— from the press release
Casio America, Inc. announces the launch of two new flagship models in its lineup of professional digital keyboards – the MZ-X300 and MZ-X500. Perfect for the home, studio and live performances, these arranger workstation keyboards offer new sounds, innovative effects and new rhythm content created by developers from all over the world.
The MZ-Series keyboards come with built-in speakers driven by dual 20-watt amplifiers that deliver a big, powerful sound. The MZ-X300 has 900 preset tone patches and 280 rhythm patterns, while the MZ-X500 features 1,100 preset tone patches and 330 rhythm patterns. With these abundant sound and backing-track options, users can select musical instrument patches to fit a particular performance style. In addition, there are many different rhythm patterns ranging from standard beats used in rock, jazz and pop music to rhythms from various regions of the world.
The MZ-X300 and MZ-X500 are capable of 128-note polyphony and feature Digital Signal Processing (DSP) effects that have been programmed based on 20 types of algorithms. Also fitted with a four-band parametric equalizer for precisely adjusting tone, both keyboards offer everything a musician would hope for to perform their very best. Additionally, the keyboards’ 5.2-inch (color touch interface) LCD display enables easier operation and more intuitive control for musicians. This display makes it easy to call up and modify any of the rhythms or sound patches.
Casio’s MZ-X500 offers 16 touch-responsive multi-pads for broadening performance capabilities. The pads can be used to trigger preset patches and samples created by the user, as well as to play back musical phrases, allowing the user to enhance a performance with percussive hits and additional melodies. Auto accompaniment chord progressions can also be assigned to any of the 16 pads, enabling the user to play chord progressions just by striking a pad. This eliminates the need to play chords continuously with the left hand so the user can focus on playing melodies. Similarly the MZ-X300 has 4 multi-pads which can be used for triggering phrases, samples, chords and more.
The MZ-X300 comes in an all-black design and the MZ-X500 features a blue design with black accents. Both new keyboards will be available in March 2016 at select music dealers nationwide for a MSRP of $1099 and $1499 respectively. To learn more about Casio’s new MZ-Series and full portfolio of digital keyboards, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.