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Through the app you can adjust everything that you can control with the keyboard buttons but in a more pleasing way. However, you have to connect your phone or tablet to the keyboard with a USB cable because Bluetooth support is not built in (as with the Roland FP-10) or even optional (as with the Casio CDP-S360). For more than 20 years, John has worked as a professional music director and performed in concert halls and on nightclub stages; John also taught music for 10 years at a private Los Angeles middle and high school. The CDP-S160 doesn’t simulate the feel of an acoustic piano as well as our top pick does, but it’s easier to use and a little more affordable. Something that really struck me though was how the guitar took drive or distortion pedals. When I played this back to back with Affinity Tele I reviewed earlier, I realized how thin the glarry truly sounds.
We strongly recommend replacing it with a heavier, sturdier pedal, or with the optional Casio SP-34 three-pedal add-on, which gives you the additional soft and sostenuto pedals found on an acoustic piano. The built-in six-track recorder proved similarly uncordial. And we sometimes got deep enough in the weeds with the keyboard’s features that we had to turn the power off and on again to start over. The app offers even more features, such as piano roll (which plays tunes on the piano and displays an on-screen piano roll on your mobile device), but none that we found particularly useful.
As with any keyboard that offers 700 sounds, a lot of the CDP-S360’s sounds aren’t likely to be useful. You can access the same high-quality grand-piano sound as on the CDP-S160, as well as numerous additional piano sounds, such as Honky Tonk (which emulates the sound of an old upright piano). Many are cheesy, but some, like Solo Tenor Sax, get pretty close to the real thing. You have to spend some time finding which sounds work for you, but it’s fun.
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Basically this is not a playable musical instrument but just a toy. I purchased a Glarry guitar to see what you get for under $100. I was impressed that it looked like a regular telecaster and was incredibly light. However, there were many issues that would require most folks to spend an additional $200 or so correct. Two of the three screws that hold the bridge on were stripped in the wood.
Roland includes a cheap sustain pedal, which we recommend upgrading immediately. However, the FP-10 is not compatible with Roland’s three-pedal modules. The connections include the DC power plug, a USB Type-A port for updates, a USB Type-B port for connecting to a computer, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, and a 0.25-inch port for the included sustain pedal.
All of those little touches add to the FP-10’s sense of realism, and they’re one reason we liked its sound the best. These budget digital keyboards may be available in packages that include a stand, but beware of flimsy stands that might tip over easily. Most digital pianos include a simple sustain pedal, which lets the notes ring out, but it is usually lightweight and prone to flopping over and getting kicked around the floor. Even if your piano comes with a pedal, we strongly recommend upgrading to a sturdier, weighted pedal right away.