Live events will continue throughout the year, featuring sets from both established and up-and-coming talent using the XW synths.
The first session. held at its G-Shock East store in East London, last night, marked Casio’s re-entry into the UK professional synthesiser market.
There are two models; the XW-P1 has an array of sounds such as stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, brass, guitars, basses, drums and all the tools the performing musician needs. The XW-G1 groove synthesiser has an interactive step sequencer and sample looper, for the DJ and club performer.
The first Synth Sessions event on 27th June, saw performances from Artful, Bright Light Bright Light, DEMS and Engine Earz Experiment.
All artists playing the sessions utilised state of the art technology whilst demonstrating the capabilities of the XW series synthesisers.
The XW-P1 features HexLayer tones - a single sound comprised of up to six components, allowing complex layers, splits and velocity switched sounds. The sliders on the XW-P1 can be used to mix sounds on the fly to create evolving pads and rich synth textures while key velocity can be used to create dynamic velocity switched orchestral sounds and more.
The XW-G1 groove synthesiser is geared for the club DJ and dance music performer. In addition to 420 built-in sounds, solo synth and PCM based sounds, the XW-G1 also has the ability to sample. A 19-second sample looper captures internal sounds as well as external instruments allowing the performer to improvise with the creation of layers and overdub sounds. Sampled sounds can even be saved in Flash ROM so they remain in memory after the keyboard has been powered off.