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Why We Love Casio Privia PX S3000

The Privia Series of Digital Piano is one of the most successful product line of Casio.

And with the launch of the latest members in the Privia Series the Casio Privia PX S3000 and PX S1000, Casio has raised the bar up to a new height.

It was launched in NAMM 2019 and won the "Best in Show Award".

The Privia Series Digital Piano are always known for :

  • Stunning Sound Quality
  • Great Feel
  • Lightweight & Portable
  • Fine Design
  • Genuine Price

PX S3000 is perfect example of craftsmanship, let it be for its value, great features or its beautiful design and of course its exceptional sound quality and effects; .

It is one of the compact and slim (NOTE: slimmest) digital piano in market as of today.

So, Without much delay lets take a quick look at the feature highlights of S3000 :

  • The PXS-3000’s prominent design matches with all sorts of décor, space and mood.
  • It feature 88 keys as stage piano do and scaled hammer action keys.
  • Its satiny top panel and uniaxial case, kindles a supreme acoustic grand within a captivating case, that is certainly not larger than the keys.
  • The keys have 5 sensitivity levels, this gives you a good amount of expression.
  • 650+ Tones and 190+ Rhythms.
  • Digital Acoustic Simulator.
  • Variety of Connectivity Options.
  • It weighs only 24 pounds & can run on batteries. This makes the PX S3000 a super portable instrument that you can take it with you anywhere.
  • It is compatible with the Chordana play app which also works with the PX S1000, a keyboard in the same line, a step below from PX S3000 model and with few less features as we have discussed earlier in this write-up.

With the highlights being mentioned lets look at each of the section in more detial.


Comparing PX S3000 With Other casio's bestseller Digital Pianos

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Model

Keys

Features

Price

Casio Privia PX-S3000 Digital Piano

PX S3000

88

88 - Scaled Hammer Action Keys

700 Tones

200 Rhythms

Damper and String Resonance

Bluetooth

Battery Powered

App Connectivity

Casio Privia PX-160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano

PX 160

88

Best Model

Great Sound 

AiR Sound Technology

Hall Simulator, Reverb Effects

3 Year Warranty

Casio WK 245

WK-245

76

Touch Response Keys

Lesson Mode

Tone - 600

Rhythms - 180

Bright Display

USB MIDI Port

Casio LK-190 61-Key Premium Lighted Keyboard

LK-190

61

Light Up Keys

Light Lesson Mode

Tone - 400

Rhythms - 150

Dance & Reverb Effect

Great Speaker

Casio CTK-2550 61-Key Portable Keyboard

CTK-2550

61

Touch Response

Lesson Function

Tones - 400

Rhythms - 100

Chordana App 

Dance/Music Mode

Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano

PX-870

88

Scaled Hammer Action Keys

Detailed Resonance

Sound Projection Speaker

Recording

Key Slider Cover

Reading Reviews Is So 90's, Instead Check The Video Review Of Privia PX S3000 Below ?

Privia PX S3000 Features and Specs In Detail


Design

PX S3000 Design

The PX S3000 is fully compatible with your music room or any decor and mood.

The slim design with seamless glossy panel & unibody case unleash a deluxe acoustic grand, which is almost of the same size as that of its keys.

It features the slim, smart and stylish design, beautifully refined top panel with superior touch sensors.

The touch sensor function buttons gets illuminated only when they are activated.

I really liked the illuminated sensor buttons, they look wonderful in dark.

And when the function gets deactivated the top panel looks seamless smooth and glossy. A perfect blend of innovation and beauty.

Simple Layout

Layout Preview

The layout of the keyboard is pretty simple, one side contains all the necessary buttons and control and the rest or most of the part of the keyboard is all touch control.

You can change the tempo up and down or can cycle between different sounds via its touch sensitive buttons, which is easy to use.

For an instance, if you continuously keep clicking the piano button on the panel, you can easily access the different categories within each major instrument category, like harpsichord and so on.

This is especially useful when there are a lot of sounds in a particular category.

Like in the category called Others, which has everything from cents to guitar and wind instrument and more 400 sounds in that one category, so you wouldn’t have to go one by one.

You can just click onto the category Others and can easily play jazz, basses, brass, solo flute, saw lead sounds and many others sounds.

Keys

Scaled Hammer Action Keys PX S3000

It features 88 keys with weighted smart scaled hammered action keyboard with ivory and ebony textures enabling which allows the player to play with faith and confidence even in humid atmosphere.

The overall feel of the keys and weighted keybed is surprising well. Casio has done a wonderful job in mimicking the Acoustic Piano experience in Digital Piano.

The Keys are also touch sensitive which means the sound of the tone directly depends upon the intensity of the keypress.

The Velocity Sensitive Keys allows you to be more expressive 

PX S3000 has 5 level of sensitivity control option which is not so common in digital pianos in this price range.

Tones and Resonance Effects

The PX S3000 has 700 tones, 200 rhythm and songwriting tools.

The tones include grand piano, electric pianos, organs, string sounds etc.

It also has several pads including synth pads and also choir sounds.

It features a category called others, there are bunch of other kind of sounds where you have everything from wind instruments to a lot of other instruments like sitar, breathy alto sax etc.

Also, it features a maximum polyphony of 192 with AiR as its sound source.

Check This Awesome Sound Of Privia PX S3000 In Below Video

Resonance -The Casio PX S3000 features 2 resonance.

The Advanced string resonance reveals the harmonic relationship between resonating strings.

Whereas the damper resonance improves depth & richness.

Hammer response & key off simulation offers more enhanced detail that reacts normally to the dynamics of piano.

Rhythms and Accompaniment

The rhythm and accompaniment features on PX S3000 are pretty typical and standard.

When you play chord the keyboard will recognize the harmonies & it will adjust the accompaniment patterns (you can also play the rhythms without the accompaniment pattern on) accordingly.

You can start and stop the rhythm and also can add in fills, intro and endings with the keys, if you want to.

It can be done with the buttons present in the panel which is standard.

The low ‘F’ will start the beat and stop it, so basically, it is kind of like your start and stop button.

Then, the ‘E’ key will sync the ending so it will go into the ending, the pre-program ending.

Then ‘D’ is variation and ‘C’ is normal.

Nonetheless, through keyboard you can easily shift between accompaniment and rhythm.

You also have the liberty to play the rhythms without the accompaniment pattern.

One cool thing to mention about this keyboard is it does have an input for expression pedal.

Rhythm and Control Menu

Rhythms and Accompaniment Options In PX S3000

When you press the down arrow on the panel, you can have access to the rhythm menu which has all different rhythm tracks that you can use.

PX S3000 is loaded with features such as split mode, arpeggiator and layer.

It has DSP effects, including classic things like chorus, flanger, tremolo and several others. There is also AMP cabinet simulators as well.

Below control you have the registration menu which has various banks that you can store your sounds in, so you get everything dialed up, you get it exactly like you want and then you can recall things.

It includes a damper pedal and a sustain pedal input for a pedal unit, there is also an audio end which is an eighth inch, so if you want to play the music that you are practicing there is a MP3 you can plug it in and it will play through the speakers and you can practice to it.

There is also an expression pedal input. It does have a much needed headphone jack.

The duet mode splits the keyboard into equal halves for teacher and student convenience.

LCD Display

LCD Display On Centre

Like the previous series, PX S3000 also features displays and touch sensor which is exposed only when the power button is turned on.

Therefore, is easy to see & use it in any light situation.

When the power is turned off, the lights vanishes leaving the seamless panel of the piano.

The dynamic control of this model offers you with the necessary options required and get rid of the one that are not necessarily required.

It has a backlit bright LCD display that enables you to stay informed & makes exploration a breeze.

Recording

Next, we have the recording feature that will allow you to record yourself playing and also the rhythm track as well including any fills and any variations that you wish to add.

It offers to records 3 tracks and 5 songs.

This piano does have pitch bend and it has 2 knobs, which can be used to control various settings, the top one is used to control cut off. The buttons are all touch sensitive, really easy to use.

With the down arrow you go to the rhythm menu, which has all the rhythm tracks that you can use in your song.

Chordana App Integration

Chordana App Integration

Just like its younger brother PX S1000, the PX S3000 can be played via Casio's free Chordana Play App. 

You can download this app through your respective play store may it be Google Play or iTunes Store as it can be operated in both Android and iPhone, in order to modify your model to suit your mood.

You can easily change instrument settings, control MIDI recorder, view PDF scores, use optional SP-34 3 pedal unit while playing to turn pages and the integrated audio player allows you to access independent control over pitch & tempo and can eliminates melody or vocals from audio file.

Quick Glance at Features

  • Scaled hammer action keyboard.
  • Has 88-keys with ebony and ivory finishes.
  • Collection of approx. 700 tones and 200 rhythms.
  • Bluetooth and can run on battery too.
  • Fabulous tones along with damper and string resonance.
  • Slim and sleek top structure.
  • Touch sensitive keys for effortless functioning,
  • Powerful speaker system.
  • Can be easily carried due to its light weight.
  • Can collaborate and function with the Chordana play app.

My Experience With Casio PX S3000

My Experience with S3000

Reasons To Buy

  • Outstanding design & built.
  • Various piano tones with tweakable parameters.
  • Capability of save sounds and setting.
  • Features adjustable knobs and a pitch bend wheel.
  • In-built audio recorder.
  • Presence of expression pedal

Reasons To Avoid

  • Short key pivot length.
  • No Bluetooth MIDI support.
  • Touch based controls are not always concrete

As a reviewer my primary focus is look for stumbling blocks in any musical instruments.

But both of the latest Priva Series digital pianos gave me a hard time to find so.

The Casio Privia PX S3000 is the next generation of Privia PX S1000 which is of course the upgraded version of the latter model and is therefore features more versatile piano with most unique and remarkable functions. 

What differentiate this model with the previous one is that, it carries many exceptional and brilliant features like in-built 200 rhythm, 700 tones, expression pedal, 3 track MIDI recorder, type A + B USB, auto harmonize function, pitch bend wheel and the powerful sound clarity.

The audio end allows you to play music that you are practicing, you can plug in the mp3 and it will play through the speakers and you can easily practice.

Its sleek body design, sound effects, in built tones, MIDI, Bluetooth connectivity, resonance, its very own application: the Chordana Play, and the price, makes it more preferable and best in the line and is therefore has a great demand.

Trust me, you won’t find any piano in this price range with such features and the sleek design body out there.

You will love to have one and would be proud of it for ages.


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One thought on “Casio Privia PX S3000 Review

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    Hien says:

    Thank you for a very helpful review Daniel.
    I have owned several 88-note digital pianos, starting with an expensive Kurzweil console in 1990, then a Yamaha Clavinova (free from Yamaha in 1995), then a higher-end Casio in 2003, and more recently, a Yamaha MOXF8, a Kronos 88, a Casio PX-5S and a Casio PX-560. I have sold all but the old Casio and the PX-560; I also own a 76-note Yamaha Tyros 5, a Yamaha PSR-S650 arranger, a Ketron X1 arranger plus a few vintage synths.
    I play mostly pop ballads and hardly gig anymore but am considering replacing the PX-560 with a PX-S3000, although the 3000 has less features (no Hex layers, display…). In your opinion, is the action on the 3000 a big enough improvement over the 560 to justify the purchase? A better option for me may be getting something like a Casio GP-400, Dexibell H7 or Kawai mainly for a very good action and piano/EP sounds but I don’t feel these hybrids are quite there yet and they’re too expensive and heavy to turn around and sell in 2-3 years. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

    Hien

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