The Casio WK-500 76-Key Keyboard comes with workstation like features (although not a pro keyboard) and can be used for home studio use, open-mic performance for an audience (connected to a good amp/PA), education/classroom applications, or simply for pure musical enjoyment.
The Casio WK500 recently workstation keyboard comes with a nice palette of sound and rhythms, and has almost all the features that you can think of in a keyboard.
You get 670 high-quality voices, 200 styles (comes with a Rhythm Editor), auto-accompaniment, and 48-note polyphony for playing complex arrangements.
Who Is It For?
For serious beginners who want a mix of arranger features and more than 61 keys
For intermediate level players who want more features to play with
As a add-on keyboard for experienced players
Other features on the Casio WK-500 76-Key Keyboard include 15 digital effects, auto harmonizer, 200 presets, arpeggiator (90 types), song expansion, and an SD card slot for song storage. You also get a pitch-bend wheel for added control.
When it comes to recording, the built-in sequencer will let you record up to max 5 songs, each made up of 6 tracks.
Other recording related features on this Casio keyboard include a USB MIDI interface, line & mic inputs, and sampling feature that allows for 10 seconds of sampling.
The built-in speakers are good, but it will sound much better when you use external amps (such as a Behringer keyboard amp) for your Casio WK-500 76-Key Keyboard.
At this price point, the keyboards are dominated by the likes of Casio & Yamaha. For the price, this is a great keyboard with tons of features to play with.
However, if you're interested in the Yamaha brand, for a better sound quality (and with somewhat fewer features), you can also consider the YPG-235