After hinting at the release of the "most powerful synth" its ever built prior to the NAMM show, Casio has unveiled the PX-5S - a stage piano with significant synthesis capabilities.
The PX-5S is an 88-note keyboard that features 340 presets, an arpeggiator, a phrase sequencer and can also be used as a MIDI controller. The keyboard also features a tone editor, insert effects and a Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard and weighs just 24 lbs.
It is powered by Casio's AiR sound source, which provides excellent realism, especially for grand piano sounds. Other classic tones include electric piano, harpsichord and clav sounds with some featuring release samples and amplifer and speaker simulations.
Beyond the classic sounds associated with a stage piano, the PX-5S provides other sounds and creative tools such as real-time filters, four programmable arpeggiators and multitrack phrase sequencing.
While no official release date or RRP has been set, rumours have it that the PX-5S will be available soon for around $1000.
For more information, visit the Casio website.