Casio PX

New Gear/ New Toy Review: Casio Privia PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 Keyboards

Both models in Casio's Privia digital piano line are compact and stylish with the slimmest depth ever (20% slimmer) yet they retain a sophisticated keyboard touch and the sound and feel of a grand piano at a fraction of the weight and price.

The newly developed Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard makes the slim 232-mm depth possible and also makes possible playing a great sounding keyboard in any size space. AiR Sound Source design reproduces the individual response characteristics of each of the 88 keys as well as the natural tone of a grand piano with string and damper resonance. Adding to the elegant look is a control panel with illuminated touch sensor controls that disappear from view when powered off. (I saw this working and it does look very cool!)

The PX-S1000/S3000 models also offer Bluetooth audio playback for playing along with your favorite songs streamed from your phone, computer or tablet. The PX-S1000 includes 18 Tones with 192 notes of polyphony and layer/split/duet functionality. The PX-S3000 has 700 Tones plus 200 accompaniment rhythms, derived from Casio's acclaimed CT-X series instruments.

Both models feature recording capabilities, optional battery power (for playing outside etc.), integration with the Chordana Play Piano app, and a music rest designed to hold iOS/Android devices. There are two headphone jacks for silent playing, along with 1/4-inch L/R outputs that connect to any amplifier, mixer or PA system.

As a perfect easy-to-play and beautiful instrument that'll fit anywhere in your home or apartment, the Casio Privia PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 offer an easy way to have great sound at an affordable price.

The PX-S1000 sells $899.99 MSRP and the PX-S3000 sells for $1,199.99 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com