Casio Digital Piano model AP620 review and video

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For the cost conscious consumer the Casio Digital Piano model AP 620 is a must consider instrument. It has many of the features and benefits seen on instruments more than twice its price from other major Digital piano manufacturers such as Yamaha, Kawaii, and Roland.

Casio has always been a low cost leader in all things electronic and digital. From watches to cameras and from calculators to televisions they have always produced a decent product and an extremely competitive price.


While companies such as Roland, Yamaha, and Korg were focused on developing keyboards and synthesizers for the professional musician market, Casio was the first company to take much of the early research in electronic musical instruments and deliver it to the mass market at a more affordable price.

The same low cost consumer appeal is perhaps the biggest feature of Casio Digital Piano AP620.

Features.

250 on board instrument sounds.

While not as realistic as the sounds on some higher priced instruments from the big companies, the Grand piano sound is really quite good in my opinion.

Complex stereo recordings from a top-quality concert piano (samples) with four dynamic levels provide a particularly authentic grand piano sound and allow you to play across various intermediate stages from piano to forte little sound discoloration or audible leaps.

While you may never use all of the available sounds the most important ones, piano, strings, organ, etc pass muster to most ears.

128-Voice Polyphony

A great feature on the Casio Digital Piano which allows 128 notes to be in the air at the same time allowing you to play arpeggios while holding the sustain pedal without notes dropping off.

This feature is the same as more expensive digital piano from Roland, Korg, Yamaha and Kawaii.

Scaled Hammer-Action Keyboard.

The scaled hammer-action keyboard with 88 touch response, weighted keys is based on the keyboard of a concert piano and provides a fairly realistic touch.

Though not as realistic as action of the more expensive Digital pianos on the market it is far superior to some spring loaded actions on other less expensive digital pianos.

180 Rhythms.

The rhythm patterns cover most every musical style you would want to play and while in my opinion many of them are artificial sounding there are a dozen or so that I had some fun with.

Sequencer (Recorder)

With the sequencer (17 track/5 song), you can record your own ideas quickly and easily in real-time (capacity: 10,000 notes).

Registration Memory

Faster access: You can file up to 96 set-ups (8 x 12 spaces) in the registration memory.

Ivory Touch Keyboard

The Casio Digital Piano AP620 features matt keys with ivory touch which not only looks sophisticated and high quality, but provides a comfortable playing surface and additional stability to prevent your fingers from sliding.

Duet Function

Ideal for lessons: the duet functions allows teachers and pupils to play parallel to each other. The piano can be divided into two keyboard areas, which can be transposed individually.

MIDI-In/Out

The proven interface for electronic musical instruments, additional equipment and computers simplifies data exchange for you.

SD Card Slot

The innovative SD memory medium offers a simple but limitless way to expand the internal song memory.

Conclusion

As well as the above listed features the Casio Digital Piano AP620 has three foot pedals, two headphone jacks, line in and out for connection to PA or home stereo and a few other gimmicky features such as 60 on board songs.

At a list price of 2,500 dollars it is well worth the money providing a full featured digital piano at an entry level price.

I have seen it as low as 1399.00 with an adjustable bench included

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