Launching into multi-dimensional AiR sound generation becomes a pleasure with the new PX-160.
The puristic functions produced by the digital piano make its 18 authentic tones sound even better to the ear: Thanks to the new speaker system (2 x 8 watts) for maximum hearing pleasure when playing alone at home and the new line-out slot for simple connection to external loudspeakers (on stage or in a practice room).
- New multi-dimensional AiR Sound Source
AiR is the acronym for “Acoustic and intelligent Resonator”, which is CASIO’s newly developed multi-dimensional sound production. This sound production and other innovations constitute the common core of the new digital piano technology. The result is the unprecedented, natural-sounding digital reproduction of a grand piano’s playing and sound properties.
- 128-note polyphony (max.)
Number of voices (tones) that a musical instrument can generate at the same time. Polyphony reflects a digital instrument’s capability. This is particularly significant when playing on an advanced level, using the pedals or using several timbres at the same time.
- Scaled Hammer Action II
The II in Scaled Hammer Action II indicates that CASIO developed an improved keyboard. “Hammer action” means that the digital piano’s keyboard is weighted with small hammers in order to provide realistic touch sensitivity, just like that of a real grand piano. “Scaled” means that the weight of the keys decreases from the low to the high keys, just like with an acoustic instrument.
- Tri-Sensor keyboard
CASIO’s new keyboard action mechanism features three sensors per key that detect the intensity with which the key is struck to reproduce the response of a grand piano. This precise measurement also allows extremely sophisticated playing techniques at a high repetition speed.
- Synthetic ebony and ivory keys
The fine keyboard design offers the same luxurious, haptic and optic features as genuine ebony and ivory. The carefully roughened surface texture prevents fingers from slipping, even when playing for a long time.
- High resolution velocity
High Resolution Velocity is a new technology by CASIO, which is approved by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. Instead of 127 steps, this technology provides 16,000 steps of the keyboard’s touch response allowing to realise every nuance of grand pianos’ dynamics.
- Damper Resonance
The nuances generated by pressing the damper pedal are authentically replicated.
- Hammer Response
The feel of an acoustic piano also comes from the delay between striking the key and the sounding of the string. The size and mass of the hammer head and the time that elapses until it hits the strings are directly linked to the pitch and striking intensity on the keyboard. This mechanical property of an acoustic instrument is reproduced by CASIO’s “Hammer Response” technology.
- 18 tones
The term tones indicates the different tones stored in the instrument.
- 60 songs
Pieces of music stored in the instrument. They can be used for practicing or just to listen to.
The metronome keeps the beat in the preset time signature as an orientation guide for tempo.
- Sequencer (2 tracks x 1 song)
A sequencer allows you to record your own ideas and compositions on the instrument (MIDI). It is possible to record and edit several songs with up to 17 tracks per song, depending on the sequencer’s size, creating complex arrangements.
Digital Effect that puts reverberation on the timbre.
Digital effect used to double the timbre, making the sound more vibrant, broader and much livelier. This effect is used especially for digital piano or organ timbres.
Digital effect that is used especially with piano timbres; the sound becomes brighter and more powerful (brilliance).
- Duet mode
This feature is designed, just like “Split”, to divide the keyboard into two zones. However, in this case, the range and the timbre are identical. This feature allows two musicians to play a piano duet or to practice together on one instrument.
This function layers two timbres, such as soft piano sounds combined with bowed string instruments, perfectly suited for ballads as well as slow and romantic songs.
Possibility of dividing the keyboard into two zones playing differing timbres, e. g. bass with your left hand and piano or vibraphone with your right hand when playing jazz or swing.
- Scale function
Tuning based on different scales allows the user to play other sequences of semitones and whole tones, which, for example, enables him to play in old ecclesiastical modes.
- Fine tune control
This feature allows the user to tune the keyboard to another instrument, such as an out of tune piano.
- Transpose function
The transpose function shifts the scale on the keyboard by a set interval, e.g. so that an F would be played with the C-key.
- Octave shift
This setting shifts the octaves on the keyboard to the more comfortable middle zone when playing pieces of music which require the musician to play on the very low or high zone of the keyboard.
- Headphones (2x)
Possibility to connect standard headphones. When headphones are connected, no sound will be released through the instrument’s speakers.
- Pedal (1x)
Port for connecting a regular pedal or simple footswitch.
- Connector for 3-pedal unit
Classic pedal unit similar to most upright or grand pianos: 1x damper pedal, 1x sostenuto pedal and 1x soft pedal.
- USB interface (PC)
Port for a USB cable to connect the instrument with a PC or Mac for the purpose of MIDI and/or data transfer.
- Speakers with 2x 8 Watt
- Weight 11,1 kg
- Including AC adaptor, SP-3 pedal, score book, music stand
- Line OUT (L/Mono, R)
Audio output on line level to plug the instrument into other professional devices such as PA or mixer console.