Comparison between Yamaha PSR I425 and Casio CTK 5000

Compare the Yamaha PSR I425 with Casio CTK 5000

Yamaha PSR I425

Recently by an amazing stroke of luck I found an opportunity to tinker around with the Yamaha PSR I425 (nearest international mode: PSR-E413) and it’s nearest equivalent, the Casio CTK 5000. While feature-wise they are quite similar, a quick comparison revealed that there are quite a few differences in the products, some glaring while others subtle.

Similarities:

  • Both the keyboards have a lot of focus on the Indian market and hence feature Indian tones and styles. While the Yamaha has a greater selection of Indian tones (more percussion instruments), the Casio features a good selection of tones from Indian, Chinese and Arabic music.
  • IMHO, the the quality of Indian tones on the Casio is slightly higher (the Harmonium-2 on the Casio sounds way better than the Harmonium-3 on the Yamaha) but most string instruments (Sitar, Tanpura) sound terrible and not at all like what I have heard from the real instruments.
    I must also make an important announcement here: Once upon a time, the Sitar tone on keyboards imitated the rubber-band guitars we used to make ourselves. These days the Sitar tone is very very life-like and since our expectations have risen automatically too, we always compare it with ‘What it could be’ instead of ‘What it was’. By this benchmark, the tones on both the keyboards indeed sound quite good and are only a few steps away from fooling the listener.
  • Both keyboards feature Touch sensitivity, Arpeggio, Harmonize, Pitch-bend, Transpose, Tuning, Dual-sound, Split, Registration memory and Song recording. Both keyboards feature Headphone-out, Sustain Pedal-in and USB connectivity.  Both keyboards are 5 octaves and support the entire General MIDI (GM) sound set and many more (nearly 500 tones). Most tones are quite similar in name as well as sound. The selection of styles (rhythms) on both keyboards is quite good and very live-band like. There is a healthy selection of Demo/Learning songs and a ‘Music Guide’ which automatically selects the style, tone, effects and tempo of a popular song (from a list).
  • Both keyboards feature One-Touch Setting (OTS). Based on the style you select, the keyboard automatically selects the Primary tone, The layered tone, Reverb/Chorus settings. To activate OTS, on the Yamaha you must select a style and then select ‘000’ as the tone. On the Casio, you must select the style and press the ‘Style’ button for 2 seconds.
  • Both keyboards also seem to use similar power adapters and have similar back-lit buttons. The plastic keys have similar feel and respond dully to nimble fingers. Even the pitch-bend wheel on both keyboards looks weakly constructed and the modulation wheel is missing from both. Both keyboards feature Blue back-lit LCD displays and have Rubber buttons. Is this a case of OEM manufacturing and Brand customization?

Differences:

  • IMHO, the tones on the Casio are better in a few departments while in others,  the Yamaha wins hands-down. The best Piano sound on the Casio closely resembles the heavy grand-piano sound that I like, while the sound on the Yamaha is lighter – lacking in depth and sounding cheap/flighty. This is evident if you play the intro-bars of Yanni’s One Man’s Dream. If played with a gentle touch, the Casio sounds mellow while the Yamaha sounds bright. The selection of Strings on the Casio is quite good too, and have good depth (not in the same class as a Korg though) while the Yamaha strings sound a little synthetic but it’s collection of Pads is mind-blowing.
  • The Yamaha features 2 knobs to alter the sounds and this is completely absent from the Casio. This gives the sound on the Yamaha a unique face-lift. User’s can set parameters such as Filter/Cutoff, Reverb/Chorus, Attack/Release to modify the sound in unique ways. Pianos can be muted, Strings can have slow onsets and plucked sounds like Guitars can stretch infinitely. Amazing!
  • The Casio features greater polyphony than the Yamaha and this could be a tie-breaker to those who like to layer sounds (dual sound) which themselves are internally layered. This will be very noticeable by those who use a computer to create their score and playback using the sound engine of the keyboard. The actual number of tones on the Casio is also higher than the Yamaha. In fact, the Yamaha fill’s it’s tone bank with sound effects such as Birds, Telephones and Helicopters. Come on, helicopter sound across 61 keys? 1 is enough!
  • While the Casio has an incredible selection of Harmonize & Arpeggios (90 in all), the selection of arps on the Yamaha beats the Casio hands down. The arps on the Yamaha are thoughtful, rhythmic and make for great accompaniment. The arpeggios on the Casio still sound like their MT-70 keyboard (produced in 1985).
  • The Casio features Full Range Chord feature, where the user needs to play the keyboard using chord fingering (common for Indian harmonium players) and the keyboard will automatically select the appropriate chord. If the Yamaha features it, then I couldn’t find it.
  • The Yamaha features a very easy to use jog-dial to select sounds, while the Casio requires punching of buttons. The Yamaha features ‘Performance Assistance Technology’ (P.A.T.) which is missing from the Casio.
  • Casio features up-to 32 Registration Memory (store keyboard settings like Tone, Style, Tempo, Layers and recall at the touch of a button). The Yamaha on the other hand only features 16 Registration Memory. The Casio requires batteries to retain the Registration Memory settings upon power-off while the Yamaha seems to store them in some kind of Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM). The Yamaha settings are retained between complete power cycles; Nice! Resetting the Casio settings is easier – just remove the batteries!
  • The Yamaha features a power-on button which seems to do a physical cut-off while the Casio only has a soft-button for a logical power-off. I prefer the Yamaha approach but then chances are that the button will break over a long period of time. Maybe never.
Compare Yamaha PSR I425 with Casio CTK 5000

Casio CTK 5000

The million dollar question is “Which one should you buy?“.
Unfortunately I cannot bill you a million dollars because I do not have a straight-forward answer.

Casio’s of the world get bashed very badly for being toy-like. Casio’s previous penchant for making toys does not help. The new keyboards by Casio are quite good but the previous ones were horrible. Yamaha enjoys a brand-favoritism like Apple does with it’s iPod. Clearly there are better MP3 players out there but most users head straight for the Apple offering and recommend others to do the same.

The Casio CTK 5000 is priced at Rs. 12,000/- while the Yamaha PSR I425 is priced at Rs. 17,500/-. Quite a big difference in amount for what seem like subtle differences in features. The core of the instrument is similar across both the brands and unique refinements exist in both brands. So I suggest you do what I recommended a friend to do: hear it, play it, tinker with it. Only buy from a shop which allows a trial.

In the end, it’s you who has to wear the shoe – so it must fit on your feet.

Also Read:

Casio CTK 5000 in action (German language, High quality):

Yamaha PSR E413 in action (German language)

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Here is an excellent comparison of the keyboards by an avid reader and owner of both keyboards – Dear Roy:

Pros of CTK 5000 :
1) Economical (Rs. 11500)
2) Quality of control keys better (not REEDs)
3) Attractive looking
4) VERY GOOD GRAND PIANO TONE.
5) Easy to understand function/ easy to initialize (good for new learner)
6) Registration capacity is higher.
7) FULL RANGE CHORD.
8) Reset is very easy.
9) Basic Tonal quality is good compared to old or lower level CASIO model (thanks to AHL sound source)

Cons of CTK 5000 :
1) Other tones are not upto the mark (specially GUITARs/ ORGANs/ SAXs)
2) Very monotonous Arpegio (almost useless for solo play)
3) Setting advanced function is tedious (like changing Touch Response or Arpegio or Arpegio Hold). Without using registration very difficult to use during playing.
4) Touch response is OK but not as expressive as Yamaha.
5) Playing Sax or Guitar using Touch Response does not give the authentic feeling.
6) Less support in terms of Software/ MIDI files or extra setting from CASIO itself or from the CASIO user forum.
7) All standard .ckf downloaded files can not be loaded into the keyboard with the native CASIO software. (MAY BE SOME OTHER WAY OR OPTION IS AVAILABLE BUT I COULD NOT FIND. PLEASE HELP)

BUT AS YOU HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED THIS IS GOOD FOR THE BEGINNER AT THE AVAILABLE PRICE LEVEL.

Pros of E423 :
1. Very good tonal quality for variety of Instruments (SAXs/ GUITARs/ ORGANs)
2. Really impressive range of Arpegio
3. Touch Response is really Expressive.
4. Accompaniment section and settings are good.
5. Control Knobs are useful (But limited, do not offer vast variation)
6. Software/ Midi and Style file support are good (both from YAMAHA and USER Forum. But Be careful as YAMAHA service is not free).
7. Easy keys for Touch Response/ Arpegio ON-OFF.
8. Jog-Dial
9. In-Built Flash ROM.

Cons of E423 :
1. Really poor quality control key compared to CTK5000.
2. Could not understand how to reset the keyboard at a single key press.
3. Display is smaller compared to CTK 5000 but can show the required info.
4. There is no direct key for FULL RANGE CHORD accompaniment. You have to fiddle with SPLIT setting.
5. Registration Capacity is lower.
6. Computer connectivity is complex compared to CTK5000.
7. I am not happy with the Power Adapter. Casio adapter is very smart and I got three types of power connecting cords with the Casio adapter.
8. CTK-5000 is a kind of Buy and Play type. It is Buy-Understand-Play type.
9. Only Sustain pedal can be fitted (as per Manual. Don’t know if other alternatives can be accomodated)
10. No direct SAMPLING can be done. You need to connect to Computer and scope of storing the sampled sound is very very limited compared to CTK5000.

Rajib Ghosh

Based in Hyderabad, India.

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632 Responses

  1. ganesh says:

    Wonderful review.. i got all the answers i was looking for.. Thank you!

  2. Sanjay Bhansali says:

    Comparison between Yamaha PSR I425 and Casio CTK 5000”

    Any recomondation for the buy.

    regards

    Sanjay
    09979881262

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sanjay,

      I cannot recommend between Yamaha & Casio because that would be like buying a shoe for my feet and expecting you to wear them.
      What I have done in the article is to bring out the salient features of both the keyboards. I suggest that you check both out and buy the one that works for you.

      HTH

  3. Rohit Jain says:

    Hi Rajib:
    Is there a way in PSi425 to have a tabla (TeenTal) play in background and the keboard is used to play a harmonium.
    Please advise
    Rohit

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Rohit,

      Sorry for the late reply. If the teen tal is available on your keyboard as a style (on the Casio it’s Dadra rhythm), you can set the tone as Harmonium and play them both simultaneously.

      Does this answer your question?

  4. Jayesh says:

    Do Yamaha PSR E413 comes with Indian instruments? Whats the differnce between PSR E413 and PSR I425?
    Also tell me that do PSR I425 comes with sampling function like Casio CTK 5000?
    Which one comes with better auto harmonize function CTK 5000 or PSR I425?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      The Yamaha PSR E413 too comes with a small set of Indian instruments. The PSR I425 is an improved model featuring many Indian tones & styles and most importantly two knobs to tweak the sound.
      The I425 does not seem to contain a sampling function but supports some USB drive functionality about which I don’t have much info.

      Auto-Harmonize wise, I think the Casio has a greater number of choices.

  5. Jayesh says:

    Please reply fast I am really very confused after reading this comparison. I also read somewhere that you can’t change instrument without changing style in bot the keyboards…Is it true??

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      You can definitely change the tones and styles quite independently. This has been a feature of practically all keyboards since 1980s!
      In new keyboards, you can infact configure the parts of each style (bass, drum, backing) to different instruments than the default ones. Imagine tweaking the basic Waltz style to play using Techno instruments like Synth Bass and Synth-Leads!!

  6. tina says:

    hi,
    i have to gift a keyboard to a guitarist who is into composing and singing.the person is not into playing keyboard but wish to do recordings by connecting it wid computer.i saw casio ctk-810 in the market.can u please vry urgently suggest me if its gud or not.wat will be the quality of recordings in it.also the basic yamaha models do not have usb and memory card features which casio 810 has.so plz suggest me

    tina

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Tina,

      If you are considering the CTK-810, for a few thousand rupees more, the CTK-5000 is a better choice.

      What the keyboards will do:
      – Connect to computer over USB and output MIDI data so that a software like Cakewalk/Cubase can capture MIDI data.
      – Receive MIDI data from the computer and play it back on the keyboard.
      – Output keyboard sounds over headphone/line-out so that this can be captured on the Computer using the ‘Line-in’ socket on the computer.

      What the keyboards will NOT do:
      – Connect Guitar to keyboard and either provide power, amplification or effects to guitar sound
      – Record Guitar sounds into keyboard.

      Most Yamaha models feature USB input/output just like the Casio, only they cost a lot more.

      HTH

  7. tina says:

    hi there,

    so do u think that i dont need to spend 15k on a yamaha keyboard and i can go for ctk-5000 instead.
    i am really too worried about this whole choice.
    tina

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Tina,

      The CTK-5000 is an excellent keyboard. The closest Yamaha product is PSR-i425. Both are very good products, but it is up-to you to make the decision and take the plunge.

      Regards

  8. Manish says:

    Other than Yamaha & Casio is there any good keyboard in the budget of 20K? I mean to say Roland or Korg?
    Can you suggest a reliable shops in Mumbai or Navi Mumbai Where I can get both of the above keyboards.
    Please let me know address & phone numbers also if you have it.
    Thanks
    Regards,
    Manish

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Manish,

      Unfortunately, there are no other keyboard manufacturers who have products in the Sub 20K range. Roland makes an entry level keyboard that is slightly higher than 20K.

      You will have to look around in musical instrument shops to locate it. Search on Amazon to get an idea of pricing first.

      I have no idea about reputed musical instrument shops in Mumbai. A call to AskMe/Sulekha should get you a list. Asking some musicians will get you more details.

      HTH

  9. Ram says:

    hey rajib….i wanted to know whether the ctk 5000 will allow me use recorded sound files as tones….

    for eg…there is a particular tone called JIMMY DEE, which is available only in the Roland JV-2080 sound module…and i dont have a budget to buy that…but i have some songs which have the tone…if i cut out the JIMMY DEE part in the song and convert it into midi…and transfer it to the CASIO CTK-5000, will i be able to use it as a tone?????

    pls reply…i m highly interested to buy this keyboard….only if i make sure it has d above mentioned feautre…i will be more confident….

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Ram,

      Both the CTK-4000 and CTK-5000 allow you to sample external sounds and use them as Tones or Rhythms.
      While the CTK-4000 can store about 13 seconds of audio (shared between 5 tones and 5 styles), I think the CTK-5000 can do a little better.

      HTH

  10. Manish says:

    Hey thanks for reply,
    Which keyboard of Roland is Just above 20K I can extend my budget little bit if the keyboard worth it.
    Thank you for your help.
    Regards,
    Manish

  11. Manish says:

    Hey Thank you for reply.
    I have observed the only issue with E-09 is No USB. 🙁
    I can not connect it with computer. Otherwise it is fantastic.
    What is your opinion?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Manish,

      The Roland E-09 features MIDI Input/Output using DIN connectors. This is the original connector used by the MIDI standard including a feature called Pass-Through which allowed multiple keyboards to be chained in a sequence.

      You can find the MIDI DIN interface on many hi-grade Amps & Mixers such as M-Audio. Roland/Yamaha also sell MIDI DIN to USB convertors.

      HTH

  12. Manish says:

    Hey Rajib,
    I thank you from my heart for answering my questions patiently. Thank you for helping me in making decision for buying keyboard.
    For this time I think I will finalise my decision with Yamaha PSR E-413 or PSR I-425. Which one will you suggest?
    May be after a year or two, I will go for Roland E-09 or something like that.
    I would like to meet you personally, may be in coming next 6 or 8 months. Are you in Mumbai or nearby? Kindly give me an email on kymanish@gmail.com from your gmail address.

    Thanking you sincerely. God bless you.

    Regards,
    Manish.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Manish,

      Between the Yamaha PSR E-413 and I-425, the I-425 is the clear winner. It’s an improved model featuring Indian tones and some unique sound modification functionality.

      HTH

  13. Gainingam says:

    There is nothing like the sound of the Roland E-09. I have played all these pianos and after you’ve heard the Roland sound, you wouldn’t feel like hearing any others.

  14. karan says:

    Hi Rajib Da,

    I have a great confussion bitween korg x5d and yamaha psri425. Plz tell me which one is best in indian tones effect? Which one should I choose.

    Rgds
    Karan

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Karan,

      No confusion really. The Korg X5D is a very dated synth (released in 1996, 8MB Sound bank) and supports true-synthesis capabilities with up-to 100 user designed sounds.
      The Yamaha PSRi425 on the other hand is a home/studio keyboard featuring latest sound bank (Wave ROM).

      The sounds on the korg are very electronic in nature and keyboard itself is designed to be a studio/stage keyboard. The sounds on the Yamaha on the other hand are very realistic. Indian tones on the Yamaha are based on actual samples and not synthesized.

      If you are looking for Indian tones, realistic sound, USB connectivity – the yamaha is your choice.
      If you are looking for a budget synth and not bothered about realistic sounds or Indian tones, go for the Korg (if you can find a secondhand one in good condition). Korg stopped making the X5D a while back. Also the Korg features MIDI-DIN connectors (great for studio equipment) and not USB (great for computer connectivity).

      HTH
      – Rajib

  15. karan says:

    Hey thanks Rajib Da,

    You defined such a great things of those, It’s realy makes me
    feel nice & better now.

    many many thanks once again.

    Rgds

    Karan

  16. Ram says:

    Hey Rajib, thanks for answering my question…I have one more doubt…which amplifier wud be good for a Casio Ctk-5000? i know the best judge is our ears, but in terms of safety, which one wud u recommend? Is the Stranger or Marshall enuff?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Ram,

      The Stranger and Marshall are equally good stage amps made in India and are great for impromptu jams and concerts.
      You will need a special Stereo to Mono cable or Stereo to Monox2 cable to run into the Amp.

      Basically, the Casio outputs stereo signal over 6.3mm Stereo jack. The inputs in the Stranger Amp or any other mixer is generally Mono.
      If you directly connect the Casio using Stereo pins at both end, only the left channel is actually input into the amp you will notice the lack of richness in the sound.

      Your choices are:
      – Use a 6.3mm Stereo EP to RCA x 2 cable. You can plug this (the RCA jacks) into the Mixer’s/Amp’s Line-In port to achieve very high sound fidelity.
      For ex: http://astore.amazon.com/rajsblo01-20/detail/B00004Z5CP
      Example shows a 3.5mm to RCA cable. You will need a 6.3mm to 3.5mm Adaptor like: http://astore.amazon.com/rajsblo01-20/detail/B00009UVPN
      For greater lenghts, you will have to make one yourself using high-quality cable.

      – Use a 6.3mm Stereo EP to 6.3mm Mono x 2 cable. You can plug the Mono jacks into Two ports on the Mixer/Amp and achieve individual Pan/Volume/Eq on the Keyboard Left & Right outputs.
      I have a feeling that you will not find this cable in a store and will have to make one of the required length yourself.

      – In a cinch, you can convert the Casio’s Stereo signal into a mono by combining the Left & Right audio outputs. You can use a converter like http://astore.amazon.com/rajsblo01-20/detail/B000O7F0PO
      This is not a good approach because blindly joining left & right channels can actually result in the audio waveforms canceling each other and the resulting sound is hollow.

      HTH

  17. Ram says:

    OH MY GOD!! THANKS SOOO MUCH RAJIB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Hemesh says:

    hi rajib,

    i am confused between yamaha i425 and casio ctk 5000 bcoz yamaha has got midi in and out ports but casio doesnt and i am very keen on buying a casio bcoz of its huge price difference….

    is there any way by which the USB port on casio ctk 5000 can be used as midi in and out ports using a converter or so ???

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Hemesh,

      To the best of my knowledge, the Yamaha PSR I-425 only features a USB Data port and not the old DIN Style (5 pin) MIDI In/Out/Thru ports. The Casio CTK-5000 too sports a USB Data port only.

      Connecting both the keyboards to the computer is very easy. On Windows XP and above, both the keyboards are detected as MIDI in/out devices and installed without any further driver CD requirements. Once connected and installed, they keyboards show up in MIDI In/Out configuration of your favorite MIDI compatible audio editing software and can be used with ease.

      Since the keyboards only feature a USB MIDI port, they cannot be used to connect and control an old style tone-generator that uses only DIN style MIDI ports. However, despair not. There now exists USB-to-MIDI convertors which allow Keyboard to Tone-Generator connections. Typical retail price is between $25-$50.

      HTH

  19. Hemesh says:

    hi Rajib,

    Thanks a lot for ur prompt and accurate reply…
    Now, I think I have made my decision and thats Casio CTK-5000.

    and 1 more thing, u have put up a great post for those lyk me, who are confused between these two keyboards….

  20. karan says:

    D/Rajib Da,

    Kindly do me your favour. recently I bought yamaha psri425. although features and sound quality is nice, but I failed to find out the banking system in which I can save the different voices or styles ( i.e, 1. strings 2.flute 3. sitar, etc) and play them randomly or in a sequence in just pressing their respective buttons. You know what I want to say.even the mannual book doesn’t explain anything about it.

    So, kindly help me if u any idea about it. otherwise that instrument will becomes useless for me.

    Rgds
    karan

    So, kindly help me if you have any Idea about

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Karan,

      I think you are looking for the 6 track recorder.
      The Yamaha can records lots of compositions, each composition can contain 6 tracks. Once recorded, you can play your compositions at the touch of a button and control the playback of individual tracks of a composition. It may not be so easy to switch between compositions though; just switch on/off the playback of tracks in each composition.

      The Yamaha also stores your keyboard’s configuration in ‘Registration Memory’. You can use this feature to quickly configure the settings of the keyboard with the touch of a button.

      The buttons used for these are common and present just below the selector dial.

      Look in the manual about details on how to use the ‘Track Recorder’ and ‘Registration Memory’. For the brief period when I was tinkering with the Yamaha keyboard, I could figure out the Yamaha’s functions all by myself by just pressing (sometimes pressing longer than 3 seconds) the various buttons.

      HTH

  21. Pooja says:

    Hi,

    I want to buy a yamaha PSR for my son. He is 9 yr old. I’m really confused. Which model should I pick up…..Pls help…..

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Pooja,

      I feel that your child is too young to own a higher end PSR. For him, a Yamaha PSR loaded with features just might become a play-toy.
      Please dis-regard the previous statement completely if your child happens to be inclined towards music and is gifted.

      If this will be your child’s first keyboard and you are unsure if your child will take up learning music in a structured way, I will recommend the entry level Casio CTK-700. This keyboard features full size keys and a 4 octave keyboard. It contains basic tones & rhythms and due to it’s economic pricing, forms a good starter keyboard.

      For children without any background/inclination in music but interested in learning formally by attending basic music course, I would suggest the Casio CTK-2100/CTK-3000 or the Yamaha PSR E-213/E313. These keyboards are priced between 6.5K – 12K. They feature full-sized keys on a 5 Octave keyboard and have enough tones & rhythms to keep a child busy.

      For children who display a natural inclination towards music or who have been practicing playing Piano/Keyboard for a while and attending formal music course, I would recommend the Casio CTK-4000/CTK-5000 or Yamaha PSR E-413/I-425. These keyboards cost between 10K – 16.5K. The keyboards contain functions oriented towards recordings/stage performance and are ideal for the budding keyboard player.

      Once your child reaches levels where he can read notes and play music and wants to start formal Piano lessons, you may consider getting a Digital Piano (Casio Privia series) or Semi-Weighted/Weighted Keyboards from Yamaha/Roland. These instruments start at 21K and go all the way up-to 55K.

      HTH
      – Rajib

  22. DV Subba Rao says:

    Dear Rajib Ghosh,
    With an intention to buy a Keyboard I have enquired and came to decision to buy PSR I425 which costs aroung 17,000. Eventually happened to visit this site. After going through all your comparisons and statements I am feeling that If I add 7to 10 thousend what type of featured instrument shall I get.

    I will be waiting for your reply.

    Thank you.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mr. Subba Rao,

      The Yamaha PSR I-425 is an excellent choice that is feature packed and suited for playing Indian music.

      Yamaha offers keyboards in the PSR series that are priced up-to 55K (there are more expensive keyboards too). Such keyboards build greatly on the styles, arpeggio, buttons & sliders for real-time control of music etc. The Yamaha PSR 550 and the Tyros series offer sounds & control that is suitable for production of music for Indian cinema!

      I would suggest that you go in for the keyboard based on your existing and proposed skill level and not purely price-point or features.

      HTH

  23. Pooja says:

    Hi Rajiv,

    Thanks a ton! Your inputs are really helpful and will help me buy the right musical keyboard for my son. Also, if you could help me with the addresses and contact details of the dealers for both Yamaha and Casio in Delhi/NCR but preferably in Noida.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Pooja,

      I think Raj Musicals has a shop in Delhi and they stock both Yamaha & Casio keyboards.
      I am not a resident of Delhi and hence don’t have much idea about the musical shops.
      My strategy would be:
      – Ask a musical teacher. In your colony, your kid’s school, music school nearby
      – Search the Yellow pages.

      HTH

  24. Pooja says:

    Hi Rajiv,

    Thank You once again for all your valuable inputs. I plan to close it this week. Will keep you posted.

  25. Pooja says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Finally I have gifted a CTK 5000 to my son. He is on cloud 9 these days. I have also finalised a music teacher for him who shall begin the classes in a week’s time.

  26. Jeba says:

    Hi Rajib, Till now I have a great confusion about CTK5000 and Yamahi425.
    Can CTK5000s rethyms compete with Yamaha i425, is there any big difference in the rethym sounds.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Jeba,

      Personally I like the Yamaha i425 rhythms better. They feel modern, accented and more human performer like.
      But the Casio CTK-5000 has more number of rhythms, allows customisation and recording of audio clips for use a rhythm.

      I suggest that you get a feel of both the keyboards before you buy. Youtube videos for comparison help, but nothing like a real hands-on experience.

      HTH

  27. Jeba says:

    Great thanks for quick reply, really appreciate ur care for others, keep it up, God bless you

  28. sahitya says:

    D/Rajib da,

    I am looking for yamaha’s entry level keyboard which have at least 4 or 5 sond banking mode. kindly suggest me the right one.

    many many rgds

    Sahitya

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Sahitya,

      I am not much of an expert on Yamaha keyboards. Don’t own one, neither have access to a latest generation one. But I can afford to give you a generic answer. For that too, I need the following inputs:
      – What is your budget? Try to be as accurate as you can.
      – Can you describe the feature that you are looking for?

      Regards

  29. sahitya says:

    D/Rajib da,

    My budget is arround 18000-20000k. and I m looking for the keyboard which have altleast 5 or 6 track sequencer ( voice banking )

    Rgds
    sahitya

  30. Manish says:

    Do you have any idea Roland E-09 have arpeggio function like CASIO 5000 and Yamaha 425?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      From the information that is commonly available on the net, it does not look like the E-09 features an arpeggiator. Which is also funny because even basic Roland keyboards such as the XP-1 featured an arpeggiator. Perhaps I need to succeed in downloading the E-09 user Manual and pore through it to determine if there is an arpeggitor onboard.

      HTH

  31. Carlos says:

    Hi Rajib, after reading your review I still can’t made up my mind, many people told me that Yamaha PIANO sounds beat Casio, but you say otherwise…or perhaps I don’t understand cuz I’m really new and willing to learn.

    If you could tell me which one could ressemble to this sound:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuH3S18tlfw
    you would be a lot of help.
    Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi,

      The piano sound used in the Youtube link you sent, closely resembles the LA Piano sound on the Casio.

      IMHO:
      – Don’t go by what people say, not even me 😉
      – Hear out the sounds on the Yamaha, Casio and Roland (if available in your budget) to make up your mind.
      – If you super keen on the fidelity of the Piano sound, then consider a Digital Piano. Both Casio and Yamaha have a wonderful range of digital pianos. On these, the full 76/88 key octave is present. Keys are weighted and Pedal control is available.

      HTH

  32. Carlos says:

    Hello, thanks for asking…yeah I know I shouldn’t listen what people say unless I try right? But I’m on internship and can’t go out, there aren’t too many stores here that let me try the keyboards either :S, I’m afraid neither korg or digital pianos are on my budget. So what do you say about this piano sound:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4aczvH5RCg
    I’m trusting in your ear tho 😀

    Thx for the help

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Carlos,

      The second YouTube link features the Grand Piano sound of a physical grand piano. The Casio Piano will not be able to match that. However, the ‘Stereo Grand’ tone on the Casio CTK 4000/5000 comes close.

      Perhaps I will be able to record a sample of the sounds and upload it so that you can check them out yourself.

      HTH

  33. Maxer says:

    Hey!
    Rajiv,

    I will be happy if you can answer few things for me.

    Can I plugin CASIO to PC and use with Fruity loops to have better output of self designed sounds?

    Secondly, As you said after rebooting or restarting CASIO looses its recordings as it has no NVRAM… but is there any other way of storing them? Like if I use a memory card to store them and reuse?

    If i get these two things cleared up…. I may make a choice better..

    Thanks in advance Rajib

    Your review is lot helpful buddy…. cheers man!!!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Maxer,

      The Casio keyboards feature a USB Midi port. By connecting the keyboard to the computer over USB (no drivers required for WinXP above), you can use the keyboard as a MIDI controller in Frooty Loops. You can input notes into frooty loops, including the status of the Pitch Bend wheel. Frooty Loops will use the Virtual Instrument assigned to the track and play the sound through your computer’s audio output.

      You can also set up the device as MIDI-Out so that supported applications (such as Cakewalk, F.Loops) etc. can send the MIDI data to the casio playback using the Casio’s sound generator.

      The Casio CTK 5000 model (also Casio CTK 810IN) feature a SD Card slot, where you can store your compositions. On the lower models, you need to keep the keyboard loaded with batteries.

      Another option would be to use the keyboard as a MIDI controller. This way, notes you play on the keyboard will be recorded in the computer as MIDI data. MIDI data from the computer can be outputted to the keyboard at any time in future.

      HTH

  34. Carlos says:

    Thanks again for the anwers Rajib, I was just looking out some prices, I found that Casio WK 200, Casio CTK 5000 and Yamaha psr e 413 are within my price range. I just loved the WK 200, do you think the wk 200 comes with the stereo grand tone?

    Regards.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      @Bruno: Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your feedback.

      @Carlos: The Casio WK-200 is identical in specs to the Casio CTK-4000. The WK-200 features 76 keys, while the CTK-4000 features 61 keys. The WK-500 is identical in specs to the CTK-5000. All these 4 products carry a rich assortment of Piano sounds.

      HTH

  35. Bruno SXS says:

    Hello Rajib, I am from brasil, and I came from google searching for a good review about casio’s ctk…

    Here in brazil, it’s the same thing, all people goes for yamaha because of the late casio karma… People don’t simple try to search and discover for themselvs… I searched all over youtube for some keyboards and prices, and I bought a 5000, it’s still to come, but I read your 2 reviews, this one and the one about the 4000. And I have to thank you for your efforts for making a very easy-going site to read. Yeah, I looked over many other things on it. Keep up man!

    The bad thing is that I prefer to download all the material for me to see, and the esnips is veeery user-friendly for it. XD

  36. Maxer says:

    Hey Rajib great!! helpful information !! just a little trouble to you…if u dont mind!

    Can this all be possible on YAMAHA PSR i425?

    & I am getting PSR740 in 15,000 offer shall I go for it…!. ( is this also

    compatible with fruity loops easily as CTK5000?)

    your help would be great! to give me drive to make a decision.

    Thx man!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Maxer,

      The Yamaha I-425 in fact has slightly better controller features than the Casio keyboards. Like the Casio keyboards, the Yamaha I-425 features a USB In/Out and USB Pen Drive compatibility.

      The PSR 740 is a very dated keyboard. First released in 1999, it was Yamaha’s flagship model in the prosumer range. A friend of mine owns one and it produces some very wonderful sounds. It does not feature USB in/out though; it features MIDI DIN in/out instead.

      Though I think the PSR 740 is a great keyboard, Rs. 15K is a overkill for it. For 1K more you can get a new I-425 with Yamaha adaptor and Keyboard stand.

      HTH

  37. suthars says:

    I bought a Psr I425 keyboard at Doha, Qatar for QR1400. Grand piano sound is not good. I have CASIO LK110 too. I feel CASIO’S Grand Piano sound is better compare to psr i425.

  38. Maxer says:

    Hey rajib

    So do you mean that, both the keyboards ( i425 & 5000) are well recognized by fruity loops like app. and I can derive my own tune with various controls?

    It is really amazing that, if we can change tones by controlling through fruity loops and play them on keyboard while fruity loops produces that modified sound.

    Then there is unlimited sound variety right? is it possible to do this way?

    thx man!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Maxer,

      You got a bit of it incorrect. Practically all keyboards (except the baby ones) feature some sort of MIDI connectivity. Either using 5-pin DIN cables or USB. When connected and recognized by the computer, the keyboard appears to the recording software as a MIDI Input/Output device.

      MIDI in/out actually consists of Controller commands rather than the actual sound/tone. What this means is that if you instruct the computer to send the MIDI command to Play C5 to the Yamaha & Casio, both will play the C5 note, but the sound will be produced by the respective sound generators present on both keyboards. Hence, though the note will be the same, the sound will be different.

      Similarly, the recording software on the computer can receive MIDI commands from the keyboards and save them as a MIDI file. But what is saved is a pure sequence of instructions. Upon playback, the sound itself will be generated by the Sound Generator selected in the MIDI recording program.

      For ex: on my setup, the Casio primarily servers as MIDI input. Notes I play are received into the computer and saved. While playing (recording on computer), the Casio makes the sound. But if I click Play on the software, my notes are produced by the Creative Sound Blaster MIDI Output. On the SoundBlaster card, I can load different Sound banks (each having a different mix of sound quality) and thus, though the notes are the same, the played song sounds very different from the Casio. Note that, in my MIDI software (Cakewalk Sonar), I can assign the Casio MIDI Out device as the default playback device. In this scenario, when I click Play in software, the MIDI notes are sent to the Casio instead of the SoundBlaster card and thus I hear the Casio engine generate the sounds.

      In Fruity Loops, you can set your keyboard as the MIDI Control Surface and Sound Card Wave-Out as Playback device. Thus, you can play notes on the keyboard. Your notes will be processed by the Virtual Instruments in Fruity Loops and the sound will be produced by the sound card. Fruity Loops ofcourse features an immense variety of sounds and due to possible tweaking, you can access almost an infinite range of sounds.

      Ironically, pure MIDI controllers (just keyboard and knobs, no sound generator) are more expensive than the Casio & Yamaha (which feature keys, knobs and sound generator). Though some will say that a dedicated MIDI controller sending MIDI commands to a dedicated Sound Generator (just sound generator, no keys) is a combination that is the pinnacle of music.

      HTH

  39. Hemesh says:

    Hi Rajib,

    As you say, that the keyboard can be used to send MIDI commands to the computer… I have a question to ask you …

    Is it possible to install any software synthesizer in the computer and be used to play midi data (overriding the sound card’s synthesizer)??

    If Yes… what are the options available for software synthesizers ?? (like Yamaha, Korg etc.) ??

  40. ambika says:

    D/Sir,

    Kindly suggest me which brand’s keyboard have the sweetest & dynamic sounds, useful for live stage performance. my budget is arround 60,000/- to 65000k.

    Rgds

    Ambika nayak

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Ambika,

      The range you are looking at is way beyond my domain. However, based on the Youtube videos I have been checking out, I think you can consider the Yamaha PSR S900, Yamha Motif XS, Korg M3 and Roland G series workstations.

      HTH

  41. Baldev Singh says:

    On 07 Jun 2010, I was watching TV Channel of STAR UTSAV. CASIO CTK 2100 price Rs 6,999/- is gud for learning. This has 50 over indian songs and have 61 key. I would like to purchase this for learning purpose. May I ask you to tell me that this is gud for me or not?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Baldev,

      For a learner’s keyboard the CTK-2100 is a very good choice. Another keyboard which is slightly cheaper but suitable for young learners too is the CTK 496.

      HTH

  42. Baldev Singh says:

    Plz refer to my previous e-mail. I appreciated ur suggestion. I am a defence veteran living in Delhi. Kindly intimate me the authorised dealer who is
    the seller of leaner casio ctk 2100 (61 key)

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mr. Baldev,

      Raj Musicals in Delhi stocks Casio & Yamaha products.
      Reliance Digital and Tata Chroma stores stock Casio products comprehensively and at these stores not only you can buy the keyboards at a good price but try them out to your heart’s content too.

      HTH

  43. Vikas S Navale says:

    Dear Sir,

    How can i use an pendrive with my Yamaha i425 keyboard. Can i connect with an pen drive to play the midi tones extracted from popolur softwares liek cubase/protools.

    Awaiting for quick response.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Vikas S Navale

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Vikas,

      Your question is too specific for me to answer since I do not own a Yamaha i425 keyboard. All I know is that the keyboard supports 2GB pendrives formatted using the FAT file-system.
      The keyboard also supports MIDI and SMF format files for playback from the USB stick (someone please confirm this).

      HTH

  44. Samuel Baroi says:

    vey helpful seems to me a very knowledgeable person.

  45. Samuel Baroi says:

    Excellant , I feel I can get assistance . Is this o.k. ?

  46. Akash says:

    Dear Friends,

    i have gone through my comments on this blog & came across to that many people have great confusion on purchasing keyboard casio ckt 5000 or yamaha psr i425 now, i want to add my views to it that if you want a keyboard with in budget+power packed then casio is for you and if you want brand image+good packed then yamaha is for you as recently i have purchased roland e09 which is very good earlier i am also in confusion but i came across it and buy it

  47. hi rajib

    i have read ur whole site and was forced to ask ur genuine advice..

    i m a vocalist of my band infants…
    i was planning on a digital piano…

    i also saw casio privia whole series…

    i personally think that casio privia px 330 bk is a gud choice and even better then yamaha at such a competitive price…

    but i m still thinking that whether i m making a right desicion or not..

    i m quite clear i want a full 88 key piano with pedals…coz i m opting for formal piano lessons…

    but i want ur advice wat shud be my best buy…

    thankx
    dr shailesh sharma

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dr. Shailesh Sharma,

      The Casio Privia PX 330 is an excellent choice for it’s budget. Very few keyboards at this price-point either feature 88 keys or semi weighted action or budled peddle action.
      For students of piano, there is no option today but to buy a Digital Piano.

      HTH

  48. sushan says:

    hello sir … i m planning to buy a keyboard and my budget is around 20k … i play more of english songs … vich one do u suggest me to buy??

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Sushan,

      For that price, you can easily afford a Casio CTK-5000 or the Yamaha PSR-I425.
      These two keyboards currently appear to be at the top of the chain in affordable keyboards in your budget.

      HTH

  49. hi rajib
    thanx a lot

    now i will be buying this digital piano i wanted to asku do u have any agent idea in delhi selling casio ….

    coz i was unable to locate a store rather than the factory outlet…

    thanx in advance

    dr shailesh sharma

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dr. Shailesh,

      While Raj Musicals at Delhi claims to stock Casio products, I have found that Reliance Digital Stores and Tata Chroma stores at Hyderabad are very well stocked with Casio products. Perhaps the same is true in Delhi.

      HTH

  50. sushan says:

    bt which one do u suggest me to buy .. coz i play more of english music ..

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sushan,

      IMHO, the Casio CTK-5000 is strong when it comes to classical instruments like Piano, Strings & Horns. But the Yamaha PSR I-425 is better when it comes to synth sounds, lively rhythms and sound tweaking.

      Another factor to consider is that many feel that the Yamaha keyboard is more responsive and the Casio keys are soft and slow. While I did not find it so, only your playback style will determine the suitability of the keyboard.

      If you want a keyboard that features weighted keys (for real piano feel), you can also consider the Casio Privia series of keyboards.

      HTH

  51. Manish says:

    My question is to Aakash who posted on 14 June about roland e09.

    From where do you purchased roland e-09? How much it costs?
    What are the box contents. was adapter included in it?
    If you are located in mumbai please email me on kymanish@gmail.com
    Thanks
    Regards,
    Manish

  52. dr.shailesh says:

    thanx rajib…

    will let u know the progress…

    ur blog has been very valuable….

    dr shailesh

  53. sushan says:

    thanx a lot for ur help …

  54. Gaurav Bansal says:

    hello sir,

    i am a 26 years old music learner (absolute begineer),
    who is learning vocals
    and need an support instrument.

    i prefer sufi and ghazal singing in indian,
    and european classical instruments based music in english
    like can you feel the love tonight, sacrifice
    and my heart will go on ( as these are more popular examples which feature classical instruments like piano , violin, flute more prominently )

    my budget is also stretched out around 10k,
    i consider between
    yamaha psr e323 and casio ctk 4000,

    however i can somehow strecth my budget to
    ctk 5000 as well,

    please suggest me out of these three

    what upgrades exactly i will get in ctk 5000 over ctk 4000?,
    and is psr e 323 a nice choice….?

    which keyboard will suit more to my singing style?

    as i need mostly
    harmonium, flute, sarangi, grand piano, violin, bass , harp sounds,

  55. Gaurav Bansal says:

    and in above comment
    i forgot to mention

    i also would like to learn some piano as well
    so piano sound is very important……

    and my brother is learning guitar
    so he too need some drum beats
    in background from it sometimes,

    so please consider this in mind as well?

  56. Gaurav Bansal says:

    sorry i forgot to ask one more thing,

    psr e 323 features dual and split mode
    which i found very useful

    do these ctk 4000 and ctk 5000
    have dual instrument and split keyboard mode?
    and can casio ctk 4000/5000 play 4 instruments together
    with both dual and split mode on?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gaurav,

      For your budget (10K), you will find that the Casio CTK-4000 fits the bill perfectly and it is way superior to the Yamaha e323 in terms of included tones, styles and features.

      The CTK-5000 adds a Pitch Bender wheel, SD Card Reader, Line-Out sockets and a few more tones and styles to the CTK-4000.

      The Piano sound on the Casio CTK-4000/5000 is quite rich and many have expressed a preference for the Casio sound over the Yamaha.

      Just like the Yamaha e323, the Casio keyboards too feature Split point (any where in the keyboard) and layering of the sound. Please note that due to higher polyphony, after split & layering of sounds on the Casio, you will generally have access to more available polyphonic notes. More an in-depth review of the split/layer on the Casio CTK-4000/5000, I suggest you read my review on the CTK-4000 present on this blog.

      HTH

  57. Gaurav Bansal says:

    thanks a lot for quick reply

    so i eliminate psr e 323 out of my choices

    now choice is really between,
    both ctk models

    price here in delhi including taxes for pack of keyboard, stand, original adapter and bag

    is 11,500 for ctk5000
    and 9,500 for ctk4000

    now please tell me are features in 5000 are worth
    paying those 2k extra……………….

    and
    please tell me about accessories too
    what i need along with my keyboard?

    i know of a sustain pedal and amplifier
    is there is anything else?

    and how necessary are these two as well?
    (as i donot have to perfrom anywhere for atleast a year to come)

  58. Gaurav Bansal says:

    thanks ,
    i actually read that

    but i donot know yet
    what is use of pitch blender
    so, thats why i did asked,

    whether it is worth or not,

    thanks for reply again,

    and if possible please reply to second part of question as well
    about accesories,

    thanks a lot for help

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gaurav,

      A pitch bender shifts notes up and down the octave in a smooth flowing manner. It is considered an absolute must if you want to achieve realistic guitar / flute / violin slides.
      On youtube, you can find plenty of videos that use the pitch bender extensively and achieve marvelous effects. However, the pitch bender (aka slide wheel) is a tough thing to master.

      w.r.t. accessories, you can purchase the accessories in a phased manner. A sustain pedal is useful for Piano playback and amplifier is required for playback to small audiences in a noisy setup. For stage performance, you can anyway hook up the keyboard to the main mixer directly instead of using a microphone to pick up sound from your amplified speakers.

      Since you are a beginner, I suggest that you only pick up the CTK-5000 for now and invest in other gear like a heavy X stand, Quality headphones, Reverb/Echo unit etc. later.

      HTH

  59. Shivam says:

    Hello Sir.
    I am a student . My age is 13 yrs and I am a professional player of keyboard, guitar and octopad. I want to take a new keyboard and my budget is till Rs. 10000. I am confused between Casio Ctk-810IN , Casio CTK-5000 and Yamaha PSR-i425 Please suggest me a good one.

    Thank You
    Waiting for reply
    Ph.+919068423140

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Shivam,

      Frankly all the 3 keyboards are priced slightly higher than 10K. But I am assuming a little bit extra spending is not going to be an issue.
      Between the CTK-810IN and CTK-5000, the CTK-5000 is the clear winner. For 2.5K more, the CTK-5000 delivers a far expanded sound-set and feature set. The PSR-I425 is a keyboard comparable to the CTK-5000 but costs 16.5K+.

      HTH

  60. Gali says:

    Hello , rajib i have a ctk-3000 with a usb i was wondering what software can i use for this keyboard cubase, reason , or garageband to make beats and will these programs allow my keyboard if not what program is availble to work with this keyboard

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gali,

      When connected to the PC, the CTK-3000 should show up as a MIDI Controller / Audio device.
      If you start Cubase/Cakewalk Sonar etc. after connecting the keyboard, they will detect the presence of the keyboard as a MIDI device. In the application’s configuration settings, you should be able to assign the Casio keyboard as MIDI Input device (notes played on the keyboard are sent as instructions to the computer) or MIDI Output Devices (notes created on computer are sent to keyboard for playback using assigned sound).

      This setup works perfectly for me with my CTK-4000 and Cakewalk Sonar software.

      HTH

  61. Gaurav Bansal says:

    Thanks a lot Mr. rajib

    that explains all
    and thanks again for being so helpful……………………..

    i now will buy casio ctk 5000

  62. Gaurav Bansal says:

    Its for shivam,

    donot go for casio 810 in,
    in case you cannot spend
    more than 10,000,
    better go for casio
    ctk 4000 in that budget
    it sounds much better

    i compared those two in a store

  63. Arvind Khanijo says:

    Hello Mr. Rajib,

    I have been searching for a keyboard for my son (8 yr) for the past month – & i was confused between CTK 2100, CTK 3000, CTK 4000, CTK 810 in or CTK 5000.

    I can spend upto 11,000.

    He plays well on SA 45 & has a good sense & appreciation of music, specially indian.

    Would u suggest CTK 5000?

    Arvind

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arvind,

      The CTK-5000 maybe slightly out of your budget at approx 12.5K. If you can stretch it, the CTK-5000 is certainly a good buy, but IMHO an overkill for a child of 8.

      You can also opt for the CTK-2100/3000 which are equally suitable for young children to learn music. These will cost you substantially less now and your child can move to higher end keyboards as he ages and picks up skills that require a high-end keyboard.

      HTH

  64. Manish says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I want to know if required can I switch off touch responce in CTK5000 like Yamaha?
    I couldn’t find that button on CTK5000.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Manish,

      The CTK-3000/4000/5000 feature touch response that can either be turned off or set to 2 levels of sensitivity. The feature can be configured using the ‘Function’ button on the keyboard (below the number pad). Use the Arrow keys (Number 4,6) to navigate within the function menu. Press + or – to select within the function.

      HTH

  65. Arvind says:

    Thanks a ton, Rajib, your inputs give a clean analysis of the
    keyboard scene.

    What is IMHO ?

    I may stretch a bit and my son would be thanking you soon.

    Thanks again,

    Arvind

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arvind,

      Glad I could help. If you are considering buying the CTK-5000, be sure to teach your child to not abuse the Pitch Bend wheel. Like on all budget keyboards that feature the wheel, it is a delicate piece of hardware and will not take concentrated abuse.

      IMHO = In My Humble Opinion.

      HTH (Hope this helps)
      – Rajib

  66. AKASH says:

    hi, manish you have asked about rolande 09 i purchased it from delhi for rupees 24600 including adapter stand and bag extra worth rs 900 so over all for rs 25000 from rajmusical,patel nager,oppositepillarno.224,new delhi. it is great choice go for it

  67. Murali says:

    Hi Rajib.
    I am a new Casio CTK 5000 User.
    Could you please help me in finding out the correct method of connecting the same to the computer. I could connect to my laptop. driver seems to be installed correctly. Could you please let me know the software that should be used to bring the plays between the devices

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Murali,

      You can check out the free version of ‘Reaper’ here.
      Reaper supports recording data from MIDI devices. It also supports recording audio from Line/Headphone out ports of audio devices, mixing many such recordings into track and outputting the final mix into a CD Writer compatible audio file.

      HTH

  68. Gaurav Bansal says:

    I just purchased casio CTK 5000 yesterday

    thanks Mr. Rajib , your bog entry
    helped me a lot in making up my mind,

    I bought it for 12,000/- rs in delhi

    for keyboard,
    + high end keyboard stand ,
    + data cable
    + audio cables
    and a sturdy bag

    Also bought a Monitoring headphone
    philips SHp8500
    http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHP8500-27-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B000W49NQQ

    for rs 1699 /-

    i now also want to buy a sustain pedal and microphone

    can you please guide me for a sustain pedal
    under 1000 – 1500 rs

    and a decent ametruer microphone under 1000 rs

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Gaurav,

      Congratulations on your purchase.
      w.r.t. sustain pedal for your keyboard they should be available in the price range you mentioned but I have nothing to recommend since I have not bought one.

      As far as Microphones go, I suggest that for sub-1000 expenditure, you plan on acquiring a Creative Headphone/Microphone headset. Though these are aimed at voice chatting on computers, the Creative headsets feature a microphone that is very sensitive and features good sound pickup. Another company whose headset has a good mic is iBall. The Intex headsets are not that great. Build quality wise, the Creative beats other brands. You can also look at brands such as Altec Lansing who make good headsets.

      Why am I asking you to buy a computer headset? 1) The basic microphones available in the market for audio at Sub-1000 range are terrible. Even the Philips microphone is so insensitive, that you need to either yell in the microphone or keep it almost touching to your lips to get any sound capture. You will definitely need to attach a good Preamp circuit (like found in a mixer) to such mics. The mics that do decent audio capture are the Ahuja uni-directional mics that come with XLR connector for Phantom power (the Mixing console supplies power to the mic’s inbuilt preamp over the audio cable) and these cost 2.5K+

      so, IMHO your choices are either buy a good quality Ahuja mic or stick with a Creative headset.

      Another issue you will face with the Creative headset is connectivity. For obvious reasons, the cable is quite short and the connector is the 3.5mm stereo pin type. You can rectify the pin problem by simply purchasing MX brand 3.5mm to 6.3mm Stereo pin adaptor. If you intend to connect the mic to an Amp, you can either purchase an extender cable. You also try connecting the mic to the Line-in port of your keyboard. The Casio CTK-4000/5000 feature a line-in port to allow for sampling of audio or connecting an iPod etc. so that you can hear the music through your keyboard’s speakers and play-along.

      HTH

  69. Manish says:

    Hi,
    Can I get comparison between Korg PA50SD and Roland Prelude V2
    I am really confused. I have to finalise decision for stage performance (one man band type).
    Please reply.

  70. Rajib Ghosh says:

    Dear Manish,

    I have no idea about the products you are asking about and commenting on them is beyond the scope of this blog-article.

    I hope other readers of this blog will be able to help you out.

    Regards

  71. Vikas S Navale says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib,

    Thanks for your your valuable suggestions. Recently i bought CTK 5000 and its much more better compare to 1425. I have got both now and CTK 5000 has more depth in tones and i am just loving it.

    Initially i had misconceptiopn about Casio that it is best suitable for childrens.Now i realised that it is amazing!!!

    Regards,
    Vikas

  72. Rajaram says:

    Dear rajib
    On paper casio CTK5000 scores over Psr i425 both in features and price but in terms professional quality of sound output(voice as well as rhythm) which one is better? which one is suitable for hindi song playing?
    if i can strech my budget which is next best best model? what is your opinion on wk3300 model?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Rajaram,

      If on paper, the Casio scores clearly over the Yamaha, then the only way to prove superiority is by subjective tests. This is essentially what you feel after trying out both keyboards.

      HTH

  73. Arvind says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib,

    Tons of thanks for all the help in buying a keyboard, many answers posted did guide me to visit music stores in Delhi.

    After trying out different keyboards, we fell for Yamaha psr i 425.
    It killed me with its much better Tabla beats & sitar notes.

    I have another querry:
    My son has learnt a few tunes, bhajan, aarti & national anthem from a music school within a month.

    Now I came across a tutor who believes in teaching notes, rythms and finger practise first, before going on to songs, she says he should understand WHY and HOW of keyboard before he moves on to playing songs. She plans to teach gradewise & is ready to come home to teach him to play on Yamaha psr i 425 BUT She wants him to stop going to the music school.

    Which would be a better option ?

    Pl help me on this one.

    Arvind

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arvind,

      Congratulations on your purchase.

      W.r.t. the music teacher, I think that the home-teacher is suspecting that your child is going to music classes that only teach him how to play popular tunes by aping the teacher. Such classes are great for the ego but do not help in the long term study of music.

      I suggest that you ask for a few references for this home-teacher and if the feedback is good, then start with the home-teacher who is willing to give formal lessons.

      HTH

  74. Sumit says:

    I have found your forum most informative!

    Hi I have a Yamaha PSR-740 with which I am quite happy. Since my PSR740 is 5 years old and I want to sell it & buy a new one before its value further diminishes.

    Since they dont make it anymore I want to get a keyboard which has the same features (not more – not less).

    1. What is the cheapest model which can compare with Yamaha PSR740 for replacement.

    2. What is price can I expect to sell the old PSR 740 (it is in good working condition – however 2-3 of black keys may need replacement).

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sumit,

      The Casio CTK-5000 and Yamaha PSR-I425 are no similar to the PSR-740. Though the new keyboards feature better sound engines, the PSR-740 has some unique features (vocal harmonizing, onboard DSP) that are completely absent in the keyboards that are covered in my article. I am afraid you will have to look for Yamaha S-550 or better keyboards to meet/exceed the features of the PSR 740.

      w.r.t. resale price, it will depend on the condition of the keyboard and will not exceed 4-5K. I suggest that you keep the keyboard as a secondary keyboard.

      HTH

  75. Rajaram says:

    thanks rajib
    ctk 5000 may still score over because it has rhythm editor.. you can customize the accompaniment as per your liking. what is your say?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Rajaram,

      I have a clear preference for the Casio CTK series (as is evident in my articles) because I believe they may not be outstanding keyboards but deliver the most ‘bang for the buck’.

      HTH

  76. Arvind says:

    Thanks again Rajib,

    So far he has learnt all his songs noted as “sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa” in different combinations & styles of play, instead of English notations as C,D,E,F,G etc with finger numbers.

    And yes, I have got some very good reviews about the new tutor – she is creative & creates keyboard magicians I have been told.

    Eshaan loves going to his music class & abhors the idea of having to leave his class.

    It will be tough to pull him away, logic has never been easy to implement.

    Arvind

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arvind,

      Unless you can pay for both types of music classes (and sacrifice a little study time), I suggest that you let your child carry on with the classes he prefers. Once he outgrows his class, he will be in a much better frame of mind to accept something different – something formal.

      HTH

  77. Sumit says:

    Hi Rajib,
    I have made a comparitive chart between the old PSR-740 and the New S-550B. I have uploaded it for you on the link given below:

    http://ipem.org/compare.htm

    I request you to check it out and let me know if the S550B will be able to do all the stuff the PSR-740 can do. Actually I dont play the keyboard (I know how to play the guitar). This is a purchase for our school (The old PSR is quite worn out now – but it is a really great keyboard – our kids have won several music competitions with it). SO I want them to have something which is as good as their existing keyboard.

    In the info about the S550B a couple of things are not given (which are present in the 740 – and in the specs of the 550B it does not specifically mention about these feature) – I would like to know if they are of any significance (I am not sure if they exist on the 550B)
    1. Digital Sound processor ?
    2. Harmony / Echo
    3. Modulation Wheel

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sumit,

      The PSR 550B is in many ways superior to the PSR-740. Only, the 550 does not support microphone input for real-time reverb/echo effect (DSP) processing through the keyboard.
      The 550 offers a superior sound engine, enormous control over the sound quality and features USB connectivity.
      The PSR 550B also does not feature a Modulation wheel, but features a Pitch Bend Wheel.

      HTH

  78. KANAV says:

    Hi, Rajib sir

    I am a 10 year old boy having ctk-5000 because I was playing toy keyboard MA-150 from 2 years. I have windows 7 but I am unable to connect with windows 7. What can I do.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kanav,

      Glad to hear that such a young person like you has so much knack for digital music.

      Normally, you can connect the Casio keyboard to WinXP+ operating systems without installing any driver. Once connected, the keyboard shows up in Control Panel->Sound/Audio as ‘USB Audio Device’.
      To connect the keyboard, ensure that your keyboard is OFF. Connect the keyboard using a USB-B cable (the type used to connect USB printer to computer). Turn on the keyboard and wait a few seconds for the computer to recognize the keyboard. Check in Control Panel->System->Device Manager->Sound/Video to check if the keyboard is listed as ‘USB Audio Device’.

      Once connected, you need a MIDI compatible software (for ex: Cubase, Cakewalk, Reaper) to send/receive MIDI data to the keyboard. You can also send waveform audio data over the USB bus to the keyboard.

      Casio also makes available on it’s website ‘Data Manager’ and ‘USB Drivers’ for those who have difficulty connecting the keyboard to the computer.

      HTH

  79. kanav says:

    what is scale editor ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kanav,

      The sounds in a musical octave do not always have increasing pitch in regular simple arithmetic pattern. Some cultures such as Arabic, use sound pitches that are not used on the english octave.
      In such cases, the concept of scales kicks in where the exact pitch of sound emitted by the keyboard for different keys is changed very slightly.

      The scale editor helps tune the keyboard’s pitch to instruments such as Harmonium whose pitch does not match that of the keyboard.

      HTH

  80. Rajaram says:

    Rajibda
    What is scaring me is that so far i could not get a single video featuring a good hindi song on casio ctk5000 or wk500. where as in yamahaPSR there are many.. this only says that people are strongly in favour of yamaha brand.. do you know any site where hindi songs are featured on casio please let me know ..
    thanks again

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Rajaram,

      Perhaps this is a golden opportunity for you to belt out some classy hindi numbers on your new Casio!
      You can ofcourse choose to join the thousands who have put up really badly performed hindi songs on their Yamaha keyboards 🙂
      I trust your playback skills exceed theirs, irrespective of the keyboard brand you use.

      Regards

  81. kanav says:

    Thank you so much sir. :p

  82. kanav says:

    Sir, I have windows 7. How can I connect to my ctk -5000.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kanav,

      Connecting the CTK-5000 to Windows 7 is identical to the process in Windows XP. Just connect the device and switch it on.
      To play files from your SD Card on the keyboard, you need to download the SMF convertor from Casio’s website.

      HTH

  83. kanav says:

    Sir i have sd card. i put songs on it but my keyboard was saying error no file.

  84. kanav says:

    how to use smf converter

  85. KANAV says:

    sorry got it how to use smf converter. please tell me from where can i get midi songs. please tell me the site.

  86. KANAV says:

    Hello sir thanks for the answers. sir can i download rhythes for ctk 5000 of yamaha tyros. can i play them on my keyboard ?

  87. KANAV says:

    Sir pleaze reply fast, and sir what is touch responce?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kanav,

      Casio and Yamaha internal rhythm data can neither be exported nor is it likely to be compatible with each other. If the data is presented as MIDI data, then both keyboards will playback the data relatively equally. Due to differences in MIDI implementation, the arrangement may sometimes turn out to be weird; for example Piano sound instead of Bass Guitar.

      Touch response is a keyboard function where the sound of the instrument changes (soft-> hard) depending on how ‘Fast’ (not how hard) you hit the keys. This is to emulate the behavior of a real piano. If you play the keys softly (press them slowly), the hammers hit the Piano strings softly and the sound is mellow. If you hit the Piano keys fast, the hammers hit the strings and move away quickly, resulting in a sharp almost-santoor like sound.

      You can also see this effect when playing the guitar. Strumming the strings slowly or speedily changes the sound emitted by the strings.

      HTH

  88. Dr. Siddhartha says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Your review of CTK 5000 vs Yamaha PSR I425 is the best I have read yet on teh net.
    I am an absolute beginer for synthesizer and would like to ask if CTK 5000 would be a good one for me at this stage . I od not wish to spend 5k more on Yamaha I 425 at thsi stage.

    Regards

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dr. Siddhartha,

      Thank you for your complement.
      The CTK-5000 is a great tool for beginners and professionals alike. I am sure you will have a lot of learning fun with it.
      Learning the CTK-5000 is no different than learning to play any keyboard instrument. I suggest that you take basic Piano lessons from a Class/ Home Tutor near your residence.
      There are plenty of Piano lessons available on YouTube too! But learning from Youtube will require a lot of dedication on your part.

      To download videos from YouTube and save to your computer for playing later, you can use the ‘1-Click Youtube Video Downloader‘.

      HTH

  89. Dr. Siddhartha says:

    Dear Rajib
    Can you also guide if there are any online sites for learning CTK 5000 ?

    Regards

  90. Dr. Siddhartha says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks a ton for your reply.

    Regards

  91. Dr. Siddhartha says:

    Dear Rajib

    Can you suggest me some easy book for a beginer like me for learning Casi CTK 5000 ?

    Regards

  92. Kanav says:

    Thank you so much sir! my school music teacher tells us to just start a beat and play the song. He knows about pianos. I think he has a toy keyboard. i wanted to know that what is music presets?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Kanav,

      Don’t worry about what your school has or does not have. To grow, you need to set your targets higher.

      Music Presets allow you to quickly set the parameters on your keyboard. For ex: if you activate the music presets and select the preset titled ‘Careless Whispers’ (may appear on your LCD display in short form), the keyboard instantly changes the main instrument to Saxophone, the rhythm changes to Ballad and the tempo is dropped to 60-70. This is the setting used to play ‘Careless Whispers’ by George Michael. Listen to the original here.

      Using music presets, you can play along with the settings of popular english and world numbers.

      HTH

  93. Kanav says:

    THANK YOU SIR 😀 I WANTHYED TO KNOW THAT WHY PSR I425 IS SO EXPENSIVE! ITS FEATURES ARE JUST LIKE CTK 5000.

  94. Harish says:

    Hi Rajib,
    Went through this blog and most of the comments. You are doing a great job! Really appreciate it!!

    I had learnt carnatic classical music – Vocal until Jr. level and now have developed an inclination towards learning Keyboard. I have no knowledge of keyboard (or any other instrument) and should start from the very basic level. Currently I am working and plan to mostly learn Keyboard on my own. From my brief research, got very much attracted towards Yamaha PSR i425 & its features; mainly its support for Indian instruments.

    But, now I am in a dilemma. To start with, is it good to get a basic keyboard, like Casio CTK-700 and then subsequently go for PSR series ??!!
    Over a long run, I aspire to learn keyboard to the finest level and make my own compositions/recording or play live!

    Could you please let me know your suggestion considering the above factors !?

    Regards,
    -Harish

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      Since you are musically inclined and have received training in music, I suggest that you buy a keyboard that will serve as a good accompaniment.

      You could choose the Casio or Yamaha – both will work for you. However, in Casio, choose CTK-3000 or better and in Yamaha, choose PSR-313 or better.

      HTH

  95. Harish says:

    Hi Rajib,
    Adding to my post above – I am very much open to your suggestions about any other models which would suite my requirements!

    Thanks.

  96. Kanav says:

    sorry i got my answer:]

  97. Kanav says:

    Dear Rajib Sir,

    i wanted to know that what is the difference between wk 500 , ctk 5000and wk 3500. and which one is better.

  98. pbchaturvedi says:

    राजीव भाई,
    नमस्कार।
    मैनें आप का ब्लाग देखा। बहुत उपयोगी जानकारियाँ आप दे रहे हैं। इसके लिये आप को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। मैं भी एक सिन्थेसाइजर लेना चाहता हूँ। PSR i425,wk 500 व ctk 5000 में से कौन सा लूँ ; समझ नहीं पा रहा हूँ। कृपया सहायता करें।
    -प्रसन्न वदन चतुर्वेदी

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      प्यारे प्रसन्न जी,

      आप कौन सा सिन्तेसिज़ेर लेंगे, यह आप के संगीत का ज्ञान एवं आप के धन राशी खरचने की इच्छा पर है.
      यदि आप संगीत की चर्चा पर काफी समय बिताते हैं एवं घर में कोम्पक्ट डिस्क अथवा कैसेट टेप बनाने की इच्छा रखते हैं, तोह आप Casio WK -500 या Yamaha PSR I-425 लें.
      यदि आप मेरी तरह कभी कभी सिन्तेसिज़ेर बजाना चाहते हैं, तोह आप Casio CTK -3000 / 4000 / 5000 या Yamaha PSR E-213 / 313 / 413 लें.

      आशा करता हूँ मैं कुछ मदद कर सका.

  99. pbchaturvedi says:

    राजीव भाई,
    आप की सलाह जरूर काम आयेगी। इसके लिये आप को पुन: बधाई…..

  100. kanav says:

    hello sir, i wanted to ask that can we connect mic to ctk 5000. 😛

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kanav,

      The Casio CTK-5000 features an audio-in port that is primarily designed to accept audio from devices such as iPods. You can record (sample) sounds up-to 10 seconds in length and use it as an instrument. Imaging recording the sound of a dog barking and then playing a song using that sound.

      That said, the port is actually meant for recording audio from a device that outputs Line-Level audio. Audio that comes from a Microphone may be too low in volume for the keyboard to capture it. Audio that comes from the headphone socket of playback devices may be too loud and burn the circuit. Go ahead and connect the microphone and see if the keyboard is able to successfully play the sound louder through the speakers.

      HTH

  101. marli says:

    sir, i dont hav any idea about it, im going 2 buy a keyboard n my budget is Rs,10,000. which one i should buy……

  102. Rajib Ghosh says:

    Hi Marli,

    For that budget, you can go ahead and buy the Casio CTK-4000. It is the best that price range.

    HTH

  103. Bejoy says:

    Dear Rajib,
    My son is 6 years old, and has just begun with Keyboard lessons. I want to purchase a 5-Octave model. Cannot decide between CTK 1100 and PSR E 223/323.

    I am not too inclined to spend beyond INR 10,000/- as I am not sure if my son is going to remain interested in music. But if he is, I would not like to buy another Keyboard for the next 3-5 years.

    I also understand that vis-a-vis sound quality and key touch sensitivity, Yamaha models offer a better experience than those of Casio.

    Considering my circumstances, which one would you recommend. You may even recommend a model outside the ones I have mentioned. If you absolutely insist, I am also willing to extend my budget to INR 15,000/-

    Eagerly awaiting your reply.

    Dhonobad,
    Bejoy

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Bejoy,

      I would like you to rule out factors such as sound quality and touch sensitivity when purchasing a keyboard for your child who is only 6 yo.

      Since your son is only getting started with music now and is yet to develop physically, my advise is for you to stick to keyboards that are light, easy to operate and have a certain ‘playful’ factor to them.
      At this point of time, it maybe pointless to invest in a keyboard that is high in feature and price.

      Without appearing to be offensive, I will make an exception to the above rules only 1) if you realize that your child is a musical prodigy or 2) you have a huge disposable income (trust me: this will not be the last keyboard you will be buying).

      Please consider buying the Casio CTK-1100 or the Casio LK-120 in-lieu of the Yamaha (which will cost double of what the Casio does).

      Some of the models listed Casio’s page are quite new and are yet to make their appearance in India. When they do, they are certain to be available at Reliance Digital / Tata Chroma. So do check with them (telephonically if possible) before you step out to purchase.

      HTH
      P.S: If my advice saved you any money, then perhaps you can donate the amount to my blog. You will get the perverse pleasure of spending equivalent to a Yamaha and I would put down the first installment towards the Acer laptop I have eyeing. 😉

  104. remoj says:

    i think Yamaha is better

  105. Bejoy says:

    Dear Rajib,
    Thanks for your time and advice. I committed myself before I could read your response. I got my son a Yamaha PSR E 223.

    Really appreciate your willingness to help me and others like me.

    Cheers,
    Bejoy

  106. Jaikishan says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Nice to read your guidances. It is really helpful for a lot. Thanks.

    I want to record the keyboard pieces into my VST software like FL Studio or Cubase.

    Which brand / model keyboard will suit me for this purpose, so that my PC with Windows can recognice the keyboard as a MIDI device when it is connected through MIDI USB cable.

    I need a keyboard with pitch bend wheel also. Which keyboard you will suggest for this with a minimum price.

    My budget is below Rs 10000.

    Awaiting for your reply.

    Thanks.

    Jaikishan.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi,

      The only keyboard that features USB MIDI + Pitch Bend + Sub 10K price is Casio CTK-3000.
      It does get recognized in all popular Audio Editors that support MIDI.

      On WinXP +, you don’t need to install any driver to make the keyboard work. Just connect it, wait for it to be recognized by Windows (Check Control Panel->System->Device Manager) and then fire-up your audio editor.

      HTH

  107. Jaikishan says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks for your reply. Is the model CASIO 810IN suitable for the same purpose? I believe this model is also comes under 10k.

    Regards,

    Jaikishan.

  108. Arunkumar says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Your blog is quite extensive and I am watching that you are helping a lot of people. Nice job. Keep it up.

    Casio has released 2 more models (CTK 6000 & 7000) unfortunately no idea of pricing. From the Japan site I am finding the price of 5000 & 6000 being same, no idea in India. I asked Casio shop in Bangalore but they are not aware about this.

    If any of you know some info please publish. I would wait a while to purchase CTK 6000 if the price of 5000 & 6000 are going to be same or marginal diff. CTK 6000 has lot more goodies like draw bar, mixers, recording etc..

  109. Arunkumar says:

    Dear Jaikishan,

    810IN should also can suite your purpose provided you settle for less sound quality. 810IN has HL sound quality and CTK 3000 with AHL sound quality. For your purpose both support Gen MIDI 1. 810IN also has a SD card support. HTH

  110. Arunkumar says:

    Dear Jaikishan,

    Also I forgot to mention the Windows 7 support for 810IN is not good. unlike other high end models 810IN needs special USB-MIDI driver.

  111. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib brother !! I have yamaha PSR E-323, now i want to buy an indian keyboard. I read ur valuable comments..so i decided to buy casio ctk 5000 ,but i recenty cheked casio website, they launched casio ctk 6000 ,is this keyboard having indian voice and stlye? and what are the prices in indian market,and i am confused that mostly keyboard production from china. Any diffrence in “made in chine” and ” made in U.s/japan.” is china product ok?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aman,

      The CTK-6000 and CTK-7000 are advanced versions of the CTK-5000. They feature sliders that can control the fine nuances of sounds like organs. It has everything that CTK-5000 has and more.

      These keyboards have not yet been launched. They are not even available on Amazon (US) yet. I suspect that when launched, these keyboards will be priced at approx. Rs. 25K and will be available in India only around Dec-Jan later this year.

      Practically all electronic equipment are now made in mainland china. In fact, Mainland China (aka PRC) has even snatched away business that was traditionally Taiwanese. Cost of manufacturing in US, Japan is so high that companies based in these countries actually outsource them to China. Even Malaysia (a one time favorite of Casio) has now lost it’s business to China.

      Goods made in China are not inferior. It depends on the company manufacturing them and what quality control they employ. Apple iPods, HP Computers, IBM Computers etc. being made in china are subjected to such strict quality controls that these products perform without any failures for years!

      Many local small chinese companies on the other hand use cheap parts and cheap manufacturing processes to produce products that fail soon after purchase and give the entire Chinese industry a bad name.

      HTH

  112. Debasis says:

    I am looking for Casio keyboard to start learning. kindly suggest me the right one. My budget is 3000-5000 Rs.

    many many rgds

    debasis

  113. Debasis Misra says:

    Hi Rajiv,

    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    I have just cheked the price in market. Approximately it will cost around

    CTK700 —> Rs. 5300
    CTK2100 —> Rs. 7000

    It will be very helpful if you can tell me the exact difference between these two models, so that I can choose the right one?

    Thanks,
    Debasis

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Debasis,

      The CTK-700 series of keyboards is very basic and meant for children who are beginning to learn music. The CTK-2100 has features that a slightly older learner will appreciate and utilize. It is still a learner keyboard though.

      HTH

  114. aman varshney says:

    thank you rajib da… aapne mujhe casio ctk 5000 k baare main jaankari di..i am making my mind to purchase casio ctk 5000 after sell my yamaha psr e323…thank u

  115. aman varshney says:

    brother WK and CTK main kya diffrence hai

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Aman,

      The Casio WK series are ‘Workstation’ keyboards and contain features that help music composers. Such keyboards typically have larger song memory, graphical song editor, SD Card storage etc.

      HTH

  116. mayank says:

    hey bro,
    i have a Casio CTK496 , i have to buy a yamaha or roland keyboard, so which model to buy under Rs 18000

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Mayank,

      If you are happy with the Casio brand, you could consider the Casio CTK-5000. Since your budget is more than sufficient, you can also consider a Casio WK series keyboards. If you can extend your budget to 22 – 27K, you can opt for a Casio Privia Digital Piano that feature keys with real piano feel.

      If you want a Yamaha, you can easily opt for a Yamaha I-425 within your budget. The Rolands are priced at 22K +

      HTH

  117. Raghu says:

    Dear Rajib,

    This is a great blog which I refered to before i bought Yamaha PSR I 425 and after that I realised that , the suggestions and the details given by you were really superb and are helping me a lot while using this also. I need your help in understanding the following .

    1] Data transfered from Keyboard to laptop gets stored as .BUP extension files – how do I open these and play in my laptop [ Can I ]

    2] Wheather it is possible to record directly from Keyboard to laptop while palying in the Keyboard.

    3] Can you sugegst any good bood to learn play Indian raagas on the keyboard

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Raghu,

      Congrats on your purchase.
      The keyboard data is obviously being stored as some kind of Backup format, and it is not in a format that media player software on your computer can process directly.
      Refer to this link, it contains help about directly recording MIDI data into the computer instead.

      You can record from the keyboard directly into the laptop in two ways: either as MIDI data (using USB) or Audio data (Using Line/Headphone Out).

      In all honesty, while plenty of books exist on Indian raagas and most books on Indian classical music using the harmonium are applicable to the electronic keyboard as well, the Indian classical music is a complicated subject and requires a ‘Guide’ to understand it’s nuances.

      HTH

  118. Diptiman says:

    Hi Rajib

    I am looking to buy a beginners keyboard for my daughter who is 8 years and have just started on music (Bengali Vocal). In her class, the teacher uses ‘Harmonium’.

    I understood from your site that Casio 2100/3000 is a good beginners keyboard. Before I buy, I have 2 quick questions –

    a. Are these suitable for Bengali music (like Rabindra-sangeet)?

    b. will the learning on both harmonium and synthesizer be similar? will it help the other if one is learning on one of these?

    Thanks much for your response…

    Diptiman

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Diptiman,

      An electronic keyboard uses the same keyboard style as a harmonium which is used in classical indian music.
      Before the harmonium, rabindra sangeet was performed using Organs. The performer used their feet to pump the air-bellows and used both hands to perform chord and lead parts on the keyboard. The harmonium changed that being portable, but required one hand to pump air and the other to play.

      An electronic keyboard can be played either by a single hand or both. The choice is up to the performer. The Casio CTK series keyboards feature indian tones that are perfect accompaniments to learning and playing India classical music. In fact, the Harmonium-2 sound on my CTK-4000 is so rich, even my father (who is trained in rabindra sangeet and harmonium playback using chorded technique) was impressed with its tonal quality.

      HTH

  119. Raghu says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks a lot for your reply, I went to the link and shll try out your suggestions .

    Where are you based at , I am at Bangalore , looking at your knowledge on the subject, definitely I would like to learn from you lot of things related to Keyboard .

    Warm Rgds’

    Raghu

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Raghu,

      I am actually based at Hyderabad. Frankly, I am not so much into music as much as I am into the tech behind it.
      Your best bet is to get in touch with musically inclined people, and through them expand your network till you have professionals in it.

      Regards

  120. aman varshney says:

    Hi again rajib da!! Which keyboard having sweet voices(harmonium,flute,pan flute,harmonica,sitar,grand piano etc)? Yamaha psr i425 or CTK 5000

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aman,
      ‘Sweet Voices’ is a Yamaha term for selected musical instruments that feature additional nuances such as breath sound, key-off sounds, slides and accents.
      Sweet voices are available on the high end Yamaha keyboards and the i425 features a limited selection.

      HTH

  121. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib da thnx 4 reply… is yamaha psr e 423 having indian tone and stlye like i425?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aman,

      The i425 was produced specifically for India. While the PSR e432 and i425 are very similar in features, I have a feeling that the i425 features more Indian tones and styles.

      HTH

  122. pranav says:

    Hi
    Pls advise

    I am looking to buy a keyboard for my son ;; impressed by your patient replies;

    Can u pls reply for the following question

    Between the new Yamaha I 425 and a second hand Yamaha PSR 290 (PSR 290 has been discontinued) what would you recommend;; This is for my 8 year old son who has been learning for a while with a CASIO SA-41 keyboard for the last one year;;

    awaiting an early reply

    thanks in anticipation

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Pranav,

      I am assuming that you want to buy a bigger keyboard for your son because you want him to learn music on a keyboard with professional feel.

      In such case, it is important to realize that more than number of tones, styles or any other feature, he needs a keyboard that offers full size keys and optionally piano like feel (semi-weighted keys).

      IMHO, the I-425 is a performer’s keyboard more than a learner’s keyboard. Go for the PSR 290 if you are absolutely sure that the keyboard is in very good condition (all keys and switches working as expected) and you are buying it at a throwaway price. Else, opt for Casio CTK-2100/3000 or Yamaha PSR-213/313. These keyboards are learner’s keyboards and offer 5 octaves of Piano sized keys with a very decent selection of tones.

      You can upgrade your son to a keyboard with ‘Arranger’ and ‘Sound editing’ functions (such as I-425) when he has completed basic lessons in music reading and has proceeded to the level of composing layered songs on the keyboard.

      HTH

  123. maxer says:

    Hey
    Rajib,

    I got ctk5000, and have done lot of R&D, I could use it as a coupler to the fruityloops . Where I plugged it in and played tone from computer generated library instead of bank of keyboard.

    One more thing I saw ctk6000 & ctk7000 recently released by casio…. they include much more facilities…..well it has to… have a look.

    But I am happy that, instead of just using the given bank of so called 600 tones, I could use sound from self derived tone from application in windows…!!!

    Regards
    Maxer

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Maxer,

      Great to hear that you have figured out how to use the Casio CTK-5000 as a MIDI device in FruityLoops. Many people actually find this process a little daunting.

      FruityLoops opens up the world of Virtual Instruments and Effects for you, which means you have potentially millions of tones, infinite layers of audio and great effects which creating music. All you need is a PC with a powerful processor and loads of RAM. A Pentium DualCore or better with 2-3GB RAM is a perfect start point. You will also need lot of hard disk space since the most detailed sound-banks are huge. Some Piano sounds alone are 80GB in size.

      Casio’s CTK-6000 and 7000 feature DSP effects and extensive sequencer control while the CTK-7000 also adds Organ Drawbar function (this controls the number of pipes in harmony that are opened to produce notes). These are not available yet. When launched, the CTK-6000 is likely to be available at $500.

      See a preview of the CTK-7000 here.

      HTH

  124. Ajith says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Thanks for reply you providing for many music lovers. Please keep it up.

    I have heared from many people that YAMAHA produces sounds based on the finger pressure almost real piano but casio doesn’t has such feature,isn’t it? Could you please provide some clarity on this.

    Seocnd question is, I never see any muscian with casio key board at any stage program.Is there any reason behind this?!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ajith,

      Your questions are beautifully logical!

      A reason Casio keyboards are not seen on stage is because Casio got diverted into manufacturing keyboards with toy like features. Even today if comparing Yamaha Vs. Casio with Mac OS vs Windows 7, Yamaha comes out on top just like Mac OS. It is unbelievable that a company the size of Casio could make keyboards and leave out professional features. For ex: While the Yamaha PSR I-425 features a Jog/Dial wheel for selection of sounds and parameters, it’s nearest Casio equivalent only features rubber buttons. The Yamaha keyboards feature a little less of everything but it functions very well – just as a musician requires. For ex: the Yamaha’s arpeggiator function has real guitar arpeggios while the Casio’s arpeggios sound like computer generated patterns.

      Casio is credited with a lot of innovations: they were among the first to make a synthesizer (Casio VL-1), a sampling keyboard (SK-1). Casio keyboards have consistently featured very high and real-life sound quality. The latest Casio keyboards feature AHL sound tech. which is very lifelike. Casio synthesizers were widely used in the 80’s. Somewhere along the line, Casio’s policy of making cheaper keyboards by leaving out professional features has cost them. In the late 80’s I once saw a musician on DD-1 hammer out rhythms by thumping rubber pads on his keyboard. It was laughable at best. The sound was very artificial and the whole thing came out as ‘look what electronic gizmo I bought’ rather than ‘what music I made’.

      All that is likely to change (hopefully) with the Casio CTK-6000 and CTK-7000. These keyboards feature very high-end features (editable DSP, Mic input, WAVE recording, Drawbar functions, Jog Wheel, Guitar arpeggios etc.) and will be available at half the cost of Yamaha keyboards having similar features.

      The ability to modify sound based on velocity is called Touch Response and it is available on Casio as well as Yamaha keyboards. On the Casio CTK-4000 I own, I can set the touch response to 2 levels of sensitivity or turn it off altogether. Please note that this is based on velocity not pressure – it is how fast you hit the keys not how hard you hit. In the earlier days, the only thing that would change with velocity was the volume. Today’s keyboards feature multi-sampled sounds and the sound itself is changes based on velocity. For ex: if hitting fast, the sound of Piano not only becomes louder, but acquires a sharpness to it (brightness) and a twang (as the strings inside the piano vibrate excessively).

      If you are interested in playing Indian classical music on a keyboard, then it must feature a Pitch-bend wheel and optionally a modulation wheel. The Casio CTK-3000/5000, Yamaha PSR-I425 feature pitch wheel. Keyboards from Roland and Korg cost Rs. 25K+ but feature both pitch and modulation wheels. You can also consider buying a MIDI controller instead (no sound generation chips, just keys, buttons, sliders and wheels). M-Audio and Korg make MIDI controllers. Avoid CME MIDI controllers as they tend to go bust.

      HTH

  125. Ajith says:

    Additional question!

    Also I am planning to buy a keyboard for learn karnatic (start with) and it should interact with computor too. I would appreciate your earliest suggestion on this.

  126. Ajith says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks for your quick response, valuable time and useful feedback. The way you explained is really fantastic. Your explanations clear many of my doubts.

    Can you give me little more detail on how Pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel help us. (learning Karnatic)

    And one more question, Price is almost same for following YAMAHA models.. Is there any comparison
    PSR-E423, PSR-E413, PSR-I425

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ajith,

      The pitch wheel (spring loaded) shifts the pitch (note) of the key you are playing. Normally pitch bend wheels are configured to shift the sound a full octave up/down but this is configurable to just half a note to 3 octaves or more. Pitch bend is extremely useful for simulating the pitch versatility of instruments such as flute or shenai or human voice.

      The modulation wheel (not spring loaded) introduces a delayed vibrato effect. This is a highly desirable attribute for vocal artists. The modulation wheel can be used to determine the amount of vibrato.

      The E413/423 belong to Yamaha’s Education series keyboards. The E423 is marginally improved (not sure exactly in what, you will have to compare the spec sheets). The I425 is functionally similar to the E423 but features a selection of Indian sounds including percussion instruments (tabla, dhol etc.).

      HTH

  127. aman varshney says:

    Hi gaurav bansal if you are still visiting this topic..Then pls tell me from which shop you purchased casio ctk 5000 with adptor,cable ,stand and carrybag…..How much u paid for all these accs..

  128. Ajith says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thanks for the quick and priceless reply.

    Thanks a lot.
    Ajith

  129. aman varshney says:

    Hi again rajib da,,i sold my yamaha psr e323 b4 few days ,now i am playing my harmonium,i feel that harmonium is realy best for learning ..I can play more song on harmonium even its waznt possible for me on yamaha keyboard…So which keyboard voice similiar to harmonium? ctk 5000 or i 425?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aman,

      I personally preferred the harmonium sound of the Casio. The Casio offers the single reed sounds (cheap harmonium) as well as double/triple reed sound (expensive harmonium). Perhaps I will get around to recording the harmonium sounds and uploading them tot he web and you can get a feel of the sound for yourself.

      Regards

  130. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib da,hope u wil upload vry soon

  131. pbchaturvedi says:

    which is better? roland -09, wk-500 and PSR – i 425

  132. pbchaturvedi says:

    which is better? roland -09, wk-500 or PSR – i 425…

  133. pbchaturvedi says:

    राजीव जी, नमस्कार….
    मैनें ROLAND E-09, CASIO WK-500, 3300, 3800 या YAMAHA PSR i 425 में से कोई एक लेने के लिये मन बनाया है। पर समझ में नहीं आ रहा कौन सा खरीदूं……..

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      चतुर्वेदी जी नमस्कार,
      इन तीन किबोर्ड्स में, रोलैंड को सबसे ज्यादा professional माना जाता है. इसके बाद कैसिओ के WK सिरीज़ का नंबर आता है.
      मैं आशा कर रहा हूँ की कैसिओ CTK ७००० रोलैंड से ज्यादा बेहतर निकलेगा.

  134. pbchaturvedi says:

    या CTK-7000 का इन्तजार करूं….

  135. Team Roster says:

    Best you could make changes to the webpage name Comparison between Yamaha PSR I425 and Casio CTK 5000 – Rajib's Blog to more suited for your blog post you create. I loved the the writing however.

  136. Kapil Kumar says:

    Dear Rajib Da,

    I have a single question as I am a lyric writer but I also believe to write songs with themes or you can say, firstly I create theme in my mind and according to them I write songs,

    Dear Da. Actually whatever themes is generated by me, I also want to play those themes through Keyboards that’s why I am very keen to by keyboard but I need such kind of keyboard in which, whatever themes I generate can be transfered in to pan drive or convert into CD. Just attaching with PC,

    Brother, my budget is around 15k so please guide me as I will be so grateful to you

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kapil,

      What you need is a workstation keyboard. Such keyboards allow you to create a complete composition with multiple tracks, sounds and effects. Unfortunately, such keyboards are very expensive and cost upwards of 25K.

      A more economical solution for you would be to invest in a keyboard with decent sound and some time to learn sound editing on the computer. What I am proposing is:
      – Since you are a lyric writer and composer and not the final musician, you only need a keyboard that helps you outline the basic tune. The final high quality sound will be produced by artists on their respective machines.
      – Your keyboard will produce decent tones. i.e. a piano will sound like piano and not like a toy keyboard. The cheapest keyboard I would recommend is the Casio CTK-3000. The Casio CTK-4000 and Yamaha PSR I-425 are excellent alternatives on the higher side (costing less than 15K).
      – You will play the sound on your keyboard and router the keyboard’s Headphone/Line Output into the Computer’s Line/Aux Input.
      – Using a sound recording software on your computer, you will record the sounds of the keyboard into the computer in layers. Excellent software for you are Sony Acid / Samplitude / nTrack / Reaper / Ableton Live.
      – To record in layers, you will play the various parts of your composition one instrument at a time. for ex: first a basic rhythm track. Then overlay a bass track. Then overlay the lead track.
      – Once all the layers are recorded, you can edit them any way you want. Add effects, loop etc.
      – The sound editing software should allow you to export the mixdown of your composition into a WAVE file (that can be burned onto a audio-cd) or burn the audio-cd from within the software directly.

      Write to me your specific query,

      Regards

  137. pbchaturvedi says:

    राजीव जी, नमस्कार,
    मेरी जरूरत भी कुछ कपिल जी जैसी है। इसके लिये कुछ माडल के नाम भी आप सुझायें तो अच्छा होगा (ROLAND E-09, CASIO WK-500, 3300, 3800 या YAMAHA PSR i 425 में से भी क्या कोई है?) । WK 3300 व WK 3800 में बेसिक अन्तर क्या है? WK 3300 क्या उपरोक्त जरूरत के लिये उचित रहेगा? CASIO WK-500 के की-बोर्ड में शायद बाद में प्राब्लम आती है, क्या यह सही है?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Chaturvedi ji,

      The Casio WK series keyboards is the workstation series. It has been designed to help composers sequence songs on the keyboards without using a computer. The Roland E-09 too is an arranger and offers excellent workstation like capabilities. The Yamaha PSR I-425’s arranger abilities probably do not come anywhere near the Casio WK / Roland keyboards.

      If you are into music / keyboard playing professionally, then my advice would be to buy the most feature packed keyboard you can afford and the Casio WK / Roland E-09 keyboards are certainly good buys.

      HTH

  138. izhan says:

    Dear rajib,

    i am confused between the casio ctk 5000, psr e 423 from yamaha

    i want some advice in purchasing from both of the above

    1)does both of them supports fruity loops and other applications to Record on PC ,are they both same on the input/output data sharing mechanism

    2)how does a sd card on ctk 5000 its effect on the psre423 which does not have this feature(but it has inbuilt 1.8mb is it sufficient i dont have any knowledge on this module)

    3) in FUNCTIONS tab the registration of yamaha says 2 ( x 8 banks ) what does this mean ,and how is it useful ,is this also present in ctk 5000

    4)how can we reset the casio ctk 5000/yamaha psr e 423 back to factory setting when some thing goes wrong ,is there any special way to do this

    5)is there anything special you would offer me to look or check while buying these keyboards in Keyboard-wise (or) accesssories-wise.As i dont have much knowledge on the features of the keyboards,any more Extra information other than this would be much appreciated

    i can purchase any of them but i simply dont want to waste anything not worth ,so after doing a deep search on web i came across your website where i saw many people asking you questions and you are answering them the way they wanted and i also thought on asking you

    waiting for a nice reply from you

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Izhan,

      The Casio CTK-5000 / Yamaha PSR E-423 & Yamaha PSR-I 425 are keyboards in the same genre. All of them offer 5 octaves (61 keys), over 600 sounds. In addition, the Yamaha keyboards offer ADSR (attack-decay-sustain-release) controls and some DSP (digital signal processing like Recerb / Echo) effects via two knobs.

      All these keyboards communicate with the computer via in-built USB interface. These keyboards work equally well with applications like Fruity Loops. In fact, they work with any application that supports MIDI In/Out. The Casio CTK-5000 does not even require installation of any specific drivers on Win XP or better.

      The SD Card on the Casio CTK-5000 is used to store keyboard settings; audio-data and songs that you have sequenced on the keyboard. The Yamaha PSR I-425 allows the use of USB Pendrives to load/save MIDI songs and play them back on the keyboard. MIDI songs are extremely compact in size because they only contain playback instructions and not the actual songs. A full 5 minute composition in MIDI will average about 60 KB in size. You can of-course use the computer to send/receive MIDI data to the keyboard too.

      Registration Memory is a feature on keyboards where the keyboard stores the current settings of Tone (selected instrument), Layers and Split, Style (Rhythm) and Tempo. On the Yamaha you can store 16 such combination and quickly change the settings of the keyboard at the press of a button, as you move from song to song. The Casio allows 32 registrations. The Yamaha stores the registration settings in Non-volatile memory (NVRAM), while the Casio stores them in ordinary RAM and the settings are lost if the memory is not protected by battery backup (install D size batteries in the keyboard).

      Resetting the Casio is pretty easy. Remove Power and remove batteries. On the Yamaha, I am sure there such a setting somewhere in the memory. Unlike computers or mobile phones, keyboards like this rarely get messed up enough to require a factory reset.

      The keyboards you are considering are not very complicated in terms of expandability. Your accessories options probably are limited to a keyboard stand, sustain foot pedal, soft/hard carrying case. You may optionally buy a 4/6 channel mixer if you are a vocal/guitar artist or own more than one keyboard and would like to combine the sounds.

      HTH

  139. izhan says:

    Thank you very very much for your early reply

    please answer some more questions

    1)Can the yamaha psr423 can encourage and help a beginner (myself)in learning keyboard like fingering( which key to be pressed with which finger ,finger placements)and all.i have seen this feature on the display of casio ctk5000 screen so i wanted to clarify it………

    2)How does the yamaha education suite(Y.E.S) in “yamaha” and Step Up Lesson guide in “casio” Compete or satisfy the beginner level user.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Izhan,

      Both the Casio and Yamaha keyboards that you are considering are geared towards the learner and beginner player.
      While the Casio comes with a decent repertoire of songs and a good display, the Yamaha too has the same features. In addition, the Yamaha Education Suite software allows Yamaha keyboard owners to download songs from the Internet into the keyboard and learn them step by step.

      In my experience, too really learn keyboard playing, you need a teacher. The keyboard’s system – no matter how good, is not enough.

      HTH

  140. pbchaturvedi says:

    Dear Rajib ji,
    Thanks for your advise. Happy Diwali…….

  141. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib da and all guys who post there comments here…wish u a very happy diwali 🙂 ….. .

  142. imran says:

    hlw rajab . .i have a yamaha psr e 413 and i am new to this hobby .i want to sing along with piano and save .how can i use mic in 413 and how can i record my voice? its very necessary for me .please suggest

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Imran,

      Unfortunately, the PSR E413 does not have support for attaching a mic and recording full-length songs on the keyboard.

      To do this: you can either use a mixer and feed the out of of your Mic + keyboard to a Cassette tape recorder or use a Computer with software that allows layered audio recording.

      HTH

  143. imran says:

    thanks rajib for the info . would you please tell me some model of yamaha keyboard which does have a support of mic and full lenth song?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Imran,

      I am not aware of any Yamaha entry level keyboard that allows full-length song recording.
      The older Yamaha PSR-740 allowed microphone-in, but did not record the audio.

      The new PSR-550 also allows mic in but I am unsure about it’s voice recording capability.

      The anticipated Casio CTK-7000 allows mic-in and voice record.
      HTH

  144. izhan says:

    Dear rajib thanks for the information and Happy diwali to u.
    i have decided to take the psr423

    once again thank you very much

  145. imran says:

    thanks rajib- it was helpful but 7000 really costs. on my 1st ques. you said to use a computer with software. will you please explicate what type of software? (bettr if u tell the name) and 1 more q . how can i connect my 413 with fruity loops? is it possible?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Imran,

      May I request you to go through the previous comments on my blog? In some comments I have described the type of software (along with names) that can be used to create music on the computer.

      HTH

  146. aditya says:

    Dear rajib sir,

    i am going to buy ctk-5000, and have two questions-

    Is there a loop playback system in this KB, as i have to play tabla an dhol, and
    Can i play an karaoke mp3 with this KB and how?

    pls reply.
    thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aditya,

      Two choice:
      – You can either define a custom rhythm by recording a 10 second (or shorter) clip of a indian rhythm (more details in manual)
      – The keyboard feature some Indian percussion sounds. You can use the Track Recorder feature to play the rhythm using the keyboard keys and record it as a track.

      The CTK-5000 features audio-input (line-level) that is used to sample sounds into the keyboard (to define custom rhythm for ex:). Sounds being played on an iPod that is connected to the Line-in of the keyboard, are played through the keyboard speakers. Hence serve as easy method to play-along.

      HTH

  147. aditya says:

    Dear Sir,

    You are tooo good.
    You answers are so prompt and easy to understand. Thanks a lot for this reply. I am byuing ctk-5000 only because of your blog and saving my hard money.

  148. Saif says:

    I had gone through these blog entries carefully before committing to purchase my first musical instrument Casio CTK-5000 one month ago. I’m a beginner and now just learning to play piano myself.
    I would like to share some of my thoughts about this Keyboard

    In a few things I feel disappointed.

    1) While layering musical instruments (Playing 2 instruments together when one key is pressed) I’m not able to adjust the volume of the layered instrument. Both instruments sound same volume. What I want to attain is a low volume of Strings layered over Piano or Guitar as the master sound but I’m not able to do it on Casio CTK-5000. I just gone through PSR-i425 manual and found that it have this functionality.

    2) Loss of settings on power off. When we have adjusted many settings by trial and error for a song practice, a power off will reset the settings and we have to adjust the settings again. The work around is to save the settings to SD Card but that I feel somewhat more work for me. I don’t know whether YAMAHA which will regain the last settings after a power down.

    3) I was wondering about the arpeggiator function before purchasing this keyboard. But disappointed me. I tried arpeggiator function a few times and I never used that function after that.

    4) Song recording function procedure seems to be complicated and difficult to understand. especially on multiple track recording. I don’t know how easy is recording function on YAMAHA PSR-i425.

    5) Selecting the proper instrument from the keypad is somewhat feels not easy. I know that there is registration buttons for this purpose. But I’m not confortable to use registration button function for a day to day practice because of the reason that I pointed on No:2. I feel It might be great if it had 4 or 5 keys that will choose a default instrument from a specefic group such as Guitars, Strings, Piano or Flute. then user can browse to different instruments from that group with arrow buttons.

    5) I’m not able to tell about the sound quality since this is the only keyboard that I have used.
    I feel it have somewhat decent sampled sounds.

    6) Availability of Styles or Rhythms is very limited for Casio when compared to Yamaha which have thousands of styles available on net.

    7) The Casio Data Manager software is very old fashioned with minimum usability which can be only used to upload or download data such as Rhythms, registration settings etc. But can’t see what is inside a settings and not able to edit it from computer.
    Eventhough the last point is not much of importance I was added here since I had a similar feeling with the software provided with casio digital diary that I purchased a few years back.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Saif,

      An excellent review of the Casio CTK-5000’s shortcomings, presented in detailed-objective-comprehensible manner.
      I have a feeling that the kind of features you are looking for are used by professional musicians. In such as case, the Casio CTK-5000 or even the Yamaha PSR-I425 were not the right products for you. You should have focused more on products with workstation abilities, such as Roland E-09 / Juno Series or Korg keyboards.

      Regards

  149. maneesh says:

    Hi Rajib,

    i just want to start play keyboard.can u compare which would be better between yamaha E423 and I425. i think the prices are almost near .

  150. maneesh says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I want to add one more question to my previous question. which yamaha model is just next to E-423 in price and features? what would be the price difference?

  151. Tor says:

    Dear Rajib,

    I have a quite technical question: Is the USB port in the Casio keyboards generic in nature, or are they limited to MIDI transport? Specifically, as the CTK-3000 appears to not have a built-in SD card slot, would it be possible to store data/settings to mass storage connected to the USB port, with or without a hub, for example? This could be as simple as a card reader, or a USB stick.
    Or is the CTK-3000 without an SD slot also incapable of storing such info altogether?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Tor,

      The USB port on the Casio keyboard only transports MIDI data in/out. It does not support any ‘Mass Storage’ devices.
      Though it is not possible to save any settings of the keyboard using the USB port, you can always record all the MIDI data on the computer and by using MIDI commands, you can set parameters on the keyboard in terms of tone selection, reverb/chorus, velocity and volume.

      HTH

  152. Tor says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Thank you, much appreciated.

    Best regards,
    -Tor

  153. martin says:

    hi…..rajib…i m a beginner..can u tell me which board is GOOD for me now and to the future……CASIO OR YAMAHA?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Martin,
      Much as I would like to help you, your question is too broad for me to answer. If you follow the threads on my website, you will see that there is a little bit of war going on regarding the relative merits and demerits of Casio and Yamaha. 🙂
      I suggest that you go through the responses on the appropriate blog threads. You will find them highly informative (most of my readers are far advanced in music terms that I am) and entertaining.
      HTH

  154. shiv says:

    Dear Rajib,

    How can i use loops available in mp3, or wav format in yamaha psr-i425

    second question, can i download a mp3 or wave file in i425 from my computer.

  155. martin says:

    thanz ya…..k tell about casio ctk-5000? and yamaha psr e323?

  156. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib bro…Which yamaha keyboard next to yamaha PSR I425 in prize range?

  157. martin says:

    hi raj….

    tell me the present price for ctk-6000 in chennai?

  158. martin says:

    thanx ya….then tell about yamaha e323?

  159. essaargee says:

    Dear Rajib, Just now I sighed for about half a minute after patiently going thru all the messages n ur responses. Phew… It was tedious, and I really appreciate ur patience in responding to these queries. Hats off to ur patience
    .
    Then coming to the brass tacks,

    1. I know by now that u r a die-hard fan of casio CTK5000.

    2. u have mastered all the aspects of the keyboards in question, mainly the CTK 5000 n Yamaha PSR i425 n similar models. I appreciate ur straight forward attitude in calling a spade a spade, n own up ur ignorance if u dont know about a thing / item. Thats good.

    3. After going thru the Q & A sessions, I clearly understood that people posing questions n soliciting ur opinions r very much in a hurry. They seem to throw at u a question or query which was very well answered in the previous messages etc.. If only they bothered to go thru them. And there u r, repeating the things time and again !!! Pl dont think I am impatient with all these people n qns. I am not. I wonder why they dont want to go thru the section but want an answer fast, just like that.
    Some technical queries raised were really relevant but they were few. You took them all in ur stride. So nice of u.

    4. I started practicing Casio keyboards right from the earliest ones n passed thru all the stages (I had about half a dozen of them). But let me confess that I dont know abc of music nor I say I am proficient in playing the keyboard. I play it by the ear.

    Recently, I purchased our favourite, the CTK 5000. I too have gone thru all these processes of separating grain from chaff. IMHO, it is a good keyboard, good value 4 money. In some features, one score over the other. But for a learner, its OK.

    What I found in Casio 5000 is lack of quality of material used and also I have got complaints about the quality of some Tones also. If u cascade thru the entire key board with some tones, there appears a distinct gap in the sound. It can be a faulty scale / pitch between adjacent keys which is not uniform n smooth. (Since I am not a musician, I dont know how 2 put it across correctly. All I feel is, that it could be definitely better…Alas !!

    Some of the technical features also could be upgraded. But Casio being casio, it seems it does not want to get out of its stupor. Roughly speaking, these product seem to be like the cars produced by a truck /tractor manufacturer. Un-refined. Look at the earlier models of Tata cars etc. U know what I mean.

    Anyway, sorry for the time I have taken, u keep up the good work. I may turn to u for help…just in case.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Essargee,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your valuable feedback.
      I have been asked, why do I keep such an old thread still alive? The reason is simple: a few threads on my blog seem to contain information that continues to be relevant even today and users would like to keep interacting with not just me, but other blog readers too.
      Like any other resource, I request that users go through the FAQ before posting a question. On my blog, the FAQ are the reader queries and answers to them. As you may have found, the responses to the blog article are equally valuable as the original article and a lot of questions are answered in them.
      You are right about the CTK-5000’s value, performance and issues. I own a CTK-4000 myself. I am not professionally trained and play by the ear too. Time constraints have resulted in me packing up the keyboard and remain untouched for over 3 months now.
      The Casio keyboards deliver very good value for money and may prove to be the right solution for many a music enthusiast. Others may prefer alternate brands like Yamaha / Roland / Korg. For my next keyboard, I will probably go in for a Roland Juno synth myself.

      Keep visiting the blog and feel free to fire away your questions. I will answer them as best as I can.

      Regards

  160. aditya says:

    well said essaargee, but your comment will be removed. as he is a casio advertiser.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aditya,
      I am not a Casio advertiser. Honestly! I don’t get paid to talk about Casio or Yamaha products.
      In fact, inspite of Casio and Yamaha products being talked about on my blog, Google Ads dont even show any Casio/Yamaha ads.

      The blog attempts to disseminate what little knowledge I have and invite it’s readers to participate with questions and further addendums. If a question is asked, it’s reply will totally depend on my awareness of the topic and ability to provide a tested solution.

      The only comments I will remove are ones that are Spam (other ecommerce oriented blogs that are attempting to ride on my blog and sell their fake wares) and abusive comments.

      Thank god that till date I have never had to remove abusive comments or block any user.

      Regards

  161. Harish Kulkarni says:

    Hello Ranjib,

    I need your help, I am beginner in keyboard playing and I am interested in making the short films or documentaries and for that i need some sort of songs and tunes as a background score which I create on my own on some basic music softwares like FL studio and Sound forge.
    After going through all the queries and your valuable suggestions, I am going to purchase Yamaha I 425 (I found the plus and minus in every model at this range but I 425 seemed perfect for me). I think the loop facility will be much important for me, does this model has this feature? And please tell me some plus points about this model by considering my purpose and do you feel that I may come across any problem (Lacking of some features) with the features of Yamaha I 425?

    Eagerly waiting for your reply..

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      I apologize for the late reply. I have been tied up with works and could not spend time on the blog.
      The Yamaha PSR I425 is a great keyboard and works beautifully with computers too. Unfortunately, these keyboards are entry level keyboards when considered as a composers tool. So features like sample/phrase looping etc. are missing.

      You are on the right track with using this keyboard with FL-Studio though. The creative possibilities are endless and you will be churning out music every second!

      All the best!

  162. Kapil Kumar says:

    Dear Rajib Dada.
    I am very satisfied with your true guidance as I am very close to buy keyboard but I just want some more clarification so please help me.

    I am interested about Casio CTK 5000 or Yamaha PSR E323 but my I have some queries to be answered

    1: Which one is easy to learn?

    2: In which keyboard I can get very original Voice like Harmonium, Sitar, and specially Piano & Guitar?

    3: What are the positive factors of Casio CTK 5000 and other side Yamaha PSR E323?
    4: Please tell me that when CTK 6000 will be available in the market?

    Dear Sir its my first experience and in the market I am also getting as so many people are saying that Casio does not come in good category as its like a toy one so always prefer Yamaha even cheapest one like PSR E223 will be much good than CTK 5000 so that’s why I am getting so much confused but I have so much trust on your advise so please suggest me.

    Kapil

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kapil,

      The Yamaha or the Casio are both similar electronic keyboard and are equally easy/difficult to learn. Get a music teach who can teach you step by step to achieve Trinity College certification.
      I feel the Casio produces better richer Indian instrument tones. Some of my friends on this blog prefer Yamaha. In the end, it comes down to your choice of instrument. Hear both of them and then decide.
      The CTK-5000 is definitely better than the PSR E323. Tones wise, rhythms wise, features wise… The Yamaha PSR E423/I425 are equivalent or better than the Casio CTK-5000.

      Casio has not yet committed to any launch dates for the CTK-6000/7000 in India. A lot of excitement is building (my blog is adding to it) and I think when launched, Casio will surely advertise in papers in India.

      HTH

  163. Harish Kulkarni says:

    One more thing Rajib, Please suggest me accessories which will help in quality output generation. does X stand or H stand make any difference?
    I have been surfing net regarding the keyboard purchase, queries and solutions and found your website. You are doing the best job thank you on behalf of every confused customer.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,
      A X stand has far more sex appeal, but will do little to improve the quality of music 😉
      Accessory wise, you could buy a sustain foot-pedal, a mixer and maybe a portable track recorder.

      HTH

  164. Harish Kulkarni says:

    Hello again Rajib,

    Track recorder or mixer will solve the problem of loop feature but instead of spending money in buying these accessories( or you know any cheap mixer model or track recorder) can i think about any other model with such facilities and nearer coast? Basically I am a learner so unless i become familiar with keyboard and playing it with exquisiteness i think i should not spend much at this level. Once I pass beginners level with all ideas clear, i will surely go for workstations.
    I thought of buying Yamaha psr E 223 then i thought about E 323 and again turned to I 425 so the will to have more is never ending.
    (MORE OPTIONS MORE CONFUSIONS) And i think we should deserve what we play so please help me in tackling the confusion. What I saw in Yamaha I 425 is Indian voices( I need them ), Pith control with pitch bend wheel and control knobs etc. I think now you know my problem now you show me the right path.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      The question of accessories for your keyboard was originally asked by you, so if you are just a beginner that you are right in reconsidering their utility for you at this point of time.
      If you have a keyboard that is connected to a computer, you can pretty much produce production quality music.

      You are right about feature creepism – where buyers continuously think about buyer ever higher models. A simple solution for this is to fix the budget. Even if your bank balance is limitless, it helps to set a mental budget. That way you are more focussed about what you need and how you will find a solution to what is missing from the equipment you are about to buy.

      Consider investing in either a Casio CTK-5000 or Yamaha PSR I-425. Both of them feature a pitch-wheel and indian voices. The Yamaha’s control knobs provide additional creative expression.

      HTH

  165. Ranjan says:

    Greetings,Mr Rajib. You’re doing a great job and helping a lot of people. Much appreciated.
    From your blog entry and comments, I guess you would prefer casio CTK 4000 over Yamaha psr 323 . However, I searched youtube to compare their sound quality, and it appears that Yamaha has much better sound quality compared to Casio.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEl02rKy92M

    If you have tried both, could you suggest a bit which one I should go for? I am a beginner and I prefer a better sound more than ‘more number of sounds’. Their features are similar but it looks like Yamaha provides better sound on piano.

    Thanks in advance , and good day to you. 🙂

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mr. Ranjan,

      The blog article on Casio CTK-4000 has links to Casio demo tunes and other songs that I have recorded from the keyboard and posted on eSnips. These recordings are in pretty good quality. Check them out too. I don’t have a PSR E323 at hand, so cannot help you to parallel comparisons.

      Regards

  166. Harish Kulkarni says:

    Thankyou Rajib for your priceless help. Actually asked about the accesories because i don’t have much idea about these technologies because at this stage what i have is just passion ha ha.Now I will go for I 425 without any hesitation and may take some of the accesories later, as per need
    (Ofcourse not without your advice). I will let you know the results once i Purchase it.

    Regards,
    Harish kulkarni

  167. Harish Kulkarni says:

    One last question before i proceed, Which is the cheapest keyboard with loop facility? ( Company doesn’t) matter ).

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      Without any specific knowledge about keyboards that feature loop facility, it is hard for me to offer advise.
      But I dare say that Workstation class keyboards such as Casio WK series, Roland keyboards, Korg keyboards should offer such facilities.
      Synthesizers such as Yamaha Tenori-on and Korg Kaossilator offer phrase looping too.

      Regards
      – Rajib

  168. gul ramani says:

    Dear Rajib,

    First of all congratulations on writing a blog, that in the domain you have chosen for yourself, is easily the best blog in the world.

    My purpose of buying the keyboard is to quickly conjure up a sound track for my animated films. Here in Duesseldorf, Germany a Casio ctk-5000 and a Yamaha PSR-E423 roughly costs the same (i425 is not available).

    I would like to use sampled sounds, have often indian bhangra (for example) / or tabla sounds that accompany my animated drawings.

    Basically i am dreaming of sound collages, snatches of tunes and real life sounds. Of course, i will have to use a prgm. like Reaper to do the final mix but a good keyboard would be indispensable.

    Should I go with the Casio or Yamaha (actually the Yamaha is slightly cheaper.) ???

    Thanking you for the reply, cordially ..

  169. gul ramani says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Sure, thank you for telling me that on a week-end!

    Cordially

  170. aman varshney says:

    Hi rajib da.Namaskar.. i am still waiting for “to listening INDIAN STUFF FROM CASIO CTK-5000” .Hope u wil surely upload vry soon.

  171. sahil says:

    D/Rajib da,

    I m a regular reader of your comments on the above topics. I realy found those advises so good,which shows the new learners right and worthy way. I m realy becomes your fan.
    Rajib da, recently we open an orchestral group in my native place and I want your advice for best keyboard(casio/yamaha/roland/korg). which one suit better for indian music consisting great sound quality on stage and having at least 6 sound banking buttons system in a sequence i.e, 1,2,3,4,5,6,(1-strings, 2-sexo, 3-accordian, 4-piano, 5-flute, 6-sitar, etc). I m not worrying about the budget, u just suggest me the best one.

    many many rgds
    sahil

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sahil,

      None of the entry level keyboards discussed on my blog feature the dedicated ‘instrument group’ button you are looking for.
      The older Yamaha PSR-740 features them and so do the higher models of Yamaha keyboards. Most professional keyboards from Roland / Korg etc. feature these buttons and a jog-wheel to easily select the tones in the group.

      HTH

  172. gul says:

    thanks Rajib, got your answer telepathically! But am still unclear which one has better sampling capabilities. Yamaha with its two knobs or Casio with its 8 places…

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Gul,

      In all honesty, the sampling capabilities of both these keyboards leaves a lot to be desired. On the Casio, the total length of all samples combined is limited to about 13 seconds. Unsure of the Yamaha’s limitations.

      Further, the sampled sounds cannot be modified any further in terms of ADSR parameters. Also, if you play the sampled sound on other keys, the pitch of the sample is changed along with the speed of the sample. This makes the sample quite unusable beyond 1-2 keys to the left/right of middle C.

      The Yamaha’s control knob features are missing from Casio CTK-5000. Though more advanced functions are present on the CTK-6000/7000.

      For extensive work with sampled sounds, you will need a Workstation class keyboard or a computer.

      HTH

  173. Tarun Halder says:

    Dear Rajib da, i am going to buy a yamaha psr key board. then plz suggest me which one is better i425 or e423. I am confused which one i should buy. I am eagerly waiting your reply.
    Tarun, Durgapur, West Bengal.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      The Yamaha PSR I425 is very similar to the PSR E423 in features, except that the I425 was designed for the Indian market and it features more Indian tones than the E423.

      HTH

  174. indranil says:

    Hi,
    came across ur blog, i was reading all the comments. My son is a music student intermediate level. His teacher recently asked me to buy a new keyboard. He gave me a selection of PSR S710 or S910. Once enquired the price, I found them expensive. So I was looking out for a used one. While searching I found some keyboard on sale which are PSR – 700, 720 and 740 and 900. Now none of them are carrying an “S”. Is the PSR-S, a newer model? Can I buy a PSR-700 or 740 (USED), is that going to be enough for learning purpose. You can directly email me also.

    Indranil
    indranilsinha(at)hotmail.com

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Indranil,

      The Yamaha PSR S710/910 are semi-professional grade keyboards that features soundsets and technical specs from the Yamaha Tyros series of professional keyboards.
      If your child is good at learning and playing the keyboard and you intend to encourage him to approach this more professionally, by all means consider buying a the PSR-S series keyboards for him. Do not consider it as an expense, rather as an investment.

      If you are ready to make such an investment (if I am right, these keyboards cost almost Rs. 50,000+), you might also consider keyboards from Roland and Korg.

      If you only want to purchase a keyboard that is geared towards learning and would rather purchase a professional keyboard at a more opportune moment, the PSR-700 series or lower is just fine. Yamaha PSR-323/423 are quite popular among learners too and they are considered budget keyboards.

      HTH

  175. Tarun Halder says:

    Rajib da, can i use a memory card/chip in psr i425 for storage, tarun

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      The PSR i425 features a USB port and I know that you can use it to store and retrieve music data such as MIDI files and Yamaha Education Suite data.
      Can you store audio-data on it? I don’t know since I don’t own it.

      Regards

  176. indranil says:

    Hi Rajib,
    Thx for your input. I would seriously look for good keyboard that he can continue with, for the rest of his student life, and can continue as an armature musician.

    As per two of his past teacher and his current teacher also he is talented, just need more practice.

    can u please suggest me some at-per model number of PSR-S 710/910 on Roland and Korg brand.

    I would probably try to get it from US or Singapore, or even in India if you can suggest me a good affordable place to buy. 2nd hand one is fine also with me. I am currently located in Bangalore, but getting it from Kolkata is also possible.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Indranil,

      I am afraid I am not in a position to advise you on alternate models in Roland/Korg that are alternate to Yamaha.
      You are better off checking out Amazon.com for the study or visiting a music instrument shop.

      Regards

  177. indranil says:

    🙂 Ok thx – by any chance, you have any comments on KORG PA-50. Just in case u came accross one. I am getting a good deal on it. probably it s 3.5 floppy version.

    Indranil

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Indranil,

      Do you even have to ask for a review of Korg products? 🙂
      According to Korg’s website, this model uses a SD Card for storage, which is great news.
      Floppies are notoriously unreliable and hard to come by these days. Most computers sold today don’t even feature a FDD.

      HTH

  178. Tarun says:

    Mr. Harish Kulkarni,
    Have you bought i425? what is your experience? share with us.
    Tarun, WB

  179. sanjay sarkar says:

    DEAR RAJIV,

    THANKS FOR PATIENTLY ANSWERING ALL THE QUERIES. PLS THROW YR COMMENTS ON THE QUALITY OF SOUND BTWN I425 ND CTK5000.

    ALSO PLS TELL IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO RECORD A SONG IN THESE INSTRUMENTS WITH THE HELP OF EXTERNAL MIC.CONNECTED TO THEM.

    THANKS
    SANJAY SARKAR

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Sanjay,
      The difference in sound quality of the CTK-5000 over I425 is debatable. Both keyboards have their highpoints and lowpoints. I like the Piano and Indian sounds on the Casio, but the Pads on the Yamaha are to die for.
      None of these keyboards allow for onboard recording using external mic. The upcoming CTK-7000 allows for that. Unsure of which Yamaha models allow for recording of voice.
      HTH

  180. Amod Oke says:

    Happy with my old Casio CTK ~600 series board! 😀

    Regards,
    Amod

  181. Ayush says:

    Hi,

    Can u Tell Me the procedure How to Store my recorded songs in SD card (in Casio CTK-5000)

    Regards,
    Ayush

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ayush,

      I am not familiar with the exact process of storing your compositions on the SD Card in a CTK-5000. For that you have to refer to the manual. As I have repeated in my blog a thousand times, I only own a CTK-4000.

      HTH

  182. Harish Kulkarni says:

    Dear Rajib,

    (Dear Tarun)

    I purchased Yamaha I 425, the sound quality is awesome and the functions too. I haven’t yet recorded anything but i really liked the sound quality. The Indian voices are realistic. some voices are really unbelievably good. As I told you earlier i am a beginer this keyboard is more than enough. Thanks Rajib for helping me in purchasing the instrument, i’ll keep sharing about the results.

    Regards,

    Harish Kulkarni

  183. Mohammad Shafiq says:

    Sir,
    i m living in Kuwait here i find ctk 5000 without indian tunes n rythems like in yamah1425 my question is how i can add rythem n or taals in Casio 5000 …….many thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Mohammed Shafiq,

      The CTK-5000 comes with a selection of Indian tones and styles and they are listed under the ‘ethnic’ section.
      The CTK-5000 supports a sampling feature that allows you expand the existing tones and styles on the keyboard.

      HTH

  184. Vishal Bansode says:

    Hi Rajib,
    Vishal Here from Mumbai. I have CTK 5000. I want to set arpeggi on my keyboard like benjo patern [eg. ntro tune of bahot pyar karte hein from sajan film]. Could you please help me to create tune like this.
    Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Vishal,

      The arpeggiator patterns on the Casio CTK-5000 are not as melodic or phrased like in the Yamaha. However they quite well suited to techno.
      On a basic keyboard like the Casio, the arpeggiator patterns are prefixed and cannot be modified. If you want a very fast arpeggio like a fast mandolin, you can setting the patterns on 1 Octave Up 16 (16th notes, same octave) and set the tempo to something fast like 160 bpm – 200 bpm.

      HTH

  185. Tarun says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 to all of you.

  186. tarun says:

    hey rajib ! happy new year
    i just got a yamaha psri425 . does fl studio recognize the keyboard and if it does how does it work ? im sorry but if you could could u please mail me the instructions as to how it works and how to record please !

    thanks a lot ( btw ur blog is killer ) 😀

  187. Denison says:

    Rajib, you should check out the Casio Privia Limited Edition PX-7. I was already playing the the two you mentioned and my girl friend was overwhelm with the aesthetic look of Casio’s new launch. Perhaps, your review after playing it could offer a comparison with a similar model from the leader Yamaha. Gonna get my order delivered this week. excited. Maybe your review will change this phenomenally cute experience. Thanks & HNY. DC

  188. Ram says:

    Hello Rajib, I have a couple of queries:

    1. My focus will be live performances, so i would prefer Yamaha psr E-413(not 425 really, cuz i dont mind not having indian instruements). but does the casio tones like synth-leads and pads and bell/choir sounding tones sound good…for live performances?

    2. Is there anything similar to the sampling function in the Psr e413/i425? Can I at least use some recorded/cut-out parts and store it in the keyboard as midi tones?

    3. Can we save the tweaked settings on a Yamaha keyboard? As in, if i have a square lead tone, and i tweak the cut-off a bit and maybe dual it with some other tone, like harpsichord, then can i use “THIS NEW TONE THAT I MADE” a permanent tone in the keyboard’s memory and rename it somehow for future use?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ram,

      Neither the Casio nor the Yamaha keyboards (in the models you mentioned) allow you to tweak the sound drastically.
      The Yamaha E413 does feature the sound control knobs and it has ‘Registration Banks’ where you can save the instrument selections (primary tone, layer on/off, secondary tone, harmonize setting etc.). Does it save the settings of the control knobs too? I really don’t know (don’t have the keyboards at hand).

      The Casio has limited sample memory to define upto 10 instruments (but you cannot tweak the built-in instruments). Unfortunately, I have seen that the keyboard not only changes the pitch of the sampled sound but also the tempo. This makes the sampled instruments pretty useless beyond +- 3notes from the middle C.

      Practically all new keyboards feature USB interfaces and work well with software like Reason. But you must remember that sounds produced by a Virtual Instrument is limited to the computer the software is installed on. The keyboard is reduced to being a controller. Whether you buy the Rs.6.5K (Casio CTK-3000) keyboard or the Rs. 150K (Highest end Korg) keyboard, they are just controllers when paired with a VST.

      That said, I feel that what you need is a ‘Synthesizer’ and not a ‘Portable Keyboard’. A synthesizer will allow you to tweak the tones on the machine and save them as ‘your’ presets. Most synthesizer also come with features that make them very good stage performance machines and instrument controllers.

      HTH

  189. Ram says:

    4. Also, if i make my own lead sound/patch from a software like Reason 4 or Cubase or Reaper, will i be able to store it in the Yamaha/Casio keyboard permanently?

  190. Ram says:

    Thanks Rajib. You’re absolutely correct. I do need a synthesizer and i will eventually buy one. But since I do not have much experience with keyboards, i don’t want to plunge into something i don’t know. So I’ll start of with a basic beginner’s keyboard and get used to music theory and the basic functionalities like registration memory, arpeggiated accompaniment and dual voice layering. I also hope that Casio proves people wrong and comes up with really amazing features and sound output in future.

  191. Raghu K Menon says:

    Hi Rajib, Happy 2010.

    I must congratulate you at the outset for the detailed and simple way you are answering to all the queiries.

    If am not mistaken, Yamaha PSR E423 is the new avatar of E413 according to a dealer in my hometown Calicut, KErala. Yamaha keep on changing the serial numbers every two years it seems.

    I have a PSR 290 purchased in 2004. I purchased a UX-16 MIDI cable which I bought in late 2009 for Rs. 3600/–. I am not a professional keyboard player and if I want to upgrade do you think that Casio’s CTK 5000 is a better option than i425 of Yamaha’s ? Again, it is the buyer’s decision ultimately, but still…

    And does the Yamaha S 500 (510 now ?) and S 910 which both cost a fortune for a non-professional like me, apt to fill the role of arranger keyboards for non-professional use ? I mean is the 50K odd i have to dish out for one of them worth paying ?

    Your suggestion and advice are solicited.

    Thank you in advance Rajib.

    Cheers

  192. Raghu K Menon says:

    Hi Rajib,

    This has reference to your reply of last month to Mr. Indranil with regard to voice recording feature of the entry level keyboards.

    I think Yamaha S-700 has this feature. I remember seeing in Youtube Michel Vorcken’s demonstration of S 700 and S 900. THey are categorised under “arranger keyboards” and cost around Rs. 50,000 / – and Rs. 69,000/ — respectively. Both are tempting of course, as of now, the main deterrants for me are budget and necessity.

    Cheers,

    Raghu

  193. Raghu K Menon says:

    Hi Rajib,

    On what counts does Casio CTK 4000 differ from CTK 5000 ?

    Thanks

    R

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Raghu,

      You are right that the Yamaha PSR-423 is a slightly upgraded version of the E413. I am not sure of the specifics of the upgrade. The Yamaha PSR-I425 is equivalent to E-423. The I-425 is supposed to deliver a better selection of Indian tones and styles.

      The Casio CTK-5000 is a more advanced version of the CTK-4000. It features a pitch-wheel, more tones, more styles and ability to save compositions and keyboard settings to SD Card.

      HTH

  194. venkatesh says:

    hi Rajib,
    just i happend to come accross your site and it is just wonderful. you have been doing a great job in listening to others and so nicely giving
    them the answers, tips and solutions in fact! so nice of you man.

    why i said that is ” a few only can do such a good job with a good heart, in assisting people with a lot of confusions or worries”.

    hope you continue to do it, god bless you.

    i was searching for a keyboard for my son (12 years) who is learning and very keen on it. i saw casio ctk 6000 photos and was going confused as others. in your columns you have said more about ctk 5000 and psr 425. pl tell even about ctk 6000 also.
    my budget is around 15K.

    thanks. pl reply.
    venks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Venkatesh,

      The Casio CTK-6000/7000 are some time away from being launched in India.
      For your son, I would recommend that you either go in for the CTK-4000/5000 or Yamaha PSR-E323/423. All these keyboards are excellent keyboards for learners.

      HTH

  195. Noah says:

    You all have any when casio wtk 7500/ctk 7000 will be launched in india????

  196. venkatesh says:

    thanks a lot rajib.

  197. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib,

    I studied your blog regularly for 2/3 months and at last last November I decided to purchase CTK 5000 (Rs. 11,700). Two days back I have purchased PSR E423 (Rs. 16,500).

    I am not professional musician but I like to play keyboard for 1) playing popular songs independently, 2) as accompaniment to others (for songs as well as orchestra) and 3) at last for dance/ drama background scoring. I am not very wealthy to afford two keyboard together but I am really lucky that I found somebody who eagerly wants to take CTK 5000 otherwise it would not be possible to take PSR.

    I have very high regards for you regarding this instrument, as you are the only person in the net who always calls a SPADE – a SPADE. So I
    thought to share my experience with both the keyboards with you.

  198. Dear Roy says:

    Pros of CTK 5000 :

    1) Economical (Rs. 11500)
    2) Quality of control keys better (not REEDs)
    3) Attractive looking
    4) VERY GOOD TONE.
    5) Easy to understand function/ easy to initialize (good for new learner)
    6) Registration capacity is higher.
    7) FULL RANGE CHORD.
    8) Reset is very easy.
    9) Basic Tonal quality is good compared to old or lower level CASIO model (thanks to AHL sound source)

    Cons of CTK 5000 :

    1) Other tones are not upto the mark (specially GUITARs/ ORGANs/ SAXs)
    2) Very monotonous Arpegio (almost useless for solo play)
    3) Setting advanced function is tedious (like changing Touch Response or Arpegio or Arpegio Hold). Without using registration very difficult to use during playing.
    4) Touch response is OK but not as expressive as Yamaha.
    5) Playing Sax or Guitar using Touch Response does not give the authentic feeling.
    6) Less support in terms of Software/ MIDI files or extra setting from CASIO itself or from the CASIO user forum.
    7) All standard .ckf downloaded files can not be loaded into the keyboard with the native CASIO software. (MAY BE SOME OTHER WAY OR OPTION IS AVAILABLE BUT I COULD NOT FIND. PLEASE HELP)

    BUT AS YOU HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED THIS IS GOOD FOR THE BEGINNER AT THE AVAILABLE PRICE LEVEL.

  199. Dear Roy says:

    Pros of E423 :

    1. Very good tonal quality for variety of Instruments (SAXs/ GUITARs/ ORGANs)
    2. Really impressive range of Arpegio
    3. Touch Response is really Expressive.
    4. Accompaniment section and settings are good.
    5. Control Knobs are useful (But limited, do not offer vast variation)
    6. Software/ Midi and Style file support are good (both from YAMAHA and USER Forum. But Be careful as YAMAHA service is not free).
    7. Easy keys for Touch Response/ Arpegio ON-OFF.
    8. Jog-Dial
    9. In-Built Flash ROM.

    Cons of E423 :

    1. Really poor quality control key compared to CTK5000.
    2. Could not understand how to reset the keyboard at a single key press.
    3. Display is smaller compared to CTK 5000 but can show the required info.
    4. There is no direct key for FULL RANGE CHORD accompaniment. You have to fiddle with SPLIT setting.
    5. Registration Capacity is lower.
    6. Computer connectivity is complex compared to CTK5000.
    7. I am not happy with the Power Adapter. Casio adapter is very smart and I got three types of power connecting cords with the Casio adapter.
    8. CTK-5000 is a kind of Buy and Play type. It is Buy-Understand-Play type.
    9. Only Sustain pedal can be fitted (as per Manual. Don’t know if other alternatives can be accomodated)
    10. No direct SAMPLING can be done. You need to connect to Computer and scope of storing the sampled sound is very very limited compared to CTK5000.

  200. Dear Roy says:

    I might be wrong when mentioning any pros or cons. Please reply with your valuable remarks.

    Thanks & Best Regards
    DR

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Roy,

      An excellent review from an actual owner of both keyboards.
      I have integrated your observations into the main article so that readers can benefit from your factual observations.
      While I have mentioned your name, perhaps more contact info should be mentioned – such as location, website etc.

      Thanks for your review!

  201. Dear Roy says:

    In my previous posting of PROs of CTK 5000 :

    Please read 4) VERY GOOD GRAND PIANO TONE.

  202. J says:

    I am looking for Yamaha PSR I425 but it is not available in US. Could you suggest me any equivalent keyboard in same prise range which could be available in US? Basically a keyboard with Indian sound.

  203. Jr Ald says:

    hi Rajib, i need some advise from you pls.
    1) when compared to psr I425, is Roland E-09 worth investing in? ( i understand this costs approx 9K more). i’m looking to use this to play regulalrly at our local church meetings.
    2) what is ‘arpegiattor’ and how is its absence from Roland E-09 going to psyche me if at all i go for E-09!?
    3) where can I get a good deal for psr I425 and E-09 in Hyderabad?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Jr Ald,

      The Roland E09 is a superior keyboard because of it’s better Synthesizer and Arranger capabilities. It is also a better stage performance machine. However, the Roland does not make the E09 anymore, hence you may have difficulty in sourcing one. That said, most music shops in India tend to source ‘older’ products cheaply from stockist dumps and sell them. In the past, I have spotted the E-09 at a few shops.

      The shop I bought my Casio CTK-4000 from (at Swapnalok Complex) seemed very knowledgeable and resourceful. You could visit him and talk to him.

      The arpeggiator takes a combination of keys (you press on the keyboard) and arranges them in a rhythmic progression. Some arpeggio engines feature simple progressions such as 1-octave high/low while complex arpeggio engines can arrange the notes into strum/beat patterns. So if you hold the C chord, the notes will be played as if you are performing a complicated strumming pattern on the guitar. Take a look here and here.

      HTH

  204. Jr Ald says:

    thank you Rajib for the informative response.
    would u share the name and phone number of this shop at Swapnalok? as per your response, on an E-09, im thinking i might get a better deal than a psr i425.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Jr Ald,

      The shop is called ‘Musical Mart’ (1st floor, Swapnalok). It’s adjacent to Musee Musical.
      They may have shifted to Minerva Complex (adjacent to Swapnalok). You can also check out Khords (Opp. Manju Theatre, adjacent to Swapnalok).

      HTH

  205. Majid says:

    Hi Rajib!

    I got ctk 5000 a few days back.There is a continuous hissing sound from the inbuilt speakers.Even when no key is played especially when the volume is high.I’m confused is it normal?The problem is i’m from Kashmir and the dealer had only one keyboard that i bought so can’t compare it.I’m worried i may have to return it and wait a long time as it will have to be sent outside for repairs.At the shop i didn’t notice the hissing sound much as there was lot of noise from outside.It would be really nice if you could help me on this.

    Thanks.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Majid,

      The hissing sound you hear from the speakers when the volume is turned up to maximum is due to unclean power supply. If the power adapter you are using is not delivering pure DC current at the right voltage, noise is generated in the amplified circuits and is noticeable. Noise may also be caused by excessive amplification; most amplified circuits on budget keyboards are not designed to output very clean audio signals at max. amplification. You are better off connecting an amplified speaker for such use.

      Try running the keyboard on a set of new batteries to determine if the problem is power supply related.

      HTH

  206. Majid says:

    It is a brand new keyboard and is under warranty.Thought i should mention it.

  207. Vivek says:

    Hi Rajiv,
    I am looking ot buy a keyboard in sub-10k range for a friend who can play a little of keyboard (though not a very good expert probably). I have looked at three models casio ctk 2100, casio ctk3000 and yamaha psre 223. Which one do you think will be a better buy?

  208. A.Dawson says:

    Do you want 503 extra FREE Rhythm files for your Casio keyboard? See this post of mine: http://www.keyboardforums.com/163-free-extra-rhythms-casio-ctk-5000-a-t22540.html

    Yes, it started out as only 163 free rhythms, but a little exploring found many more.

    And in case you missed my other comment to one of Rajib’s blog pages, you can get a CTK-5000 Instrument Definition file (and 7 other Casio model numbers) for Cakewalk, Reaper, and other MIDI editors, here: http://www.keyboardforums.com/163-free-extra-rhythms-casio-ctk-5000-a-t22540.html

  209. Majid says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Thanks…it was really helpful….the problem was because of a faulty power adapter…replaced it.

    Thanks once again.

  210. Harshit says:

    Dear rajib bhaiya,
    your endeavour of helping music lovers is truly appreciatable. I m a 19 yrs old keyboard learner. I was having casio 496. But after learning a little bit i found it was not able to give a mastery experience. I was in big dilema of choice of keyboard, so that it may help me to learn keyboard to a good extent and also last longer, and for most it should be tech supporting. Then, i found your blog 3 months ago. I read your blog and comments, and my problems got sorted out. I bought ctk 5000 2 months ago, and i found it’s very useful to get a good command over keyboard playing and sound qualities are just awesome.thank you for helping me. You are a very good person. I just pray that MAY YOUR ALL WISHES COME TRUE .
    Harshit
    ( delhi)

  211. _raVan_ says:

    Hi Rajib,

    First of all, as everyone is already saying, you are doing a splendid job! Have to compliment your patience in answering the repeated questions.

    Secondly, my question is that, now that Casio CTK 6000 is launched and is costing about Rs.16500/-, can you try that in your local music store and compare it with Yamaha PSR-i425? As both of them are similarly priced, is the Casio a better buy than Yamaha?

    Maybe in the near future, I would be testing them myself, but as you are the expert in these things, your opinion may matter.

    Regards,
    _raVan_

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear _ravan_,

      I purchased the Casio CTK-7000 today at Hyderabad for Rs. 21,175/-. I will be reviewing it on my blog soon including a comparison of the CTK-7000 with a Korg PA50.

      Watch this space!

  212. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib..

    Waiting eagerly for your review of CTK7000.. BTW previously in your blog you have mentioned that you are planning to buy something nearby Roland-Juno series…..

    Just want to know why you have gone for CTK7000….

    Please mention in details about DRAWBAR settings of CTK7000.

    Thanks & Best Regards.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Dear Roy,

      For my next keyboard, I considered the Roland E-06, a Korg PA50 and the Casio CTK-7000. Must as I wanted the Roland Juno series, not only was it no longer available on Amazon, but my unfortunate mule (my brother) has no plans to come to India anytime soon either.

      I picked up a used Korg PA50 (Floppy Disk version) for just 30K! and I must confess it is a beautiful machine. The only reason I let go of it (returned to owner) is because it is a live-performer’s machine and did not have current computer connectivity like USB and SD Card. The Korg may still be available so let me know if anyone is interested in it.

      Since I can barely play the keyboard (pretty well by ear, zero from sheet music) and most of my time with a keyboard is spent just tinkering with the audio features and computer integration, I felt that I would not be able to do justice to the Korg.

      Although I would be joining music classes soon to learn Piano fingering technique and notation learning, I decided for the Casio CTK-7000 since it is a good tool for the beginner-medium level musician and I am likely to fluctuate between these two states for some time to come.

      What I would like to do is write a review of the Casio CTK-7000 and expand the same article on a part by part basis. I think the easiest way for me get started with it will be to record the demo tunes and make them available on the blog. So you should be expecting that soon.

      HTH

  213. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib..

    Thanks again for your nice words and great patience.

    I always feel that though CASIO can make very good electronics and chips, their keyboard is not that much of advanced. I believe that as they are having good business from other sector namely, watches, calculators and digital cameras they do not put much effort into the keyboard range. Still I feel that for learning there is no better that that of CASIO. That way your decission is really wise.

    Regarding the review of CTK7000 I have nothing to say except to offer my gratitude to you as not only it is a tough job but tedious also….

    Wish you all the best

    Regards.

  214. Jaikishan says:

    Thanks Rajib bhai for your review on ctk 7000 and we will keep watch regularly your blog to see your updates on the same.

    Thanks,

    Jaikishan

  215. Jaikishan says:

    Dear Rajib Bhai,

    I have owned PSR I425 one month back from Ahmedabad. I am almost satisfied with it. Since I have not experienced the Casio ctk models, I can not say any comparison.

    Positive points of the instrument are:

    1. Tones are excellent especially Sitar and Harmonium.

    2. Indian flute is not so impressive since there are pitch modulation/ variation in many notes. (I am a flutist and I play in stage programs occassionally).

    3. Strings, various Saxophone, Pan Flute, Folk Guitar, Bass Guitar, Pads are excellent which are required for composing indian music.

    The negative points are:

    1. The flash memory. It is only 373 KB. In the new model e423 it has around 1.8 MB which is useful for keeping MIDI formats for stage performance.

    2. Though the registration buttons are two, it is very easy to change the tones during stage performance which I have experience also.

    3. The track recording is almost usless because editing of a track is not possible with this. And ony with 5 tracks it is impossible to make indian music. But it is helpful to keep the tracks for stage performance on urgency. If we make the midi composition in a software and save it into the keyboard, it will help us on Stage program.

    Suggestions for those who like to buy PSR I425 / PSR E423:

    1. If you are not much interested in Indian Tones, go for PSR E423. Because it has flash memory higher than I425 and number tones are also higher.

    2. For those who use keyboard on stage performance, PSR E423 is better. Because the registration buttons provided in PSR E423 is almost near to the numeric buttons 1,2,3,…. But in PSR I425 buttons are placed more far but on practice it can be used easily.

    In conclusion, PSR I425 an excellent instrument which satisifies my requirement because of following reasons.

    1. I start to compose music. (earlier I used computer keyboard 🙂 )

    2. Computer connectivity is very easy. It works well with FL studio
    very easily. Feel with touch sense, pitch bend can be used as we wish.

    Thanks Rajib for your supports for guiding me to select this instrument.

    Jaikishan.

  216. Majid says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Though i like my ctk 5000 but my primary purpose for purchasing it was to learn piano.Now i’ve come to know in this price range casio also has wk 200 with 76 keys.I just wanted to ask is a 61 key keyboard good enough for learning?.I mostly am looking to play western compositions on it.I’m a bit confused why they would have a 76 key keyboard in the same price range minus pitch blend wheel and sd card slot.Is there any other difference?
    The classical western compositions need more keys.Do the modern compositions mostly fall in the 61 key range?
    Sorry for asking too many questions.

    Thanks.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Majid,

      It is said that you are planning to learn western piano all the way, you should go in for a 8 octave keyboard (88 keys). A 7 octave keyboard (76 keys) might be good trade-off too. A 5 octave keyboard (61 keys) may be useful for playing a range of compositions but complicated compositions that have massive arpeggio sections may be impossible to play.

      Most modern compositions are created keeping a vocalist in mind, hence the range of notes used for main melody rarely exceeds 3 octaves. So a 5 octave keyboard is generally sufficient to handle bass, vocal and lead instrument parts of the composition.

      HTH

  217. Majid says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Thanks for the information.

  218. Murali Manoharan says:

    I have recently purchased a casio CTK3000 for my daughter (6 years old). She plays it too. Her music teacher is teaching on the Tone no.045 (Church Organ) is it good for notes of Sa re ga ma… or any other tone is to be selected. I have no idea of music. Is there any way to keep the settings permanent.. like Touch response off.

    Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Murali Manoharan,

      The teacher is selecting organ tones because they have clean sustained sounds and are very useful in training the ears.
      The teacher can also select Violin / Viola / Cello sounds and Sax / Flute sounds. At this point of time, selecting strings or synthesized sounds for ear training is unadvisable.

      Once note training is done, the child will be asked to play using piano/guitar tones to learn the concept of note duration.

      Casio keyboards featuring touch response always revert back to touch reposnse ON upon power-up. It is generally a quick process to turn it off, though my advise would be keep it on and teach the child velocity instead.

      HTH

  219. Murali Manoharan says:

    Thanks Mr. Rajib for the quick response. From the day one my kid herself turns off the touch response to get a higher volume. Otherwise there is no issues except few like when she plays fast keys are making hitting sound. Is this a problem with low eny key boards? ot it is happening because of the way it is played. I have just upgraded from MA150 to this CTK3000

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Murali,

      Cheap keyboards tend to use plastic keys and rubber pads for spring action. When playing fast, the keys may hit bottom and produce a clacking sound. Also, over a period of time, squeaking noises may be heard. These are only due to plastic action. The actual sound of the keyboard is unaffected and you can use an external amplified (instead of Mic) to output pristine sound.

      All keyboards over a period of time develop noisy keys. It’s just that more expensive keyboards are built more ruggedly and develop defects much later in life.

      HTH

  220. Amal says:

    Wonderful rajib
    Tanx a lot 😀 😀 😀
    it hlpd me a lt

  221. ashish_646 says:

    hi rajib,

    My budget is only Rs.5000 , please suggest me which model i can go with?I want to buy a keyboard in which i can play chords..
    please suggest is it possible in this budget, i am going to learn chords with my new keyboard.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Ashish,

      You may be easily able to buy the Casio CTK-1150/1100 (Price: Rs. 5000) within your budget. Other options are Casio CTK-240 (Price: Rs. 4600), Casio SA-77 (price: Rs. 3250), Casio MA-150 (Price: Rs. 3000)

      All these keyboards support 4 note polyphony at minimum, so chord playback will not be an issue. Opt for keyboards supporting at-least 8 note polyphony so that you can play advanced chords and lead simultaneously.

      HTH

      HTH

  222. Dave says:

    Hi Rajib, Thank you for your excellent comparison. Greetings from Canada. Dave

  223. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib,

    As I do not have any idea of Casio CTK-1150/1100/240/SA-77/MA-150, I just want to mention that the total no. of polyphony mentioned in the specification is the highest possible polyphony. If we use auto accompaniment/ split/ Layer (or Dual Voice) polyphony will be decreased by a great number….

    I learnt on Yamaha PSS 380 which was with 8 notes polyphony and I thought it was great….But in reality when I played style with chorded accompaniment, it became half (i.e. 4 notes polyphony). If I add dual voice it become half again (i.e. 2 notes only….it’s ridiculous)…

    So I request ashish_646 to be careful during purchase.

    This is just for sharing…

    HTH….

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Ashish646:

      “Dear Roy” has raised very valid points about polyphony. For the sake of simplicity (playing chords by hand), 4 notes are enough. But on most keyboards, each sound elements commands a note of it’s own, hence greater the requirement for polyphony.

      For ex: On basic piano tone, each key-press generates one note. Combined instruments like Piano-Strings generate 2 notes per key. If your keyboard supports dual layers and you play combined instruments (for ex: Piano-String & Vibraphone-Pad) on each layer, then you generate 4 notes per key. If you hold 4 keys to make a chord, straightaway 16 notes are generated.

      If the keyboard is further split, up-to 2 additional notes (from combined tone used on left) are added. If Auto-Harmony is used, then additional harmony notes are generated automatically (based on the chord you hold on left side) and up-to12 additional notes are generated. If auto-accompaniment is switched on (rhythms), then on most auto-accompaniment styles claim between 3 (Drum,Bass,Chord) – 6 (Drum, Bass, Chord Part 1-4) notes themselves.

      Attempting to play-along pre-loaded songs or self-recorded sequences requires even more notes.

      In this way, 48 notes are easily generated by a keyboard when every feature of the keyboard is activated; hence most mid/high-end keyboards feature at-least 48 note polyphony.

      @Dear Roy: based on Ashish’s current level of keyboard mastery, he maybe able to fulfill his requirement with a basic keyboard from Casio or require more advanced keyboards from the CTK series or Yamaha PSR series.

  224. ashish_646 says:

    thanx a lot rajib and roy…u have cleared my biggest doubt..wil be alwys thankful to u
    Rajib please tel me is there any additional advantage of choosing ctk496/2100 over ctk 1100..and please tel me which one should i opt amongst 496/2100…i am at intermediate stage and not a begginer..i am planning 2 extend budget by 1k for ctk496 by assuming that i wil be getting almost all required functionalities til i become expert and go for higher end model..please guide me if i am thinking wrong..

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ashish,

      The CTK-2100/1100/1150 are new keyboards and feature much improved sound quality and aesthetics when compared with the CTK-496. Not much detail is available about the CTK-496 on Casio’s site, but ‘Transpose Control’, Tuning and ‘Lesson Part Control’ seem to be only in CTK-1100.

      The CTK-496 appears to have Microphone and MIDI-In support but this support is incomplete and should not affect your purchase decision.

      HTH

  225. jalaj jain says:

    dear sir,
    I was planning to buy a keyboard but i am confused b/w PSR I425 and PSR E423 can you pls tell me the diffrences b/w these two and suggest me which one to buy.
    Jalaj.

  226. nantz says:

    Hi sir,

    I would like to ask which one would you suggest between CTK 5000 and Wk 210. I would like to know which one sound better in terms of st. grand piano and other tones. You have mentioned on your other reviews that the sound quality mostly depends on the ROM size (I’m not sure on this) and if it is, do you have any idea on which one has the better or larger ROM size that would make it a better sounding keyboard?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Nantz,

      The ROM on a keyboard is used to store the sound samples. While the ROM sizes have not really gone up much in basic keyboards, the number of tones that have been compressed to fit on the ROM have gone up substantially.

      The WK210 is essentially a 76-key version of the CTK-4000. The CTK-5000 is a 61-key machine and the WK-500 is it’s counterpart 76-key version.
      The sound chip between these keyboards is the same and the keyboards sound identical. I now have a CTK-7000 and I have this nagging feeling that tone quality is inferior. Perhaps I need to do a wave-form comparison to assure myself.

      HTH

  227. jalaj jain says:

    dear sir,
    So, which one i should go for.
    If you were buying which one will you select.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Jalaj,
      If had to choose between the PSR-E423 and I-425, I would choose the I-425. In the Indian context, it helps to have Indian tones on the keyboard.
      HTH

  228. Bobby says:

    I am interested in buying a second hand keyboard for my child who is around 5 years and can read notes and has finished easiest piano lesson by john thompson’s level 1 book. He currently owns casio MA-150, but now need to upgrade to touch sensitive keyboard.

    pls. let me know if 2’nd had wud be a good choice or shu I buy new Casio -5000 or yamaha- PSR 323.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Bobby,

      The Yamaha PSR-E323 and the Casio CTK-5000 are both excellent keyboards. I am more inclined towards the CTK-5000 because it is more advanced than the Yamaha feature-wise. But for a child of 5, the Yamaha maybe a better choice. Yamaha keyboards are known to handle hammering by kids better than Casio.
      HTH

  229. Nantz says:

    Hi sir,

    Thank you very much for the quick reply. I appreciate it very much. Now I’m more confident to buy this wk 210. Some of the store salesperson says that this ctk 5000 or wk 500 is much better in terms of the sound quality because it is considered as high grade keyboard compared to wk 210 which is only a standard portable keyboard. Maybe it is, but maybe not that much noticeable, but considering the price you may also want to think twice.

    I would also like to ask if the clicking sound of the keyboard based on some reviews while playing it is just normal or is it the same with the other keyboard that is not graded?

    Thank you for your continuous support for all of the people who ask here.

    Regards.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Nantz,

      The WK210 differs from the WK500 only in terms of having a Pitch-Wheel, SD Card Support and a few more tones & styles. Rest of the underlying features such as AHL Tone Generator, Track Recorder, Sampler etc. are exactly the same. I have tried the tones on a CTK-4000 (which I own) and the CTK-5000 (at stores, many times) and they sound and feel identical.

      Most portable keyboards use a simple combination of Plastic flex keys and rubber pads to detect key-stroke. Over a period of time, these may squeak (particularly if played with a heavy hand). As I mentioned before, this becomes a problem only if you use a Microphone to pick up a sound from the speakers and feed it to the Amp. If you connect the keyboard directly to the amp (using Phone/Line Out), such noises cannot be heard by the audience at all.

      Since you are primarily interested in Piano style playback, why don’t you check out the Casio Privia line of Digital Pianos? For marginal more cost, you get piano style keys, semi-weighted keys, damper pedals etc.

      HTH

  230. Harish says:

    Hey Mr. Rajib

    You are really really dedicated to this blog eh? 😛 i never ever posted a comment on any blog because i wouldn’t be guaranteed a reply but you seem to be replying so here goes ( the effort is much appreciated by the way ::thumbs up:: )

    Okay so im in a band and we play cover songs from classical rock era mostly ( pink floyd, dire straits, cream etc.) the thing is we are an acoustic band (two man) but decided on getting a synthesizer ( id like to thank Ric Wright for that) into the line up. so we are getting another guitarist and the other half of my plan includes getting a soft synth ( alchemy, komplete 6 from an uncle who is into production) and buying a controller for the soft synth.

    So basically my question to you at this point is should i get the ctk5000 as a controller ( can i even use it as a controller? through the usb?). Also i was wondering if i have other options. my budget is 10k for the controller (im guessing the price of ctk5000 must have come down now that ctk7000 is out).

    Just in case i want to add that the kind of songs im looking to play are similar to echoes by floyd and the likes and i understand i can play them only on a synth ( i cant afford a synth).

    Also i would be glad if you could direct me towards sites which could give me the synth settings for those sounds im looking for.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      The CTK-5000 can indeed be used as a controller. It shows up as a MIDI In/Out device in Windows and integrates seamlessly with pretty much all music product software. However, the only controller event it sends are Note information with Velocity and Pitch wheel. Even the CTK-3000 does exactly that.

      However for really expressive synth sounds, you need a sound generator (a soft-synth) and triggers for pitch, modulation, expression, portamento, sustain and master volume.

      While soft-synths are plenty and many of them free (for ex: Independence Free), you will need a fast computer (as recommended by your soft-synth maker) and a MIDI Controller. IMHO, you are better off investing in a full-range budget controller such as from CME and MAudio. In a cinch, you can also consider the Korg Nano Keys/Controller.

      A friend of mine has a CME V5 and cost him around Rs. 8K. The keyboard features semi-weighted keys and more buttons/knobs/sliders than you have fingers. Unfortunately, due to abuse by persons unknown, the keyboard got damaged (weak build quality?). I have tried the MAudio KeyRig MIDI keyboard and I can confirm that they are priced less than Rs. 10K and offer great build quality. The keyrig series comes with a pitch wheel, mod wheel and volume slider. These keyboards are sold in India at a premium, so look for the first opportunity when you can import them into India via carry-in.

      The price of the CTK-5000 has not dropped at all after the launch of CTK-6000 and CTK-7000. Both the new launches are priced higher than CTK-5000, hence it is not a case of replacement.

      HTH

  231. Harish says:

    Hey Rajib

    Thanks for the advice man, really helpful however im a little confused over one thing the ctk 3000 does exactly what those controllers you suggested ( especially the one by m audio the Key rig midi keyboard) would do except for the modulation wheel. so my question is for the same price you are getting pretty much the same thing plus inbuilt speakers so why go for the controller cause it would make sense if it had more knobs or was priced significantly lower which is not the case w.r.t m audio key rig, the high end computer and soft synths wont be an issue. but importing stuff is a problem.

    also if you have a link for the cme v.5 it would be nice i couldnt really find one online, and any idea where i can get the controllers in hyd ( deducing from the thread i realize your from hyd too)

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      MIDI controllers are generally built with superior build quality and computer control in mind. In fact, the cheapest keyboard you can find that features semi-weighted keys is the Casio Digital Piano and it not only costs twice as much as a MAudio Keyrig, it does not have a mod-wheel either.

      Since you are going to depend a lot on soft-synths, it makes sense for you to go in for a MIDI controller instead of a mediocre portable keyboard for use by enthusiasts.

      If you ask at Scorpious or Servotronics, you should be able to source a MIDI controller without paying too much premium. There’s also another music shop at Secunderabad (opp Taj Mahal Hotel that is besides Manju theatre) where I had spotted a MAudio controller. There’s also a music shop over Vivilash Photo (begining of Road No. 2, Banjara Hills).

      HTH

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      Check the online store of Bajaao, plenty of MIDI controllers are available.

      Also, Raj Musicals.

      HTH

  232. Harish says:

    Thanks a lot man that really really helped. 49key must be enough no?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      49 Keys should get you started quite well. After all, a MIDI controller is not a typical portable keyboard where you hold the rhythm-chords with the left and play with right.
      With a MIDI controller, most of your time will spent on software, designing the sounds, loops and effects that will be triggered by keys.

      Regards

  233. Harish says:

    HI rajib

    I finally ended up buying the ctk 3000, i decided i wanted to learn the piano as well so i needed 61 keys and the cheapest option was the ctk 3000. I’ve decided that if my needs out grow the ctk3000 as a r(any idea on how i go about connecting my keyboard to multimedia speakers? it doesnt seem to have a 3.5mm jack) I will go for the m audio oxygen 61 ( probably after a year or 2) if the market stays as it is (long shot i know as something new is bound to be released). I am really thankful for your advice helped a lot more than it shows in my decision to buy the ctk3000.

    Regards

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Harish,

      I wish all the best in your future ‘musical’ endeavors. Here’s looking forward to your buying the M-Audio 61-key MIDI keyboard!
      BTW, do update us on where you bought the CTK-3000 and for how much.

      Regards

  234. Harish says:

    Dear Rajib

    I bought my ctk3000 for 7100 rs. at full volume the store on road no.3 (Banjara hills). they also had an M-audio 49 keyrig which costs 9400 rs. and the 49key M audio oxygen was pegged at 12,000.

    Regards

  235. jalaj jain says:

    dear rajib sir,
    can you please tell me the prices of PSR E423 PSR I425 in your city.
    and also i wanted to ask that can we have custom voices and styles in e423 as it has 1.8mb storage.
    jalaj

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Jalaj,

      You will have to call the stores in my city (Hyderabad) to find out the current prices of the products you are interested. Some store contacts details are mentioned in my CTK-7000 articles.

      The PSR E423 allows loading of custom styles. Custom voices is a feature that only keyboards with Sampling or User ROM allow (high-end).

      The Yamaha Survival Kit is an accessory bundle that includes a spare power adapter, foot-switch (to change banks, patches, sustain), additional warranty, discount coupons and headphones.

      HTH

  236. jalaj jain says:

    also tell something about survival kit and its price.
    jalaj

  237. jalaj jain says:

    thanks sir

  238. Tarun says:

    Rajibda,
    Is CTK 5000 is better than 810IN compare to Indian tones and styles.
    Plz suggest.

    Regards.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      In a nutshell, yes the CTK-5000 is better than the CTK-810IN. The CTK-5000 features AHL sound-source which imparts a greater sense of realism to the Indian tones.

      HTH

  239. BHOLA says:

    D/Rajib da

    I have 3 keyboards in my mind
    1. Yamaha psr s500B
    2. Roland E09
    3. Casio CTK 7000.
    Kindly suggest me which one should I go for buy?

    many rgds
    Bhola

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Bhola,

      You have not mentioned your budget or your purpose.
      The Yamaha PSR-S500B is a great all-purpose keyboard featuring some great natural sounds, tone-editing and recording capabilities. It is quite suitable for playing western and Indian music but not so suitable for playing electronic/trance/house kind of music. It is also the most expensive of the lot.
      The Roland E-09 is a synthesizer with a very respectable collection of sounds, synthesizer functions and recording abilities. This is a great keyboard for western music (all genres). Indian tones on this keyboard are limited and Indian rhythms are non-existent.
      The Casio CTK-7000 is the newest of the lot, featuring some great Indian and western natural tones. It also includes tone editing, sound recording and track recording capabilities. It is the most economical of the lot.

      HTH

  240. Sunil says:

    Dear Rajib,

    My 10 year old son is playing Yamaha PSR-275 fm last 5 years. He has also started giving ABRSM exams. I would like to gift a new upgraded keyboard.
    Please suggest.

    P.S> I have no knowledge about music

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sunil,

      Thank you for writing to me. I would like you to take a few moments and consider the situation holistically rather than just asking for a brand-model-price.
      Your child is already comfortable with a fairly advanced keyboard (the Yamaha PSR-275) and is practicing music in a more disciplined way. ABRSM exams will give him the knowledge to take up music as a profession (if he choses to) or retain music as something he loves for the rest of his life.

      If you son is inclined more towards completing a diploma in ABRSM, then eventually you will need a keyboard that has a piano like feel. In the budget range, such pianos are available from Casio (Privia range). These contain semi-weighted keys (lead weights attached to underside of keys) and provide the heavy feel of actual piano keys. After this, you have Graded-Hammer-Action keyboards from Yamaha. These not only have weights attached to the keys, the bass keys (lower octaves) feel heavier than the higher one, since on a real piano a heavier hammer is required to hit the bass strings and lighter hammers for the treble strings. After this, you have the fully-weighted-keys from Yamaha, Roland, Korg among others. These keyboards are 8 octave keyboards (88 keys), have the same key mechanism as a real-piano and will burden you with actual physical weight and cost. If considering a full-electronic piano, you may even consider a physical Upright piano. The overall feel is better but maintenance is high and it is not always the most convenient device.

      If your son is more inclined towards creating music, he is more likely to finish the music lessons with emphasis on theory rather than actual concert-quality-pianist-playback-expertise. In such a case, he needs an Arranger keyboard or a synthesizer keyboard. Casio, Yamaha, Roland, Korg – Arranger & Synthesizer keyboards are available in India. Other lesser known brands include Alesis, Kawai, Fatar Kurzweil etc. Arranger keyboards have a massive library of sounds and allow the musician to compose and record tracks entirely on the keyboard with little reliance on other devices. Synthesizer keyboards have electronics that allow the creation of new sounds. Most synthesizer keyboards feature very decent arranger capabilities; quite often exceeding the capabilities of the ‘Arranger’ keyboards.

      Please check out:
      – Upgraded Portable Keyboards from Casio (CTK-5000), Yamaha (PSR-E323/423) = Rs. 12K – 16K
      – High-end Portable Keyboards from Casio (CTK-6000/7000), Yamaha (PSR-I425) = Rs.16K – 22K
      – Digital Pianos from Casio (Privia series) and Yamaha (Piaggero series, Portable Grand series) = Rs. 21K – 30K
      – Mid-range Arranger keyboards from Yamaha (PSR-550B), Roland (E-09), Korg (PA-50SD) = Rs. 25K – 55K

      HTH

  241. Aman says:

    Hi Rajib Ghosh and thanks a lot for helping everyone!

    Since 5-6days i m asking everyone on internet about electronic keyboards but didn’t got satisfying answers.

    1> I have fl studio{DAW} with piano,violin,drums,guitar plugins{VST}.
    2> I can play those VST with my computer keyboard but i think my keyboard is not able to play all keys in some of these VST bcoz of limited keys.
    3> So i thought i would buy a electronic keyboard{61keys} and connect it to the computer and play those vst.{I also want to play piano on new electric keyboard}
    4> My budget was 7000 than somehow i stretched it to 12000 under confusion over m audio controller.

    The questions

    1> Later someone told me that u cannot use it{casio ctk 4000 or 2100} as a USB midi controller.Is that true?

    2> Which model and brand u would suggest me from these?
    a> PSR e313 OR PSR E323 {will they work as midi controller?}
    OR casio
    b> ctk 2100 CTK 3000 CTK 4000 {will they work as midi controller?}

    3> Will ctk4000 or ctk 2100 will work as a midi controller or not? they have USB TYPE B.If not then should i buy m audio midi controller?
    m audio MIDI controller 49keys/61keys{9000 to 13000Rs}
    Are there any cheaper midi controllers available?

    4> If these casio and yamaha keyboard can work as midi controllers than y people buyes m audio midi controller?I mean u get a piano as well as a midi controller in casio and yamaha then y to buy just a midi controller without a speaker?

    5> Difference between Workstation and Standard keyboard?

    I want to compose my own music for my songs in the future.
    plz help me i know the question is too much confusing.
    If u can’t answer all of these then plz answer the question no 3> only.

    THanks a lot for reading and have a nice day.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aman,

      Don’t despair. The Casio CTK-2100 and greater models support MIDI In/Out via USB. The Yamaha PSR keyboards featuring USB too support MIDI In/Out.
      What this means for you is that you can very well use these devices to generate note events for your favorite DAW. As proof, you can check out the few CTK-4000 demo sounds on my blog. Some of these were recorded on the computer using USB-MIDI (detailed description of setup included in post/comments).

      Very recently I have posted detailed comments on topics such as Portable Keyboard vs. MIDI Controller, Standard Keyboard vs. Workstation keyboard etc. I would like it very much if you hunt these topics down in the comments. Perhaps I will extract these comments and make them into their own posts so that people can find the info more easily.

      HTH

  242. Aman says:

    Hi once again
    I m going to buy either a keyboard or a MIDI controller as i have waited a lot and cannot wait anymore.So plz reply before 7th april 11am if u can.
    Thanks and have a nice day.

  243. Aman says:

    Hi and thanks a lot for reply.
    I referred to the comments on ur blog and got much more valuable information.But now there is only 1 question i m not able to understand.

    Y would someone buy a M Audio midi controller{without speakers and no sound of it’s own and very expensive} instead of a Yamaha or casio Keyboard as they work as midi controller too.
    I mean does MIDI controllers provide some extra benifit over normal keyboard controllers?

    I really didn’t got this Portable Keyboard vs. MIDI Controller in the comments.

    Thanks a lot and have a nice day!

  244. Oscar says:

    hi, im interested in a keyboard but for using it mostly for composition in the pc with the usb port, i have seen the ctk 5000 and the ctk 6000 but i don’t know what to choose and i don’t want to spend more that 200 dollars in it.Which one would be the best choice for me? or can u recommend another cheap keyboard with usb port ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Oscar,

      If your requirement is only MIDI data via USB port, you can opt for the CTK-3000. Not only it will generate keystroke data, it can also generate Pitch bend data. You can add in the modulation data easily with a mouse.

      The CTK-6000 features everything that the CTK-5000 has and more.

      If you opt for a MIDI controller only (for ex: M-Audio Keyrig), you will get a keyboard with sliders, wheels and dials but sound generation has to be done by your computer’s sound card.

      HTH

  245. Dear Roy says:

    Got a mini keyboard guide>

    http://www.keyboardforums.com/buying-keyboard-f85.html

    Hope this would be useful….

    Thnks.

  246. Tarun says:

    Rajibda,
    I bought CTK 5000 yesterday. Your blog help much to take the decision. Thank you.
    Tarun

  247. Mumtaz Khan says:

    Hi Rajib

    Great Review. I am going with the PSR I425 but cannot find any store here in USA. I believe this particular version is sold by Yamaha India. How can one buy it in US? Thanks

    MK

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mumtaz,

      The Yamaha PSR-I425 is a model customized for and sold in Indian sub-continent. In the USA, the equivalent model is the PSR E-423. The differences of the two models are in the few Indian sounds and rhythms that are available on the PSR-I425.

      If the lack of Indian sounds on the E-423 is a deal-breaker, you can also consider the Casio CTK-6000/7000.

      Check out the Casio keyboards here:
      Casio CTK 6000
      Casio CTK 7000

      HTH

  248. Raveendra says:

    Hi,

    This i am a beginner for learning keyboard. Planning to buy one, can you suggest me which one is the best for a beginner?

    I just collected information from a music store near by, they were suggesting CTK 5000, instead of yamaha. For CTK5000 they were telling price to be 13k with stand, bag and adapter. Is it the best price ? I am not sure about the exact price. Can you suggest any good shop in hyderabad, where i can get it for a good deal, if any one knows.. ?

    Regards,
    Raveendra

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Raveendra,

      The price of 13K for CTK-5000 incl. adaptor, bag and stand is a very good price. My article on the Casio CTK-7000 on my blog lists a few shops in Hyderabad who offer good price.

      HTH

  249. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib/ Mr. Raveendra

    I purchased CTK5000 in the month of October 2010 in Kolkata @ Rs. 12,200. The shop-owner told me that the Adapter and original Casio Bag are bundled along with the keyboard by Casio itself and the same is Rs. 11,500. The ‘X’ – type imported stand came at Rs. 700.

    Rgds,

  250. deeepu says:

    Hi, Rajib
    I want to buy psr I425 primarily for its India sounds. I would like to have Harmonium, piano, sitar and sarangi. I came to know that sarangi is not there in psr I425. Please tell me if there is any other instrument, particularly of roland, which has all these sounds. Also please give an opinion on the quality of all these Indian voices mentioned.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Deepu,

      Not too many synthesizer makers focus on Indian sounds. The Yamaha PSR-I425 was designed specifically for the Indian market and features a few Indian tones.
      While I do not have much idea of the Roland keyboards (perhaps you can download the user manual of the keyboard of your choice from Roland’s website and check if the keyboard contains the Indian tones you need), I can confirm that the Casio CTK-7000 indeed has the Sarangi tone.

      As far as the quality of the Sarangi tone is concerned, I am sorry to report that it does not have the ‘pain’ that I have heard in Sarangi performances in Doordarshan. It is sufficient to emulate short Sarangi segments, but to get the real performance out of the tone, you will need to edit the tone a bit and play very deftly with the pitch-wheel.

      A Portamento effect option is very useful when playing Indian tones; unfortunately the Casio keyboards do not feature it.

      HTH

  251. deeepu says:

    Sorry it should be “Indian” in the first line.

  252. soumojit sarkar says:

    Hi Rajib Da
    I dont want to bore you by saying many words. Pls help me to choose a keyboard from these models like YAMAHA PSR E-323, 423 & Some Roland model having same or higher quality of these two yamaha keyboards, i am a guitar player but wants to get knowledged for playing keyboards, i luv the piano sound (grand, acoustic & eletric). so i want to buy it. also informed me if you have some Roland models on the budget of Rs.15000 to Rs.16000 in used. as i dont have much knowledge on Roland models so i need your help in this regards. my preference is for Roland but budget is not permitting me, so again i wan to state that if you have some Roalnd keyboards in your palm then pls reply soon.

    Regards
    Soumojit

  253. izhan says:

    hello people i am a older commenter here

    i also previously asked rajib ,
    which to buy between ctk5000 and yamaha psr e 423

    after much searching i gone with yamaha psr e 423

    i visit this website today to help any one if i could
    i saw most of the people asking costs
    for any one want to know the prices in INDIA , ANDHRA PRADESH (state) ,guntur city

    The Prices are as follows

    casio ctk5000 (11,500) + Ordinary ‘X’ stand + casio charger = 12,200 rupees is final price

    yamaha (16,490)+ Ordinary ‘X’ stand +Yamaha charger = 17,200

  254. soumojit sarkar says:

    hi izhan

    thanks 4 ur help & i will b more happy if u give me some contacts who wants to sell there Roalnd keyboard between range of Rs.15000 to Rs.17000 in used with good in condition.

    pls reply soon it just urgent to me.

    also i am asking to everyone who r the users of this blog, if u have some Roland keyboard in used in the above range then pls reply to me.

    Regards
    soumojit

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Soumojit,

      For your budget, you maybe able to source a used Roland E-09 Arranger keyboard. However this blog may not be the best place to source a deal.
      For that, I suggest you try CraigsList / Sulekha / Quickr.

      HTH

  255. Soumojit says:

    thanks Rajib da for ur reply. i will try it.

  256. Paul D R says:

    Hi Rajib,
    I have a very high inclination towards learning Keyboard.. I wanna play songs in the church but based on ur inputs in the previous comments i have a perception that i425 suits only Indian Filmy or Indian Tones..Am i right in my thoughts or……………..plz suggest.. Im confused like others if i have to opt i425 or CTK5000…

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Paul,

      The Yamaha PSR I-425 is a unique model in the Yamaha model to feature a few Indian tones and styles. That does not mean it does not have western tones though. It is primarily built for Western music playback and features rich Piano, Organs, Guitar and Sax sounds. The nearest equivalent of I-425 (without Indian sounds) is the E-423.

      HTH

  257. somesh says:

    Rajib

    I have a Casio CTK 810in. How do get it to play Indian rythms and tones that are not built into the instrument. Also, recently i saw a Youtube video of a fellow playing a Hindi Film Song with a Karaoke track, playing it seems, through the instrument. How is it possible to do this? Is it possble to record rythms from Hindi Film Songs, create a loop and have it play through the keyboard.
    Appreciate any kind of help.+

    SRD

  258. shalu goel says:

    Hi Rajib, I am in my early thirties and very new to the world of music. I have recently started taking keyboard lessons from a music school nearby. I feel its my first step towards getting to know music and form a connection with it. I need to purchase a keyboard which i can use to practice the lessons taught to me and which is not kiddish at the same time and allows me to experiment and learn exciting stuff as i continue with classes. From reading ur posts it looks like casio ctk 2100/3000 or yamaha psr 213/313 should be ok for me? or should i go for higher end versions such as casio ctk 5000/ yamaha psr i425? my music teacher gave me a choice of three models yamaha psr i425, 403, 404. Budget is not a constraint and i want to make a practical & sensible purchase not knowing how far will i go along. Pls advice.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Shalu,

      My recommendation is made simple by the fact that you are making the decision for yourself and budget is less of a concern!

      If you are kicked about learning music and see yourself eventually progressing to higher levels, I would suggest that you invest in a keyboard with good quality sounds and track recording facility. A wide range of sounds will keep your interest alive and features such as track-recording and other effects will allow you to explore music beyond what is being taught in the classes.

      Over a period of time, if you discover that you are inclined towards Piano playback, you may consider investing either in an electronic Piano or a keyboard with hammer-action feature. For now, a keyboard with enough buttons and lights on the front panel is probably the order of the day!

      I would recommend either the CTK-5000 (Rs. 12.5K) or the CTK-6000 (Rs. 16K) in the Casio lineup. In the Yamaha lineup, there’s just PSR I-425 (Rs. 16.5K) that you need to consider. If you have the budget, you can also consider the Casio CTK-7000 (Rs. 22K) or the Roland E09 (Rs. 26K).

      Some feel that Casio keys do not have the same robust feel as Yamaha keys and neither do the Casio sounds have the depth to them as Yamaha. Personally I feel both the points are incorrect. In a quick test, I found that the Casio CTK-5000 and the Yamaha PSR-I425 felt as if they were manufactured by the same manufacturer. While the Casio clearly excelled in sound quality of natural instruments, the Yamaha won in sound quality of synthesized instruments.

      In conclusion, the choice of brand is left to you and I feel you should get hands on experience on both keyboard brands before making the decision.

      HTH

  259. shalu goel says:

    Thanks Rajib for a very prompt and detailed reply. I plan to check out both casio ctk 5000 and yamaha psr i425 model this week and make the purchase subsequently. want to thank you again for freely sharing ur knowledge and time with a community of total strangers 🙂
    Regards
    Shalu

  260. K.Jayaraman says:

    Dear Shalu Goel, I am beginner and have CTK-5000 after seeing many comments in this thread. I have also seen the demonstration of both keyboards in the showroom. Even though both are having different functions and monopoly in some features, I feel Yamaha I-425 is better in Indian Sounds and touch sensitive. My suggestion is you prefer for Yamaha I-425.

  261. shalu goel says:

    Thanks Mr K jayaraman for leaving the comment. Since i am a total beginner and have no interaction with music before, should i rather buy even modest keyboard such as casio ctk 3000 or yamaha equivalent? will i be able to use advanced features these high end keyboards sucha s casio ctk 5000 or yamaha psr I 425 have to offer? at this stage i am not even sure how musically inclined i am. someone suggested that at this stage a keyboard in the range of 6 -7 K would suffice my need and i can upgrade later as i go along. so getting really confused. since u r a beginner too, pls throw somelight from ur experience if u can…
    Thanks
    Shalu

  262. K.Jayaraman says:

    Dear Shalu Goel, Learning Keyboard/Piano in western style is better than karnatic style because in western style there are chords played in left hand and melody played in right hand. But in karnatic style only melody is played in right hand. You can feel the difference while practically hearing the music. For practicing in Western Style (with chords) Touch Response keyboard is very much necessary. So you go for middle models i.e. Yamaha I425/CTK5000 with touch response. In Casio there is CTK-496 is an old model with 5 octave and 200 tones and without touch response is also there for around Rs.5000/-. This is one time investment and you are very much interested in learning the Keyboard you go for Yamaha I425 instead of models for 6-7 K. While upgrading it is difficult to sell the old Keyboard for better price also. You will be getting the quality for the amount you invested. Best of luck. In Chennai the price for Yamaha I425 with adopter and X-stand is around 15 to 16.5K.

  263. shalu goel says:

    Thanks Mr K jayaraman again for leaving the response to my query. what you explained regarding karnatic style learning and western style learning seems like one crucial point in deciding which keyboard to purchase. thanks again.

  264. varun oza says:

    hello rajib sir,
    u have been a great help to lots of us. i mean u are just awsum man…..
    i am in great confusion.plz help.
    i am planning to buy a casio ctk-5000 and when i checked features of ctk-6000 it states that it has bass reflex sound what does it mean..i am not intrested in other features like tone editor and all that as i am a beginer….. and one more thing what are dsp’s ???
    and can i use ctk-5000 to perform on stage if ever i master it?????
    or i would need to buy a another advanced keyboard later???

    thanku,varun

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Varun,

      The speakers on Casio CTK-6000/7000 are Bass-Reflex type. Such speakers produce terrific bass along with midrange. When compared to the CTK-5000, the sound on the CTK-6000 definitely has a greater punch but it is not comparable to connecting a cheap Logitech/Creative 2.1 speaker system to the keyboard. With such speakers (2 speakers + 1 subwoofer) the sound is even better.

      The Tone Editor is an interesting feature for advanced users who want to customize the sound a little. For example you may want the Violin sound to build up more slowly or the Piano sound to continue a little more after you have left the keys.

      DSP stands for Digital Signal Processing. It is an effect generator. Using DSP it is possible to add effects like Reverb, Stereo Chorus, Phaser, Flanger etc. to the sound. The CTK-6000/7000 have a higher number of DSP effects than the CTK-5000 (reverb and chorus only) but not comparable to what a full-synthesizer like the Roland E-06/Korg PA-50 offer.

      For an absolute beginner, Tone Editor or DSP are of little use. Stage performers might make some use of it. Recording artists will probably benefit the most.

      The CTK-5000 is a very powerful keyboard and very well suited for stage performance.

      HTH

  265. K.Jayaraman says:

    Your selection i.e. CTK6000 or CTK5000 is good choice. Please check the features before purchasing the Keyboard. There are features like Auto Harmonize / Arpegiator / Auto Accompaniment etc. in the high end keyboards. While you play the notes on the keyboard, the keyboard acts as an orchestra by adding harmony to the notes you play and similar advanced activities etc. and makes the keyboard playing activity as interesting. These features are good in Yamaha I425 and compare with CTK6000/CTK5000 physically while purchasing the keyboard in the showroom.

  266. varun oza says:

    @ rajib sir

    thanks a lot for such an early reply with an detailed solution of my confusion……….
    u are jus awsum man…….
    i would definately look to buy a casio ctk-5000….
    but one more query what are reverbs and chorus that ctk-5000 provides????
    and if u can plz guide me for my following data:
    i have a 31 key casio keyboard since a long time and now i am able to set any song in it but problem is i know only playing with one hand nor i have any knowledge of chords…..
    so after buying how whould i learn the chords and master it????
    should i purchase any self learning book and one more thing i am not intrested in doing any music classes…..i would definately learn more by self practice than any classes…….
    thanks,
    varun.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Varun,

      The Casio CTK-5000 provides 3 levels of Reverb and Chorus effects which make the sound rich and they sound as if you are performing in an arena.
      You will definitely learn to play with both hands and also read/write in musical notation. I would strongly suggest that you go for basic music classes.
      If you want to learn on your own, there are lots of video tutorials on Youtube. You can also download PDF versions of books that teach you basic keyboard playing. You maybe able to locate Computer Based Tutorials that teach keyboard playing.

      HTH

  267. varun oza says:

    @ K.Jayaraman

    thanks sir for your informative guidance…..
    i appreciate ur help…….

  268. Megha says:

    My Casio sir recommended PSR-i425.But after reading this artical ,as it says This Casio has no chords feature which is very important .i am very confused which one i should buy. and as my casio sir teaches me both western and classical. Please help me out!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Megha,

      If you are learning the keyboard and wish to proceed to advance levels of keyboard playing (stage performer quality), you should invest in either a Yamaha PSR-I425 or Casio CTK-6000. If budget is an issue, you can also consider investing in Yamaha PSR-E423 or E323 or Casio CTK-5000.

      At these budgets (Rs. 10K+), these keyboards are quite feature packed and you don’t have to worry about basic features such as Chords (auto accompaniment) being absent.

      HTH

  269. Megha says:

    Sorry! i mean to say that yamaha’s psr i425 has no chords feature & that is very important.

    Waiting eagerly for the reply
    Megha

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Megha,

      The PSR-I425 certainly has chords feature. From single-finger to full-fingers, the keyboard recognizes a broad range of chord settings and blends them in fantastically with the style (rhythm).

      HTH

  270. Megha says:

    Thanx for the help but which is the best model.My budge is 10-20k

    waiting for the reply
    Megha

  271. Megha says:

    What would be the weight of psr i 425

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Megha,

      The PSR-I425 weighs approx. 7 KGs.
      w.r.t. which is the best keyboard, it is not possible for me to answer that, because the best keyboard for you will depend on your requirements and preferences.

      HTH

  272. varun oza says:

    thnx for above guidance,…..
    But i m really intrested in learning piano….so i m only intrested in only features required for piano playing…so can u suggest any other model in 10-15 k or should i go with ctk-5000 ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Varun,

      If you are inclined towards piano playing, then do not consider these portable keyboards or synthesizer machines.

      Consider the Yamaha Portable Grand, Yamaha P Series or the Casio Digital Pianos. These machines start at 20K. They feature semi-weighted/weighted/graded-hammer-action keys for the actual piano feel. These machines also come with connectors for Sustain Pedal, Damper etc.

      HTH

  273. varun oza says:

    thanx rajib sir…
    u r so quick….
    Thnx a lot

  274. Megha says:

    Thanx sir ,
    I am learning Keyboard for last 3-4 years,& i am thinking to buy yamaha psr i425.

    Pls guide me

    Megha

  275. sampath kumar says:

    When I go thru the reviews above it is very useful information to all the music lovers especially keyboard players. Iam also a keyboard and jazz player using keyboard Casio CT670 and Yamaha Psr i425.In Psr i425 its a excellent keyboard and sounds like sitar really marvelous. i need a help from you pl..how to do use registration memory ie 8 banks for changing different voices while playing when needed..I observed the registration memory it tooks lenghy operation for change over the voices in banks.. please guide if any body have idea on this for comfortable usage

    thanks and regards

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sampath,

      Changing registration banks is generally a speedy process on most keyboards. You are required to program the banks in such a way that the instrument-style combinations you need, reside in the same bank. Thus you can change the settings with a single press.

      For ex: on my Casio CTK 7000, registration memory is organized in 16 banks of 6 memories each (96 setups). There is a Bank button that lets me switch between banks and 6 buttons that let me access the 6 setups under that bank with a single press. This way, switching between the setups within a bank is a single keypress, while switching between the banks requires either multiple presses of the bank button or use the Jog-dial or the plus-minus keys.

      HTH

  276. Murugesan Srinivasan says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib

    I planning to buy a key board for my daughter 6 years old. advise me which one is good. Budjet will not be a issue.

    EXPECTING YOUR REPLY AT THE EARLIEST.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Murugesan,

      I will advise a Casio CTK-2100 for your daughter. It has enough sounds and features to keep her learning and entertained for a few years. When she has matured quite a bit musically, you can consider buying her a keyboard with more advanced features.

      I am of the opinion that if you buy a high-end keyboard now, most of it’s high-end features will remain un-utilized for a few years to come.

      HTH

  277. Murugesan Srinivasan says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib

    When i gone through all the above conversation looks getting the informations from you is extrodinary and makes clear.

    Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

    Regards

    Murugesan S

  278. mohit says:

    hey can i use CTK 5000 for fl studio,reason,logic pro??? n all.as midi keybord??.is it a good keybrd.if nt then suggest me a better 1 within 10k/12k range!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mohit,

      The sounds in Fl Studio/Reason arae generated using soft-synths and are controlled by lots of virtual knobs. You will not find any such physical knobs on the CTK-5000 to map to the virtual knobs. While the CTK-3000/4000/5000 can be used to enter notes, you will have to edit the sounds parameters manually in software. In fact you maybe able to use the cheap CTK-2100 for the purpose of entering notes too (someone please try and confirm this!).

      You are better off buying a quality MIDI controller from M-Audio or a cheap controller from CME. It will give you the tweak-ability essential for operating soft-synths.

      HTH

  279. Sabbir Iquebal says:

    Respected Rajib Sir,

    I want to buy a new casio ctk 5000. Please guide me by replying the followings :
    1) Is it helpful to connect an external speaker to reduce pressure from its own speaker ?
    2) My location is Bolpur (Santiniketan), Birbhum. Which will be the best place to buy it in lowest price & maximum warranty ?
    3) Which adapter & cover should I take ?

    Waiting eagerly for your response…

    Regards,
    – Sabbir

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sabbir,

      The CTK-5000 has small speakers which are great for playing for yourself or a small group. To play for a larger group of people or to play louder, it is recommended that you attach amplified speakers.

      The rule of thumb is that if at 85% volume setting your audience is not able to hear clearly, you need external amplified speakers. In general, I recommend that you do not exceed 75% volume level. Playing the speakers at loud volumes continuously can cause permanent damage to them.

      Also if you connect a 2.1 speaker system (2 speaker system with sub-woofer), you will see that the CTK-5000 sound is very rich and very different from what comes out of it’s internal speakers.

      For a long time, Fancy Market at Khidirpur (Kolkata) was the favorite place for musicians all over the country to buy electronic musical instruments. Kolkata is rich in music culture (Bolpur is a major part of that) and it is quite easy to buy musical instruments in Kolkata. I would suggest that you obtain the phone numbers of musical instrument sellers from JustDial or other Yellow Page services and call of them to obtain a telephonic quotation. After that you can decide from where you want to buy it.

      The CTK-5000 should come with it’s own adapter. If it does not, you can either buy an original Casio adapter or a compatible one. If buying a compatible adapter, make sure that the output voltage is exactly 12V. Don’t listen to dealer explanations that the voltage will become alright once the adapter is connected to the keyboard. I have measured the voltages of original adapters and all of them deliver the exact voltage that is required, whether the equipment is connected or not.

      w.r.t. cover, if you intend to travel, then you will need a hard-case. Or a soft plastic cover will do. A note of warning: red ants seem to love the rubber used in Casio keyboards and it is recommended that you keep checking the keyboard from time to time for ant damage.

      Regards

  280. Pius C.J. says:

    Dear Mr. Sabbir

    I have purchased CTK 5000 6 month ago for my child and me. I am 90% satisfied. One problem is that, while we store a tone in registration memory it will store tone with rhythm. (it does not have freeze)
    Whenever we play a song with rhythm, we have to recall another tone stored in registration memory it will load a rhythm which is stored with that tone(may different). Another features are OK

    Pius C.J., Cochin, Kerala

  281. Sabbir Iquebal says:

    Thanks a lot….

    You are too caring…

    Grateful to you..

  282. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Sabbir Iquebal,

    Please note that Rabindra Sarani (Before Ezra Street) area near by Lal Bazaar is the main den in Kolkata for music instruments….. Visit there personally and you will find a lot of musical instrument shops are offering Casio CTK 5000 at around Rs. 11,500. Please visit minimum 3~4 shops for the best bargain and insist for original packing as well as bill and original stamped warranty card. The rate might be lower than what I have mentioned.

    If you want to invest in external speaker then go for good quality STRANGER 4 channel mixer cum monitor speaker where you can connect your Casio + two different instruments + one microphone for vocal. This won’t be very expensive and enough for live performance in small gathering of 50~60 persons as well as personal playing and practice sessions.

    Please note that I am sure that original Casio supplied new power chord and very good quality CASIO printed carry bag are included in the complete package…..

    Don’t accept anything less than these….

    Mr. Rajib, please advise.

    Rgds

  283. Sabbir Iquebal says:

    Thank You So Much Dear Roy..

  284. arun says:

    Hello Rajib,

    Wish to seek your advise.

    In Pune, only PSR e223(174$US) and e323(232$US) (in my budget) are available.

    I am aware that 323 is touch sensitive but 223 is not. Apart from that :

    (a) Is there any difference in sound quality. (I wonder how this can be subjective, unless it very little)
    (b) Is it possible to connect 223 to a computer to interface with music software tutorials?
    (c) Any key differences?

    I tried reading the manuals but they are quite boring. I wish an expert can tell me in a few lines in friendly language. Thanks.

    (I am a beginner but consious of sound quality. I just rejected Casio CTK 3000 because I did not like the quality of hardware; sound was not too great). It is available for 120$US.)

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arun,

      I will request you to not bother with the Yamaha PSR-E223/E323. For that price, you can opt for the excellent Casio CTK-4000. The range of sounds, depth and features are miles ahead of those Yamaha models.

      The Yamaha keyboard that I will consider as a Casio-beater is the Yamaha PSR-E423 / I425.

      All new Casio CTK series keyboards feature the USB port for Computer connectivity. The Yamaha PSR series keyboards feature it too. Just make sure that you are not being sold a keyboard with the older MIDI type connectors (go for USB). MIDI connectors are great for professional series keyboards for a royal-pain for desktop based computer music.

      HTH

  285. K.Jayaraman says:

    Arun, Eventhough CASIO Boards have good sound quality and you are too consious in sound quality, Yamaha I425 is the best choice or go for Korg (higher versions). Since it is one time investment go for higher versions. Cost of I425 is around 18K in Chennai (Board/Stand/Adaptor/Bag etc.).

  286. arun says:

    Hello Rajib / Jayaraman, Thanks for helping out. Since I am new to music it is entirely possible that it may just lie unused, hence want to limit by budget to about 10K.

    I liked the CTK 4000 with the little I know about it from youtube but will compare CTK 4000/PSR323 side-by-side this weekend and choose. Other things being equal, I will take the Yamaha for the reason that they make great bikes. (As a consumer I have the right to be irrational ;-))

    I have a few more doubts. Please help again :
    (a) As per PSR 323 manual “Make sure to purchase a Yamaha UX16 or a quality USB-MIDI interface” – Now, this “Yamaha UX16 USB MIDI Interface” costs 50$ on Amazon. Do I have to buy this to connect the PSR to my PC? What’s the advantage of the UX16 over a “quality USB-MIDI interface” for a beginner like me?
    I think the Casio USB-B cable is less than 5$. I guess the “quality USB-MIDI cable” will also be about the same.
    (b) Do I need a special sound card on my PC for this? My MOBO is Intel-DG41RQ which has an inbuilt “Realtek HD Audio”. Again all I want is to just get the PC softwares to be able to sense piano key pushes so that I can learn. – nothing fancy.
    (c) I assume I can connect my normal headphones to these keyboards using a small connecter which will cost a few hundred Rs. at most.
    (d) Should I buy the original Yamaha/Casio adapter for say 500-700 or will the ordinary 300-400 be good enough? Whats the risk?

    Thanks guys !

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arun,

      If the Yamaha PSR E323 only features the older DIN type connector (5 pins in round connector), then you will need a MIDI_DIN-to-USB or MIDI_DIN-to-GamePort convertor.

      The MIDI_DIN-to-GamePort convertor can be used if you are using an external sound card and it has a game-port. The MIDI_DIN-to-USB is preferable due to it’s speed. About 15 years back, when I used the ProAudioSpectrum DIN-to-Game convertor, the MIDI data transmission used to stop if the musician played very rapidly.

      Note that the Yamaha keyboards are compatible with any MIDI-to-USB convertor; you do not have to buy Yamaha brand necessarily. These interfaces only carry MIDI Note/Event data and not the actual sound; so any MIDI-USB interface should be sufficient.

      Another option is a Mixer from M-Audio. These not only take microphone-input, they also take MIDI input/output and connect to the computer over USB.

      To receive ordinary MIDI data over USB, any computer-any sound card will do. In fact, you do not even need a sound-card. The keyboard will act as the MIDI input/output device. Notes played on the keyboard will be recorded on the computer in their sequence. When playing back on the computer, the notes information will be sent to the keyboard and the keyboard will generate the sounds as instructed.

      While the onboard sound-cards are pretty good these days and they are great for Line-in Audio Recording, if you ware interested in recording using a Microphone, you may consider an additional sound-card like the one Creative makes.

      Most keyboards use a 6.3mm Phono type headphone connector, while headphones increasingly use the 3.5mm stereo pin. You can buy a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor from the market to connect the headphone to the keyboard. MX makes good quality connnectors and they are sold for Rs. 50/-

      You can use any adaptor with the Yamaha, subject to a few conditions:
      1. The adaptor must supply the correct output voltage at all times. If the keyboard requires 12V, then 12V it is. 11V or 13V will not do.
      2. Sufficinet current (amperes) should be provided by the adaptor. If less than necessary amps are supplied, the keyboard may switch itself off and on. You will also notice poor quality audio from the built-in speakers. I bought a 3rd party adaptor for my Casio CTK-4000. The keyboard requires 9V and the adaptor supplies over 13V. Hence I have stopped using the adaptor untill I can open it and instroduce a resistor or two to bring down the voltage. More current does not harm, more voltage is an electronics-killer.

      HTH

  287. K.Jayaraman says:

    Arun, Please go for a Orginal Adapter even if costlier also. Correct Voltage and Current is necessary for the trouble functioning of your Keyboard. You always purchase the Original Adapter where you have purchased the Keyboard.

  288. arun says:

    Hello again Guys, Thanks for all the detailed information.

    Today I tried both today at Pune – CTK4000(10,000 w/adapter) and PSR-e323 (11,200 w/adapter) side by side.

    Personally I found the sound quality of PSR about 20% better than CTK, though CTK was was also pretty good. Because I like their bikes, I prefer the PSR.

    BUT BUT BUT … PSR has only MIDI port and the cable sells for 3000+. Would a cheap MIDI-USB help? You get it for less than 5$ at Amazon; most reviews are positive, but not all. The Yamaha salesman warns of latency issues. Is it worth the risk? I dont mind losing the 5$, but dont want to be left with a keyboard without PC connectivity. Buying the cable at 3000+ is like paying ~14500 for PSR which is crap.
    In case you guys dont approve the cheap MIDI-USB cable, then
    F* the PSR; F* Yamaha; and F* their bikes also. – Its then CTK-4000 hurray !!!

    Please advise.

  289. arun says:

    I bought the CTK-4000 this evening for 9700/- from a reputed music shop at Pune. (including Casio adapter)

    I was lucky that a foreigner lady who happened to be shopping at the same time, was a piano expert and helped compare the PSR-E323 and the CTK-4000. She spent about 5 minutes playing both side by side and finally concluded that they are both are almost equally good – no major difference.

    I preferred the CTK mainly because the PSR does not have a USB port. Personally, I found the PSR slightly better in rhythem sound quality.

    Note that Casio warranty is 2 years. (Yamaha is 3)

    I have played with it for 2 hrs at home, and am glad that it has lived upto my expectations.

    Rajib : I must thank you a lot for the excellent information. I guess I owe you something for your consultancy. What would you like?

  290. Suhas says:

    Hi Rajib,

    First of all, thanks so much for all your help. I am planning to buy a decent keyboard. My budget is Rs. 10,000. So far I have learned and played classical music on harmonium. Hence I am looking for an Indian keyboard only. Actually I am new to electronic music; however, I do play Western style chords CDEFGAB, say as a medium level player.

    I do not want much of complex functionality, but what I am looking for is a really melodious sound (like a grand piano), Indian rhythms and accompaniments. I should be able to play songs along with Tabla (taals/ beats) playing in background. Ideally I should be able to reproduce a Brian Silas’ concert on my keyboard, that’s all I want.

    Could you please suggest any Casio as well as Yamaha models that suit my requirements, within Rs. 10,000? I would be purchasing it from Pune. Thanks.

  291. Suhas says:

    Well, I did a bit of research and found that:

    1. Yamaha will always sound better than Casio — I myself have experienced this and tone quality matters to me more than anything else.

    2. Yamaha will have less functionality than Casio for a same price range — Good for me! Mostly I’ll be solo-playing and nothing else. So at the most, I want 3.5 mm jack and may be a USB support. It’s okay if there is no recording functionality.

    3. Yamaha will be costlier than Casio — bad!

    So, if there is any basic Indian model in Yamaha within Rs. 10,000, it would be the best deal for me. Because having Indian tones and rhythms is a must for a me to play Hindi Filmi music.

    Please let me know of your valuable suggestions. Eagerly awaiting your reply!!!

    Thanks,
    Suhas

  292. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Suhas,

    First of all I would like to inform you that in general, keyboards are not categorised regionally like <> <>.

    Comapnies like Yamaha/ Casio/ Korg manufactures keyboards with some standard sound samples and rhythm samples but the quality of those samples may differ…. Now based on the priced range they add on more and more sound samples. So there is a possibility that in a higher priced keyboard you may find or you may program a large nos. of regional tones or rhythms. Just to compete in a specific market Yamaha and Casio are highlighting some models as the market specific models like CASIO-810IN, YAMAHA-I425, YAMAHA-PSROR700….But it is not that this is Indian or Oriental model. This types of specification are only for marketing.

    As you are impressed with Yamaha tone you have options of PSR-E223, PSR-E323, PSR-E333, PSR-E423, PSR-I425.

    For Casio you may have CTK-2100, CTK-3000, CTK-4000, CTK-5000.

    The highest price comes to PSR-I425 which is approx. Rs. 16500. Next is CTK-5000 which is Rs. 11500. Rest are within Rs. 11,000.

    If you want to purchase Keyboard with maximum Indian Tone or Rhythm you have 3 options. Yamaha PSR-I425 which is good in almost every field though the price is higher than your range. In Casio CTK-5000 you may find some Indian tones and Indian rhythms and some advanced feature compared to other Casio Keyboard. But if you want to create real Indian Music with less that Rs. 10,000.00 you should go for the 3rd option, i.e. Casio CTK-810IN (Rs. 9,500.00).

    With all due respect to your good self, I would like to suggest you to read the excellent review by Mr. Rajib and valuable feedback by various readers available in this blog before finalise your purchase.

    Mr. Rajib, please advise.

    Rgds,

  293. Suhas says:

    Hi Roy,

    Thank you so much for all this information! I am, in fact, not looking for maximum Indian tones, but for a lowest priced model in Yamaha having at least a few Indian tones; however simpler it may be in terms of functionality or so – doesn’t matter.

    It is clear that Casio-810IN would fit in my budget of up to Rs. 10,000. But the problem is: I really don’t like Casio tones (I’m sorry for that). Yamaha sounds way better to me and hence I want a Yamaha model only.

    Now, in Yamaha, is there any model within 10,000 that will have a few Indian tones and rhythms? As I said earlier, I should be able to play songs with rhythm (Tabla- taals/ beats) playing in background. Say, just a simple “Piano-Tabla” duet; nothing else!

    As you mentioned these models – PSR-E323, PSR-E333, PSR-E423 – do they have Indian rhythms like Tabla, as in CTK810IN?

    Or is it only PSR-I425, that has such Indian tones and rhythms? Then its price is out of my range… 🙁

    Please advice in this regard. Also, please guide if I’m wrong on “over-emphasizing” having Indian tones and rhythms.

    Thanks again for your help. Looking forward to your reply and also Mr. Rajib’s…

    Regards

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Suhas,

      If the keyboard you are considering has ‘GM Level 1’ (General MIDI) compatible sounds, it will feature a few Indian tones like Shehnai, Sitar. Unfortunately, there is no standard for ‘Styles / Rhythms’ and while the Casio CTK-4000 (and above) include a few Indian styles (teen taal, bhangra, bhajan …), there is no way to determine what styles are carried by the keyboard you are considering without visiting the manufacturer’s website, downloading the manual and going through the detailed specifications.

      Since I do not own a Yamaha keyboard, I will request my readers to comment here with their Yamaha Keyboard model no. and list of Indian tones and styles their keyboard features.

      HTH

  294. sash says:

    looking for good indian styles to be loaded on Roland E series

  295. Vrinda says:

    Hi! Rajib

    Went through your blog and appreciate your deep knowledge and passion for the keyboard.

    I have a PSR E323 and I am beginner into learning keyboards. I am looking for a Midi USB cable for my unit. Would you have any idea where it might be available in Navi Mumbai?

    Thanks

    Vrinda

  296. Suhas says:

    Hi Vrinda,

    If you don’t mind, can you please let me know when and for how much did you buy your PSR E323? Its price quoted on amazon is $160 (~8000 INR). However, here in Pune, a couple of shops told me it to be higher than 9500 INR! So, if it’s cheaper in Mumbai, I can buy it from there instead of Pune 🙂

    Also, do you have any idea if PSR E333 is available in India? It is the next version of E323 (just like E233 is that of E223).

    I would be much grateful for any help in this regard. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Regards

  297. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Suhas,

    If you want to have an idea of reasonable keyboard price in India, go for http://www.rajmusicals.in. I just want to share what I did for purchasing my keyboard..Got the price and included accessories’ idea from this website. Then went to local music shop and started bargaining Rs. 1000 less than the price of rajmusicals….Everytime got it within 300~500 less than rajmusicals……

    If you allow me 4-5 days time I can check the tones available in CTK5000 (Rs. 11,500) and PSRI425 (Rs. 16,500) and can submit in this blog….

    Mr. Rajib, Please advise.

    Rgds,

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Dear Roy,

      There seems to be quite a lot of queries regarding ‘Indian’ tones and styles and ‘Piano’ sounds of the various keyboards we discuss on this blog.
      I am thinking of uploading samples of these tones from the Casio CTK-4000 and CTK-5000.
      Problem #1: I am not good at keyboard playing, so it will be challenging for me to represent these tones at their best. Will try. Perhaps the intro from ‘Maeri’ by Euphoria to illustrate the harmonium tones.
      Problem #2: How do we present this catalog of tones and styles? Perhaps a separate Post (disappears from main page over time, but remains available through links and search) or a Page (always available from top-menu? Perhaps within the article, we can embed he music as high-quality MP3 files?

      Let’s see. Since you will definitely be a part of the project, I will create an ‘Author’ ID for you so that you can log-in to my blog and modify the contents of the page from time-to-time.

      Will keep you posted,

      Regards
      – Rajib

  298. Vrinda says:

    Hi! Suhas

    I had bought the E323 for approx 10000 INR about a year back. So if amazon is giving you the same for 2000 lesser. Pl go ahead and make the purchase.

    I donot remember having seen the E333 in the stores, though I 425 was there.

    I hope this helps

    Rgds

    Vrinda

  299. venkatesh says:

    hi rajib

    i am planning to purchase keyboard for my son(12Yrs). he is learning for the last 1 year and i am seeing there is a good pickup in him. what he has is samll children type casio SA-65, he needs better one and instead of changing now and then i feel getting him a good one. my budget is around 12-16,000/=. since he is small and his pickup is quite good i feel like to get him good one now itself. so that his practice and touch for the pro type keyboard will be better.

    does that ctk 5000 has the sustain ? or is external port given to it?

    please advise . since mybudget is between 12-16, which would be better ? plan to purchse around august 3rd week.

    thanks.

    venkatesh

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Venkatesh,

      Its good to hear that you intend to upgrade your son’s Casio SA-65 so that he can practice music on a better instrument.
      For your budget, you can easily go for the Casio CTK-5000 or the Casio CTK-6000. FYI, both the keyboards have ‘Sustain’ port and they are compatible with a wide-range of Casio and third party Sustain pedals.
      Of course, both keyboards also feature touch-sensitivity, pitch-wheels and external audio-inout (for play along practice).

      HTH

  300. Dhanashri says:

    Rajib, that was a great comparison, although things might have changed 2 years later.
    Which casio or Yamaha keyboard would you recommend now, for an intermediate beginner who wants to learn both the grand piano and the harmonium? My budget is around 150$. Also, where can I get it in the US? (Amazon/other online stores?)

    Thanks in advance.
    DSK.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Dhanasri,

      For $150, whether you like it or not, you will have to consider only Casio keyboards.
      The Casio CTK-4000 I had (till yesterday) featured some very good Piano tones and Indian instruments (incl. Stereo Grand Piano and Harmonium). You’ve gotta hear them to believe that you can such good tones from keyboards so economical.

      Unfortunately for us, both Casio and Yamaha have launched new and improved keyboards in their upper ranges only and not replaced their bottom ranges with improved versions. Though Casio has launched a few models in the low-end sections, the chepest model you should consider buying is the CTK-4000. Also, FYI the entire range of Casio keyboards in available on Amazon (USA) while the Yamaha PSR I425 (featuring Indian tones and styles) in only available in India.

      HTH

  301. Suhas says:

    Hi Everyone,

    You would be glad to learn that Yamaha has finally launched the two PSR keyboards in India (which have been available in US since quite some time):

    1. PSR E233 – new version of E223 – Rs. 8330
    2. PSR E333 – new version of E323 – Rs. 11060

    Here is the link on Yamaha website:
    http://in.yamaha.com/en/news_events/products/233launch/

    Hope this might be useful. Thank you!

    Regards

  302. John says:

    Someone can you tell me .Is Yamaha PSR-I425 Have a Transpose or not?I haven’t fine it out.Let me know.

  303. Suhas says:

    Hi,

    I have bought a new Yamaha PSR E333 which has a USB port, 1.7MB flash memory, and it supports external style files as well. I want to add some Indian styles to my keyboard e.g. Dadra, Kehrawa, Teen Taal, etc.

    1. Where can I get these style files (.sty)?
    2. How can I add them to my keyboard (using a computer)?

    Any help in this regard is much appreciated. Thanks.

    PS: E333 is the new model in PSR series and I’m enjoying it immensely. Highly recommended for beginners!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Suhas,

      There are a few websites which claim to sell Indian styles for Korg/Roland/Yamaha keyboards. I my opinion, you will be better off just composing the basic styles yourself and improve their quality as your skills improve and time permits.

      There are software programs available that convert a styles in .MID format to .STY. I have mentioned it somewhere in the comments.

      HTH

  304. Sagar says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I’m Confused Between Buying Casio : WK7500 & Yamaha : PSR-I425.
    Would You Please Help me in Selecting the Bests out of these two.

    I’m not Expert in Playing But Wuoul Love to Have One Which has Flexibilty of Features with Quality of Performance. No Issue Quality of Sound Demands for Comprmising in Features Somewhere.

    Regards,
    Sagar

  305. varun says:

    hello rajib sir,
    can u please give short review about casio cdp-100.
    I am planning to buy the one for learning piano.
    What do u say would it be a good deal. I get it for 19500 rs.
    Thanku

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Varun,

      I only tried out the Casio CDP-100 at Reliance Digital for a few minutes. It seemed like good value to me.
      The soundchip is the same as used in Casio CTK-4000/5000. Very few Piano sounds are available. Other functions are very very limited too. But the keys are semi-weighted for a closer feel to real piano keys.
      The price of Rs. 19.5K is the same price at which it is available from Reliance.

      HTH

  306. Viraj Doshi says:

    Hi,
    I am a music lover and have learned to play harmonium – indian classical music. That training helped to develop pitching and now i can play almost any song with one hand.
    Now, i want to learn to play keyboard which is played with 2 hands.I want to be able to play any songs with chords and ability to develop chord knowledge so that i can play any song with chord and know which chord to play with which song.

    Here are my questions :
    1. Which keyboard to buy unader Rs. 10000 ? (by profession i am a software engineer and would like to plug in my keyboard in my desktop pc to create music also).

    2. How should i go about to learn keyboard ?

    3. What is a type of keyboard that would allow me to plug in to computer ?

    Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Viraj,

      For under 10K price range, the keyboards available are Casio CTK-2100/3000/4000. If you can extend your budget by another 2.5K, you can go for the Casio CTK-5000 (Rs. 12.5K).

      All these keyboards feature 5 octave (61 keys) allowing for ample room to play chords+melody using both hands. All these keyboards also feature USB connectors and MIDI support for easy computer connectivity.

      Casio keyboards have been tested to work effortlessly with almost all audio software on Windows XP or better.

      The Casio CTK-4000/5000 feature Indian tones (harmonium, sitar, santoor, bansuri) and few Indian rhythms (Teen taal, Keharwa, Bhajan, Bhangra, Garba etc.). Since some Indian drums such as Tabla, Mridangam are also playable as instruments, you can also compose a basic rhythm loop and then playing along with it.

      If you are interested in buying a Yamaha keyboard, you maybe able to purchase a Yamaha PSR E-223 for under 10K; but this keyboard features vastly reduced functionality when compared to the Casio keyboards.

      HTH

  307. Viraj Doshi says:

    EDIT : I would also like the functionality in the keyboard to play indian instruments and rhythms like tabla, dhol, santur etc and should be able to set and play different rhythms of tabla (automatically) in the background so that i can play piano.

    Thanks

  308. Arun Joshi says:

    I do not find a synchro-on feature on the Casio CTK5000, which I have purchased last year. This is required in the following situation.
    1. Suppose I play a song with chord and accompaniment, using the accompaniment and synchro start/stop button
    2. After playing a small portion, I need to stop the chord, which I can easily do with the syncro stop button.
    3. Now, I need to restart the accompaniment and chord syncronously without pressing any other key. Is there any way to do this?
    This is possible in the Yamaha with the synchro-on button by pressing it just once

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arun,

      On the Casio, press the ‘Accompaniment On/Off’ button to switch off the chords but keep the rhythm running.
      Once the chords are off, press the button again to switch on the Chord functionality.
      Whenever you are ready to resume playing chords again, just press the key combinations for the chord you want to play. Chord accompaniment will be added to the already playing rhythm.

      HTH

  309. K.Jayaraman says:

    Dear Viraj, I have one unused Brand New with Box Packing CTK-5000/good working Keyboard purchased before 3 months with me. I am able to offer you for a best price. If you are interested please contact me. I am in Chennai.-K.Jayaraman-kay_je@yahoo.co.in

  310. Arun Joshi says:

    Dear Rajib,
    Your suggestion for resuming the accompaniment involves pressing the key “Accompaniment On/off “button two times. Is there no way to solve my problem by pressing any key just once. I repeat that this is possible in the Yamaha keyboard by one single pressing of the “Syncro-on” button. Pressing it once stops the accompaniment and no further action is required for restarting. The accompaniment resumes as soon as the chord keys are pressed during further play.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Arun,

      The Casio keyboards do not feature a quick Chord-off button and auto-start on keypress.
      All I can offer is a workaround to this problem. If two presses of a button is what it takes, then two presses is what you will have to make 🙂

      Regards

  311. Arun Joshi says:

    Ok! Thanks, Rajib! Guess one has to live with this drawback, if I may call it so!!

  312. Arun Joshi says:

    Sorry to bother you again, Rajib! I understand that a pedal unit is available for the Casio CTK5000. What functions can it perform. Have you used one? Is it worth buying?

  313. Suresh says:

    Dear Rajib,
    You are doing a great job in answering all queries related to CTK 5000 and PSR I425.
    I have a query, which might have been brought up by someone in this blog sometime back, but I have not understood it, as have just begun learning the music keyboard and using PSR E323.
    In case I opt for CTK 5000 or PSR I425, I would like to use 2-3 tones in various sequences, while playing the same style in a song. Should I register in the bank(?);but then would there a break in the rhythm? Would appreciate if you could please guide. The number dialing is time consuming and distracts for immediate tone changes while playing in the PSR E323, hence would like to go for either CTK 5000 or PSR I425. Also does CTK 5000 have an audio input thru USB for any karaoke mp3 playing? Thanks in advance.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Suresh,

      Registration banks are precisely used for 1-click changes in tones and styles. If you keep the style the same, only tone changes take effect as you switch from options in Registration Banks.
      On the Casio keyboards, if your timing in not precise, switching registration banks may cause a ‘hiccup’ in the rhythm. As you get used to it more and more, such hiccups become a thing of the past.

      The Casio CTK-5000 does have an audio-in port where you connect a MP3 player and play along with it. The sound of the MP3 player is mixed with you keyboard’s sounds and played on the keyboard speakers.
      You may not be able to connect a microphone straight away though as the audio-in port expects line-level signals while mic-level signals are 10-100 times lower in strength. You can however connect a pre-amp circuit to the microphone to boost the signal to line-level and then connect it to the keyboard. Several microphones also come with in-built preamps.

      The Casio CTK-5000 can also upto 13 second music from your MP3 player and use it as a custom instrument or custom rhythm. Beware though, as you go down and up in the octave, not only the pitch of the sound changes, but also it’s tempo!

      HTH

  314. Suresh says:

    Dear Rajib,
    Thanks for your immediate response. Is it the same with PSR I425, hiccups, I mean? I noted that CTK 5000 has more flexibility than PSR I425, is’nt it?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Suresh,

      Generally Yamaha keyboards are considered better for onstage performance because they feature multitude live-performance control buttons and these buttons work quite well.

      Since I don’t have a Yamaha keyboard, I cannot confirm whether the bank switching buttons experience occasional hiccups or not.

      Perhaps one of my blog readers can try it out and confirm.

      HTH

  315. Ltd says:

    Rajib da!
    Thanks for your support .what is the main different between CASIO CTK 5000 and CASIO CTK 6000.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ltd,

      The CTK-6000 is a slightly evolved model of the CTK-5000 in terms of slightly better sound quality. It also features a tone-editor, more tones, DSP, more Arpeggio types. The CTK-6000 however loses the sampling functionality.

      HTH

  316. ltd says:

    Thanks for your quick reply Rajib,
    In a website http://piano-keyboards.findthebest.com/compare/104-107/Casio-CTK-6000-Portable-Keyboard-vs-Casio-CTK-5000-Portable-Keyboard ,I have seen there is only LCD display in CTK 6000,Even though CTK 5000 has more option compare to 6000,is it true…I am quite confused!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Ltd,

      The website you are referring to has got it’s facts wrong. The CTK-6000 definitely has basic features such as Metronome and Transpose. Even my previous CTK-4000 had them.
      I suggest that you download the manual/spec sheet of the CTK-5000 and CTK-6000 from Casio’s website and create a spreadsheet yourself to do a factual compare.

      HTH

  317. Ltd says:

    Hi Rajib da,
    In Pune dealers are asking Rs 17000 for CTK 6000 including Adapter and Stand.is it good deal?..

  318. varun says:

    hey rajib sir,
    i want to purchase used casio ctk-5000 or yamaha equivalent model…
    Please inform if ever u get to know abt sale of mdntioned keyboards….
    Thankyou

  319. varun says:

    hey everyone,
    i want a used keyboard preferably yamaha psr-e423 or casio ctk-5000 or any other equivalent.,so any one have one to sell it plz contact me at

    varun.oza777@gmail.com

    thankyou

  320. ltd says:

    Hey Rajib

    Finally I have booked CTK 6000 (in Pune none of the sellers have that model they have to import )by Rs 16,500/-including Stand, Adapter and carrying bag.Thanks to you Rajib to make a good decision.

  321. Karthik says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Around 8 months back i had bought ctk-5000 thinking that i would learn playing it watching youtube videos!!!! I failed miserably!!

    I live in Hyderabad!! Can u suggest some good keyboard teachers!!!

    Waiting for ur reply….

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Karthik,

      I am in the same boat as you. I intended to learn keyboard playback by reading up/watching but the problem is the time or distractions at home.
      I might join a musical institute just to spend an hour of dedicated learning.

      I have explored the option of home-tutoring but honestly it works out to be a little expensive and hassle-laden. For starters, if you are required to join up with friends and go to a certain friend’s place for the learning, you will be required to lug your keyboard on your back to the location.

      An institute with the facilities (no matter how basic) will at-least give you the option of learning under a teacher for an hour and then practicing at home.

      I am unable to recommend any particular institute but I recommend that you select one that is close to your home and has at-least one ex-student recommending it.

      HTH

  322. ranjit bhatt says:

    hi dear,
    i m retired bank officer.54 years,have operated for tounge cancer,do not speak/sing properly, can i learn to play the musical key board . i think music is the best way for me to generate positive thoughts and living a good life with my family. i m in surat , gujarat,here in surat , recently join Allegro school of music , at present i have no key board for pactice, what to do ? pl guid me.

    regards,
    ranjit bhatt

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mr. Ranjit,

      If you are only beginning to learn the keyboard and intend to take it to a expert level, I recommend that you start with a mid-range portable keyboard.
      A low-end keyboard like Casio CTK-1100/2100 or even the CTK-3000 is quite economical but you are very likely to outrun the keyboard’s capabilities with your own.
      A mid-range keyboard like Casio CTK-5000 or Yamaha PSR-E423/I425 will help you practice and learn today and also scale up as your musical abilities expand.

      Later on, if you need a professional grade keyboard, you can opt for the Casio CTK-7000/Yamaha PSR-550/Roland E-06/Korg PA50D.

      HTH

  323. rubal says:

    hey rajib
    i m confused between yamaha psr i425 n casio wk 500 n casio ctk-5000 ……need ur suggestion

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Rubal,

      The PSR-I425 and CTK-5000 are both very nice keyboards with unique strengths, hence direct comparison is difficult.

      For some, the PSR-I425 will be a better deal because of real-time music controls, very nice styles and arpeggio. For some the CTK-5000 will be a better deal because of it’s lower price, limited sampling feature, SD card storage etc.

      As I have replied to others in the thread, I suggest that you check out for the keyboards for yourself and go for the one that you fill is a better fit for you.

      The WK-500 is a 76-key version of the CTK-5000.

      HTH

  324. _raVan_ says:

    Hi,

    This is for the 4th time I am posting this, as my first 3 posts havent reflected in here 🙁

    Anyways, I had 2 questions to ask in here:

    a) In the PSR i425, is there a feature by which we can record our own tune (from external source) and have it played in a loop like the existing rhythms? Eg the tabla tune in Kehna Hi Kya song of Bombay. Also is it possible to record multiple tunes and have them played parallely?
    I know its a basic question, but i am upgrading from a SA 21 🙂 So pardon my amatuerity.

    b) Sometime back, you mentioned that the CTK 5000 has more features than the PSR i425. Can you tell me what are those extra features?

    Have to decide on a keyboard soon. Heart says i425, while mind says CTK 5000.

    Appreciate the great work that you are doing in here 🙂

    Thanks and Regards.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear _raVan_,

      Commenting on the blog articles does not require administrator approval, however there is a automatic spam-checker. As long as your comment does not have hyperlinks in it, it should show up automatically.

      w.r.t your queries, unfortunately the Yamaha PSR-I425 does not support external audio input, sampling or playback. Consequently features like multi-track audio recording and playback are not supported either. In fact, on-board multi-track audio recording and playback is domain of very high-end workstations and keyboards under Rs. 1L do not have this feature.

      The Casio CTK-5000 and the Yamaha PSR-I425 are pretty equal because there are common features and unique features in both of them. I like the real-time tone controller knobs, the accented styles and useful arpeggio patterns of the Yamaha. I love the sampling/looping, external input, better tonal quality and computer connectivity of the Casio.

      If you ask me, go for your heart! I am a person who is very analytical in nature too but in any comparison I do for my personal purchases, I assign extra points to the ‘heart’. Rather be in love at first sight than convince myself for years that I got a better deal.

      HTH

  325. ranjit bhatt says:

    dear rajib,

    thanks for your prompt guidence,
    further, i have an inquiry for second hand ctk 2100 for rs. 4000/-with adeptor only, 2years old, in a good condition. should i buy this one?

    regards,
    ranjit bhatt

  326. Giri says:

    Dear Rajib,

    My son has got a small casio Keyboard (MA 150 ) and he is going for class for past 3 months . Now he wanted to have a bigger one, his age is 12 .we have shortlisted Yamaha PSR E423 and Casio CTK 5000 .

    He wanted to have a Yamaha and i am asking him to buy Casio since, he is still in the Learning stage. I am confused on what to decide since i want him to have it for another 3 to 4 years

    Please let me know if there is any other models that i can look for or which one would be better in these two.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Giri,

      My 1st question would be – Will your kid accept the Casio if his heart is already set on the Yamaha?

      The Yamaha PSR-E423 / I-425 costs quite a bit more than the Casio CTK-5000, so if money is not an issue, give your son the keyboard he wants.

      Functionally, the Casio CTK-5000 and the Yamaha PSR-I425 have similar features as well as unique features. Hence, neither has any edge over the other.
      Personally I prefer Casio instruments since I feel they deliver very good value for money and make for excellent home practice/studio situations. Most Stage artists I know prefer the Yamaha keyboards because of very convenient stage performance features.

      HTH

  327. rubal says:

    thank you so much rajib

  328. kumud saini says:

    Dear Rajib,

    i found all information which u have given is very informative and useful.
    I would like to ask you about casio ctk 810 and ctk 5000 as i am new learner. i dont have any knowledge about it, what u suggest with should i go or u can suggest me any other brand or model.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Kumud Saini,

      If you want a keyboard for general purpose use, you can opt for the CTK-5000. If budget is a concern, you can opt for the CTK-810IN which costs Rs. 2000/- less.
      Other brands/models you may consider are the Yamaha PSR-E323 and the Yamaha PSR-E423/I425.

      HTH

  329. Ajay says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Nice writeup!

    I have a PSR e423, i have seen people playing the track (rythem/accomp) for few hindi songs on CTK810IN. Are those in built or is there a way I can copy them on my Keyboard and play them as a style?

    I am planning to upgrade to a higher synth in 35k range? what would be your choice ? Do we have Indian style available in yamaha MM6?

    Thanks in advance
    Ajay

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Ajay,

      The Indian styles on the CTK810IN (also on CTK-4000/5000/6000/7000) are built-in styles. Casio does not support the export of this style data as a MIDI file that can be plugged into the Yamaha.
      If you are willing to put in the effort, you can recompose these for the Yamaha. The Casio supports exporting some of this data via MIDI out, but you will be required to do quite a bit of MIDI editing to get it to sound right and make it compatible with the sound-set of the Yamaha PSR-E423.

      HTH

  330. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Rajib,

    Shubho Bojoya to you and your family…

    Rgds,

  331. Tarun Halder says:

    Rajibda,
    Subho Bijaya!
    I can’t save tones in registration bank for a long time. Is it not possible?

    Regards, Tarun, Durgapur, WB

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      The CTK-5000 does not write the registration data to Non-volatile RAM (NVRAM). This means that as soon as power is removed, the data is lost.
      You can prevent this in two ways:
      1. Load ‘D’ size batteries into the keyboard so that even after power-off, the Registration data memory is supplied with power.
      2. Save the registration data to SD Card (max. 2GB supported) and reload from Card as and when required.

      HTH

  332. Tarun Halder says:

    The model is : CTK 5000

  333. Deas Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Ajay,

    Regarding your query of Indian Style in Yamaha PSR-E423, Mr. Rajib has explained everything.

    Regarding your 2nd query, of higher SYNTH @ Rs. 35000-Yamaha MM6-Indian Style, I want to highlight some confusion in your decision making process.

    You want good indian styles/ rhythm accompaniments. For that thing you need good ARRANGER keyboard not SYNTH keyboard.

    Mr. Rajib is kind enough to accommodate my input in his blog and I have mentioned some basic differences between these two genres. I request you to go through those info.

    Basically you should not consider MM Series/ MO Series/ MOTIF Series which are SYNTH. You Should consider PSR/ Tyros Series ARRANGER.

    For your kind info,, in SYNTH category you can BUILT your own RHYTHM/ ACCOMPANIMENT by mixing/ recording more than one arpeggio and by including drum patches together which is not only lengthy procedure but also very intricate.

    You can look for Yamaha PSR S550 or S900 but I am not sure if they are within your budget or not.

    @ Mr. Rajib, waiting for your valuable feedback.

    Rgds,

  334. Dear Rajib,

    I recently purchased the Yamaha PSR I425 in pune.
    U r blog is helped me lot to take the decision…!!!

    Thanks for u r valuable sharing ….

    -Abhijit

  335. Sachin says:

    Hi Rajib,
    I am not very familiar with synths, so this might sound like a silly question. But I have a peculiar requirement that I want to change the tuning (by micro frequencies) of individual keys in a playing session. This tuning I should be able to store and retrieve across sessions. Is there any keyboard that allows me to do this. For example the Yamaha and Casio keyboards in discussion here, can they do it ?
    Your response on this will be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Sachin

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sachin,

      The Casio CTK-7000 I have allows for user-defined scales where each note in an octave can be tuned.
      The user-defined scale can be saved on SD Card and loaded in the keyboard memory whenever required.
      You can read up more about this by downloading the user manual from Casio’s website.

      HTH

  336. Srikant says:

    Hi Rajib,
    I want to choose among Casio CTK5000 and Casio CTK810IN. Can you please help!!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Srikant,

      The CTK-5000 is far superior to the CTK-810KN. For just a 2K more, you get: much improved sound quality, sampling support, more Indian tones and rhythms.

      HTH

  337. Lingaraj says:

    Dear Rajib Bhai … Thanx for ur compartive study ….. still get confused … prices for ctk5000/6000 psr223/i425 are higher in Jamshedpur than the prices framed. Pls.suggest some best musical store(s) in Kolkata from where I can really have good product with good value. I am interested in ctk6000/7000.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Lingaraj,

      Prices of electronic equipment (particularly those which do not have a MRP) depends on difficulty in sourcing and market demand. Kolkata definitely fares better than Jamshedpur in this regard (though chinese stuff is cheaper in Jamshedpur I hear). There are plenty of music instrument shops in Kolkata – authorised Casio dealers as well as dealers stocking smuggled good. Fancy Market at Kiddirpur has plenty of unauthorised dealers while Esplanade area has authorised dealers.

      You should try JustDial Kolkata to find out the names of the dealers and negotiate with them over the phone before travelling to Kolkata and picking up the instrument.

      HTH

  338. Dear Roy says:

    Dear Mr. Lingaraj,

    (REPOST of JULY 1st 2011)

    Please note that Rabindra Sarani (Before Ezra Street) area near by Lal Bazaar is the main den in Kolkata for music instruments.. Visit there personally and you will find a lot of musical instrument shops are offering Casio CTK 5000 at around Rs. 11,500. Please visit minimum 3~4 shops for the best bargain and insist for original packing as well as bill and original stamped warranty card. The rate might be lower or a bit higher than what I have mentioned. Please note that I am sure that original Casio supplied new power chord is included in the package but I am not sure if they are giving CASIO printed cover bag. Don’t accept anything less than these.

    Mr. Rajib, please advise.

    Rgds

  339. Sanju says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I have bought a CTK 810 IN two months back, Even though it have an SD card slot , i was unavle to save my composition to it, I was even unable to move the recorded song to the computer as a midi file. Also can we play along with the playback from memory card. Expecting your valuable comments on this.
    Thanks,
    Sanju

  340. Sanju says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I have bought a CTK 810 IN two months back, Even though it have an SD card slot , i was unable to save my recorded composition to it, I was even unable to move the recorded song to the computer as a midi file. Also can we play along with the playback from memory card. Expecting your valuable comments on this.
    Thanks,
    Sanju

  341. Lingaraj says:

    Dear Rajib & Roy Dada – Iam extremely feel thankful for your kind gesture. I will travel to Kolkata by the end of this month and I am sure I would get the instrument at negotiable price – Thanks to both of you for nice guidance which I never hoped to be. With love and regards … Lingaraj

  342. Dominic Samuel says:

    Hi Rajib,
    (yamaha-psr-i425-and-casio-ctk-5000)

    Apparently there’s no question for me ask you directly at the moment, cause i got my answer from the comments that people have left and the answers you’ve given them, but it would be wrong if i leave the page without saying “HATS OFF” to you 🙂 You are a dictionary 🙂 excellent blog. Keep up the good work.

    Best Regards
    Dominic Samuel – Chennai

  343. Devesh Kataria says:

    Dear sir ,
    I have recently purchased yamaha pser i425.I think it is all much better than casio ctk5000 in every respect.i have also used ctk 5000,it just has strings better.casio can never compete yamaha’s soud QUALITY.
    Thanks and Regards

  344. aman varshney says:

    Devesh bro @
    how much you paid for yamaha psr i425 ? From where did you get this keyboard?Please explain it.. I also want to purchase a yamaha keyboard

  345. Giri says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I Bought Casio CTK – 6000 for my son . Since he is in Learning stage ,he is happy with casio than Yamaha.

  346. Tarun Halder says:

    Rajib da,
    Is there any problem in your blog. I can’t open for few days!!!

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      I changed the ‘Permalinks’ structure of my blog. As a result, Google search results may have been pointing to links that do not exist.
      I have submitted a new sitemap to Google and I believe google has updated their search results to point to the new links.

      HTH

  347. lovekaul says:

    sir i bhought i425 yamaha i having problam to connect to computer how i connect the keybord in computer please send me soulutin

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Lovekaul,

      You will need a suitable USB cable (popularly known as USB Printer Cable) and a MIDI software to connect the Yamaha I-425 to your computer.
      Simply connect the keyboard to your computer (running Windows XP or better or Mac OS or Linux) and wait for the operating system to detect the keyboard. On Windows XP or better, additional drivers are not required to be installed, but if your OS asks for Drivers CD, you can download them from Yamaha’s website.

      Once the keyboard has been installed (it should show up in Device Manager), install and start a MIDI Recording software. You will have to configure the ‘Input’ and ‘Output’ devices in the MIDI software so that it correctly receives MIDI signals to/from the keyboard.

      HTH

  348. Navaneeth.K.J says:

    HI……… i am confused with the storage capacity of psr i425 and ctk5000…… in some web links i found psr i425 does not have memory slot to store any tunes,styles …. but in your comparison you have mentioned psr i425 has 16GB storage capacity ………. please reply

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Navaneeth,
      The Yamaha PSR I-425 allows you to use USB sticks to store melody and styles. The Casio CTK-5000 allows you to use SD Cards to store melody and styles.
      Both these keyboards are now considered dated and they may not be compatible with the high-capacity Cards/Sticks available in the market today.
      HTH

  349. Navaneeth.K.J says:

    Hey another doubt…….. what is that MIDI??? And do both psr i425 and casio 5000 have those features??

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Navaneeth,
      MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a standard by which music instruments can transfer melody and control information to other devices such as Tone Generators, other keyboards and Computers.
      Using MIDI, you can control a keyboard from the computer or play on the keyboard and have the computer record the notation in real-time.
      HTH

  350. Navaneeth.K.J says:

    Thank you so much………………

  351. Anupam Basak says:

    Thanks Rajib for this excellent discussion. Requesting you the following comparisons please.
    Yamaha PSR E423 vs Casio CTK 6000 and
    Yamaha PSR E333 vs Casio CTK 4200

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Anupam,

      The Yamaha PSR E423 is very similar to the I425. The I425 was designed for Indian market and features more Indian tones and styles. The PSR E333 is a slightly improved model of the E313.

      In the technical comparison I made and all the valuable comments readers have contributed, I noticed that it’s not the superiority of any one keyboard over another, but brand preference that ultimately decides the purchase.

      In my comparison of the I425 with the CTK-5000, clearly both keyboards had unique advantages and this resulted in there being no clear winner.

      IMHO, The Yamaha keyboards are better for live performance and Casio keyboards are better for studio type recording.

      Most people tend to either buy the keyboard that has been recommended by their teacher/friend or check out the keyboard and take instant liking to one or more features.

      HTH

  352. Manish says:

    Hi Rajib and Others,

    After reading your blog, I have purchased yamaha i425 model. The manual is bit difficult to understand. Do you know any book, website to learn more about this model. I plan to play indian instrument using it say tabla on one side and harmonium on the other side. In the manual they have given steps for right hand tabla to harmonium, any idea how to put tabla on left hand and harmonium on right.

    Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Manish,

      To the best of my knowledge, on the Yamaha the Tabla is available as an instrument that spans the entire length of the keyboard. While you can split the keyboard and assign two instruments to the right and one to the left, I have my doubts regarding the feasibility of playing the table with the left hand and the harmonium with the right.

      Perhaps you can consider either recording the harmonium track or the tabla track in the track sequencer in advance?

      Regards

  353. Manish says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Thanks for your reply. It makes sense. I think I will have to explore more.

    Manish

  354. Manish says:

    Hi Rajib/All,

    As per my understanding, i425 has Teentaal and Dadra arpegios. What are the ways to play Keherwa on i425.
    I am novice user, so please forgive me if this is silly question.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Manish,

      A couple of ways you can play the Kehrwa on the I-425:
      – Use computer software to create a MIDI file that plays the Keherwa beat repeatedly. If you set the patch correctly, when the MIDI file is played on the keyboard, it will play using the beautiful Indian Tabla sound on the Yamaha keyboard.
      – Attempt to record the Keherwa beat track on the computer. You will have to record it as a melody track since the Indian Tabla sound on the Yamaha keyboard is categorised as a melody instrument.
      – Record the Keherwa beat as a audio file, transfer it to a USB Memory stick and play it on the Yamaha keyboard as a audio file. The Casio CTK-7000 features the Keherwa rhythm and you can get a clear sample from it.

      HTH

  355. Manish says:

    Thanks Rajib for the pointers. The information is really useful. I will do more research on this and try to take this forward.

  356. Jessan says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I’m Jessan from Kerala. I’ve a Casio CTK 5000. I’m using 2GB Micro SD Card with it.
    Is it possible to connect my TAB which is in Android operating system with this keyboard to load MIDI Files like the PC.

    Awaiting your reply soon.

    thanks & regards

    Jessan
    9895556870
    jsn.imedia@gmail.com

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Jessan,

      If you have the appropriate cable, you can connect the tab to the keyboard so that it either:
      1. the tab is used as a USB Removable storage device and you load files from it, or
      2. the tab is used a MIDI controller and using a MIDI playback software on the tab, you send MIDI performance data to the keyboard.

      Please be careful about the connections since plain USB cables should not be used to connect two devices unless the cable is suitable and the devices can handle the data.

      Also, the CTK-5000 is limited to using 2GB SD Cards only. Higher capacity cards are not supported. So please stock up.

      HTH

  357. aditya malviya says:

    i also like to play keyboard and i like to become a good musical player i like it very much

  358. Tarun Halder says:

    Apnar review pore ami CTK 5000 kinechi 2011 te, abong ami etake khub satisfied, seta ami blog-e likhechi. Ekhon amar prosno, ami kibhabe computer or SD card use kore Tone / Rhythm/ Songs keyboard-e bajate pari? I have no idea about MIDI. ektu detail-e janale khub oblige thakbo.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tarun,

      MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it is a protocol for Musical Instruments for transmitting data to/from another MIDI device (including computers).

      MIDI data is typically notes (the keys that you play), bank & patches changes (the tones that you select), controller information (pitch bend wheel, modulation button, Volume control), MIDIEx information (tone customisation).

      The important thing to note is that MIDI data only contains instructions not the sound itself. For ex: MIDI data maybe “play note C of 3rd octave for 4 whole notes”. Since the actual sound of Piano is not stored, the MIDI data when played on different keyboards will sound different.

      Since MIDI files only contain playback information and not sound samples, these files are incredibly compact. A 2GB SD-Card could contain 10,000 MIDI files!

      You can download MIDI files for free from the Internet and transfer them to the SD Card (2GB max., formatted as FAT16). When the card is inserted into the keyboard, you should be able to see the list of files on the keyboard and play the tunes on your keyboard. You can also play along.

      You can also connect the keyboard to the computer and play the files on the computer using a MIDI Editing software. This way, you can mute/unmute tracks, change the patch (tone) assigned, change the tempo etc. Remember to set the MIDI in/out device in the software to the Casio keyboard.

      HTH

  359. prashant says:

    Hi..Could you please share musical keyboard available for the price around 10,000 INR in India.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Prashant,

      There are keyboards available from Rs. 2000 onwards.
      Depending on your intended use and skill level, you can pick a keyboard that works for you.

      For approx. 10K, you should be able to purchase a Casio CTK-4000/4200 or Yamaha PSR-E223 or similar.

      HTH

  360. pranav says:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to purchase keyboard. But I have confusion between Yamaha PSR i425 vs. Casio CTK-6300in.
    which one is better and which i should buy. Please help. If possible what differences between these two provide me. Thank very much.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Pranav,

      The PSR I-425 is comprehensively discussed in the blog. The CTK-6300IN is a newer model of the CTK-6000 and functionally it features few more tones.
      I suggest you check out the demos of Yamaha PSR-I425/I455 on the net and demo of CTK-6000/CTK-7000 to understand the capabilities.

      w.r.t. which one is better, there is no clear cut answer. It depends on what you want and your intended usage. In general, the Yamaha keyboards are better for stage performance and Casio keyboards are better for computer/studio based music recording.

      HTH

  361. Pranav says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    My usage for keyboard is personal and I want to learn to play keyboard. Learn to play Hindi movie songs,Bhajans,Garbas, Dhoons like Om Namah Shivay,etc.

  362. khushboo says:

    sir,
    heard that u took ctk 7000, how is its performance
    as compared to i 455?
    and
    other than some additional tones and rythms how yamaha psr i 455 differs from i 425?
    plz xplain

  363. khushboo says:

    is there any demo of psr i455????

  364. Shivansh says:

    For all the musicians confused between I425/I455 and CTK-6300IN, I would suggest CTK-6300IN. I was also confused but finally bought CTK-6300IN. A mix of good and powerful speakers for personal use, nice quality of Indian tones and has many functions including Digital 32 channel mixer, Tone Editor and Rythm Editor. I would say Casio has finally come up with something better than Yamaha in a reasonable budget.

    Thank you.

  365. Shivansh says:

    Mr Rajib,

    I want to know how can I create or add extra tones in my CTK-6300IN. Would you please provide me any link for the extra tones (patches). I have downloaded the rythms but couldn’t find the tones. Kindly help me.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Shivansh,

      As such you cannot add extra tones to the keyboard. It does not have the feature to load sound samples from additional sources.
      You can however, modify the parameters of the existing tones and save them as User Tones on the keyboard.

      HTH

  366. Pravin says:

    What’s the use of internal memory. Yamaha PSR-i425 has only 374K internal memory, where as other less costly yamaha products have 1mb+ internal memory. What will be the limitations due to so less internal memory?
    Will usb be an alternative to it?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Pravin,

      The seemingly less memory of the PSR-i425 is enough to store approx. 10 symphonic compositions!
      In any case, the PSR can also load MIDI files from USB Pendrives. So limited internal memory is not a factor.

      HTH

  367. Supratim Banerjee says:

    Sir ,

    I currently use a Casio 810 in for the last 1& 1/2 years.I am an amateur player and i am not particularly happy with the Indian rythyms range in the 810 in.The quality of tanpura and a few other indian instruments is not up to the mark to say the least.In Tabla rythyms also there are quite a few limitations.Hence i am looking for a siutable upgrade.Which one do you suggest for me? Casio 6300IN or Yamaha PSR I455 ?

  368. satish says:

    Hello, I have a 8 year old daughter who has been going for Keyboard classes for 4 months and is doing really well. Presently she has a Casio CTK 230. Is it appropriate for buying a superior key board or the current one is fine for some more time may an year +. If a new one is to be planned which is preferred between Yamaha PSR i 425 and i 455. Thanks

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Satish,

      At this time, I will not suggest a keyboard upgrade for your child. I think it will be a few more years before she outgrows the CK-230 and requires a keyboard that has more tones, rhythms and sound control.

      Between the I425 and the I455, the I425 is better for users who need a wide range of sounds and a few good Indian tones and styles. The I455 is packed with Indian sounds and a much better offering for those who play professionally and “must have” access to the new tones.

      HTH

  369. Manohar says:

    Dear Sir
    I have Yamaha PSR I425 Key board. please advise how and from to get style files for hindi songs as there are hardly any good styles suitable for hindi songs pre loaded on this key board

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Manohar,

      Furtados has created styles for Korg keyboards etc. They may have style files for Yamaha keyboards.
      Alternately, you will have to do a little bit of MIDI editing to create the styles that you desire.

      HTH

  370. Abhishek Chandravanshi says:

    Dear Sir,
    This is Abhishek Chandravanshi. I want to purchase a new keyboard but i m confused about which keyboard should I purchase in between YAMAHA PSR I455 and ROLAND E09IN. My budget is 30,000 and my usage for keyboard is professional. Could you please tell me the pros and cons of both above mentione keyborads ?

  371. David says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I am planning to buy a keyboard/synthesizer in the range of 10k – 12k.
    Ctk-5000 is one of the options for me currently.
    Can you please suggest which other keyboards in this range has the best features and usability ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      If you can invest 3K – 4K more, you maybe able to buy the CTK-6000 / CTK-6500 or even the new CTK-850IN. These keyboards are much improved on the CTK-5000.
      If your budget is limited to 12K, stick to the CTK-5000 as it is an excellent keyboard and a leader in it’s time.

  372. Adityan says:

    Hello Rajib sir
    I want you suggest me which would be the better choice to buy between Yamaha psr i455 and Roland e09in? I want to use it for Carnatic music also.

  373. Jyothikrishnan G says:

    My son is 7 years old and has been learning electronic keyboard for the past 4 months. I am confused in selecting an electronic keyboard. my choices are Yamaha E343 , Casio CTK 4200 , Casio CTK 850IN. Yamaha has launched a new model PSR F50. What should i go for?

  374. Ravi Ghai says:

    Hi Rajib

    I am impressed with yr diligence and thoroughness, and would like to establish telephonic or email contact

    I am a music teacher based in Bangalore.

    Pl share

    Thanks
    Ravi G

  375. Deven says:

    Hi,

    I am confused on which one to buy Yamaha PSR-i455 or Casio CTK-7300IN.
    I have done a demo in music shop and both sounds nice.
    Price of both is also almost same.
    But Casio one has more features.
    So I am little bit confused.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  376. shobhit says:

    Dear sir,
    Which keyboard should I buy ctk 850in, ctk 5000 or ctk 6500

  377. Ajay says:

    Sir,
    I would like to buy my first keyboard and zeroth down to Roland E 09IN, Yamaha I455 and Casio WK7600. My budget is in between 20 to 30 thousand. looking at the specs of above Key board I would request you to suggest me which one I should go for. Can you suggest better keyboard in my budgeted price. look forward to hear from you

    Ajay

  378. mahendra says:

    Pls advice me which is best cAsio ctk6300 or yamAha psr343

    • nitin says:

      Ajay I am also confuse between these but I can tell you more about these
      1.roland e09 :brand is fantastic but it lack in connectivity example :if u want to attach other instrument to it then u need audio interface or mixer but this is fantastic in wk7600
      you can add mic +one more instrument to it even you can put effects over it no need of external hardware .same in yamaha i455 you can’t add other device to it so here wk 7600 wins
      2.now comes to indian tones then comparison is in between e09 and i455 ,casio wk7600 is not in this competition .
      between yamaha i455 and roland e09 there is tie up in indian tones but you go with yamaha coz it less x pensive + you will get usb plug in yamaha this is not in roland e09 .
      3.about design then casio wk7600 wins from all plus it has 7.5 watt speakers in it but in yamaha 2.5watt.
      4 .about sound quality comparison between yamaha and wk 7600 then grand piano and other tones are good in yamaha but in casio synth and organ tones are best.

      Overall comparison:if you want to use for studio purpose mixing arranging sequencing and to add more gadget to your keyboard then go for the wk7600 .
      If you want indian tones plus easy to use the feature then yamaha coz it gives less feature then casio but easy to use.
      now finally about the roland then my opinion is that choose either yamaha or casio wk7600 .
      I saw many review on the youtube and finally with all information I noticed that for studio purpose or recording purpose wk 7600 is best and even for stage performance coz you don’t need to give many cables to the operator just one output cable to him or you can adjust your voice by using your keyboard so on stage if u feel that u want more echo in some alaap then you can introduce effect on it without any delay .so final conclusion
      if you don’t need indian tones then wk 7600 is best among all

  379. sikandar says:

    Hi rajib sir how are you sir mene yamaha i425 purchase kiya hain or me chata hun ke us ki flash memory ko expand karna plz kya koyi aisa idea hain ke mere keyboard ki flash memory bad jaye me midi songs load karna chata hun par 379kb memory me space short ho jati hain plz tell me about it.thx

  380. mmd says:

    between Yamaha PSR I425 and Casio CTK 5000
    kared

  381. ABHILASH says:

    plz advice me sir which is best yamaha psr i455 or casio ctk 7300in

  382. amar says:

    Mr Arun
    Hello
    Just wanted to know da best price for yamaha i455 n whr to find it in kolkata

  383. Tyno says:

    Yeah pls Rajid, I’ve got a Yamaha E413 which hasn’t been used for a long time, say 4 months. Now, it produces multiple, unrelated sounds when a key is hit. Please what’s us with it?

  384. Sir,
    Please advice me which keyboard is better out of yamaha psr i455 and Casio Ctk 7300.
    Thanking you

  385. Sanket Jain says:

    Hi,
    Aren’t the speakers of CTK 5000 and above way more better than the I425 one’s? Please clarify.
    Also, could you please tell what is the meaning of in-built arpeggios in a keyboard? (I know the meaning of arpeggios though).
    Also, reading your review of CTK 5000, I think Casio and Yamaha are equally good atleast in this segment right?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      The built-in Arpeggio patter allow you to play arpeggio performance simply by holding the keys in a group. You dont have to move your fingers all over the keyboard.

  386. Nikil says:

    I wanna buy a keyboard for stage performances. Suggest me one among casio 7300IN & yamaha psr i455. My price range is between 20-25000. Pls give ur reply

  387. kuster says:

    i have it keyboard casio and it is very good so i dont know how to use all the butons ….

  388. Tapas Ranjan Mishra says:

    Dear Rajib Sir,
    I am a beginner to Piano. I am confused between which one to buy for learning purpose. Whether it should be Casio MA-150 or Casio Ctk-240?
    Your assistance would be really helpful.

  389. Tapas Ranjan Mishra says:

    Dear Rajib Sir,
    I am a beginner to Piano. I am confused between which one I should buy for learning purpose. Whether it should be Casio MA-150 or Casio Ctk-240?
    Your guidance would be really helpful.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Tapas,

      Both keyboards are perfectly good beginner keyboards. The CTK series is particularly useful because it features full-size Piano style keys.
      The CTK-240 does not featuring sound-layering. For a little more, you can also opt for the CTK-3200 which is a very functional keyboard indeed.

      Many music teachers, particularly those who are teaching the Trinity Music School syllabus, insist that Students purchase Yamaha keyboards. If you are learning from a music teacher, do enquire with him/her.

      Regards

  390. Sir,
    Only an expert in both instruments who has experience in playing and teaching keyboard lessons can differentiate between these two organs. Whereas beginners and semi professionals may find both to be on the same line more or less. I have both with me and I find both of them execellent, the Casio having more features than Yamaha but with same price line. Let us leave the choice to the customers; if any one has Casio, well, carry on, with Yamaha, well, continue. No need to get worried in the absence of one or the other. My humble opinion is that both are sailing on the same boat. Casio Versus Yamaha, ???

  391. Manish says:

    Hi Rajib,
    My son 12 y old has been using Yamaha i425 for over 1 year now. Recently we hv observed that the sound from the speakers is coming less. We hv tried factory reset option also. Pls guide what could be the reason…Thanks.

  392. Dharaneesh says:

    Hello Sir, I was searching a key board for my son, I have short listed I425,I455 of yamaha and 6300,7300 of Casio . Please suggest me to proceed further between I455 and 6300. Please give us the comparision between them

  393. Jason Fulks says:

    great review about piano. can you pls add new model ?

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