Archive for May, 2013

Changing a Pedal Assignment

A customer asked how to change the function of the second pedal input so he could control an external MIDI device.  In this case he was looking to send CC#80 to control rotary speaker speed of an organ module.

On the Stage Setting you’d like to use, press EDIT.  Scroll down and select COMMON:

Scroll down and select the Pedal you want to Edit:

Press Enter to change the Pedal Target:

Change the controller to #80

Press Exit then Scroll down and you can make the pedal function either Momentary (You must hold it down) or Toggle (Press Pedal for On, Press again for Off)


PX-5S: Sending Program Changes to External Gear

How to do program changes on an external device.

It is the Stage Setting that determines the zone assignments as well as knob/slider functions.  So press the EDIT button and choose Stage Settings. You’ll see a screen that looks like this:
Select Zone Edit.

Then on the next screen choose MIDI edit.
Scroll down and you’ll find many things.
On page two you’ll find a screen that lets you turn off the internal tone generator and choose if you’re controlling an external device over MIDI or USB MIDI

Scroll down further and you find the setup for Program Change for this zone.


Here you choose turn program changes on then selec Program & Bank Edit and set up the parameters for your external device.

PX-5S Data Editors Now Available

Just released:
Download the PX-5S Data Editor


PX-5S Firmware Update Instructions

PX-5S Firmware 1.10 Update Available

The firmware update has just been posted and can be download from Casio.com at this link:

Here is a quick list of the improvements:

  • Improving the Key Follow function of Hex Layer.    
  • Adding a portamento function to the Melody tones and the Hex Layer tones.    
  • Adding a volume control to the Audio Recorder.    
  • Adding a volume control to the Damper Noise.    
  • Adding ‘Toggle Mode’ to the Pedal Function.    
  • Adding MIDI Rx message filters.    
  • Expanding the frequency range of the Master Equalizer.    
  • Expanding the frequency range of the DSP Equalizer.    
  • Adding a Fine tune to the DSP Pitch Shifter.    
  • Adding a Bypass to the System Effects and the Master Effects.    
  • Adding a destination parameters to the controllers (Knobs, Sliders, Modulation and Pedals).    
  • Adding a calibration function of the position of the Knobs.    
  • Adding a sample waves to the Hex Layer.

PX-5S Firmware Update

The PX-5S v1.10 Firmware update will be releasing soon. Here is what you need to know about the update procedure.

The update file will be posted on the Casio.com site, we will also link it here.

Before doing anything, we recommend that you save any custom sounds or Stage Settings. I recommend that you save these individually, not an “ALL File”. Since most of the Stage Settings have been tweaked and updated slightly if you load in your ALL File after updating you won’t be taking advantage of the new Stage Settings.

Once you’ve downloaded the “update.bin” file, put it in the root folder of a USB drive. Press the System Settings button and scroll down to INFORMATION.

From here you’ll find the UPDATE FIRMWARE dialog.

The update takes about 8 minutes to complete. It is important not to touch the PX-5S, unplug or interrupt this process in any way until it is done. Once it is done, we recommend that you do an INITIALIZE ALL to make sure that the PX-5S is reset to the new defaults associated with the v1.10 firmware. Then you can load back in any of your custom tones or Stage Settings.

Adjusting Parameters – Use the knobs

If you’ve pressed the Edit button the PX-5S and started adjusting parameters, you probably found yourself pressing the UP/Down and the +1/-1 buttons endlessly to change values.  Luckily there is a much quicker way. 
Use Knob1 to move up and down through a list, then use Knob2 to adjust the value.  It’s going to make your life much easier.  🙂