Archive for April, 2013

First Look: PX-5S Data Editor

Stage Settings EditHexEdit

Privia PX-5S Controllers Explained

It’s is the STAGE SETTING that determines the function of the knobs, sliders, wheels and pedals.  The controllers can be assigned to any variety of things such as filter or effects control, envelopes, EQ and more.

To change the function of a controller, first you must press the [EDIT] button, then choose Stage Setting by pressing [Enter].  From this view scroll down until the next page appears and here you will find Common Settings.  Select it by pressing [Enter].

As the name suggests, here you’ll find things such as tempo which are common to all the Zones in a Stage Setting.  Scroll down through the list and you’ll find the controllers; knobs, sliders, wheels and pedals.
PX-5S Common Edit Screen

If you select a controller the first thing to notice is that at the top of the screen you’ll see a T1.  This means Target #1. Each of the controllers can actually have 2 assignments.  This allows you to simultaneously move a slider as an example and manipulate two parameters at once. In many of the electric piano Stage Settings on the PX-5S you’ll find that Slider controls Gain and Level.  As the slider is pushed up the distortion gain (Target 1) increases, while the amp level (Target 2) decreases.  So not only have we assigned it to do two things but we also have them doing opposite functions, one increasing, one decreasing.  This is done by setting the min/max ranges for each Target in different ways. To have a value increase as you move a slider up, or turn a knob to the right, the minimum value is a lower number and the maximum value is a higher number.  To make the controller behave oppositely, make the maximum value a lower number than the minimum value.
Controller Target

Next, you can determine whether a zone is using a particular controller or not. If you have multiple zones active its likely that you want one zone to respond to a controller while another zone ignores it. As an example if you have an acoustic piano on Zone 1, layered with a synth sound on Zone 2 you may want to manipulate the filter envelope or effects if the synth without making these changes to the piano. 
To do this, exit out of the Common Edit screen and choose Zone Edit.  From here you’ll find Controller Edit.  When you enter this menu you’ll find On/Off switches for each slider, knob or pedal.  You can use the Zone +/- buttons to move between zones while you’re here and adjust the settings for each zone.Image

Electric Pianos on the PX-5S

One of the big new features of the PX-5S are the new vintage electric pianos and clavs.  The Stage Settings on the PX-5S are organized so they’re easy to find.  If it ends on x-1, it is a Rhodes type electric piano.  x-2 is likely a wurlitzer and x-4 is a clav.  As you explore the stage settings on the PX-5S you’ll find that there is some amazing control over these sounds.  Distortion, speaker models, tone control, effects are assigned to sliders and knobs  allowing you to get remarkable variety very easily.
To make it easier Casio provided some consistency in the slider and knob assignments for these sounds.  For the typical electric piano sound or clav the slider assignments will work like this:
Slider 1:  Distortion amount
Slider 2:  Amp/Speaker Choice
Slider 3: Speaker Tone Control
Slider 4: Chorus
Slider 5: Delay
Slider 6: Reverb
Generally speaking the knobs are EQ but on some sounds you’ll find some variation here.


Creating a Quick Layer on the PX-5S

The Stage Settings on the PX-5S has many multi-zone setups already created but there are times when you may just want to quickly add a zone without going into the edit menu.  Luckily this can easily be done.  

The screen on the PX-5S gives you a lot of information.  It shows the selected stage setting, and the tone used on the current zone.  To the left of the display you’ll find Zone -/+ buttons.  If you press the Zone + button you’ll now be looking at the next zone which as you can see in the picture below shows strings.  It also shows Z2: Off  meaning Zone 2 is turned off. Image

From here you can choose any tone from any category on the top left of the keyboard.  To activate the current zone press both the Zone – and Zone + buttons at the same time.

That’s it now you’ve created a quick layer.  



Stephan De.Reine plays the PX-5S


Privia Pro PX-5S Synth Demo