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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    QUICK START GUIDE Congratulations & Thank You for your purchase of the CASIO Privia PX-5S. This Quick Start Guide is designed to help you get up and running doing the most common tasks with the keyboard. A Quick Start Guide should not be looked at as a replacement for the documentation that came with your instrument, so please also check out both User’s Guides (Basic and Tutorial).

  • Page 3: Quick Tour

    100 Stage Settings to play and enjoy. The other buttons all aid you in navigating through the deeper editing modes and functions of the PX-5S, and for loading, saving and writing new sounds and edits into memory and/or to a USB thumb drive.

  • Page 4: Selecting Sounds

    TIP: The PX-5S offers settings to match the response of the keyboard and sound to your touch. To try these variations press the Sys. Setting button, then press the 8/> button in the Stage Setting area to move to the second page of parameters.

  • Page 5: Changing Banks

    0-8 Rainy Dayz arpeggiator (notice the Arpeggiator button on the left is lit). An example of the complex type of performance that the PX-5S is capable of. Hold a low note and a drumbeat starts playing (produced by 0-9 You Two? the Phrase Player).

  • Page 6: Modify Sound

    TIP: The Stage Settings in the PX-5S have been arranged so that each numbered location is usually the same type of sound in each Bank, in the following way: LOCATION TYPE OF SOUND LOCATION TYPE OF SOUND Acoustic piano-based Orchestral Sound...

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    NOTE: Notice that when you move a controller, info pops up in the display telling you what it is changing. You may notice that the second line of text is always saying No Assign. This is because a knob/slider/wheel/pedal can actually control two things at the same time if desired.

  • Page 8: Pedal Control Applications

    PEDAL CONTROL some cool pedal control applications So far, your damper/sustain pedal (which should be connected to the Pedal 1 input) has been producing sustain, to help notes to ring over after you release the keys, and to connect together smoothly. But the pedals are assignable and can do other things.

  • Page 9: Selecting Other Tones

    TIP: Suggested Stage Settings to use for exploring each type of Tone: TONE SUGGESTED STAGE SETTING Acoustic piano, acoustic string / winds / brass 0-0 Concert Grand Electric pianos 0-1 AiR E.Piano1 Organs 0-6 DistortedOrg Clav 0-4 AutoWahClav1 Electric guitar 0-0 Concert Grand Synth / Hex Layers 3-7 EpicHexSynth...

  • Page 10: Hex Layers

    Many of the sounds you will be using are called Tones - they are the basic type of sound in the PX-5S. But the most powerful engine in this instrument is called a Hex Layer. Like the name implies, a Hex Layer is made up of six sound elements.

  • Page 11: Changing Sounds Within The Layer

    • On Stage Setting 0-0 ConcertGrand when you press the + button you see a Tone called ConcertStrgs on Z2, but it is off. To turn it on, press both the + and - Zone/Part/Step/Track buttons at the same time. Now you hear piano and strings at the same time.

  • Page 12: Split Keyboard Setups

    Check out these Stage Settings: sound on the upper. The PX-5S can easily do this with a Stage Setting by defining low and high note ranges for 9-1 TinEP / SynLdx each Zone.

  • Page 13: Setting The Split Point

    NOTE: The Hex Layer section has many types of sounds, not only synth sounds, so be sure to explore there for alternate keyboard, orchestral and other sound types. SETTING THE SPLIT POINT Select Stage Setting 6-0 Piano/A.Bass. Play the keys; you’ll notice that the piano only goes down to the F below Middle C.

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    • Press 8/> to get to Page 2/6; you’ll see that Z1 Key Range Low is indeed F, specifically F3. Press -/No five times to lower that note to C3. • Play the keyboard and hear that the piano now goes down to C, but the bass is still in the way.

  • Page 15: Other Important Edits

    OTHER EDITS other important edits Here’s where to find other useful parameters (all within Edit->Stage Setting): TIP: While on any edit page, you can use Knob 1 to scroll down and up through the parameters in the list, instead of 6/v (down), 7/ (up), and 8/>...

  • Page 16: Zone Effects Amount

    ZONE EFFECTS AMOUNT effects amount for each zone Each Zone can use more or less of the main effects (Chorus, Delay and Reverb). • Select Mixer Edit. Press 8/> until you get to Page 5/6. • You’ll see Chorus Send and below it Delay Send. Reverb Send is found on the last page of parameters (Page 6/6). Adjust the send amount for each Zone (use the +/- Zone/Part/Step/Track buttons) for each of these three System Effects.

  • Page 17: Saving Your Edits

    SAVING YOUR EDITS If you are just tweaking an existing Stage Setting to taste press Write (middle of the bottom three buttons to the far right of the panel), followed by Enter, and then confirm the action by pressing +/Yes. But if this is a new Stage Setting you need to consider two things: Where will you save it to? Before you start editing we suggest you go through all the Stage Settings and make notes...

  • Page 18: Adding New Sounds

    ADDING NEW SOUNDS Since the initial release of the PX-5S Casio and many users have created new sounds and Stage Settings. As of the writing of this guide there are over 100 new sounds with more coming every week! The sounds are hosted on the web at

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    Select the red DOWNLOADS tab and select PX5S from the choices on the right side. You’ll end up here: From here you can select and download sounds to your computer. There are two types of sound files that can be saved/ loaded: Tones and Stage Settings.

  • Page 20: Loading Usb Files

    Once you have downloaded files to your computer you copy them onto a USB thumb drive to load into your PX5S. You need to create a folder on the drive called MUSICDAT and store your sounds in there. That is the only way the PX5S will “see”...

  • Page 21: Record Your Playing

    • Press Enter to load. RECORD YOUR PLAYING One of the cool extra features of the PX-5S is the ability to record your playing as an audio file. All you need is a USB stick/ thumb drive. Here’s how: • Insert the thumb drive into the slot on the right side of the front panel.

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    • Press the Audio Recorder/Media button again. The button will start blinking and the screen will show “Audio Standby”. Notice that the Record button on the left of the display is also flashing. It’s saying, “use me!” • When you’re ready to start recording press the Record button and off you go.

  • Page 23: More Resources

    MORE RESOURCES There are a number of online resources to get more info, sounds, and help from other PX-5S owners. WEBSITE DESCRIPTION The best “portal” to all things PX-5S More sounds and a forum for talking with other owners

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