We Review Casio's XW-P1 Performance Synth


Called the XW-P1CO, the Chrome Orange limited edition of Casio’s XW-P1 Performance Synth, is a brand new variant and part of the Casio Legends Collection. But this 61-key synth has Casio’s (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source for virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more. Musicians will love the four, real-time controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels of this performance-oriented musical instrument.

Some of the sound engines in the XW-P1 are: six oscillator monophonic solo synths, two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs making up a single solo synth tone. Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFO’s and access to a master resonant filter.

But besides using the XW-P1 as a solo synth, there are stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, string sections, brass, guitars, basses, drums and all sounds can be played in the step sequencer.

The XW-P1CO sells for $699.99 and for more information check out http://casiomusicgear.com.


By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com