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Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center

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Casio has always kept themselves at the forefront of electronic musical equipment, and have traditionally done so with an open mind. This free thinking has rendered many wonderful designs that are uni... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Casio has always kept themselves at the forefront of electronic musical equipment, and have traditionally done so with an open mind. This free thinking has rendered many wonderful designs that are unique to the electronic music industry. One of the latest innovations is the XW-PD1, an electronic music creation hardware device that looks, thinks and sounds like no other.

The first thing that will strike you is its appearance. Owing more to spaceships in movies than it does to traditional œgroove box devices, it is housed in a Ferrari Red chassis with a pad grid on one side and control and registry devices on the other. It features a powerful step sequencer, incredible sounds, professional-quality effects and remixing capability.

Crisp, Pro Sounds
You need a wide variety of sounds if you'e going to make dance music. That' why the XW-PD1 is fully equipped with the hottest sounds arranged by professional musicians and DJs/producers. Drums in a wide variety of idioms, rich basses, orchestral hits and instruments, and other-worldly sounds that are impossible to describe are avaiulable to orchestrate your grooves.

Sequence Loops with Ease
With rotating lights, the new Sequence Step Keys allows you to check the rhythm pattern at a glance. Grooving to the music with an eye on the rhythm pattern, you can easily create your own original beats and produce unique tracks just by tapping outrhythms on the pads. Then, all you have to do is lay melodies and bass lines over the top!

Transform Your Creations with Powerful Effects
The XW-PD1 comes with 200 different effects to dramatically transform your sounds. Intuitively arrange music to your taste by, for example, emphasizing hooks or inserting floor-pounding drops. Control the music however you want.

Remix Your Favorite Tracks
Connect the XW-PD1 to a smartphone or digital audio player via a mixing console andmix or remix your favorite tracks. Apply effects to manipulate songs freely and sample your favorite parts to insert into other songs, giving new life to your favorite music. In addition, the XW-PD1 lets you jam simply by connecting a keyboard or other electronic instrument.

FEATURES

  • Powerful sound engine
  • Versatile step sequencer
  • Pro-quality effects
  • Remix capacity
  • Wild-looking chassis and design
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CasioXW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (6)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fun standalone groove box.

Once you read all manuals it becomes very easy to make music. It has a lot of functions and is loaded with 14 drum kits, 200 instrument, and 200 effects. It has a...Read complete review

Once you read all manuals it becomes very easy to make music. It has a lot of functions and is loaded with 14 drum kits, 200 instrument, and 200 effects. It has a 4 bank, 8 pattern, 16 step sequencer with 100 user slots to save your work. It has 100 built in songs that you can play around with to give you ideas of what is possible on this device. It samples from line in or mic. It has MIDI over USB but, it won't send or receive clock info so if you connect to other MIDI devices it can lose sync. One of its better features is the effects functions. Plug in a DJ rig through line in and you can apply effects like roll, HPF, LPF, LFO, Phaser, Flanger and more. This is a fun portable music creation device once you understand all its functions.

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look like stolen ITEM

I got demo item with security cable still stuck with the item. The item is deliveryed two days late. No manual inside. No wrapper.

The Item uses perfectly fine but...Read complete review

I got demo item with security cable still stuck with the item. The item is deliveryed two days late. No manual inside. No wrapper.

The Item uses perfectly fine but just look old and that security thing, there's no way to get rid of without scratch. And that make me looks like I using stolen item.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun standalone groove box.

By Raf

from Ruskin, FL

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Portable music creation

Cons

  • Does not send or receive MIDI clock.

Best Uses

  • Creating songs on the go

Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

Once you read all manuals it becomes very easy to make music. It has a lot of functions and is loaded with 14 drum kits, 200 instrument, and 200 effects. It has a 4 bank, 8 pattern, 16 step sequencer with 100 user slots to save your work. It has 100 built in songs that you can play around with to give you ideas of what is possible on this device. It samples from line in or mic. It has MIDI over USB but, it won't send or receive clock info so if you connect to other MIDI devices it can lose sync. One of its better features is the effects functions. Plug in a DJ rig through line in and you can apply effects like roll, HPF, LPF, LFO, Phaser, Flanger and more. This is a fun portable music creation device once you understand all its functions.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best drum machine ever

By Aaron

from undisclosed

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Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

There is only one down side to this unit.... and that is that there is a lot to learn. But that is because it does a lot. A week of working with it and you are Dr. Dre or Trent Reznor. Very intuitive and great sounding. Still a lot to learn, but already making great stuff. Highly recommended!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

complex, but the effects are pretty cool

By Joe H.

from seattle,wa

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

      It's great for making sound effects or simple backing tracks. Playing along with the track on the pads can be satisfying. The manuals are not great and an important one is only available as a download. No midi 5 pin jack but can talk MIDI to a computer if one is so inclined. Nice that it will run on batteries. 32 12 bit samples; 42KHZ sampling; they sound very good. A really fun thing is assigning effects to the machine's controls and manipulating them in real time. There is a simple utility that can be gotten off of the Casio website that makes the initial setup a lot less painful; connects via the large type of USB cable (like for older printers). The live manipulation of samples is what got me; the sale price made it a gonga.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Now to figure it out....

      By Mikey

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

        This thing is so complicated and the manuals so horrible that it's doubtful I'll ever figure it out. Probably why it's being dumped. On the positive side, it is well-built and sounds great.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good product for beginner

        By JLL3

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

          I bought this to play with and hopefully teach my 6 year old intro level beat making. Once you understand the configuration it is a lot of fun. It has a ton of sounds and will keep us occupied for some time. I would not be impressed if I paid fill price but it a good value at the current sale price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile and PORTABLE

          By Mo Gotti

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learning
            • Practicing

            Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

            My four year old is strangely obsessed with electronic music, and desperately wanted a certain multi-colored midi controller he saw people using on YouTube. I'm glad he's interested in music, and sample pads/midi controllers seemed like a good way to introduce him to rhythm and composition, but I was not going to sacrifice my laptop to a toddler. Unlike the other pads, this Casio unit can be fully functional as a standalone, with even a built-in speaker, which is perfect for him. After a few youtube tutorials I was able to learn enough to teach him how to do the basics, like switch between sounds. He now can "play along" to all the dubstep, trap, and EDM he wants. I've probably made it sound like a toy, and it totally looks like one, but it's really a pro-grade piece of equipment. I haven't even plugged it into a computer yet, which gives a whole other world of functions, but just messing with the presets I can make beats that sound like a lot of the pop music on the radio right now. Eventually we'll get into those features, but for now, this is perfect.

             
            5.0

            I will buy from GC again

            By Noan

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

            Excellent customer service

             
            5.0

            Great price.

            By bruce

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

            Lots of fun.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's easy to dismiss this as a toy a first glance. But...

            By Rustbelt Provocateur

            from Toledo, OH

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Inexpensive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Beatmaking
              • Complimentary Equipment
              • Practicing

              Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

              A cool little machine that does a lot. No, it won't replace your MPC or your DAW, and I certainly wouldn't consider using it as your main sampler/sequencer, but it will definitely add some serious groove tools to your arsenal. It's absolutely loaded with sounds and effects. You really can't beat it for the price.

               
              5.0

              Awesomeness

              By Country looper

              from Dallas area

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                Watch the online "how to" videos, and away you go. I use it in my looper rig, and its great. Fun to make beats, good drum sounds. I also use the keys, synths, and pads. I just happened to see this on sale, and ordered it. It actually has replaced my akai drum machine...which I was not expecting!

                 
                4.0

                great as an outboard unit

                By joyner

                from Denver, Colorado

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                  Super fun to use as an outboard unit with a DAW. I write the midi in Ableton and then send it to the trackformer and then back in through my audio interface. The synth engine is great and the drum sounds are good. Great way to get experience using outboard gear for really cheap.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  look like stolen ITEM

                  By Pachara

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                  I got demo item with security cable still stuck with the item. The item is deliveryed two days late. No manual inside. No wrapper.

                  The Item uses perfectly fine but just look old and that security thing, there's no way to get rid of without scratch. And that make me looks like I using stolen item.

                   
                  5.0

                  Pretty good

                  By Tim

                  from undisclosed

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                  It's pretty good. I don't like how one button has 2 functions.

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a "WOW" machine!

                  By JULIO

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                  Amazing machine, you will not regret buying this machine it is worth every dollar.

                   
                  4.0

                  Trackformer is a great entryway into drum machines!

                  By Alberto

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                  I purchased this for my children because of it's portability (it takes 6 AA batteries and it has a built in speaker), the ability to sample from line and microphone sources and the ability to import samples. The sound quality is pretty good and the actual sounds are inspiring enough to start banging beats out. It does have a learning curve and the lack of an LCD screen limits how much info or menus you can navigate at one time. Young children may have difficulty accessing some of the features because you have to basically press a few buttons and follow instructions (which is hard for kids!). I downloaded the editor but I haven't had the chance to use it so I can't comment on that feature but it looks promising. I'm satisfied that this was a good purchase and if they don't play with it, I certainly will!!!

                   
                  5.0

                  Good product , great price!!!

                  By Dave

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer Groove Center:

                      Interesting and unique and fun

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