I’ve found an interesting way to control layered sounds using the sliders. If you simply assign the slider to control volume or expression of a layered sound, that layer is still using polyphony even if the volume is all the way down. This is rarely an issue with the PX-5S since it has 256 notes of polyphony but its always good to be safe especially if your layered tone is a Hex Layer that uses many voices at once.
Since slider can have 2 targets, here is the trick. Assign Target 1 for a slider to control volume. Set a minimum range of around 20. Set Target 2 for this slider to be Zone on/off. Set the minimum range to 63 and the Maximum range to 127. This means that when the slider is all the way back, the zone is off and does not use any polyphony. As soon as you move it forward turns on at a low volume level. This makes it very musical and easy to control the layer.
You can find this technique in a new Stage Setting I posted called “Grand Movie“. It is used on Sliders 1 and 2. Give it a try.
Using any instrument with a DAW can be challenging if the DAW doesn’t have a list of bank and program changes for your device. We just completed the patch script for the Privia PX-5S for Cubase. You can download the file from Casio Music Forums here: http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/file/246-privia-px-5s-cubase-patch-script/
Once you have the text file you need to install it in the appropriate location so Cubase can see it.
- Mac OS X
- PC Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8
“System drive \Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase\Scripts\Patchnames
- PC Windows XP
“System drive \Documents and Settings\<your username>\Application data\Steinberg\Cubase\Scripts\Patchnames
In order to get to the folder on Windows you may have to enable the view for hidden folders in your control panel.
Once the text file is in place, go the Devices menu in Cubase. Choose the MIDI Device Manager and choose Install Device. Choose the Privia PX-5S from the list and you’re all set.