Originally Posted by Travst
I experimented a bit yesterday with my P1 as a controller for my SGRack. Has anyone tried the Casios as MIDI controllers, and what do you think?
I use my XW-P1 that way a lot. I also have a old Yamaha FB-01 module that sits pretty good on the rubber iPad holder. Since the arp data in the Xw's transmit via midi it works great as a live controller for grungy FM bass from the FB-01.
Most of the time when I gig live however I have an Abelton Launchpad controller sitting there (works really good for that). On a 3 tier keybaord stand I have the Casio XW-P1 on the bottom(with the Launchpad) with my Yamaha DX21 in the middle and my Casio CZ=230s on the top all daisy chained from the XW-P1.
I love stacking the XW-P1 pads with the classic "High Tines" electric piano sound from from the DX 21. Keeping it in the Casio family I can also play some cool CZ sounds from the CZ-230s. The CZ-230s has 99 preset CZ sounds and you can program 4 via midi (which I don't do) It has some really good bass sounds and also has a pretty cool programmable drum machine based off of the Casio RZ-1
. You can get some pretty cool 80s style beats going with it, and then use the XW-P1's arp programs to drive some of the cool 80's bass sounds from the CZ-230s.
I have also used the XW-P1 with my DAW to control and record midi for softsynths. Worked great for that also