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CASIO MZ-X500 61 Key, Touch Response, Color Touch LCD, 48 Channel Mixer, 8 Set x 12 Bank Registration, Audio Recording

 

PERFORM. CREATE. INSPIRE.

The MZ-X Series is the evolutionary successor to Casio’s powerful MZ-2000 Series instruments. It will jump-start your creativity with its authentic sound, intuitive Color Touch Interface, and extensive control. This new flagship keyboard will enable musicians around the world to perform, create, and inspire like never before.

EVOLUTIONARY SOUND QUALITY

The MZ-X500 provides over 1,100 high-quality Tones, covering a global variety of instruments. No matter what type of music you want to play, the MZ-X500 delivers. Acoustic guitars include fret noise, harmonics, string slides and body slaps. Basses have smooth glissando from note to note. The new Versatile Tones provide these and other nuances, conveying incredible realism.

The Tones can be easily modified to suit your tastes, thanks to the Color Touch Interface and real-time control knobs and sliders. You can also draw on a selection of 20 different effects to fit any occasion.

VIRTUAL TONEWHEEL ORGAN

The MZ-X500 faithfully reproduces the timeless sound of a vintage tonewheel organ. The rotary speaker is also simulated in great detail, giving you the complete vocabulary of this revered instrument. The physical sliders give you precise drawbar control, and easy onscreen buttons provide you with essential adjustments.

HEX LAYER AND BASS SYNTH

The MZ-X500 boasts Casio’s powerful Hex Layer technology, first made available on the PX-5S, PX-560, and XW-series instruments. This flexible architecture allows you layer six different sounds together in a single Tone. Each layer has its own independent key and velocity zones, plus a complete set of synthesizer parameters. It’s like six synthesizers in a single Tone. Now, multiply all that by four, because the MZ-X500 can play an astonishing four Hex Layers simultaneously, giving you control of 24 sounds at once. With Hex Layers, you can command an entire symphony orchestra, a massive polysynth, or any other sound you can imagine.

The MZ-X500’s Bass Synth uses the power of Hex Layers to deliver the fun and versatility of analog-style synthesis. These classic and evocative bass sounds can be played monophonically, with adjustable legato and portamento behavior. A library of vintage bass sounds is included to cover classic songs, and they can be easily modified using the real time controls and Color Touch Interface.

EASY PRODUCTION TOOLS

The MZ-X Series contains a 16-track MIDI recorder with a full suite of mixing and editing features, plus powerful effect processors and USB audio recording. Select an ensemble, record a performance, then connect a mic, add some vocal effects, and record your performance as an upload-ready WAV file.

AUTHENTIC RHYTHMS

The MZ-X500 contains hundreds of flexible and great-sounding Rhythms, representing musical genres from around the world. Latin, Middle Eastern, European, Asian, and other global Rhythms are included, as well as a full spectrum of pop, jazz, rock, dance. These Rhythms have multiple intros, endings, and variations, and use advanced chord detection to deliver complete accompaniment ensembles that react smoothly to the way you play. They are ideal for solo performances, songwriting, or just enjoying a jam session with a virtual band of professional musicians.

CUSTOMIZE & IMPORT

Patterns can be easily created and combined to form your own Rhythms, making the MZ-X500 completely expandable and customizable. If you have a vision for the perfect backing band, you can quickly generate all the performance elements you want, with extensive mixing and editing tools.

The MZ-X500 can load and play standard MIDI files, and it can even import data from an SMF into custom Rhythms. This means that instead of simply playing back a song, you can perform it and make it your own.

You can even import Rhythms from other arrangers, opening up a world of downloadable cross-platform content.

TOUCH, TWIST, AND TAP

The bold, bright 5.3-inch Color Touch Interface puts you in the driver’s seat, and makes it incredibly easy to explore and navigate the MZ-X Series. You’re always just a few touches away from any essential function, and selecting Tones and Rhythms is easier than ever. Enjoy interactive visual tools like mixers, synthesizer functions, effect controls, and more. It can even be used as an X/Y controller for the built-in effects and filters, controlling two parameters with just one touch. Onscreen text is large and easy to read from any angle, no squinting required.

The stylish “cockpit” design of the MZ-X500 is insightfully laid out, with the most important controls just where a player would need them. Along with the display, you’ll find your hands naturally gravitating to the newly designed knobs, sliders, pads, and other performance controls. Bright backlit buttons also keep you informed and in control, so you can focus on what’s most important- making music.

Store and recall your favorite settings easily with eight convenient Registration buttons. A Registration can contain Rhythm, Tone, effect, tempo, transposition, and many other settings. Organize your favorites for quick access at your next gig, and store up to twelve Banks of eight Registrations apiece for total flexibility.

MULTI-FUNCTION PADS

The MZ-X500 has 16 backlit, velocity sensitive multi-function pads. Initially, you’ll find they can add new, creative, and fun elements to your music. As you explore them further, you’ll realize they can open up a new dimension to your performance and composition.

SAMPLING

Quicky and easily record high-quality samples from any source via the line and mic inputs, and assign them to the pads. Create a drum kit with custom percussion sounds, record your vocal harmonies, or create a soundboard of clips to trigger during your performance.

PHRASE

The pads can also trigger musical phrases. You can easily create phrases yourself, or use the many included presets for many different instruments and genres. Phrases can be melodies, drum grooves, arpeggios, or accompaniment patterns. They can play back as recorded, or transpose automatically to match the chord being played. The MZ-X500’s phrases even include musical articulations, such as tremolos, glissandos, horn rises and falls, and many others, along with the capability to create your own.

CHORD

You can also use the MZ-X500’s pads is to trigger chords, which can drive the MZ-X500’s accompaniment Rhythms. This can simplify a performance, freeing up your hands to play a two-handed melody, or use controllers. You can even store a complete chord progression on a single chord, giving you unprecedented live remix capability. For example, you could store a verse on one pad, a chorus on another, a bridge on another, and so on.

Each pad is individually and highly customizable. You can combine all of these (and other) functions into your own custom pad layout, triggering samples, sound effects, phrases, and Tone articulations all from one set of 16 pads.

SPEAKERS

The MZ-X500’s bass-reflex speaker system puts out a staggering 40 watts of power, and sounds rich and clear at any level. A 4-band parametric equalizer is included to help you customize the output to suit any space, ensuring that you and your MZ-X500 will always sound your best.

 
Keyboard 61 Piano-style keys
Touch Response 3 sensitivity levels, Off
Sound Source MXi (Multi-Expressive Integrated) Sound Source
Polyphony (max) 128
Number of Built-in Tones 1,100
Stereo Sampled Piano Tones Yes
Tone Edit Yes
User Tone 650
Drawbar Organ Function 9 drawbars (16', 5 1/3', 8', 4', 2 2/3', 2', 1 3/5', 1 1/3', 1')
Virtual Tone Wheel Yes
Preset Virtual Tone Wheel Organ Tones 75 (Included in 1,100 preset tones.)
User Virtual Tone Wheel Organ Tones 50
Percussion Second / Third
On Click On / Off
Off Click On / Off
Rotary Effect Fast / Slow (Uses DSP)
Reverb 20
Chorus 25
Delay 20
DSP Equalizer, Compressor, Limiter, Enhancer, Early Reflection, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Rotary, Drive Rotary, LFO Wah, Auto Wah, Distortion, Pitch Shifter, Multi Chorus, Ring Modulator, Delay, Piano Effect
Master Comp Editable
Master EQ 4 Bands Parametric EQ
Auto Harmonize 12 types
Arpeggiator 100 types
User Arpeggio 100 types
Layer Lower 1 - 4, Upper 1 - 4 Assignable (Max 4 Tones)
Split Yes (variable split point)
Number of Built-in Rhythms 330
One Touch Preset 330
Auto Accompaniment CASIO chord, Fingered 1, Fingered 2 (6th off), Fingered 3 (on bass),
Full Range Chord
Controllers Start/Stop, Intro1 - 2, Variation1 - 4/Fill-in, Break, Fade In/Out,
Ending1 - 2, Synchro Start, Synchro Stop, Accomp On/Off,
Ritardando, Auto Fill-In, Tap Start
Chord Type 37 Types
Pattern Sequencer Real-time Recording, Event Edit (Delete, Copy, Insert, Quantize, Step Recording ), Part Parameters, SMF Import
User Rhythms 100
Number of Demonstration Songs 6
Number of Music Preset 305 preset with chord progression, chord edit
User Presets 100
MIDI Recorder Real-time Recording, Track Edit, Event Edit ( Delete, Copy, Insert, Quantize, Step Recording ), Punch-In/Out, Over Dubbing, SMF Import
User Songs 100 songs, 17 tracks per song (1 system track + 16 multi tracks)
Approximate Data Capacity 50,000 notes (1 song)
Recording Source Keyboard play, keyboard play with Auto Accompaniment and with Music Preset, MIDI Recorder playback, sound input from EXT IN (LINE IN, MIC IN)
Audio File Format .wav (16bit, 44.1kHz, Stereo)
Recording Capacity Up to 100 audio files (maximum recording time: approximately 90 minutes for a single audio file)
Center Cancel Yes
Requirement USB memory, up to 32GB
Number of Pads 16
Velocity Yes
Phrase 30
Sampling 30
Chord 20
Multi 20
User 100
LED Yes
Sampling Time Long: 9 seconds x 4, Short: 3 seconds x 32
Event Edit Yes
Chord Sync Yes
Synchro Yes
Articulation Yes
Mixer 48 channels + EXT IN (LINE IN, MIC IN), 9-slider operation
Registration 8 sets x 12 banks (96 setups)
Freeze Yes
Registration Sequence 12
Pedal SW Assignable Yes
Sustain On / Off SW Yes
Scale Tuning Equal temperaments plus 16 other types, Scale Fine Tune 99 cents
Key Transpose 1 octave (-12 to +12 semitones)
Tuning Control 415.5 - 440.0 - 465.9Hz (0.1Hz units)
Octave Shift 3 octaves
Metronome 0(Off), 1 - 9 beats
Tempo Range ? = 20 to 255 per minute
Volume Adjustable
Display 5.3-inch touch panel color LCD
Pitch Bend Wheel Pitch bend range: 0 to 24 semitones
Modulation Wheel Yes
Knobs 3 (Assignable x 2, Value x 1)
Sliders 9
General MIDI 16 channel multi-timbre received, GM Level 1 standard
Internal User Memory (Tone, Rhythm, Song, Registration, etc) 256MB
PEDAL 1 Yes (Mono standard jack)
PEDAL 2 / EXPRESSION Yes (Stereo standard jack)
PHONES Yes (Stereo standard jack, Front)
LINE OUT Yes (L/MONO, R for each; Standard jack)
LINE IN Yes (L/MONO, R for each; Standard jack)
MIC IN Yes (Mono standard jack), MIC Volume
USB TO HOST Yes
USB TO DEVICE Yes
MIDI IN, OUT/THRU Yes
DC IN Yes (24V)
Supported USB Memory up to 32GB
Functions SMF Playback (up to 320KB per file), File Storage, File Recall, File Delete, Format, Audio Data Playback / Storage
Save/Load User Tone, User Rhythm, User MIDI Data, User Music Preset, User Registration Memory, User Pad Bank, User Sample, User Phrase, User Arpeggio
Size 4.7" x 2 + 2" x 2 (2-way, 4-speakers)
Bass-reflex System Yes
Speaker ON/OFF Yes
Amplifiers 20W + 20W
W x D x H 37.4" x 15.7" x 5.9"
Weight 16.8 lbs.
AC Adaptor AC Adaptor AD-A24250LW included
Included Accessories AC adaptor, music stand
Stand ARDX
Pedal SP-20, SP-3
UPC Code '079767314620



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