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Casio' flagship WK-7500 delivers an unprecedented level of power and music-making capabilities in a highly affordable workstation. Along with high-quality sounds and a 17-track sequencer, the WK-7500 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Casio' flagship WK-7500 delivers an unprecedented level of power and music-making capabilities in a highly affordable workstation. Along with high-quality sounds and a 17-track sequencer, the WK-7500 also has the ability to record audio. Even sounds from external instruments can be mixed and recorded. You can plug-in a microphone, guitar, bass, or other instruments, play along with instrument tracks within the WK-7500, and save to SDHC storage cards. Plus with included Data Manager software, you can mix down to a stereo WAV file. The WK-7500 also features large LCD display screens, nine physical sliders for mixing capabilities, and an organ drawbar mode.

Multi-track Recorder Capabilities:

The Song Sequencer provides 16 tracks plus one system track that supports recording of up to five songs and a total of approximately 30,000 notes. Each individual musical instrument part can be recorded to a different track for real multi-track recording capabilities. In addition to real-time recording of keyboard and Auto Accompaniment play, the Song Sequencer also supports punch-in and punch-out spot recording of specific parts of a song, and event-editing lets you edit recorded data note-by-note. A full selection of editing tools include event insert, event delete, event copy, quantize, a locator feature for selecting the range of notes to be edited, and more. A step-recording function also lets you input notes by specifying the length and pitch. Completed recordings can be converted to SMF (Standard MIDI File) format and stored to an SD memory card.

32-channel Mixer:
Nine sliders, one for each channel, can be used for individual simultaneous adjustment of volume, pan, reverb send, and other parameters. Sound input from an external source via the MIC IN terminal and INST IN terminal can also be adjusted as desired.

Pattern Sequencer:
Up to eight tracks (drum, percussion, bass, chord 1 through chord 5) can be edited to create original accompaniment patterns (Intro, Normal, Normal Fill-in, Variation, Variation Fill-in). In addition to recording over each individual accompaniment part of an existing rhythm, and event editing function gives you total control over each aspect of recorded data, an Easy Edit function lets you combine accompaniment from multiple built-in rhythms to create original rhythms, and mixer capabilities give you control over the tones, volume levels, reverb, and other parameters of each part. A full selection of editing tools include event insert, event delete, event copy, quantize, and more. Memory is provided for storage of up to 100 different user rhythms, which can be recalled with the touch of a key.

Audio Recording and Playback:
Keyboard play, Auto Accompaniment, Song Sequencer play, and sound input via the Inst In and/or Mic In terminals can be recorded as digital audio data to an SD memory card inserted in the card slot for later playback. Of course, you can play along on the keyboard during playback from an SD memory card (not included). Saved audio files can also be transferred to a computer connected via USB for long-term storage. Special Data Manager 6.0 application software, downloadable from Casio' website, can be used to convert data to WAV format, which can be played back on a computer. All of this greatly simplifies the task of creating original demo recordings.

* Note: To perform the operations described above, you will need to obtain an SD memory card or SDHC memory card with a capacity between 2GB and 32GB. (See #485547).

Multiple Digital Effects
Built-in effects include reverb (10 types), chorus (five types), and DSP (100 types using 46 effect types including delay, phaser, flanger, wah, rotary, and more). You can apply different effects to a tone to create exactly the sound you want. By adjusting the parameters of the DSP effect types, you can create original DSP effects and store up to 100 original types in memory for later recall.

* Note: DSP and chorus cannot be used simultaneously.

Drawbar Organ Function:
50 specially selected, often-used preset drawbar settings come built-in. A few simple operations produce a digital reproduction of powerful, deep drawbar organ sound that is the dream of every keyboardist. A rotary speaker is simulated using a built-in DSP for the distinctive sound effect of drawbar organ speakers. Like a drawbar organ, nine sliders can be used to change harmonic overtone level settings and to create sounds by adding a harmonic percussion effect in real time as you play. You can edit the parameters of the distinctive percussion effect and click sound of a drawbar organ to create original drawbar organ tones, and save up to 50 of your creations in memory for later recall.

Registration”A Tool For Live Performances:
A simple operation saves the current setup, including tone, rhythm, and other settings for instant recall when you need them. The WK-7500 has 6 sets x 16 banks for saving 96 setups. You even can save tones that effector effects are being applied to. Recalling a registration instantly changes the digital keyboard's setup, making this a great tool for live stage performances.

Tone Editor:
Tone Editor can be used to adjust attack time, release time, cutoff, vibrato, reverb, chorus, DSP, and other parameters as desired. You can create distinctively original tones for performances and music creation sessions.

Arpeggiator:
With the arpeggiator, you can play various arpeggios and other phrases automatically by simply pressing keys on the keyboard. You can select from 150 different arpeggiato types, including playing arpeggios from a fingered chord, guitar phrases, and more.

SD Memory Card Slot:
Song sequencer, pattern sequencer, tone editor, and other data can be saved to an SD or SDHC memory card. An Audio Record function can be used to record digital audio data. SMF (Standard MIDI File) data stored on an SD or SDHC memory card can be played back on the digital keyboard.

Input/Output Terminals:
Different input/output terminals are provided to meet a variety of different needs: line out terminals (L/MONO, R) for connection of the mixer of a stage PA system or other devices, an INST IN terminal and a MIC IN terminal for connection of a musical instrument or microphone, an audio in terminal (AUDIO IN) for audio device input that can be output through the speakers, and more.

USB Port:
The USB port provides easy computer and MIDI send/receive connection. It also enables quick and simple transfer of song sequencer, pattern sequencer, tone editor and other data, as well as audio data recorded to an SD memory card from an audio device between the digital keyboard and a computer. Download of a special Data Manager 6.0 application is required in order to transfer data to a computer.

AHL Sound Source:
The sound source is pre-programmed with digital samples of acoustic musical instruments recorded using the most advanced digital technology. Thanks to CASIO original sound technology, the AHL sound source is capable of reproducing all of the natural smoothness of the original waveform. The AHL sound source delivers a lineup of 800 different built-in tones. You also can store up to 100 of your own original tones for instant recall whenever you need them.

250 Preset Rhythms and Auto Accompaniment:
A total of 250 preset rhythms cover a wide range of musical genres, from rock and pops, to jazz, Latin, piano pieces, and more. Simply select the built-in rhythm you want and Auto Accompaniment provides you with backup that is the next best thing to having a professional band at your disposal.

Sliders and Large Dial:
Nine sliders are provided for drawbar organ settings and mixer operations. A large operation dial really comes in handy during music creation using sequencer functions and mixer functions.

Display:
The display shows the currently selected tone name and rhythm name, along with a wealth of other information. On the sequencer screen, for example, you can check the current status and volume level of each of the 16 tracks, and other setting information at a glance.

Piano-Style Keyboard and Touch Response:
The keyboard is designed and engineered to provide a realistic piano experience. Just like a grand piano keyboard, Touch Response causes sound that is output to change in accordance with the amount of pressure applied to the keys.

High-output 2-Way Bass Reflex Speakers:
A 7W+7W high-output bass reflex 2-way 4-speaker system delivers rich sound from low range to high. The speakers can be used as high-quality monitoring speakers during performances and music creation sessions.

Pitch Bend Wheel and Modulation Button:
The pitch bender wheel makes it easy to add realistic sounding guitar choking, sax bending, and other effects to keyboard play. This in combination with the modulation button for applying vibrato and other effects puts a wide range of playing versatility at your fingertips.

Music Presets:
Music presets provide one-touch access to Auto Accompaniment, tone, reverb, and other settings that are configured in accordance with representative chord progressions. A total of 305 presets let you easily configure the keyboard for a wide variety of different musical styles. In addition to built-in presets, you can create your own original presets (user presets) and store them in memory for later recall.






FEATURES

Piano-style keyboard and touch response
800 factory tones and 100 user tones
250 preset rhythms and auto-accompaniment
17-channel song sequencer records up to 5 songs (30,000 notes)
Audio recording and playback on SD/SDHC memory card
32-channel mixer
Pattern sequencer
Multiple digital effects
Drawbar organ function
Save up to 96 performance setups
Tone editor
Arpeggiator
SD memory card slot
AHL sound source
9 sliders and large operation dial
USB port
Input/Output terminals
Display
SPECIFICATIONS
76 piano-style keys
Touch Response (2 sensitivity levels, off)
64-note polyphony (maximum)
800 built-in tones (including 50 drawbar organ tones)
250 rhythms including 106 ethnic rhythms and 20 patterns for piano play
Pattern sequencer
Auto-accompaniment
Music Preset (305 presets) with chord progression, chord edit
Registration (16 banks x 6 sets for 96 setups)
One-Touch Preset (250 presets)
Drawbar organ function
Digital effects: Reverb 10 types, chorus 5 types (Simultaneous use with DSP not supported), DSP 100 preset / 100 user (Simultaneous use with chorus not supported)
Metronome
Auto Harmonize (12 types)
Arpeggiator (150 types)
MIDI: 16-channel multi-timbre received, GM level 1 standard
Amplifier: 7W + 7W
Size (W x D x H): 46-3/4 x 15-11/16 x 5-7/8 (1,187 x 399 x 149 mm)
Weight: 19.6 lb. (8.9 kg)
Batteries: D-size x 6 (Not Included)
AC adaptor: AD-A12150LW
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards (includes power supply).


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CasioWK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Picky Musicians + Tight Budget = WK7500 Perfect Answer!

I owned 2 of the WK3800 and just loved it; but it was time to upgrade. I did a lot of research and finally decided to stick with the CASIO brand. I got...Read complete review

I owned 2 of the WK3800 and just loved it; but it was time to upgrade. I did a lot of research and finally decided to stick with the CASIO brand. I got my WK7500 a couple of weeks ago. The feel of the keys is very authentic. The sound is pretty crystal! It is sleek and pretty lightweight considering how loaded it is. I do have a lot of work saved in floppy disks so I miss the FD slot of the WK3800. Also, the phone jack has been moved to the back panel which is quite irritating each time I have to unplug my headphones. The dial rotation of the WK7500 is a bit stiffer than the WK3800. Other than these minor specs, the performance and built of this workstation is incredibly impressive. For what I spent and what I got, I'd say "TREMENDOUSLY AWESOME DEAL!"

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Everything else is great, but it has three serious flaws.

I do not own this keyboard but I am considering it, and have been to my local Guitar Center many, many times to play it. I'm like most of you out there, there...Read complete review

I do not own this keyboard but I am considering it, and have been to my local Guitar Center many, many times to play it. I'm like most of you out there, there are some gigs that I don't want to haul 110 pounds of keyboard (Yamaha XS-8 and Hammond XK-3 or B-3, add another four hundred pounds), I'm looking for the "do it all" keyboard. At this time, the Roland VR-700 is the absolute best, hands down, without question "do it all" board available. But, even with lowball internet pricing, It's still three times as much as this Casio. The Casio has three major flaws, and frankly I'm surprised that more reviewers haven't pointed this out. If you are going to use the organ drawbars, I most sincerely urge you to play the keyboard first without buying, and see if this is going to make a difference to you. The drawbars are correct in their pipe footages and layout, however: (1)They only have three levels each of intensity, each drawbar is either low, medium, or high in volume. Those who have ever played a Hammond know that there are actually eight levels (nine if you count "off". If you have a Hammond and want to know what this sounds like, just use the drawbars only in the 2, 6, and 8 positions. This three level arrangement on the Casio makes real time on the fly drawbar changes sound terrible. Also (2), and even worse: There are periods of no sound whatsoever as each drawbar passes from one of the three levels to the next. And I'm not talking about short periods, either. There is a long, drawn out, empty time in between each of the three levels on all the drawbars. If you don't make your drawbar changes as you're playing, then neither of these nusances will probably bother you. (3) The on board Leslie Speaker rotor simulation is among the worst I've ever heard, typical of a board costing hundreds less. Everything else I will say is great, and this keyboard is probably the best value for your dollar that's out there. I liked all the other sounds (the Hammond tones weren't bad, but they weren't great either), I could find my way around the various perimeters fairly easily, it looks good, it's light weight, and the price is right. But, I use a lot - A LOT - of Hammond in my songs, and I'm currently making a very tough decision as to weather to jump into this board or try to save enough cash for the Roland. In terms of the light weight do it all keyboard, the Roland has no equal. Period. But, in this failing economy, we all have to spend our pennies wisely. I'm just too hooked on the authentic Hammond sound, and the drawbar section on this board may be a deal breaker.

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(33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't be beat for twice the price ...

By CDB

from Toronto, Canada

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

Simple - for $499 (or less with a GC discount): 1) Feature set can't be beat. No question 2) Sounds are generally very decent, and generally comparable to most $1,000+ keyboards 3) Key action isn't bad. Again comparable to most anything under $1K. For a workstation, there is huge bang for buck. This is not a toy Casio, and this is the only board I'd choose unless I wanted and was willing to pay $1,500+ (and I don't)

(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Picky Musicians + Tight Budget = WK7500 Perfect Answer!

By Maria

from Rockport TX

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I owned 2 of the WK3800 and just loved it; but it was time to upgrade. I did a lot of research and finally decided to stick with the CASIO brand. I got my WK7500 a couple of weeks ago. The feel of the keys is very authentic. The sound is pretty crystal! It is sleek and pretty lightweight considering how loaded it is. I do have a lot of work saved in floppy disks so I miss the FD slot of the WK3800. Also, the phone jack has been moved to the back panel which is quite irritating each time I have to unplug my headphones. The dial rotation of the WK7500 is a bit stiffer than the WK3800. Other than these minor specs, the performance and built of this workstation is incredibly impressive. For what I spent and what I got, I'd say "TREMENDOUSLY AWESOME DEAL!"

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply an Amazing Keyboard

By Chris

from Virginia

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I rarely write reviews (this is only the second I've ever written). I do not work for, know anyone who does or own stock in Casio. I just felt compelled to write this review to let others know how incredible a product the WK-7500 is. I performed a lot of reasarch on keyboards in order to find any that might meet my requirements. Basically, I wanted a machine that could combine all the practice features that I have in my home studio yet be portable and sound good. Specifically, I wanted a keyboard that has the following features: 1. Good quality sound and a good variety of high-quality built in instruments. 2. Multi-track recording. 3. The ability to ear train and figure out the parts played in songs. 4. The ability to play along with good quality pre-recorded audio (not MP3s but real wav files...trust me there is a hugh difference in quality) and the ability to loop, eq out and start at a specific point in a song. 5. The ability to enhance my practice sessions with accompaniment (drums for timing and chords for practicing right hand parts). 6. Portablity. I wanted to get away from lugging and connecting a heavy synth, laptop computer, audio interface, cables, external HDs with wav files, music stand ect. just to practice somewhere for an hour or two. I'm very pleased to say that the Casio Wk-7500 has all the features above and then some at a price that is acutally thousands of dollars less than any other keyboard/arranger I researched. Simply put, nothing can touch this at anywhere even close to this price point. Amazing job Casio. Here's what I think is amazing about this instrument: 1. Audio playback of WAV files with the ability to repeat (loop) and do some simple frequency cancellation. Try to find that in other machines, even those in the 3-4K range. I was expecting the audio quality to be poor (like that from a cheap portable CD player) but it is actually quite clear. 2. A (removable) music stand. Casio definately gets how important a simple feature like this is to a practicing musician. To other manufacturers out there...cmon guys...we aren't all rock stars playing our own songs...some of us are practicing muscians who need a darn place to hold a piece of sheet music! 3. A decent number of accompaniment styles and a multi-track recorded if you want to create your own accompaniment. 4. Easy keyboard split and layering. 5. A very intuitive user interface. I have only had to consult the manual a couple of times to figure out how the keyboard works. This is the sign of a very good user interface. 6. A portable music practice and performance machine with features not found in keyboards costing much more. I haven't even had a chance to play with all of other features that are available in this instrument but even so, I'm already impressed. I think Casio has nailed it with this one and for the price its an absolute no brainer! Note to other manufacturers: 2,500 to 5,000 for an "arranger" keyboard with cheesy sounding accompaniment that can't even play wav files...time for a reality check!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way to go Casio!

By John

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I puchased the Casio WK7500 about three weeks ago after looking at several keyboards from other manufacturers (Yamaha, Korg and Roland.) I have been playing keyboard for about twenty yers and have owned three Yamahas and a Korg "i' series. The Yamahas were all midrange priced units (about $500 range) and the Korg was a little over $1000. All of the keyboards have rhythm or style programs because I usually play by myself and not with a band or group. I stayed away from Casio because the ones I was exposed to sounded kind of chintzy, even in the moderate priced units. But after reading many reviews on this new Casio, I figured I'd give it a try. Unfortunately, none of the music stores in my area had this unit in stock, so I had to order it sight unseen and sound unheard but I figured I'd take a chance based solely on the reviews. When I picked up the unit and opened the box I was really surprised at how good it looked. The keys look and feel more like piano keys than any of my previous keyboards. The entire unit looks more like a professional one than a midpriced keyboard. After I turned it on and started listening to the sounds and styles I was very impressed with most of them. The organ and piano sounds are great, especially the drawbar feature. The sounds and rhythms are all editable and can be stored and that makes this an even better deal. The built in speakers sound better than any of the other keyboards that I have owned and I would not hesitate to use this at a small party or gathering without an external amp. Not only does this keyboard come with a power suppy, it also runs on batteries for several hours if your away from an elecrical outlet. I haven't tried the 17 track sequencer yet but I'm sure it works as good as the reviews say it does. One thing that I didn't read about in the reviews is the presets. There are about 100 preset chord runs with rhythm so you can adlib along with them. I did "House of the Rising Sun" and it sounds great. Thats all I had to do was play the melody or fill in with my right hand and sing along. (Did I mention it also has a microphone input?) You can also turn off the auto chord run and play your own chords if you can't figure out what to play with the auto ones. The only shortcoming I can find so far is there is no fade-in or fade-out button. It seems that all manufacturers have removed this feature from their lower and mid priced units. I like it because a fade-out is a universal way to end almost any song. A couple more fill-in patterns would be nice too. The more I play this keyboard, the more amazed I become at the different features it has. In my opinion, not only has Casio hit a homerun with this keyboard, they hit it out of the park.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Everything else is great, but it has three serious flaws.

By Dave Wallace

from Fresno CA

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I do not own this keyboard but I am considering it, and have been to my local Guitar Center many, many times to play it. I'm like most of you out there, there are some gigs that I don't want to haul 110 pounds of keyboard (Yamaha XS-8 and Hammond XK-3 or B-3, add another four hundred pounds), I'm looking for the "do it all" keyboard. At this time, the Roland VR-700 is the absolute best, hands down, without question "do it all" board available. But, even with lowball internet pricing, It's still three times as much as this Casio. The Casio has three major flaws, and frankly I'm surprised that more reviewers haven't pointed this out. If you are going to use the organ drawbars, I most sincerely urge you to play the keyboard first without buying, and see if this is going to make a difference to you. The drawbars are correct in their pipe footages and layout, however: (1)They only have three levels each of intensity, each drawbar is either low, medium, or high in volume. Those who have ever played a Hammond know that there are actually eight levels (nine if you count "off". If you have a Hammond and want to know what this sounds like, just use the drawbars only in the 2, 6, and 8 positions. This three level arrangement on the Casio makes real time on the fly drawbar changes sound terrible. Also (2), and even worse: There are periods of no sound whatsoever as each drawbar passes from one of the three levels to the next. And I'm not talking about short periods, either. There is a long, drawn out, empty time in between each of the three levels on all the drawbars. If you don't make your drawbar changes as you're playing, then neither of these nusances will probably bother you. (3) The on board Leslie Speaker rotor simulation is among the worst I've ever heard, typical of a board costing hundreds less. Everything else I will say is great, and this keyboard is probably the best value for your dollar that's out there. I liked all the other sounds (the Hammond tones weren't bad, but they weren't great either), I could find my way around the various perimeters fairly easily, it looks good, it's light weight, and the price is right. But, I use a lot - A LOT - of Hammond in my songs, and I'm currently making a very tough decision as to weather to jump into this board or try to save enough cash for the Roland. In terms of the light weight do it all keyboard, the Roland has no equal. Period. But, in this failing economy, we all have to spend our pennies wisely. I'm just too hooked on the authentic Hammond sound, and the drawbar section on this board may be a deal breaker.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Casio: You have done a good job

By Abraham

from Duarte, CA

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

Casio has done a very good job with this keyboard. I have been playing for about 7 years. and I have seen that when it comes to keyboards they are generally entry-level. Therefore they don't sound as great, even compared with the entry-level keyboards of Yamaha. This is a keyboard that can compete with other keyboards that cost twice or more. I got my Casio WK-7500 about 3 months ago and since then I have been getting my money's worth. I own a Casio CTK-495, a Yamaha PSR-290, and a Yamaha S03. But leaving that aside, this is what I have to say. My expections on a keyboard: it has to have 76-keys, it must have a pitch wheel, it must have a pattern-sequncer, it has to allow me to modify and store sounds, it must have keys like those on a piano, it must have speakers, allow me to add a mic to it, must have high quality piano, E. piano and strings sounds. Pros: It has great piano, organ, and synth sounds. Most of the other categories have good sounds. Layering and spliting is very simple and quick. It has a very quick start-up and leaves you right where you left off. It's 200 DSP's are awesome. It also allows you to control the amount of the bending of the pitch wheel. Good sensitivity on the keys. It's ability of connecting another instrument and a mic has been a very helpful feature. And it is light-weight. Cons: The keys look like those of a piano, but don't have the feel of them. They are empty inside. It doesn't have good strings sounds (they don'fade out and they don't sounds very real compared to others), and the saxphones are not that high in volume (yet the organs are very high). Generally, the volume of the keyboard when connecting it something else (not using it's own speakers), it doesn't have high volume. You have to turn it up pretty high. As far as all the other features I still have not tried them. I am still reading the manuel because I am not aware on how to work workstations. But overall very impressed with Casio and the insane price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sooo new to this

By Glenn Kunz

from Lincoln, Nebraska

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I decided to learn to tell a story,,, find an expression... learn to play piano at age 55... Money slight concern, because I couldnt play with the big boys, I chose the WK 7500. I received it very promptly, took it out of the package and have been plunking since... I have printed out helps to learn piano, scales, chords and composing ideas.... downloaded 2 dozen books.... bottom line... I have a very serious tool, to learn with, compose on, vocalize into... etc... no faults yet... maybe some in the future... If I want, in the future, after I learn better, off it goes to the relatives, and I buy a Roland, or whatever... Good luck and happy hunting...

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Unfortunately, You Get What You Pay For

By Andrew Sage

from CA

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

You should know that this review is based on trying out Casio WK7500 for about 35 minutes in a music store. I'm very experienced user of electronic keyboards: I own a Yamaha PSR 550 (a very similar PSR 650 is the current equivalent); it's a competitor to this Casio keyboard though it sells for more. I've owned several arranger workstation style keyboards over the last 25 years, and have tried quite a lot of others. Since the Casio has gotten so many glowing consumer reviews here and on other vendor websites, I thought I'd share my mostly negative impressions about it. I thought the instrumental sounds very inferior to my Yamaha PSR 550, when listened to on the built in speakers. When listed to with headphones (and I imagine when played through external amplified speakers or amplifier) the Casio sounded quite a lot better, but many of the instument sounds were still inferior to the Yamaha, especially guitar sounds. The Casio piano sounds were fairly good. Despite what I read from two or three consumer reviewers, tweaking the perameters for instument sounds proved impossible to figure out. I got down into the menu where settings can be changed, but the keyboard refused to respond to every conceivable button combination I could see. I could not get the arpegiator to work at all. True I did not have an instuction booklet, but this Casio was either far more difficult to figure out than most other keyboards I've tried, or was broken (not a testiment to it's durability, since keyboards don't get a lot of use in the music store I was at). The keyboard action was OK, but not any better than other keyboards near it's price range, despite what a couple of reviewers said. The control buttons are very logically laid out, but seem fragile. They are not lighted and are all black; the result is they would be difficult to see in a dimly lit room, and it would be difficult to tell whether any particular button has been turned on or off. The display, where current settings are shown and the control menu accessed, is small, low resolution, with primitive graphics; it's considerably worse than the display on my Yamaha PSR 550, which means it's really awful. To tweak the settings on this keyboard you have to go through multiple levels of menus, hitting a selection button for each menu before you can get to the next level down; it's slow and frustrating, user unfriendly. On the plus side the Casio offers all sorts of potentially useful features that you'd have to pay a ton more for on Yamaha and other competitor keyboards, 76 keys vs. 61, line output jacks, arpegiator, etc. And the Casio certainly is inexpensive compared to the competition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Casio WK 7500 is a powerful performer!!

By WILLIAM BAUZA

from Buffalo NY

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

Having owned two earlier Casio keyboards, 1350 and 3500, I was excited to learn about the 7500. Previous reviews got me ready to buy. It is a FINE instrument by itself, as I use it with my Praise Team, and with my wife as a musical duo. The 96 Registration Banks are a time-saver because I combine the on-board rhythms, split the keyboard so I push some awesome bass notes, and use two upper tones layered to add interest and variety. The scroll wheel makes it quick and accurate to dial a tone from your choice of EXCELLENT sounds. Having owned and lugged around a B-3 and Leslie, I am proud to use my 7500 with drawbars, 2 speed Leslie and two percussion options. The feel of the keyboard is easy because I've owned synthesizers and workstations and can adapt my style. A pianist used to wooden, weighted keys will need to practice and work on 'touch' to become comfortable with any portable . In a small setting, my wife jacks her vocal mic in, using some reverb, and we're entertaining. There's no other keyboard with the sounds, features and connectivity!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Casio Surprised Me!

By MARK LAFORTEZZA

from New York, NY

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

I have been playing keyboards for over 30 years. I've owned everything from an early Moog, Roland Juno series analog machines to the early digital Yamaha's DX7 all the way up to the newest Yamaha workstations costing over $2000.00. I never owned a Casio mostly due to its reputation as a low end consumer grade "toy". BUT... I was really blown away by the WK-7500. From it's semi realistic weighted piano keys to its drawbar organ tones. And that was what got me to take a closer look. This is a keyboard that "does it all" at a great price. When you compare what you can do with the WK-7500 compared to other much higher priced machines you'll be very surprised. Use it at home, use it to record or use it for performing. It's an all around great keyboard and I'm very glad to have it as part of my collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great keyboard, but good luck trying to figure out how to implement all the bells & whistles

By tom reisner

from nashville

Comments about Casio WK-7500 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation:

i got a super deal from guitar center, and received my Casio WK-7500 in just a couple of days. i had been using a Casio WK-1800 for the past 10 years or so, and it actually cost me more than the price i paid for the 7500. as one would expect, Casio has made tremendous strides over those years implementing better sounds and loads of programmable capabilities into the newer unit. as many have commented, the instruction manual is difficult to decipher when it comes to the more complicated uses, such as recording and editing songs and rhythm patterns, but i expect i will figure it all out eventually. the arpeggiator has lots of potential, and with the help of a you tube video demo, i was able to figure out how to use it. looking forward to another 10 years of creating great music with my new Casio WK-7500.

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