Casio AP420 Review

Casio AP420 Review
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If there ever was a keyboard that could provide great value for the price then that keyboard would have to be the Casio AP420 digital piano.

It makes a great starter keyboard for students who are just learning to play and who want to take piano lessons seriously. Its graded hammer action makes it an ideal piano to learn on. If you’re not sure if music is going to be in the long term for the piano player, then, this affordable piano is just priced so it won’t cost an arm and a leg just exploring piano and not sure if this will be a long term endeavor.

Linear Morphing for Genuine Sounding Grand Pianos

First of all I was quite impressed with the keyboard’s authentic sound reproduction. And we will explore that in a minute. The cabinet styled piano utilizes new technology, linear morphing AIF to genuinely produce the sounds of grand pianos.  I’ll explore what this morphing is all about in a minute.

We will also explore their new three sensor hammer action. This keyboard also features an “matte” ivory touch surface as well as USB connectivity and SD card slot to conveniently import or export your midi song files.

What I’d really like about this keyboard is the authentic grand piano sound that emanates from this line of Casio keyboards. The keyboard features signature piano sounds that utilize the new technology called linear morphing. So what exactly is a linear morphing? Essentially linear morphing refers to dynamic sound expression or sound volume that is dynamically produced using 4 reference volumes. Unlike other digital pianos which slot all key strikes into 4 volume alternatives, the volume expressions of the Casio keyboard use 4 reference volumes and then determines the output volume from those volume reference points.

Casio Has Improved Sound Quality Over the Years with Tri-Sensor Technology

Casio utilizes a tri-sensor hammer action technology without the usual mechanical springs. Every nuance of every key is captured and then layered onto stereogram channel sounds. The digital piano comes with 16 built-in tones with any two that can be layered or split on the keyboard so that you can play bass sounds with the left hand and then other instruments with the right hand. Twenty watt speakers power the whole system.

Designed for the musician in mind this keyboard comes with 128 notes of polyphony, USB MIDI, a duet mode and audio outputs.

The cabinet design and finish make a great addition for the living room in your own.

Sound Effects

The keyboard also features various sound effects including 4 reverb types, 4 choruses, a duet mode and a select number of 60 preset songs. You also have the ability to transport was the music into 25 steps that is -12/+12; semitones and a tuning control which allows you to tune your keyboard to 440 Hz which can be modified +99/-99%.

The only caveat that I have about this keyboard is that it is not the general-purpose MIDI recording type keyboard for the composer but is it is a good keyboard for the learning pianist because it only features a two track sequencer. However, because of its USB input you can still hook up a computer to the keyboard and use MIDI software for a full production composing workstation.

This keyboard comes with a damper soft and sostenuto pedals and two headphone jacks. Once again the Casio AP420 makes a great starter keyboard given its value price point.

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