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Although it has a ridiculously long and silly name; the Casio CTK601AD keyboard is quite good. I first heard about this keyboard when i was looking for a keyboard of my own as i was starting to take lessons. I tried out many different types of keyboard, but none felt right to me. However, at my school, the music department had ordered about 40 odd, new keyboards, that were the Casio CTK601AD! I felt right at home with this keyboard, from the moment when i played the first note. The navigation of the keyboard, really good, and the buttons are laid out nice and easily, with labels to tell the newcomers what to do. Options such as songs, rhythm samples, and different voices/instruments, give this keyboard a endless of possibilities on what to play. One of the main features on this keyboard is the ability to record tunes that you can play, and then overlap other samples that you know. For example, you can choose to record track 1, as Greensleeves,(or something else you can play), then put another tune on track 2, or a rhythm sample, such as R'n'B to spice the track up. Options for the rhythms, such as fillings, endings and starters, gives you custom made tune oter ideas. You can make you own drum rhythm with the three yellow buttons in the centre of the interface. These contain, a hi-hat cymbal, a crash cymbal, a snare drum, and the three tom-toms. This may not sound much, but it can make a huge difference to your song. Along with the 100 differents instruments avaliable, and the 100 rhythms, there are two songs built into the keyboard, which can either relax too, or choose to slow it down, and try and learn it for yourself. But once you have learnt them, there aren't any more, so more songs to learn would be an improvement. Along with being able to change the transpose, tune and key of the keyboard, it has pretty much everything. This keyboard is definetely worth a look, and is quite cheap, compared to
other keyboards on the market.
We have a Casio CPS-7 it sounds great. Almost a full size piano with 76 keys it comes with a stand and sustain pedal. It is not a toy so it doesn't come with all kinds of demo music, and sounds. The sound types are piano, electric piano, organ, and strings. Midi capable and the keys can be set at touch response. It works for us because my son is playing around with composing so tying it into the computer is a great advantage. Also great if you don't have a lot of space for a full size piano. I am quite pleased with my purchase.
this is more of a toy than a musical instrument, despite the cost. The sound range is from angry elephant to scalded cat. At first I thought is was just the way the children play, but my father, quite a good player, can't get a decent sound out of it. Also it's quite large, having it's own stand. I'd have prefered on you could put on a table top and store away when not in use. My one consolation is that my step-daughter took it to her mothers house as we didn't want her playing to disturb the baby. At leat no one here wants to take up the tuba --- yet!
The Casio WK-1200 is a great keyboard for anyone who has the joy in playing the keyboard. It has 100 background beats, songs, styles and 200 voices including sound effects of helicopters, laser guns etc. It has 73 keys and a big 3 inch screen to help you play. The screen also tells you the note your playing what the note looks like and the voice and style you're playing. The sound is brilliant and loud so if you're planning on playing in a bar or at school in an assembly or something it is perfect. I love it and i play on it all the time copying songs in the chart. I recomend this keyboard to anyone who lokes the keyboard and enjoys playing it.