My First Gig with the Casio Wk-3800 Keyboard

In casio wk-3800, keyboarding, Live, praise band on September 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I used the keyboard plugged into the system at the church gym yesterday for the contemporary service.

It did not have as “rich” a sound as the Roland, but was SO flexible, and I think I can duplicate some of that richness using the DSP settings…I played with those some this morning.  There are so many, it’s almost baffling, but it would be great to quickly get a “bright” or “rock” sound just by keeping the same base sound and altering the DSP, even mid-song.  There is a small ‘break’ when you switch sounds, but the sustain petal can help, and a full band sound definately would cover it.

I am interested in learning more about saving some settings to the DSP USER slots, how long they stay “set”, and their useage.  I’ll post as I find out.

I bought a memory card just to have one at the local “FRED’S” store for $10.00.  See the manual for your keyboard, but I was glad it was only 1GB…the card has to be that or under to work!

I found that I really enjoyed the “ambient” sound yesterday…but that may have been the compaint for “lack of depth”.

Generally, the bass fills the depth, and our bass wasn’t experienced yesterday.  I was actually looking for some “brighter” sounds that would not compete with the guitars, bass, and electric as much, but when they are weaker, I suppose I need something fuller.

I loved the “warmth” layer, but found that it was too heavy on the early attack.  I may try “slow strings” or something next time, or just add it when the singing begins.  It felt too heavy for underscoring at times to me.

It will just be something to learn.  The Roland had a nice “wind” sound I found a few weeks ago…I hope I find something similar on it.

I’d like to make some taped on quick number sets that drop down in front of me on index cards that velcro to be hidden underneath when I want, or something…there are times on the fly when I want something else, but don’t know the menu well enough yet, and can’t see what I need quickly enough.


Practicing for Sunday Worship Using Casio WK-3800were

In casio wk-3800, ccm, keyboard, keyboarding, praise band, synthesizer, worship on August 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm
    • For “God of this City”, Chris Tomlin, try Rhythm set 025, 16BTBallad with harmony added in for the chorus (str grand piano the main sound).  The strings automatically add into the chorus when you switch to the #2 drum alternate using the fill-in/next button.  The key of this song :”God of this City” is hard to get into.  I’m using Full Range Chord.  You just have to watch that your “fills” don’t make a chord (three notes) or you get a bad bass chord in there you didn’t intend!
    • For “The Way I Was Made“, Chris Tomlin, try (Rhythm:  013, Tempo:  108; Tone: 005).  The Beginning and End pre-programmed with the rhythm set work pretty nicely if you want to try those out for style.
    • For “God of Justice“, Tim Hughes ( see youTube if you don’t know this…it’s awesome, by Tim Hughes) (Rhythm: 022; Tempo: 87; Tone 015 + 330 Layered in the chorus).  Switch back to (1) rhythm for the bridge, build back to (2) for the chorus to end.  I also added a split for the bridge and last chorus using 154 “Sine Bass” to give that “boom” to the bass.  It’s the only bass on it worth much live in my opinion).
    • For “God of this City” try Rhythm: 025, Tempo, 72; Tone: 000 (add 2 step harmony for chorus).  Switch to “B” for chorus.  The pre-programmed ending I liked.  If you don’t like the beginning, just started the drums, then add in your base chord so that the bass lick started, add in your intro chordings the next measure, then add another (1) drum lick and begin singing.  It will sound great on most drum rhythms.
    • For “Your Worthy of My Praise”, David Ruis, try Rhythm 019 Funk, Tempo 104, Tone 005.  (Use 1 for verses, and 2 for chorus on the drums).
    • For Hosanna (Praise is Rising), Paul Baloche, try (I’ll add tomorrow)

    Instructions for Adding Sounds and Rhthyms to Your Casio Keyboard

    In Uncategorized on August 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Some people have trouble using their workstations and I just got a new one, so I thought I’d document a few things to help you out.  I hope you find it helpful.

    So, you want to download stuff to your new Casio keyboard, but you don’t know how?  Well, I can’t tell you for sure, based on the keyboard you have, but several of them allow downloads, so this applies to several models.  Get that info off their website or your manual…thanks!

    To use the stuff you download to your computer from the website, you need to learn how to use the “application” software disk included with the keyboard (also available on their site for download if you don’t have the disk or got it used).  So, the software should have installed with your driver.  You have to have a driver so that your computer recognizes your keyboard when you plug it in.

    So, follow the directions and get your keyboard hooked to your computer…yup, you gotta move that heavy baby.

    This is the port on the back of the keyboard

    The other end is a standard USB 2.0 connection.  I am plugging my Casio wk-3800 by what they told me at the store was simply called a “firewire” or “printer cable” or both.  In any case, mine was 10′ long and ran about $20 at Wal*Mart, or $31 for the same at Radio Shack.  I could have gotten it cheaper somewhere, but we have no office supply places around here, and it was an emergency.  😉

    Alright, so now you start wondering how to use the software, and if you are clever enough, you might click enough files to get you to a website to read the user manual.

    I clicked this file:

    It is called “INDEX”.  Any of the files there with your explorer browser icon will take you to some part of the manual.  The only problem is,