Casio announce the release of new Compact Portable Digital Keyboard

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Casio Music UK have today announced the release of the Casiotone CT-S200, the latest addition within the Casiotone series. Designed with the intention to be portable and functional for the user, the keyboard is easy to carry so users can enjoy making music in all locations…

Approaching the 40th anniversary of their iconic Casiotone series, Casio originally leveraged their digital technology in January of 1980 to release the first digital keyboard – Casiotone 201, a digital keyboard that could replicate the tones of a variety of instruments. The 201 was the first in a long run of innovative releases for the company, and Casio has since developed a variety of products, which have enabled more people to enjoy the beauty of music, as conveniently as possible.

The NEW Casiotone CT-S200 takes its name from the first-ever Casio digital keyboard four decades prior. The CT-S200 is designed with portability in mind, to allow users to enjoy playing in their own style, anytime and anywhere.

Head of CASIO Music UK Neil Evans says ‘The release of Casiotone honours a special moment in our history as the early pioneers of electronic keyboards. The NEW range continues that spirit of innovation, enabling a fresh generation to enjoy this classic instrument, re-imagined with today’s technological advancements.’

The most recent model to the collection also marks new and groundbreaking features not seen in previous models, to make the experience of composing as efficient as possible. Coming in at a compact size 30% less in volume than previous existing models, Casio have made the new model even easier to operate, including an all-new simple interface layout, and new buttons, which allow users to save their favourite musical tones.

The new speakers also feature stronger magnets and a function that optimises equalisation in tandem with volume. The new keyboard also comes with features that enable users to enjoy music in a variety of ways, such as the Dance Music Voices, and Chordana Play app connectivity to make practicing fun.

Model Dance Music Voices App Connectivity Touch Response Key Lighting*
CT-S300 Yes Yes Yes
CT-S200 Yes Yes
CT-S100
LK-S250 Yes Yes Yes Yes

* A navigation function that guides the user by lighting the next key to play.

Main Features of CT-S200

Light weight and compact size for enjoying music more easily

With a compact size of 930 mm x 256 mm x 73 mm, for a total volume about 30% less than that of the existing CTK-2500 and CTK-2550 models, and about 16 hours of operation with alkaline batteries, the CT-S200 allows users to enjoy music wherever they like. The lightweight of only 3.3 kg and the grip at the top of the keyboard make it very easy to carry.

Interface easy to use for everyone

The CT-S200 features a simple and intuitive interface, offering an organised layout with fewer buttons by using both a full dot LCD screen and dial. It is also equipped with a home button that lets users return to the original screen at any time, making for a superior multi-function keyboard with enhanced usability.

Sound no-one would expect from such a compact keyboard

The use of 13 cm x 6 cm oval speakers with strengthened magnets delivers surprisingly great sound for such a compact instrument. An additional function that optimises the equaliser in tandem with the volume provides balanced sound from the bass to the highs, even at low volumes.

Dance Music Mode and Voices expand ways to enjoy playing

The CT-S200 includes a mode that lets users put together drum, bass, and synthesizer phrases to easily enjoy dance music, as well as 12 types of Dance Music Voices that sound great with dance music styles. Just press along with the rhythm to add accents to ordinary playing and enjoy your creation!

Chordana Play app connectivity to make practicing fun

Connecting the CT-S200 to the Chordana Play app installed on a smartphone or tablet allows users to play the right notes, without reading a musical score, by striking keys in rhythm with the bars that come down from above. The app’s scoring feature gives practice the fun feel of a game.

Model CT-S300 CT-S200 CT-S100 LK-S250
Keyboard Number of keys 61
Wheel Pitch bend Yes
Button Panel sustain Yes –       (available

with key select)

Yes
Use with function in LCD 3 3
Direct tone select 5
Sound Source Polyphony 48 32 48
Touch response 2 types, off 2 types, off
Tone MIDI Number of tones 400 122 400
Receive Yes
GM level 1 Yes No Yes
Effect Reverb 10 types, off 4 types, off 10 types, off
Volume sync EQ Yes
Song Bank Number of songs (preset) 60
Lesson function Step up lesson Yes(EASY,LISTEN,

WATCH, REMEMBER)

Lesson part/part off Yes(left ,right ,both) Yes(left, right, both)
Voice fingers instruction Yes
Guide for correction Yes
Score Yes
Accompaniment Number of rhythms(preset) 77 61 77
One touch preset 77 77
Synchro Start Yes
Rhythm elements Normal/Fill-in, Variation/Fill-in
Intro/Ending
Normal/Fill-in Normal/Fill-in, Variation/Fill-in
Intro/Ending
Code mode CASIO Chord, Fingered1, Fingered2, Fingered on base,
Fingered Assist, Full Range
Dance Music Mode Dance Music Mode Yes Yes
Dance pattern 50 50
FX (DSP effect) Yes Yes
Dance Music Voice Yes (12 samples) Yes (12 samples)
Metronome Yes
Registration My set up button (Favorite setting) 1
Display LCD display size width x length 57mm x 19mm 57mm x 19mm
Connectivity Available APP Chordana Play Ver1.2 Chordana Play Ver1.2
Jacks PHONES /OUTPUT Stereo mini
MIC IN Standard
AUDIO IN Stereo mini Stereo mini
USB (to host) Yes (micro B)
USB (to device)
Sustain Pedal Yes Yes
Speaker Channel 2 (Stereo)
Size (13cm x 6cm) x 2
Amp filter Wattage 2.5w + 2.5w 2w + 2w 2w + 2w 2.5w + 2.5w
Digital Amp Yes Yes
Power source AC adapter AD-E95100L
Battery Available rechargeable battery Yes
Battery life 19 hours with Alkali 16 hours with Alkali 16 hours with Alkali 8 hours with Alkali
Size 930x256x73mm
Weight (not including battery) 3.3kg 3.4kg

PLUS…

CASIO LAUNCH THE WORLD’S SLIMMEST DIGITAL PIANO IN ALL-NEW RED MODEL

 Casio Music UK have today announced the release of the new PX-S1000RD. The latest in their line of Privia PX-S1000 digital pianos, this new addition to the range features a wide variety of high specification within its class, from it’s elegant textured keyboard touch and authentic timbre, to the super compact and light design: all in a new deep red finish to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Privia release.

Launched upon the 15th anniversary, the PX-S1000 featured a slim and stylish body to differentiate itself from other conventional digital pianos, while still including the beautiful sound & natural playing feel of a grand piano. Following a warm reception for its advanced design, PX-S1000RD continues the tradition of its predecessors, while also being the first in the range to come in red; designed to create a strong presence both in any room and on-stage.

As well as the inclusion of some of their most iconic features, the PX-S1000RD also includes new and exciting attributes; most notably the all-new Bluetooth feature, which allows for it to be used as a speaker for music played from an external device. The newest in Casio’s Privia range promises to stay true to its most famous features which have won over audiences for the past 15 years, while also including brand-new qualities to continue to inspire new audiences.

The slim and stylish body differentiates the Privia from other digital pianos in its class

The new Privia offers a high-quality keyboard touch & elegant sound, but in a 20% slimmer body than the previous model, making full use of the digital technologies which have been developed by Casio over the years.

The new Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard combines compactness with a natural playing feel

■ Key Off Response reproduces repeat-strike performance

The PX-S1000RD model picks up on the timing of the keys’ movements. When the same note is struck repeatedly, the next tone sounds firmly even if the key has not completely come back up after being struck.

■ 88-Key Digital Scaling realises a grand piano-like touch

The touch of a grand piano varies with the differences in size and weight of the hammers over each of the 88 keys. The PX-S1000RD model delivers the feeling of playing a grand piano through a meticulous key-by-key digital simulation of these subtle differences in touch.

Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source reproduces the beautiful sound of a grand piano

■ Rich sustain makes for comfortable playing

This sound source seamlessly reproduces the natural changes in tone from the moment a note sounds until its finish, including changes in both volume and timbre. It also reproduces the reverberations and characteristics of the piano, resulting in even richer sounding piano sustain.

■ Acoustic Simulator reproduces grand piano string resonance and action sounds

The PX-S1000RD model achieves a realistic feel of the timbre of a grand piano by reproducing the resonance of strings with frequencies closely associated with those being played, as well as the resonance that occurs when strings are released by depressing the damper pedal. This feature also reproduces the sounds of a grand piano’s action that occur when playing a pianissimo note, and when releasing a key.

Audio playback feature uses Bluetooth® to provide more ways to enjoy your digital piano

The user can listen to their favorite songs played through the speakers of the PX-S1000RD model, and listen with the surround effect to enjoy the feeling of a live performance in their home.

Connectivity with Casio’s dedicated Chordana Play for Piano app enables intuitive piano operation

Users can connect the PX-S1000RD to a smartphone or tablet and operate various piano settings from the app screen, for example, to change the tone or play preset songs.

Model Name PX-S1000RD
Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Key Action Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard
Touch Response 5 sensitivity levels, off
88-Key Digital Scaling Yes
Hammer Response Yes
Key Off Response Yes
Tones Polyphony (Maximum) 192
Number of Built-in Tones 18
Sound Source Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR
Layer / Split Yes
Acoustic

Simulator

String Resonance Yes (4 types, off)
Damper Resonance Yes (4 types, off)
Key Action Noise Yes (4 types, off)
Damper Noise Yes (4 types, off)
Digital Effect Sound Mode Hall Simulator /

Reverb

Hall simulator: 4 types
Surround 2 types
Chorus 4 types
Brilliance Yes
DSP Yes (Preset for some tones)
Songs Music Library 60
Demonstration-Only Songs 1
Song Expansion (User Songs) 10
Additional Features Connectivity to Chordana Play for Piano Yes
Bluetooth® Audio Yes
Lesson Function Part ON/OFF (Part select: Right hand, left hand)
Recorder 2 tracks, 1 song
Duet Mode Yes
Octave Shift ±2
Metronome 0 to 9 beats, tempo range: 20~255
Pedals Included: Damper (SP-3); optional 3-pedal unit: damper, soft, sostenuto (new SP-34)
Half Pedal (Damper) Yes (Optional SP-34)
Scale Tuning (Temperament) Equal temperament + 16 variations
Operation Lock Yes
Others Touch sensor buttons: 7
MIDI* Yes
Connectivity and Storage PHONES 2 (Stereo mini)
Pedals 2 (Damper, Pedal Unit)
LINE OUT 2 L/MONO, R (Standard jack)
AUDIO IN Yes (Stereo mini)
USB TO HOST Yes
Speakers 16 cm x 8 cm (Oval) x 2
Amplifiers 8W + 8W
Power Supply AC Adaptor AD-A12150LW
Batteries Alkaline AA x 6 (Approx. 4 hours)
Size 1,322 x 232 x 102 mm
Weight 11.2 kg
Included Accessories Pedal (SP-3), music stand, AC adaptor (ADA12150LW)

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