Casio Privia PX-3: Until now, if you wanted an awesome-sounding piano, that actually played like a piano, you had to haul around a 75-pound monster that cost almost two grand. No more! You can ... Read More
Casio Privia PX-3: Until now, if you wanted an awesome-sounding piano, that actually played like a piano, you had to haul around a 75-pound monster that cost almost two grand. No more! You can easily lift Casios new PX-3 keyboard controller with one hand, pay for it with a weekend of gigging, and use its 250 high-end sounds on your next club date or scoring project.
You get dazzling vintage and cutting-edge EPs, authentic B-3s with dial-in rotary effects and tons of MIDI control at a fraction of the cost and weight of any other stage piano.
Even though its amazingly light and affordable, you dont have to compromise one note. The piano sound rivals keyboards costing (and weighing) three times as much. Casios Ivory Touch, Tri-Sensor scaled hammer action actually recreates the nuances of playing a top-tier acoustic grand. This proprietary mechanism triggers four levels of stereo piano samples in Casios award-winning Linear Morphing System. 128-note polyphony. Half-pedaling. Acoustic Resonance. And its thrilling to play through tiny combo amps and stadium PAs.
But the piano is just the beginning: the PX-3 offers a full-complement of stage- and studio-ready sounds: Powerful brasses, winds, basses and synth leads with switch-on portamento, plus a composers grab-bag of great-sounding, non-western instruments and percussion. Full editing. Sophisticated DSP.
And the MIDI control is all there as well: The PX-3 controls four internal and four external zones. So during the performance you can play up to four additional instruments or a digital workstation right from the keyboard via MIDI or USB. Plus, you can instantly edit every internal sound with a comprehensive menu of filters, envelopes and 64 insert effects like rotary speaker, auto-wah, phasers, choruses and overdrives.
Theres so much more: SD card and USB storage. Internal velocity maps for instant touch control. Four bands of parametric EQ. But the bottom-line is this: 88-notes of scaled-hammer, real-life acoustic grand piano in a stunning, feather-light, impossibly priced keyboard.
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I'm getting old, so wanted something light as possible while still having weighted keys. I use this in 2 bands and 2 duets and it has been great. The synth sounds are ok for the 80's band, some nice slightly distorted organ sounds for the rock band. There are a lot of piano patches but I usually use the default patch. Have used registry for a couple layers, easy to pull them up. Still miss my Triton for organ and synth sounds sometimes but it's worth it to have weighted keys at this price point.
I bought this for my son and he loves it. Keyboard action is great and lots of nice features. One important note, it has no internal speakers so you have to have a separate sound source or use headphones. Not a big issue, but no where in the product information on the website or in the store are you told this a head of time. I would agree with the other reviews about the plastic jacks in the back and would think seriously about picking up the accidental coverage for the unit.
I've been shopping around for an easily portable gig instrument for 5 months. Unless you have an unlimited budget, this is the best keyboard on the market for the price. You can spend thousands of dollars on "recording studios in a box". Don't do it! I bought this instrument and $280 worth of software for my computer and now have the same capability as the 3-5 thousand dollar keyboards. Ups: great touch for a portable, large catalog of sounds with all the usual adjustments available, splitting sounds and ranges on the keyboard is easy, light weight. Downs: the sustain on piano notes are a little to short for me, you will need a small reading light - some of the important buttons are not back lit and hard to see on stage with dim lighting, had to anchor it to my stand with wide velcro because it is so light.
I think this is the best bang for the buck keyboard I have ever owned.great sounds,great action.It is hard to see the screen and buttons,but I can make my changes in the dark now.You have to handle it carefully it is fragile,and the out put jacks are fragile.The weight of the keyboard is great for carrying,but it moves around a little on my keyboard stand.Again great bang for the buck,just be nice to it.
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