Our Casio CTK 6200 Review At A Glance#
Ease of Use
Very beginner friendly
Affordable at less than $200
*Touch sensitive keys
*Multiple digital effects
*Virtual multi-track recording studio
*Built in USB port
*SD card support
We don't like:
*No microphone support
*No step up lesson system
Quick Navigation Our Casio CTK 6200 Review At A Glance A Short Introduction An Overview of Casio CTK-6200 Features Advantages of Casio CTK-6200 Disadvantages of Casio CTK-6200 A Few Casio CTK-6200 User Reviews Frequently Asked Questions Should you buy the Casio CTK-6200? Looking for the Casio CTK 6200 manual?
A Short Introduction#
If you've got your eye, and your fingers itching, to play some serious music on the Casio CTK-6200 keyboard piano, then you made the right choice. Whilst this keyboard is an excellent option for beginners, the additional and more advanced features would be welcomed by intermediate learners who are ready to go beyond the basics.
A novice learner will surely find this keyboard extremely useful with its natural piano sound (the default voice which you can change anytime) and its piano style, touch sensitive keys.
A more advanced player, on the other hand, will enjoy the wealth of customization options available on this model – easily done by the rhythm and tones editor as well as the built-in multiple digital effects features.
An Overview of Casio CTK-6200 Features#
- 61 full size touch-sensitive keys
- 700 orchestral and synth tones
- 210 preset rhythms including ethnic styles from Japan and India
- Graphic Equalizer (5 Presets)
- Can store up to 10 original songs
- 16 sequencer tracks
- Rhythm and tone editor
- Built-in FX including reverb, chorus, delay, flanger and more
- Pitch bend wheel and 32-channel mixer
- Audio and headphone jack
- 4-way speaker system
Click here if you would like to read the complete Technical Specifications of the Casio CTK-6200
|Keyboard||61 keys (piano style)|
|Touch Response||2 sensitivity levels, Off|
|Maximum Polyphony||48 notes|
|Tones||700 built-in tones (10 user tones)|
|Layer/Split||Layer, Split (variable split point)|
|Digital Effects||Reverb: 10 typesChorus: 5 types (simultaneous use with DSP not supported)DSP: 100 preset, 100 user (simultaneous use with Chorus not supported)EQ (Equalizer): 5 (Off, Soft, Bright, B.Boost, Powerful)Auto Harmonize: 12Arpeggiator: 150|
|Rhythms/Patterns||210 built-in rhythms (10 user rhythms)|
|Auto Accompaniment||Modes: CASIO Chord, Fingered 1, Fingered 2 (6th off), Fingered 3 (on bass), Full Range ChordControllers: Start/Stop, Intro, Normal/Fill-in, Variation/Fill-in, Synchro/Ending|
|Built-in Songs||5 (demo tunes)|
|Metronome||Beats: 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Tempo range: quarter note = 30 to 255)|
|Recorder||Song sequencer: 16 multi tracks + 1 System Track, 5 songs, approximately 12,000 total notes (real-time recording, step recording, song edit, track edit,event edit)|
|Other Functions||Mixer: 32 channelsRhythm editor (10 user rhythms)Tone editor (10 user tones)Registrations: 32 setups (4 sets x 8 banks)Music preset: 305 preset with chord progression, chord edit ( 50 user presets)One-touch preset: 210 setsArpeggiator: 150 typesTemperaments (scales): Preset scale (Equal temperament + 16 types)/scale fine tuneOctave shift: ±2 octavesRhythm/song controllerPitch bend wheel : 0 to 24 semitonesLarge Dial|
|Key Transpose||±1 (-12 to +12 semitones)|
|Tuning Control||A4 = 415.5 - 440.0 - 465.9 Hz|
|Pedals||Standard jack (sustain, soft, sostenuto, start/stop)|
|Display Screen||LCD with backlight|
|USB Memory / SD Memory||Supported memory cards: Up to 32GB SD memory cards or SDHC memory cardsFunctions: SMF playback (up to 320KB per file), file save/load/delete, card formatSave/load: Registrations, user rhythms, user tones, user DSPs, user music presets, song sequencer songs|
|MIDI||GM Compatibility: Level 1Terminals: USB|
|Speakers||12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2, bass-reflex system|
|Input/Output Terminals||Audio inLine output (L/MONO, R)Headphones (standard stereo jack)Sustain/assignableUSB: type BExternal power (12V DC)* USB cable (A-B type) required to use USB terminal for computer connection.|
|Power Requirements||Batteries: D-sizex6/AC adaptor: AD-A12150LW|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||948 x 384 x 122mm* Excluding music stand, and other projections|
|Weight||12.5 pounds (without batteries)|
|Included Accessories||Music stand, AC adaptor|
S ource: Casio.com
Advantages of Casio CTK-6200#
Before we list down the many advantages of the Casio CTK-6200, here's a video from Casio highlighting its main features:
1) Hundreds of tones and effects
While most beginner keyboard models offer 300 or 400 tones, the CTK-6200 offers 700 high quality keyboard voices thanks to the AHL sound source.
Some may say they don't need that many tones, but if you are serious about playing music and taking advantage of the more advanced features on this keyboard, then 700 would seem like a fair number to you.
In addition, you can play along to any of the 210 preset rhythms using any of the 700 tones available at your fingertips.
2) Multiple Digital Effects
You would think Casio would stop at 700 tones. But no, they also had to program so many different effects which you can apply to any tone you like to create exactly the sound you want to hear!
They have also included 10 types of reverb, 5 types of chorus, and 100 DSP types so you can truly personalize your music just the way you want to hear it.
3) Rhythm and Tones Editor
This brilliant feature will allow you to edit any of the preset rhythms as well as any of the 700 built-in tones or voices. You can then save the edited voice to a 'user voice' section. Again, personalization at its best form.
4) Virtual Multi-Track Recording Studio
The built-in song sequencer provides a total of 16 tracks and an extra system track (a total of 17 tracks) which allows you to record up to 5 songs. This is an awesome feature because this means you can easily record up to 16 different instruments or tones (out of the 700) for each track for real multi-track recording capabilities. You can literally be a one-person band or even a one-person orchestra!
5) Graphic Equalizer
This new feature will permit the user to adjust the levels of treble and bass of different frequencies, allowing you additional and more in-depth control when creating your music.
6) USB Port and SD Card Slot
The built-in USB port provides an easy connection between your keyboard and your computer as well as send/receive a MIDI connection. It allows you to quickly share all sorts of music data from the keyboard and even audio data recorded to an SD memory card. This feature allows you to easily and effortlessly edit your music on your computer!
7) Touch Sensitive
If you intend to someday play on a real piano, then this feature is important because just like in a real piano, the harder you press on a key, the louder the sound it produces. This will allow you to play the melody (usually played with the right hand) louder than the accompaniment (usually played with the left hand).
8) Highly portable
With all the features packed into this keyboard, you would think it would weigh around 50 lbs. But no, it only weighs a skinny 12.5 lbs making it a truly portable piano keyboard which can easily be carried from one room to another by anyone with two hands.
Disadvantages of Casio CTK-6200#
1) No microphone support
Unlike other beginner keyboards from Casio, this particular model does not offer microphone support which would have gone well with the Song Sequencer feature. Who wouldn't want to sing along to music you have practiced and perfected on this wonderful keyboard!
2) Non lighted keys
This is another feature missing in this near-perfect 61-key keyboard piano. Most beginners will sorely miss this feature but for those who are already familiar with the basics, then they probably will find this an acceptable omission.
3) No Step Up Lesson System
This is a truly helpful learning system for beginners which are available in other Casio beginner keyboards. If you truly need serious help with your music studies, then it might be best to look elsewhere such as the Casio LK175 or LK280.
A Few Casio CTK-6200 User Reviews#
We have rounded up and summarized a few reviews from other satisfied buyers of the Casio CTK-6200:
An elderly piano teacher is loving her Casio CTK-6200 and says it is definitely worth more than its price. She had always played on real pianos and organs and had never had an interest in playing a keyboard until she was gifted with an old Casio. She bought the CTK-6200 as an upgrade and found it perfect and easy to play. She is having so much fun with this keyboard she even started a keyboard class with her senior friends! Another buyer said he was very impressed with the recording feature on this keyboard. He has written and recorded several instruments that when played together sound like an entire orchestra was playing it but in reality was just his little Casio! A gentleman who used to own a real piano said this portable keyboard offers so many options such as hundreds of sounds, songs, and rhythms that are lacking in a piano. He said he does not mind that it's just 61 un-weighted keys; he's pretty happy with the touch response of the keys. A keyboard beginner bought this keyboard to learn how to play and so far he is very satisfied with his purchase. He wanted a portable keyboard with just 61 keys and so he got this model. He is happy with the feel of the keys when he plays, the keyboard sounds, the 3-way speakers, multiple functions and adjustments such as volume control. He was also impressed that Casio added an SD card and USB support at such a low price. A mother bought this keyboard for her teenage son who is learning to play just by watching youtube videos. He finds the keyboard to have all the features he needs and it has definitely exceeded his expectations. Overall, he is happy with the quality as it does not feel cheap at all and is holding up very well. Another buyer loves his CTK-6200 because it offers a lot of options. He recommends it for beginners who are just starting to learn how to play, and those who would like to go into songwriting, and even just entertaining family and friends. A pianist of many years said the keyboard will not replace a piano but he is having fun experimenting with this Casio's multiple pre-programmed tones, pitches and rhythms. He is impressed with the keyboard's quality, portability, and the features available. He recommends the keyboard to novices and accomplished players alike. A professional keyboardist said he bought the CTK-6200 for his granddaughter who wants to learn how to play. He finds the sound quality and the hundreds of editable rhythms and voices onboard very impressive. The keys, he said, feels reasonably nice and highly touch sensitive. The mere fact that he can move this very portable instrument around is a big plus for him. He does, however, recommend that you purchase a separate sustain pedal to help make the keyboard sound even better than it already does. Another buyer said he found the clear sounds of the keyboard to be very good. The options are laid out properly and was easy for him to figure out, although he did say it will take him some time to go through all the options as there are quite a lot! With regard to the keys itself, he found the touch sensitivity working as advertised. He also appreciates that he can easily connect it to his Mac computer.
Frequently Asked Questions#
1) Can you transpose on this keyboard?
Yes, there is an option to transpose.
- Is there microphone support for this keyboard?
Unfortunately, no there is no microphone support. It does, however, have 16 tracks for keyboard recording. This means you can record up to 16 instruments for your song.
- Are the keys weighted like a real piano?
No, it's not. Keyboards with weighted keys are way more expensive than the CTK-6200.
- Can you connect this to your computer?
Yes, definitely. the CTK-6200 hosts a slew of connectivity options such as USB port and SD memory card slot. You can easily transfer your songs and other audio data through the USB port.
5) Is it touch sensitive?
Yes, the keys are touch sensitive.
- Can this keyboard be used as MIDI controller?
Yes, the USB port allows the keyboard to be used as a MIDI controller as it has both send/receive function.
Should you buy the Casio CTK-6200?#
If you are positively keen on learning how to play music on a keyboard, and you intend to learn beyond the rudimentary basics and proceed to songwriting eventually, then yes you should seriously consider this keyboard.
With its professional sound and multiple recording tracks feature, as well as its easy connectivity to a computer via the USB port, it would not be hard to imagine composing and playing your original songs on this excellent keyboard piano!
Don't forget that its price range is really affordable considering all of its innovative features that strives to provide convenience to the masses.
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