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Casio WK-500 76-Key Personal Keyboard with MP3/Audio Connection, 670 Tones and Power Supply

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  • Digital Effects
  • Real Time Recording
  • On-Board Sampling
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • SD Card slot
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Product Description

Product Description

The Casio WK-500 keyboard is ideal for home/project studio use, open-mic performance, education/classroom applications, or simply for pure musical enjoyment. The WK-500 76 Key Musical Keyboard, with touch response, allows you to select up to 670 tones that include an array of different sounds, as well as 200 rhythms to choose from. A large back-lit LCD screen graphically shows you fingerings, keyboard keys to be pressed, and notes, making keyboard play more informative and enjoyable than ever before. Want to sound like you are playing in a large concert hall? Consider it done with the on-board Digital Effects which will add another dimension to your playing. This powerful instrument also features an on-board sequencer, for unmatched creative possibilities! You can now record up to 5 songs with 6 tracks each. Computer connectable via USB port, MIDI capable, and MP3/Audio connectivity. The WK-500 also features a new 10 second sampling feature, which will allow you to sample almost anything that you can think of! Power supply included.

With 76 touch-sensitive piano style keys and a host of features, which include 670 high quality tones, recording capabilities and song expansion, the WK-500 as the latest edition to the "WK" range of Casio keyboards. Featuring 48 note polyphony, line and mic inputs, 10 seconds of sampling, USB MIDI Interface, pitch wheel, a SD card slot for song storage, line outputs for connecting the WK-500 to an amplifier or PA, the quality, flexibility and usability all help to make the WK-500 the ideal instrument for beginners and advanced players alike.

76 touch-sensitive piano style keys and a host of features for beginners and advanced players alike. Click to enlarge.

Touch-Sensitive Keyboard
The WK-500 features 76 touch-sensitive, piano-style keys and two sensitivity levels for a more piano-like experience, along with 48-note polyphony (24-note for certain tones).

670 Built-In Tones
Find just the right sound with 670 built-in tones, from strings to woodwinds and plenty more. You can layer two different tones (such as piano and strings) or split the keyboard down the middle for an ensemble approach.

Reverb and Chorus Effects
Select from ten different reverb and five different chorus effects to add depth and shimmer to your performance.

SD Memory Card Support
The WK-500 supports SD Memory Cards up to 2 GB, so you can store sampled sounds, user rhythms, recorded songs, and more, without running out of memory.

USB Port
For many musicians, the computer has become a music-making center. Connect the WK-500 to a computer using a USB cable and exchange MIDI data between the two devices. Send play data from the keyboard to music software running on your computer, or send MIDI data from your computer to the keyboard for playback.

Stereo six-watt speakers built-in.

LCD display of lesson info, including fingering.

Built-in SD card slot for storage.

Built-In Sampling
You can use the WK-500 to sample a sound from a portable audio player or other device, and then play the sound with keyboard keys. Sample up to ten seconds, and store up to five sampled sounds to keyboard memory.

You can also loop sampled sounds so they continue to play, or replace individual sounds on drum patches.

152 Built-In Songs and Ten User Songs
The WK-500 comes with a bank of songs for your learning and enjoyment, from classics like "Greensleeves" or "Auld Lang Syne" to holiday tunes like "Jingle Bells."

You can also record your own performances, using up to six tracks of different instruments.

Step Up Lessons
To master a song, it is best to break it up into shorter parts (phrases), master the phrases, and then put everything together. The WK-500 features a "Step Up Lesson" feature that helps you to do just that. The built-in songs are pre-divided into phrases to help you master keyboard play. Step Up Lesson takes you through practice of the right hand part, left hand part, and both hand parts for each phrase of a song. Master all of the phrases and you master the song.

Auto Accompaniment
With Auto Accompaniment, simply select an accompaniment pattern. Each time you play a chord with your left hand the appropriate accompaniment will play automatically. It's like having a personal backup group along with you wherever you go.

Select from 200 built-in rhythms or define your own 10 user rhythms.

Auto Harmonize
Auto Harmonize automatically adds harmony to notes you play with your right hand, which adds rich depth to the melody of your performances. You can select from among 12 types of Auto Harmonize to suit the type of music you are playing.

The Arpeggiator makes it possible to play an arpeggio pattern automatically. There are 90 different arpeggio patterns from which to choose in order to match the music you are playing.

Transpose Function
An easy operation instantly changes the key of the keyboard.

Audio Input
Play along with MP3 or CD players or other devices by plugging them into the stereo mini input jack.

Battery or AC Power
Power the WK-500 with six D-sized batteries or purchase the AD-12 AC adapter separately to power from your electrical outlets. Built-in speakers make the keyboard entirely portable.

An Auto Power Off feature turns off the device six minutes after the last key is touched, helping you save batteries.

What's in the Box
WK-500 Keyboard, Music Stand, Song Book, Leaflets (Safety Precautions, Appendix, Warranty), User's Manual

Product Information

Item Weight 38 pounds
Product Dimensions 51.3 x 9.4 x 19.6 inches
Shipping Weight 26 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number CAS WK500
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #88,920 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#436 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > Electronic Keyboards > Portable Keyboards
Date first available at October 2, 2003

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Amazon listed the best price, the vendor was quick in shipping, the product is every bit as good as I could have expected, this was a good purchase.
The only reservation I would list for Amazon is that the time delay when I make an order is 3 to 4 days before they process the order for shipping, Amazon gives some time for customer review and cancellation of an order and I can understand the problem with folks canceling orders and the item is already shipped. With Amazon's experience as a seller I believe they have it right, I'm not the patient type but this wait has been worth it.
The WK-500 is better than I expected, I like the 76 key size, I had looked at the weighted key models but after using this one I'm glad I saved the money and I like the keyboard feel of the keys on the WK-500, they aren't weighted but not cheap feeling like I thought they would be as I have seen on some keyboards. I would say it has a nice action if you can call it that and has reasonable touch sensitive control settings although the default setting appears the best. Good overall sound, when I first got it I was slow to adapt to the different control setup than my smaller 66 keyboard but quickly became at home the Casio's setup. I also thought that the dull black color would be less attractive than my preference would be the higher luster silver type I kind of expected of a keyboard but again I was wrong as the black mantle look matches quite a bit of my other stereo and computer stuff and looks fine.
I'm not an expert on sound quality and keyboard features however I am impressed with both. I have had this about a month and have not used the advanced features like computer hookup etc. so I can't comment further.
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If you want a personal keyboard for home use - practice, or soundtracking or recording, this keyboard will definitely fit the bill. It's a little lightweight, don't think it would hold up to hard gigging, though.
Fantastic selection of built-in sounds, the pianos and strings sounds excellent and there are some great sampled sounds - saxes, drums, etc, and you can also sample your own sounds into the machine. It has USB, headphone and line outs.
76 keys make this more than a toy, and the touch-sensitivity - which uses speed rather that pressure - takes a little getting used to. Built-in recorder, arpregiator; sounds and songs can be saved onto a memory card, too.
One thing that would make it better is if Casio had printed the various function and other button keys in a bright color that could be read easily. Bright overhead light is needed.
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Update: 2 years later and the keyboard still works perfectly. I see now that Casio sells this model for 150$ through Amazon which is half the price I paid for mine at Guitar Center. At such a low price, this keyboard is still an amazing deal.

I don't believe that Sam Ash actually carries the Casio Wk-500. I have a strong hunch that they use a low price as a "bate and switch" ploy to lure customers onto their website. Sam Ash advertises the Casio WK-500 for $254 with free shipping, which is about $75 cheaper than Guitar Center. I ordered this item from Sam Ash about a week before Christmas with the expectation that it would arrive a few days late. On Christmas eve, I got a notice in my email telling me that my order had been canceled because the keyboard was no longer in stock. When I went back to their website, I saw that Sam Ash still had the keyboard listed as "in stock". I printed the ad from Sam Ash and took it to Guitar Center. Guitar Center matched the Sam Ash price and even took off the Maryland state tax. I've had the keyboard for two days and I'm very happy with it. The Piano tones are very realistic. I plugged it to my computer with a USB cable and Windows Vista installed the drivers in ten seconds. I've used it as a midi controller for Fruity Loops and Acid Pro 7 and it works perfectly. It came with a power supply as advertised, many other units listed on Amazon do not. I had to use the instruction booklet to figure out some of the advanced functions like recording and lessons, but the keyboard is pretty intuitive and it only took me an hour or two to figure it all out.
I would recommend buying a stand and a sustain pedal to go with this keyboard. If you are an experienced player, which I'm not, the keys will probably feel very light.
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Not Casio's fault but I bought a used one that has had lots of problems which I had to fix myself to get it working completely. That I wasn't counting on at all..

As for what Casio built, I think it is a really really good keyboard. I grew up with a grand piano, organ (home size), and other music instruments which I completely left behind for years. I got this to go along with lessons to help me get back into music and must say it's been great so far.

Key features:

1) Step-by-step lessons built into the keyboard itself
2) Modern connections allow to use software on Mac/PC for editing or practicing
3) Nearly full set of keys allows to play most songs
4) More than enough different tones.. I mean really, a ton
5) Sound is great for it being a keyboard - tones come out nicely including base
6) Larger screen than most

I used a flat panel monitor as a replacement for sheet music and also a USB touchpad to navigate with.. I connect this to my laptop so I have all my digital sheet music, music programs, everything right there. The programs actually know what key you're pressing on the keyboard kinda like pressing on a computer keyboard which really helps if you're in between music lessons or are just trying to learn a complicated song. All you have to do to hook the (casio) keyboard up to your computer is use a USB cord! very simple :)
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