocks
2
2
Virtual
Controllers
8
8
Reverb
System
reverb
System
reverb
Chorus
System
chorus
System
chorus
DSP
100
preset, 100 user, 52 types
100
preset, 100 user, 52 types
Equalizer
4 band
4 band
Memory
100
preset, 100 user
100
preset, 100 user
Zone
4
(maximum)
4
(maximum)
Multi-Function
Key
-
25
(maximum)
Number
of Sequences
100
preset, 100 user
100
preset, 100 user
Number
of Tracks
8
monophonic, 1 polyphonic, 4 control
8
monophonic, 1 polyphonic, 4 control
Maximum
Steps
16
16
Patterns
8
per sequence
8
per sequence
Chains
100
user
100
user
User
Samples
-
10
+ 1 Temporary sample
Sampling
Frequencies
-
42kHz
/ 21 kHz
Sampling
Channels
-
Stereo,
mono
Quantization
-
16-bit
Mixer
16
channels + 1 external input
16
channels + 1 external input
Octave
Shift
± 3
Octaves
± 3
Octaves
Key
Transpose
±
1 Octave (-12 to 0 to +12 semitones)
±
1 octave (-12 to 0 to +12 semitones)
Tuning
Control
A4 =
415.5Hz - 440.0Hz - 465.9Hz
A4 =
415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Pitch
Bend Wheel
Yes
Yes
Modulation
Wheel
Yes
Yes
Assignable
Knobs
4
4
Sliders
9
9
Large
Dial
Yes
Yes
Arpeggiator
100
preset, 100 user
100
preset, 100 user
Display
Backlit
LCD
Backlit
LCD
General
MIDI
16
multi-timbre received, GM level 1 standard
16
multi-timbre received, GM level 1 standard
Headphones
Stereo
standard jack
Stereo
standard jack
Pedal
Terminal
Standard
Jack, assignable
Standard
Jack, assignable
Line
Out
L/MONO
+ R (Standard jack)
L/MONO
+ R (Standard jack)
MIDI
In/Out
IN +
OUT/THRU
IN +
OUT/THRU
USB
Port
Yes
Yes
Instrument
Input
Mono
standard jack
Mono
standard jack
Audio
In
Stereo
mini jack
Stereo
mini jack
Mic In
Mono
standard jack
Mono
standard jack
SD
Card Slot
Yes
Yes
Batteries
6
D-size alkaline
6
D-size alkaline
Battery
Life
Approx
35 hours using headphones
Approx
35 hours using headphones
Dimensions
(W x D x H)
948 x
384 x 124 mm
948 x
384 x 124 mm
Weight
5.4kg
5.4kg
Included
Accessories
AC
Adaptor
AC
Adaptor
Adaptor
Type
AD-E95100L
AD-E95100L
EAN
Code
4.97185E+12
4.97185E+12
Phrases
100
preset, 100 user
Tracks
1
Playback
Mode
One-time,
loop
Overdubbing
YES