Making music is all about originality, the freedom to create in the moment inspiration strikes. The best instruments are those that you can pick up and play with straight away, without worrying about settings or struggling with menu screens.

Ideas flow, and having an instrument that supports your spur of the moment ideas is the difference between making or breaking a song. Working in an electronic environment, with plugins and screen-based tools can often stifle creativity: by the time you’ve found the right effect or software instrument, the idea that you had in your head has already gone. This is where Casio’s Hexlayer technology comes in. In short, it puts back the organic way of working that so many electronic studios lack.

How does it do this? By working differently to other music production systems. Put simply, it's about sounds that are fluid and are designed to be changed whilst playing. Imagine that in each patch there are 6 different layers, or waveforms. Virtually any possible parameter concerning these different waveforms can be manipulated as you play by using the knobs and sliders on the Privia Pro series of stage pianos. If you want to add phaser to an EP, change the cutoff of a synth patch or overdrive an organ, this can all be done in performance without resorting to menu screens or edit windows. Because you have hands-on control, effects become much more a part of your performance: you can also change them as you play for dynamic, contrasting sounds which would not otherwise have been possible.

But you can do far more with HexLayer than simply add effects. All the six layers that make up a tone are interchangeable, meaning that you can combine any of the 500 waveforms that are available. This could mean that you construct your own beautifully detailed grand piano, made from six different samples with a huge dynamic range, or construct a colossal synth pad which morphs between different tone colours, pitches and stereo images as you hold the keys down. With Hex Layer, it's all possible and far removed from the ‘preset’ arrangement of most other stage pianos.


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