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Casio Privia PX-5S



Company: Casio
Price: $999

Posted August 27, 2013 by

Church Use: Stage piano

Features: The last time I had a stage piano was probably 10 years ago … and it had a floppy drive, no MIDI capabilities, and made helicopter sounds on patch 100. Needless to say I’ve since become more of a synth player myself, but after spending some time with the PX-5S, I’m thoroughly impressed with the new Casio stage piano.

The Privia PX-5S sports 88 hammer-action keys with 256 notes of polyphony and utilizes the Hex-layers feature of layering up to 6 samples on one patch. Four knobs and six sliders can control a variety of internal effects when using the PX-5S as a standalone keyboard, and can be assigned to control almost anything inside the keyboard. MIDI I/O and USB/MIDI connectors are included on the back panel of the stage piano, and can be used as a controller and a standalone device at the same time. The entire stage piano weighs in at just 24 pounds, (that’s under half the weight of a Yamaha Motif) and runs off an included power supply or 8 AA batteries.

Sound: The full 88-key, hammer-action keyboard is much more than a stage piano. Powered by Casio’s proprietary AiR sound engine, the factory sounds are deep, realistic, and very useable in any worship service. I tend to favor the more mellow piano samples, which the PX-5S nails exceptionally well, in addition to a few electric piano, harpsichord, and clavinet patches. The effects section is quite robust, including reverb, delay, EQ, compression, phaser, chorus, tremelo, auto pan, rotary, ring mod, pitch shifter, and many more. One of the nicest features of the PX-5S’s sound engine is the seamless transition when changing from patch to patch, meaning that when you change from say piano to strings, the piano does not stop sustaining until you let the keys go.

More: Great sounds and feel, the perfect stage piano for the worship leader
Less: The sounds are limited, making it less ideal for a synth player


    Scott Hamlin

    Hello. I just wanted to kindly disagree with the reviewer’s “cons” section where they state “The sounds are limited, making it less ideal for a synth player”.

    The PX-5S synth section is loaded for bear. Perhaps the reviewer did not fully explore all the presets or realize that there are HUNDREDS of extra sounds available for the PX-5S (for free) at http://CasioMusicForums.com.

    The PX-5S synth engine allows for up to 14 separate sounds that can be split and/or layered in any possible way across the keyboard. Check out the PX-5S audio demos at:

    I encourage the reviewer to have a listen to these sounds and perhaps amend the article.
    The PX-5S is used for worship services around the world, due in large part to its ability to create rich, ethereal sounds. It would be a shame if some of your readers passed it over because they were given the impression the synth engine was lacking.

    Thank you!



      the limitation is more giving from the Samples sometime very static and thin ,…piano fine e pianos very fine…synth ,…very fine…strings horns guitars basses not so nice..
      but a nice peace of Stagepiano for the money

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