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#72899 - 04/03/00 05:52 AM Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
Miguel Melo Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 4
Loc: UK
Hi,

I'm thinking of buying a keyboard, but I'm very split between the Yamaha DJX and the Casio CTK-631 (both about the same price). I will be using it mainly for MIDI composition, by itself and plugged to my soundcard.

From what I read, the DJX has more controllers (like the ribbon, assign wheel) that will allow me to send, for example, modulate messages - something that the casio sadly lacks... 1-0

On the other hand, I will not be playing anything remotely dance/trance. I'm looking for a keyboard to create more progressive metal, epic/classical sounding pieces. If you know the bands Dream Theater or Rhapsody, you know what I'm aiming for. I hear that the DJX only has 1 Mb for the GM samples, which leads me to believe that the CTK-631 sounds better for these voices... 1-1

On the other hand, I might be able to salvage some of the Yamaha's sounds for what I want (cool strings and such)... 2-1

But maybe I can create soaring strings and such with the CTK631 synthetiser? 2-2


So you can see my dilema... maybe those of you that know both models can help:

a) If you wanted to do prog keyboards, stuff with strings, violins and hapsichords would you still go with the DJX (and never use any of the styles etc) or the CTK631 (and lose modulation control)?

b) Is the Casio synthetiser any good?

c) Which sequencer is better? The one on the casio or on the yamaha?

Please help... thanks a lot in advance!


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#72900 - 04/03/00 12:28 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
mdolmon Offline
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Registered: 11/02/99
Posts: 80
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio,US
I have a DJX and also once owned the Casio, I also now own a Yamaha PSR 540. If you can afford it I would suggest the 540, It has a XG soundset, and some pretty good "other voices" I happen to be a HUGE fan of DT as well as Magellin and Liquid Tension Experiment. I also do some Prog Metal stuff with by set up. If your on a budget and you want to do this kind of music the 540 would be a great way to go. You won't get the same leads as Jordan Rudess but you can squeeze some serious juice out of the board. Also the DJX can be a good choice but like I said the 540 is best for the All around kind of voices you'll need. Good luck.

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#72901 - 04/03/00 04:20 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
Anonymous
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Hmmm. I never realy heard of the casio that you are talkin about.

But I got a DJX. It has many.. And I mean many of that tehcno/dance/house music stuff on there almost to much.

I have owned a casio keyboard befor. and the diffrence between the two is that yamaha always seems to be ahead of casio by a step.

Does Casio have realtime recording [ ???? ] I know Yamaha has great recording effects.

Casio is more of house Keyboard ya know. If I were you I would go with the DJX, but it is your desicion.

I remember right befor I got my DJX I got a Casio [ becuase I could not find the DJX anywere ] And I was kicking myself in the *ss later becuase it was ... well it .. . It was just sad man. The DJX is made for making music all by yourself [ no drum machine, no this no that no bla bla bla expanion, just you your fingers, your mind and the DJX, and probably some samples ]

Welp thers my two cents.

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#72902 - 04/03/00 11:31 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
rascal Offline
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Registered: 07/01/99
Posts: 59
miguel, djx wont be good for that kind of music...its more for dance/techno/hiphop just like maryland said...like mdolmon said yamaha psr540 would be much better for your purposes...it has more voices for that kind of music and better effects...
maryland,what did you mean by saying that casio is more house keyboard?

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#72903 - 04/04/00 07:17 AM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
Miguel Melo Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 4
Loc: UK
I have had a look at the specs for the PSR-540 and they seem to be quite good (no modulation wheel, though). Unfortunately it does appear to be way out of my intended budget. I'm mainly a guitar player (and crap at that) who wants to play around with some backing keys...

I could look at the 340, but then I lose the XG support (which would be a selling point) and still pay for the floppy drive (which I could do without, to be honest).

The budget constraint is the reason I was up for either the DJX or the Casio CTK631. I know you're all rabid Yamaha fans, but I read somewhere that they actually have improved the wave synthesis on this casio model compared with older models, and increased, for example, the amount of sample space for the piano threefold.

Can this particular casio model be that bad, or is it just lack of street credit (which I can live with, to be honest)?

And, quite honestly, is the DJX any good for anything NOT dance/trance/goa/rave?
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#72904 - 04/04/00 08:16 AM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
rascal Offline
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Registered: 07/01/99
Posts: 59
djx won't be good if youre not making techno/dance/trance/hiphop and so on...im not a big yamaha fan but i really think some keyboard from their psr-serie would be much better than casio...i don't know how it is these days but year ago or so,casios weren't very good...why dont you just test ctk631 and if you like it,then just buy it...=)

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#72905 - 04/05/00 08:07 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
House Junkie Offline
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Registered: 12/19/98
Posts: 29
Loc: Florida USA
Actually the DJX has full General Midi onboard as well as the Rap/Techno/Dance sounds so technically you can create any music you'd like with a little creativity

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#72906 - 04/07/00 09:06 AM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
Anonymous
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Do what makes ya happy.

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#72907 - 04/10/00 12:44 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
DMC Offline
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Registered: 04/10/00
Posts: 174
Loc: NY City
Heres a quote from the yamaha site(US)"Even if you've never played a keyboard in your life, the DJX lets you sound just like a pro -- the minute you get it out of the box!"

and if you dont believe this just listen to Maryland's tunes. Hes obviously a beginner!
Dont buy either!!!!
Go to a music store(not a k-mart or best buy) and check out whats available(you will notice that a real music store does not sale DJX's or any casios or any of the other TOYS.
Dont take advise from people who dont know shit, ask a professional.

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#72908 - 04/10/00 08:32 PM Re: Yamaha DJX vs Casio CTK-631
Uncle Dave Offline
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Registered: 12/01/99
Posts: 10324
Loc: Philadelphia Pa, USA
Oooooh! DMC - Your reply was pretty nasty, as well as UN-informed! There are plenty of "REAL" music stores that carry lower priced, automatic keyboards such as the VERY popular DJX. A "REAL" music store would have to be "REAL" stupid to ignore the obvious place that a keyboard like the DJX has in the hands of a budding hip-hop artist or interactive DJ. It's not for everyone, but it sure isn't for YOU to tell them who wants one and who doesn't. And, for the record, the more mature readers can do without the swearing, OK ? A lot of people read these postings for information. Please don't bring the level down to the gutter. Musicians have a bad enough "rep" to overcome as it is. Let's keep the respect level high, and the opinions constructive. Now, for $250 bucks, what would YOU suggest for the reader?

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