Review of Casio Model WK-200 | 76-Key Portable Keyboard
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Overall, this is an excellent keyboard for the price. Beginner pianists can take advantage of its built-in exercises, which can help build a relationship the piano keyboard layout; while more experienced players will find the 76 touch-sensitive keys useful when playing a piece of music with a broad range.
- Keys: 76
- Polyphony: 48-note; 24 for some voices
- Touch Sensitivity: 2 velocity settings, or off
- Reverb/Chorus: 10 reverb settings; 5 chorus
- Metronome: Yes; 30-255 BPM
- Available Colors: Silver
- Includes 570 voices!
- Has 180 built-in rhythms
- Can be connected to external pedals
- Can record up to 6 songs (12,000 notes) and 10 rhythms
- Lightweight at 15.9 lbs.
- AC power supply not included (see Accessories, below)
- No sustain pedal included
- LCD screen is difficult to read on an angle, and the orange backlight provides little contrast.
Keys & “Action”:
My only real qualm with the feel of the keyboard on this model is that the keys are extremely sensitive compared to other musical keyboards – even after adjusting the touch response*. For someone used to playing on a real piano, this will certainly be an annoyance. But, I can say that the keys are not too slippery, which is something I consider to be a bothersome flaw.
* The touch-sensitivity on th WK-200 is dependent on how quickly a note is pressed, and not only how hard you touch the key – a method I find to be confusing for ear-hand coordination, and one that may hinder the development of more refined dynamic techniques on the piano.
Dual-layering (configuring the keyboard so that one key can sound two tones simultaneously) is supported, as is splitting (having two different tones on either end of the keyboard); the exact split point may be customized.
Transposition from -12 to +12.
Included are 570 voices! What's more, this model allows you to record custom sounds onto the keyboard with a mic, and modify them with a variety of effects such as looping and pitch alterations.
Available tones include:
- 20 Acoustic pianos
- 25 Electric pianos
- 40 Organs, pipe, jazz & more
- 60 Guitars, 30 treble and 30 bass
- Strings & orchestra
… and a lot more.
A single-pedal unit (not included; see Accessories, below) can be programmed to produce the effects of the damper, sostenuto, or soft pedals; or it may be used to activate a background rhythm.
The WK-200 comes with 102 preset songs (including mostly traditional and folk tunes, some Christmas songs, and a fair amount of classical piano movements) along with 180 rhythms for accompaniment. There are an additional 50 exercises divided into three playing-levels which are used to test your progress as a pianist.
Up to 10 of your own personalized rhythms, or 6 melodic songs may also be recorded and stored; Casio defines this recording space as equal to a total 12,000 notes.
Keyboard Speakers & Quality:
The two integrated 2.5W “stereo” speakers produced a pretty impressive sound for their size and wattage, even holding up quite nicely in the bass notes at higher volumes. Should you require more decibels, an external amplifier may be connected.
- Free song book
- Music rest
AC adapter not usually included; ask your retailer. Casio recommends 9V power adapter model # AD-5. Keyboard may also be powered up to five hours with 6 D batteries.
? 1/4" headphone/audio OUT jack
? 1/8" audio IN
? 1/4" mic IN
? USB (cable not included)
? Sustain pedal input, 1/4"
See More Casio Instrument Reviews:
¦ Privia PX-130 - 88-Key
¦ CDP-100 - 88-Key
¦ LK-165 - 61-Key Lighted Keyboard
¦ WK-7500 - 76-Key
¦ WK-500 - 76-Key
¦ WK-225 - 76-Key
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? Notes of the Piano Keys
? The Point Of Double-Sharps
? Finding Middle C on the Piano
? Essential Piano Fingering
? Comparing Major & Minor Chords
Getting Started on Keyboards
? Finding the Right Piano Teacher
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? Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
? How to Buy a Used Piano
? Musical Keyboard Comparison Guide
? Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
? Root Notes & Chord Inversion
? Diminished Chords & Dissonance
? Essential Piano Chord Fingering
? Different Types of Arpeggiated Chords
? Everyday Piano Care
? Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
? When to Tune a Piano
? Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
? Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels
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? What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
? Concert Etiquette for the Audience
? Warming Up for a Piano Performance
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? Musical Quizzes!
? Identify the Piano Keys
? Key Signature Quiz
? Note Length & Rest Quiz (U.S. or U.K. English)
? Grand Staff Notes Quiz
? Tempo Command & BPM Quiz
? Time Signature & Rhythm Quiz
? Volume Commands & Dynamics Symbols
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Illustrated Piano Chords:
Abmaj ? Abma7 ? Abma9 | Abmin ? Abm7 ? Abm9 | Abdim ? Ab°7 | Abaug ? Ab+7 | Absus2 ? Absus4