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”
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”
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”
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”
- 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
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…