Why Casio Privia PX S1000 Is My New Favorite
Casio Privia PX-S1000 Review: PX–S1000 is the most recent version (2019) of the Privia Series and is world's slimmest Digital Piano from Casio and now its my new favorite in budget friendly section keyboards.
Luckily I got my hands on PX S1000 and PX S3000 for 2 weeks and I simply fall in love with it. Everything about PX S1000 is simply awesome.
Casio has taken extra measure to resemble same Authentic Acoustic Piano feel as close as possible. And No doubt they have done quite a good job.
The PX S1000 has 88 keys, 192 notes polyphony and hammer action key bed.
Hammer actions keys simulates the feel of a grand piano and PX S1000 take this experience to a whole new level.
The keyboard is slim and smart and this is what the S stands for in the name.
Casio has completely changed the product and has crafted the keyboard from a new and innovative perspective.
So, Lets take a detailed look at what the keyboard has to offer to us.
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World's Slimmest Piano
Scaled Hammer Action Keys
AC/DC Power Support
Lightweight (25 Lb)
AiR Sound Technology
Hall Simulator, Reverb Effects
3 Year Warranty
Touch Response Keys
Tone - 600
Rhythms - 180
USB MIDI Port
Light Up Keys
Light Lesson Mode
Tone - 400
Rhythms - 150
Dance & Reverb Effect
Tones - 400
Rhythms - 100
Scaled Hammer Action Keys
Sound Projection Speaker
Key Slider Cover
Casio Privia PX S1000 Features
PX S1000 is the slimmest piano in the world and also a bit lightweight too (24 Lbs).
So portability is never going to be an issue if you keeps on moving regularly for gigs as it can also be powered via batteries.
The body of the piano is made up of high quality lustrous plastic which makes it look quite futuristic.
However, The glassy body also makes the dirt and fingerprints more visible. But just a wipe with a cloth makes it look spotless again.
The front layout of the keyboard is very minimalist and only the power button and volume knobs are visible on the surface.
As the rest of the buttons are touch sensitive and only the names and symbols of the buttons are visible. When the LED is off the front panel looks completely plain but as soon as it is powered on the buttons LED gets illuminated and looks very cool.
Privia series of keyboards generally have graded weighted hammer action Tri sensor keys but PX S1000 has smart scaled hammer action keys and has 2 level of sensitivity.
The key off response features allows you to play the same tone repeatedly even when the keys didn't reach it to the upmost position.
The simulated ebony and ivory finish key tops makes your fingers less sweaty even after continuous hours of playing.
The Hall Simulator Effect
One of the feature that most of the keyboard brands lacks is the “Hall Simulator Effect”.
The Hall simulator effect gives you the sound of hall reverb.
It just needs a push of a button to activate and deactivate the feature.
The effect is very useful and help you understand how your music will sound on auditoriums this comes useful because it let you understand your music from an audience perspective.
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Hearing your music from different perspective helps you to take better decision that which type of music is best suited for the environment you are playing on.
Sound Of Casio PX S1000
Sound of PX S1000 is very rich and immersive and very closely resemble that of a Grand Piano.
Personally speaking the quality of the sound is admirable.
The sound are sampled from Iconic 9' concert grand piano and are simulated via the Casio patented AiR technology which makes the sound crisp and immersive.
The Minimalist Layout
Something interesting you might notice is the button layout of the board.
The front buttons are touch sensitive and they gets lits when activated.
They are actually very easy to see. Suppose if you are in a low light condition or something similar than you don’t have to worry about reading the small prints written over the function button’s. Because it all lit up which makes it quite easy to see in the dark and also very easy to operate too.
The touch buttons are highly responsive and just needs a feather touch to activate.
Sounds and Basic Functionality
One thing that might confuses you initially is how you can change the different instruments sounds because PX S1000 does not have dedicated knob or button for that.
To do so you need to keep hold the function button and then you need to press the specific assigned musical instrument key (button) on the keyboard.
Almost every other features like switching Bluetooth on/off or to change MIDI setting or any other setting you need to follow the same procedure on PX S1000 (holding function key and then pressing the keyboard key).
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For example if you want to play the electric piano sound you need to hold down the Grand Piano function button on top and then click the D key from the board.
All of the extended functions of the keyboard are handled by this way only. It is something I have a mix reaction upon.
As removing lots of dedicated buttons makes the piano layout simple and gives a luxurious look but on the other hand it is quite confusing for newbies too.
Some of the basic instruments sounds the board has is of harpsichord, strings, a faster string sound (not available in any other piano), pipe organ, and more organ sounds.
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Another important feature for any pianist is the layering and splitting functionality and PX S1000 does not disappoints on this.
Layering allows you to play 2 different instrument sound simultaneously.
And the splitting functionality divides your keyboards in two half which comes very useful if you are a piano teacher. Because you can teach your student side by side. From my experience this is makes learning keyboard very easy.
With Bluetooth you can connect it with your phone or any other Bluetooth device.
This come useful when you are practicing along with the recording of a song that you’re trying to learn to play the sound directly from the piano speaker.
It is great because you can practice along with music track from other device.
No doubt Sound of the PX S1000 speakers are very good. It also has 2 headphone jack to play along with your students (if you are a teacher of-course).
If you keep on moving from venue to venue than you can understand the pain of carrying the keyboard, in long run it will result in sever back pain.
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It also works on 6 AA batteries so you can play it wherever you want and wherever you want. (The life of the batteries is upto 4 hours).
As I said earlier people are more and more relying on apps to make their life more convenient.
This is why Casio has also introduced a app name as Chordana Play. You can download it from play store or apple app store.
Chordana app allows you to play MIDI files downloaded from the internet.
It also displays chords, and highlight the specific button which you need to press to play the songs.
This is a real treat for beginners and intermediate too. It makes learning piano quite fun and easy.
PX S1000 Vs Casio PX S3000 Vs Yamaha P 125 Vs Roland FP 30
|PX S1000||PX S3000||Yamaha P 125||Roland FP 30|
|Number of Keys||88||88||88||88|
|Type of Keys||Weighted, Scaled Hammer Action||Scaled Hammer Action, 5 sensitivity levels||Fully Weighted keys (Graded Hammer Standard), Hard/Medium/Soft/Fixed sensitivity||Key touch with 5 sensitivities|
|Touch Sensitivity||5 sensitivity levels|
|Other Controllers||Pitch Bend Wheel|
|Effects Types||Ambiance, brilliance, resonance|
|Polyphony||192 Notes||192 Notes||192 Notes||128|
|Presets||piano, 17 other tones||700 Tones, 200 Rhythms||24 voices, 21 demo songs, 50 piano songs, Pure CF Sound Engine||35 tones, 8 rhythms|
|Sequencer||Standard MIDI File recorder|
|Effects||Yes||Yes, Reverb||Reverb, Intelligent Acoustic Control, Damper Resonance, Sound Boost|
|Song Playback||30 internal songs (WAV, SMF playback)|
|Audio Recording||2-track||3-track, 5 song||2-track, 1 song (SMF, format 0)|
|Audio Inputs||1 x 1/8"||1 x 1/8" (aux in)|
|Audio Outputs||2 x 1/4"||2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)||2 x 1/4" (aux out)||1 x 1/8" TRS (headphones), 1 x 1/4" TRS (headphones)|
|Headphones||2 x 1/8"||2 x 1/8"||2 x 1/4"|
|USB||1 x Type B||1 x Type B (to host), 2 x Type A (to device)||1 x Type B||1 x Type A, 1 x Type B|
|MIDI I/O||USB||USB||Bluetooth (for use with MIDI mobile apps)|
|Pedal Inputs||1 x 1/4" (damper), 1 x Multi-DIN (pedal unit)||1 x 1/4" (damper), 1 x 1/4" (expression/assignable), 1 x 6-pin DIN (3-pedal unit)||1 x 1/4" (sustain)||1 x 1/4" (damper), 1 x 8-pin DIN (optional KPD-70 pedal board)|
|Pedal Included||Yes, SP-3||SP-3 Pedal||Yes, FC5 footswitch|
|Built-in Speakers||2 x 6.2"||2 x 6.29"||2 x 4.7" woofer, 2 x 1.5" tweeter|
|Amplifier||2 x 8W||2 x 8W||2 x 7W||2 x 11W|
|Software||Chordana Play App||Chordana Play|
|Power Supply||6 x AA Batteries / AC Adapter (included)||AC Adapter (included) or 6 x AA batteries||12V DC power supply (included)|
|Weight||25.1 lbs.||24.7 lbs. (excluding batteries)||26 lbs.||31 lbs., 2 oz.|
My Experience with Casio PX S1000
I also liked the futuristic looking touch sensor control panel they simply looks awesome.
It is also super sleek, portable, and lightweight too (13 Lbs).
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Loads of sounds, 88 keys, lit up function keys, AC/DC power option, sustain pedal, Bluetooth and lots of other cool feature makes it the perfect choice of anyone who does not want to compromise on functionality and looks.
PX S1000 generally comes up with music stand and sustain pedal. But the brand also provide and option to get 3 additional pedals units.
Smart Hammered keys are just perfect. The ebony and ivory color keys looks quite luxurious as well. It will definitely increase the beauty of your room too.
The price of Casio Privia PX S1000 can be categorized as highly affordable when comparing it with all the latest features it offers, this is what it makes one of the best option if you are looking for some better investment for long run.
So that’s all from our end hope this Casio Privia PX S1000 review helped you guys to make a better decision.
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