Hopes for a phase distortion based synthesizer from Casio are dashed but they still have some mojo in the portable automatic keyboard department. The CT-X series is their latest machine which aims to redefine the portable keyboard.
Kicking off the range with the CT-X700 it has 61 full-size touch sensitive keys, 600 tones and 195 rhythms. The LCD display is bright and backlit and the speakers are uncommonly big and fabulous. It even has a shelf for a smartphone or tablet – i think we used to call that a music stand.
At the heart of the CT-X is the powerful AiX Sound Source which, they say, makes it sound like a keyboard costing thousands of dollars more. There are sounds from a 9 foot grand piano, organs, electric pianos and regular sounds through to hard and fast synthesizer sounds, evolving textures and arpeggiating rhythms.
In the Rhythm Editor, you’ll always have a band to jam with. From old favourites to cutting-edge productions you’ll find the drums authentic and engaging.
For song writing there’s a 6 track recorder with a library of 100 songs and lessons.
It can be powered by battery or USB and the CT-X700 is lightweight and perfectly portable making it “perfect as a go-anywhere musical partner”.
- Casio website.