DOVER, N.J., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio America, Inc. today announced the debut of two new digital sampling keyboards – the CTK-2090 and LK-175V. These introductions are the latest in Casio's long history of developing innovative sampling keyboards for young musicians.
"The next time you hear your favorite song on the radio, you may hear a guitar riff or a drum beat that sounds somewhat familiar. More and more artists today are using bits and pieces of existing music to create their own unique combinations; this is called sampling," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Musical Instruments Division. "Casio's newest sampling keyboards give young musicians that are just starting to dabble in this area the features they need to produce music much like their favorite artists."
Nearly 30 years ago, Casio introduced the SK-1, an 8-bit sampler, which broke new ground in terms of portability and cool sounds; but it also offered the ability to synthesize sounds starting from a neutral waveform, envelopes, vibrato, portamento, rhythms, and sampling. Today, the CTK-2090 and LK-175V digital keyboards build on that pioneering innovation to enable users to layer up to five different sounds to create their own tracks; these are two new introductions within the Sound eFX series of keyboards. Both keyboards have two sampling modes: short and full. Short Sampling Mode allows users to create up to five sounds 0.4 seconds in length, whereas Full Sampling Mode allows users to create one two-second sound. With a built-in sampling microphone, users can also sample their voice and other ambient sounds to create a variety of sampled tones and effects for later use.
Casio's electronic musical instruments offer a comprehensive feature set geared to enrich the learning experience. Both the CTK-2090 and LK-175V are outfitted with Casio's Step-up Lesson System, which enables beginners to learn 152 built-in songs, phase-by-phase, at their own individual pace. With the LCD display, students can learn both music notation and correct hand positioning, while Casio's innovative lesson system evaluates performance so users can track their progress. And with the LK-175V, users can practice with the help of the lighted 61-Key Piano Style Touch-Response keyboard making learning both fun and entertaining.
Additional features include a 92mm X 40mm LCD display, 150 built-in rhythms, 400 built-in tones, 110 built-in songs, USB port, and more. Each model also comes with a music stand, song book and X stand. The CTK-2090 for $169.99 and the LK-175V for $199.99 will be sold exclusively at Target locations nationwide beginning in September. To learn more about Casio's portfolio of electronic musical instruments, please visit www.CasioMusicGear.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.
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