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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.

The Songwriters’ Collective

The Songwriters’ Collective

A group of people with different background, due to a common interest and dream – Music – gathered at FM Pop Music School to learn how to be a melodist/lyricist. The course was led by renowned musicians such as Singapore Hit Awards Winner Lyricist Xiaohan; and both Eric Ng and Jim Lim.

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Based on my understanding from this class of students, there are those who view the course as a stepping stone to join the music industry and become full time musicians! There are also others who simply love Chinese pop music, and bear hopes that they may one day write songs for their idols! And there are also the ambitious bunch, who aspire to be like the course tutors and create outstanding music which can not only make Singapore proud, but let the whole world listen.

We accepted the 9 months’ worth of professional training course, and in the blink of an eye, the days passed, and we finally graduated on 14 Feb 2015!

The Song Writers Collective11070898_433632896810972_4327423980277702382_n 01 Although everyone had different expectations, we do however recognise that melodists and lyricists in this line are made rather passive. Until our works are officially shortlisted by the publishing house or any singer, all we could do is to wait patiently. So when exactly will our works be heard, we ponder?

Maybe we should not wait anymore! Our creative soul cannot be stopped, our passion cannot be turned cold, our dreams cannot be forsaken…

 

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all photos credits to: FM Pop Music School

That’s right, even if our works have not been officially shortlisted, we just want to be the real Singapore melodist/lyricist! All the participants of [The Songwriters’ Collective] wants to share their original music with you!

The process of preparing for this melodist/lyricist original music showcase is rather interesting. The melodists compose suitable melodies based on the lyricists’ set of ready lyrics; or lyricists empower stories to the melodists’ ready melodies. This is a beautiful beginning, wonderful collaboration and everyone is aligned to ignite the fire of original music!

Does it sound like a major match-making project for this big bunch of melodists/lyricists? Apart from ‘looks’ (lyrics) which should soothe the eyes, we also need a good ‘feel’ (melody), coming together definitely calls for fate and chemistry! The upcoming showcase is just like a ‘wedding event’ after successful match-making! It’s a “finally-found-my-other-half” kind of happiness!

please click this poster for registration and update event information.

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poster design by: Tan Boon Fong.

 

And so on 22 Nov 2015 (Sunday), we sincerely invite you to join us and witness the fruits of our labour! Hope everyone lends their support to local original music! Cheer for us!

Special thanks to Hood Bar & Cafe for sponsoring the venue and promoting local music.

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Translated by: Tan Puey Yee
Chinese article: 爱写歌的人 The Songwriters’ Collective