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Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard  

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Overview

  • 61 standard-size keys
  • 48-note polyphony, 24 for certain tones
  • 400 built-in tones
Description & Specs
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    $169.99
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An affordable way to get quality sound in a small, mobile package.

The Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard is an ideal choice for beginners who want an easy-to-use, absolutely mobile keyboard with plenty of sonic options. It gives you 150 rhythms patterns, 400 built-in tones that cover a wide range of styles from around the world, and 2 sampling options (1 second Full or 3 approximately .03 second Short), 10 reverb options, five voice trigger pads, as well as USB and MIDI.

Another great feature for those who are new to playing keyboard, is the built-in Step Up Lesson system which includes a 4-part system (Listen, Watch, Remember, Auto), allows you to learn by left hand, right hand, or both, depending on your comfort level, and also includes performance evaluations, and a 20-note challenge. The CTK-2300 includes a song bank with 110 tunes and an included songbook, but you can also plug in a CD or MP3 player when you want to learn and/or attempt to play along to the songs you love most, adding an even more fun way to hone your skills with songs you know best.

Features

  • 61 standard-size keys
  • 48-note polyphony, 24 for certain tones
  • 400 built-in tones
  • 1 Full Sampling (1 second) and 3 Short Sampling (approximately .03 seconds each) tones
  • 10 types of efffects for Full Sampling samples
  • Reverb: 1 to 10, Off
  • 5 voice pads x 4 sets (3 sets for sampled sounds, 1 set for percussion only)
  • Metronome with 0, 2-6 BPM and 30-255 tempo range
  • Song bank with 110 tunes
  • Step Up Lesson:
  • 4 Lessons: (Listen, Watch, Remember, Auto)
  • Lesson Part: L, R, LR
  • Functions: Repeat, Voice Fingering Guide, Note Guide, Performance Evaluation
  • 20-note Music Challenge
  • Auto-Accompaniment: Rhythm Patterns: 150, One-Touch Presets: 150
  • Other Functions:
  • Transpose: +/- ocatves (-12 to +12 semitones)
  • Tuning: A4 = 415.5 to 465.9Hz (Initial Default: 440.0Hz)
  • MIDI: 16 multi-timbre received GM Level 1 standard
  • Musical Information Function: Tone, Rhythm, Song Bank number and names, staff notation, fingering, pedal operation, tempo, measure and beat number, chord name, etc.
  • Speakers: 10cm x 2 with 2W + 2W output
  • Auto Power Off: Approximately 6 minutes (during batter operation) or 30 (during AC adaptor operation) without any operation
  • Inputs/Outputs:
  • USB Port Type B
  • Sustain Jack (sustain, sostenuto, soft, rhythm)

Casio has been known for it's quality, affordable keyboards for years. The CTK-2300 continues that trend. Order one now!

 

CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard Specifications:

  • Power consumption: 9.5V - 7.7W
  • Power Jack: 9.5V DC
  • Power Supply: 2-way
  • Batteries: 6 AA-size zinc-carbon batteries or alkaline batteries
  • Battery Life: approximately 3 hours continuous operation on alkaline batteries
  • AC Adapter included
  • Dimensions: 94.6cm x 30.7cm x 9.2cm, 37-1/4" x 12-1/16" x 3-5/8"
  • Weight: Approximately 3.4kg (7.5lb.) without batteries
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CasioCTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Learning (3)

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    DO NOT GET THERE'S A BETTER ONE

    By tr00_sp3ykuh

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Limited Sound Selection
    • No Pitch-bend Wheel
    • No Touch Sensitive Keys

    Best Uses

    • None

    Comments about Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

    I had to rewrite this in order not to get so "inflammatory" with my commenting.

    There is a better version. It is called the CTK-3200, for just 10-30 more. It has touch-sensitive keys (and a pitch-bend wheel, which is kind'a cool).

    The touch-sensitive keys are ESSENTIAL for any piano-player, so PLEASE get the better one (touch-sensitive means how hard you press down on the key changes its sound; the ones on the ctk-2300 don't do that).

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ctk 2300

    By wilfredo rodriguez the guitarman

    from philly pa

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Piano
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Chamber Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI
    • None
    • School Bands
    • Travel

    Comments about Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

    No commented the ctk 2300 has a nice soun on every note or key nice rymthems

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A very nice little keyboard

    By Liz

    from Northern Virginia/DC

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • Travel

      Comments about Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

      I bought this keyboard to brush up on/keep learning the piano based on some elementary instruction I'd had years ago. Have to say I'm very pleased and surprised by how nice this is, considering that the price was so low.
      Would reccommend it for musicians looking for a basic portable practice instrument (i.e. something for composition or practice while traveling/on the road) or if you have kids who'd like to learn piano but aren't sure if they're serious about sticking with it, and also for people who are thinking of brushing up on the piano skills, but don't want to drop a lot of cash.
      This keyboard comes with an A/C adapter (nice, not having to buy extra stuff to get started) and a song book too. It is very light weight, keys are full sized, have good response, and the various pre-programmed instrument sounds and sound effects are fun to experiment with.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Price For a Home Studio Keyboard

      By Les Paul Disciple

      from Covington, LA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning

        Comments about Casio CTK-2300 61-Key Portable Keyboard:

        I bought this model to create backing tracks in my home studio. The Casio keyboards come with the power supply which give it the edge over comparable Yamaha models. There are more voices than you will ever use but they are still nice to have - many of the voices are of "ethnic" instruments which allows for various Caribbean and African sounds. There are several super-cool church organ settings that would be great for everything from 'Mr. Crowley' to 'Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor" and there are a bunch of strings sounds including some that include multiple instruments, like viola and cello together. There are a lot of drum rhythm tracks of varying styles with a tempo adjustment setting which gives the user an almost unimited range of options. One great feature is that you can push a button and it becomes a drum machine - each key triggers a different drum sound; bass drum, floor toms, mounted tom, snare, cymbals and other percussion instruments. The sampled sounds are quite authentic sounding which makes it very useful for home demos. I was going to get the model with touch-sensitive keys and the pitch bend wheel but then realized that the piano setting is the last voice I would be using and let's face it, the pitch bend wheel is a rarely used gimmick-style effect that is better left to the Keith Emersons of the world. I bought a re-stocked model and it showed no signs of wear. I doubt it was played more than once, if it all. If you are like I was, building a home studio with limited funds, this is a great and versatile keyboard to have.

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