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Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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vance a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had an SK880 for about 3 years now. There are some good points to this keyboard, but mostly bad. It does have excellent keyboard action. I haven't yet felt anything yet that matches the action. I've come to prefer the way it plays over spongier/harder boards. It's got a nice display and a semi-user friendly way of navigating the UI. (I had to replace my jogwheel potentiometer once already ... it cost 15 bucks and about 15 minutes worth of work)... Cons: (there really are many more...) 1. NO portamento (WHY?!) 2. Forget about the sequencer... I have a CS degree and can't figure it out. 3. Cheesy sounds (they're all so early 90's-ish)... 4. THE HUM ... every time you press a key this think makes a weird high-frequency hum that is impossible to isolate... 5. Sliders are only cool if you can reprogram them... these are 'stuck' to channel volumes. 6. The effects leave something to be desired... namely, configurability. 7. Unless you're able to remember that that synth preset you liked so much was under "Style:Dance1,Bank2,DiscoFun,Style P.,Polysynth" (note 5 button-presses) you can forget about presets. Just pretend that these are the olden days before the glorious age of editable presets. Oh and 8. forget about editing the presets. It can be done, but figuring out where to save them is a nightmare... The save menu isn't exactly intuitive... I figured it out once only to forget how later. Now I just pretend I enjoy tweaking sounds into something useful. Why they didn't link the "sound groups" buttons with fully configured presets (I mean effects etc.) that were easy to edit/save, the world will never know.

I'll probably keep mine to use as a controller - until it dies, but most should buy something else.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-28-2006 at 23:47
Dm a part-time user writes:
Real instruments are all alive and BEST. Don't read about "weak" engine. Try to edit and SK will discover a whole new pure world of sounds for you. Only one competitor - K2x00. Organs (5+), sax, reeds, guitars... all with presence of sound atmosphere not just box with some bunch of knobs/sliders/sounds in plastic universe. Praise: Non-top class DAC's design.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-02-2003 at 19:35
Gabriele a hobbyist user from Italia writes:
A metà marzo diquest'anno ho comprato una sk88 del 1998. L'ho pagata (usata) 720 Euro. Ad un mese e mezzo di distaza ritengo di aver fatto un buon affare. la tastiera è ben pesata, salvo uno o due tasti che andrebbero registrati, e i suoni sono molto curati. Ammetto di esssere daccordo con Al Manigsaca per quanto riguarda i suoni di violino, ma il pianoforte mi sembra ok. Il rumore di fondo: è un problema non indifferente. Non riesco a trovare soluzione.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-21-2003 at 04:56
Dave a professional user from Tucson AZ writes:
Excellent Workstation with some annoyances, but fewer annoyances than most Workstations. The sound engine is weak in some areas, but the design, the "recipe" is unmatched today. The sequencer is excellent and intuitive, the accompaniments are pretty good if you edit them. The key to this workstation is spending bench time editing sounds & Styles to no end, making them realistic instead of plastic sounding..... Remember some keyboards wont let you edit & save like this SK 880 does. GeneralMusic is on the right track, and with more advertising would be a better, bigger player.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-04-2001 at 12:01
Bob Naumann a part-time user from Street, Md writes:
This Workstation was purchased with the intent of performing live in a P&W band. It seemed that in the beginning the keyboard would be satisfactory, but after many hours of trial and error with it's operations, I believe I should have went with my gut feeling and bought the Roland A90. Let's begin with the positive points of the SK880. It has a great action, better than most keyboards I've played. The sequencer functions and real time styles with variations are a handy tool playing live in one man band applications. The problems arise when switching between styles or different performance and sound groups. The settings automatically switch keyboard split points layer and upper / lower parameters without any indication of what is going on in the display. It then becomes extremely difficult to find what is going on with the program setting you are in and most of the time I would just turn the power off and reset the system to continue play. The piano sounds and sounds in general could stand great improvement. I use a piano module to achieve a decent sounding piano but i like the keyboard as a controller. I also wanted to add a vocal processor and had a great deal of difficulty obtaining one. Evidently, the Peavey dealers are unaware there is a product called Generalmusic. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. If I had it to do over again, anybody would get my business but Generalmusic.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-26-2000 at 20:59
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