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  • Casio WK-7500. Keep Your Eye On This.

    The Casio WK-7500
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    Casio already seems to have a ton of back orders on this.

    Talked to Sweetwater about this-they are "hopeful" that they get some of these in stock sometime next week.Meanwhile there's a line a mile long, just to get in on the ground floor.

    I don't know what has motivated Casio to this point, but I had written them off completely(at the time that the "dreadful" WK-500 was announced/released). They appeared not to care anymore, so, they would just "ride off into the sunset" and continue to "be what they were" , much to the chagrin of their "former fans".

    I thought that then, they had finally accepted their fate as a punchline to numerous jokes
    and their never-ending status as a so-called "toy"...

    A lot of nice things are still said about Casios flagship "mistake", the MZ2000. In most circles, they have become all but collectibles among a small but devoted following.

    The concept was good, the price was way out of range for Casio's "normal " audience, it would seem. Casio, no doubt stung by the rejection, retreated for awhile and continued "business as usual" trying to bring the MZ2000's price down for a *new* series of the WK line of musical instruments.

    This strategy succeeded for a time, but not for long, because the succeeding "WK's", like the 3800, appeared to be just "old wine in new bottles", so to speak. Yes the "ZPI sound source" remained, but, the "same old, same old" endured (6 track LINEAR sequencing, combo line/headphone out etc.)

    And , then, the WK-500. The MIDI spec is trashed, you're lucky if you get any sort of "output" at all and the "music demos"-well, lets just say I've heard better on a "Bontempi". And more enthusiasm from a mother of 12 at the end of a long day.

    Cut to today and now, Casio has released something that may well define keyboard structures for many years to come.

    The WK-7500 has a listed price of $699 US, on their website, but most everyone knows that is just a "statement". The REAL deal is $499 and the price might appear to be the biggest part of this bargain, but, in reality, it isn't. The feature set IS the biggest part of this bargain-the price is almost an afterthought. This keyboard is going to prove to be the *best* as far as "performance to price" ratio is concerned.

    Sure, there are keyboards out there, RIGHT NOW, that have *most* everything that the WK-7500 has (and more) Feature-wise, take your pick-at about $2500 a snap, average. And even the "Pros" have problems, in and of themselves, according to people who frequent boards like this and others. They want a "be-all, end-all" instrument.

    Give my regards to St. Peter when THIS happens because I'll probably be RIGHT behind
    you!

    NOTHING is perfect, but most things are approximate. EVERYTHING, is a "work in progress....*everything*.....

    Including the WK-7500, because it has taken 11 years from the MZ200 to reach *this* point, in Casios history.

    Punch up the WK-7500 on any of the online music retail sites-you can peruse the specs for yourself, at your leisure......do the research...I already have...a *thousand* times over....

    For starters, you can get, maybe,*part* of the features in any of the competing keyboards, at a $1000 minimum asking price , be they "arrangers" or "Pro" keyboards.

    (Side note: Just because you spend thousands on an implement, doesn't make "it" or *you* a "Pro". A true Pro, can make the best out of most any situation, or implement.
    This includes "Arrangers", so stop pretending like you know what the f**k you are talking about.)

    I've talked with plenty of "Pros" who had thousands of dollars in equipment, but yet, didn't know how to make a good recording of any type. They were surrounded by $money$ but severely lacking in skills. These are the type of people I enjoy "taking down", make no mistake.

    What the WK-7500 contains is enough to make your head spin, no matter what you own already.

    I don't care if it's the XF, G8, M3 or *whatever*....the WK-7500, basically wipes these suckers *out*.

    Casios reach is worldwide-they have a popular audience "built-in" because musical instruments wasn't their first choice...calculators *were* and , from there, they decided to branch out. Everyone has this right, but not everyone follows up on it....

    Korg doesn't make calculators, Roland doesn't make cellos, and Yamaha doesn't make digital cameras...

    There are more "common people" in the world than there are niche groups.
    SINCE there are more common people, Casio, has a broader base JUST in musical instruments than Korg, Roland AND Yamaha *combined*.

    Casio is a proven brand, time after time, in general terms.The world *loves* Casio, even if they are not aware of it!!!

    BUT, for $499.99, the WK-7500 proves that Casio will NOT stand still while the competition passes them by....

    They have STEPPED UP with the WK-7500 and announced to the WORLD that they can comback from seeming "defeat", so to speak.

    I , for one, am glad that they decided to mix it up with the "big boys".
    Complacency is no excuse for being *lazy*....

    You LOOK for the Casio WK-7500 to change the playing field, from this time on......

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    PS.
    If KORG thinks, even for a *second* that delaying the "Kronos" until May is going to "up their "market share"......well....*good luck*......

    I don't care how *good* it is.......WK-7500 is going to *beat* you......in terms....
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    I have never seen a stack of Casios on any stage, at any time.
    Casios are played until they break, then thrown away.
    Never even heard of a repair shop fixing one, labor is more $$$$ than the unit is worth.
    Where can I get what you are smoking?????? Richard

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    • #3
      I have never seen a stack of Casios on any stage, at any time.
      Casios are played until they break, then thrown away.
      Never even heard of a repair shop fixing one, labor is more $$$$ than the unit is worth.
      Where can I get what you are smoking?????? Richard




      *DUH*
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      • #4
        -----------------<br>Mike Pensini<br>Piano/Keyboard/Producer/Musical Director/Writer<br><br>twitter.com/mikepensini | facebook.com/mikepensinimusic | youtube.com/groovatious

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        • #5
          I have never seen a stack of Casios on any stage, at any time.
          Casios are played until they break, then thrown away.
          Never even heard of a repair shop fixing one, labor is more $$$$ than the unit is worth.
          Where can I get what you are smoking?????? Richard


          Casio Privia pianos are quite good, and very reliable.

          I took a brief look at the WK-7500. It may provide a hobbyist a lot for his money, but I wouldn't be interested. In key ways, it's a big step backwards from the MZ2000. No MIDI In/Out jacks. No aftertouch. No support for an expression medal. No mod wheel. The combination of those last three means there's no way at all to add any kind of performance expression (except pitch, there is a pitch bend wheel). The closest you can get is that there's a modulation button, but it's simply an on-off button, nothing you can vary the amount of in performance. The lack of MIDI (except via USB) and any expressive performance controls kill it for me.

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          • #6
            I played a show last year and there were two acts, my band and the closing band. I had my two Korgs, the Quik-Lok Z stand, my mini PA for mixing and monitor duties and my pedals. I've used this rig for a while and have spent a LONG time getting every patch for every song as close as possible. Many are exact. When we got off stage the band after us started to load up. The (new) keyboard player had some Casio keyboard on an X stand and that was it. I knew the band did a lot of the same material we did so I was curious how the music would sound using stock patches. I know it was his first show with the band.

            One word: HORRIBLE. Even though the keyboard player was decent and he played a lot of the songs correctly, by using a vibraphone sound for Don't Stop Believin' or a piano sound for Separate Ways, many of the songs were unrecognizable. He was fired immediately after the show.

            That's what using a new Casio keyboard will get you if you use it in a paying gig - fired.
            <b>Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. while I'll never buy from AMS again):</b><br><br><blockquote><hr>Footfall wrote:<br><p>What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally &quot;overpacking&quot; this product.</p><br><hr></blockquote><br><font size="1"><i><b>Current Korg Gear:</b> KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2</i></font>

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            • #7
              世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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              • #8


                That's what using a new Casio keyboard will get you if you use it in a paying gig - fired.


                LOL
                世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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                • #9
                  Is this an advertisement for Casio or something?
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                  • #10
                    Is this an advertisement for Casio or something?


                    Wow, I hope not. That video Bernard posted above proves how relatively unchanged Casio's ****************ty sounds are. I'm not sure it's worth $499. KRONOS killer? um.... sure.
                    <b>Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. while I'll never buy from AMS again):</b><br><br><blockquote><hr>Footfall wrote:<br><p>What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally &quot;overpacking&quot; this product.</p><br><hr></blockquote><br><font size="1"><i><b>Current Korg Gear:</b> KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2</i></font>

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                    • #11
                      Wow, I hope not. That video Bernard posted above proves how relatively unchanged Casio's ****************ty sounds are. I'm not sure it's worth $499. KRONOS killer? um.... sure.


                      Agree, those sounds are pretty bad.
                      My Live Gear: Roland FA-08, Hammond SK1-73, Moog LP
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                      • #12
                        I just re-read the first post again.

                        I don't care if it's the XF, G8, M3 or *whatever*....the WK-7500, basically wipes these suckers *out*.


                        Holy ****************, hilarious. Probably the best piece of Satire I've read on here in a long time. The reader ALMOST believes it.
                        <b>Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. while I'll never buy from AMS again):</b><br><br><blockquote><hr>Footfall wrote:<br><p>What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally &quot;overpacking&quot; this product.</p><br><hr></blockquote><br><font size="1"><i><b>Current Korg Gear:</b> KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2</i></font>

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                        • #13

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                          One word: HORRIBLE. Even though the keyboard player was decent and he played a lot of the songs correctly, by using a vibraphone sound for Don't Stop Believin' or a piano sound for Separate Ways, many of the songs were unrecognizable. He was fired immediately after the show.

                          That's what using a new Casio keyboard will get you if you use it in a paying gig - fired.


                          Imitating the sound of another instrument is a pretty stiff test, and many now famous instruments would have failed it at the time they were introduced: A Moog doesn't sound remotely like a piano, and a Hammond Organ won't fool many people into believing that it is a classical church organ.

                          Easy street for an instrument is having a composer write something that exhibits its strengths and hides its weaknesses. That might happen to the Casio - especially if there are composers out there with more talent than money - in which case twenty years from now keyboard players in tribute bands might be carefully getting their patches to sound like the Casio WK-7500.

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                          • #14
                            twenty years from now keyboard players in tribute bands might be carefully getting their patches to sound like the Casio WK-7500.


                            <b>Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. while I'll never buy from AMS again):</b><br><br><blockquote><hr>Footfall wrote:<br><p>What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally &quot;overpacking&quot; this product.</p><br><hr></blockquote><br><font size="1"><i><b>Current Korg Gear:</b> KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2</i></font>

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                              <div class="message">working in a library I wish women would just come right out and say &quot;where do you keep your soft core / torture porn at?&quot; <img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/facepalm.gif" border="0" alt="" title="facepalm" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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                              <div class="message">Well, I've never seen such filth in my entire life. Disgustation!!!</div>

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                              </div> That's called pain. Get used to it.</div>

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