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“scores to keyboard” be gone, with Casio CT-X

“scores to keyboard” be gone, with Casio CT-X

My struggles

I struggled through my songwriting and music composition while I was pursuing my music career, which I still am now.

It’s writing of music scores and back to the keyboard again and music scores and back to the keyboard again – A painful process that I am sure most in the music industry will agree with.

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The solution to scores to keyboard and scores to keyboard again…

April 2018  I was being invited to the CT-X launch and I was totally hyped up again!

Now, what’s so awesome about this CT-X series?

It’s definitely a gadget/ instrument perfect for any music composer or budding music composer!

Casio Singapore announced that it will release four new electronic keyboards with specifications that can cater to beginners to serious performers. The CTX700/X800/X5000/X3000 keyboards feature the new AiX Sound Source,*1 which reproduces the appealing sound of acoustic instruments, and a new audio system that generates powerful sound.

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Main Features of the CT-X5000 and CT-X3000

  • AiX Sound Source Reproduces the Natural Sound of Acoustic Instruments

The keyboards provide high-quality tones across every category of instrument, faithfully reproducing subtle nuances and gestures specific to each type of sound. The user can customize tones to taste using 100 DSP effects that combine various algorithms, three system effects (reverb, chorus, and delay) and 10 equalizer preset.

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  • Wide Range of Tones and Rhythm Patterns Support Diverse Musical Genres

An extensive library of 800 tones and 235 rhythms supports diverse musical genres, and applications from a composition, to arranging, to live performance.

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  • New Speaker System Delivers Powerful Sound

The keyboards feature large-magnet bass reflex speakers and a 15W+15W high-output amplifier (maximum output of CT-X5000 model) to deliver powerful sounds for home or performance use.

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  • Registration Function for Instant Recall of Performance Setups

The Registration function enables the user to save up to 128 keyboard setups including tones and rhythms. The user can instantly switch between complex playing patterns and tone/rhythm setups without configuring them every time, enabling versatile and seamless performance.

 

  • Composing and Arranging Features Help Bring Ideas to Life

In addition to configuring and saving tones and rhythms to suit the user, the keyboards provide a variety of features for composing and arranging. The Phrase Recorder allows users to record a musical phrase that can be instantly triggered using any of the four pads. The mixer can handle 42 different parts and the 17-track MIDI sequencer can save up to 10 original songs.

 

  • Accessory Jacks and Ports for Performing, Composing, and Arranging

An assignable jack can be used with either a footswitch or expression pedal. Also provided are an audio input jack for connecting external audio equipment, and a class-compliant USB port for connecting to a computer. An additional USB port supports memory devices to easily save and load data created on the CT-X5000/X3000.

 

  • Friendly User Interface Offers a Wide Range of Applications

The keyboards provide an expanded Registration function and four phrase pads, together with direct access buttons for Tap Tempo, Transpose, and Octave switching making the keyboards suitable for stage and live performances, as well as music schools and music classrooms.

 

  • Sophisticated Styling Matches the Advanced Specifications

The powerful speakers are embellished with distinctive red highlights, giving the keyboards a stylish, iconic look. The CT-X5000 is distinguished by a gray metallic finish that adds to the sophisticated styling.

 

It’s just me and my CT-X

 With the CT-X series, (I personally like the CT-X 5000), I can concentrate on producing better music pieces with my pre-recorded tracks and compose along as I go.  Budding composer can consider the CT-X3000, which is more than sufficient till your next “upgrade”.

The CT-X700 (SRP: $419), CT-X800 (SRP: $449), CT-X3000 (SRP: $799), and CT-X5000 (SRP:$899) keyboards will be available at selected music dealers.

CASIO CT-X Keyboards – The Revolution of Sound. Discover the CT-X keyboards for rich and powerful arrangements. Kevin André Welch plays the CT-X5000 showing some of the built-in sounds.

 

All models in the CT-X line are equipped with the AiX Sound Source, which authentically reproduces the characteristic sounds of acoustic and electronic instruments. The audio system in the two top-of-the-range CT-X5000 and CT-X3000 models boasts a rich and powerful sound.

Meet & Greet Migme Top Online Influencer Artistes

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to a meet-up session organised by migme and were honored to have lunch with 5 top online and entertainment artistes from Indonesia, India and the Philippines at Fish & Co (The Glass House).
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adds: Fish & Co. at The Glass House, 9 Penang Road

website : http://www.fish-co.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/fishandco.sg

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From Indonesia: Jovial Lopez ( middle )

Part of the group, Skinny Indonesian 24, with over 360k YouTube subscribers

Jovial is very friendly and bubbly. He appeared to have an endless collection of interesting jokes and always very keen to share with us his experiences and the differences between cultures of various countries. He also managed to blend in very well with the other artists and gathered everyone together for fun candid shots.

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From India: Shraddha Sharma ( from right, 2nd

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Billed as India’s Justin Bieber and one of the top YouTubers in the country with over 180k subscribers and 3.6 million fans on Facebook

Our impression of Shraddha is that she is this really cool girl who seem a little reserved. She sat at a corner with her manager and spoke little. However, when it was time for the games, she sprang into action and was really spontaneous! Her smile was stunning and she is not afraid to be herself. She brought her guitar along but we didn’t manage to watch her performance, probably due to a lack of time. Would love to catch up with her someday! We noticed Shraddha engages with her fans a lot on her Facebook. Do visit her Page to find out more about her and her music.

 

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From Indonesia: Anisa Rahma

Actress/singer/social media star, Anisa Rahma, with over 1.3 million fans on Twitter and over 700k fans on Instagram

Anisa started out as one of the members of popular girl band- Cherrybelle, before she became a member of the girl band MILOVA. She has a very packed schedule. She shared that she is working on several projects right now. Her new movie and album will be released next year! After spending some time with her, we know why her fans adore her so much! She is a really friendly and down-to-earth artist and very easy to get along with. Her mother was with her during the lunch and it was a pleasure talking to the both of them. They are like our makcik (aunt) and adik (younger sister), so close and personal.

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From Philippines: Een Mercado

A model and cosplayer

Een is a really sweet girl with a sunshine smile and yet real and unreserved. She is an avid cosplayer and shared many of her experiences, as well as the different cosplay cultures in Philippines and here. Een enjoys making her own costumes and whenever she completes click them, there is a great sense of achievement. It was the Anime Festival Asia (AFA) weekend in Singapore when we met. Although she was in town, Een could not attend the AFA as she has various work commitments arranged during her short two-day trip in Singapore. She hopes to be able to take part in the cosplay events here next time. P.S. Her mother is really young and pretty like her!

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An Australian living in Manila, Chris Urbano

YouTube entertainer, tagalog-speaking cook who has a cooking and wine lifestyle program on YouTube with over 21k subscribers and14k fans on Facebook. Visit www.maputingcooking.com

Chris is someone who is humble and keen to talk to us on food-related topics. He knows how to appreciate good food really well and appeared to love our Fish & Co lunch! He tried every single dish on the table and was full of smiles. What amazes us is that Chris can actually speak more than one language. He can speak fluent tagalog and Bahasa. His Bahasa is even better than our blogger Yuki who grew up studying in a Malay school in Malaysia.

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We enjoyed ourselves lots. Special thanks to Fish & Co for hosting us and kept us well-fed with so many signature dishes.

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My first time to The Glass House outlet. Beautiful ambience! Love the awesome Christmas platter by the way! Generous servings and the seafood is fresh! P.S. It’s available till 3 Jan. Catch it before it’s gone!

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Yuki enjoyed the lychee matinees. The salmon steak is just nice, not too oily because I’m on a diet! Love the Fish & Chips which went really well with the tartar sauce!

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A big thank you to migme for the invitation! Looking forward to more catch up sessions in 2016!

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migme (http://company.mig.me), an Australia-listed social entertainment company with over 24 million monthly active users across Southeast Asia and South Asia.

MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 in Glasgow

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an event presented by MTV Networks Europe, which hands out prizes to outstanding artistes, musicians and performers. The aim is to acknowledge and recognise the efforts by these artistes. This music award event is different in comparison to the others because the winners are selected entirely by vote. The members of the public and the jury formed the panel of 1000, which churned out the list of nominees. The winners of each category are then chosen based on the votes.

The MTV Europe Music Awards is held every year in a different country. The awards are presented annually with live broadcast on MTV Europe, MTV Live HD, most of the international MTV channels as well as online to more than one billion viewers. The 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards was held in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city!

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One day, I received a notification from StarHub, telling me that I had won a chance to catch the MTV EMAs live in Glasgow!OH MY GOD!” I shouted out loudly. I jumped up and down ecstatically. I could not believe it myself. Who would believe that by just shooting some pictures, I had won one pair of round-trip tickets to Glasgow, Scotland, with free accommodation! I would also be the guest-of -honor at the MTV EMAs show and had the chance to participate in the MTV Asia filming. It happened all too fast and too sudden. Until today it still felt like an incredible dream come true! I did not know much about Scotland and Glasgow. I could only recall that the scottish plaid skirt, Scottish bagpipes, fish and chips were all symbols of the place. I did some research and learnt that Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city.

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My lovely nail-art only for the MTV EMAs! design by: Perfect Ten Nail Holiday Plaza JB infotainment_001_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow    I was really excited and looking forward to attending so many events and activities in Glasgow. I could not contain my excitement. Till this moment, I still cannot believe all these are true!     infotainment_006_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

We flew to London and then transferred to Glasgow Airport. After unloading our luggage, we immediately went into filming. We could see banners shouting MTV EMAs everywhere! The entire city seemed to have come alive because of the event! Glasgow’s major shopping centres and landmark buildings had different MTV themed art displayed on them! Bag from: iRoo Singapore

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As we walked along Glasgow city, the crew wanted us to try the famous Scottish authentic tapas [Haggis]. I realised we were not just ordinary travellers. . .suddenly I felt like we were super stars, filming food variety shows for entertainment. It certainly was a refreshing experience. We were treated like VIPS. I felt like a star from Singapore! I really felt very fortunate to be able to participate in this overseas shooting experience. The piping hot food offered much comfort to us given that the weather was really cold in Glasgow.

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Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish, it can be considered as the national dish of Scotland. I called it the ‘dark dish’ because it looks black! Haggis is a savourly pudding containing sheep offal (heart, lung, liver) grind with chopped onion accompanied by other ingredients. It seems a little weird and I was not sure if I would try it. But as the saying goes, you have not been to Glasgow if you did not try Haggis. So we plucked up our courage and tried the dish! I felt that the taste was alright and acceptable even though I dislike eating sheep or animal organs.

 

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We were at the tallest building in Glasgow–The Light House! It feel exceptionally cooling and comfortable! Beautiful and unique urban style at a glance, it felt really great! infotainment_035_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

Singapore’s Next Top Model Wannabe….trying hard to make it in Glasgow!

 

 

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Stood at the top of the city.  Such a beautiful view, it made all my troubles & stress disappeared into thin air! I felt completely relaxed & free standing there. You really have to personally experience it too!  

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As the selfie queen, how can I not take a selfie in Glasgow? I am Yuki Ng, checking in GLASGOW! Love this quote PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW! Cool! 

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EMA World Stage Event with Slash & Biffy Clyro in celebration of MTV EMAs in Glasgow 2014. We had a party on the first night in Glasgow!    infotainment_007_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

Sweater & Leather Pant from: iRoo Singapore

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Yeah! Finally!

infotainment_039_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgowon 9 November,  before the MTV EMAs  ceremony began,  we attended  the pre-party to welcome MTV EMAs winners from around the world! We felt so honoured and pampered!

infotainment_041_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow We walked across the red carpet into the party venue. At that moment, I was excited to finally be able to step into the event venue.  We began to warm up a little for the madness at the pre-party!

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Obviously, this time I really wanted to push away my sister! ( She is really superfluous )

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Additional Episode: click and see to believe! I posted this picture on facebook  just for fun. I casually said that I had Won the Coolest Asian Female Rock Award. My readers and followers actually believed it and congratulated me! I am sorry that this sparked some commotion, it was all for fun. But this is really a true MTV trophy!  Super heavy weight! Frankly speaking, I am really an “Asian” “Female” who dressed up in “Rock Style” ya! Yeah! I am thick-skinned enough to self-proclaimed “Coolest” to holding this award, but oh well haha! (Chicanery!) infotainment_043_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow That night, my unique evening dress and outfit were from iRoo’s series. It allowed me to appear in style to attend the MTV EMA 2014!  Special Thanks to: Dress & Bag :  iROO Singapore Hairstyle: Jean Yip Singapore

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Bravely volunteered to  go up the stage to try and experience to be a DJ,  let me rock the house down! infotainment_045_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow Group photo session with winners were from around the world!

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Yes, we had a wonderful time!

We walked to the first MTV music awards ceremony hosted by The SSE Hydro, Glasgow!

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The event site had a large number of viewers waiting for admission. My foreign friends spotted me doing a selfie and also decided to join in at the back! Thanks for the support! infotainment_047_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow The atmosphere was super good. It felt like a United Nations Ceremony Party! Countdown begins!

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I did not expect the most popular Chinese singer from China, Bibi Zhou to be so close to me! She was also friendly and cooperative in taking the picture with me!   Chinese singer Bibi Zhou was the only Chinese singer who attended the music event and successfully winning the “Best Worldwide Artist” award! infotainment_029_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgowinfotainment_028_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

Alicia Keys appeared to have some interaction with the audience. I was surprised, because I did not expect this. She was so so so close to us! When she walked towards the backstage, she actually stretched out her left hand so that all the way along the arena corridor fans could touch her hand! I told myself “ What are you waiting for? Touch the goddess’s  hand!” I was surprised at my own reaction. It was rare opportunity that I should not miss. infotainment_058_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow I am more familiar with Western pop music singers such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swiftt and Katy Perry.  I only got to know Nicky Minaj recently. Of course, her large butt is her trademark! It is indeed attention seeking! infotainment_049_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow Other than a great hot performance, Nicky Minaj also surprised the audiences by appearing in various visually appealing dresses and costumes and entertaining us with her wonderful jokes. She was really very cute and humorous.

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Nicky Minaj was one of the key person in the 2014 MTV EMA. She was not only the host, but also the main performing artist and winner! Her gorgeous outfits and hairstyles were also a hot topic for discussion. Her bold enthusiasm, interaction between dancers and orchestra, plus her usual fearless bold statements, it was clear why she is known as the goddess of this new generation. Congratulations to Nicky Minaj in winning Best Hip-Hop Artist! Best Song with a Message << Pretty Hurts >> Frankly, my favourite singer is Beyonce. It is a pity that she did not attend the ceremony but I would like to congratulate her in winning the most inspirational songs award! To be able to witness up closeAlicia Keys’, Nicky Minaj’s and Ariana Grande’s performances, I must certainly count my blessings! I am indeed contented!     infotainment_018_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow Let’s verify the LIVE Power of Slash & Biffy Clyro again. They successfully pushed the atmosphere to the highest point! To paint a perfect ending for MTV EMA! Burn it! Rock it! 

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It’s really thanks to MTV EMA & StarHub bought to us for this unforgettable wonderful night in my life ever at THE SSE HYDRO, Glasgow! Glasgow landscapes, buildings and the people are literate, polite and friendly, warm and fun! I must admit I had fallen in love with this country!   Thank you again to MTV and Singapore StarHub in letting my sister & I be the lucky ones to attend this event and making our dreams come true! I always says I believe I can fly and I proved it! Thanksgiving to Lord’s grace! Some photos credits from the MTV website. More coverage info about MTV EMA can visit the official websites: http://asia.mtvema.com

MTV EMA 2014 Glasgow [ Behind The Scene ]

When it comes to film production, it is something not new to me, but for my sister, it was her first time. I can totally imagine how curious and nervous she was. In the past when I was involved in filming, we did it in a group. I was not the protagonist, I rarely speak.  But this time only the winners in Singapore participated in the filming. I was pretty nervous. Plus the weather was really cold. We were trembling and shaking in the cold. There were a couple of reshots and NG takes. We sincerely apologise to the crew for that. Shooting process was smooth in general. We had a professional crew and we did it against the beautiful backdrop of Glasgow. Stay tuned for the finished product! infotainment_002_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgowinfotainment_027_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

The itinerary in Glasgow was tight, but we still had a blast! We thank the organizers for arranging Hazel to be with us! She was trying to help my sister and I adapt to a foreign environment and help us in gaining quicker access to the shooting locations, so everything can be carried out so smoothly! infotainment_005_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgowinfotainment_025_entertainment_music_event_mtv ema 2014_glasgow

Hazel is also very funny, playful, easy going and always bring a smile to us. We were grateful to have known such as kind and beautiful lady.

Hazel Lua – Rude by Magic!

Another surprising find that we had was Hazel Lua! She is also a Singaporean singer. We both love music and singing, no wonder we hit it off greatly! I love to watch her skilful, confident, comfortable singing in natural way. Her original creations have fascinated me! I have become her new fan! You can join to be her fans by subscribing to her Youtube channel now!

End, Happy Reading!

 

Celina Seah bk Translator: Celina Seah

Yuki Ng bk Writer : Yuki Ng
Read chinese article:欧洲音乐大奖2014

Mayday nowhere movie concert

Mayday Nowhere 3D Concert Movie

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It’s finally here!!! 
Taiwanese rock band, Mayday’s Nowhere 3D concert movie is finally making its premier in Singapore cinemas.

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And I’m all dressed up for the movie as a form of respect for my idols!

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Plus, the signature rocker move… ROCK ON, MAYDAY!

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Complimentary popcorns and Ben & Jerry ice creams that came along with the free tickets won in the competition.

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And these are my lucky readers who won the free tickets!

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So much for dressing up… This is then the Mayday attire!

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It’s starting! Mayday! MayDay! MAYDAY!

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MAYDAY!!! MADDAY! LOL 

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The group of bloggers who had helped to promote the movie was invited for a photo taking session at the end of the movie.

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This time’s competition is to see which blogger was able to garner most support from their fans for promoting this movie. And guess who won… it’s me! Yay!

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And so, the winner gets 4 tickets for their readers to watch the movie with them. Thank you all for the support!!!
Also, complimentary passes for each of my readers that day. How lucky!
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Just this morning, I was listening to the song “if there’s tomorrow”. Ashin said: “If there’s a tomorrow, if there’s still one more Mayday concert tomorrow, Mayday fans will definitely not missed it. If there’s no tomorrow, if there’s no more Mayday concert tomorrow, we will also not want you to be alone.” Two simple sentences brought tears to my eyes. Mayday’s optimism is widely spread through their music, bringing us strength, hope and positivity in everything that we do.

Say no more! This is my favourite song these days, where I’ll be looping the song for the whole day.

So there’s tomorrow… and the day after. So what are you waiting for? Be quick and catch the Mayday Nowhere 3D movie concert now! It will not be like any other movies you have watched badocams for sure!

 

Dawn Chua bk

Translator: Dawn Chua

Yuki Ng bk
Writer: Yuki Ng

Read chinese article: 五月天诺亚方舟演唱会3D电影