The new Privia PX-5S redefines the stage piano category with unprecedented sound quality and performance features in a lightweight design that is supremely portable. Featuring tone editing, insert effects, MIDI controller capabilities, an 88 Key, Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard and weighing only 24 lbs., the Privia PX-5S is ready to take stage.
Powered by AiR
At the heart of the PX-5S Stage Piano is Casios proprietary AiR sound source which provides incredible realism, detail and expression for grand piano sounds. In the PX-5S, the power of AiR has been expanded to provide stunning fidelity and control over other instrument tones and effects with 256 notes of polyphony.
Old School, New Class
In addition to Privias award winning grand piano sounds, the PX-5S has an arsenal of newly developed sounds including classic electric piano, harpsichord and clav sounds. Some of these tones are complete with release samples, amplifier and speaker simulations for an incredibly authentic experience.
The PX-5S is a powerful four zone controller, complete with 4 knobs and 6 sliders all of which are completely configurable to control internal sounds, effects parameters or send continuous controllers to other gear. Each zone on the PX-5S can control an internal sound, an external MIDI device or both simultaneously.
New Sonic Territory
The PX-5S redefines what a stage piano should be, providing an arsenal of other sounds and creative tools. The PX-5S includes powerful Hex Layer tones complete with real-time filters and also features four programmable arpeggiators and multitrack phrase sequencing.
I've owned this product for three months now and I am absolutely delighted with it. I bought it because I joined a blues rock band this year and we have just started playing gigs. 1) The light weight means it's fully portable - I mean it's still an effort (there's 88 whole keys to lug) but your back should not suffer. Crucially, this means you get to play the thing out regularly2) The feel action is very impressive - my previous experience is good (and not so good) upright pianos and a yamaha clavinova (oh and one Bechstein grand a couple of times which did feel amazing). Each piano, digi or real, takes some adjustment but my hands were extremely happy with it within a couple of days. And you can really pound it if that's your thing. And it doesn't hurt the next day.3)The inbuilt sounds are great (esp the pianos) but you can customize and layer pretty much everything. And you can make your own sounds too. This is not my area of expertise but it doesn't matter because better users than I are already sharing more sounds than you can cope with on the forums. 4) The level of support on Facebook and the Casio web pages forums is ridiculously good. First question I had was answered by some senior guy in Casio within a minute (and it was a dumb one about a pedal). And he got it right. But not just casio employees - the level of enthusiasm for this keyboard is palpable and a real community has developed to make the most of it. Check out the facebook page to see.I can't recommend this enough. I'm out playing live music again for the first time in ages and having a wonderful time.
- Dom Barker (12/11/2013)
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