Casio WK500 AZP Personal Keyboard Package with Closed-Cup Headphones, Keyboard Stand, Power Supply, and Instructional Software
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- Touch Response (2 sensitivity levels, off)
- Real Time Recording
- On-Board Sampling
- Pitch bend wheel
- SD Card slot
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The Casio WK500 Premium Software Package comes bundled with everything you need to get started. Included you will receive a pair of closed-cup headphones, X-style keyboard stand, power supply, and eMedia’s expanded piano and keyboard instructional software.The Casio WK500 Personal Keyboard is built with the use of Casio's new AHL sound technology!The AHL (Acoustic & Highly-compressed Large-waveform) technology boasts a realistic reproduction of tones from pianos to organs and more. With 48 notes of polyphony, these new keyboards ensure that all sounds played are heard, even when playing complex parts with the aid of on-board accompaniment. This keyboard also features piano-style keys for a more natural feel.Equipped with built-in sampling features, you can record any sound or musical phrases using the microphone (or audio input) jack and then play them back on the keyboard. Casio has taken great leaps in upgrading the Step Up Lesson function those just starting to learn. Young and growing musicians can learn to play songs phrase-by-phrase by listening to the progression, watching the LCD screen to see where to play and then repeating the simple parts on the keyboard this process will help any new player learn through memory by playing the song phrases with little assistance.To further deepen the users learning experience, this package comes bundled with eMedia’s Piano and Keyboard Expanded CD-ROM software which gives you everything you need to learn how to play. Learn from over 100 step-by-step lessons with full-motion video demonstrations. Piano teacher Irma Justicia has taught at the renowned Juilliard School of Music and is the featured instructor in these lessons. Learn from either the music notation or an animated keyboard. Songs include recorded audio, variable-speed MIDI and MIDI accompaniments. With the WK500’s USB connectivity, you can get specific feedback on playing mistakes. Also includes a digital metronome and recorder.
Top Customer Reviews
Don't expect much from the headphones though. They are very cheap and broke within a couple of days of getting them. The software that comes with the keyboard is very impressive though. You can plug the keyboard into the computer via a USB cable and get personal tutoring on how to play piano. What a bonus!
I think you'll be very happy if you purchase this keyboard. My wife researched for hours reading reviews on Amazon and other sites before picking this one and we're extremely happy with the purchase.
Now, if you understand that at this price you will not get a keyboard that even attempts to emulate the feel of the real piano keys, this bundle is actually has a lot to go for it.
There are tons of electronic features, so if (like myself) want to learn them and just toy around, this is a good hardware for that. Has USB midi to connect to your computer, has the power supply included, has connector for a pedal - everything you might need.
The bundled stand, while basic, is solid and stable.
The headphone is POS, but you probably have something nice and if not, let's face it, you will have to spend some money to get one that is not horrible.
There is a teaching software bundled, which is up to date version (!), but only contains the first third of the whole program, so - as usual - it is more of an introduction than an actual course. Again, try and if you like it, buy it.
I paid $135 at amazon and for THAT money I think this is a great bundle to dip your toes into the water, try to play around with a keyboard. And if you get hooked, you can later spend some real money on keyboard with better mechanics. (My understanding is that keyboards with serious mechanics are $500 and up, usually more like $900. Also to play classics you will probably need an 88 key keyboard, but that would take up more room, so go for that once you are sure you really want to have and will use a keyboard. This is good for a starter set.)
BTW, if you learned playing on this type of keyboards, than even the mechanics might be good for you, it is OK, not great for me. Yes, it is a bit 'noisy', i.e. it clicks as you play the keys, but - again - you have to accept that at this price. (Of course, if you are offered this at $250, you might look at the alternatives.)
Easy maintain and safety for kids is our concern. We got this one at last month.
My daughters both enjoin this instrument and enjoin music.
+ Buy package for keyboard is save your money and time. (like 3.5mm TRS for headphone see updated picture )
+ CASIO is great quality. Beautiful and smooth feeling on both keyboard and sound.
+ Include all of accessories our need. (Lots of keyboards sell on amazon not include AC charger)
+ Software over my expectation, you can see it price and review on Amazon.
+ Headphone not professional one, but it do his good work. you save extra money.
- X-Stand not perfect for my house, it is not stable on carpet. Wood floor maybe much better.
^_^ It is working for our daughters. you can see my updated picture.