Electronic keyboards are often underestimated in music production. Nonetheless, they can help you understand much better how piano instruments work. Casio has been recognized as one of the leaders in the manufacturing of quality electronic keyboards (alongside Yamaha). This Casio CTK 2400 review evaluates one of the most affordable keyboards for beginners but also for more advanced musicians.
Having accumulated successes in the field, the CTK 2400 is a product that is in line with its predecessors. As decent sampling keyboard and an honorable standalone instrument, this product will offer beginners a great insight when it comes to music composition on a piano. Casio has included a wide palette of sound banks and effects, tunes to play along, built-in speakers and plenty of control functions. We will have a look at these specificities as well as present an overview of the product in terms of design and additional content which is provided.
- overall rating 75%
- Performance & Sounds 75%
- Connectivity & Features 70%
- Content & Versions 80%
Pros & Cons
Built-in songs and book tutorial lead to great learning experiences
LCD screen keeps track of active options when using exercises from the book.
Large variety of tones and voices
Sound reproduction could be better
Could provide more songs to play with
CTK-2400 Key Features
48 notes AHL GM voices
Comes with EFX and sampling
61 keys piano style keyboard (compact frame and body)
2 second recording feature allows for capturing hand-claps and clicks
Comes with tuning and transpose functionality
110 songs and exercises that are displayed on the LCD display with the right notes and fingers to use.
Casio CTK 2400 Review
Performance & Sounds
To start off, we believe that whilst this electronic keyboard is simplistic and limited in some ways, it also offers lots of features (possibly more) compared to competitors. If you’re someone who is just getting into playing piano, the CTK-2400 would be an appropriate choice.
Indeed, it is perfect to have a quality keyboard at an entry-level price which has characteristics that will make you feel at ease with the functionalities of electronic keyboards. The Casio CTK 2400 tones reflect an overall impressive sound quality.
Furthermore, the demo songs and featured sounds are qualitative and great to get started. The reason behind our choice to select the 1st version of the CTK Casio is that it’s not necessary for a beginner to pay more for a superior version (CTK 4400 or 6200) since this one is perfectly able to do the job.
Considering this electronic keyboard is centered for amateurs, 61 keys prove to be more than sufficient. We have also noticed that the size and the weight of the CTK 2400 is respectively smaller and lighter than the ones from Yamaha.
However, the drawback is that the keys size are slightly less wide than classic piano keys. This electronic keyboard is definitely designed for learners (only).
Yet, it can be used for your music programs thanks to the USB/MIDI connectivity. However, for those who already have experience playing piano, it would be more strategic to go for another electronic keyboard from the CTK series.
“Whilst this electronic keyboard is simplistic and limited in some ways, it also offers lots of features (possibly more) compared to competitors.”
Connectivity & Features
In terms of connectivity, the great thing about this device is that it has a USB MIDI connectivity, which is incredibly useful for an electronic keyboard category.
What this means is that you will be able to connect it to any music production programs (FL studio, Logic or Garageband) you are using. In that case, this keyboard could be a really good deal since it already comes with certain built-in. Moreover, the Casio CTK 2400 headphone jack permits easy use of the electronic keyboard wherever you take it.
As mentioned earlier in this Casio CTK 2400 Review, Casio has introduced a bunch of unique features. With this keyboard, you get the possibility to be accompanied with 110 songs (you will only play the piano part).
Moreover, the touches you play are displayed on the LCD screen which can be useful when you want to learn about the name and positioning of notes.
After having tested the keyboard’s tutorial program, we have noticed that it is self-sufficient and is a good starting point for beginners. The Casio CTK 2400 tutorial below demonstrates how you can start learning with pre-programmed songs :
If you are not depleted in terms of musical possibilities with 400 built-in tones, 10 possible effects, 10 reverbs, 110 sound banks, 48 notes polyphony, 150 built rhythms, you also get a built-in vocoder.
The vocoder lets you capture your voice and noises. It blends sound over it depending on the notes you play on the keyboard to produce a synthesized symphony.
In terms of features, we are a bit disappointed that the Casio CTK 2400 doesn’t offer touch sensitivity which is complicated if you want to learn piano the proper way. However, if you’re looking forward to mainly use the Casio CTK 2400 MIDI sequence, then it would be an undeniable choice ahead of many other expensive keyboards.
“The great thing with this device is that it has a USB MIDI connectivity, which is pretty unique for an electronic keyboard category.”
Additional Content & Versions
Casio offers different versions of the CTK that come with different types of bundles. There is a bundle with stand and headphone, a bundle with Samson HP30 headphones, stand, and interactive instructional software and a final Bundle with a stand, headphone, and a Playground’s desktop software.
Additionally, the Casio CTK 2400 comes with a little wire stand for your music, a great songbook. Nonetheless, this electronic keyboard doesn’t come with a stand, or a damper pedal (which gives you sustain).
Furthermore, when buying additional, complementary items for your CTK 2400 such as the Casio CTK 2400 keyboard stand, you should make sure that they are manufactured by the Casio brand to be compatible.
The Japanese brand also provides additional Casio CTK 2400 software.
We really appreciated the additional content that is featured on this synth. As mentioned earlier, the window providing you with the title, the program, a representation of the whole keyboard, staff, the played note(s), a metronome, and two hands is very helpful for a beginner.
“Casio offers different versions of the CTK that come with different types of bundles.”
Moreover, much like on the “synthesia” software through which you find many playing tutorials on youtube, this electronic keyboard will play the demo song on the display. On top of that, the Casio CTK 2400 manual is insightful and gives you all the necessary information you need to start, with plenty of additional internet resources.
Casio CTK-2400 SPECIFICATIONS
- Keyboard: 61 standard-size keys
- Touch Response: No
- Max Polyphony: 48 notes
- Tones: Built-in Tones: 400; Sampling: Tones:1; Sampling time: 1 second (fixed); Effects: 10 types (for Full Sampling samples)
- Metronome: Beats per Measure: 0,2 to 6; Tempo Range: 30 to 255.
- USB port: Yes (To Host)
- Power Supply: 9.5V DC (AD-E95100L)/ 6 AA-Size Batteries
- Power Jack: 9V DC
- Batteries: 6 AA-size zinc-carbon batteries or alkaline batteries (3 hours continuous operation on alkaline batteries
- Dimensions: 4.6 x 30.7 x 9.2 cm (37 1/4 x 12 1/16 x 3 5/8 inch)
- Weight: 7.94 lbs (without batteries)
How Does the Casio CTK 2400 Compare?
With 385 instrument voices, 100 preset songs and nine-step lesson function, the Yamaha PSR e253 61 keys is quite similar to the Casio CTK 2400. Weighing less than 9 lbs, this keyboard has the particularity to be very compact and portable.
Moreover, running on batteries you can take this device anywhere with ease. This is useful, especially for live performances.
Yamaha has provided a 32 note polyphony which is less than what is available on the CTK 2400. Unlike the latter, the PSR E253 has full-size keys which is better to learn piano in the long term.
Overall, through this electronic keyboard, Yamaha wanted to propose the same as Casio; let beginners learn piano easily. Either way, those two electronic keyboards will be a great asset to progress into your music journey.
Alesis Melody Review
This 61 keys electronic keyboard is different from the former 2 keyboards because it comes with more bundles (stand, bench, headphones, and microphone). That is the reason that makes it one interesting to have a look at it.
However, even though it offers a bunch extra products, the Alesis Melody has some downsides compared to the Casio and the Yamaha. Indeed, it has “only” 200 built-in sounds (with layer and split modes) and 128 accompaniment rhythms.
Nonetheless, compared to its competitors, the Alesis Melody is way lighter and portable (6.87 lbs). Moreover, just like for the Casio and the Yamaha electronic keyboard, Alesis has manufactured this device to accompany beginners in their journey to learn piano.
Newcomers will have the chance to have 10 featured songs in three instruments modes (learn the rhythm in ‘One-Key’ mode; then get the notes in ‘Follow’ mode; finally, put the whole song together in ‘Ensemble’ mode.)
This Casio CTK 2400 review revisited a great keyboard for musicians who want to improve their playing skills. Moreover, the Casio CTK 2400 MIDI compatibility makes it usable with most popular music programs.
It may be true that this model won’t satisfy more advanced musicians who look for a more complete product, nonetheless, this is not the users it is aimed at.
The Casio CTK 2400, is a simplistic, yet, sufficiently equipped keyboard to awaken a musician’s creative senses. Furthermore, the Casio CTK 2400 price makes it an affordable product in the entry-level category of electronic keyboards.
This makes it a choice which won’t disappoint music enthusiasts who are not looking for the most performant keyboard, but one which will meet composition requirements in a sufficiently gratifying way.