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Casio MZ-X300 User Manual

Casio MZ-X300 User Manual

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MZ - X500
MZ - X300
USER'S GUIDE ( Basics )
GUÍA DEL USUARIO ( Conceptos básicos )
Please keep all information for future reference.
Guarde toda información para tener como referencia futura.
Safety Precautions
Before trying to use the Digital Keyboard, be sure
to read the separate "Safety Precautions".
Precauciones de seguridad
Antes de utilizar el teclado digital, asegúrese de leer las
"Precauciones de seguridad" definidas por separado.
● You can download the separate "Tutorial Manual"
and "Appendix" from the website below.
● El manual "Tutorial" por separado y el "Apéndice"
pueden descargarse del siguiente sitio web.


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  • Page 1 ● You can download the separate “Tutorial Manual” Safety Precautions and “Appendix” from the website below. Before trying to use the Digital Keyboard, be sure to read the separate “Safety Precautions”. ● El manual “Tutorial” por separado y el “Apéndice” Precauciones de seguridad pueden descargarse del siguiente sitio web.
  • Page 2: Declaration Of Conformity

    Never let children use an AC adaptor that is seriously damaged. • The product is not intended for children under 3 years. • Use only the CASIO AD-E24250LW adaptor. • The AC adaptor is not a toy.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents General Guide EN-4 Using Pads EN-32 Installing the Music Stand ....EN-6 Playing Back Short Phrases ....EN-32 Returning the Digital Keyboard to Its Factory Sounding Sampled Sounds.
  • Page 4 Contents Reference EN-67 Error Messages......EN-67 Troubleshooting ..... . . EN-68 Product Specifications.
  • Page 5: General Guide

    General Guide • All of the illustrations in this manual show the MZ-X500. • The actual appearance of the product may be different from that shown in the illustrations in this User’s Guide. MZ-X500 MZ-X300 er es ∗ ∗ ek el em en...
  • Page 6: General Guide En

    General Guide • This manual uses the numbers and names below to refer to buttons and controllers. PAD CONTROLLER area (MZ-X300) 1P (Power) button 2VOLUME controller brSYNCHRO button 3TONE area bsPHRASE button PIANO button btSAMPLING button ORGAN button ckBANKq button...
  • Page 7: Installing The Music Stand

    This is due to the characteristics of the liquid information about turning power on and off. crystal panel, and does not indicate malfunction. Separate Tutorial Manual You can download the separate “Tutorial Manual” and “Appendix”* from the website below. * Tone and rhythm lists EN-6...
  • Page 8: Power Outlet

    Power Outlet Your Digital Keyboard runs on standard household Turning Power On or Off power. Be sure to turn off power whenever you are not using the Digital Keyboard. Press the 1 P button to turn on power. • Do not touch the keyboard, pedals, or buttons while Using an AC Adaptor the startup screen is on the display.
  • Page 9: Auto Power Off

    Power Outlet Auto Power Off This Digital Keyboard is designed to turn off automatically to avoid wasting power after no operation is performed for a preset amount of time. The Auto Power Off trigger time is about four hours. • You can disable Auto Power Off, if you want. For details, see “Auto Power Off”...
  • Page 10: Connections

    Connections Connecting Headphones Connecting Audio Equipment or an Amplifier You can connect audio equipment or a music amplifier • Before connecting headphones, be sure to use the to the Digital Keyboard and then play through external Digital Keyboard’s 2 VOLUME controller to turn the speakers for more powerful volume and better sound volume down to a low level.
  • Page 11: Connecting To Audio Equipment

    Connections Using the Digital Keyboard to Produce Connecting to a Musical Instrument Sounds from an External Source Amplifier (Figure  (Figures   Use commercially available cables to connect the amplifier to the Digital Keyboard’s LINE OUT jacks as An external source connected to LINE IN R (right) is shown in Figure .
  • Page 12: Bundled And Optional Accessories

    Use of unauthorized accessories creates the risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury. • You can get information about accessories that are sold separately for this product from the CASIO catalog available from your retailer, and from the CASIO website at the following URL.
  • Page 13 Operations Common to All Modes ■ Quick Palette Using the Display Screen The Quick Palette is always displayed along the right side of the screen. Touch the Quick Palette icons to navigate between screens. Display Screen Layout When you turn on the Digital Keyboard, a MENU bm MENU: Displays the MENU screen.
  • Page 14: Operations Common To All Modes

    Operations Common to All Modes To input text characters Performing Operations You can touch the keys of an on-screen touch keyboard to input data file names. The Digital Keyboard To use the touch panel supports input of alpha characters and symbols. Your Digital Keyboard has a touch panel.
  • Page 15 Operations Common to All Modes To select an item in a list To change a setting value An item that can be selected using a list is indicated by A setting value that can be changed is indicated by a the “”...
  • Page 16: Operations Common To All Modes En

    Operations Common to All Modes ■ Performing Screen Operations Touch the item whose setting you want to change to select it. Touch the numeric input icon. This causes a soft keyboard to appear on the display. Soft keyboard Numeric keyboard icon Use the soft keyboard to input numbers.
  • Page 17: Demo Song

    Demo Song Playing the Demo Tunes Press the 8 TONE button and bk RHYTHM button at the same time. This will start sequential playback of the demo songs, starting from song 1. • You can use the 9 w/NO, q/YES buttons to change to another demo song.
  • Page 18: Playing With Different Tones

    Playing with Different Tones Touch the tone you want to use. Your Digital Keyboard comes with a large collection of tones. You can select a tone and play it on the • You can navigate between tone group pages by keyboard.
  • Page 19 Playing with Different Tones On the MAIN screen, touch “Split”. To move the keyboard split point This turns on split. You can use the procedure below to specify the location on the keyboard where it splits between the left side and the right side. That location is called the “split point”.
  • Page 20: Layering Two Tones

    Playing with Different Tones Layering Two Tones Adjusting the Keyboard Volume Balance You can layer two different tones so they play at the same time when you press a keyboard key. Use this procedure to adjust the volume balance • The Upper 1 tone is called the “main tone”, while the between the main tone and the layered tone.
  • Page 21: Changing The Tempo Setting

    Playing with Different Tones To change the beats per measure Changing the Tempo Setting You can specify from 0 to nine beats per measure for There are two different methods you can use to change the metronome. the tempo setting: using the 7 TEMPO w, q Specifying 0 will cause each beat to be indicated by the buttons for gradual change, or by tapping a beat with same sound.
  • Page 22: Sounding Arpeggio Phrases Automatically (Arpeggiator

    Playing with Different Tones Configure arpeggiator settings as required. Sounding Arpeggio Phrases Item Description Setting Automatically (Arpeggiator) Arpeggiator You can specify either Upper or Upper All, Part Lower as the keyboard that Upper 1, With the arpeggiator, you can play various arpeggios plays the arpeggio.
  • Page 23: Controlling Sounds

    Controlling Sounds eo ep Connecting a Pedal Using a Pedal Your Digital Keyboard has two pedal jacks. Connecting a pedal lets you perform pedal operations that add various effects during your performances. ■ To connect to the pedal jack Some representative effects are described below. You Depending on the type of operation you want the can also assign a variety of other functions to the pedal.
  • Page 24: Sustaining Notes

    Controlling Sounds Sustaining Notes Modifying Notes with the Modulation Wheel and/or You can sustain notes producing the same effect as that Knobs produced by pressing a sustain pedal. While playing, press the eq SUSTAIN button. You can modify notes even while you are playing. Each tone is preset with effects that are appropriate for it.
  • Page 25: Using The Sliders

    Controlling Sounds To change a function assigned to a knob Adjusting Drawbar Organ Tones Your Digital Keyboard comes with a built-in virtual On the screen, touch bn MAIN. wheel drawbar organ function that lets you modify This displays the MAIN screen. tones just as you would on a drawbar organ.
  • Page 26: Changing The Pitch Of Notes (Transpose, Octave Shift

    Controlling Sounds Using the Mixer Changing the Pitch of Notes The sound source of this Digital Keyboard is capable of (Transpose, Octave Shift) sounding multiple parts simultaneously. Each part can be controlled individually, and each part can be assigned a different tone. Transposing the Keyboard Semitone The mixer can be used to assign tones and to configure Units...
  • Page 27: Octave Shift

    Controlling Sounds Changing the Pitch in Octave Units (Octave Shift) You can change the pitch of the keyboard in octave units. This comes in handy when playing music that exceeds the range of the keyboard. Use the ep OCTAVE w, q buttons to change the keyboard pitch in octave units.
  • Page 28: Using Auto Accompaniment

    Using Auto Accompaniment dkdl dndo Touch the rhythm you want to use. With Auto Accompaniment, simply select the accompaniment rhythm you want and the matching • You can navigate between rhythm group pages by accompaniment (drums, guitar, etc.) will play touching “...
  • Page 29 Play other chords with your left hand as you play the melody with your right hand. • You can use “CASIO Chord” or other simplified chord fingering modes to play chords. For details, see “To select a chord fingering mode” in the following section.
  • Page 30 Using Auto Accompaniment ■ CASIO CHORD To select a chord fingering mode With “CASIO Chord”, you can use simplified You can select from among the following five chord fingerings to play the four types of chords described fingering modes. below.
  • Page 31: Modifying Auto Accompaniment Patterns

    Using Auto Accompaniment Modifying Auto Accompaniment Patterns The different types of Auto Accompaniment phrases • FADE IN and FADE OUT also affect not only Auto (patterns) are shown in the illustration below. You can Accompaniment, but also the volume of notes played on the keyboard.
  • Page 32: Using Recommended Tones And Tempos (One-Touch Presets

    Using Auto Accompaniment Touch “Auto Harmonize Type”. Using Recommended Tones and Tempos (One-Touch Touch the Auto Harmonize type you want to use. Presets) Type Name Description One-Touch Preset gives you one-touch access to tone Duet 1 Adds close (separated by two to four and tempo settings that go well with the currently degrees) 1-note harmony below the selected Auto Accompaniment rhythm pattern.
  • Page 33: Using Pads

    Using Pads dndo Touch the bank you want. You can assign various sampled sound or short phrases* to the Digital Keyboard’s pads. You can sound what is assigned to pads individually, you can sound multiple pads at the same time. A collection of pad sounds is called a “bank”.
  • Page 34: Sounding Sampled Sounds

    On the MENU screen, touch “PAD”. • Banks can also be switched using the ck BANK q This displays the PAD screen. and cl BANK w buttons (MZ-X300 only). Bank name Specifying an Auto Accompaniment Chord Progression (Chord Play)
  • Page 35: Assigning Multiple Functions (Mz-X500 Only

    Using Pads To assign chord progressions that match Changing the Function of a the selected Auto Accompaniment Specific Pad Press the ck CHORD button. Perform the procedure below change the function This assigns chord progressions that match the assigned to a pad. currently selected Auto Accompaniment to the pads.
  • Page 36: Changing Pad Settings

    Using Pads Changing Pad Settings Saving a Bank This section explains how to use the loop function and A bank whose pad functions have been changed can be hold function. You can also change the settings of other saved as a user bank. functions.
  • Page 37: Synchronizing Pads With Accompaniment

    Using Pads Synchronizing Pads with • You can also record keyboard play, Auto Accompaniment Accompaniment, or MIDI recorder playback. • Sampling stops automatically after the allowable Use the procedure below to synchronize Auto sampling time elapses. Accompaniment and pad playback start timing automatically.
  • Page 38 Using Pads To record a chord progression (MZ-X500 only) Select an Auto Accompaniment chord fingering mode. • For details, see “To select a chord fingering mode” (page EN-29). On the PAD screen, select the pad to which you want to record the chord progression. Touch “0”...
  • Page 39: Music Presets

    Music Presets Press the dp a button to start Auto Music Presets provide you with one-touch tone, rhythm, chord, and other settings that are optimized Accompaniment with the preset chord for specific musical genres and songs. progression. Play the melody on the In addition to built-in presets, you can create your own keyboard.
  • Page 40: Registering Tone And Rhythm Setups

    Registering Tone and Rhythm Setups Registration memory lets you store Digital Keyboard To save registration data setups (tone, rhythm, etc.) for instant recall whenever you need them. Registration memory simplifies Configure the Digital Keyboard with the tone, performance of complex pieces that require successive rhythm, and other settings you want to save.
  • Page 41: Freeze Function

    Registering Tone and Rhythm Setups (Registration) On the REGISTRATION screen, touch “Filter To recall a registration setup Edit”. Press the dr BANK button to select the bank that contains the setup you want to recall. • The currently selected bank and area numbers are shown on the MAIN screen and button lamps.
  • Page 42: Recording And Playback

    • CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. takes no responsibility for any damages, lost profits, or claims by third parties arising from the deletion of recorded data due to malfunction, repair, or for any other reason.
  • Page 43 Recording and Playback MIDI Recorder Audio Recorder What you can do... What you can do... Record to one track while playing back from the other track Record performance while playing back a song recorded with the MIDI Recorder While playing System Track Keyboard play back...
  • Page 44: Recording To Digital Keyboard Memory (Midi Recorder

    Recording and Playback Touch “New Data”. Recording to Digital Keyboard This enables recording of new data to the system track. Memory (MIDI Recorder) Play something on the keyboard. Perform the steps below to record your keyboard play Recording starts as soon as you play something. to Digital Keyboard Memory.
  • Page 45 Recording and Playback Touch “”. To delete recorded data This starts playback. On the MENU screen, touch “MIDI • You can also start playback by pressing the em MIDI a button. RECORDER”. • The operations below are supported while MIDI data is playing back, during playback standby, or while Touch the data name.
  • Page 46 Recording and Playback When play reaches the end of the section you To adjust the Balance between Playback want to repeat, touch “Set B”. and Keyboard Volume (MIDI Volume) This makes the measure where you touched “Set B” the You can change the volume level of the MIDI data auto “end measure”.
  • Page 47: Recording To A Usb Flash Drive (Audio Recorder

    Recording and Playback Touch “0”. Recording to a USB Flash This turns on the recorder and enters recording mode. Drive (Audio Recorder) • Each touch of “0”cycles through modes as shown below. Anything played on the Digital Keyboard is recorded Playback mode to the USB flash drive as audio data (WAV files*).
  • Page 48 Recording and Playback To record keyboard play with playback To play along with data recorded on a from Digital Keyboard memory USB flash drive On the MENU screen, touch “AUDIO On the MENU screen, touch “AUDIO RECORDER”. RECORDER”. • The above step is not necessary if you are playing Touch “0”...
  • Page 49 Recording and Playback To stop the song, touch “Y”. • You can also stop playback by pressing the en AUDIO a button. Center Cancel (Vocal Cut) This effect lets you eliminate (delete or reduce the volume of) the vocal part of a song. Note that this function cancels the sound in the center position of the audio, which may (depending on how the original audio was mixed) end up canceling something else...
  • Page 50: Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings

    Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings On the MENU screen, you can change the selected tone and rhythm, and also change the keyboard key and touch settings, pedal and MIDI settings, and more. This means you can tailor Digital Keyboard operation to suit your particular needs.
  • Page 51: Tone Screen

    Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ TONE Screen Use this screen to configure tone and other keyboard settings. • You can also display the TONE screen by pressing the 8 TONE button. Item Description Setting Upper 1, Upper 2, Lower 1, Lower 2 Turns each part on or off, and specifies its tone.
  • Page 52: Rhythm Screen

    Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ RHYTHM Screen Use this screen to configure Auto Accompaniment settings. Item Description Setting Rhythm Sets the rhythm. – Edit Use this item to create an original rhythm. See the separate “Tutorial” – manual. One Touch One Touch preset.
  • Page 53 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ BALANCE Screen Use this screen to adjust volume settings for the keyboard, Auto Accompaniment, etc. Item Description Setting Upper 1 Volume See page EN-19. 0 to 127 Upper 2 Volume See page EN-19. 0 to 127 Lower 1 Volume See page EN-19.
  • Page 54 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ EFFECT Screen Use this screen to apply variety of acoustic effects to notes. Your Digital Keyboard has three types of effects, each of which includes the effects described below. A) Digital Signal Processor (DSP) A collection of versatile Normal DSP effects help to enhance the sound of tones. For example, distortion can be applied to an electric guitar sound to make it sound more powerful.
  • Page 55 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings Item Description Setting Master EQ Edit See page EN-60. SysFX Bypass Temporarily disables (bypasses) system effects. Off, On MasFX Bypass Temporarily disables (bypasses) master effects. Off, On DSP1 Select Selects the DSP Line 1 algorithm. See the separate “Tutorial” manual.
  • Page 56 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ SYSTEM SETTING Screen Use this screen to configure global Digital Keyboard settings. Item Description Setting Speaker Specifies whether sound should be output from the Digital Off, On Keyboard speakers (On) or muted (Off). Touch Response Adjusts keyboard touch.
  • Page 57 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ CONTROLLER Screen Use this to configure pedal and pitch bend wheel settings. Item Description Setting Knob1-2 Edit This is a group editable parameters for bq knobs (K1, K2). Target Selects the parameters to be controlled by a controller. For example, the “CC67:Soft” See the setting specifies a soft pedal effect.
  • Page 58 Part A part that is turned on is sounded. Turn off parts you do not want to sound. Off, On Tone Changes the tone. 1100 (MZ-X500), 900 (MZ-X300) Solo Turn on to sound the applicable part only. Off, On Volume Adjusts the volume.
  • Page 59 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ MIDI Screen Use this screen to configure MIDI settings. For information about MIDI channels assigned to each port, see the separate “Tutorial” manual. Item Description Setting Keyboard Channel Selects the channel for sending keyboard play MIDI data to an external 01 to 16 device (keyboard channel).
  • Page 60 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ REGISTRATION Screen You can specify which current settings should be left unchanged when parameter settings are recalled using the registration function. Item Description Setting Registration Area Selects a registration area. Filter Edit Touching this button displays the REGISTRATION FILTER screen. See page EN-40.
  • Page 61 Configuring Digital Keyboard Settings ■ EQUALIZER Screen Adjusts the frequency characteristics of all tones. Item Description Setting Low Frequency Selects the low-range cutoff frequency. 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, 800 (Hz) Low Gain Adjusts the low-range gain.
  • Page 62: Usb Flash Drive

    Phrase data (ZPH)  USB flash drive data loading to Digital Keyboard memory Chord Chord sequence data • MIDI files and CASIO format files stored on a sequence (ZCD) data USB flash drive can be loaded into the Digital Keyboard memory (page EN-44).
  • Page 63: Connecting A Usb Flash Drive To And Detaching It From The Digital Keyboard

    CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. shall not be held in any way liable for any use of this Digital USB flash drive Keyboard that is illegal under copyright laws.
  • Page 64: Formatting A Usb Flash Drive

    USB Flash Drive Formatting a USB Flash Drive Saving Digital Keyboard Data to a USB Flash Drive Digital Keyboard memory data (MIDI recorder songs) • Be sure to format a USB flash drive on the Digital can be saved to a USB flash drive. Keyboard before using it for the first time.
  • Page 65: Loading Data From A Usb Flash Drive To Digital Keyboard Memory

    USB Flash Drive Loading Data from a USB Deleting Data from a USB Flash Drive to Digital Flash Drive Keyboard Memory Use the following procedure to delete USB flash drive data (files). You can use the procedure below to load data from a USB flash drive into Digital Keyboard memory.
  • Page 66: Connecting To A Computer

    Doing so can cause problems with your computer. Configure the music software settings to select “CASIO USB-MIDI” as the MIDI device. • For the latest news about supported operating • For information about how to select the MIDI device, systems, visit the website at the URL below.
  • Page 67: Using Midi

    • For detailed specifications and connections that apply to MIDI data send and receive by this Digital Keyboard, see the latest support information provided by the website at the following URL. Using MIDI What is MIDI? The letters MIDI stand for Musical Instrument Digital...
  • Page 68: Reference

    Reference Error Messages One of the error messages below appears on the display when a problem occurs. • To clear an error message and return to the normal display, touch bo EXIT on the display. Display Message Cause Action 1. The USB flash drive is not connected to the 1.
  • Page 69: Troubleshooting

    Reference Display Message Cause Action Measure Limit Attempting to input MIDI recording data or music The Digital Keyboard supports input of up to 999 preset that has more than 999 measures. measures. Data Full Attempting to store data that exceeds the maximum Delete unneeded data.
  • Page 70 Reference Problem Cause Action Page Playback stops part way Digital noise from the USB cable or Stop song playback, disconnect the USB  EN-65 through while transferring power cord caused data cable from the Digital Keyboard, and then song data from my computer. communication between your reconnect it.
  • Page 71: Product Specifications

    • Transpose: 2 octaves (–12 to 0 to +12) • Octave shift: 6 octaves (–3 to 0 to +3) • Key off velocity Sound Source • Number of Tones: 1100 (MZ-X500), 900 (MZ-X300) Melody Tones: 795 Drawbar Organ Tones: 75 Drum Sounds: 30 Hex Layer Tones (MZ-X500 only) (Including Bass Synth tones.): 200...
  • Page 72 Reference • PHONES jack: Stereo standard jack × 1 Inputs/Outputs • PEDAL1 jack: Standard jack × 1 • PEDAL2, EXPRESSION jack: Standard jack × 1 • Power: 24V DC • MIDI OUT/THRU, IN terminals • LINE IN R, L/MONO jacks: Standard jacks × 2 Ω...
  • Page 73: Operating Precautions

    CASIO is prohibited under copyright laws. • With a model that has a recording function or other • IN NO EVENT SHALL CASIO BE LIABLE FOR data storage function, be sure to back up any data ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING,...
  • Page 74 Reference AC Adaptor Handling Precautions Model: AD-E24250LW 1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions on hand. 3. Heed all warnings. 4. Follow all instructions. 5. Do not use this product near water. 6. Clean only with a dry cloth. 7.
  • Page 75 Reference STLport Copyright 1994 Hewlett-Packard Company Copyright 1996,97 Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, Inc. Copyright 1997 Moscow Center for SPARC Technology. Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute and sell this software and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.
  • Page 76: Information

    Information/Información Fingering Guide/Guía de digitación Fingered 1, Fingered 2 Chords/Acordes Fingered 1, Fingered 2 *1 *3 *2 *3 Cdim Cadd9 Caug Cmadd9 Csus4 Cm69 Csus2 ( 9) ( 11) CmM7 Cdim7 (13) CdimM7 5 *3 (11) *3 5 *3 CmM7 (Root and 5th only) Caug7 (La raíz y la 5ta.
  • Page 77 Information/Información Fingered 3, Full Range Chords/ Acordes Fingered 3, Full Range In addition to the chords that can be fingered with Fingered 1 and Fingered 2, the following chords also are recognized. Además de los acordes que se pueden digitar con Fingered 1 y Fingered 2, también se pueden reconocer los siguientes acordes.
  • Page 78 Information/Información...
  • Page 79 Information/Información...
  • Page 82 This recycle mark indicates that the packaging conforms to the environmental protection legislation in Germany. Esta marca de reciclaje indica que el empaquetado se ajusta a la legislación de protección ambiental en Alemania. MA1510-A Printed in China...

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