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The Casio brand has been around since 1946 and are known fro everything from calculators to watches to music instruments. We have a Casio keyboard that is right around 15 years old that was my sisters many years ago and was passed down to us and we use it in our homeschool classroom for music lessons and the kids love it. Of course when we received the offer to review a new Casio keyboard, we jumped at the opportunity. Although our 15 year old keyboard is great, technology changes so we knew we were due for an upgrade.
Casio sent us the CTK-2400 keyboard which features 61 standard sized keys with 150 rhythms and 110 built in songs. I have to say it is amazing how much technology changes, our older keyboard sounded more digital, while this one sounds way more like a real piano, when I hear my daughter playing it I would swear she was sitting at a piano that cost several thousand dollars. A great feature of this keyboard is the USB MIDI feature which means you can plug it into your PC or MAC and play music through the computer or record it, with the built 150 rhythms as accompaniment this is a blast. Plus the Class Compliant USB MIDI also allows Casio digital pianos to be used as a controller with the Apple iPad simply with the use of Apple’s Camera Connection Kit.
The buttons and the LCD are very intuitive, making it easy to understand and means you will be playing music in no time. If you are new to learning to play, this keyboard features the Step Up Learning System which allows novice users to learn the 110 built-in songs phase by phase, at your own individual pace. Utilizing the LCD display, you can learn both music notation and correct hand positioning, while Casio’s innovative lesson system evaluates performance so you can track your progress and incremental success.