Casio XW-P1 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 11 customer reviews
My favorite part of the Casio XW-P1 is the sequencer. Without any training, I had beats kicking and bassline bumping. Patch changing is simple, editing parts is a breeze, and learning the more in-depth in and outs takes no more than 15 minutes. The extreme ease of use is inspiring, the synth sounds are more than adequate for even the synth elite, the price is ridiculously low, and the fun factor is off the charts. This is not only a synth/sequencer for beginners, it's also a must-have for the old-school Casio drum machine and synth enthusiasts.
January 14, 2013Music Background:
I love it...I got this because I wanted and organ/Leslie sound, but since I'm not a full-time keyboard player, I didn't have the budget for Hammond/Nord/Korg family of keyboards. I got this about 6 months ago and I think it's just perfect for what I do (normally play bass, but also keys sometimes). I don't use the synth lead much, but the sounds there are pretty good. Hex layer is awesome or terrible (depending on selection), and I rarely use the sequencer, but a friend who has played with this and can make better use of it says it's pretty good. I DO use the tremolo piano and drawbar organ, and they sound great, even in a pro/band situation. This is not one of the "toy" Casios of yesteryear. Probably not quite enought for a pro key player, but for the occasional like myself the price for performance is great.
from Atlanta, GA
September 17, 2012Music Background:
Casio XW-P1Great keyboard! Unmatched value ... sounds and capability way beyond anything else for the price. Total rig includes it's brother, the Casio XW-G1. These two combined make an impossible to beat setup!
from Silver Spring, MD
May 22, 2012Music Background:
Professional Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist Keyboard Player
great synth for live giggingThis is a great synth for live gigging. I love the fact that unlike my Motif I do not feel like I need a forklift to move it around. It lightweight and easy to carry and move.
The factor sounds are Ok but once you start messing around with the sounds it is amazing what it can crank out. The step sequencer is a joy to use and quite fun.
I also love the rubber pad on the right hand side. For live gigging this is very handy for either a small mixer or a midi controller. In my setup I use this for a Novation Launchpad which fits there perfectly.
All in all I am not sure how Casio was able to pull this off for the price point but this is a steal of the year.
I would also like to thank Mark Maxwell my sales engineer for once again giving me great service before and after the sale. Once again Sweetwater is the best!
from Columbus, Oh
May 7, 2012Music Background:
Absolutely AmazingForget whatever you might think of the name Casio. I took a chance and I'm blown away. This is an amazing board. Choose one feature and it is well worth the $499. The step sequencer alone is worth the price but the sounds this thing can make are truly inspiring. The factory presets are ok, but ITS A SYNTH you won't believe the sounds you can get out of this thing.
Jaime Andres Garcia Cuello
from BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
March 28, 2012Music Background:
SERIOUS HOBBYIST, WeekEnd Warrior!
Fantastic!This is the perfect gigiing synth. Sounds amazing, ultra portable, plenty of I/O , lots of controls, arpeggiator, key play.... I cannot understand how CASIO managed to put so much for so little!
Also , performs beautifully in my studio!
from Laguna Beach, CA USA
August 3, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician, Hobbyist
Great DealThis keyboard/synth really exceeded my expectations. I was just looking for a midi controller with small synth capabilities, but the sounds included, and the options with which you can tweak those sounds made this purchase very very smart. If you have reservations because this is Casio, forget what you remember, because this is definitely a big step for them, and needless to say, I've ditched my other synths, saving me a lot of money and space on my stand(s).
Adam R Luckhaupt
from United States
June 28, 2012Music Background:
Great value - Great ProductI first noticed this synth from the most recent NAMM footage. Like most people, I was reluctant to purchase an instrument from CASIO. After, having this synth for a month, I can honestly say that this is by far the best synth for the price.
If you play different styles of music, this is a great synth. From the mono synth capabilities, to the drawbar organ patches, layered synth sounds (hex layer is awesome), and performance based patches, this synth has something for everyone. It's also incredibly light.
I haven't jumped into the sequencer yet, but the arpeggiator is great. I only wished the keyboard had a little more weight to it, but that is a small complaint.
from erie pa
May 30, 2012Music Background:
live band player
Casio XW-P1Very nice keyboard. Action is very nice. Better than keyboard I had to send back (not from Sweetwater, other brand ) last year.Features rate very high with editability! I would like more programable foot pedal jacks.Sounds are very usable.looking forward to discover more great features. Sweetwater very helpful before & after sale!
May 16, 2012Music Background:
Nice SynthI've had the P1 about three weeks. There are a ton of high quality sounds in this synth and lots of cool features. Very light and portable. Step sequencer and hex layers are great. Every time I turn this thing on I learn something new. The manual is large and VERY detailed, but more information is better than not enough. When I can't find it in my office, its usually in my son's room, so i know he likes it as well. Not sure how the price can be $500?
from Pontiac, MI
March 27, 2012Music Background:
Church Musician, Pro musician
Change of heartOk so my 1st rating was 3.5 but since I've been getting better acquainted with this keyboard, its sounds and capabilities I have to give it a 4.5 rating. The sounds are incredible and with th ability to tweak the sounds, your possibilities are untamed with this unit. The drawbar organ mode is phenomenal.... Straight B3!! If they'd made a model with an extra octave and had an input for an expression pedal, this would definitely be worthy of 5 stars! I know people hear Casio and think cheap/toy. But to all of you who have down talked Casio or have doubts about the quality of their keyboards, I CHALLENGE YOU!! Buy this keyboard before they come to their senses and raise the price! Best value for $500.....REAL Talk!!
from Pontiac, MI
March 23, 2012Music Background:
Church Musician, Pro musician
Not perfect but not badThis keyboard gave me exactly what I was looking for: Great organ and piano sounds at an affordable price. Being that I play the organ for my church, I wanted something inexpensive and light for home with some killer B3 sounds. Let me tell you.... The drawbar mode on the xw-p1 is very nice for the money! It's also got some rich piano sounds as well. I love that I can run my Ipod/mp3 player right through this and play along with my favorite songs. Now the Cons.... A lot of the sounds still have that Casio (toy) effect, bass sounds are terrible, no input for an expression pedal, sequencer is nothing to rave about, no internal speakers and they should have made it 76 keys. But hey, can't have it all right? I mean for the money, you can't beat this. Casio did a nice job on the drawbar organ mode versus the drawbar organ mode on the Wk-7500 /ctk-7000 which was terrible. Until I can afford my Nord Electro 3-73, this will suffice. Bottom line, if your a musician on a budget and/or are looking for drawbar organ sounds at an affordable price, you gotta give this baby a shot!! No, It's not perfect but then again, what is?