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CASIO SA-65small keyboard with interesting lo-fi wavetable sounds, LCD display & lovely demos
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This is the top of the line model of the Casio SA series. While the sound set corresponds quite much to the Casio SA-1, the rhythm set and song bank resemble more the Casio SA-35. Great is that it has in opposite to its predecessors 37 midsize keys, and an LCD which indicates besides some parameters the note position of currently played notes on the note lines graphically.

60 Demo Songs, Duet Mode – Features For The Beginning Pianist. We did tell you that this is for the beginners, right? Now, here are a few of the ways Casio looks out for beginners on this keyboard. First off, the Casio PX-130 comes with 60 demo songs. And why are demo songs important? Well, for two reasons actually. After you download tone with wave,drum with wave, DSP, registration, song,rhythm, and other data from this site, you can use Music Data Management Software to transfer it to your CASIO keyboard to create a musical instrument that is customized to your needs. Data you download here cannot be used with the CTK-671.

Display 50 in-app demo songs or downloaded MIDI files on the Chordana Play piano roll or musical score screen to play your favorite songs anytime, anywhere. Play music without reading a musical score by striking keys in rhythm with the bars as they scroll down from the top of the screen.

This instrument was later re- released as Casio SA-67 (with silver control panel and blue display frame).

main features:

  • 37 midsize keys
  • 2 built-in speakers (ca. 8cm, mono)
  • main voice polyphony 4 notes
  • 100 preset sounds (same sound names like Casio SA-1, selected by 2 digit numbers)
  • 30 preset rhythms (selected by 2 digit numbers):
    • rhythm {16 beat, 8 beat, pops, rock, swing, slow rock, shuffle, march, samba, waltz} (without accompaniment}
    • free session {rap, pops, rock, jazz, house, funk, latin, carnival, country, classical} (with accompaniment in fixed- key, thus of little use)
    • funny {cheer, fanfare, hopper, computer sound, horror, child's play, orient, jungle, accident, comedy} (fixed key accompaniment)
  • cipher buttons {'0'..'9'} to select preset sounds, rhythms & demos
  • volume +/- buttons (5 steps, reduce bit resolution badly)
  • tempo +/- buttons (16 steps)
  • LCD display (shows parameters, metronome, currently played notes on their lines)
  • wavetable sound generator with sounds based 2 mixed low- res loop samples with independent, partly very complex algorithmic volume and pitch envelopes.
  • CPU 'OKI M6387B-A28, 904231A' (30 narrow pin DIL) + separate LCD controller IC 'LC75821, 9CD1' (64 pin SMD)
  • crystal clocked
  • 10 demo melodies song bank (wonderful complex polyphonic orchestrations)
  • 'melody off' button (mutes the main voice of the demos to play to them)
  • AC- adapter jack

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  • volume control setting changes tempo of algorithmic sound patterns (e.g. mandolin ring)

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All sounds of this instrument sound cleaner and less harsh than with Casio SA-1. I am not sure if the output DAC bit resolution is increased by external discrete components (demultiplexer?) or if it is just better filtered. Like other SA series keyboards, also the SA-65 has a 30 pin CPU of the 'OKI M6387' family, but this one has additionally an LCD controller IC on the back of the PCB. Unlike other SA keyboards, pressed buttons play no noises here (likely because the LCD gives visual feedback instead) and thus don't disturb live performance anymore. Unfortunately the user interface has a small design flaw: the volume or tempo buttons always switch the control panel into volume or tempo entry mode (the mode is indicated by an arrow on the LCD), in which no preset sound or rhythm can be selected anymore (despite the cipher buttons can not be used for volume/ tempo entry anyway), thus you have to switch it back by pressing the 'tone' or 'pattern' button again each time you select a sound or rhythm after changing volume or tempo. This is no severe problem since you can access these buttons with one hand together with the cipher buttons, but it still disturbs some live play tricks. (Like with other SA series keyboards you can e.g. hold notes and switch the preset sound or volume, which then only affects new played notes while the old note keeps playing on its initial sound until you release the key. Also the pattern speed of ringing mandolins etc. still changes the known way with the volume setting.) The volume can not be set much lower than average room loudness. There is also no sound output jack despite the PCB has empty solder holes for it; the similarly sized Casio SA-35 still had one.

The preset sound set resembles very much the 100 ToneBank of Casio SA-1 (see there), but by the longer keyboard you can play 5 additional lower notes here. There are only few differences; e.g. the 'metal guitar' and 'metal lead' play a different chord. Also the split points of split sounds are different (to fit to the longer keyboard), and the pitch of some non- melodic sounds is different. A bit annoying is that the 'sample percussion' (sort of gong with orchestral hit) plays here only on a fixed pitch, while on SA-1 many pitches (narrower than normal tone scale) were distributed over the keyboard. But in comparison to my Casio PA-31, most sounds on the SA-65 play a bit more sonorous, more open and clearer, while the PA-31 sounds more pale and muffled. Generally I like most of the SA-65 timbres better.

The rhythm set resembles much the Casio SA-35, but has a few additional rhythms. Unfortunately the accompaniments are still fixed- key and thus badly suited for melody play, but they can be inspiring for tekkno- like things. The new pattern 'cheer' is a squarewave(?) organ fanfare loop (like from a historical videogame) while 'accident' is a synth loop with ambulance siren and photo camera clicks.
The LCD shows 5 parameter values {volume, tempo, sound no., rhythm no., song no.} one at a time; an arrow indicates the parameter name. When you play notes, the LCD shows black dots on their note lines, which can be useful to learn which keys belong to which note pitches. When only flats (white keys) are pressed, it displays their note dots simultaneously, while with sharps (black keys) it cycles through them alternatingly with about 2Hz by the lack of separate 'b' and '#' symbols for the individual notes. It can only show black dots (like full notes) and not different note characters. During rhythm or demos a metronome with flashing notes and a walking dot row is displayed.

The instrument has a song bank of 10 wonderful orchestrated polyphonic demo melodies:

  1. Ode to Joy
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  3. Santa Lucia
  4. Yankee Doodle
  5. Minuet (J.S. Bach)
  6. On the Bridge of Avignon
  7. Silent Night
  8. Aura Lee
  9. Skaters Waltz
  10. Little Brown Jug
They can be played separately or repeated in a sequence. With the 'melody off' button the demo songs can be started with main voice muted to play to their accompaniment. Unfortunately this button does not take effect while the music is playing, thus you can not switch back and forward to simply mute the main voice, improvise a few bars and continue with the original melody track like on most other keyboards with this feature.

A new case variant of this instrument was apparently released as Casio SA-75 (different silver metallic case, same features, seen on eBay.) The case design of Casio SA-65 was blatantly imitated in the Jin Xin Toys JX-20165 and (less extreme) the Elecking - My Party Piano.

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Casio instruments have long been amongst the best in the world; now, we are looking for the best Casio keyboards and digital pianos. With such a prolific manufacturer, there are enough options to make several lists, but we will try our best to narrow it down for you. We will list and review what we consider to be the best Casio offerings available in 2021. Let’s get started!

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Here are the best Casio keyboards and digital pianos 2021:

1. Casio Celviano AP-700

The most realistic piano experience

We are stepping into expensive territory now with the Casio AP-700. At this level, it’s not enough just to sound good, it has to feel as close to the real thing as possible.

The AP-700 has scaled hammer action keys with premium ebony and ivory feel. The difference between these hammer action and those of the PX range is that these are mechanical. There are no springs at all, the hammer action is entirely dependent on levers and weights. It has a max polyphony of 256 notes.

Three are three main piano tomes, named Berlin, Hamburg, and Viena. The flagship voice is the Berlin grand piano, which is modeled on the legendary D282 Bechstein. On top of the three pianos, there are a further 21 onboard sounds. Instruments can be layered to create custom voices and exciting textures.

There are two levels of play-along material, including 15 high-quality orchestral recordings. For the less advanced players, there are 60 training songs to develop your playing. Like most other models, it has duet mode for teaching, but this one also has two headphone outputs, which is a nice touch.

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  • Ultra-realistic feel.
  • Mechanical hammer action keys.
  • Stunning flagship piano voices.

The Casio AP-700 is a very realistic digital piano. The mechanical hammer action keys, combined with the ebony/ivory feel, is superb. In fact, you would struggle to find a digital piano that feels more realistic. In our opinion, that’s the main thing when spending so much money, because cheaper pianos can sound just as good.

Getting the whole experience depends more on the physical attributes, speaking of which, the AP-700 has a reasonably large cabinet. That might be a negative for some people, but again, if you want realism, this is it. Our advice would be that it’s too expensive for a beginner, other than that, we love it.

2. Casio Privia PX-S3000

The future of Privia keyboards

The PX-S3000 is one of the latest 88-key Casio keyboards. It has an ultra-modern design and is a sign of the future for the portable Privia range. We can all agree that good looks are only a secondary concern, but the fact that it looks super sleek doesn’t hurt one bit. It’s also the world’s slimmest keyboard piano, so we’re off to a good start.

The PX-S3000 has Casio’s scaled hammer action keys with five sensitivity levels. Considering how slim the keyboard is, it’s remarkable that it houses such a realistic keybed. It sports a max polyphony of 192 notes, which is higher than many similar keyboard pianos.

If the advanced hammer action keys weren’t enough, this gorgeous keyboard also features the Air sound engine. That means it has stunning piano sounds with damper and string resonance. In total, there are 700 voices and 200 rhythms, which should keep the most creative players busy for some time.

There are 96 registration memories to save custom voices, like layered or split patches. As well as the 200 onboard rhythms, you can stream music/backing tracks through the keyboards built-in speakers from a smart device via Bluetooth.

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  • Extremely portable.
  • Very nice piano tone.
  • Incredible keyboard action for such a slim instrument.
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
  • A considerable amount of voices.
  • The quality of the piano tone isn’t as good as most others on our list.

There are lots of good things to say about the Casio PX-S3000, but the thing that stands out most is the weight of the keys. Never before have we seen such a convincing hammer action keybed in such a slimline instrument. That feature alone males this keyboard a dream for the working musician.

Couple that with the sound quality of the AiR piano engine, and the results are quite astonishing. The PX-S3000 is a prime example of a professional Casio keyboard. Ultimately, you could find better sounds and a better feel, but at this size and weight, you won’t even get close.

3. Casio Privia PX-870

The best home digital piano under $1000

Casio’s Privia range has stood the test of time, usually in direct competition with the Yamaha Arius series.

The PX-870 is one of the best-selling Casio digital pianos. It has Casio’s premium Tri-sensor II hammer action keys, with a max polyphony of 256 notes. One of the best physical features of the high-end Privia pianos is the simulated ebony, and ivory feel keytops. It might sound like an indulgence, but it makes a huge difference.

As for the all-important piano sound, it comes from Casio’s remarkable AiR Sound Source. This sound engine is present in Casio pianos far more expensive than the PX-870, so when Casio says it’s their best ever, we believe them.

One of the factors that determine how well the piano can utilize the sound engine is its internal memory. Casio opted to increase the memory in this model compared to previous ones, to get the best out of the AiR piano engine. Everything about the piano performance is very accurate, including the mechanical noises like the pedals, or key lift, and so on.

After the grand piano tones, the electric pianos are the best of the 19 onboard voices. Voices can be layered, too, and the keyboard can be split to create more diverse sounds. The onboard effects are pretty standard for the Privia range with reverbs, chorus, and brilliance.

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In terms of interactive content, there are 10 concert play-along songs, but there is far more if you use the Chordana Piano app. The app also has lots of lessons and tutorials. Rounding up the main features is the 2-track record function, allowing up to 5000 notes.

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  • AiR Sound Source is very realistic.
  • Chordanna piano app.
  • Simulated ebony/ivory keytops.
  • Stylish console.
  • Not a big enough increase in quality over lower PX models.

As we have repeated time and time, Casio Privia digital pianos are always excellent. This particular model happens to be the best one available under $1000, which is good and bad. It’s good because it’s worth the money, but it’s bad because it’s getting into a price range where you have so many great pianos to consider.

We think the PX-870 could be more versatile, for example, the built-in recorder could have more tracks. Or, the onboard voices (other than the pianos) could be better. The thing is, this kind of instrument is mainly about the acoustic piano experience, everything else is secondary. In that sense, it ticks all the boxes, it feels and sounds just as it should.

4. Casio Privia PX-160

The best cheap Casio Privia keyboard

Yes, it’s another Casio Privia,but what do you expect? They are that good; you won’t find a list of Casiokeyboard reviews without them.

Despite being lower down in the Privia line up, the PX-160 has the same Tri-sensor II hammer action keys that you will find on the PX-870. They also share the same simulated ebony/ivory feel with the more expensive models.

Again, the flagship piano tone comes from the AiR sound engine. There are five acoustic pianos in total, amongst the 18 onboard voices. The voices also include some lush string ensembles that came from Casio’s award-winning PX-5S stage piano. Being cheaper than the PX-870 makes this digital piano more accessible to beginner players, and it has plenty of functions aimed at the learner market.

One of the best tuition features, which is common throughout the Privia range, is the duet keyboard mode. Duet mode creates two identical playing zones, so that a student and teacher can play side by side. It also has a second headphone jack, so you can keep your practice nice and quiet.

Yet another feature it has in common with the PX-870 is the 2-track recorder, and USB MIDI interface. The most obvious difference is that the PX-160 is much more portable, which is not only great for gigging, but also just moving it around the house.

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  • Very realistic graded hammer action keys.
  • Simulated ebony/ivory keytops.
  • High-quality piano sound.
  • 2-channel MIDI recorder.

The PX-160 is a fantastic way to get the outstanding AiR sound engine and realistic feel in an affordable weighted Casio keyboard. The fact that it shares most major functions/features with the much more expensive PX-870 speaks volumes about how good this keyboard is.

The piano sound, as we keep saying, is first class. The orchestral sounds are lovely, and they encourage a different style of playing, too, which is good for harmonic development. Having these features in a compact and affordable keyboard is why we think so highly of it.

5. Casio CT-X5000

The best arranger keyboard under $500

The first of two arranger keyboards on our list is the Casio CT-X5000. This budget Casio keyboard offers far more than its price tag suggests. It comes with 61 velocity-sensitive keys that have a nice action for a variety of playing styles, like piano, synths, organs, etc.

There are onboard sounds that come from the powerful AiX sound engine. The soundbank boasts everything from acoustic pianos right through to synth leads. If 800 voices aren’t enough for you, the soundbank is expandable and has plenty of space for user presets. The most noteworthy sounds are the real instruments, like acoustic pianos, horns, and strings, but the synths are better than most similar keyboards.

The 260 onboard rhythms, or smart accomplishments as they are better called, are also expandable. Things, like switching styles or triggering fills, can be controlled by footswitch, so you can keep your hands free for playing.

The DSP effects are high-quality, and include some amp models, too. The best of which is the rotary speaker emulator that gives a real vintage sound, especially to the organs. There are 100 effects in total, with some already applied to preset sounds by default.

The built-in sequencer has 17-tracks with a 42-part mixer. It’s user-friendly, and an excellent tool for beginner producer composers. Another cool production aspect is the phrase pads that you can use to trigger phrases that you have pre-recorded (up to 100).

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  • Low price.
  • Massive amount of sounds.
  • Realistic and expressive sounds.
  • Intuitive simple controls.
  • Compact and lightweight design.
  • Lack of editing functions/effects.
  • No aftertouch.
  • Small display.

The CT-X5000 isn’t quite the best Casio keyboard for beginners, but it could be the best arranger keyboard for beginners. If we had one complaint, it might be that some of the voices already have pre-programmed DSP effects. But, it’s not a massive complaint, at the end of the day, there are 800 voices and 100 effects, there’s something for everyone.

Having got our one complaint out of the way, the overall quality of the AiX sound engine is very high. Features like the rotary speaker emulator add lots of new creative possibilities, too. If you are a fast learner, you might outgrow the CT-X5000, but not before you’ve had more than your money’s worth.

6. Casio WK-7600

The affordable band in a box

Casio pitches the WK-7600 as an affordable powerhouse, and at first glance, that seems an apt description.

The WK-7600 is a 76-key arranger keyboard with a massive 820 voices. The voices range from acoustic pianos, electric pianos to horns, and strings. Although, the organ sounds are some of the most impressive, thanks to the high-quality DSP rotary speaker emulation. If that wasn’t enough, there are physical drawbars to give an authentic organ experience (50 user presets can be saved).

There are 260 smart rhythms that can respond to your playing in various ways, to provide a full backing band. As well as that, there are 100 DSP effects from basic reverbs to crazier phaser and flanger effects. All of which can be tweaked extensively and saved as user presets.

The heart of many arranger keyboards is the sequencer. The WK-7600 has a 17-track sequencer (16 tracks plus 1 system track), and 32-channel mixer. For composers of any kind, this is fantastic for getting ideas together. These compositions can then be saved on an SD card as SMF’s (Standard MIDI Files).

If the 260 onboard rhythms aren’t specific enough for you, there is a pattern sequencer, so you can create your own. The pattern sequencer allows for up to 8 tracks, which are drums, percussion, bass, and five chord tracks.

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  • Massive amount of voices.
  • Physical drawbars.
  • Rotary speaker emulator.
  • Intuitive sequencer.
  • Pattern sequencer.

The Casio WK-7600 is definitely the powerhouse that it’s advertised to be. It has all the expected bells and whistles of a good arranger keyboard. It has a massive soundbank, it has lots of rhythms, and it has a built-in sequencer.

However, the WK-7600 goes beyond what we expected in an affordable arranger. The sequencer is fantastic, but what’s even better is the addition of the pattern sequencer. Another particularly impressive feature is the rotary speaker emulation, that, along with the drawbars, takes you into full Hammond organ mode.

This keyboard would be a fantastic buy even if it were a little more expensive, but we’re happy it’s not!

7. Casio Privia PX-770

The best beginner home digital piano

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The Casio Privia PX-770 offers a realistic piano experience at a reasonable price. Being part of the Privia PX digital piano range means that it’s going to be good, it’s just a question of how good.

It has 88 full-size keys with scaled hammer action. The hammer action is a Tri-sensor system, meaning there are three velocity layers. The keys also have a simulated ebony and ivory finish, adding another layer of realism, and it helps maintain grip when your fingers sweat. The PX-770 has a max polyphony of 128 notes, which is pretty standard for a digital piano at this price.

It comes with the same outstanding Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR piano engine that the higher-priced models have. The grand piano sounds were samples at four different velocity levels, so they are quite exquisite. There are 19 onboard voices, including electric pianos, and organs. The number of voices is quite pleasing for this kind of digital piano.

The sounds can be shaped further by the onboard effects. There are four reverb types and four chorus types that add depth to your tone.

Casio digital pianos are known to be fantastic instruments to learn on. The PX-770 has lots of play-along content, including 60 built-in songs, and duet mode, which is perfect for teaching. It’s easy to keep track of your progress, too, with the 2-track MIDI recorder. The whole thing is wrapped up in a stylish, slimline 3-pedal stand/cabinet.

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  • AiR sound source is very realistic.
  • Chordana piano app.
  • Simulated ebony/ivory keys.

The Casio PX-770 is a beautiful piano and ideal for any student/learner. It’s also ideal for any advanced player who doesn’t want to spend the extra money on the PX-870.

Casio’s best-ever grand piano tone (as they claim themselves) is absolutely gorgeous. The realistic ebony/ivory feel of the keys, of course, helps the piano tone. The other available voices are good, but not as important. Ultimately, it’s not quite as good overall as the PX-870, but it’s considerably cheaper, and for many, it will be the better option between the two.

8. Casio CGP-700

The most versatile portable digital piano

The CGP-700 is a nice alternativeto other Casio keyboard models, with a bit more versatility than most. Theversatility makes for value for money that you don’t see in some of the otherranges.

It comes with Tri-sensor scaled hammer action keys, not quite the same as the high-end Privia models, but very good nevertheless. The CGP-700 sits on an included stand with built-in speakers.

Now, here is where that value for money starts to come in. The CGP-700 has a massive 550 onboard voices and 200 rhythms. That’s a great deal more than the average digital piano. Rather than a bog-standard 2-track recorder, there is a 16-track sequencer with enough memory for up to 100 songs.

The focal point of the CGP-700 is the 5.3-inch color touchscreen that controls almost everything. The touchscreen has an icon-based system, so finding your way around.

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  • A considerable number of voices.
  • Large color touchscreen display.
  • 16-track sequencer.
  • USB recording.
  • Adjustable speaker system.
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We spoke about value for money with this keyboard, and that might make some people think it’s about quantity over quality. However, that’s not the case, the voices may not be as authentic as higher-end models, but they are still good. The sheer number of voices goes some way to make up for the slight drop in quality.

The built-in sequencer is more in-depth than you’d expect, and the touchscreen ties everything together nicely. Casio’s CGP-700 is the ideal keyboard for anyone who wants a balanced mix between performance and production.

Conclusion

We can tell you that it was no easy task to choose the best Casio keyboards and digital pianos. It’s difficult enough when you are trying to separate keyboards from various manufacturers. But, when they are all from the same manufacturer, they carry far more similarities, making it a more difficult decision.

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So, when you are choosing the right Casio for you, find a way to shortlist even further. Think about the size/style (keyboard or digital piano) then think about the features you need most. Hopefully, that will leave you with a few fantastic options!

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James is a writer and musician with a passion for audio production. He is a lover of all things tech, especially the latest keyboards, synths, DAW’s, virtual instruments, and effects plugins. Musical interests include jazz, funk, hip hop, blues, and rock.