What we think of the new Casio PX-560 digital piano
The new Casio PX-560 is set to be a big seller, combining the best features of the pro model PX-5S performance synthesizer with the realistic action and piano sound engine of the Celviano and Privia home models. The PX-560 is certainly a capable instrument, with 650 sounds and 220 rhythms along with a 17 track record facility and USB audio recorder. In addition to this, Casio’s Hex Layer technology lets you create massive splits and layers, with four zones and a total of 14 layers at once, making the PX-560 a powerful synthesizer as well as a great performance instrument. This is certainly the best specified digital stage piano at its price point, but don't be fooled - low price doesn't always mean low quality!Specification
88 note tri-sensor hammer action keyboard with simulated ebony and ivory keys
3 levels of touch sensitivity
5.3" colour touchscreen display
Pitch bend wheel
3 x control knobs for Hex Layer synth technology
Newly developed multi-dimensional Morphing AiR sound source
Acoustic piano simulator offering: Hammer Response: 8 levels
Damper Noise: 16 levels
Damper Resonance: 16 levels
String Resonance: 16 levels
Key off Simulator: yes
17 preset temperaments
256 note polyphony
550 instrument voices
220 preset rhythm accompaniment styles
Memory for 30 user rhythms
One touch presets for each rhythm style
305 song presets with preset chord progressions + 100 user presets
Layer, split and duet function
Onboard digital effects including:
Reverb (17 types)
Chorus (16 types)
Delay (6 types)
Brilliance (-3 ~ 0 ~ 3)
DSP (20 types)
4 band parametric EQ
Editing parameters with capacity for 30 user presets
96 registration memory setups (4 areas x 24 banks)
17 track MIDI sequencer (16 + 1 system track)
100 song audio record facility
Audio record facility with capacity of 100 songs (approximately 74 min/song (44.1 kHz WAV format))
USB to host port for connection to a PC or Mac
USB to device port for flash memory
MIDI IN/OUT ports
2 x 8 watt amplifiers
2 x 12cm + 2 x 5cm speakers
Line In (L/MONO, R : 6.3mm Mono Standard)
Line Out (L/MONO, R : 6.3mm Mono Standard)
Audio In (3.5mm Stereo Mini)
2 x 3.5mm headphone sockets
Introducing the Privia Pro PX-560 Digital Piano, a stage piano unlike any other. From the first look at its striking blue case, you’ll know it’s different. It boasts some of Casio’s most impressive sonic technology, in an easy-to-use instrument that sounds every bit as great as it looks. For the piano player who wants to go deeper, the PX-560 delivers a comprehensive set of features that will take your music further than ever.
Colour touchscreen user interface:
Front and centre is Casio’s new Colour Touch Interface. Its bright, 5.3” display is clear and easy to read, and the interface is inspiring yet simple. You’ll see familiar graphics to help you select instruments and functions, making exploring the PX-560 fun and easy. You’ll find yourself experimenting with new ideas, new sounds, and new ways of creating music.
Tri-sensor scaled hammer action II keyboard:
The PX-560 features Casio's renowned Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard, which accurately reproduces the touch and response of a concert grand piano, despite the PX-560’s light overall weight. As on a real concert grand, the keys are heavier in the lower register, and lighter up top. Your fingertips will immediately feel the ebony and ivory textured keys, which not only feel more realistic, but also give your hands a positive grip to keep your playing on point.
AiR piano sound engine:
In an instrument like the PX-560, the all-important piano sound must be as rewarding as the keys themselves. Casio’s Multi-Dimensional AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator) Sound Source delivers some of the best piano sounds you’ve ever heard. Its Linear Morphing technology creates smooth transitions between the softer and louder sounds. Damper Resonance gives you the deep feeling of the piano’s soundboard interacting with the strings. String Resonance models the harmonic relationships between vibrating strings. Hammer Response mimics the time between pressing the key and the hammer striking the strings. Key Off Simulation gives you control of a note’s decay by how quickly the key is released. And with a massive 256 notes of polyphony, you won’t have to worry about dropped notes, even while all of these incredible details are being recreated. These specifications are impressive, certainly, but what’s most important is that they combine to form the perfect and complete experience of playing a 9-foot concert grand piano.
Hex Layer synthesizer technology built in:
Under the hood, the PX-560 is not just a highly capable stage piano, but a full-fledged synthesizer. Unlike most other synths, going deep into sound design is as easy as touching the display. The PX-560 features Casio’s Hex Layer technology, borrowed from the flagship Privia Pro PX-5S. This means you can create massive splits and layers, with four zones and a total of 14 layers at once. What’s more, you can edit these Tones to sculpt them into something new and all your own. There are three real-time control knobs, as well as a modulation wheel, all of which can be controlling up to two assignable parameters at once. With great-sounding filters, responsive envelopes, and extensive modulation, the PX-560 can be a sonic playground as well as a performance instrument.
Preset rhythm accompaniment styles:
Going beyond the traditional definition of a stage piano, the PX-560 includes 550 Tones, covering a huge variety of musical instruments and genres. There are dynamic and expressive guitars, basses, strings, drums, and much more, enhanced by powerful on-board DSP effects. The 220 on-board Rhythms allow multiple instruments to follow your playing, creating a backing band that plays in the style of your choice. In addition to exploring the built-in Rhythms, you can even assemble 30 customised User Rhythms by combining bass-lines, drum beats, and other elements. You can also create 100 of your own Music Presets, which encompass a Rhythm, Tones, effects, and built-in chord progressions.
A capable instrument for stage:
The PX-560 is designed to perform, and to make you sound your best. You’ll be delighted at how lightweight it is (just over 26 pounds), and how easily you can integrate it into your live setup. Its ¼” outputs and inputs give you great connectivity for PA systems and multi-keyboard rigs, and its dual pedal inputs can be configured to accept an expression pedal, damper pedal, or foot switches.
Also a great choice for the home:
In addition to fitting just about any commercially-available keyboard stand, the PX-560 fits neatly in Casio’s optional CS-67P wooden stand, making a stylish musical statement in any home. Add the optional SP-33 3-pedal unit to experience realistic soft, sostenuto, and damper pedals, fixed in place for an accurate piano performance. The built-in speaker system has more than enough power to entertain at home. If you connect your favourite music player to its 1/8” stereo audio input, it even becomes a high-quality music dock.
A built in recording studio:
When the muse speaks, you owe it to yourself to capture your idea. You don’t want to miss the chance to record your creation. The PX-560 gives you two ways to make sure your work is preserved. There is a 17-track MIDI recorder with editing features, and a USB audio recorder that creates an audio file directly onto a USB stick. You can create the sounds you want to play, record and edit MIDI songs with them, then add external instruments via the audio inputs, and capture the whole mix to share with the world.
Built in tuition facilities:
The PX-560 includes features that are especially beneficial for private lessons and music labs. Duet mode splits the keyboard into two equal pitch ranges, letting two people (i.e. teacher and student) play side by side on a single instrument. Classroom mode adds the ability to send each side to an individual audio output, making it compatible with the most popular third party piano lab systems. Two front panel-mounted headphone jacks also make the PX-560 great for lessons or practice.
Like all Privias, the PX-560 has a class-compliant USB port which connects to a PC, Mac, or iOS device with no drivers needed. Easily control your favourite music software, without any extra setup.
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses. Depending on your location we will select a courier - normally TNT, UPS or a Pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.
Manufacturer's warranty: 3 years