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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Anthony Bennett a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Just let me say, I first encountered this board about 6 years ago. Our musician at church was using one and he's a professional. This board sounded so good especially when you layer a couple of tones together. I see some critics call this a toy. It's the best toy that I've seen. Bought one myself off ebay for $30.00. I use it in a 3 tier system along with a Roland XP10 and Korg Trtion Le. It hold it's ground with them. The new age and grand piano sound layered together is "off the hook". I've owned a few casios in my day, but this one is right there with the wk1800. Wow. Ease of use, you can't beat it, rhythms, awesome. Look, all I'm saying here is that, for the amount of money for this, buy one. Not ashamed to gig this anytime or take it anywhere.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-18-2008 at 14:03
tony a part-time user from us writes:
con: the metronome doesn't click, the arm goes back and forth but for me that doesn't cut it. i have to use an actual metronome and take extra time to synchronize it with the one on the keyboard.

con: if you are recording a track or want to play along with something you have recorded you cannot fast forward to that part you have to either wait or speed the tempo up to get there quicker.

con: you cannot pause and restart playback

con: cant transpose keys for only one track, when you transpose you do it for all tracks

pro: pretty good keyboard, i use it for making tracks to play guitar along with

pro: users manual well written. it tells you what you can but more importantly what you can't do.

pro: you can edit individual note duration and pitch and change the instrument on a track you have recorded.

pro: the demo tracks are awesome and I would like to meet the god that made them.

this is a nice keyboard and a good place to start for an aspiring musician. i don't think it was thoroughly designed or tested to be a self contained mixing and editing station and i can't wait to hook it up to a computer and unleash its full power (and hopefully avoid using the crappy UI).

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2008 at 07:00
Matt Taylor a part-time user from U.S.A. writes:
First let me say, - I consider the Casio WK-1200 to be the 1991-1993 Honda Accord (manual transmission w/sunroof!). What I mean by that is - Casio possibly "broke the mold" after making this workstation. (as well they should have, "everybody go home - our work is done here!")

It's probable they were merely responding to the market but just turned up the TQM (Quality Controls) to act as though they cared or knew what was coming technology wise.

None of that matters as Casio created the singlemost, cost effective, bang for the buck, composition tool ever known to humanity!

The Casio WK-1200 probably went through a few years (and negative reviews) in the mid to late 90's where it was called every name in the book. All that really matters is that they built this workhorse tough! and they have lasted to today's technology where they are simply the most consumate, composer tool ever! They gave it all the user controls and features any imaginative composer could ever need.

Casio as a company,(from their watches to their Keyboards) assumes a mimimum of human imagination on the part of their user. It payed off in spades with this particular Casio thinking. It has a 6 track secquencer and 6 drum kits (effectively a sincere drum machine and with the ability to realtime or step record, the incredible tone layering, and manipulation are just so much icing on the cake! The Midi In/out (as I have discovered, is fully functional/useful for those computer/softwarebased composers.

With todays technology - super modular/small effects, and USB connectivity this long...everlasting soundmule with solid sounds becomes an incredible empowerment if you spend a little time figuring out it's intent, seeing how it can be used in light of current technology, and imagining!

Much like every Casio product, the rewards for the small investment are completely staggering! - So is the spirit of the WK-1200. Pick it up for a song now while you can - (unless I beat you to it!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-07-2007 at 20:09
A Bullock, author of The Secret Sales Pitch: An Ov from USA writes:
I bought this on an impulse five years ago and I am really glad I did. It was a wonderful tone, geat touch sensitivity, and I have never had any problems with it. I use it to supplement my mostly guitar and harmonica recordings with bass, piano, and strings- it really adds a lot. Being able to change the key lets me sound like I can play piano when I really don't. Definately a terrific buy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-26-2005 at 11:08
Alfonso a hobbyist user from ARGENTINA writes:
General good keyboard. 76 non weigthed keys, but I like the key feeling, and I like it has 6 complete octaves, from C1 to C6. The onboard sound is great, because of the 2-way bass reflex system. Sound is good, not awesome, but with "hall reverb" is good. I dislike choirs, some guitars, and saxos. But nice strings (you can edit them for better delay, and for changing amplitude set), and nice pianos (I changed the release time and sounds really good). Split and layer capability. You can change every tone, and you can create a new one from two (like piano+string) editing independent features for tone A and tone B. Bad memory, so you can bulk (dump) the configurations in a midi device or computer. Assignable pedal. Nice key sensibility (you can disable it), and nice onboard arrenger (6 tracks) (live or step recording). Transpose of 1 octave up or down, and tuning. The pitch bend can be assigned up to 1 octave at full range (that's good). Great midi controller! And the blue iluminated screen is really great.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-26-2004 at 22:00
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