Casio's first electronic musical keyboards were introduced in
the USA in the late '70s. Since then, Casio Computer Co. of
Japan has created and manufactured hundreds of different musical
instrument models in many shapes, styles, sizes and price ranges.
Casio's high quality sound, ultra high tech engineering and
design, innovative features, reliability and affordable prices
have generated estimated sales of well over 3 million instruments
in the United States. Casio's literature proudly states they
are the Best selling keyboards in America.
As of this writing, Casio's current model count is 30 different
instruments, and we classify them in 4 basic categories of instrument
1. PORTABLES with 49, 61,
73, and 76, black and white, full size keys. All weigh less
than 30 Lbs. without factory cartons. The 400 series and 500
series have songbanks of pre-programmed songs with an
accompanying teaching system. The larger models of portables
do not include the songbank, but have additional professional
features, such as multi-track recording. They are designated
as CTK models which stand for Casio Tone Keyboard, and the other
series of larger models are WK models which means Wide Keyboard.
The larger models have touch sensitive keys. Touch sensitive
means when you strike the key lightly the sound is soft and
when you strike a key hard the sound is loud. This feature makes
the instrument to sound more like a real acoustical piano.
2. MAGIC LIGHTS PORTABLES,
have flashing red lights under the keys to show which notes
to play with your hands for the songs pre-programmed in the
instrument's songbank. These models have the letter "L"
designation which means they have the Magic Lights feature such
as a LK-30 or CTK-620L models. The highest priced models have
touch sensitive keys.
3. DIGITAL PIANOS are equipped
with 76 or 88 note standard full size keys. The 88 note instruments
are the largest and weigh from 78 to 178 pounds, not including
The 88 note instruments all have weighted keys (actual physical
weight) which makes the keyboard feel like a traditional acoustic
piano. The deluxe models even have a hammer type action which
makes the keyboard respond like a grand piano keyboard. Of course,
the larger instruments carry the largest price tag.
4. MINIATURE, SMALL and MID-SIZE KEY
models with smaller than normal size piano keys are all
under 5 Lbs. (We exclude from our offerings these small, miniature
key and mid-size key models because they have very limited educational
teaching materials/music songbooks available for the reduced
number of keyboard notes. Plus, they are not cost effective:
the cost of a regular 49 note full size key portable instrument
is now in the $80.00 range! (10 years ago a 49 note keyboard
would cost over $300 and back then it had far fewer features
and inferior sound quality.)
Our company, Keyboards Today, focuses on categories 1, 2 and
3: Digital Pianos and the standard full size piano key models
from both portable categories.
The full size key units have a huge selection of educational
materials available such as specific model instruction, hundreds
of songbooks, teaching videos, instruction kits, keyboard courses
and computer software. All are designed to help you learn to
play music, have fun with your Casio keyboard and are available
from our company on this site.
Keyboards Today... presently offers 20 of the best of Casio's
30 different keyboard models for delivery nationwide at the
best prices in the Country. Our wide selection of keyboards,
plus over 200 additional accessory items and teaching materials,
makes us the leader in model choices, advice, education and
support of Casio keyboarders in America.
We invite you to download and print out, for your continued
reference and understanding, our 9 page color catalog of Casio
Keyboards and related products. The catalog is in PDF format
so it can be viewed and printed on a PC or Mac using the free
Adobe Acrobat Viewer (available on the Adobe web site). We'll
also include a glossary of explanations of Casio keyboard terminology
to help you with selecting the right instrument for your needs,
application and budget. Click for the downloadable
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We highly encourage you to join millions of others who experience
the creative fun and joy of making music with Casio's Fantastic
Music Making Machines!
Keyboards Today sincerely wishes to be your on-line direct mail
source for Casio Keyboards, accessories, teaching materials
and related products. We hope our very specialized dedication
to helping Casio users is obvious on our site and in our catalog
so that you, too, will become another satisfied customer of
OF KEYBOARD TERMS
the CTK-500, the feature adjusts the entire keyboard so that
any key you play matches the auto- accompaniment or Jukebox
song being played. The entire keyboard consists of only correct
a series of preset 4-note arpeggios.
in which you can generate complete backgrounds with drums,
bass, and chord parts with the left hand, while you play melodies
and solos with right hand. 3 different systems are available:
Casio Chord, Fingered Chord, and Full Range Chord (only on
which adds chord notes of the auto-accompaniment to each note
you play in the melody with your right hand.
activated (rather than automatic) patterns which can be stopped
instantly or retriggered anytime to create new or interesting
auto-accompaniment system for the novice player. Ability to
play chords not required.
a background pattern for you to play over, consisting of a
sequence of left-hand auto-chord (Casio Chord or Fingered
voice enhancing effect which provides a close echo of your
voice as you sing. This gives a more professional sound, and
obscures some mistakes and tuning problems for poor singers.
Reverb or Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
enhancement device that adds spacious, large room effect
to sounds and rhythms.
Logic Accompaniment in the CTK-500, a new intelligent
auto-accompaniment system that makes real-time decisions about
the chords being played, and how they relate to each other.
It creates a more musically logical and satisfying background.
system for the more advanced player; actual chord formations
are played and complete bass/chord/drum background pattern
moving chord progression 4, 8, or 12 bars, so you have both
hands free for soloing.
system that allows either the triggering of chords or the
playing of the melody across the entire keyboard, depending
on whether you play a chord or single note melody.
International standard layout for keyboard tones and other
parameters, which ensures that all MIDI keyboards, modules
and software from all manufacturers will be functionally compatible,
and offers somewhat greater ease of use. Some CASIO units
do not follow the General MIDI scheme, but are fully functional
in most MIDI applications nonetheless. Most of the larger
Casios are of the General MIDI design.
tone control, often 3, 5 or 7 sections. Gives you more control
over the sound than a conventional bass/treble control.
machine with microphone for sing-along. The correct pronunciation
is kah-dah-oh-kay. In Japanese, it literally means
you to stack two sounds together across the entire range of
the keyboard, so both will sound on each key.
Liquid Crystal Display, a screen which gives an informative
and attractive readout of keyboard functions. Display is often
backlit, meaning there is a lighted screen.
chord progressions that change according to your phrasing
of the melody.
with illuminating keys, to guide your fingers to the correct
the Music Designer Series keyboards, a section that
offers numerous interactive and fun ways to play along with
automatic functions, such as: Free Session, Break Beat, Magi-Comp,
Shadow Drum, Tone Cycle and Arpeggio.
you to switch off the melody part of a preset song so you can
play or sing the melody part over the preset accompaniment.
with multiple instrumental parts can be recorded directly into
Instrument Digital Interface -- language by which keyboards,
other MIDI instruments, and computers can universally communicate.
deletion of the melody lead so that user can manually play
melody only, backed by full accompaniment
function that provides 16-channel control over volume, tone,
panning, effects, tuning, and expression. Offers the versatility
of a stand-alone mixer built right into the keyboard.
of wood included with Digital Piano stands, to cover the back
part of the unit.
as a MIDI instrument can reproduce more than one sound at
a time when driven by a multi-channel MIDI sequence.
with multiple instrumental parts can be recorded directly
into the keyboard.
this button after you select a rhythm style, and it will set
the rhythm to the proper tempo and provide an appropriate
melody sound automatically.
Code Modulation -- Digital recordings of real instruments
or percussion sound sources.
number of notes that can be played simultaneously.
instrument records exactly what is played, in real time.
you to configure your keyboard with a particular sound, rhythm,
volume setting, effect and other associated parameters, and
store all the settings for easy recall at the press of a single
button. These are custom One-Touch Presets.
digital recording of a sound, which can later be triggered
by a keyboard or other device.
computer program, or stand-alone device that allows you to
record MIDI note data and edit it.
a percussion sound with each note, forming a pattern as you
you to divide the keyboard into two sections with a different
sound in each. Point at which the keyboard divides is often
Note data that can be played on any MIDI keyboard. It is accessed
by the keyboard either from a computer-based sequencer or, in
the case of keyboards that have a floppy disk drive built in,
directly from a disk. These files are generally in General MIDI
format, but can be modified in your sequencer to play in non-GM
keyboards as well. Song files are usually in either type
0 or type 1 format. Keyboards with built-in disk
drives usually read type 0 files, since the data is compressed
onto a single track, making it easier for the drive to read.
You should try to insure that all your Standard MIDI files are
in type 0 format, which you can do on your sequencer
smaller Casio keyboards, automatic background patterns over
which you can play any white note melody. On larger models,
Super Accompaniment plays a suitable 4, 8 or 12-bar chord
progression for each auto-rhythm, a great feature for jamming.
that Casio keyboards can produce a wide variety of instrument
types, and that these sounds are organized into Banks
for easy reference or call up.
four sounds across the keyboard, and triggers them in succession
to yield a new sound each note you play.
to a piano, the harder you strike a key the louder and brighter
the sound. Allows for more expressive playing.
you to change the pitch of the keyboard into another key.
Eliminates awkward fingerings in difficult keys, and lets
the keyboard be adjusted for singers, and wind and other instruments..
the keyboard be fine tuned for play along with recorded material
or other instruments, whose pitch may be very slightly out
of tune with the keyboard.
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