$999.99 – $1,329.97
One of Casio’s newest additions to their Privia line, the PX-S3000 digital piano is a feature-heavy, highly versatile option for either the home or a variety of professional situations. With 700 tones, 200 rhythms, onboard songwriting tools, Bluetooth audio, and even a pitch bend wheel, all weighing a meager 26 lbs, you can think of the PX-S3000 as the fully loaded, older brother to the PX-S1000. Casio has delivered once again.
While Casio has done an admirable job of breaking into the higher-end digital market over the last several years, they’ve been more widely recognized as one of the big players in the entry-level and intermediate digital piano market for quite some time. Casio has consistently brought instruments to market that embody exceptional value, especially when compared to other manufacturers operating in this market such as Korg and Yamaha. The Casio Privia PX-S3000 digital piano is their new offering to the intermediate, $1,000 market, and does a lot to preserve Casio’s reputation as one of the leaders in this class.
The Privia digital pianos are well regarded in the industry for offering a surprisingly realistic grand piano sound when considering the low cost and what was previously available here, and the PX-S3000 takes this a step further with a more refined, highly satisfying sound engine. Combined with an updated Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard, equipped with ebony and ivory key textures, you can feel confident playing on an instrument with uncompromising piano touch no matter what type of unique playing situation you happen to find yourself in.
Casio really addressed modern design concerns here as well – the PX-S3000’s control interface lights up only when the power button is depressed, leaving a sleek aesthetically pleasing unibody appearance, another difference from the previous generation Privias.
At this point, you might be asking, “What differentiates the PX-S3000 from the PX-S1000?”, since these instruments share the same basic core features – same action, same tone, same speakers etc. The differences are that the PX-S3000 features 700 tones compared to 18 on the PX-S1000, the 3000 features a pitch bend wheel which is not present on the PX-S1000, and the 3000 has an auto-accompaniment function with over 200 rhythms featuring a variety of drum kits and percussion instruments, also not present on the PX-S1000.
The PX-S3000 features a brand new key action by Casio which they’re calling the Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard, and features Casio’s proprietary key scaling system. Interestingly, this action features a dual sensor action as opposed to the triple sensor found in other, older Privia pianos. With this in mind, Casio has likely intended this piano to be used by folks that might not have a ton of acoustic playing experience, or as a lightweight, highly portable, and versatile gigging instrument for those on the go.
The feeling of the white keys is a definite improvement over previous entries in the Privia series and feels much closer to ivory. The weighting feels very good, and despite the downgrade to a dual sensor, this is still a solid action with a good touch response.
Piano Sound Engine
The Casio PX-S3000 uses Casio’s AiR tone generator, which is essentially a 4-velocity layer sample-based synthesis engine. It comes with 192 note polyphony, 16 watts of power running through a fairly powerful stereo speaker system, and the acoustic piano tone in particular does a great job of highlighting specific harmonic relationships. Casio has developed some really interesting technology with regards to reverbs and chorus effects which can be accessed via the onboard Sound Mode’. This feature creates a surround sound-like experience, with both the onboard speakers and when playing with headphones. There are also four types of hall simulator options that created the perception of playing in different concert hall settings.
A potential drawback with the PX-S3000 is that navigation system uses different shortcut commands to access various sounds. Minor complaint? Sure, but it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to have the owner’s manual close by when you’re getting familiar with this instrument. This being said, Casio has developed the Chordana Play app which means the user can control the interface remotely, and this is easily accessible via the instrument’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities.
There are a whopping 700 sounds to choose from, such as electric piano, and various synths, all of solid quality. There’s even an arpeggiator here, making this a viable option for EDM musicians.
A really nice feature on the Casio PX-S3000 is the two ¼” stereo outputs, a huge plus for anyone looking to connect to an amplifier. A quirky decision Casio made here is that while the PX-S3000 features Bluetooth Audio lets you play along with your favorite songs, but it does not have Bluetooth MIDI. Usually, at this price point, the reserve is true, with Bluetooth Audio typically reserved for much more expensive instruments.
There is also a class-compliant USB port if you would like to transmit MIDI information. Beyond the damper pedal or optional 3-pedal unit, the PX-S3000 allows for the connection of an expression pedal for a greater degree of versatility.
There are of course quite a few notable features found within the PX-S3000, but something that really stands out is the option to avoid plugging the piano into a power source with the AC adapter and to instead run it on battery power. The PXS3000 can run for approximately 4 hours on AA batteries, which is a potentially critical feature for some gigging musicians. It’s also worth mentioning that the slim design Casio has come up with here is definitely one of the most compact 88-note digital piano designs on the market along with the Roland FP10. Other notable features include;
- AiR Tone Generator Acoustic Simulator with damper resonance, string resonance, hammer response, and key-off simulation
- 700 onboard sounds
- 192 note polyphony
- Super modern top panel design with illuminated touch sensor controls
- Two assignable knobs that can control built-in effects and other parameters
- Onboard 16W stereo amplifier with two stereo speakers
- Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard
- Duet Mode
- Bluetooth Audio
- Compatibility with the free Chordana Play for Piano app for iOS/Android
- Weighs less than 25 lbs
- Two headphone jacks
- 2 ¼” audio outputs (R/L Mono)
- MIDI recorder
- Music rest
- Standard basic damper pedal
- Optional SP-34 3-pedal unit add-on accessory
The PX-S3000 serves up a huge level of versatility and offers professionals a highly affordable option for gigging and rehearsals. While the PX-S1000 may be enough piano for some, with almost 40 times as many tones, and a comprehensive auto-accompaniment feature, there’s plenty of musicians out there who will be best served with the PX-S3000.
Casio PX-S3000 Owner’s Manual
Roland Casio PX-S3000 Related Resources
|Keyboard||Number of Keys : 88, Key Action : Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard, Touch Response : 5 sensitivity levels, off, Hammer Response : Yes, Key Off Response : Yes, 88 key digital scaled simulation : Yes|
|Tones||Polyphony (Maximum) : 192, Number of Built-in Tones : 700, Sound Source : AiR, Layer : Yes, Split : Yes|
|Acoustic Simulator||String Resonance : Yes (4 types, off), Damper Resonance : Yes (4 types, off), Key Action Noise : Yes (4 types, off), Damper Noise : Yes (4 types, off)|
|Digital Effect||Sound Mode - Hall Simulator/Reverb : Hall simulator 4, Reverb 8 - Surround : 2, Hall Simulator/Reverb : Equipped in Sound mode, Chorus : 12, Brilliance : Yes, DSP : Yes (Preset for some tones)|
|Rhythm||Number of Built-in Rhythms : 200, One Touch Preset : 200|
|Songs||Demonstration-only Songs : 6, Song Expansion (User Songs) : 10|
|Additional Features||Connectivity to Chordana Play for Piano : Chordana Play for Piano, Bluetooth Audio : Yes, Lesson Function : Part ON/OFF, Recorder : 3 tracks, 5 songs, Punch-in recording, Data Capacity : Approximately 30,000 notes, Audio Recorder / Playback : Max 99 songs, approximately 25 min/song, Duet Mode : Yes, Octave Shift : ±2, Metronome : 0 to 9 beats, tempo range：20～255, Pedals : Included：Damper (SP-3) Optional 3-pedal unit：damper, soft, sostenuto（New SP-34), Key Transpose : 2 octaves (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~+12 semitones), Tuning Control : A4 = 415.5 Hz ~ 440.0 Hz ~ 465.9 Hz, Scale Function（Preset）: Equal temperament + 16 variations, Operation Lock : Yes, Pitch Bend Wheel : Yes, Controller : 2 Knobs, Operation Lock : Yes, Touch sensor button：18（Category select button：6), Registration：96 setups (4 areas x 24 banks), Music Preset：310 presets, Auto Harmonize：12 types, Arpeggiator：100 types, Auto Power Off|
|Display||Full-dot LCD with backlight|
|Connectivity and Storage||PHONES / OUTPUT : PHONES：2（Stereo mini), Pedals : 3（Damper, Expression/Assignable, Pedal Unit), Connector for 3-Pedal Unit : Yes（New SP-34), LINE OUT : 2 L/MONO, R（Standard jack), AUDIO IN : Yes (Stereo mini), USB TO HOST : Yes, USB TO DEVICE : Yes|
|Speakers and Amplifiers||Size : 16cm x 8cm（Oval）x 2, Speaker System : 2 speakers, Amplifiers : 8W + 8W|
|Accessories||AC Adaptor : AD-A12150LW, Battery Drive : Alkaline AA ｘ6|
|Size||Width×Depth×Height (mm) : 1,322 x 232 x 102 mm, Width×Depth×Height (in) : 52 x 9 x 4 inch|
|Weight||11.2 kg (exclude batteries) 11.4 kg (include batteries) - 24.7 lb (exclude batteries) 25.1 lb (include batteries)|
|Included Accessories||Pedal (SP-3), Music stand, AC Adaptor(ADA12150LW)|
|Dimensions||58 × 12 × 8 in|