Solo Synth

XW-P1, XW-G1 Controllable Feedback Loop

The External Input on the XW-series has many possibilities but here is one that perhaps you had not thought of before.  Plugging the output of the XW, into the External Input to create a feedback loop.

A note of CAUTION before we go any further – the following process can create some serious, high level noise.  Please lower your listening levels to a minimum level before proceeding.

First to listen to this experiment, you’ll want to listen to the XW from the Headphone output.  This is what should be connected to your mixer, speakers or of course your headphones.  You’ll want to use a Solo Synth tone with the External Input enabled.  Note that the XW’s instrument and Mic Inputs are always active unless you select a tone with the External Input enabled.  So you’ll get Feedback on ALL TONES if you’re not careful.  If you’d like the Solo Synth tone used in the video, download it here:  http://www.casiomusicforums.com/index.php?/files/file/585-xw-feedback-looper/.

Second Warning: LOWER THE VOLUME.   The Left/MONO output should be connected with a 1/4″ cable to the Mic Input or Instrument Input on the back.  Now when you play this sound and raise the level of the External Input you’re creating a feedback loop.  Slider 5 on the XW-P1 can control the level of the feedback loop.  On the XW-G1 you’ll have to select the 5th Oscillator then use the Level Control.  As an alternative, you could also put an Amp Envelope on the External oscillator so this effect fades in over time or assign another controller such as the modulation wheel to control the level of the feedback.  Have fun and if you come up with some interesting sounds, post links in the comments below to share.

Here is an example:



XW-P1 plus iPad = Amazing

Take an XW-P1 and add an iPad and it opens a world of possibilities.  We’ve discussed how to use the XW-P1 to drive software based instruments – this app is controlling the Solo Synth on the XW-P1.   Which app?  How is this possible?  More details coming, we’ll be showing this at the Summer NAMM in Nashville next week.

XW-P1 with iPad

XW-G1 Solo Synth Bank2 / The XW-P1 Leads

Some of the 100 Solo Synth tones in the XW-G1 are different than the ones in the XW-P1.  The XW-G1 takes advantage of some its additional sample content to create some drums and other sounds that can be resampled for used in the Step Sequencer.  So while it has some different things, its missing some of the cool standard synth leads sounds that the XW-P1 has to offer.  So here they are.  XW-G1 the P-1 Solo Synth Bank.


XW-G1 Solo Synth 12-pack 1

Just delivered, 12 Solo Synth Patches for the XW-G1.  It includes all of the sounds from the XW-P1 Solo Synth 6-Pack1 from yesterday plus some other sounds previous unreleased for the XW-G1 like the Vangelis lead.Download the XW-G1 Solo Synth 12-Pack1


Get to know your Solo Synth – KeyFollow

The XW’s Solo Synth has some incredible depth and one parameter that you need to know and love is KeyFollow.  You’ll find this parameter in every area of the SoloSynth take a moment to understand what it does.

So we’re all starting with something simple go to Solo Synth P:9-9 Basic&Mic IN

  • Press EDIT.
  • Select OSC Block and press ENTER
  • You should now be looking at Syn1 (Synth 1 or Oscillator 1), select OSCILLATOR and press Enter
  • Scroll down to the next page and here you’ll find KeyFollow

To understand what this does, change the KeyFollow from +64 to -64 and play the keyboard.

SURPRISE!  Now you can impress your friends and play the keyboard backwards. Note: Joe Zawinal used to do this when he had two keyboards side by side.  He’d play a solo with his left and right hands doing mirror image runs.   Experiment with different values like +128 then return it to +64.

So you’ll find KeyFollow on other screens such as the Filter or Amp.  In the filter section, a positive value will make the filter open or brighter as you play higher notes.  In the Amp section a positive value would make it louder as you play higher notes.  Using negative values would do the opposite.

KeyFollow is a great parameter, it can allow you to shape your sounds and make them more expressive and dynamic.  Enjoy!