Casio CDP-200R
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Casio CDP-200R

CDP-200R, Digital Piano from Casio in the Compact series.

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Deloras 11/14/2010

Casio CDP-200R : Deloras's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
-How many octaves?

The piano has 88 keys touch heavy, with a maximum polyphony of 48 keys, varying tones used.

"How many sounds, effects available? Are they edited?

670 sounds covering a comprehensive range. The sounds are superimposed and the keyboard can be split in 2 parts playing different sounds. It can also change the level of reverb and chorus.

"What connection (Audio, MIDI pedals ...)?

The keyboard has a microphone input, audio input, sustain an outlet, a headphone jack and a USB connection. Regrettably or not the absence of real audio out according to the use made of it, the only exit being the phones / output to the front of the keyboard.

UTILIZATION

-Touch keyboard is it nice? Should your use?

The keyboard has a very good rendering of touch, what is more adjustable. The spring of the keys is comfortable, the buttons itself are quite angular, but still enjoyable.

-The manual is clear and sufficient?

The manual is well designed and we found it. It is however required to return each time a few pages back to refer to the numbering of the keys of each chapter, which may be a little confusing to use. Apart from this drawback, the explanations are clear and there was no harm in applying.

-The general configuration is simple?

You navigate with relative ease in the functions of the piano and we manage to configure the sounds quickly. But I had the unpleasant surprise that many options present on my old isp E403 such as changing the volume, pitch and sound effects were superimposed and splits absent. They evolve with the same settings as the main tone. Thus, if the volume of low splitée in octaves of the keyboard is too small compared to the volume of the main tone, there is apparently nothing we can do about it. This greatly determines the use of these functions.

SOUNDS

-Sounds they agree with your style of music?

The sounds are as numerous as successful. Being myself oriented Rock / Blues / Jazz, I greatly appreciate the variety of pianos and organs. I explored the little sounds Orchestra / electro, but they seem well made.

-The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)?

The sounds respond to the touch and is perfectly happy to play both pianissimo and fortissimo. The touch response is even adjustable, can fit the song played, powerful or soft, or off.

-Are they realistic?

The sounds are a very good level of realism. For the piano for example, there was not a single sound whose height varies, the sampled sound is different depending on the height of the note played. Thus, one hears the sound of hammers in the piano treble and bass have the full power of real piano in their vibration. Perfect.

-What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

The piano sounds are amazing realism. The organs are also very good. I did not cross its worth I hate it, but I think I can find it by searching the side of the guitars.

OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it? Did you try many other models before getting this one?

I was looking for a new keyboard to go further than my Yamaha PSR E403. I was looking for a piano hammer action in around 500-600 €, but without losing the sound and options for the synth, and I fell on the CDP 200r by searching a catalog of Sonovente. My music store has been for a long time unable to get one, I searched the net and I ended up buying here (thank you Audiofanzine) Used for 400 € (not Shipping costs very high because of the size and weight of the package) with a stand. I tried a few models but none of whom like the CDP 200r synthesis and digital keyboard synthesizer in the same price range.

-What is your opinion about the value for the price?

Excellent, it was a really good digital piano with synth functions.

-Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?

Without doubt, I found what I was looking for.