With 76 touch-sensitive piano keys and a host of features, the Casio WK-500 is an ideal instrument for beginners and advanced players alike. This well-priced digital keyboard includes 670 high-quality... Click To Read More About This Product
With 76 touch-sensitive piano keys and a host of features, the Casio WK-500 is an ideal instrument for beginners and advanced players alike. This well-priced digital keyboard includes 670 high-quality tones, 200 rhythms (with a Rhythm Editor), 15 digital effects, auto-accompaniment, 48-note polyphony, preset scales, scale memory, and more. When it comes to recording, this Casio keyboard has line and mic inputs, USB MIDI interface, an SD card slot for song storage, and allows for 10 seconds of sampling. You can record up to 5 songs made up of 6 tracks each for approximately 12,000 notes total.
Other key features include a pitch wheel, Auto Harmonizer, Arpeggiator (90 types), general MIDI level 1 compatibility, song expansion, and 200 presets. The Casio WK-500 has two speakers for your listening pleasure, and also includes line outputs for connecting it to an amplifier or PA for even more sound. It comes with a song book, and 50 exercise phrases, music stand, and AD12 ML adapter.
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I recently purchased a Casio WK-500 and for the money it is a nice budget model Keyboard. Has great Baby Grand piano tones and strings that are very close to keyboards 3 times the cost. I have read some other reviews myself and I agree about the keys they feel a little light when I play and weighted keys would have been nice but I have become used to the action of the keys and its not a problem for me now. What I want to say people is that its a $300.00 Keyboard folks! To get weighted keys and other advanced features you will have to spend $500 on up. Bottom line.. you get what you pay for and this is a great intermediate piano for $300.00 Nice job Casio on making a decent budget priced piano!
This keyboard is truly a great buy, and contains so many features for the money. If you want to use it all by itself, this is the one for you. Unfortunately, the short sited engineers at Casio dropped the MIDI ports they had on previous models and now I am unable to use it in combination with my other instruments. Regrettably, I am going to have to return this fine instrument for that one simple fact. I tried tech support and they tell me I cannot use the USB and convert either. This is a sad end to my relationship with Casio, and my glowing reviews to friends about buying Casio gear. Truly a stupid cost saving oversight on their part.
The Casio is not by any means a bad keyboard, but there are several things that should have been done to make this board better. I might as well start with what I like about it. This keyboard has some amazing sounds, particularly the orchestral sounds and synth sounds. Almost all the sounds are great and could've been better if you could edit the sounds. The bad things about this board unfortunately outweigh the good. For starters, you cannot edit the sounds. That is a very bad thing when this board is going up against something like the Yamaha PSR-E413. The Piano sounds, one of my most used sounds on other boards, are awful. I don't know why Casio decided to make the piano sounds, something that most players would be using, sound so awful in comparison to this boards great guitar sounds. Another bad feature is that the keys feel awful. The keys should have been velocity sensitive instead of some kind of poor knock off of weighted keys. When I saw the keys I imagined that they would be weighted but I was wrong. There are a lot more bad things that I could talk about, but really, I feel like I've said enough. Don't waste your money buying this board. When your just starting out I would suggest starting with the Yamaha PSR-E413 if it's still available.
I bought this keyboard primarily because I wanted to learn how to play classical piano. I use Reason 4 to produce, but I was using an Axiom 25-key controller at the time. I needed more keys since I was putting down piano tracks, and it was kinda hard with only 25-keys on the Axiom. Basically, I was in the market for controller that had 61 keys or more. But low and behold, I plugged in my Casio via USB, fired up Reason and viola! Reason recognized it. Man, i was so happy. So now use my Axiom as the master and the Casio as an extension of my Axiom! So if you just have a 25-key controller, but need more keys, get this Casio. You won't regret it!
Casio out did thmeselves with this keyboard. I'm an advanced player and I must say that when I played this I couldn't help but buy it. The sounds are great, I love that it has a transpose and split/layer functions. The one thing I do want to touch on that I noticed no one else said anything about in their reviews is the Audio In jack. This allows you to plug in an audio device. For example, I plug in my ipod to this board and the songs from my ipod and the keyboard sounds come through the keyboard speakers so you can play right along with what you're hearing(Great for ear players). So though you can hook it up to an amp, it's not a must. It also has octave shift, 10 second sampling and a headphone jack(The better quality headphones, the better the sound you'll get). It comes with a durable music stand as well. I promise, threre's no way to get bored with this baby. From beginner to advanced, this keyboard will not let you down. I love this keyboard and I hope this review helps Someone. Thanx
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