Casio PX S3000 review: An upgrade from the previous PX models?
A while ago I made a top list of the best casio digital pianos. When puting hours of work into that review, I came across the Casio PX S3000.
This piano really caught my attention, and now I decided to do an in-depth Casio PX S3000 review.
In the 80’s Casio was well known for making synthesizers, if you ever bought a synth in the 80’s, you then might have bought it from casio.
But after some years, they wanted to change their image, so they decided to focus on producing quality digital pianos.
Today Casio has a big reputation within the industry. From making high quality digital pianos to still making keyboard synths, people don’t get disappointed at them.
From releasing their first digital piano whitin the PX-series in 2003, to their latest release called the PX S3000 in 2019 (which we will be reviewing today), they really succeed with their PX-series.
Many people nowadays only recognize casio from the PX-series, which doesn't surprise me.
Anyways, in today's review we will be taking an in-depth look in Casio’s latest release in the px-series. We’ve gone as detailed as possible in every aspect so you can feel safe when buying this digital piano. However, let’s dive into this casio px s3000 review.
The px s3000 and its little brother (Casio px s1000) is the only in the px series which have an S in the name, and the S actually stands for slim, which is not so surprising if we look at the design. Both the px s1000 and px s3000 have a very slim look.
Because of the slim design it allows you to carry it anywhere, it's portable like many other casio pianos, also the lightweight makes it even more portable (11 kg), 52 x 9 x 4" /132.1 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm dimensions.
First impression really caught my eyes, the glossy panel makes us very satisfied with just looking at it. Very beautiful finish made with professionalism, no doubt.
The downside might be that you should probably avoid touching the panel with your fingers, as it will be a fingerprint magnet. And remember to keep it clean and avoid it from scratches, because a scratch on this shiny surface will be very visible.
Luckily the glossy plastic design allows it to be a part of the interior in your house, not only as a music instrument. it's always an advantage to own a nice looking digital piano.
Something worth mentioning is that this casio px piano is a bit smaller than the other ones in the px-series. Why is that? Because of the new key action provided, they had to make the piano a bit smaller. Which could be considered both positive or negative.
The control panel is well made and easy to navigate, only 2 buttons to handle, volume and power. Also one pitch bend, right under the 2 buttons on the left side of the piano.
Then there are some other controls to know about, the touch based controls, which are made in a similar way as today's mobile phones.
But they will only be seen when turning on the piano. So when the piano is switched off, nothing will be seen on the panel except the LCD screen.
The touch controls will basically be used for everything else, from changing different sounds to changing the tempo on the metronome, everything except volume, pitch bend and power on & off.
When the piano is turned on, the little LCD screen will show you what functions being used and what sound is being played, not so surprising from an LCD screen, that’s what we expect from a LCD screen on a piano.
The casio px s3000 is made with 88 fully weighted smart scaled hammer action keys.
Sounds very advanced, which it is. This action is only used in the PX S3000 and the PX S1000, until today at least, worth mentioning.
The keys are made with simulated ebony and ivory in a plastic shape with texture.
This action is supposed to replicate the most accurate authentic piano touch, in the perfect way to suit our playing. The key system is basically recreating the individual characteristics of the 88 keys.
The action is also considered to be very quiet, clearly more than the previous key action.
I found a good text which explains what the hammer action is doing, the text below is from Casio’s website.
‘’The mechanics of a classical piano or grand piano are based on a proven concept. When pressing one of the 88 piano keys, a small hammer is hit against its assigned string. By applying different strengths, this will generate louder or quieter sounds and tones. This allows for a lively and dynamic design of music, due to the time delay between keystroke and the sound of the string as well as the different size and mass of the individual hammer heads. This feeling can be replicated on digital pianos and other electronic keyboard instruments such as keyboards using hammer mechanics technology.’’ Link to the original text: Casio.com
The touch sensitivity is provided in 5 different levels, from light to heavy. The lighter, the easier and a lower resistance, and the heavier a more touch with resistance will be provided.
As we know, the casio px s3000 is still a relatively ‘’new’’ digital piano on the market. Which means that they upgraded the sound bank alot from previous PX models, and not only that, they also put in some hard work to upgrade their famous AiR sound system.
They improved the sampling, reverb, resonance algorithms and simulation. Compared to the older variant of the AiR system, this one should not make us disappointed.
A big improvement in the PX S3000 compared to the PX S1000 is that the big brother included a total amount of 700 different sounds.
This means that you can choose to play between 700 sounds, pretty much actually. Compared to the PX S1000, it only included 18 sounds. Which could be considered a normal amount of sounds in a digital piano, but less funnier tho.
The sounds can be found on the front panel, they are divided into subcategories so that you can easily find your sound, just press the ‘others’ button and there on start looking for your sound.
An advantage of the PX S3000 is that it has a great versatility of different grand piano sounds. For instance, concert grand piano, bright pianos, stage piano, mellow grand piano and many more.
Even better is that the piano sounds are sampled from an authentic 9 foot concert grand piano.
You will have the ability to modify the string resonance, damper resonance and damper noise. You can also turn it off completely, thanks to the integration with the acoustic simulation of the celviano series.
There are some other sound effects i think is worth mention in this casio px s3000 review, for instance, the Hall simulator and the reverb works in the same way, they have the same task, which is to simulate space and provide a ‘’bigger’’ sound
The reverbs task is to simulate smaller spaces, which will result in a more closed sound.
While the Hall simulator is working in the big space, and therefore will produce the larger sound.
The PX S3000 also includes a surround sound function, it's used to simulate the virtual sound so when we’re playing, we can hear the sound come from different directions.
Another feature you may benefit from is the digital signal processing effect, also called DSP. You can use this effect for modeling the sound, in four intensities. Also, building different sound effects with the DSP to your own sound.
The polyphony rate lays on 192 on the casio px s3000 same as the px s1000. That’s enough for most people. I usually say less than 64 polyphony won't satisfy you.
The polyphony briefly explained: The polyphony is the maximum amount of notes that a keyboard or sound module can produce at one time.
The on board speaker system provides a total of 16 watt, two 8 watt amplifiers. One on each side.
The speaker is good, and has been built on the backside. so if you have your px s3000 against a wall, you will get the best sound reflection as the sound bounces on the wall.
There are some interesting features included in the px s3000, like many other digital pianos doesn't include, so let’s take a look at them and find their usefulness.
Three modes included, Layer mode, Split mode and Duet mode.
First one is the layer mode, and is the most basic one, every digital piano nowadays has this mode. What it does is that you can layer 2 sounds together and play them at the same time. For instance, you can play the strings and piano simultaneously.
The other one is called the split mode, my favourite actually. Anyway, this one allows you to play the piano sound on the left part of the piano and the harpsi on the upper right.
Third one is duo mode, this mode allows you to split the piano into two equal halves, one left and one right half, with this function you can play with your piano teacher or with a friend. It's also called lesson mode on many other digital pianos and could really help your piano exercise.
The auto accompaniment mode can be used when you want to perform like a one man band, while you play on the keys, the background track will adapt to your playing. For instance, when you press a key while the accompaniment is selected, the accompaniment will adapt the musical part to the key you just pressed.
You will also have access to an arpeggiator, not very common on digital pianos, more likely on a studio synth. Anyways, an arpeggiator will go through the notes, either up or down in pitch, playing each note to a certain note length.
The PX S3000 comes with 2 different recording options, you can either record your performance as a midi recorder or audio recorder.
The midi allows you to save up to 5 songs to the internal memory, unlike many other digital pianos which only can store 1 performance.
It also allows you to record three tracks per song.
With the audio recorder you can record your own performance in a wave file and transport it to your computer. You’ll just use the USB port to transport to your computer.
Also, the keyboard only provides 6 demo songs, that isn't much, so for practice purpose, that’ll have to do.
2 headphones jacks.
USB to host, connect with the chordana app or your computer.
USB flash drive, can be used with the audio recorder.
Audio in jack.
Line out jacks.
Lastly, 3 pedal jacks.
PROS & CONS
Features many different functions we usually don’t expect in our digital pianos.
Super nice looking design, very slim, also fits as a decor.
192 note polyphony, more than many other digital pianos.
Recording available in 2 modes, midi and audio.
Comes with a little screen that will make it easier for you to navigate.
Most of the buttons will only be seen when the keyboard is on power.
Many sounds to choose between, up to 700.
The glossy panel will be sensitive to scratches.
No bluetooth support.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This piano is not directly marketed to any specified group of pianists. If this will be your starting piano, you will for sure learn proper hand technique pretty fast with this key action.
If this will be an upgraded piano from your starting piano, it will then also be enough.
It provides all the necessary features that a mediocre player and a good player will need.
My opinion is basically that the Yamaha PX S3000 will suit all players in different levels.
Anyways, I hope you will benefit from this Casio PX S3000 review. And I’ll recommend you buying from Samash, which you will be directed to if you press buy now.
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