DOVER, NJ, January 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Casio, the world’s leading provider of powerful and affordable musical instruments, today announced the Casiotone CT-S500 and its big brother, the CT-S1000V, the first vocal synthesizer that can literally transform any text, like song lyrics – into a musical phrase, then “sing it” in perfect harmony according to all the notes played on its keys.

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For centuries, instruments have been designed with the human voice in mind – not necessarily to sound exactly like it, but to speak and express emotions like it. The violin, cello, and saxophone are all examples, as are modern vocoders and some aspects of synthesizers. The CT-S1000V makes that creative dream come true by tapping into an activity almost everyone does every day: typing.

To start, Casio has built 100 lyric sounds (phrases inspired by familiar songs) into the CT-S1000V, which can be overwritten, and there’s room for another 50 from the Lyric Creator app. The instrument supports both English and Japanese texts. No keyboard instrument has ever been able to speak and sing with this degree of fluency and musicality.

For custom lyrics, the player simply types in words using the companion Lyric Creator app for iOS® and Android® devices. These are then transmitted to the CT-S1000V via USB and played back using any of its 22 vocalist types, including talkboxes, processed choirs, robot vocals, vocoders and whisper vocals, all drawn from the history of synthetic voices in pop music. Phrases can be played all at once, in a set rhythm as keys are pressed, or one syllable at a time as new notes are played with or without legato. They can also be sequenced together to play complete songs.

The CT-S1000V also offers all the features that make Casiotone synonymous with the pleasure of playing music immediately. Its AiX tone source offers 800 high-resolution sounds representing all instrument categories, the keyboard can be split or layered to play multiple sounds at once, and 64-voice polyphony ensures players will never run out of notes . Accompaniment section puts a full backing track at the player’s fingertips, including 243 built-in rhythms, 50 user-programmable rhythms, simplified chord fingering modes (including CASIO Chord™) for easy playing and automatic harmonies. Players can organize songs on the fly by switching between various intro, normal, filler, variation, and ending sections.

Casio was the first company to make sampling accessible to everyone, regardless of budget, with its SK-1 keyboard in 1985. The CT-S1000V continues this tradition with its ability to sample up to ten seconds of audio sound (or multiple three-second samples for creating drum kits) via its 1/8-inch stereo input. The CT-S1000V also gives you the ability to sample wirelessly using the included WU-BT10 Bluetooth Audio and MIDI Adapter.

For learning and songwriting, a built-in MIDI recorder can store up to five performances. With its six-track capacity and 40,000 notes per song, musicians can sketch out fully arranged compositions – and beginners can listen back to their own practice – without the need for a computer. Of course, the CT-S1000V can also connect to a computer or mobile device via USB-MIDI or Bluetooth, taking advantage of everyone’s MIDI and recording software as well as Casio. Casio Music Space iOS/Android app, which turns the music learning process into an interactive and engaging video game.

The 100 built-in, studio-grade DSP effects can add polished brilliance to any sound, including lyrics. Effects include numerous amplifier and cabinet simulators, modulation effects, chorus, reverbs, delays and much more. Each of the effects can be extensively customized and tweaked on the fly using the CT-S1000V’s three assignable knobs.

For musicians who simply want all of the CT-S1000V’s great instrument sounds, accompaniment features, sampling, MIDI recording and effects without vocal synthesis, Casio presents the new CT-S500, which achieves this ideal point at an even more attractive price. Weighing just over 10 pounds and can run on six AA batteries, both keyboards are designed for making music on the go.

As part of the release, Casio unveiled an exclusive landing page guiding consumers through the features which can be viewed HERE.

The CT-S1000V (MSRP: $679.99) and CT-S500 (MSRP: $499.99) are available at musical instrument retailers nationwide and on To learn more about Casio’s full line of electronic musical instruments, please visit

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