New Product: Casio PX-S1100 Digital Piano
Casio unveils the Privia PX-S1100, which replaces its award-winning PX-S1000 digital piano. The new iteration retains most of the functionality of its predecessor, while improving overall sound quality and expanding product connectivity.
Casio’s Privia brand (referred to as PX) was launched almost 20 years ago as a range of portable digital pianos. Capitalizing on Casio’s extensive distribution and marketing network, they quickly became extremely popular. Privia instruments offer excellent sound quality in a very compact and portable housing.
The Casio PX-S1000 first appeared in January 2019 at the NAMM Winter Show. Many have said that this instrument is a “game changer”. It was slim, portable (battery / mains powered), looked and sounded great, and was extremely affordable. It can be used both at home as a family instrument, and on stage / in the studio as a âmusicianâ piano. No wonder he won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2020.
Now Casio has upgraded the PX-S1000 and launched the PX-S1100. The new model retains the elegant design of the original. The dimensions of the piano are the same: at just 23.2 cm (9.1 inches), it remains the thinnest 88-note digital piano in the world. And the smart, minimalist control panel, with illuminated touch controls and gold lettering, stays.
Casio states that by addressing the structure of the built-in speakers, the sound quality has been improved. The reinforcement of the diaphragm made the sound clearer, richer and more open.
The digital piano has a weighted, balanced action so that it is subtly heavier in the bass, and becoming lighter as the player moves up to the treble.
Sound source Air
The Casio PX-S1100 uses its Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator) engine as a digital sound source. This technology has served Casio well over the years and is used not only for the Privia series, but also for Casio’s Celviano line of digital console pianos.
The AiR processor uses grand piano samples recorded at four dynamic levels. These are intelligently processed, using a technique called “linear morphing” to produce grand piano sounds spanning the entire dynamic range with transparent transitions between levels. It also delivers notes with long natural declines and impressive expression. To further enhance the grand piano experience, AiR adds realism by simulating the sound of open strings when the dampers are lifted by the pedal.
Another area of ââimprovement concerns the connectivity of the piano. The PX-S1100 comes with a WU-BT10 Bluetooth audio and MIDI adapter. This allows you to wirelessly connect to your favorite devices without the need for additional power. You can play along with your favorite music through the PX-S1100’s powerful stereo speaker system, or connect to a whole world of Bluetooth LE compatible MIDI devices and software.
Main features of the Casio PX-S1100
- German-style grand piano vocals with enhanced resonance, plus 17 more sounds
- Smart Scaled Hammer Action keyboard with simulated ebony / ivory key textures
- Polished top panel design with illuminated touch controls
- WU-BT10 Bluetooth audio and MIDI adapter included
- MIDI recorder, USB audio recording and audio / MIDI file playback
- Connects to the free Chordana Play for Piano V.2 iOS / Android app
- Slim design weighing less than 25 pounds
- Optional battery power supply (AC adapter included)
- Class compliant USB port with no driver or installation required.
The Casio PX-S1100 will be available in black, red or white. Release dates and prices vary worldwide. In the US, the Casio PX-S1100 will be available from September 2021.
Casio will also shortly launch the Privia PX-S3100 which will be an update to the PX-S3000. This one will appear first in Japan and in certain territories of the Far East before being released in the world.
Piano upgrades will conform to those detailed for the PX-S1100. The PX-S3100 has most of the functionality of the PX-S1100, but has 700 built-in tones (instead of 18), and also has an auto accompaniment section. The PX-S3100 will initially only be available in black.
More information can be found through Casio’s international website. Here you will find a link to the website for your country.
Specifications: Casio Privia PX-S1100 and PX-S3100
|Number of keys||88||88|
|Key action||Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard||Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard|
|Touch response||5 sensitivity levels, disabled||5 sensitivity levels, disabled|
|88-key digital scaling||Yes||Yes|
|Key response disabled||Yes||Yes|
|Number of built-in tones||18||700|
|Sound source||Multidimensional AiR morphing||Multidimensional AiR morphing|
|Layer / Split||Yes||Yes|
|String resonance||Yes (4 levels, disabled)||Yes (4 levels, disabled)|
|Resonance damper||Yes (4 levels, disabled)||Yes (4 levels, disabled)|
|Key action noise||Yes (4 levels, disabled)||Yes (4 levels, disabled)|
|Damper noise||Yes (4 levels, disabled)||Yes (4 levels, disabled)|
|Hall / Reverb Simulator||Hall simulator: 4 types||Hall Simulator: 4 types, Reverb: 8 types|
|Surround||2 types||2 types|
|DSP||Yes (Preset for certain tones)||Yes (Preset for some tones, Preset types 100, Changeable)|
|ACCOMPANIMENT / RHYTHMS|
|Number of built-in rhythms||–||200|
|One Touch Preset||–||200|
|Song Extension (User Songs)||ten||ten|
|Connectivity to the Chordana Play app for piano||Yes||Yes|
|Support for wireless audio MIDI adapter||Yes||Yes|
|Lesson function||Part ON / OFF (Part select: right hand, left hand)||Part ON / OFF (Part select: Right hand, Left hand, Both hands)|
|Recorder||2 tracks, 1 song||3 tracks, 5 songs, punch-in recording|
|Audio Recorder / Playback||Yes (in USB DEVICE)||Yes (in USB DEVICE)|
|Octave shift||Â± 2||Â± 2|
|Metronome||0 to 9 beats, tempo range ï¼ 20 ï½ 255||0 to 9 beats, tempo range ï¼ 20 ï½ 255|
|Pedals||Included: Damper (SP-3), Optional 3-pedal unit: Damper, soft, sostenuto (SP-34)||Included: Damper (SP-3), Optional 3-pedal unit: Damper, soft, sostenuto (SP-34)|
|Half pedal (shock absorber)||Yes (optional SP-34)||Yes (optional SP-34)|
|Adjusting the scale (temperament)||Equal temperament + 16 variations||Equal temperament + 16 variations|
|Pitch Bend Wheel||–||Yes|
|Control elements||Tactile keys: 6||Touch buttons: 18 / Record / Music preset / Auto harmonize / Arpeggiator / Auto power off|
|Display||–||Full dot LCD with backlight|
|Phone (s||2 (mini stereo)||2 (mini stereo)|
|Pedals||2 (shock absorber, pedal unit)||3 (Damper, Expression / Assignable, Pedal)|
|Line out||2 L / MONO, R (standard plug)||2 L / MONO, R (standard plug)|
|USB type A||Yes||Yes|
|USB type B||Yes||Yes|
|Loudspeakers||16cm Ã 8cm (oval) Ã 2||16cm Ã 8cm (oval) Ã 2|
|Amplifiers||8W + 8W||8W + 8W|
|Batteries||AA alkaline Ã 6 (About 4 hours)||AA alkaline Ã 6 (About 2 hours)|
|DIMENSIONS / ACCESSORIES|
|Cut||1322 Ã 232 Ã 102 mm||1322 Ã 232 Ã 102 mm|
|Weight||11.2 kg||11.4 kg|
|Accessories included||Footswitch (SP-3), Music Stand, AC Adapter (AD-A12150LW), Wireless Audio MIDI Adapter (WU-BT10)||Footswitch (SP-3), Music Stand, AC Adapter (AD-A12150LW), Wireless Audio MIDI Adapter (WU-BT10)|
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