The Casio CT-X700 next generation Casio keyboard has now been released in Australia. On January 25th 2018 Casio did their international release at NAMM in the USA. It has the traditional 61 piano style keys with touch response playing with an astonishing “new” sound quality driven by the powerful AiX Sound Source chip. This is delivered through an enhanced speaker system. It retains all the features of it’s predecessor the CTK-5200, minus the pitch bend wheel, but with an extra 15 rhythms (now 195 instead of 180). The 600 tones now have a new DSP System Delay. The new look chassis (see picture) is aesthetically pleasing. A general summary of some of the features includes:
· Can run on 6 AA batteries when no power available
· 48 note polyphony [24 for certain tones]
· Functions include layer, split, piano/organ
· Reverb when on, 1 to 20
· Chorus when on, 1 to 10
· 0 to 9 beats per bar with a tempo range on the metronome from 20 to 255
· Chord book function with chord guide
· Transpose up to + or – 12 semitones and octave shift up to 2 octaves up or 3 down
· 12 types of auto harmonise and 100 arpeggiator types
· Stereo mini jack in – iPod, iPad, laptop computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc with headphone jack can be played back through the keyboard
· Smartphone shelf and tablet-ready music rest
· USB connection to computer
There are plenty more features too numerous to list here.
If you watch the video below you can listen to a demo from NAMM given by Casio’s Rich Formidoni which will give some idea of the possibilities of this keyboard.