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Casio CTK2400 Review

The CTK2400 is sold as a sampling keyboard and this characteristic is what might attract buyers to it.

As a standalone instrument it offers a great starting instrument to young, interesting musicians who love to explore musical possibilities through creative sound use and also would like an instrument that will give them access to some fun elements as well as assist them in making music.

The CTK2400 has a big number of functions that serve to improve even most novice of musicians to produce some substantial musical productions.

The CTK2400 is quite a decent entry-level keyboard with a few additional extra features which provide a bit more bang for the buck of yours.

Sound
To be a more affordable model keyboard, the sounds were extremely typical of the general Midi tones that have become rather standard with keyboards from the first 90’s.

The keyboard offers forty eight actual Midi tones and 400 other sounds that cover the number of different instrument types along with a department of electronic sounds to boot.

With no advanced tone generating technology, the CTK2400, though providing a large range of sounds, gives quite a bland palette of the common tones seen on other keyboards.

A little number of effects like reverb and chorus offer some customisable adjustment of the noise but the rather one dimensional tones don’t improve drastically with the added effects. The general midi tones lack the complexity of true sampled sounds.

The overall large selection of 4 100 tones does include several tones that are enjoyable but due to the overall lack of depth in the tones, the sounds quickly tire on the ear.

To the more discerning player the sounds come across as very computer generated and don’t inspire much musical creativity.

Sound-wise the sampling feature of the keyboard records a realistic short term and allows for a reasonably faithful playback of the sound across the range of the keyboard.

 

 

Touch
The sixty one full size keys give the feel of playing a good instrument, but the notes are not velocity sensitive, meaning that one can’t play loud or perhaps soft through pressure sensitivity to any large extent.

The keys behave virtually as an on/off switch for the tones set on the instrument. This can frustrate players who have learnt to play on acoustic instruments requiring a touch and pressure sensitivity.

The plastic keys offer little resistance to being pressed and respond like those of an organ.

Musicians that have even a medium level of skill, may find the touch too simplistic and with many other keyboards offering features such as velocity-sensitivity, after-touch and weighting, the touch on this instrument feels a lot cheaper than even many other bottom of the range options.

It allows a person to capture as many as 2 seconds of sampling and make use of it to play created sounds across the pitch range of the instrument.

Additionally, it provides for a smaller sampling tone like a hand clap or perhaps click and to make use of these in the rhythm sections of the keyboard.

The sampled sounds are reproduced quite realistically and give a creative edge on the instrument.

The lesson feature on the keyboard includes some 110 songs and piano exercises which are played by the computer keyboard and shown on the LCD display both the notes and the fingering needed.

One can delay or perhaps speed up the songs and individual parts into right hands and left.

This feature allows the user to teach oneself to play a huge number of popular piano pieces without the necessity for a teacher.

A huge range of sounds and accompaniment features provide users with the opportunity to improve their creative exploits and create some amazing music.

The keyboard is able to link to a pc via USB and also allows the user to connect the keyboard to memory devices and music software programs.

There’s additionally a transpose function and a tuning function available.

 

 

 

Pros
The computer keyboard has full size keys that although not, weighted at least make the feel of playing on a genuine piano. As such it’s a good basic level instrument for those wanting to learn to play or even play around with music for the very first time.

The added assignable pad and sampling feature feature gives an excellent creative outlet for a few fun musical performances and users will most likely spend many hours experimenting with this handy musical option.

A huge range of effects as well as tones give the person a large choice to play with and give some creative expression to users. For keyboards in this price range the CTK2400 offers some added benefit in terms of functionality and features.

The LCD screen gives a little assistance to the user to enable them to figure out how to play the demo songs included on the machine.

A variety of beginner to intermediate songs are provided so it will not take very long for all those who have never played to find themselves following the screen prompts and performing their favourites with the accompaniment inclusions on the keyboard.

The price is appealing and as an experimental musical instrument it does offer young beginners an instrument that they are able to find out to play with ease.

Young kids are going to enjoy the light keys and have fun with the rhythm presets and producing and recording their own sounds and working with them as notes on the keys.

Cons
The sounds on the keyboard sound digitally generated and don’t have the level of complexity that’s found on so a lot of the more recent models we have today.

The sixty one keys can be a bit limiting for full expression and especially once the person wishes to use the bass tones for accompaniment.

The low polyphony of only forty eight notes results in a lack of sustaining notes if the limit is reached and this happens quickly once layering takes place through the use of the accompaniment functions.

The lack of velocity sensitive keys also means that musicians, used to the keys of a genuine piano, will feel severely hampered in their power to express themselves on the ability as well as the instrument to manage the amount of a note through fingers is non existent.

The teaching facility is significantly less dedicated as several of those on models that are various other, that provides full chord usage and allows for breakdown of right hand and left or perhaps for performing smaller sections of the piece.

This might frustrate pupils who wish to place a piece together and would like to focus on a specific section or perhaps break it down into much more reasonable portions.

It’s also not an instrument possesses a range of connectors to various other equipment and instruments and and also this signifies that it’s limited in its use combined with a computer or perhaps for storing and recording pieces.

Conclusion

As a cheap, entry level keyboard for budding musicians who like creatively experimenting with their music it can make a great buy but anyone wanting more from the instrument of theirs needs to look elsewhere.

It’s much more of a novelty instrument that at first may give users a great musical experience but later flags in its power to always keep the user interested.

 

  • New, intuitive sampling function with built-in microphone and power supply included
  • 400 AHL keyboard voices
  • Voice percussion function (samples are integrated into the rhythm)
  • Improved sampling effects
  • Step-up learning system

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