Reinvented, revived & re-imagined. The MZ-X Series is the genuine evolutionary successor to Casio's epoch-making MZ-2000 Series music instrument. With real sound providing inspiration and an enhanced controller and intuitively operated color touch panel stimulating creativity, it's variously advanced specs nurture imaginative music creation. This new Flagship model of the Casio keyboard lineup has given the arranger keyboard a bright future.
A 3D cockpit design with the speaker and console facing the player has been adopted. This configuration establishes a natural 3D sound field space, while at the same time facilitating performance with the pads and improving the visibility of the colour touch LCD.
Professional Sound Quality
Over 1,100 high-quality built-in tones support professional level performances in virtually any musical genre. A compilation of Versatile Tones is also available to reproduce realistic guitar harmonics, bass glissando and other tonal variations characteristic of stringed instrument fingering. A Tone Edit function supports intuitive sound production with simple knob operation. Users can draw on a selection of 20 effects to transform sounds dramatically.
Virtual Tone Wheel Organ
CASIO's refined digital technologies faithfully reproduce the old mechanical tone wheel organ sounds that are popular among rock and jazz fans. Not only the tremors of the organ's rotary speakers, but even its leakage noise, are accurately replicated. The devotion to duplicating the deep, heavy resonance of the traditional tone wheel organ has generated a rich supply of flavorful sounds.
Hex Layer and Synth
The built-in Hex Layer sound engine overlays up to six different tones to produce polyphonic sound that contributes to powerful musical expression, all within 1 of the 4 available zones of the keyboard. A Bass Synth function that generates monophonic sound and portamento reminiscent of traditional analog synthesizers is also built in.
A Tone Edit function supports intuitive sound production with simple knob operation. Users can draw on a selection of 20 effects to transform sounds dramatically.
Versitile Accompaniment System
The vastly expanded accomaniment system allows ultimate flexibility for performing and re-mixing on the fly. With 4x variations, 4x fills, 2x Intro, 2x Outro, Sync Start/Stop, Auto fills, Break funtion and auto Fade In/Out for each rhythm pattern - the possibilities are endless. On board are also 37 chord type variations.
The traditional rhythms of Latin, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and other cultures around the world are incorporated along with such enduring favorites as rock, jazz and pop rhythms. Players can also set automatic accompaniment functions such as Auto Fill-in, Break, Intro/Ending and Synchro Start/Stop to produce their envisioned performances to perfection. The system's ability to handle tension chords as well makes it easy for players to incorporate technical arrangements into their performances.
The Pattern Sequencer permits users to set and save original back-up styles. Besides providing accompaniment for solo instrumental and vocal performances, it serves as a second member of the band to manage guitar, drum, strings or other parts. The Pattern Converter can also convert SMF MIDI Files to rhythm data, to be then imported into the MZ-X Keyboard.
16 Multi Pads
16 Blue LED touch-sensitive pads are incorporated to create new performance possibilities.
High-quality sampling is enabled at 44.1 kHz via the LINE IN or MIC IN terminal. Users can assign sounds to the pads as audio samples. Various percussion sounds have been sampled and built in as pad tone presets, and the 16 touch-response pads can be used to add percussion arrangements to keyboard performances.
Players can use the touch-response pads to trigger original preset phrases or any of the numerous built-in phrases suited to various musical genres into performances. When chords are specified in the Auto Accompaniment Mode, phrases will follow the key and chords, deepening the music's expressive power. An original CASIO articulation function permits modification of sound production nuances during performances.
Chord progressions can be preset for automatic accompaniment. Chords can also be assigned to the 16 pads according to a song's progression. The ability to modify chords simply by pressing a pad lets players devote both hands to the melody.
The pad's sound and accompaniment rhythm playback timing can be synchronized.
Sampling, Phrase and Chord can be used simultaneously on the same pad set. Pad settings are arranged to match the selected tone.
Colour Touch LCD
The 5.3-inch colour touch LCD allows easy and intuitive operation. Touch control makes it surprisingly easy to call up impressive sounds and rhythms, and to adjust synth and effect parameters quickly and freely in real time. Users can leverage inspiration obtained through live shows and music production in their performances and compositions. The cockpit design has the operation buttons and display laid out in front of the performer. Substantial improvements in display visibility and pad and knob operability provide smooth, stress-free control.
Originally developed 20W + 20W high-capacity speakers are incorporated in a unilateral 4.3L 2-way bass reflex system. With a 4-band parameter equalizer enabling finely detailed sound adjustment, moreover, users achieve impressive, high-quality sound production whenever and wherever they perform.
A built-in Audio Recorder saves players' performances to USB flash memory as audio data. A Center Cancel function is installed to enable players to cancel or suppress central sounds such as vocals or instrumental solos contained in an audio file. Format: WAV (16-bit, 44.1 kHz, stereo)
User Expansion Memory
A large-capacity (256MB) user memory enables players to save original tones and rhythms in the keyboard for use in later performances.
LINE IN, MIDI and other pedal terminals exhibit expandable expression enhancement. Externally input mic or audio device effects can also be applied.
5 Year Warranty
All Casio keyboards, digital pianos and synthesizers purchased from an authorised Australian retailer are backed by a 5 year warranty.*
*warranty conditions apply.
Please note the latest version of MZ-X OS is available for download, see below links:http://support.casio.com/en/support/download.php?cid=008&pid=1209
Make sure your MZ-X500 is up to date! The latest feature upgrades have been released via a firmware update.
Click here to download the latest firmware file.