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OVERVIEW

This 61-key synthesizer has been optimized to be pleasing for both you and your audience.

Designed with the live setting in mind, the XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer gives you plenty of opportunity to create ear-pleasing sounds with its plethora of preset tones (like the Solo Synthesizer, Hex Layer, and Drawbar Organ), as well as numerous types of internal PCM and Synth waves. There are also multifunction keys that enable you to easily assign the most-desired DJ functions to the keys for simplified operation. The slim, lightweight XW-P1 can run on traditional batteries allow you the freedom to perform on stage, wherever it is and whenever you need to.

Solo Synth
The XW-P1 utilizes Casio's exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, a six oscillator monophonic solo synth that is just one of its amazing sound engines. The solo synth has the power to deliver classic analog sounds and sounds with an aggressive edge unlike anything else. Two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs can be combined to make up a single solo synth tone. Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFOs and access to master resonant filter. With impressive modulation and control capabilities at your fingertips, the solo synth is capable of a wide range of sounds and expression.

HexLayer
In addition to the solo synth, the XW-P1 also features HexLayer tones. A HexLayer is a single sound comprised of up to 6 components, allowing complex layers, splits and velocity switched sounds. The sliders on the XW-P1 can be used to mix sounds on the fly to create evolving pads and rich synth textures while key velocity can be used to create dynamic velocity switched orchestral sounds and more.

Drawbar Organ
In addition to the solo synth and HexLayers, the XW-P1 performance synthesizer is armed with an arsenal of gig-ready sounds like stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums and more. It also has a new drawbar organ mode. Utilizing the nine sliders on the XW-P1 you have full range control over each drawbar. The XW-P1 even has dedicated controls for key percussion and rotary speaker while also providing vibrato, distortion and more for the ultimate drawbar organ experience.

Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer
In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, the XW-P1's Arpeggiator can create polyphonic synth-gated patterns, acoustic instrument emulations and is even fully programmable, allowing you to create your own unique sounds. An additional phrase sequencer allows you to quickly capture any riff that you play on the keyboard and have it available on a front panel switch or triggered and transposed live from a range of notes on the keyboard. The combination of the Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer provides an endless array of sound possibilities.

Control
The XW-P1 has 4 realtime controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with 9 sliders to provide control over internal sounds and external devices. Through standard MIDI ports and with a class-compliant USB port, the keyboard can be used as a controller for other instruments, including computer software and iPad-based software applications. It also includes an audio input allowing you to monitor an MP3 player, computer or other device without the need for a mixer.

Step Sequencer
Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the XW-P1's Step Sequencer is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns make up each sequence, the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience.

FEATURES
  • 61 standard-size keys
  • 2 types of touch response
  • 6 oscillator monophonic solo synthesizer
  • HexLayer: a single sound made up of 6 components for gig-ready splits and layers
  • Drawbar Organ Mode with 9 sliders, adjustable rotary speaker, key click, vibrato and percussion
  • 400 fully editable PCM based sounds like stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, guitars, drums and more
  • 13-track step sequencer
  • 16-step programmable Arpeggiator
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Performance mode providing 4 internal or external instrument zones with instant recall of effects, Step Sequences, Arpeggiators and Phrases
  • 4 realtime controller knobs
  • Phrase sequencer to record and playback your riffs
  • Stereo 1/8" line input to connect an MP3 player, laptop or tablet
  • USB and MIDI ports
  • 1/4" line outputs
  • Included power supply
  • Operates on 6 D batteries (not included)

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SPECIFICATIONS

XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer

  • Dimesnsions: 948mm x 384mm x 124mm
    Weight: 5.4kg
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CasioXW-P1 Performance Synthesizer
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Responsive / good action (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor instructions (3)

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (8)
  • Accompaniment (7)
  • MIDI (6)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big features in a tiny, affordable package

When shopping for keyboards in early April (before the XW-P1 was in stock), I wasn't enamored by any of the options. Comparable synths from Roland and Korg just seemed to be missing something...Read complete review

When shopping for keyboards in early April (before the XW-P1 was in stock), I wasn't enamored by any of the options. Comparable synths from Roland and Korg just seemed to be missing something (programmable arpeggiator, software, combi flexibility), and I already have a Yamaha MO-6. While I was a little hesitant because this was Casio's first synth in a while, I read about it, tried one, and saw its potential. So far, I am very happy with my purchase.
This little guy packs a lot of pretty cool features. The UI on the XW-P1 is fantastic (despite only displaying a few lines of text on the screen). With the exception of EPs, I am very happy with the preset tones. Editing tones and combining tones (up to 4, and each can be transposed/octave shifted and assigned to any uninterrupted area of the keyboard) is super-easy, and the instructions included in the owner's manual do a good job of explaining those processes. While there isn't a "Favorites" list where you can save tones for quick selection, the keyboard will remember the last tone you were on for a particular category, and there aren't that many tones. I've only tinkered with the arpeggiator a little bit, but it's also very easy to program in (max)16-step arpeggios. I haven't played around with the sequencer yet, but it looks capable of doing simple work, nor have I played around too much with the Hex Layers.

My favorite feature is the drawbar organ. Not only are there a bunch of presets to start with, but then you can use the 8 sliders as drawbars to further shape your sound. The only thing I wish it had were better control over the speaker rotation speed. There's a button that selects fast/slow, and you can set the fast and slow speed, but you can't assign any of the knobs to control speed on a finer scale.

The jacks on the back include instrument in (no effects), mic in (effects), SD card slot for larger projects, USB-Midi and USB-data (for the editing software) as well as your standards.
The Casio XW-P1 is almost all plastic, and is certainly not as sturdy as a $2k+ keyboard, but it doesn't feel like it will break if I look at it wrong. I'm probably easier on my keyboards than some people, though, and it weighs about 11 lbs without batteries. The knobs and sliders have a little bit of resistance to their movement, and the keys also push back a little more than what I'm used to for spring action. I haven't tried beating on the screen, but the buttons feel like they can take some mild abuse (and they probably need to if you're going to use the arpeggiator and sequencer a lot). The black squre that takes up the upper-right corner of the keyboard is a rubbery surface and shelf obviously intended to be a place to put your tablet, but it works well for snacks and small mixer boards (for those with multi-keyboard setups).
For the price point, I feel Casio has offered a very attractive package. If you run too far in any direction, you'll push up against the limits of the machine, but if you want something that will enable you to edit tones, combis, and arpeggios super-quick, this is the keyboard you're looking for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inexpensive, but a risky investment

The Casio XP-W1 has some cool things about it: light-weight, very dynamic and versatile, and it seems it is a lot of instrument for the money. However, I have experienced sounds dropping...Read complete review

The Casio XP-W1 has some cool things about it: light-weight, very dynamic and versatile, and it seems it is a lot of instrument for the money. However, I have experienced sounds dropping out at random and a lack of calibration in the sound envelope knobs. It is fun to adjust the attack, decay and reverb knobs, but impossible to get the sound back to flat, or "zero". Also repeatedly the keyboard loses voices, they drop out and it reverts on its own to a tinny piano sound. This makes it a risky investment, in my opinion. I am currently trying to return this model for an exchange with Casio.

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3.0

Make sure it's what you need

By Steve

from St. Cloud Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

  • Poor Instructions

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Electronic Music
  • MIDI

Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

Bought this as a midi component for recording & additional sounds for stage. The drawbars don't respond well on the fly (stage). The rotation emulator for the drawbar organ is set a little fast, I can't figure out how to edit the speed. (Compare to the old WK-3100 modulator). The voices can be edited to create layers but there isn't a quick "voice layer" available. The "analog" editable synth is deep and powerful beyond any "plug-in" I've used (plus It wasn't as hard to edit as I had feared). I miss having a menu printed on the shell to find preset voices, so I made a list of my favorites, since scrolling takes time on stage. I researched this unit well before buying, I recommend you do the same. I wouldn't pay a grand for it, but it's certainly worth the current retail. Not my choice for a primary stage board but that was never my intent.

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5.0

NICE!!!!

By Tony tone.

from Pensacola FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI

    Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

    Great item if you can get pass the name. Casing is a lil cheap but hard and sturdy. Lots of bang for the buck here as far as features go. It took me bout an hour or two to figure few things out on this baby, after that did a lil programing on it and bingo, creating some great tones of my own. Sequencer and arpeggiator is nice love the hex layer feature. Only a small few of the pcm tones were a bit thin but sounded great once stacked with other tones with certain frequencies. I think Casio did pretty good with this one! Keep it coming Casio I see an an xwp 2 coming soon.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lots of Rooms in the Castle

    By XWPhraser

    from Northeast USA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Power
    • Realistic Sound
    • Value
    • Versatility

    Cons

    • Counterintuitive Menus
    • No Speakers

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Electronic Music
    • Learning To Fly
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

    It's an amazing instrument at its price point. If you keep that in mind you will never be disappointed by this synthesizer, particularly if you have a bit of wanderlust and don't mind exploring its menu system. At the price it sells for - and the price you can get it for - I can't imagine anything that matches it.

    You should learn some things about synthesizers before you buy. And you should be ready to spend a little extra time because the menu system is not the simplest in the world. However, with a little forum help and some work with the Casio Data Recorder utility you will understand it well, and make some incredible sounds and music that will blow your mind.

    This synthesizer can take your from Square One to a lot ahead of that and more, and it's really affordable. It's a no-joke sound creation machine and it's good enough to be on a stage with a professional.

    For the price you cannot expect everything in the Universe, because you can't have it - but you can get a pretty good, fat, satisfying slice of the Universe with this machine. I love it, I'm glad I bought it, and I'm having a fantastic time with it. I think you will, too.

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    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Inexpensive, but a risky investment

    By Rick Blaster

    from Davenport, Iowa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Inexpensive
    • Realistic Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No Speakers
    • Not Caibrated Well

    Best Uses

    • In the studio

    Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

    The Casio XP-W1 has some cool things about it: light-weight, very dynamic and versatile, and it seems it is a lot of instrument for the money. However, I have experienced sounds dropping out at random and a lack of calibration in the sound envelope knobs. It is fun to adjust the attack, decay and reverb knobs, but impossible to get the sound back to flat, or "zero". Also repeatedly the keyboard loses voices, they drop out and it reverts on its own to a tinny piano sound. This makes it a risky investment, in my opinion. I am currently trying to return this model for an exchange with Casio.

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Huge sonic palette & hidden depths

    By DavidUKDurham

    from Durham, UK

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Huge Potential
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Superb Value For Money
    • Touch Sensitive Keys
    • Vast Programming Depth

    Cons

    • None At This Price
    • Would Prefer It Heavier

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • School Bands
    • Synthesizer Programming
    • Travel

    Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

    I have owned this synth for 3 months now and it really is superb for the money. The piano's and other presets are excellent but that is not why I bought it - the synthesizer programming potential is excellent and vast. Imagine 6 oscillators slightly detuned with a single waveform for a huge lead sound or 6 totally different sounds with varying envelopes and effects evolving over time for pads, or huge dirty VA lead tones. There are multiple sections on this synth - 1. the presets - you can only basically edit these and there are hundreds of them so you can marginally tweak a preset to get your variation of it. 2. The HEX layer - this has vast potential and there are so many hidden workarounds, e.g. I use the highly programmable WAH as a resonant filter to get some sounds that you might not think it can do, and I have been seriously impressed with the HEX layer overall - huge DX style tones, huge warm analogue style tones, complex pads etc all easily programmed once you understand the menus. 3. Solo synth - this is excellent as well and highly programmable 4. The step sequencer - this is hard to master and you will need a lot of patience and the manual to hand and very slowly start working through how to use it. Yes, you can use it instantly, but to get it to do exactly what you want takes a lot of work, but once you master it it is superb and easy to use on the fly 5. The phrase sequencer - this for me is fantastic because it is separate to the step sequencer and you can have it running at the same time - for example using this as a looper for a pad sound that can either be locked to a beat / bar / tempo, or freely floating in a non-quantised way which is exactly what I love about it, e.g. having a pad phrase that is say 9 and a quarter beats long slowly looping over a step sequencer drum beat that uses a TR-808 / 909 kit that is rigidly quantised and at a faster tempo such that the pads slowly loop on top. Overall I would totally recommend this to those looking for a lightweight easy to use preset sound source with excellent quality pianos and organs etc, and also to those hardcore synth programmers like me who know that Casio synths always have huge sonic palettes and really are a wolf in sheep's clothing. Very, very good value for money and I am really enjoying using mine. Totally a keeper.

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    5.0

    Best bang for the buck, hands down

    By JimmyV

    from Yoakum, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • MIDI

      Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

      I bought this board mainly to midi in my alesis vortex keytar. It works great for that. It's getting harder to find a standard midi in- out keyboard. This one has all kind of inputs. For What it cost,I am very pleased. Get one while you still can......

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cheap Keybed, good sounds

      By Biker Bob

      from Sherwood, AR.

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Price Vs Features

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use
      • Poor Action
      • Very Cheap Keybed

      Best Uses

      • Home Recording And Travel
      • Travel

      Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

      The features of the XWP1 are great for the price range, but the keys must be from the cheapest Casio keyboard ever created. Come on Casio, if your going into the pro gear at least have keys that don't move side to side and make noise as you play... Also, the manual is junk unless you have a degree in Electronics Technology (which luckily I do), but for the average person it's a nightmare. When trying to understand the deep editing, I wrote 10 pages of settings on one solo synth sound. Now the good points. This synth has great features for the price. Once you figure out the deep editing you can contour a sound with exceptional precision. The sliders and control knobs allow great real time control. The keyboard weighs almost nothing (this can be good and bad) and the battery life is good for some of the outdoor stuff I do. If Casio had invested a little more in the key bed and user manual this would be a no brainer, but it still is only a backup or travel keyboard in my opinion. More than a toy but less than "pro" quality. Only time will tell if the unit holds up to the rigors of the road. Also, I would have liked to see some more training videos available. With complexity comes the need for better information. Most musicians want less time learning the technical details and need "user friendly" instructions and examples of use. Unfortunately Casio isn't alone in this trend of "figure it out for yourself".

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      4.0

      Good all-in-one keyboard.

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

          Good all-in-one. WIsh there were 2 pedal connectors.

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          5.0

          Very Nice For My Needs

          By Rosehebrew

          from Paradise, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI

            Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

            This is my first dive into Synths and I have to say that I really love this little tool. I have not dug as deep as it will go yet but as a tool that I use for 2 hour long Harp and Bowl worship sets, I don't think I would want to use anything else. I was not sure I was overjoyed at first because I was struggling a bit with the unfamiliar side of it but the more I use it, the more I love it and am so thankful that I chose this one. Transitions between songs and mood music to support others in antiphonal singing has really started to become almost effortless now that I am gaining familiarity. I am very happy with my choice.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good value for money

            By Jaypunni

            from Branpton,Ontario

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Many Features
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound

            Cons

            • Difficult to Use
            • Poor Instructions

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Electronic Music
            • In Studio
            • School Bands
            • Travel

            Comments about Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer:

            Its a small keyboard with many feature like step sequencing, oscillators and phrase recording etc. etc. It has nice synth sound's not too good on ethic instruments but still worth for accompaniment. I will not go that far to say and compare which general people do with 4 times more expensive Yamaha, Korg or Roland well synth sournds are same from my side except instrument voice you have to work on them to get better sound. Working on this synth is hard as you can't really find what is what on very first look So, hard to learn. It has worked great for me in patterns of drums and synths which i have recorded. And its more over Casio has came back after 20 year's they have to move forward with better then this.

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