Casio keyboards are not new to the music industry; they’ve been around since the early 80’s when they introduced the CZ101 synthesizer. Today Casio offers a complete line of electronic keyboards, including a series of digital pianos, the Privia. Let’s take a look at the Casio keyboard line, and see what they have to offer.
If you’re on a tight budget, or looking for a musical keyboard for a young beginner, consider the Casio CTK800. It has 61 touch-sensitive keys (i.e. it responds like a piano to your touch), 32 note polyphony, USB interface for easy computer connection, and even has a built-in microphone so you can sing along with what you’re playing. The CTK800 also has an advanced lesson system to help you learn to play. To make it short and sweet, the CTK800 has a lot of bang for the buck.
The Casio LK94TV is a musical keyboard that has lighted keys. Just follow the lights to play along with the song. It can also be connected to your television for great Karaoke fun, and the song lyrics appear on the screen for everyone to follow along. It has 264 tones, 120 rhythm patterns, USB interface and much more. But its strong points are the lighted key and Karaoke features.
Stepping up in price and features, we come to the Casio WK series of digital keyboards. They feature 76 touch-sensitive keys and loads of features. The WK3300 was just recently introduced and features an SD card slot for memory storage. This is a step-up from the Smart Media cards used in the past. In addition to the 76 touch-sensitive keys, the Casio WK3300 features: 670 tones (sounds), 166 rhythm patterns, 32 not polyphony (how many notes it plays simultaneously), split and layer function, 242 digital effects, and much, more.
The Casio WK3800 has all of the features of the WK3300, but also includes a floppy disk drive. The floppy drive is great for those musicians who have dozens of floppy’s loaded with Standard MIDI Files (SMF) that they’ve made over the years. With the WK3800, all that time and effort saving to the floppy disk won’t go to waste. The WK3800 keyboard is ideal for home or project studio use, open-mic performance, education and classroom applications, or simply for pure musical enjoyment.
The Casio Privia electronic piano series has been a great success for two key reasons: weighted keys and affordable price.
The Casio PX110 is the base model, and it enables almost anyone to experience the joy of playing piano. Stylish, compact, and priced for affordability, it provides authentic piano sound and feel. The PX110 has a Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard for authentic grand piano feel, where lower notes play relatively heavier than higher notes, just like the keys on a grand piano. Selectable touch sensitivity even lets you configure the keyboard for a light touch if desired.
The new Casio PX310 digital piano is a step-up from the PX110, and has 202 tones, 120 rhythms and MIDI in/out/through. In addition to grand piano tones, the PX310 also includes strings, pipe organ, and other tones. A Layer feature allows simultaneous play of two tones, and a Split feature lets you split the keyboard between two different tones.
The PX310 includes seperate waveforms for strong key pressure, medium key pressure and light key pressure, which accentuates the differences between the sounds produced by each. Multiple stereo-samples are also taken of tones produced by an acoustic grand, from the low range to the high range. This allows the notes to remain natural sounding and realistic from the moment a key is pressed until the note decays, providing you with sound quality that is virtually identical to that of an acoustic grand piano.