If you subscribe to the MIDI-Mag email list, you'll get
probably more answers than you might know what to do with (LOL), so I'll start
you off with this:
Just over two years ago, Casio came out with the CTX700
line of single-manual keyboards. There is nothing built or programmed into
these keyboards that's particularly accessible--no speech, no key clicks,
etc.--but with a little memorization of a few things, you'll figure out how to
get around the system quickly I'm sure.
But above and beyond how easy these are to use, it's really
all about how they sound. Here's a short demo that lets you hear
a lot of the machine's bread-and-butter sounds, and here's another longer and more advanced
demo where there's very little you don't get to hear.
To be fair, there are probably other manufacturers that
offer similar gear. The only reason I mentioned this make and model is because
it's what I know just a little about, and I've listened to many YouTube videos
about it. There are people who are brand-loyal, and maybe Casio isn't their
brand; there are those who don't like a specific manufacturer's sound, and
that's fine, too. I offer the preceding links as information only.
On 5/11/2020 12:13 PM, Walter Ramage via
Hi All. It has been about 38 years since I had an electronic
keyboard. It was a JVC and even back then it cost me £1000 new. It
was an easy keyboard to use because it had physical buttons to select the
various functions and had loads of features. It has been a long time but
if my memory serves me correct it was a 4.5 or 5 octive single manual.
Now about 38 years on it has crossed my mind that it might be
interesting to purchase a new keyboard. The problem is I've not kept up
with musical keyboards, either single or double manual so I don't know how
technology has impacted on them. I imagine that most if not all functions
are accessed via touch screen or maybe a phone app.
Does anybody have any opinion or information on modern-day
Now for your information, I don't do cheap so the £150 Yamaha
keyboard one might buy their kids for Christmas is not what I would be
looking for but something more professional or semi-professional but it would
need to be accessible. At the moment a keyboard isn't on my buy list but
if I can get info about one that isn't in the 10's of thousands of pounds then
I might find my interest grow. Way back those 38 years the keyboards of
quality were JVC or Roland and Casio and Yamaha were a rung or two down
the ranking ladder although in the 90's my uncle got a Yamaha that sounded
rather good. I am here thinking of a single manual as I don't know
if I have the space to fit a double manual in here. Any information or
opinions appreciated. Walter.