Evolutionary Sound Quality
The MZ-X500 provides over 1,100 high-quality Tones, covering a global variety of instruments. No matter what type of music you want to play, the MZ-X500 delivers. Acoustic guitars include fret noise, harmonics, string slides and body slaps. Basses have smooth glissando from note to note. The new Versatile Tones provide these and other nuances, conveying incredible realism.
The Tones can be easily modified to suit your tastes, thanks to the Color Touch Interface and real-time control knobs and sliders. You can also draw on a selection of 20 different effects to fit any occasion.
Virtual Tonewheel Organ
The MZ-X500 faithfully reproduces the timeless sound of a vintage tonewheel organ. The rotary speaker is also simulated in great detail, giving you the complete vocabulary of this revered instrument. The physical sliders give you precise drawbar control, and easy onscreen buttons provide you with essential adjustments.
Hex Layer and Bass Synth
The MZ-X500 boasts Casio’s powerful Hex Layer technology, first made available on the PX-5S, PX-560, and XW-series instruments. This flexible architecture allows you layer six different sounds together in a single Tone. Each layer has its own independent key and velocity zones, plus a complete set of synthesizer parameters. It’s like six synthesizers in a single Tone. Now, multiply all that by four, because the MZ-X500 can play an astonishing four Hex Layers simultaneously, giving you control of 24 sounds at once. With Hex Layers, you can command an entire symphony orchestra, a massive polysynth, or any other sound you can imagine.
The MZ-X500’s Bass Synth uses the power of Hex Layers to deliver the fun and versatility of analog-style synthesis. These classic and evocative bass sounds can be played monophonically, with adjustable legato and portamento behavior. A library of vintage bass sounds is included to cover classic songs, and they can be easily modified using the real time controls and Color Touch Interface.
Easy Production Tools
The MZ-X Series contains a 16-track MIDI recorder with a full suite of mixing and editing features, plus powerful effect processors and USB audio recording. Select an ensemble, record a performance, then connect a mic, add some vocal effects, and record your performance as an upload-ready WAV file.
The MZ-X500 contains hundreds of flexible and great-sounding Rhythms, representing musical genres from around the world. Latin, Middle Eastern, European, Asian, and other global Rhythms are included, as well as a full spectrum of pop, jazz, rock, dance. These Rhythms have multiple intros, endings, and variations, and use advanced chord detection to deliver complete accompaniment ensembles that react smoothly to the way you play. They are ideal for solo performances, songwriting, or just enjoying a jam session with a virtual band of professional musicians.
Customize & Import
Patterns can be easily created and combined to form your own Rhythms, making the MZ-X500 completely expandable and customizable. If you have a vision for the perfect backing band, you can quickly generate all the performance elements you want, with extensive mixing and editing tools.
The MZ-X500 can load and play standard MIDI files, and it can even import data from an SMF into custom Rhythms. This means that instead of simply playing back a song, you can perform it and make it your own.