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#2165660 - 10/13/13 01:11 PM Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano?
Xerophthalmia Offline
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I want to learn how to play piano on a digital piano, because it's more convenient and I can play without annoying others. I want a more realistic feeling than a cheap keyboard with light weight keys and also a prettier and minimalistic design.
Right now I'm trying to figure out what to buy. I've been looking at the Casio CDP-120 and the new and more expensive Roland F-20. They both have weighed keys and the basic features I need, but I kind of like the idea of having more sound possibilities like a normal keyboard (guitar, flute, oboe, saxophone and so on). Is it possible to download more sounds from the computer/internet and apply it to these pianos?


Edited by Xerophthalmia (10/13/13 01:18 PM)

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#2165673 - 10/13/13 01:46 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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Yeah, if your DP is MIDI capable and connected to a computer, the sky's the limit...
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#2165679 - 10/13/13 02:12 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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Xero: You cannot download new sounds into the piano. But you can connect the piano to a computer, and use piano (or other instrument) software to produce all manner of sounds.

As for which piano to buy ... cheap is cheap, and cheap is not very good. Buy the very best piano you can.

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#2165686 - 10/13/13 02:32 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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You have an awful lot of choice with either the p[iano alone (and other instruments inc piano via software) or piano with built in other instruments and rhythms, drums etc. They are fun, and need not be expensive.

You may then want to consider recording these instruments and again, there are varying methods, onboard and on computer.

It`s hard trying them out in the shop since you never really get a good impression without spending a lot of time with each. But Youtube seems a reasonable place to start.

This forum might even help . . . good luck, man and happy fishing!
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#2165701 - 10/13/13 03:24 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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If you can stretch your budget a little, the Casio PX-5S allows to download new sounds. Sounds are posted for free download at http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/category/3-privia-px-5s/. There are about 130 sound currently there and more are posted every week.
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#2165703 - 10/13/13 03:31 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Okay, so you can download sounds directly into the Casio PX-5S?

The Casio CDP-120 has "USB plug and play" but that's not MIDI capable is it? Or is USB enough for using new sounds through software?

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#2165711 - 10/13/13 03:48 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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Originally Posted By: Xerophthalmia
Okay, so you can download sounds directly into the Casio PX-5S?

The Casio CDP-120 has "USB plug and play" but that's not MIDI capable is it? Or is USB enough for using new sounds through software?


Yes the CDP-120 can be connected to a computer via the USB and play software instruments.
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#2165714 - 10/13/13 03:55 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Cool, thanks :-)

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#2165737 - 10/13/13 05:08 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Originally Posted By: Scott Hamlin
Originally Posted By: Xerophthalmia
Okay, so you can download sounds directly into the Casio PX-5S?

The Casio CDP-120 has "USB plug and play" but that's not MIDI capable is it? Or is USB enough for using new sounds through software?


Yes the CDP-120 can be connected to a computer via the USB and play software instruments.

Careful, your first question was not answered directly. My poor understanding is that settings or parameters for the synth tone generators on the 5S can be saved and shared. Maybe that's enough for you? Hopefully someone else can correct or clarify my limited understanding.

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#2165739 - 10/13/13 05:16 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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What makes you think that sounds can be downloaded into a piano? I've never known one with that capability.
Originally Posted By: Xerophthalmia
Okay, so you can download sounds directly into the Casio PX-5S.
The previous answers in this thread say that you can connect the piano to a computer ... and you can have the computer play piano sounds.

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#2165763 - 10/13/13 06:31 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: MacMacMac]
Xerophthalmia Offline
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
What makes you think that sounds can be downloaded into a piano? I've never known one with that capability.
Originally Posted By: Xerophthalmia
Okay, so you can download sounds directly into the Casio PX-5S.
The previous answers in this thread say that you can connect the piano to a computer ... and you can have the computer play piano sounds.

You misquoted me. It was a question, not a statement. Scott Hamlin wrote that the Casio PX-5S would allow me to download sounds. Since it was already posted that I can connect the other pianos to a computer to play different sounds, I assumed that Scott Hamlin meant that the Casio PX-5S was an even better option sound-download-wise than the ones I mentioned. But the question was never answered.

But just to get it straight. When I connect a Casio CDP-120 to my computer, it's the computer that plays the sounds. But it will play what I play on the piano with any given sound found in the "piano software", right?

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#2165768 - 10/13/13 06:48 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
What makes you think that sounds can be downloaded into a piano? I've never known one with that capability.


Nord Piano...

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#2165774 - 10/13/13 07:06 PM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Xerophthalmia]
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Let me clarify.. you can not load new SAMPLES into the PX-5S, but you can download new edited tones, "hexlayers", arpeggios and phrases. You can layer up to 14 different tones so the sky is really the limit with all the elements provided.. Here some demos of sounds I have designed on the PX-5S if you want to see what's possible:

https://soundcloud.com/casio-px-5s/sets/px-5s-custom-sounds
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#2165904 - 10/14/13 04:05 AM Re: Can I get new instrument sounds for a digital piano? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
Xerophthalmia Offline
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Sounds good :-)

I still think that I will stay in the price range of the Casio CDP-120. The primary thing for me is to learn to play and then play around with different instrument sounds.

What programs (preferably free) can you recommend that are easy to use with the piano? :-)

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