Synth Site: Kawai: K5 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Sean Shea a part-time user from s writes:
I have used a lot of hard to program synths (Synclav, Additive on K3, FM) in my time but this one is frustrating. I owned a K5m for 2000-1 and didn't do much with it because of the difficult interface. Also there is a mod for the bad noise on the output and the noise is lower using the indiv outs. I had a librarian but no editor which would seem to be a requirement for anyone today. I however do recall this thing knocking my socks off back when it came out. I did love this a decade ago, but as someone said, it hasn't aged well. Great sounds but the three is for the programming and noise

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 06:48
Rick Jacobs a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I bought one used off eBay and sold it a year later. I am still not sure if it was worth the $200 I paid for it. This synth hasn't aged well. I found the sounds cheezy and un-useable compared to the other gear that I own. I can't recommend it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-31-2002 at 01:31
Sevo Stille a part-time user from Germany writes:
To roll up a bunch of questions that came up here:

Sounddiver only has a librarian. As far as I know, there are only two PC editors about: Soundquest seems to have a editor module, and so has Noize ( I use the Noize editor and am quite happy with it.

A second source for backlights would be

Apparently the manuals can still be bought via Kawai US.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-29-2001 at 12:03
George Skordilis, Piccolo Recording Studio a professional user from Greece writes:
Just having bought a new (!) K5m, i.e. the rack-mount version of the K5, for about 500$, I'm anything but crying for my money! This synth has a character of its very own, its power is enough to keep you experimenting for years and I cannot understand other users' comments about bad-level, noisy outputs. Especially in multitimbral mode everything is OK, and my K5m is connected to pro level machines (mixing console, outboard, etc). All in all, not just another module in my racks but something really different!

Oh yes, is anyone out there having a software editor (for Windows) or any intersting patches? E-mail me please!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-21-2001 at 04:52
anonymous a professional user from usa writes:
I bought one when it first came out, and had to swap it out in a week - several bad keys. The second one also was buggy. The sounds were wonderful and programming, while tedious, allowed for some unique sounds. Noise, as others have noted, killed it for me. I'd love to get the module back in my sysstem for the unique sounds, but the keyboard was junk.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-12-2001 at 14:51
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