Casio Keyboards - Favorite Electronic Keyboard of Beginners
Casio Keyboards have always been popular for its affordable range of pianos. Beginners and experienced players have always looked for a value buy from Casio, but they are slowly and surely upping the ante by introducing professional models.
Their product range can be categorized as follows:
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It is quite commendable that some brands manage to remain the top choice for most beginners and that too over a span of so many users.
In spite of the competition, they have managed to retain their position by providing better and more features, ease of use, and last but not the least affordability.
The electronic keyboards from Casio can be categorized in various groups depending on its users, who could be one of these – toddlers, older children, adult beginners, performers or composers.
There are users who think that Casio does not provide high quality, sturdy and professional keyboards, but then it is too much to ask for given the keyboard prices of Casio.
Besides, things are definitely changing towards the better. Some of the keyboards in the WK-series and Privia pianos sound almost as good as its competitors.
Why Consider Casio Electronic Keyboards?
Here are the factors that make a Casio quite popular:
More Features, Less Price
In general, lot of users who want to learn a keyboard are just looking for some fun, or are playing after a long time, or do not want to invest a lot of money at the beginning.
For them a Casio would be a perfect match as they do not have to shell out a lot of money.
Besides, Casio offers lot more features than its competitors for a given price. For instance, the Full fingered mode can be found on many lower end casio keyboards.
Besides, you'll find offers that come with premium pack / bundle that give you extras like power supply, keyboard stand and stereo headphones at a much discounted price.
Ideal for Children
Casio features electronic keyboards that have smaller key sizes and have 2 to 3 octaves, called mini-keyboards, which makes them ideal for kids.
They also have keyboards with lighted keys that make learning keyboards fun and easy.
Most important thing is that all the features are really easy to use, so your kids will love to play the keyboard regularly...that is what you want when you get a musical keyboard for your children.
Ideal for Adults too
Most adults do not want to invest a lot of money when they are starting out.
Reason being, they want to see how they progress for a year or so before they can upgrade to a high-end model.
A Casio is perfect in that case because of its price.
Besides, most casio keyboard models come with packed headphones. As an adult you will need headphones...that way you will not disturb others around, and you will not be conscious about the comments of others. Win-win situation!
Value-for-money for Experienced Players
Though they do not have a top class workstation yet, they do have a lot of models for the experienced/performing artist.
Casio is gradually raising the bar when it comes to sound quality...case in point being the wk-series, higher models in the CTK series and the Privia pianos.
The sound quality, looks and features offered (built-in Sequencer, Equalizer, MIDI, PC connectivity, etc.) are on par with competitors and will surely please intermediate/advanced players.
You can even download the latest and funkiest rhythms, tones, digital effects, wave files, and midi files from music.casio.com onto your casio electronic keyboard.
Besides, many times these casio electronic keyboards are offered in Premium Packs...that is bundled with power supply, keyboard stand and professional headphones, which make them the best value-for-money offers.
History of Casio
If you are new to music keyboard instruments, then you need to realize that Casio is a electronics manufacturing giant, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1946, though their synthesizer keyboards were introduced somewhere in the eighties.
In fact, their Casiotone range of keyboard instrument was first released in 1980. These were small keyboards with tiny keys designed mostly for children's fingers, and not for any professional use, though the sounds were pretty good. In terms of features, you would get a rhythm generator, and several rhythm patterns, and buttons to play the various accompaniments.
The various tones in any electronic keyboard are produced using various synthesis methods. The earlier Casio keyboards used a sound synthesis technique known as Vowel-Consonant synthesis, to produce the sound of the various instruments.
Over the years however, PCM sample based tone generator became more dominant in the Casio product line. Post 1990s, the majority of Casio keyboards would use PCM tone generator or its variants, to produce the various instrument sounds.
Even the name "Casiotone" disappeared from their product catalog as more accurate synthesis technologies became prevalent. However, their low cost and good marketing strategy ensured that you could find Casio keyboards in abundance and made them fairly common fixtures in garage rock bands.
Some of Casio's current keyboard series, such as the CTK, have being in existence for several years now!
What can be Improved?
The limitations, if any, can be ignored if you look at the price that you pay.
But for the sake of mentioning...here are some.
Though easy to use, advanced features like recording your songs and using the mixer can be a bit challenging. You will need to refer to the user manual
Lot of users still think that Casio is a cheap keyboard with poor quality. Our comment would be that if you are an experienced player, you can definitely find better keyboards at a premium
These are not the sturdiest of all digital keyboards, as the material used is plastic. Not that it matters for home use but if you intend to take it to gigs, ensure that you have a nice keyboard case.