The Casio CTK 2400 is a wonderful introductory instrument for those of you looking for your first serious keyboard. Casio has included some really great built-in features, which make this keyword stick out above the rest the price point. One of my favorite features is the ability to use this keyboard as a USB MIDI controller. If you are someone who is into recording music, perhaps you’re into the electronic dance music production and need a keyboard that is compatible with programs like Logic and FL studio, if so then this is a great keyboard for you. The CTK 2400 has so many more features than most MIDI controllers yet still costs about the same amount of money. The other added benefit of having USB capability is that you are able to purchase instructional software separate from the Casio brand that you can use on your computer to learn a variety of musical material while using your keyboard to have full feedback on your learning progress. Also included in the Casio are 110 built-in songs. I should note that a separate instructional program is not necessarily needed because included in the keyboard’s internal software is a very user-friendly learning program which breaks down the songs to a level that makes them easy to learn for an absolute beginner.
Another silly yet fun feature is the built-in microphone, which allows you to use the keyboard as a vocoder type instrument. For those of you not familiar with what a vocoder is basically the microphone takes your vocals and pitch bends the sound based upon whatever notes you are playing on the actual keyboard. I could see a lot of younger kids really enjoying all the different sounds you can make with your voice, and to be honest I had a really great time imitating some old Peter Frampton songs from the 1970s in my spare time.
It’s important to mention that this is a non-weighted 61 key piano. This means that the piano is not full-sized and doesn’t attempt to mimic the weighted feel of a traditional piano. I am personally not the biggest fan of less than standard size keyboards, but for beginners or people looking for a studio piece this doesn’t really matter. If this is something that’s make or break for you then I highly suggest you look at some of the more expensive Casio models. If you’re someone who’s looking to purchase an instrument with the idea of taking piano lessons than this too is not the right instrument for you. As someone who’s taught for the last several years I find that it’s extremely important for students that whatever piano they are learning on to have it at least touch sensitivity to it if it doesn’t have weighted keys. Touch sensitivity means that the noise level differs depending upon the amount of force to pianist uses. Even with that said despite the lack of weighted keys and touch sensitivity the sampled grand piano sound is extremely high quality. I was honestly surprised at just how good it sounded on such an affordable keyboard.
I personally don’t use this keyboard as my go to instrument for jamming out songs or trying to learn some new material. What I typically find myself using the Casio CTK 2400 for is mainly MIDI sequencing. I like working with a midi controller when I’m using a recording software like FL studio and I find that this to be a great controller for that software. I also must mention this is an extremely durable instrument. I have traveled with mine and it’s taken quite the beating, yet it still looks brand-new despite multiple drops.
Overall I find myself having a very hard time critiquing this keyboard because in all honesty at such an affordable price you really can’t complain. With that said, this is an excellent keyboard for beginning pianists and those looking for something to use when working with their favorite digital recording software. If you are a beginner I recommend that you keep in mind that you’re probably going to want to upgrade eventually once you are beginning to master the instrument, but I also find it kind of crazy for people to go out and spend a fortune on a digital piano for it just to end up in the corner collecting dust. Stick with something more affordable, yet high quality like this Casio and save up for something a little more professional once you’ve outgrown this instrument.