Music Player Network
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
MP Hall of Fame Member
OP Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181


The new CT-S1 (MSRP: $299.99), CT-S400 (MSRP: $349.99), LK-S450 (MSRP: $399.99), and WU-BT10 (MSRP: $129.99) will be available for pre order April 14, 2021 and for sale mid-May.

I had recently picked up a CT-S300 and find it generally useful. However, one short coming was the lack of one really good piano timbre. The S1 seems to address that. If the size and speakers are similar, might be worth a switch. No handle though?


Live: Yamaha CP88, Roland VR-700
Home: Rebuilt 1910 Chickering 5'2", Fender Rhodes MKI 88k, Yamaha S90ES
1 member likes this: Groove On
Keyboard Corner Island
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 599
Likes: 42
Gold Member
Offline
Gold Member
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 599
Likes: 42
Video didn't mention a sustain pedal input, which would be my only gripe as this price point. Otherwise looks promising for a "couch practice board."

Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Offline
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
It most certainly has a sustain pedal input. thu

There have been only three of these units in the US for the past few weeks. Mike and Rich Formidoni from Casio have had one...
...and I've had the other one. w00t

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]

MPN will be releasing a First Look video - done by me and edited by Craig Anderton - later today. cool

dB

Last edited by Dave Bryce; 04/09/21 01:36 AM.
1 member likes this: Joe Muscara
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 599
Likes: 42
Gold Member
Offline
Gold Member
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 599
Likes: 42
Good! Seems like a great, affordable product!

Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Online Content
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
No handle though?
Yes, they have handles, or at least handle-like grips. They don't go all the way through. It was mentioned in a video that that was because of how they are making use of the interior space for the speakers.

Best thing... pegs for keytar straps!

Nice sounds in the S1, too. And decent live patch selection functionality, if you don't need quick access to too many of them.

Curious about the action.

Would have liked to see a way to leave the speakers playing even if you have something connected to the audio output, but I'm not optimistic.


Maybe this is the best place for a shameless plug! Our new video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZRC3b4p4EI is a 40 minute adaptation of T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" - check it out!
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
MP Hall of Fame Member
OP Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
I hope it has the action from the CT-S300. Velocity is responsive and you can get a note triggered along the entire key, even smack up against the fall board.

Have you noticed 5 pin or USB midi? Or none?


Live: Yamaha CP88, Roland VR-700
Home: Rebuilt 1910 Chickering 5'2", Fender Rhodes MKI 88k, Yamaha S90ES
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Offline
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
Originally Posted by AnotherScott
Curious about the action.
Surprisingly good. You'll see in the video I did - I don't always play lightly. idea grin

Quote
Would have liked to see a way to leave the speakers playing even if you have something connected to the audio output, but I'm not optimistic.
Nope - not that I found.

Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
Have you noticed 5 pin or USB midi? Or none?
USB jack.

Also, there's a wireless Bluetooth adaptor (optional, $79) that allows control over software synths and streams audio. VERY cool.

dB

Attached Images
IMG_7301.JPG (174.61 KB, 519 downloads)
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,770
Likes: 184
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,770
Likes: 184
Ug, I just got a CTS300. Had I known this was coming I'd have held off for the CTS1. Oh well, $134 invested, it's not like buying a Nord Stage just before the upgrade.

The action on these Casio's is decent, better than expected. For me that's the #1 selling point as a couch/travel board. The CTS1's speakers should be a big upgrade on the 300.

And with the strap pegs you might actually inspire someone to use "casio" and "sexy" in the same sentence!


Gigging: Crumar Mojo 61, Hammond SKPro
Home: Vintage Vibe 64
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,720
Likes: 70
J
Has been warned....
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
Has been warned....
MP Hall of Fame Member
J
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,720
Likes: 70

Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Online Content
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
Originally Posted by AnotherScott
Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
No handle though?
Yes, they have handles, or at least handle-like grips. They don't go all the way through. It was mentioned in a video that that was because of how they are making use of the interior space for the speakers.
OTOH, I just saw in the manual that they specifically say that that cut-out should not be used as a handle!


Maybe this is the best place for a shameless plug! Our new video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZRC3b4p4EI is a 40 minute adaptation of T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" - check it out!
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
Originally Posted by AnotherScott
OTOH, I just saw in the manual that they specifically say that that cut-out should not be used as a handle!

Hi Scott,
It is definitely a grip not a handle. It certainly helps in moving the instrument. The manual has to get all kinds of liabilities included like turn the volume all the way down before connecting headphones. wink

Last edited by Mike Martin; 04/08/21 07:38 PM.

-Mike Martin

• Casio
• Mike Martin Photography • Instagram • Facebook
• The Big Picture Photography Forum on Music Player Network

The opinions I post here are my own and do not represent the company I work for.
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
MP Hall of Fame Member
OP Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
Mike, Casio doing a little bag for it?


Live: Yamaha CP88, Roland VR-700
Home: Rebuilt 1910 Chickering 5'2", Fender Rhodes MKI 88k, Yamaha S90ES
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Online Content
MPN Advisory Board
10k Club
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 16,373
Likes: 336
Originally Posted by Mike Martin
Originally Posted by AnotherScott
OTOH, I just saw in the manual that they specifically say that that cut-out should not be used as a handle!

Scott,
It is a grip not a handle. It certainly helps in moving the instrument. The manual has to get all kinds of liabilities included like turn the volume all the way down before connecting headphones. wink

But they even put "is not" in caps!

[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]

Of course people are going to do it. ;-)

Anyway, the board looks/sounds really cool. In a perfect world, I'd like to be able to use a computer/iOS editor to re-order the sounds in each category (so I could determine which sound comes up first in each category, or swap out some of the panel-selectable sounds I don't care about for others of the 61, without using up the 7 shortcut buttons), and there are just a handful of other sounds I'd like to have seen... like it's great that there are tape flutes, but then I miss the tape strings! Others I'd like to have seen are a marimba, a non-synthy choir, trumpet, violin/fiddle, harmonica, and banjo. Considering the absence of those last three, I think they forgot about the times we've gotta cover the country tunes! (Though I don't know what the CZ trumpet and violin sound like.) And if only that little bluetooth add-on also provided 5-pin MIDI I/O and 1/4" outputs even if it added another 20 bucks (if that were feasible). But as a whole, for $199, there's only so much I can complain about. It looks you guys really did a nice job on this.


Maybe this is the best place for a shameless plug! Our new video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZRC3b4p4EI is a 40 minute adaptation of T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" - check it out!
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,826
Likes: 40
Z
Platinum Member
Offline
Platinum Member
Z
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,826
Likes: 40
Awesome job Dave!!! Damn...I want one!

I may have missed it, but how long does it last on batteries? I'd be using rechargeables of course.....

Thanks for getting the review up!! Well done!! And kudos to Casio!!

Last edited by zxcvbnm098; 04/08/21 07:31 PM.
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
Very nice, Dave!!!

I actually clapped when I heard the "Jump" quote

Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
Originally Posted by zxcvbnm098
Awesome job Dave!!! Damn...I want one!

I may have missed it, but how long does it last on batteries? I'd be using rechargeables of course.....

Thanks for getting the review up!! Well done!! And kudos to Casio!!


It will run on rechargeable batteries. I haven't done a real-world test but I'll test it myself soon. I think the official spec from HQ is 4+ hours.


-Mike Martin

• Casio
• Mike Martin Photography • Instagram • Facebook
• The Big Picture Photography Forum on Music Player Network

The opinions I post here are my own and do not represent the company I work for.
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
Another video we did featuring just some of the sounds:



-Mike Martin

• Casio
• Mike Martin Photography • Instagram • Facebook
• The Big Picture Photography Forum on Music Player Network

The opinions I post here are my own and do not represent the company I work for.
2 members like this: Steve Force, David Emm
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,720
Likes: 70
J
Has been warned....
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
Has been warned....
MP Hall of Fame Member
J
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,720
Likes: 70
I'm waiting for a CT-CS V2 ....same thing but with P & W wheels for $30 more.

Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Offline
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
Took my vid down - saw something that needed fixing. It'll be back in a sec.

dB

Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
On another forum, someone noted the design appears to be influenced by the Braun-Rams school of industrial design

https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/dieter-rams-principled-design

[Linked Image from assets.philamuseum.org]
[Linked Image from assets.philamuseum.org]
[Linked Image from static01.nyt.com]

Kudos to Casio for the nice, clean look

Last edited by GovernorSilver; 04/08/21 08:35 PM.
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
MP Hall of Fame Member
OP Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 9,567
Likes: 181
Impressive that they can get this quality of sound out of hardware that falls in this price range.


Live: Yamaha CP88, Roland VR-700
Home: Rebuilt 1910 Chickering 5'2", Fender Rhodes MKI 88k, Yamaha S90ES
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Offline
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
Boy, I'll say.

dB

Joined: May 2004
Posts: 4,596
Likes: 42
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 4,596
Likes: 42
Price from the usual online retailers is $199! ohmy I paid more than that for a budget TV soundbar not too long ago.

And yeah... I can tell from the videos that the keys aren't hinged ideally - but for rehearsing, just banging around, whatever.. it's one of those things I didn't think I needed until I saw it, but maybe I do.

Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Offline
5x KCFFL Champ
20k Club
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 22,233
Likes: 548
Originally Posted by Bill H.
it's one of those things I didn't think I needed until I saw it, but maybe I do.
The elusive "couch keyboard".

dB

Joined: May 2004
Posts: 5,042
Likes: 170
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 5,042
Likes: 170
Originally Posted by GovernorSilver
On another forum, someone noted the design appears to be influenced by the Braun-Rams school of industrial design

Kudos to Casio for the nice, clean look

Reminds me a bit of the CP series.


Rod
”drawback of the Rolands...”— Biggles
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,041
Likes: 132
Originally Posted by drawback
Originally Posted by GovernorSilver
On another forum, someone noted the design appears to be influenced by the Braun-Rams school of industrial design

Kudos to Casio for the nice, clean look

Reminds me a bit of the CP series.

Or maybe the CP series reminds you of Braun-Rams.

Dieter Rams got his first design award in 1960.

Last edited by GovernorSilver; 04/08/21 09:55 PM.
1 member likes this: drawback
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,012
Likes: 9
Platinum Member
Offline
Platinum Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,012
Likes: 9
I couldn't see actual audio outputs from the videos.
Are they quiet?


Tom
Nord Electro 5D, Yamaha upright piano, numerous plug-ins
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
Originally Posted by analogman1
I couldn't see actual audio outputs from the videos.
Are they quiet?

Audio outs are just via the 1/8" stereo headphone output. All the audio in our videos was recorded directly from that.

dB is reposting his video shortly, he can comment too.

Last edited by Mike Martin; 04/08/21 10:17 PM.

-Mike Martin

• Casio
• Mike Martin Photography • Instagram • Facebook
• The Big Picture Photography Forum on Music Player Network

The opinions I post here are my own and do not represent the company I work for.
1 member likes this: analogman1
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,219
Likes: 83
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,219
Likes: 83
Mike, your playing was quite enjoyable. Nice & fluid. Allowing for the usual +/- 10% impurity of YouTube compression, I'm impressed by the sound of the instrument. Its just a short notch below what I'd expect from a much more costly and programmable item. Its a giant sweet spot.

Its a bit hard to quantify the experience for a 2021 newbie, since this same range of instruments was made of pure cheeze in the 80s, aside from the impact of the CZ line. All this would have needed would have been a split so I could run my CZ-101 from the top octaves. I would have felt like a demigod. laugh


Film music is like a small lamp
that you place below the screen to warm it.
~ Aaron Copland
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
MP Hall of Fame Member
Offline
MP Hall of Fame Member
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,387
Likes: 98
Originally Posted by David Emm
Mike, your playing was quite enjoyable. Nice & fluid. Allowing for the usual +/- 10% impurity of YouTube compression, I'm impressed by the sound of the instrument. Its just a short notch below what I'd expect from a much more costly and programmable item. Its a giant sweet spot.

Its a bit hard to quantify the experience for a 2021 newbie, since this same range of instruments was made of pure cheeze in the 80s, aside from the impact of the CZ line. All this would have needed would have been a split so I could run my CZ-101 from the top octaves. I would have felt like a demigod. laugh

Thanks Dave you're too kind.
These days it is a fine line between hitting Youtube copyright issues and not so trying to come up with interesting things to play while the "RECORDING LIGHT" is on is always a challenge for me. I'll add that a few of those clips (taken from the left angle) were actually captured in a compressed format in the first place by accident - then recompressed by MP4 and Youtube.

The fun factor of the CT-S1 is simply hard to express over video.


-Mike Martin

• Casio
• Mike Martin Photography • Instagram • Facebook
• The Big Picture Photography Forum on Music Player Network

The opinions I post here are my own and do not represent the company I work for.
1 member likes this: Bill H.
Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Moderated by  Dave Bryce, Stephen Fortner 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5