Casio CTK-491 61 Key Full Size Keyboard
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- 61 full-size keys
- 12-note polyphony
- 100 tones
- 5-channel multitimbrality
- 100 rhythm patterns
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Full Size Keyboard 61 full-size keys 12 note polyphonic 100 sound tones and 100 rhythm patterns Casio(R) chord and fingered chord auto-accompaniment Mic input and seperate volume MIDI in/out jack 2 built in speakers and 1/4" line output Headphone jack
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First, it has a decent 61-key full size keyboard. Keys are neither touch sensitive, or weighted, so this model is not really well suited for learning piano. However, the feel of the keys is similar to what you may see on higher priced synthesizers, and they do not make any annoying clicking sounds like some newer cheap keyboards do.
This model has 100 tones. Some of them are quite decent (based on real samples), though on board speakers do have some limitations in terms of sound quality, especially at higher volumes. If you listen to it with headphones or connect it to external amplifier/speakers, it sounds much better. In addition to the prerequisite piano/electric piano/organ sounds, there are some interesting synth pads/vocals as well as sound effects. Most tones are comparable to what you may find on similar keyboards in the $100 price range. It has 12-note polyphony, which is adequate for most beginners and/or tinkerers, especially when you are not using a sustain pedal.
CTK-491 comes with 100 built-in songs. You can play along with these songs, and while playing you can turn off either the left hand or the right hand part, which could be very useful for learning to play at a consistent tempo. There's also a built-in metronome.
There is a small but easy to read on-screen display with music staff, finger icons, notes, chords, and metronome display. One of the really interesting use cases for this display is the chord book, which makes it possible to look up information about chords quickly. You enter the name of the chord and CTK-491 shows you the keys to press and the fingers you should use. The notes that make up the chord also show up on the staff on the right side of the display. This is a great learning tool.
CTK-491also has 100 accompaniment/rhythm patterns. Basically, it can automatically play bass and chord parts in accordance with the chord you finger with your left hand. These chords can either be played with conventional fingering, or simplified "Casio chord" style.
On the back, CTK-491 has headphone out (which can also be used to connect to an amp or external powered speakers), MIDI IN/OUT jacks and a sustain pedal input. There is also a 1/4" microphone input with volume control. Given that the built in speakers are not very powerful, this is mostly a novelty feature, but it could be fun for a younger player.
There weren't any features that I really needed that didn't come with this keyboard, except for a power adapter. I like the Casio-chord feature a lot. It's a good way to mess around with chord progressions if you're not quite sure where to go with a song.
Much better than I expected. I wanted a low-cost keyboard to write music with. Now I record music with it, and it gives me the lo-fi sound I crave.
Out of every musical instrument I've ever purchased, this one has been the best value. I play it every day, and, unlike my guitar, there's no sort of upkeep necessary. Just plug and play, my friends.
I mean, it's a Casio. That's kind of retro-chic, right? Ok, it's plastic and gray. What do you expect?
I use this keyboard for home recording purposes. I find that most of the tones sound pretty good with a little reverb added, but some of the higher pitches "buzz" a little too much, so I have to apply filters or use other techniques to make it sound a little less "plastic." Otherwise, I'm mostly content with the tones provided, especially Jazz Guitar and Wood Bass. When mixed just right, these tones can sound very organic.
It's been two years now. I'm not ready to upgrade any time soon. Between this keyboard and my editing software, I'm good to go.