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Published on November 4th, 2014 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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