Casio CT-X5000 Review – The All In One Workstation For Music Makers

As expected from Casio, it never ceases to surprise us and bring the finest of fine quality musical instruments with ultimate features that not only excites their player but also surprises their competitor.

The CTX line is one among them which are solely determined in producing portable and high-quality piano keyboards with robust sound system and umpteen features.

And so, the CT X5000 came into limelight, its exceptional features and sound quality are the vital reason for such a stance.

Casio CT-X5000 Arranger Keyboard Review

Currently, CT X Series consist of :

  • CT-X700
  • CT-X800
  • CT-X3000
  • CT-X5000

Casio offers variety of Digital Pianos/Workstation series like CTK, CDP, Privia, Celviano, Mini, CTX and LK.

Each of the series is designed for a specific class of musicians with focusing on their respective genre.

Like wise, the CT-X series is designed for music maker, and focuses on following features :

  • Compact and Lightweight (Highly Portable)
  • Responsive Keys (* Not to be confused with weighted keys)
  • Intelligible Layout
  • High Quality Studio Level Sound Engine
  • Numerous Tones and Rhythms
  • Editing Capabilities
  • Powerful Bass Reflective Speakers
  • 2 or More Connectivity Options
  • Budget Friendly Price Tag

The CT X5000 from Casio is a 61-key keyboard with velocity sensitive synth action keys. 

It has got 800 tones, 235 rhythms tracks and 64 Notes of Polyphony.

It also features a mic input, DSP effect, USB compatibility, WAV capability and a lot of cool features that makes it a more remarkable keyboard in the league.

The uncompromising sound quality and the robust dual speaker system is something to look forward for.

So, lets dive into some of the stellar features of the CT X5000 keyboard right now and explore many more on the way.

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Comparing CT X5000 With Other Casio's Best Seller Digital Pianos






Casio PX-S1000

CT X5000


World's Slimmest Piano

Scaled Hammer Action Keys

Touch Controls


App Connectivity

AC/DC Power Support

Lightweight (25 Lb)

Casio Privia PX-160BK 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano

PX 160


Best Model

Great Sound 

AiR Sound Technology

Hall Simulator, Reverb Effects

3 Year Warranty

Casio WK 245



Touch Response Keys

Lesson Mode

Tone - 600

Rhythms - 180

Bright Display


Casio LK-190 61-Key Premium Lighted Keyboard



Light Up Keys

Light Lesson Mode

Tone - 400

Rhythms - 150

Dance & Reverb Effect

Great Speaker

Casio CTK-2550 61-Key Portable Keyboard



Touch Response

Lesson Function

Tones - 400

Rhythms - 100

Chordana App 

Dance/Music Mode

Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano



Scaled Hammer Action Keys

Detailed Resonance

Sound Projection Speaker


Key Slider Cover

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Casio CT-X5000 Features - Detailed Analysis

Design :

Slim and Compact Design

The portable, compact and affordable design of the CT X5000 is something that most of the keyboard lacks.

But the CT X5000 features an extremely light weighted structure with easy to understand and simple design that help you to operate them easily.

Its exceptionally light weighted and rugged too, so its ready to handle some accidental bumps on move.

The keys are arranged accordingly, keeping in mind the hassle-free operation and easy functioning.

The speakers on the both sides not only add to it structure but also enhance its feature.

The buttons and LCD display are arranged in a perfect aligned way that gives a very neat and clean look to the keyboard.

Hence, you can find this instrument as simply designed and creatively executed with features.

Keys :

CTX-5000 Touch Responsive Keys

The CT X5000 features 61 full size touch sensitive keys with 3 types of touch response & with revolutionary AiX Sound Chip and a maximum of 64 polyphony.

The touch sensitive keys are commonly known as velocity sensitive keys, what it does is that it produces sound according to the intensity of the key press.

The harder you hit the keys the louder the volume will be. Velocity sensitive allows us to be more expressive and natural.

The keys are not weighted too. And we can understand it here, because CT X5000 is an arranger class keyboard.

It is not a Digital Piano which tries to mimic the feel of acoustic pianos. 

These keys of each functions are structured in a tile form which makes it easy for you to understand the operation and perform it more intuitively.

Tones and DSP :

CT X5000 Tones

Some of the tones from the library on the CT X5000 keyboard includes tones like :

  • Piano 
  • Electric Pianos,
  • Organs,
  • Strings,
  • Drums, 
  • Accordion,
  • Brass,
  • Reeds.

In Reeds, you get different kind of horns like Solo Tenor Sax, Solo Soprano Sax & many more exotic instruments.

It also includes ethnic sounds (Indian and traditional genre) such as sitar and then there is GM tones which gives you a whole bunch of extra different sounds like mixed piano, honky tonk piano, dulcimer, distortion guitar.

With 800 tones and 235 rhythms with the capability of editing them from very scratch leaves no room to miss any of the genre all around the globe.

You can also adjust the tone quality by modifying the cutoff frequency & resonance. 

Check the Sound and Rhythm Quality and Demo Below ?

Editing Tones and Rhythms :

With the CT X5000, you can edit the included tones to create your own tones and save up to 100 tones.

The keyboard of CT X5000 features an Auto Power off function.

If you do no perform any keyboard operation for 30 minutes, all settings that have not been saved will be lost.

To prevent this, you can disable the auto power off setting by pressing the function button and selecting other you can switch off the auto off setting.

You can also edit the tone by pressing the function button until the edit indicator lights up. (Very few keyboards only allow to scratch tones from scratch)

This changes the keyboard to the tone editing mode where you can easily edit the function to produce your very own rhythm from an in-built rhythm or a real time recording function.

You can adjust the attack time & release time to control when a note starts to sound.

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Sound Source :

AiX Sound Source

Featuring 800 instrument tone library, the CT X5000 keyboard is powered by the pioneering AiX (acoustic intelligent expression) sound source technology that makes it sound rich and effortless.

The CT X5000 has a huge range of styles in both the tones and rhythm categories ranging from strong bass tones to bright high tones like pianos, organ, guitar, string pads, synth pads.

In the rhythm section you have pop, rock, Latin, country and a huge range of styles.

The exceptional powered sound source system of superior performance LSI recreates the original charm of acoustic instrument sound like the pleasant change in tone when a key of piano is pressed, the uproar of a drum performance or rising strings.

For each sound type high speed digital signal processor is applied like melody, backing drum, bass, or organ.

Onboard Speakers :

Powerful Speakers Casio CTX Series

The CTX 5000 comes with an onboard dual speaker of 3.9” which boast the best in class output from 15 W + 15 W amp.

The speakers on this keyboard feature high performance of bass reflex with large magnets that enables the keyboard in producing ultimate realistic performance with powerful heavy bass.

Even when used without any PA system or external sound system.

The newly constructed bass reflex speakers emphasize on low frequency.

DSP & System Effects :

DSP Capabilities

The CTX 5000 features the high-performance DSP & system effects that makes your performance healthier and more efficient.

The 100 types of pre-sets of DSP effects, the most common among these are : phasers, flangers, rotary speaker simulation that allow you to alter the tones so that it sounds exactly the same as you Imagined it to be.

It includes 32 reverb, 16 chorus, 20 delay, dynamics processing & master EQ effects, with a total of 168 effects in this keyboard.

These effects can be adjusted even while playing enabling you to give full expression to your music especially during live shows.

Registration :

128 User Registration

Like the other models of the Casio, CTX 5000 also has the registration features that lets you save your favorite settings easily.

It has 8 convenient registration buttons with 16 banks.

So, you can save up to a total of 128 comprehensive keyboard setups with foot pedal control which covers tones, rhythms, & tempo.

For a spellbinding stage performance, load and switch between them quickly as and when required.

The bright red backlights enable you to know the current registration selected by you.

Recording, USB, Display

Recording : The CT X5000 17 track recorder.

The recorder function helps you to play along the in- built songs and you can even record your performance for your own composition.

USB : The CT X5000 comes with 2 USB port of type A & type B with connectivity to host and device which help you to connect to any Mac, PC, android OR iOS device with no drives or mounting needed.

You can also play along the music on a connected audio player. The WAV audio files stored in the USB flash memory can be played using USB TO DEVICE Port.

LCD display CTX series

Display : On the middle of the CT X5000’s keyboard panel you will find a bright LCD display that ensures your easy performance and easy control whether on stage or in the studio and letting you to concentrate on making music solely.

Pitch Bend Wheel : The pitch bend wheel on the far left of the keyboard allows you to change (increase or decrease) the pitch of the tone on the fly.

Other features :

  • The CT X5000 features 2 audio input of 1/8” for line input and 1/4” for mic input.
  • 2 audio output of 1/4” (L/mono, R)
  • A headphone jack of 1/4”
  • 2 pedal input of 1/4” for expression & assignable
  • It also features layering and splitting function
  • Featuring 12 types of auto harmonize, 150 arpeggiator
  • It weighs about 15.4 lbs.
  • The height of the keyboard is 4.6”, width is 37.3” and the depth is 15.1 inch

Casio CTX 5000 vs Casio CTX 3000

Casio CT X5000 Alternate

The Best Alternative Of Casio CT X5000 is Korg EK 50 Yamaha DGX 660. The Price is almost same so don't forget to check it. (Check Detailed Analysis Here)

CTX5000 alternate option Korg EK 50

My Experience with Casio CT X5000 Portable Keyboard

My Experience with Casio CT X5000

This is a nutshell analysis of the CTX-5000 61-key keyboard by Casio which has lots of beneficial factors and a good option to consider for seasoned music professionals.

The features I like the most are the option to totally control and edit the tones, along with resonance. The keyboard allows you take total control on the music you play.

With 90+ DSP effects like rotary speaker simulations, flangers, ampli models only sky is the limit for your creativity.

It's also highly portable and weighs near 15 Lbs making it one of the perfect keyboard for those who always keeps on moving for gigs.

At last I can say that CTX 5000 is a wonderful keyboard, you are getting more than you bargain for. I am not hyping the keyboard at all, I used it for a week and there is nothing I can complain about.

The keys, sound and feature rich CT X5000 is a all in one workstation and the price is also very affordable. So don't for get to check it.

So that’s all from our end, I hope this Casio CT X-5000 review helped you in making a informed better decision.

Till then,

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Author - Daniel Cooper

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Daniel Cooper loves to make weird sounds by pressing the Black & White Buttons on the instrument and claims to be a musician.

3 thoughts on “Casio CT-X5000 Review – The All In One Workstation For Music Makers”

  1. I have this keyboard and love the sound, love the features, but I have to admit it has to be one of the most difficult to use of any keyboard I’ve ever tried. The user manual is so detailed and assumes you’re Thomas Edison. It is much too difficult for me. For example, read the page on the mixer E-64, makes no sense whatsoever to me and I’m a choir director with a Master’s degree in Education, taught middle school for 28 years.
    Also, is there an error on this page ? It shows the CTX-5000 with 88 keys in the chart.
    And I just have to say what may be ‘BUDGET” for some ($449) is definitely not in the ‘Budget’ bracket for all of us. I think “budge’ refers to the toy Casios and Yamahas at under $200. I don’t consider the CTX5000 a ‘budget’ ANYTHING ! Thanks, appreciate all you did on this, but I still don’t understand how to use it. Right now, I’m still trying to get the mic to work.

  2. Do ctx-5000 provides transpose features and does the variant 3000 provides the same? In terms of functionalities and quality, what would you recommend ??

    • Yes James CT-X5000 does provides transpose feature to alter the pitch up to +/- 12, and without a doubt X5000 is a much better then the other variant in the series.


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