The 32-track sequencer, powerful arpeggiator, 800 fully-tweakable tones and impressive drawbar organ simulator say "professional workstation." But the built-in speakers and music stand, battery-operation, under-20-pound weight and rock-bottom price say "portable keyboard." Turns out you can
have it both ways, with the Casio WK-7500. Complete with guitar and mic inputs for SD card audio recording, the 76-key WK-7500 is a knockout lightweight workstation for the traveling songwriter/composer -- and it can double as the heart of a home studio for composers of modest means.
Don't let the low price fool you -- this keyboard is a serious composition and arrangement factory. Create demos anywhere with the WK-7500's 16-track Song Sequencer. Use tools like punch in/out, track copy/merge, quantizing, and event editing down to the note level. Besides the main 16 "anything you want" tracks, add on a separate 16 tracks for any of 250 tweakable auto-accompaniment rhythms, or create your own rhythm (complete with drums and bass) on those 16 extra tracks, and let it "follow" you around the keyboard as you play a piano part, automatically transposing to whatever chord you're playing in real time.
Now that you've captured your song idea as a MIDI sequence, it's time to lay down a real live guitar solo or vocal take -- because the WK-7500 also records digital audio, when you press the dedicated Audio Record button. In fact, you can record stereo audio to an SD card from nearly any source -- the built-in 1/4-inch microphone input, 1/4-inch instrument input, your live keyboard playing, the Song Sequencer playback, or even the auto-accompaniment tracks. Simple, fast audio recording is a definite plus if you're laying down demos in a hotel room. When you're done recording, connect the WK-7500 to your laptop via USB and use Casio's free Data Manager software to convert your files to standard WAV or MP3 format. Plus, the SD card slot in the WK-7500 is the perfect playback solution if your gigging band wants to use WAV backing tracks on stage.
If you've had the pleasure of playing a vintage Hammond B-3 organ, you know it can produce a wide range of sounds thanks to drawbars -- the set of nine levers that an organist can slide in or out to adjust the relative volume of specific harmonic components of a sound. The Casio WK-7500 faithfully replicates drawbars with a set of nine sliders when you press the "Drawbar Organ" button. There's even simulated "dirt" and tonewheel crosstalk when you select "vintage" mode, and a handy switch turns on the on-board rotary speaker simulator. Want to record your drawbar organ? The Song Sequencer remembers the moves of the sliders as you play -- or you can "overdub" drawbar moves as you listen to your organ part played back. And just like anything else on the WK-7500, you can record your organ part as stereo audio to the SD card. You'd be hard-pressed to find this kind of authentic drawbar organ simulation in any keyboard of this price!
Sound Impressive: 800 Editable Tones
You're going to need more than a fat drawbar organ to demo your next hit. The WK-7500 packs an impressive 800 tones, including stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, drums, synths, and acoustic instruments. In true pro-workstation fashion, you can extensively edit filters and envelopes on each of these tones to customize your sonic identity. For live shows, the WK-7500 easily splits and layers tones, and saves all your favorites in 96 registration slots for quick recall. Need some inspiration? Fire up one of 150 types of arpeggiators, or dial in the on-board reverb, chorus, or any of a hundred presets on 46 effects including delays, phasers, flangers, and wah. (After all, the WK-7500 does
have a 1/4-inch instrument input for your electric guitar or bass.)
Casio Gets Serious
Just as Casio's Privia digital stage pianos have gained sincere respect with gigging keyboardists, the WK-7500 is poised to shake up the synth workstation market with an instrument that's built from the ground up as a go-anywhere, do-anything arranger synth with a fantastic price-to-performance ratio. The drawbar organ sim is just icing on the cake.
- 76 semi-weighted piano-style keys with adjustable touch-response
- 800 editable tones, including 50 drawbar organ tones
- Drawbar simulation with 9 front-panel sliders
- Metronome with 250 built-in rhythms
- 16-track Song Sequencer with an additional 16 tracks of auto-accompaniment
- Audio recording capability
- 305 Music Presets with chord progressions
- 12 types of Auto-Harmonize
- 150 types of arpeggiator
- 96 Registration setups -- save your favorite splits, layers and tones
- 10 types of reverb, 5 types of chorus, and 100 DSP presets on 40+ effects
- 64-note polyphony
- On-board 2 x 7-watt stereo speaker system
- Can run on 6 D-cell batteries; power adapter included
- SD card slot and USB port
- Only 19.6 pounds
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The Casio WK-7500 offers powerful and extensive features at a price that is unheard of in the portable keyboard market. It offers 800 world-class tones, 250 preset rhythms, 17 track sequencer, 32 channel mixer, as well as audio recording capabilities. Any piece of music you create can be recorded as an audio file on an SDHC card. 9 sliders extend your versatility and provide an impressive 50 drawbar organ tones. Whether you are an amateur or professional musician, the WK-7500 will allow you to create, edit and play your compositions at home, in the studio or on the stage.
Tones That Will Inspire Your Music
The WK-7500 provides 800 world class tones organized by category in a easy-to-use interface. Dynamic stereo pianos, vintage electric pianos, strings, drums and a wealth of synths and acoustic instruments are at your fingertips. Each of those 800 voices can be edited with control over filters, envelopes and more. For added depth and realism, an extensive set of DSP effects are available to enhance these tones, providing you with pure inspiration at your fingertips.
You can't miss them, nine strategically placed sliders on the front panel. Just press the Drawbar Organ button and start playing. The sliders allow you to control the level of each harmonic overtone to produce a powerful and rich organ sound. Rotary speaker effects and percussion control are all instantly accessible. For the final touch, you can dive deeper into edit mode to customize key click, overdrive, rotary speeds and more for the ultimate drawbar organ experience.
Capture The Moment
With the WK-7500 you can capture those moments of creativity so they'll never get lost. Featuring a powerful 17-track sequencer, you can even edit and tweak your performances enabling you to turn out broadcast ready, professional tracks. Once you've created your masterpiece you can save your song file to an SDHC card. Better yet, you can save it as an audio recording. That's right, this keyboard can mix down internally and save your song to an SDHC card as an audio file. This allows you to share your music with the world. Utilizing Casio's free DATA Manager 6.0 computer software your recording can be converted into a .WAV file, so you can burn your song to a CD, put it in your favorite music player, send it to friends or a record producer. Making music and sharing it has never been this easy or affordable.
A Full Band - Included
A total of 250 preset rhythms with full accompaniment are built-in. One button click brings you access to styles from rock, pop, Latin, jazz, country, classical and everything in between. You can choose to have just a drummer or full virtual band at your disposal, so now you can play and write music with more speed and sophistication than ever before.
Mix Your Masterpiece
Whether you're playing live or in the studio, you have total control over your mix. The front panel sliders provide quick control over volume, pan, effect sends for each channel including the MIC and instrument inputs.
The back panel provides 1/4-inch (L/MONO, R) outputs, MIC and Instrument inputs and a stereo audio in. There is also a class-compliant USB MIDI port. This means you can easily use your favorite computer music application without the need for drivers.
Ready For The Stage
The WK-7500 is ready to conquer the stage. You can easily create splits, layers or both simultaneously. You can store this combination of three tones as a registration for instant recall on stage. The 96 registration slots will let you cover any gig, or save those magic sounds that define a hit song. If you're a solo performer, registrations can also recall rhythms and accompaniments for you to play along with. The WK-7500 features a piano-style touch- response keyboard that provides a realistic piano experience.