Archive for March, 2014

The PX-5S Arpeggiator as a Sound Design Tool

The PX-5S has a very powerful programmable arpeggiator.  There are actually 4 of them, one for each Zone.  One of the unique things the arpeggiator can do is send controller information in addition to or instead of notes. So if you every find yourself in a situation where you need a sound to pan left and right, or the filter to sweep in tempo the arpeggiator can do the trick.
Press and HOLD the Arpeggio button on the PX-5S to bring up the arpeggio menu.  Press the EDIT button and you’ll see this.

Select the Parameter Menu.  Here you can change the number of Steps and the length of each step. Scroll down and then you’ll find the option for Controller data.


Here you can set the Control Track to ONLY.  This means that the arpeggiator won’t play repeated notes it will just send controller information.  In the Control Type you can choose which controller you’re sending.  If you scroll down one step further you’ll see the option to SMOOTH controller events.  Rather than jumping from one step to the next, the PX-5S can smoothly move from one value to the other.

Next press EXIT and go to the STEP EDIT menu.

You can use KNOB 4 to set the Controller value for each Step.  The Zone -/+ buttons allow you to move between each step.

Here is one application for this.  In an electric piano sound I wanted the DSP effect to be distortion for an electric piano sound.  I still wanted the Stereo Panning effect that is typical of a rhodes.  The Arpeggiator saves the day.  You can download this example here – http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/file/17-roadz-panamp/