Synth Site: Casio: CTK-711ex: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Anthony Bennett a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I bought one off Ebay a while back and honestly, I got it for far less than a tank of gas. I was really surprised at the quality of this not so expensive. To me, the only difference between the 711ex and the WK1800 is number of keys. Sound quality is great. You just have to fiddle around with it for a while to find a sound you really like. I love the sounds you get when you layer a couple of them together. Rhythms are typical Casio, but with the right tempo it works just fine. I basically use as a recording machine to go along with my Korg LE and old faithful Roland D20. I've give this. If I were a pro, it would be traveling with me everywhere.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-24-2007 at 07:07
Ciaran a part-time user from UK writes:
Faithful casio user for 2 and a bit years before i switched to Korg. At first hand, this synth is great, the music display is real handy, as are the pattern and song sequencers for programming in your own tunes. You can sit fiddling for hours, but after sometime, you will begin to realize the monotony of the sound. GM patches are really cool, and the pads are some of the best I've heard, the only downfall is the range of sound it provides. It has minimal effects, and there are but 7 or 8 semi-decent pitch envelopes for editing the DCO, although it lists 45, so by comparison 70% of the 'Synthesizer' function it claims to have is naff. That is my only nag with it, but otherwise this is a really wicked keyboard for a first time user, and as a sequencer/pattern controller it really does a good job. It has loads of functionality, and there are some really unique sounds. There are 2 meaty speakers on the sides, with full bass reflex, great for bedroom/small studio use - it stands on its own as something to play in spare time. The alternative version without the full bass reflex is the CTK-731, this does have speakers, just not as meaty as the ones on the 711, but it has a disk drive to make up for it. The 811EX is the upgrade from the 711 - it has a little more sequencer memory, and a disk drive. As far as I know, all these keyboards have the same structural elements, the *11's are the same shape, and the 731 is a continuation of the 6** shape. The EX series also comes with a nifty channel mixer for the 16 GM channels, just under the display screen. This keyboard is definitely the most user friendly in my collection, re-iterating it is highly recommended for the first time user....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-27-2002 at 17:18
Sharon Gnanashekar a professional user from USA writes:
This Synth is Awesome. This baby is one of the best synths you can get for under $500. GReat speakers with an awesome woofer. GM sounds are nice with the Effects turned on. The built in rythms are not that great, They dont have much of a pizzazz. The Drum sounds pretty good. Pads are beautiful, Piano sond could have a little work, not as realistic as they could be if they had little bit more work done on it. The GM E-Pianos suuuck but if you wans a nice E-Paino use it with a chorus effect and you get a good sound. Guitars are awesome . Great Bass. Wonderful Strings.I Like the built in pattern sequencer. I wish it had a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive you can get if you have the CTK-811ex that also a wonderful machine. Over all this machine is great for people who really dont want to take their music to the highest level. Buy It. You'll be astonished.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-24-2001 at 15:54
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