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Casio WK-500 76-Key Electronic Keyboard

Experience realistic AHL sound technology with the WK-500 76-key electronic keyboard from Casio. They also offer the WK-500 in a premium kit with a stand and headphones. (46) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Casio WK-500 Electronic Keyboard is built with the use of Casio's AHL sound technology! The AHL (Acoustic & Highly-compressed Large-waveform) technology boasts a realistic reproduction of tones from pianos to organs and more. With 48 notes of polyphony, these keyboards ensure that all sounds played are heard, even when playing complex parts with the aid of on-board accompaniment. This keyboard also features piano-style keys for a more natural feel.

Perfect for Beginners

Equipped with built-in sampling features, you can record any sound or musical phrases using the microphone (or audio input) jack and then play them back on the WK-500. Casio has taken great leaps in upgrading the Step Up Lesson function for those just starting to learn. Young and growing musicians can learn to play songs phrase-by-phrase by listening to the progression, watching the LCD screen to see where to play and then repeating the simple parts on the keyboard this process will help any new player learn through memory by playing the song phrases with little assistance.

Pure Playing Pleasure

The high-grade Casio WK-500 keyboard with 76 keys offers a wealth of sound diversity, rendered effectively via the AHL sound chip. Added to the Casio WK-500 is a wide range of functions, offering a diverse playground for music enthusiasts. The 305 useful music presets invite users to interpret their choice of rock and pop classics. With the rhythm editor, styles can be adapted quickly and easily to the user's own requirements, the range of effects provide interesting sound variations (10 reverb, 5 chorus, auto-harmonizer, arpeggiator). Individual song recordings can be created with the sequencer (6 tracks/5 songs) and the sampling function (10 seconds) is available for sound recordings. A wide range of connection options: audio input, microphone input -- round off the broad spectrum of possibilities.

Step-Up Learning System

The improved step-up learning system from Casio built into the WK-500 is based on the principal "learning by playing": as in traditional piano lessons, the practice piece is split up into individual bar sections and learnt step-by-step. The small learning units guarantee motivation and learning success.

Step 1: Listen.
Step 2: See and repeat with visual support.
Step 3: Remember and play without help.

When the "Auto" mode is switched on, a set practice goal must be reached before the next bar section is displayed. With the "Next" mode you can set your own learning speed.

Sampling Function

A feature with fun factor: the simple sampling of sounds via an external sound source such as MP3 and CD players (via Audio-in) or microphone (via Mic-in) offers interesting effects and amusing compositions. Whether a bar of your favourite musical piece, loops or drum sounds, human voices or noises of any kind -- the recorded samples (up to 10 seconds) can be played via the Casio WK-500 and effects added as desired.

Music Presets

The "Music Preset Library" built into the Casio WK-500 contains 305 "one touch settings" based on popular rock and pop songs. The useful pre-settings for rhythm, tone, tempo, effects etc. makes time-consuming searches for the right settings a thing of the past. This assistant makes playing the "top 300" child's play!

Rhythm Editor

Pop rhythm with a touch of jazz, jazz rhythm with a shot of pop: with the Casio WK-500 rhythm editor, elements from different rhythms can be combined and edited. 10 user slots are available for individual style editing.

Music Challenge

This practice is fun and exercises your mind too: the Casio Music Challenge built into the WK-500 is a play function where the player has to hit the keys as fast as possible, using the large LC display.

USB Plug & Play/Song Expansion

The USB/MIDI (GM) connection enables further Midfile songs to be loaded into the Casio WK-500's internal memory via the "Song expansion". No software installation from a CD-ROM required thanks to Plug & Play and the USB driver is compatible with both Mac and Windows (from Mac OSX 10.03 and Windows XP/Vista).

Audio Input
Play or sing along -- a solution for the future: connect a CD or MP3 player to the Audio input of your Casio WK-500. Your favourite tunes are played via the loudspeakers of the keyboard in "half playback" -- you can play along for the keyboard part. A good alternative to MIDI playback, particularly if you don't want to edit the song.

76 Dynamic Touch Keys
Ample space for music: the Casio WK-500's 6 octave keyboard scope offers the best range of options and ideal freedom for turning your musical ideas into reality.

670 AHL Tones
The high-quality 670 AHL tones in the Casio WK-500 create clear and dynamic sounds, which unfold in all sounds and rhythms found in classical piano pieces, as well as many other genres.

48-Note Polyphony
Sound diversity at its best: the WK-500 can play up to 48 voices at the same time, turning interpretation of a wide range of musical pieces into a pure pleasure.

200 Rhythms
The WK-500's 200 rhythms provide you with a colourful overview of the world of music.

Registration Memory
Quick access: you can store up to 32 setups (8 benches with 4 memory spaces each) into the registration memory of the WK-50.

Sequencer
With the Casio WK-500 sequencer (6 track/5 songs), you can record your own ideas quickly and easily in real-time (capacity: 12,000 notes).

Scale Tuning
The WK-500's scale tuning functions open up a whole new world of oriental quarter tones and the tempering of baroque or classical music.

Arpeggiator
With the arpeggiator built into the Casio WK-500, a chord played on the keyboard is divided into a sequence of individual notes repeated in succession. Perfect for all dance or electro styles!

Home Stereo-Compatible
Fit for the stage: The Casio WK-500's line-out enables you to connect your high grade keyboard with stage equipment such as loud speakers and mixers or your stereo system at home.

SD Compatible
The innovative SD memory medium offers a simple means of expanding the internal song memory of the WK-500 to limitless levels.

Pitch Bend Wheel
Playing aids such as the pitch bend wheel enable you to temporarily change the pitch of played notes, to authentically reproduce guitar or saxophone playing techniques.

Microphone Input
Simply plug in and get singing: The WK-500 has a practical microphone input facility that allows users to sing along to a selection of songs or make recordings using the sampling function.

Headphone Connection
Peaceful enjoyment: the WK-500 comes equipped with a headphone connection.

Powerful Loudspeaker System
Powerful sound: the amplifier system with four loudspeakers with 2 x 6 watt creates a harmonious and uniform sound.

Features

- Digital Effects
- Real Time Recording
- On-Board Sampling
- Pitch bend wheel
- SD Card slot
- Backlit LCD display
- Phrase by Phrase lessons
- USB Port for PC Connectivity
- Line Out
- Also Includes songbook & score stand

Power Supply: AD-12 Power Cord(Included) or 6 AA Batteries (Not Included)

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Keys: 76 (Piano-style with Touch Response)

Tones: 670 Tones

Rhythms:
- 200 Preset Rhythms
- 10 User rhythms

One touch presets: (200 sets)

Songs: 152 built-in songs

Phrases: 50 Brain Boost Phrases

Recording Memory:
- 5 songs
- 6 tracks (per song)

On Board Sampling:
- Microphone input jack
- Line level Audio input jack

Size (WxDxH): 46 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (945 x 737 x 131 mm)

Weight: 17.2 lbs (approx.)

Batteries: 6 x AA size (not supplied)

Power Supply: AD-12 Power Cord(Included) or 6 AA Batteries (Not Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-435-7732
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (46 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Realistic Acoustic and Rhodes Piano Tones plus a lot more."
Sound: Overall, the tones are rich and realistic. Even the synth tones are super-fat and not casio-like at all. The tones will definitely shock all of those who are familiar with casio's older or lower-priced keyboards. There are lots of excellent acoustic and electric piano tones. The stereo grand and different rhodes pianos really stand out. I wanted something with realistic rhodes and wurlitzer electric piano tones and this thing delivers both with velocity sensitivity on the keys which gives a realistic sound and playing experience. The hammond tones are excellent--especially the "jazz organ" tones. Some of the organ tones have leslie simulation but your best bet is to run the keyboard through an effects processor so that you can adjust the depth and speed yourself. I use a digitech rp255 amp-modelling processor which works wonders. The percussive quality of the organ tones on this keyboard really makes them sound realistic. The other stand-out tones are the acoustic bass tones. They are very realistic in the lower register. The strings, brass, pads and synths are great too but I haven't used them much. Funny enough, this keyboard includes a bank of casio tones from lower-priced keyboards and so it's possible to compare them to the tones on the wk500. The difference is astounding. Just know that many of the tones on this keyboard are only on the wk-500 and the wk-3800. If you get a wk-110 or a wk-200, you're just cheating yourself out of all the best tones. If you're wondering why I rated sound at 9 instead of 10, it's because the wurlitzer electric piano tone (called "60s e.p." on the casio) isn't exact. I mean, it's damn close but I'm very particular. Also, the jazz rhythms are very limited and not very good. I'm not big user of the rhythm function anyway though. Feature: This thing is loaded with features and I haven't used many of them. For example, there is an extensive learning program built in that I haven't used (although I probably should). Below, I will go over some of the features that I know and use. INPUT/OUTPUT options: USB, SD card slot, 1/8" audio IN, 1/4" mic IN, 1/4" stereo lines OUT, 1/4" headphones OUT (you will need an adapter for most headphones). There is also a 1/4" jack for a pedal (not included) which can be assigned for sustain, sostenuto, soft, and rhythm start/stop functions. Stereo Speakers: These are really excellent with only a tiny bit of distortion when cranked all the way. These speakers are fantastic. Keys: Unweighted but very comfortable to play. They do not feel cheap and have a bit more resistance than other casio and yamaha boards I've played. The velocity sensitivity is the best I've used and actually makes playing this keyboard very expressive For pianists, the keys will feel very light but after a few minutes, they will feel right at home due to the velocity sensitivity. Also, the keys are "waterfall" style and look sharp. Also, with 76 keys, you are getting a very versatile machine. I should also mention here that the entire keyboard can be detuned in any manner you like. Display: Large and nicely back-lit in a cool blue color. The text on the screen is very large. At the bottom of the screen, there is a keyboard which shows which notes are being played as you play them. At the top right of the screen there is a staff which shows which notes are being played as you play them. This is a great way to begin recognizing chords on sheet music. There is also a visible metronome at the top right of the screen. Contrast for the screen is adjustable. Pitch-bend Wheel: Smooth and usable. The reason that I didn't rate it a 10 is because without batteries in the machine, all your user settings are erased when you turn it off. What the heck?! Ease of Use: You will definitely want to keep the user manual on hand in order to use all the features but you can begin playing and enjoying your keyboard before you ever read it. Quality: The build quality is acceptable but you might not want to be loading this thing into your car every night without a case. It's made entirely of plastic so it can be damaged. For home or studio use, it is fine as long as you don't spill your coffee into it. This thing is definitely no "road warrior" though. An occasional open-mic night would be okay. Value: This keyboard is an outstanding value. The tones are worth the price all by themselves but when you factor in the connect-ability of the keyboard as well as its many features, you are getting one hell of a deal for just over $300.00. Manufacturer Support: Never had to use customer support. The Wow Factor: The features are numerous and the tones are exceptional. The price is right. Who wouldn't want one of these? Also, it's a damn nice-looking keyboard. The only thing that would make it look sexier and sleeker would be reverse-colored keys (like on an old Vox Continental) but that's asking a bit much I suppose! Overall: Overall, this thing is a winner.
Style of Music: jazz, rock, blues, alternative, anything
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