You handle all instrument selection through six buttons on the console (two sounds per button). Buttons for modulation, chorus, and reverb effects are provided, and the piano’s display shows all the settings and parameters. You can adjust the Recital Pro’s metronome function to any setting from 30 to 280 beats per minute, and the speed appears on the display. The action on the CDP-S160, which Casio calls scaled hammer action, allows the keyboard to better emulate how the action feels across an acoustic piano’s keyboard, where the lower notes are a bit heavier than the higher notes. John and Phil, our panel’s two most experienced testers, ranked this keyboard second in both sound quality and playability.
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It offers 700 different sounds, including probably every instrument you can name and many you can’t—and we found a lot of them to be quite useful. It also includes 200 rhythms for accompaniment, plus a built-in six-track recorder. Though this piano has a digital readout, it’s small, and the controls can be confusing.
The most recent update was written by Wirecutter senior staff writer Brent Butterworth. The 2023 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show is coming up in mid-April, and we expect to see at least one or two new budget digital pianos introduced at that time. We’ll keep an eye out for new models and try out any that we think are promising as soon as they’re available. Like most budget digital pianos, the CDP-S360 comes with a lightweight sustain pedal that tends to wander around on the floor.
It also includes escapement, which on an acoustic piano is when the hammer drops away from the string after hitting it; the moment that happens is something you can feel on an acoustic piano, and Roland simulates the effect here. Brent, who uses pianos only for composing and recording demos, preferred the lighter action of the Casio CDP-S160. You can also access all 700 sounds using the scroll wheel and digital display on the piano itself, but that takes forever.
My friends and I have bought several glarry electric basses and we think glarry is hands down the best electric bass under $200. The price is cheap, and the product material, sound quality and workmanship are very good. Yamaha’s YPG-535 offers 500 sounds and comes with its own stand, but in our tests the keyboard action was springy and didn’t feel like a piano. The Alesis Recital Pro matches our other picks in length and height, but it’s a bit deeper—almost 4 inches deeper than the Roland FP-10 and 5 inches deeper than the Casio CDP-S160.
It never sounded particularly full, and the note decay (how long a note takes to diminish to nothing while the player depresses the sustain pedal) was much faster than that of an acoustic piano. The other 11 sounds were fine, and beginners are likely to have fun trying them out, but we didn’t find them particularly inspiring or useful. Everyone on the panel agreed that the FP-10’s piano sound was better than the CDP-S160’s, though the improvement was subtle. Roland’s sound engine replicates all the noises a piano creates when you play it—not just the notes produced by the hammers hitting the strings. Those noises include the string vibrations that occur as the player depresses the damper pedal and the damper moves away from the strings.
This Casio keyboard doesn’t have the escapement simulation found on the Roland FP-10, but beginners and students likely wouldn’t notice its absence. I’ve ordered several products from glarrymusic and each time I am surprised by the quality a product that I receive. Two separate occasions there has been a problem and they have been resolved very… The keyboard offers 200 rhythm patterns in a wide variety of styles; the Music Space app makes it easier to navigate them, but we’ve found a good iOS or Android accompaniment app such as iReal Pro simpler to use and more versatile. An auto accompaniment feature on the CDP-S360 adds chords and bass parts based on what you play, but we found it difficult to figure out even after digging into the manual. Casio’s Music Space app makes the CDP-S160 even easier to use.
The series is “”full of self degrading, foul humor””, such as when Neil is being sucked into the game he is masturbating and strangled himself with his NES controller. This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.Learn More. The CDP-S160’s music desk (the holder where you place the sheet music) was the sturdiest among our test units. Its lower half is solid, which helps it hold a music book or sheets of paper better than a wire stand. The Recital Pro is an affordable piano that is easy to use and sacrifices only a little in feel and performance features.
Six of the frets required leveling and all frets required polishing and end-filing. After a couple hours with my guitar tech tools I had a playable instrument which I will feel good about donating to a local home for kids. The keyboard also has a metronome that lets you adjust the tempo up and down, or you can set a specific tempo between 20 and 255 beats per minute. A duet function allows the CDP-S160 to split into two sides so that a student and teacher can sit at the keyboard together, with each side covering the same range of notes. The value of these keyboards doesn’t stop at the beginner level.