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Casio introduces new compact keyboards and workstations [NAMM11]

Casio has unveiled four new keyboards at this year’s Winter NAMM show.

The WK-6500 and CTK-6000 are replacements for the heralded WK-500 and CTK-5000 models. The new additions offer new tones and rhythms, a larger backlit LCD display and a new 17 track sequencer with editing tools for creating new sounds and music composition.

Equipped with over 200 different styles of music from around the world, 670 instrument tones, 100 DSP effects and a registration mode for live performance, the new WK-6500 and CTK-6000 have all the tools to edit, create and perform music.

The flagship models, WK-7500 and CTK-7000, deliver an unprecedented level of power and music making capabilities. Combined with a 17 track sequencer, the CTK-7000 and WK-7500 have the ability to record audio.

Compositions created on the CTK-7000 and WK-7500 can be recorded as an audio file on a SDHC storage card. Even sounds from external instruments can be mixed and recorded. Users can plug-in a microphone, guitar, bass or other instrument and play along with instrument tracks from within the keyboard.

All of the sounds get mixed and saved as a stereo audio file which can be shared with friends and family via computer or put on an audio CD for label executives. The WK-7500 and CTK-7000 models also feature large LCD display screens, nine physical sliders for mixing capabilities and an organ drawbar mode.

Full specifications aren’t yet available, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have information.

The keyboards are due to launch in February 2011, with MSRPs ranging from $299.99 to $599.99.