Looking for a high-quality instrument to push your limits during your practice sessions and kill it during gigs? This Casio XW-P1 review will introduce you to one of Casio’s leading synthesizers. It is not an analog modeling synthesizer, yet it can easily tackle analog waves.
Features of Casio XW-P1
It may feature more sequencers, but it is not a workstation. So, what is it then? What makes it so popular?
The XW-P1 brings in a plethora of digital and analog electronic sounds. Some of them might sound a bit awkward when they loop continuously, as they seem to go off the rhythm. However, this is an intentional element implemented by Casio, only to force you to discover the numerous customization features, rather than settle with what you are given.
The Hex Layer mode is self-explanatory – you can layer six different sounds simultaneously. It works with sounds from the PCM category though. How about the possibility to run literally everything in a song through a DSP effect or a filter at once?
No matter what instruments you put in, you can alter them simultaneously – excellent for DJs. Samples of instruments will overwhelm you at first, but at least you do have options – accordions, basses, strings, drums, guitars and so on.
You can do anything to your favorite songs – control, edit and adjust them based on your preferences. Everything is doable from the LCD screen, yet you can also do it from the assignable knobs. This toy comes with 400 sounds.
Besides, you can come up with another 100 – customize the existing ones, set up your programs and store them for further uses. When it comes to the drawbar feature, you have 50 presets, as well as 50 spaces to store your own edits and variations.
There are nine sliders for the drawbar and numerous controls for organs and their settings. It might sound like a lot, but adjustments are pretty straightforward.
While advertised as a keyboard, almost every Casio XW-P1 review claims that it can go towards the workstation capability due to certain features. For example, the back panel is surprisingly busy. You have stereo audio ins, inputs for all kinds of instruments, as well as a mic input.
Connectivity goes even further and includes a classic USB port. Moving on, the 20 drum kits are preinstalled and will work wonders within the sequencer – another feature similar to what you can normally find in workstations.
Sizing and Portability
Given the number of keys – 64, the XW-P1 may look like an entry level keyboard. However, it is not. In fact, it boosts some high-end features while being reasonably priced in the middle range segment. It measures 9x20x47 inches. Worried about space?
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Forget about it. You can put it out, then hide it away when you are done playing or practicing. It weighs less than 20 pounds – even children can move it away. It is designed to be portable and given the workstation features, it makes a great addition to your gigs and live performances.
The control panel is impressive – buttons everywhere and a small LCD screen in the middle. If this is your first keyboard, you better keep the manual of instructions nearby and practice before getting used to it. Many controls are quite intuitive, especially as they are labeled. Some others – not so much. There are certain combinations for a deeper adjustability too.
- Workstation features.
- Excellent sound quality.
- Plenty of adjustability features.
- Good synthesizer.
- Flexible and capable arpeggio function.
- The display could have been larger.
Casio XW-P1 Review – Conclusion
In the end, this Casio XW-P1 review underlines a competitively priced instrument packed with plenty of features. Once you manage to drill through its rough appearance and multitude of settings, it will certainly reward your experience.
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