Overview Casio CTK 2400
Casio has been manufacturing music equipment for years. It is, hence, one of the few companies that you can rely on to come up with an item geared towards taking your music career to the next level. A few of their products haven’t been too successful, but fortunately for us, the Casio CTK 2400 convincingly makes it to the list of some of the best and affordable entry-level keyboards in the market. This keyboard is equipped with excellent sampling features that every music students need to know. The features are aimed at giving students both playing and production skills. All these skills and its designing ensures that young and curious musicians get equipment where they can freely explore all their music fantasies and possibilities. Casio has done a great job equipping it with fantastic elements and creative sounds which makes playing the keyboard a fun experience. Wild students with an adventurous taste in music are also well catered for with this keyboard. Its extensive functions will help you develop from a novice learner into a decent player and music producers.
Out of 200 hundred digital piano reviews, we rated the Casio CTK2400 as the best piano keyboard for beginners.
What sets Casio CTK 2400 apart?
How does it stand out from the rest of entry-level keyboards in the market right now? One of the biggest reasons behind the success of this keyboard is the wide variety of options it gives players regarding effects and tones. This piano is programmed with an Acoustic and Highly Compressed Large Waveform (AHL) that offers more than 400 tones ranging from brass instruments, wind, organs, stereo pianos, synths, drums/percussions and many others. It also comes with an inbuilt reverb which further enhances the performance and quality of the sound effects used. The reverb is customizable allowing the player to sample different sounds and effects. There is also 48 Midi tones and some electronic sounds for booting. The Casio CTK 2400 sound features are honestly quite good for its price. With the keyboard, you can record realistic short phrases that you can listen to with the playback features.
Casio CTK 2400 is a 61 full-size keys keyboard that has tried as much as possible to deliver the best experience of playing a proper instrument while making it easy for beginners to learn the basics. This is why the keys are not velocity sensitive. This simply means that you cannot play soft or loud music through pressure sensitivity. The keys, therefore, look like on/off switches. This could be a bit frustrating for advanced or skilled musicians who are already used to playing other acoustic instruments where pressure and touch sensitivity is a bit high. To novice musicians, however, the nature of these keys makes it easier to practice, master and maneuver through various moves. Casio has also done a lot to ensure that the keys offer very minimal resistance when pressed allowing them to respond like an organ.
The keyboard has a lesson feature with 110 songs. It also has piano exercises where the needed fingering and notes are both displayed on the LCD. The keyboard allows you to speed up, slow down and even separate various parts into the right and left hand. With this feature, you can teach yourself how to play different popular piano pieces. This gives the keyboard a significant advantage over others because you have an opportunity to spend extra hours before or after your lessons to teach and polish yourself. The LCD has also proven to be very useful in keeping you informed about the various settings of the keyboard. Through this display, you can navigate and customize the keyboard to your personal preferences. The control panels are also quite simple to use. The controls won’t overwhelm or confuse you with complicated buttons, but instead, it guides you through the tweaks as the keyboard continues to play in the background. After just a few days of using this keyboard, you should be able to go through its different settings without any technical assistance.
As a music student, listening to your recording is crucial. It helps you to see how well you are progressing. Every time you notice an improvement in your performance you are likely to gain more confidence in yourself which should boost your development as a musician. This is why the Casio CTK 2400 has a recording and playback option. This is supported by the inbuilt microphone that accurately records good quality samples. With this keyboard, you can record two songs and go as far as editing them with the various available effects! You can then sit back and listen to the performance as you take note on the points that need improvement. From the 110 available songs and over 150 rhythms, you can start by listening and practicing with the most straightforward songs as you grow to the more complicated ones. The auto-accompaniment function makes playing even more fun. This is like a virtual band that will make your experience more engaging and fun. When you are having fun with the Casio CTK 2400, you are bound to spend more hours on it, and the more the time you dedicate to the keyboard the finer your skills become.
The keyboard has various connectivity options. It has an audio-in port for connecting external audio instruments or other accessories and an output/headphone jack. My favorite, however, is the USB port and the keyboard’s integration with both Windows and MAC computers. Through this feature, you can import or export music files to and from the keyboard with your pc. This port also makes it possible for you to further customize the keyboard by connecting it with different music software programs and memory devices.
We also can’t miss to point out the lightweight nature of this keyboard. As a student, you will naturally be spending a lot of time on the move be it from your music class, within your house and when going for some gig out of town. This obviously requires you to carry around your piano, and it’s best that the keyboard is as light as possible. Casio CTK 2400 is a perfect example of a portable keyboard, and this is not just due to its lightweight nature. The keyboard can run on six AAA batteries so you’ll have nothing to worry about when you are not close to power output. Casio CTK 2400 has an auto-off feature that automatically shuts down the keyboard when left idle for some time. This is vital in helping you save on energy especially if you are using the batteries.
Casio CTK 2400 Specifications
- 48 notes polyphony
- AHL 48 GM sound source
- -12 to +12 semitones transpose
- 5 Hz to 465.9 tuning
- 400 tones
- Ten different digital effects
- 2 seconds worth of sampling time
- 150 rhythms with at least 55 world rhythms and 20 piano play
- Inbuilt Mic
- 30 to 255 BPM metronome
- Two 10cm speakers and two 2W amplifiers
- Can either be powered by 9.5V DC or six AAA batteries
- Comes with various accessories including an X-style stand, power supply, and Samson HP30 headphones
- The full-size keys are very easy to use which is ideal for a novice player
- Its extensive sampling features will expand your creativity on music performance and production
- Lots of tones and effects to choose from. These should help you express your emotions musically
- A clear LCD screen where you can learn various moves and read through music sheets
- Multiple songs of different complexities included, as a beginner you will find easier songs to practice with while other more advanced songs will finesse your skills further
- Its simplistic nature also enables children to play and have fun with the light keys
- Finally, its price tag seems like a bargain for the features you’ll get. If you are just kick-starting your music career on a tight budget, then the Casio CTK 2400 is an excellent place to start
- Some people would consider the sound produced a bit too digital.
- The keyboard has only 48 notes which are low. As a result, sustaining notes after the limit has been achieved becomes very difficult.
For students, the Casio CTK 2400 will prove to be quite a fun item. It will help you realize just how fun playing a keyboard can get. The CTK 2400 will quickly give you the necessary skills (both musical and technical) with very minimal assistance from professionals. It could be an entry level keyboard but a few weeks after practicing you’ll still be able to make new and more complex music with it creatively. For a beginner, therefore, this keyboard is quite a good buy, and that’s why it comes highly recommended. Here are a couple of reviews from other Casio CTK 2400 users which should give you an overview of what to expect and a glimpse of why it’s a favorite to many musicians.
“We are not a very musical family, but lately my boys have been showing interest in musical instruments. They always enjoyed the little keyboards they have, but I figured it was time for the next step. The Casio CTK 2400 is the perfect next step for anyone looking to start creating their music at home. It is the perfect starter keyboard that is both portable and affordable. It has so many great features, and even though we have been jamming on this keyboard for a few weeks now, I feel like we haven’t even scratched the surface with what it can do.” By Cherise
“I took piano lessons when I was younger, but I was looking to get back into and try to start playing again. After looking through several different options, I came across this set, and I decided to give it a try. Overall I like the unit, and I think it meets all of my needs. It is very lightweight and easy to move around, and I love having the stand included. The headset that comes with the unit is very comfortable, and they work well as blocking out any background noise to help you focus on what you are playing.” By Kyle
“As always when I order through Amazon this arrived on time. The keyboard looks and sounds great. The headphones have a good but not great sound, but it’s worth getting the bundle. My 16 yr old daughter put the stand together by herself, so it is pretty easy. She has learned two songs in the last few days.” By Glenn