MIDI A-B Repeat on PX-560

After making a MIDI recording, you can play back a portion of the song as a loop. There are two ways to specify the start (“A”) and end (“B”) points.

Method 1: While playing back the MIDI recording, press the “SetA” and “SetB” controls on the “MIDI Recorder” screen.

Method 2: With playback stopped, tap the Measure, Beat or Tick controls for either “A” or “B”. Use the rotary to adjust the values as desired. Note that the maximum value for Tick is 96.  If you want to repeat an entire measure, specify “B” as the beginning of the measure after the last measure you want to repeat. In other words, if you want to loop measures 3 through 5, set “A” as Measure 3 / Beat 1 / Tick 1 and set “B” as Measure 6 / Beat 1 / Tick 1.  Also, note that if you press the “SetA” or “SetB” controls with playback is stopped, the values for A and B will be reset to 1 / 1 / 1.

Once the A and B points are set, tap the “A-B Repeat On” control (it will turn red), then tap the Play control to play back that section of the recording as a loop.

Arpeggiator on the Casio PX-560

An arpeggiator detects one or more keys pressed and plays their corresponding notes in a pattern (strictly up, strictly down, up and down, Alberti bass, random, etc.) This can be useful for playing a riff (ostinato) quickly and effortlessly for an extended period of time during a song. The PX-560 has Continue reading “Arpeggiator on the Casio PX-560”

Video recording a keyboard

There are a variety of ways to make a video recording of someone playing a keyboard.  Different equipment, different positions, different software, different lighting.  Each variation of approach has a cost / benefit tradeoff. Continue reading “Video recording a keyboard”

Importing and Exporting MIDI with Ableton Live

The Ableton Live 9 User Manual (section 5.3) is notably terse in explaining how to import and export MIDI files. Actually, it doesn’t explain how to import a MIDI file at all.  While it does (sort of) explain how to export a MIDI file, it leaves out an important detail. Continue reading “Importing and Exporting MIDI with Ableton Live”

MIDI Recorder on PX-560

Overview

The MIDI Recorder on the PX-560 is easy to use and convenient for simple recording tasks. For example, if you are experimenting with a musical idea using a single instrument tone and want to capture the idea quickly, the MIDI Recorder works great. This video demonstrates a simple example. However, Continue reading “MIDI Recorder on PX-560”

File Types/Extensions for Casio PX-560

  • MID = SMF (Standard MIDI File). PX-560 supports playback of SMF format 0 and 1 but not 2. Stores standard MIDI tracks 1-16. Max file size 320KB. Media > Save > Save Type Select > MIDI Recording SMF.
  • ZMF = Casio proprietary version of SMF. Stores Casio’s 17th “System Track” data (used to record accompaniment and performance parts). Max file size approx 700KB. Max 999 measures. Media > Save > Save Type Select > MIDI Recording Data.
  • ZRM = Registration file
  • ZTN = Tone file
  • ZLT = Hex Layer file

Illuminate PX-560 music stand with USB LED

Saw a post on the Casio Privia Facebook group showing a USB LED light plugged into the top USB port of a PX-5S.  What a fantastic idea! Now I have a perfect use for the USB LED light I received as a gift from my brother-in-law.  I could have used this last night at rehearsal…

USB LED light
USB LED light

Audio Recording (PX-560)

Default file name is TAKEnn.WAV (where “nn” is two integers). Can’t rename files on PX-560.
8.3 file names only
Can also record the line inputs.
Record level is low.  Changing the volume knob doesn’t affect record level. Have to hit keys hard to increase record volume.
Per Casio support: The recording volume is a set at a dynamic level that allows for the headroom of multiple instruments parts, drums, bass and more. The recording level can’t be adjusted and is the same recording level as all Casio instruments with audio recording.  That being said, on the PX-560 you could get a little more gain by adjusting the level Master Compressor.  Raising these too high can result in distortion internally, to return any of the parameter values to the default level, press the -/+ buttons at the same time.