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Casio Privia Pro PX-5S.

Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Casio; www.casiomusicgear.com; (800) 836-8580; $1,299.

The Privia Pro PX-5S is the first electronic piano in Casio's Privia Pro series, a sub-category aimed for professional stage musicians. The Privia Pro PX-5S is a genuine stage piano, advanced MIDI controller and performance workstation packed with functions that set it apart from other digital pianos. Equipped with Casio's new proprietary sound source, "AIR" (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator), the PX-5S delivers acoustic piano sounds with realism and detail. The power of AIR is also applied to a set of authentic vintage electric piano sounds and clavinets that is paired by an effects engine giving the PX-5S both acoustic and electric piano sounds. In addition, the PX-5S features an assortment of programmable sounds, including Hex Layer tones derived from the XW-P1 synthesizer.

The 24-pound instrument is also a four-zone performance controller, complete with four assignable knobs, six assignable sliders, two pedal inputs and pitch and modulation wheels. Four independent and programmable arpeggiators allow the PX-5S to expand into sonic territory by creating an array of animated textures. An eight-track phrase sequencer allows the performer to trigger sequences and riffs, which can be triggered and transpose and on the fly, allowing for performances by a single musician. Users can record a 44.1 kHz .WAV file directly to a USB thumb drive.

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Title Annotation:Musical Merchandise
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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