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Product Review: Casio CTK 3500

Casio is a name that has become synonymous with digital keyed instruments like hybrid pianos, digital pianos and keyboards. Whether you’re a professional keyboardist or someone who’s just picking up the keys, you’ve definitely laid your hands on one of their products.

In this edition, we’ll be taking a looking at a piano-style keyboard that comes with a variety of features while fitting snugly into a tight budget. The Casio CTK-3500 has 61 keys with touch response that have two levels of sensitivity. Pair that with the digital effects, such as reverb, to provide a good level of depth and playing dynamics. The 48 polyphony options and the 400 tones make this a versatile product to start your learning with. The built-in rhythms and tunes serve as backing tracks and are extremely fun to jam to. This keyboard has the standard jack output, a standard footswitch port and an usb connection port for MIDI compatibility.

A very interesting aspect of this product is its compatibility with the Chordana Play app. The app can be downloaded into your smartphone or tablet from Google Play store or the app store. The app helps beginners learn how to play their favourite songs by connecting the keyboard to the smart device by a commercial audio cable.

You can learn with either sheet music being displayed on the screen or with the midi information of the song being visualized in a Guitar Heroesque manner. While the compatibility of the CTK-3500 with Chordana Play is a feature that can mainly be utilized by beginners and users that are new to the instrument, it is an extremely fun option for well-versed keyboardists as well.

Overall, the CTK-3500 is one of the best options for beginners that have just picked up the instrument and are looking to get more fluent with the keys, while at the same time being a useful tool that enables smooth and versatile performances.


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