Casio WK 6600 & CTK 6200
These two keyboards share identical brains, but the WK 6600 has a 76-note keyboard while the CTK 6200 has a 61-note keyboard. The Song Sequencer provides 16 tracks plus one system track that supports recording of up to five songs and a total of approximately 12,000 notes. Rhythm Editor lets you combine instrument parts from multiple built-in rhythms, turn individual instrument parts on or off, and adjust volume, pan, reverb, and other parameters to create your own original rhythms. Built-in effects include reverb (10 types), chorus (5 types), and DSP (100 types using 46 effect types including delay, phaser, flanger, wah, rotary, and more).
The keyboards on these two instruments are “piano style” keyboards in that they have full-size keys that extend down below the front bevel. The keyboard isn’t weighted or graded, but it does have a nice synth-feel.
The WK 6600 being put through its paces:
Casio Digital Pianos
We also got to take a look at some of the digital pianos that Casio will be stocking at Best Buy.
The AP 450 looks like a studio-style upright piano, but packs much more than your standard acoustic variety. You have the ability to select a variety of instruments: piano, digital piano and vibes to name a few. Casio has worked on their sound engine to try and replicate the complicated resonance of real acoustic pianos – complete with accurate key release response. As an added bonus, Casio has gone to the trouble of adding a level of realism to when the player decides to open the lid – the sound volume and quality change when the lid on a grand piano is raised or lowered.
The feel of the keyboard is quite good – definitely something that a pianist would feel comfortable playing
The last product that Casio showed us was the CDP-130. The CDP-120 has been a very popular model at Best Buy – mainly because of its’ portability, sound and price! The CDP-130 is simple to use and has a great sound – we could definitely see why the predecessor (CDP-120) seemed to fly out the door.