Leaving behind preconceived ideas about how musical instruments must be played from a fixed location, the next generation of Casiotone instruments offer a new style of keyboard that can be freely carried anywhere, designed for making music, anytime, anywhere.
Our goal has been to bring the enjoyment of music and of performing to more people. It was in January 1980 that we first delivered on this goal by offering our first electronic keyboard — the Casiotone CT-201 — to the world. To address this, Casio co-founder and inventor Toshio Kashio, who was a music lover, thought it would be wonderful to reproduce the sounds of instruments that are typically difficult to play, just using his own hands on a keyboard. This led him to develop a system of vowel-consonant synthesis. By modifying and combining the “vowel” and “consonant” elements that sound is composed of to create a single sound, he succeeded in recreating the sounds of 29 different instruments, making them playable on a piano style keyboard. The Casiotone CT-201 came into being as an unprecedented new form of musical instrument.
CT-S1 / CT-S400 / LK-S450 / CT-S500 / CT-S1000V
AiX Sound Source – A Maximum Range of Musical Expression True to Each Instrument’s Characteristics
Casio’s state-of-the-art AiX Sound Source technology delivers stunning depth and realism through the complementary design of circuits, mechanical build, software, LSI processors and other components, providing extraordinary sound from a remarkably compact keyboard. Based on in-depth analyses of the audio characteristics of different instruments, AiX Sound Source can accurately reproduce acoustic instruments such as pianos and strings, electric instruments such as electric guitars and organs, and the electronic sounds of synthesizers. Tap into the unique expressiveness of each instrument and let your imagination inspire your performance.
Custom LSI Processor Vividly Capture Subtle Nuances
To achieve this refined expressiveness, Casio has developed proprietary large-scale integrated (LSI) processors, which are an integral part of the new Casiotone. The high-performance custom LSI chips are efficiently designed for optimal sound expression, and the unique waveform compression technology makes rich, high-definition sound a reality. For example, not only are the source instruments painstakingly recorded to reflect the nuance of the performance, but the LSI chips can also model the characteristics of amplifiers found in vintage instruments. This is possible through high-speed processing of the considerable data amassed from these original vintage instruments, enabling a superbly realistic response to musicians’ performances.
ADVANCED TONES – Rich, Exultant Tones, Created Through a Relentless Pursuit of Excellence
ADVANCED TONES – upper-echelon, refined Casio tones – are crafted using the best of Casio technology. Created by carefully modeling the acoustic and vintage instruments used in many classic songs, the tones come to life through AiX Sound Source. The result is a vivid recreation of the unique character and nuance of each instrument, with tones that vary dynamically in response to different subtleties in playing, enabling fresh new forms of expression.
* Available in models CT-S1 / CT-S500 / CT-S1000V.
CASIO CLASSIC TONES – The Classic Casio Sounds from Musical History
AiX Sound Source brings back the beloved sounds of Casio’s classic electronic instruments with CASIO CLASSIC TONES, an exclusive selection of 12 tones for keyboardists. Featured instruments include the flagship 1980 Casiotone 201 (CT-201), the legendary Casio ultracompact VL-1, as well as the pro musicians’ synthesizers of choice, the CZ-101 and VZ-1. Recreate the tonal atmosphere of a past era with these classic sounds.
* Available in models CT-S1 / CT-S500 / CT-S1000V.
Horizontal Bass-Reflex System – Innovative Bass-Reflex System Packs a Punch in a Compact Space
The Horizontal Bass-Reflex System is a space-saving technology designed to produce powerful bass, even from slim-bodied instruments. Rather than being directly mounted to the upper housing, the speaker is mounted on a component attached to the lower housing, forming a dedicated enclosure (speaker box). Its solid structure enables the Bass-Reflex System to produce compelling bass while controlling distortion and sympathetic vibrations, while enclosure parts and screws that could obstruct air flow or result in sympathetic vibration were also carefully eliminated. The ducts are rounded, meaning that sounds generate less noise as they travel through them, and the bottom surface of the case is slightly raised to prevent bass tones from being trapped. The elliptical design of the speakers achieves a slimmer body with a larger surface area, while the two-stage magnet generates a stronger magnetic force. Also, the edges of the cones (diaphragms) are made from fabric for a crisp, clean sound.
Volume-Sync EQ – Intelligent Sound Adjustment Ensures Big Sound, Even at Low Volumes
Volume-Sync EQ automatically corrects the balance between higher frequency sounds and the low register, which is subjectively quieter at low volumes. Optimizing the sound based on the characteristics of human hearing, the result is a pleasing tonal balance at any volume. Simply turn the volume knob and enjoy the same full-bodied sound.
Immerse Yourself in Surround Sound
The new Casiotone offers enhanced stereo sound that’s tailored to suit each tone at the touch of a button, and is surprisingly immersive for its compact size.
Slim, Lightweight Body for Making Music Anytime, Anywhere
The Casiotone speaker units and structural design are adventurous and creative, achieving a slim and portable lightweight body. Designed to fit into the tightest spots, the keyboards are easy to carry, making transportation a breeze.
Simple Beauty and Intuitive Ease of Use
The Casiotone user interface is elegant and simple, and perfected suited for a musical instrument, making them easy for anyone to use. A reduced number of buttons and knobs creates a sleek appearance, and the intuitive layout lets you find the desired control instantly. The CT-S1 is designed to let you select the sound you want and get right into the music with a single button. The CT-S400 and LK-S450 feature a wider variety of functions and sounds but the LCD screen navigated with a dial makes them very easy to use. Frequently used sounds and settings can be freely assigned to buttons on the panel for instant access.
A Fluent Performance Whatever the Tone
The CT-S1, CT-S400, LK-S450, CT-S500, and CT-S1000V alike have robust, durable keys and a mechanism that generates minimal mechanical noise and lateral movement. A consistent feel along the length of the keyboard makes playing predictable and comfortable whether you’re playing acoustic or electric piano sounds, organs, synth tones and more.
Bluetooth® MIDI / Audio – Wireless Capability Expands Casiotone’s Potential
The WU-BT10 wireless MIDI & AUDIO adaptor (sold separately) supports both audio and MIDI without an external power source – simply plug it into your Casiotone to take advantage of new possibilities. Audio and MIDI data are transmitted together via USB using a proprietary protocol. The adaptor is the world’s first* to support both audio and MIDI data simultaneously, enabling users to play back their favorite tunes from smart devices through the Casiotone speakers, and transmit MIDI data between their Casiotone and smart devices or other electronic equipment. Although latency and signal dropout can be a problem when using Bluetooth®, our system has been carefully optimized for low latency and high stability. Enjoy stress-free music playback or play your Casiotone through our app.
* Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks of Bluetooth® SIG, Inc. and any use of these marks by CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. is under license.
CASIO MUSIC SPACE
CASIO MUSIC SPACE is an app exclusively for Casio digital piano and keyboard users. When connected to your Casio piano or keyboard, the Casio Music Space app acts as digital musical score, a music teacher, a live performance simulator, and as an all-round app to enjoy learning and playing music. It’s for complete beginners, people taking up an instrument again, and anyone who wants to experience a new way of playing. Expand your enjoyment of music by watching, listening, and playing through the app.
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