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Casio Collaborates with Designers Dee & Ricky to Create Limited Edition XW-G1 Synthesizer
 July 2, 2013

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CASIO COLLABORATES WITH DESIGNERS DEE & RICKY TO CREATE LIMITED EDITION XW-G1 SYNTHESIZER

Two Units to be Given Away through Casio's Facebook Page

DOVER, NJ (July 02, 2013) Casio is pleased to introduce their new limited edition XW-G1 synthesizer created by design duo, Dee & Ricky Jackson. The duo is well known for their collaboration efforts with Casio America, Inc. and their highly sought after Casio G-Shock collections. Only two units of the Limited Edition XW-G1 synthesizer were created, which feature the designer duo’s unique Lego® block design and neon leopard print patterns.

Dee & Ricky are extremely talented designers and we have been thrilled with the designs they have created for Casio’s G-Shock collections in the past. We are excited to provide some lucky consumers with a unique version of the widely popular XW-G1 synthesizer,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division.


Twin brothers Dee & Ricky Jackson are two extremely talented designers who come from Staten Island, NY. The pair has a heavy list of celebrity co-signs and has now ventured into the Electronic Musical Instruments world with Casio on the limited edition customized XW-G1 synthesizer. All of the details within the XW-G1 synthesizer were enhanced with the duo’s style.

“We are thrilled with the end result of the synthesizer. We hope some very deserving musicians win the “two of a kind’ units from Casio and enjoy our unique Lego® block design and neon leopard print patterns,” said designer, Dee Jackson.

Equipped with 61 keys and Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, the XW-G1 provides screaming virtual analog monophonic leads and basses, drawbar organs, complex layers, stereo pianos, drums and more to produce the sounds and real-time control any performing musician needs.

A six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engines in the XW-G1. Two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs can be combined to make up a single solo synth tone. Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFO’s and access to master resonant filter.

Furthermore, the XW-G1 has four real-time controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with nine sliders to provide control over internal sounds and external devices. Through standard MIDI ports and with a class-compliant USB port the keyboard can be used as a controller for other instruments, including computer software and iPad® based software applications. It also includes an audio input allowing you to monitor an MP3 player, computer or other device without the need for a mixer.

Beginning Tuesday, June 25th, Casio will be hosting a contest on their Facebook page giving music lovers and fans of Dee & Ricky Jackson the chance to win the limited edition XW-G1 units. The contest will run through August. Click here to enter the sweepstakes.

For additional information on Casio’s XW series of synthesizers including Dee & Ricky’s custom designed XW-G1, visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.

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About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About Dee and Ricky
Hailing from Staten Island, Dimitrious and Ricky Jackson are twin brothers behind their eponymous accessories line Dee and Ricky. Completely self-taught, they picked up their design smarts watching their grandma behind her sewing machine and watching the fly stylish money makers run the streets and began customizing their own pieces in the 9th grade.

The brothers went on to create a hugely popular collection of Lego accessories, and while attending a function in the Hamptons in the summer of 2007 were spotted wearing the new designs by stylist Jason Preston. Preston in turn introduced them to designer Marc Jacobs, and a meeting at MJ HQ was quickly scheduled. Within days Dee and Ricky were hard at work designing a full range of Lego accessories for the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring ’08. Their signature belts and heart-shaped brooches are currently sold in boutiques across the globe including Colette in Paris and Kid Robot in New York and have been worn by an endless list of high-profile celebrities, the likes of Kanye West, Beyonce. Nigo Murakami and MIA.