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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Keyboard a professional user from Canada writes:
I agree with a lot of reviews that General Music could have done a lot better with the OS and the flippin' manual. This keyboard had me so PO I wanted to stuff it up GM's @$$. I discovered one saving grace...few owners understand that they must INITIALIZE the OS after an install. This is done by, continuosly turning the dial after turning it on while the keyboard is booting up. Doing this, eliminated a fantastic amount problems that appeared to be bugs for my unit. I use the keyboard & sequencer, every weekend and now it is quite stable. Can't promise the same for you but, try it. PS...save your setting before doing so.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-13-2003 at 20:00
Xxxcaliber a hobbyist user writes:
Almost a year ago I posted a positive reveiw on this keyboard. I apologize. I am a little wiser and experienced now and I take it back. The OS on this machine is not right. This keyboard is completely unpredictable! I was allured into buying it through the "JUST LIKE TRITON" comparison. While it does have lots of presets it is definely no triton. Infact the triton is in another league in comparison to this..........."I don't know what to call it?" To call it a peice of shit would be a compliment to GEM. If GEM had of took the time to fix the bugs in this keyboard it would be a respectable workstation. If you go into pattern, grove or song mode with out encountering some type of bug, Congratulations!, you have had a good day, but sooner or later the Equinox bugs will hunt you down get you. If you attemp to any type of serious composing standbye.....She will crash everytime and that is not an exaggeration. This Keyboard is might pass if all you want is live playing, but if you are into sequencing production don't let anyone con you into buying this keyboard New or used. No matter how low the price is. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! If you don't beleive nothing I have said and you want to waiste good money, Ignore this reveiw and buy it for yourself. Then you will see. I will never buy anything that has GEM written on it ever again. They got me once please do not let them get you.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-26-2002 at 22:39
Don't fake the funk... B-Funky a professional user from u.s.a writes:
I dig the keyboard and like the vibe of it but the operating system is really messed up when you begin to dig into the board. Though the keyboard has lots of profound capabilities for the price I brought it for($595.00 brand new!), the glitches are very frustrating. When I initially purchased the keyboard I took it home and began delving into every facet of it. Then I found some of the same problems a lot of other purchasers encountered; keyboard locking/freezing up, inability to navigate through the banks as stipulated in the manual, inability to access user sounds, data dial lag, keyboard freezing up when I would edit sounds in certain user locations, down arrow navigation key intermitently working correctly, system identity crisis when loading akai/wav samples. Unfortunately, re-loading the operating system via diskette does not resolve the problem. To solve these errors, I took it back to where I purchased it (10 days later) and told them of the glitches I had encountered. Prior to taking the keyboard in for repair, General Music's USA product manager was tons of help. He gave me instructions on how to fix the problem via e-mail. When inquiring for their help one should ensure they are very detailed and succinct in explaining what is wrong with the product. I took these instrunctions to the repair clerk and got my board fixed. I would not encourage loading simms, scsi or expanded sample ram on your own -- take it to a certified service representative to have that done. So far, the board is working fine. I purchased it mainly due to the price, sounds and options in addition for gigging live. I haven't gigged with the board live yet, but if it messes up on me again the vendor told me to bring it back and they would replace it with a new one. So in my view, support has been great but the board has far too many glitches. Especially when its brand new -- that doesn't make monetary sense to me. Aside from that I dig the sound but the factory presets don't do the machine justice. If you know how to make your own sounds you'll immediately see what I'm talking about. The presets have that '80's vibe to me. But after making my own sounds I brought it up to my personal tastes. For a beginner, the board can be kinda complicated due to the brief users manual; for the novice -- a piece of cake. The only inherent flaw is the operating system. If they (General Music) find a cure for that... my world would be a better place.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-30-2002 at 15:46
Richard a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
I got an Equinox Pro 88 to replace a rather beautiful Trinity Pro X, as it was 1/2 the price. Unfortunately, it's 1/2 as good. Whilst the sound engine is impressive, the build adequate, and the specification awesome in theory, in practise the dreadful OS, clumsy MIDI, and performance orientation made it totally unsuitable for use in a largely MIDI controlled studio. I don't like or want the internal sequencer, I hate multitimbrality as the only way of creating layers, and the MIDI is terrible, overloading devices, looping back and generally causing chaos.

NIL POINTs, Generalmusic.

The fact that the Megastation exists should have warned me that this would be what I call a 'performance' keyboard - aimed at pub singers and churches. Do not be fooled by the professional synthesizer labels - this thing is a very good tool for a club band doing Elvis' Greatest Hits, but it won't make you the next Jean Michelle Jarre.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 12:21
a hobbyist user writes:
What the hell, I bought one! I didn't have anything else to lose. I was looking for a good workstation synth for studio production (Hip Hop Contemp Gospel) and I gave the equinox a try. I've gambled many times and lost when it comes to buying gear, the mc-307, korg n364, all losses for me. But I have won a couple of gambles also, ex5, esi, sampletrak and others. I definitely cashed in big time on this awesome workstation. I still can't beleive I got this synth workstation for $700 brand new. They say it's just as good as a Triton or better. I won't say it's better but it is a tight race. This thing has so many features it's almost impossible to list them all, Can you say, part groove machine! When it comes to sounds, This baby has over 1000! Every one can be tweaked or edited on the drop of a dime with ease. People complain about the sequencer, I don't understand? They complain about all sequencers though if you notice. To me it's fabulous! I would use this as my main keyboard if I did'nt have my EX5. This keyboard is perfect for Hip Hop! Yes it does have loop rec and a arpeggio function (only one track). I can't understand why this workstation is so under rated, almost anyone who touches it will immediately see the awesome potential it has. This workstation will blow many of the other big names away! Nothing in the XP series can touch it! Nothing! It's on another level. This is one of the best kept secrets out there. I won't lie there are some disadvantages, no step record, it doesn't sample but you can load samples into it. I wouldn't expand it because if something goes wrong you're screwed- There is no support for this thing. Nothing! When you leave the store you will be on your own. It has locked up on me 2 times ( No problem ). Every synth has weak points and these are the ones I've noticed. An external sampler will eliminate some of them but you can't get around the support. I would not pay over $850 for one and you can get them for less than that. It is worth every penny. Very easy to use. In less than a couple of days everything will make sense. This keyboard is definitely for groove production. If you want an awesome synth workstation buy it. This will be one gamble you'll be glad you took.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-02-2002 at 18:10
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