In the search for a keyboard for practicing and hobby-oriented musicians, I first had "the usual suspects" from Yamaha in the sights. However, because I have no room for a fixed keyboard space, my choice fell instead on the Casio CTK-3200. This is about 10 cm less deep than the models of the competitors and finds now, if it is time again, the neighbors to annoy ;-), ruck-zuck on the dining table place. Since the CTK-3200 can extract an enormous runtime from the optional AA batteries, the search for a connection for the supplied power supply can fail. The existing USB MIDI interface makes the CTK-3200 an ideal playing partner for the "Synthesia" software available on the Internet for practicing purposes. But also the use as a MIDI controller keyboard for the favored DAW is of course no problem, since the USB port is MIDI class-compliant. Combining the audio output of a connected computer with the audio input of the CTK-3200, music can be played back through the built-in speakers of the CTK-3200 - perfect for playback between them.
Upon request, CASIO informed me that the CTK-3200 has the same keyboard mechanism as the models named by CASIO "High-Grade Keyboards". Also the sound generation corresponds to the more expensive variants. In both disciplines, the owner of a CTK-3200 does not have to compromise.
The keyboard is quite light, but it can be played comfortably, the touch dynamics of the keys vary sensitively. A small drawback is not to be neglected: While the white keys are dampened by a rubber coating at the end of the key path and therefore very hard to play with strong striking, this is unfortunately not the case with the black keys. But with a keyboard of this price class, this can be a pain. The built-in learning system is very compelling and offers high long-term motivation and excellent trainer functionality.
The bottom line is the CTK-3200. Due to the low weight and the possibility to use batteries or rechargeable batteries, the keyboard can be stored space saving and can be used as a MIDI keyboard, digital piano, entertainer keyboard or piano teacher at the desk, on the balcony, on the dining table or Even on the sofa.
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