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Casio Privia Pro PX-5S professional stage piano [NAMM13]

Alongside its new range of Celviano digital pianos, Casio has introduced the Privia Pro PX-5S professional stage piano.

The Privia Pro is a new category of Casio digital piano, targeted at professional stage pianists. Not only is it a digital piano but it can also serve as an advanced MIDI controller and performance workstation.

Casio’s new sound source AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonation) is on board, delivering realistic, detailed acoustic piano sounds, as well as a range of authentic vintage electric piano and clavinet sounds. Additionally, the PX-5S features a large assortment of fully programmable sounds, including Hex Layer tones derived from the award winning XW-P1 synthesiser. Hex Layers can produce evocative synth sounds as well as complex acoustic and orchestral simulations.

Casio Privia Pro PX-5s

Weighing in at 24 pounds, the PX-5S can act as a four-zone controller, with four assignable knobs, six sliders, two pedal inputs, pitch and modulation wheels. Four independent and programmable arpeggiators allow the PX-5S to expand in to sonic territory by creating an array of animated textures. An eight track phrase sequencer allows the performer to trigger sequences and riffs which can be triggered and transposed and on the fly, allowing for unheard of performances by a single musician.

Performances can be recorded directly to a USB thumb drive as a 44.1kHz WAV file.


Keyboard: 88-key, Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
Maximum Polyphony: 256 Notes
Number of Tones: 340 Preset / 220 User
Controllers: 4 knobs, 6 sliders, Pitch & Modwheel, 2 Pedal Inputs
Arpeggiator: 4 simultaneous programmable
Phrase Sequencer: 8 Tracks, up to 1,000 phrases
Storage: USB / File & Audio Recording
System Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Delay, String & Damper Resonance
Insert Effects: 4 simultaneous / Equalizer, Compressor, Limiter, Enhancer, Early Reflection, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Rotary, Drive Rotary, LFO Wah, Auto Wah, Distortion (w/ Amp Simulator), Pitch Shifter, Multi Chorus, Ring Mod, Delay, Piano effect
Master Effects: 4 Band EQ & Compressor
MIDI: Independent USB & MIDI I/O
Audio Terminals: 1/4″ L&R Input & Output, 1/8″ Audio Input
Weight: 24 lbs

The Privia Pro PX-5S is available for a RRP of $1299.