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  CTK-471 At a Glance
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Deathless Dodecagon writes:
This is a pocket knife, not a daggar, nor a sabre.

The nicest thing about this keyboard is that it is a good buy if bought used for less than $ 45 dollars. This is because at least it has MIDI in/out, channel settings, and tuning. The transposition/tuning bottoms out at -3 steps, but that's better than not at all. Also, it is velocity sensitive when triggered remotely.

The rhythm section/auto-accompanyment is boring, but if you think of it as a slightly improved metrognome, it's alright. At least you can control the BPM a little.

The demo song section is so annoying that I disabled the buttons permanently. (I opened the synth and remove the conductors from underneath the rubber pads).

All I can say is that this keyboard isn't so bad if you spraypaint it black and ignore the childish/cheesiness of it. The key is to use it as an accessory to the rest of your gear.

In these dark days of decaying keyboard options, it's nice to know that pawn shops still have something worth the price of a fancy dinner for 2.

Comments About the Sounds:
These sounds are the typical General MIDI generic type. They sound much better through the output that with the internal speakers (better bass). Even though these sounds are dull, they are good enough to mix well with other keyboards and thicken them up. Since the types of sounds are so obvious and well-organized, it's not hard to keep track of preferred sounds.

The rhythm sounds are fair to pathetic. The timing is even sloppy. The genres are fairly unrealistic, except for some of the Latin ones.

(Thanks to Deathless Dodecagon for this info.)

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