Casio's new models feature helpful learning tools to advance keyboard skills 22/07/11
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Casio America, Inc. has announcd three new models to its keyboard offerings, the CTK-4200 (pictured above), LK-280 and WK-225. Here's what they have to say about them...
Intended to advance the skill sets of amateur and intermediate musicians, Casio's keyboards deliver ground-breaking sound quality and musical portability in a stylish design.
Casio's newest keyboards are ideal for any level of musician looking to create compositions, as the keyboards feature a 5-song and 6-track recorder, perfect for capturing original music. In addition, Casio delivers 600 built-in tones which include stereo grand piano tones, offering a range of dynamic and inspirational sounds for the musician to choose from. The 180 built-in rhythms provide a full range of accompaniment or individual drum patterns, triggering a virtual band at a musician's fingertips.
The keyboards are equipped with Casio's renowned Step-up Lesson System, which allows novice users to learn the 152 built-in songs phase by phase, at their own individual pace. Utilizing the LCD display, aspiring musicians can learn both music notation and correct hand positioning, while Casio's innovative lesson system evaluates performance so users can track their progress and incremental success. The WK-225 features a 76-Key Piano Style Touch-Response keyboard and has the ability to import additional songs utilizing the SDHC Card slot. The simplicity and power of Casio's LK-280 has the additional ability to teach with the aid of the lighted 61-Key Piano Style Touch-Response keyboard. "We are thrilled to provide musicians with the enhanced tools and instructional features found in the CTK, WK and LK series," said Mike Martin, general manager, marketing, Electronic Musical Instruments Division. "Our new digital keyboards provide everything desired to play or compose a complete musical masterpiece, thus inspiring both amateur and intermediate musicians."
Furthermore, each new model features a class-compliant USB port, allowing for easy access to utilize the keyboard to rock out with popular music education and composition software, essentially eliminating the need to download drivers. The new series also includes an audio input which transforms the keyboard into a stereo speaker system for a MP3 player. Pricing and Availability:
The new keyboards will be available at music retailers in August 2011. The CTK-4200 will be available for an MSRP of $249.00 and the LK-280 and WK-225 will be available for an MSRP of $299.00.