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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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S. Hutchins a hobbyist user from United States of America writes:
For the price, I don't think that it can be beat. Quality sounds, some

of them are actually excellent, although others, esp. in the percussion,

leave something to be desired. The display is nice and helpful for a beginner

as it shows what keys are being played in staff notation, and also in

chord mode it shows what chord you played. It lacks a Midi-Thru port, which

I presently have no need for, but may later be an option I could miss. The

internal synth is simple but fun to play with. The effects are straightforward.

I would prefer it have a more analog pitch bend wheel as opposed to

the very digital-feeling buttons it has.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
David Jacklin a part time user from Canada writes:
Quite an astonishing array of features for a very astonishing price ($299 CDN). With 8 drum kits and the ability to do some limited voice editing, the variety of sounds offered has put this keyboard front and centre in my home studio. The construction is a bit flimsy and there's no mains AC, just a wall wart, and no modulation controller (it does accept modulation over MIDI). The pitch bend takes a bit of getting used to, but soon feels right. At $299, who's complaining?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Rino Anastasio a hobbyist user from Toronto, Canada writes:
Very good value for money. I find the keyboard a good one to buy for those who are at the entry level of MIDI and Synth skills. The only thing missing to make it a complete workstation is a floppy drive, but you can get round this problem by downloading any song you create to a computer sequencer or MIDI storage device. You can also use it as a MIDI keyboard controller. The synth factory sounds are basic but very well made. I am even able to use one of them as an arpeggiator - it's awesome! And for those who are just learning about FM synthesis, it allows you to understand the fundamentals of synthesizers. You can edit the midi sounds and also use the synth section to create some interesting sounds of your own. The Free Session feature is good for learning about basic chord progressions. The instruction book is well written and full of useful information about transposing and MIDI. The built-in sequencer is 6 tracks and quite basic, but again, is good enough for entry level musicians who are learning about producing using mixing and sequencers. It's a pity the sequencer doesn't allow you to record more than 2 songs, but for the money you pay, I guess you can't complain. And I find all the MIDI sounds quite good, second only to Yamaha's MIDI sounds. One drawback is the two digital pitch bend buttons, which take getting used to if you have always been using pitch bend wheels. All in all, it is very good value for money and I would recommend this Casio product to anyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Umesh Baheti a hobbyist user from Massachusetts, USA writes:
Its an awesome piece! I did a lot of research on the Yamaha keyboards in that price range, but CTK-601 was the best buy. I got an open box deal of only $130. Everything is great. The sound quality is excellent. The rythms and tones are very good. However i did not get a user manual with it. I haven`t yet figured out how to use the special features such as MIDI, SOUND RECORDING and other classic features. I would appreciate if any one can help me get the manual.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
Adrian Moss a part time user from England writes:
I was very impressed with this keyboard. The features seem really good but I have a problem, I lost my instruction booklet about 3 weeks ago and still don`t know how to do most of the things on the keyboard.Would it be possible to send me the instructions, or if not, how do I get hold of them? Thankyou, Yours, Adrian

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:36
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