Thanks to two players and exclusive XDS crossfade control, Pa5X can play two styles, MIDI files, or MP3 files simultaneously and in any combination! These two players can be mixed or can be used to play a song while another one is waiting to start. All while the Pa5X's sound engine ensures transitions happen seamlessly.
Lyrics, chords, score and markers
Key performance information is displayed on an immersive colour touch screen and can also be outputted to an external display thanks to a standard HDMI output. A wide variety of lyric formats are supported, and scores are automatically generated from MIDI song files. Markers allow for quick navigation through songs, while the currently playing chord is displayed – including during automatic introductions and endings.
Real time controls
Faders, switches, real and virtual matrices of real time controls, the joystick, and the ribbon controller can all be assigned to modulate any parameter of your sound. This provides precise control of the most subtle nuances and articulation.
Pa5X features a fully programmable control section with nine faders and nine buttons. Freely assignable, the current function is shown on an auxiliary strip display so that you always know what you have under your fingertips – even if you are on a different page on the main display.
Songs, styles and sounds can be saved into the Songbook. This database-like system can then be organised into set lists for specific performances, types of music, or any other situation where quick recall of settings is needed. It is even possible to synchronise the songbook with external score readers on tablets, allowing you to recall settings from a digital music book.
Mixer and effects
Pa5X houses a vast array of studio-level effects, with 10 insert effects, 3 master effects and one finalising stage for each of the two players! Furthermore, keyboard sets can use up to 3 insert and 3 master effects. Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Waves Audio®, Pa5X benefits from best-in-class mastering at the last stage in the audio output, resulting in a polished and high-production quality sound.
Microphone and guitar inputs
A microphone and guitar can be connected simultaneously to the Pa5X, where both inputs have dedicated on-board effects. Vocal processing in Pa5X is provided by Shift Audio, industry leaders in vocal algorithms. The result is incredibly lifelike four-voice harmonies that recreate the feel of real backing vocals, alongside a new Auto Pitch feature.
The separate guitar input has its own gain control and stack of four insert effects. A huge library of guitar effects is available, including legendary Vox amps, vintage pedals and amp sims. Settings for both microphone and guitar inputs can be saved within a Songbook entry for quick recall.
Inputs and outputs
Pa5X has a huge selection of audio, control, and storage connections. MIDI and USB can be used for controllers or storage devices, while HDMI can connect an external display. XLR, jack and mini-jack audio inputs are ideal for other keyboards, condenser and dynamic microphones, guitars, smartphones, and tablets. Pa5X has two primary balanced outputs to connect to powered speakers or PA systems, and a further four separate line outputs are available to handle sounds separately. Three pedal inputs can be used for damper pedals (with half-pedal support), footswitches, volume or expression pedals.