Published on November 4th, 2014 | by Greg0
Ample Sampling With Casio’s CTK-2400
Even if you’re not a professional musician, it can be a lot of fun to have a digital keyboard around. Whether you’re trying to learn the basics or have a piano available for your parties without taking up much space, modern synthesizers are compact, portable, and sound great too. Sure, you can play tunes on your phone or tablet, but there’s no substitute for real keys.
The Casio CTK-2400 Digital Keyboard takes a lot of what you probably remember from the last time you tickled ivories on an electric piano but adds some modern new features, including sampling technologies that made us want to be fifteen again. 61 keys make this model look very real, but it’s not so heavy that we couldn’t take it out and about. And unlike older models which could require hefty C or D cells, the CTK-2400 takes just six AA batteries to take your show on the road. However, any serious pianist probably should look at another model-Casio makes many excellent ones for pros but this one lacked pressure sensitivity which made for a flat, less authentic sound.
On the other hand, this is one of the few we’ve seen with a built-in microphone, and loads of built-in effects and such: 400 tones, 150 rhythms, 110 songs and 10 digital effects. Plus, we liked the the cool ability to connect an external sound source like an iPad or smartphone and record/playback samples. The teaching mode impressed too, making this a great option for beginners, as the CTK-2400 can evaluate your talents and break things down into phrases and recall where you left off. Granted, the songs aren’t all winners, and it can be hard to use compared with some teaching tools (no lighted keys, and a small screen made for sometimes hard navigation).
Still, for the price, you’re getting a solid entry-level Casio that offers MIDI support and plenty of fun things to play around with. The CTK-2400 rewards those willing to spend some time with it, and is available for around $99. It would make a great gift for the budding musician, or anyone who needs a lightweight, portable, sampling-machine of an electronic keyboard.