Casio Privia PX-350 (Black) Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from San Antonio
March 21, 2013Music Background:
Guitarist 26 years, recording 21 years....
Sounds sweet!This keyboard offers so much I haven't gotten to try everything, yet. I have not used the recorder or USB connection. I like the key action a lot. Also, I went through the sound bank and a majority of the sounds are quality, and I may never get around to using all the sounds in the memory. I did record with this keyboard onto analog tape, and the grand piano setting sounds amazingly warm. I have not tried inputting a recording into a computer for a comparison. From reading other reviews, I was concerned about the quality of sound of the speakers, but they sound just fine for practice. For me, this was a huge upgrade from a (don't laugh) Yamaha PSR-260 (used for ideas and practice, not so much for recording) bought years ago.
from Mosheim, TN
February 6, 2013Music Background:
Privia PX-350I bought this as an upgrade of the PX-150. The touch feels like a accoustic piano. I use it as a midi player in my live performance as well as a solo instrument. The first gig I used it at, a church pastor took all the information down and his church is buying on from Sweetwater, so he said. You can't go wrong with this keyboard. It sounds as good as a 3000.00 keyboard and a 'ton' less weight.
Jaime Andres Garcia Cuello
December 14, 2012Music Background:
IMPRESSIVE!!!Incredible action and key feel, Incredible sound , the USB audio - thing works wonders (clever, very clever). The resonance effect is unbelievable. This is as close as You can get to an acoustic grand sound and feel in this price range ( and You get pretty, pretty close...).
from Columbus, OH
November 1, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician, Composer, Arranger of jazz, smooth R&B jazz, fusion
Amazing Sound and Feel!!Wow!! This Casio Privia PX-350 has an amazing hammer action...so close to the real thing, it's ridiculous!!!! This keyboard is superb with the perfect amount of resistance for real piano players like myself. The designers at Casio did a wonderful job creating the "scaled hammer feel" of every note from top to bottom....just very realistic!! Great pianos, electric pianos, organs, and gm sounds..strings are pretty nice too. It contains built in speakers (which actually sound good), drum grooves/patters you can use for laying down original ideas. Also, it has a built in 17-track recorder, so perfect for us composers and arrangers out there. The PX-350's sequencer isn't nearly as sophisticated as the Motif XF8 , but enough to get some general ideas down. I'm gradually learning about computer-based music production, so most of my sequencing will likely be done on Protools or Cubase anyway.
There is a button on the front panel for splitting the keyboard, but I didn't find one for layering. This was one of the things that I didn't like about this keyboard, but it's possible that I may have overlooked this particular feature.
If you're a gigging professional or hobbyist who demands the best sound and action, features and portability, the PX-350 is the way to go. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the amazing sound and feel of this instrument, especially for a digital piano costing only $799. You really need to play and hear it to believe it. I'm seriously considering adding the PX-350 to my stage rig/studio.
Oh...and did mention that it's a very lightweight instrument (about 25 lbs), has MIDI and a USB port? You should definitely check it out!!
from Leesburg, Florida
December 29, 2012Music Background:
Casio Privia PX-350Sweetwater's superb service and the best keyboard for under $1,000. What's not to like?
from Goddard, KS
May 16, 2013Music Background:
Drummer, Pianist, Singer, Song Writer, FOH Engineer, Recording Engineer
The Good and The BadMy church purchased this piano about 3 months ago to replace an OLD 67 key, organ touch Casio that was just bad. After reading a lot of reviews for several different pianos on various websites, we decided to pull the trigger on the PX-350.
This piano sounds are very nice after a bit of EQ. We don't use the organ sounds much. The synth sounds are pleasant and have a wide variety of tonal characteristics for multiple genres. The string and pad sounds are OK at best. When using this piano through a PA mono (which is how a 'stage piano' will be used 99% of the time) the low end on almost every patch has a very noticeable pulsing sound at about 80Hz and below. This drives our sound tech CRAZY. I suspect (and this is only a guess) that all the patches are designed to be stereo and the 'pulsing' is a result of mono summing.
Weight, Touch & Feel:
The overall weight of the keyboard is extremely 'gig' friendly. Very light and compact; easily fits into the back seat of a car. That being said, the piano is not very deep and has a hard time sitting correctly on a standard piano stand. We had a carpenter in our church cut us a board that is about 14" deep and the same length as the PX-350. We set the board on the stand, then the piano on the board to keep the piano from sliding around. The weight of the keys is nice and feels as natural as semi-weighted keys can. For some reason (and I'm still trying to figure this one out), instead of a smooth plastic finish on the keys like EVERYONE else has, Casio decided to imprint the keys with a 'wood grain' pattern that feels awkward and extremely unnatural to play! Myself and the other pianists at church have had tough time adjusting to it.
Too many buttons! When we first opened the PX-350, my first thought was "Crud! I'm going to have to spend an entire afternoon just reading the manual!" You cannot create presets and assign them to a punch button. You can store them in a bank, but you must hit the up or down arrows and scroll through every other sound in a bank to get to the one you're looking for. Layering sounds is quite difficult and NOT something you can do on the fly in a live situation; we tried and it went horribly wrong. While there are a lot of sounds to choose from, most of them are not realistic enough to be used in a live situation. There are buttons for all kinds of recording, playing, drum beats, and everything else you can think of; most of them completely useless for a live playing situation. I suppose if you're a one-man-band, or a solo artist you may find these useful.
Overall, this is at best a PRACTICE piano, not a professional stage piano. Ultimately, our church is in the process of building a new building and we will keep this piano as a backup or put it in a classroom. When it comes time to buy another, I imagine we'll go with a KORG, Yamaha, or Roland.