New Digital Pianos: Casio CDP-S100 and CDP-S350

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It’s that time of year. The NAMM show, the musical instrument industry’s showcase, is just around the corner, and manufacturers are lining up to announce new products. Today it’s Casio’s turn with the unveiling of two digital pianos: the CDP-S100 and CDP-S350.

Casio CDP-S100 and CDP-S350 digital pianos

Casio CDP-S100 (top) and Casio CDP-S350 (bottom)

Casio has previously released a host of digital pianos in their CDP range: the CDP-100, 120, 130, 135, 200, 220, 230, 235, and the CDP-240. The company considers their CDP products to have wide appeal… not just as “entry-level” instruments, but suitable for anyone looking for a good quality portable, digital piano.

The main features of the two new CDP-S pianos include:

A new sound engine

Both the CDP-S100 and CDP-S350 deploy a brand new dynamic stereo sound source, which uses samples four times greater resolution than the original CDP instruments. This results in a much better sound — more balanced across the pianos’ compass, and a far greater dynamic range for each note. 

A new keyboard

Casio’s new Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard has been designed to provide a more acoustic-piano like touch response. The key faces have also been upgraded with a simulated ebony and ivory textured finish.

A lighter, more compact design

Casio now refers to the design as being “ultra-compact”.  Previous CDP pianos were, by virtue of the keyboard, of similar width, but the depth, height and weight of the CDP-S instruments have been reduced yet further. Casio claims these to be the lightest in their category.

The company has also re-engineered the electronics so that the pianos consume less power, making the use of batteries viable. As a result, the CDP-S100 can run for 13 hours under certain conditions. This further enhances the portability of the instruments.

The CDP-S100 is the more basic instrument with 10 preset sounds, whilst the CDP-S350 offers a far wider range of tones (and pitch-bend controller) along with digital recording facilities and programmable registration memories. 

The specification chart (below) details the main features of the two instruments and allows for direct comparisons to be made.

Both pianos are compatible with Casio’s free  Chordana Play Piano App for IOS and Android devices (cable connection required). This software provides lessons and visual aids for playing more than 100 famous pieces of classical music. Chordana also works as a piano remote control and as a PDF music viewer. 

Casio CDP-S100 and Casio CDP-S350 on optional stands

Casio CDP-S100 (front) and Casio CDP-S350 (left) both on optional CS-46P stands

Price and Availability

The CDP-S100 is priced in the UK at GBP 399.00 and the CDP-S350 at GBP 529.00, and both instruments will be available from February 2019. Prices and availability for other parts of the world will appear here shortly.

At present these instruments only appear on certain Casio websites, including that of Casio Electronics Co. Ltd.

Casio America Inc. can be found at Stand 9502 on Level 1 of this year’s Winter NAMM show, to be held at the Anaheim Conventions Center, California (24-27 January).

Casio CDP-S Range: Specifications
Keyboard88-key piano keyboard88-key piano keyboard
- Touch Response3 types, Off3 types, Off
Maximum Polyphony64 notes64 notes
Tones10 (Grand Piano Standard, Grand Piano Mellow, Grand Piano Bright, Elec. Piano 1, Elec. Piano 2, Elec. Piano 3, Harpsichord, Strings, Pipe Organ, Jazz Organ )700
- FunctionLayerLayer, Split
EffectsReverb (4 types), Chorus (4 types)Reverb (10 types), Chorus (4 types)
MetronomeOff, 1 to 9 (beats)Off, 1 to 9 (beats)
- Tempo Range20 to 25520 to 255
Song Bank
- Demo Songs21
- Built-in Songs152
- User Songs10
- User Recorded Songs6
Auto Accompaniment
- Built-in Rhythms200
- User Rhythms10
Registration32 (4 setups × 8 banks)
RecorderReal-time recording, playback
Keyboard Play5 songs, 6 tracks
Play Along with a Built-in Song1 song (L, R, LR)
Memory CapacityApproximately 12,000 notes per song
Other Functions
- Transpose–12 to 0 to +12 semitones–12 to 0 to +12 semitones
- Octave ShiftUpper1/Upper2/Lower, ±2 octaves
- TuningA4 = 415.5 Hz to 465.9 Hz (Initial Default: 440.0 Hz), variable in 0.1 Hz stepsA4 = 415.5 Hz to 465.9 Hz (Initial Default: 440.0 Hz), variable in 0.1 Hz steps
- Scale Tuning (Temperament)17
- Music Preset310
- One Touch Preset200
- Auto Harmonize• Transpose:12 types
- Arpeggiator• Tuning:100 types
- Pitch Bend WheelPitch bend range: 0 to 24 semitones
MIDI16-channel multi-timbre received16 multi-timbre received, GM Level 1 standard
- PHONES/OUTPUT jackStereo mini jack (3.5mm), Output Voltage: 1.2V (RMS) MAXStereo mini jack (3.5mm), Output Voltage: 1.2V (RMS) MAX
- AUDIO IN jack:Stereo mini jack (3.5mm), Input impedance: 10kΩ, Input voltage: 200mVStereo mini jack (3.5mm), Input impedance: 10kΩ, Input voltage: 200mV
- USB port:Type BType B
- USB Flash Drive PortType A
- PEDAL UNIT JackStandard jack (6.3mm)Proprietary jack (sustain, sostenuto, soft)
- DAMPER/ASSIGNABLE jackStandard jack (6.3mm) (sustain, sostenuto, soft, rhythm)
Power Jack12V DC12V DC
Power Supply2-way2-way
- Batteries6 AA-size alkaline batteries6 AA-size alkaline batteries
- Battery LifeApproximately 13 hours continuous operation on alkaline batteriesApproximately 4 hours continuous operation on alkaline batteries
- AC AdaptorAD-A12150LWAD-A12150LW
- Auto Power-OffApproximately 4 hours (AC Adaptor) / 6 minutes (batteries) after last operation; can be disabled.Approximately 4 hours (AC Adaptor) / 6 minutes (batteries) after last operation; can be disabled.
Speakers12cm × 6cm (Oval) × 2 (Output 8W + 8W)13 cm × 7 cm (oval) × 2 (Output: 8W + 8W)
Power Consumption12V, 8W12V, 10W
Dimensions132.2 (W) × 23.2 (D) × 9.9 (H) cm (52 1/16 × 9 1/8 × 3 7/8 inch)132.2 (W) × 23.2 (D) × 9.9 (H) cm (52 1/16 × 9 1/8 × 3 7/8 inch)
WeightApproximately 10.5kg (23.1 lbs) (without batteries)Approximately 10.9kg (24.0 lbs) (without batteries)

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