Casio CTK 3500 Review : Casio CTK 3500 is a wonderful portable keyboard from Casio for those who are just stepping into their musical journey but want something more from their keyboard to keep the interest going.
CTK 3500 is loaded with lots of features and Casio has tried its best to level up the entry level keyboard experience.
And when it is compared with price ratio at which it is available it does not disappoint you at all.
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No doubt it is a good keyboard with 61 keys and almost all of basic feature a newbie need.
So if your budget is a bit low than sure 3500 is the keyboard you should get your hands on.
For Now, lets see whats CTK 3500 has to offer to us.
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Lightweight and Portable
AiR Sound Technology
Hall Simulator, Reverb Effects
3 Year Warranty
Touch Response Keys
Tone - 600
Rhythms - 180
USB MIDI Port
Light Up Keys
Light Lesson Mode
Tone - 400
Rhythms - 150
Dance & Reverb Effect
Tones - 400
Rhythms - 100
Scaled Hammer Action Keys
Sound Projection Speaker
Key Slider Cover
Casio CTK 3500 Features
61 Keys (2 Level Touch Sensitivity)
Some of the coolest features I personally liked about CTK 3500 is :
The Touch Sensitive Keys, which will sure enhance your playing experience.
If you don't know what a touch sensitive keys is then let me explain this.
The touch sensitive keys are specifically designed piano keys that produces the tone according to the velocity of the key press.
It means, the harder you press the keys the louder the volume of the tones will get generated. So the volume of the tone depends upon the intensity of the key press.
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Actually the touch sensitive keys are good and when you play the keys they give a really nice feedback.
And the little firm touch really feels good and allows you to play in a more expressive way.
But the thing to note is that the keys are not weighted.
Weighted keys resembles the feel of a grand piano but expecting it at this price range is not fare at all.[Check These 10 Best Awesome Weighted Keys Keyboard]
But no doubt the keyboard is pretty easy to play and specifically designed for very beginners in mind.
Sounds and Tones
Now coming to sounds, CTK 3500 offers a lots of different sounds to explore different genres of music.
As explained above the sensitive keys allows you to play a single instrument sound in different sound level.
At beginning I was not sure about the quality of the sound but when I played it I got really surprised as the sound was way far better then my expectation.
The basic Tones available on the keyboards are guitars, saxophones, electric pianos.
CTK 3500 offers 48 Note Polyphony, 400 tones and over 100 rhythms to choose from and explore more.
Pitch Bend Wheel
As I said earlier Casio has taken extra measure to make the keyboard feature loaded but still friendly for newbies and one of the reason I am saying this is because of the pitch bent wheel.
The pitch bent wheel allows you to change the pitch output as desired (upward or downward).
Changing the pitch with just a slide comes very handy to generate sounds resemblance of ethnic instruments.
The live change in sounds really helps you to understand music in a much better way.
Designed For Beginners
Throughout the article I was bragging about that CTK 3500 is very super friendly for beginners lets count the reasons.
Step up lessons mode
CTK 3500 completely removes the need of a piano teacher at the initial stage of your learning thanks to Step Up Lesson mode.
Step up lesson mode smartly divides a song in several easy to practice part from the very scratch.
And when you master individually each phase you just need to combine those individual phases and voila!! you have learned the complete song.
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This step up lesson mode seriously help you to learn piano at a great pace.
It also offers hundreds of songs to practice and master the basic skill of piano learning. [If you are new and want to learn songs to play here is a list of 15 Popular Yet Easy Songs To Play On Piano.]
The compact front screen displays the keys and highlights the required keys which you need to press to play the respective song.
The Inbuilt voice simulated fingering guide of CTK 3500 keeps tracks of your finger movement and rectify you via human voice by calling individual finger number.
The lesson part also takes care your hand preferences (left hand or right hand) which is really helpful for beginners.
3500 does not offers too much digital effects but the couple of ones that are available are quite handy and practical in several ways.
Like, It has digital reverb effect of 10 types (reverb effects in keyboards generally simulates the continuation of the tone and stops by slowly fading away) which opens a whole new door for creativity.
Hall Simulator Effects
The hall simulator digital effect produces sound like you are sitting and playing the keyboard in a concert, big hall or church.
It lets you observe your song from an audience perspective.
This comes really useful to analyze your song and improve it where required.
Dance Music Digital Effects
From my opinion I think dance music mode is just a fun add-on.
It turns your sound in a form of DJ style music.
You build a song and play it by dance music mode and the mode will convert your song into a party style song by applying some popping sound effects like as explained above used in dance music and DJ music.
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My experience With Casio CTK 3500
As I said I used the keyboard for mere a week and I was quite happy with it from a beginners perspective.
The best part of Casio CTK 3500 is that it is very budget friendly digital keyboard.
Even the features it offers are more than enough for a beginner.
The only drawback I can count upon is the sensitivity level of the keys, they are good but there is still some room for improvement.
And almost all keyboards provides 3 level of keys sensitivity option but CTK 3500 only provides 2 level.
The sound of the speakers are also OK. That’s all.
The keyboard is lightweight and portable and also works flawlessly via batteries too that’s a great plus point.
So overall I can say that CTK 3500 is a great digital keyboard for those who are just stepping into musical journey and for the price point its really a grab on.
That's all from Our End. Hope our review of Casio CTK 3500 has helped you in making a better decision.
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