Synth Site: Kawai: GM Mega: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Derwin E. Panganiban a hobbyist user from Philippines writes:
The G-Mega is my first Module and it's so easy to use when I'm editing sounds, But I'm having a hard time in using it in terms of making such layers and splits in different songs.It's like I'm using an analog effects(chorus,distortion,delay,...etc.) not like other modules that you can use as many layers and splits as you can at the same time.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-25-2002 at 13:13
Richard Downings a professional user from Simi Valley, CA writes:
My last review was on Aug of 1998. I have since used a Roland SC-880 (great GM synth), a Proteus 2000 (so-so module) and a Roland XP-80 (fine overall keyboard). Here I am back writing about the G-Mega. I found one on Ebay for $100. Thought, "why not get it". Well, after 2 years, the unit still sounds good. I now remember you can get a clean sound out of this unit when using it as a GM box only. I substituted my Roland SC-880 with the G-Mega on a solo gig. It sound great. The drums had a more "live" sound than the polished Roland sound. Yes, the strings were thin. The pianos were good and the brass was thin until I EQ's the mids and that seemed to fix that. The drums are the unit's best asset. As I have stated before, the G-Mega is a good (inexpensive) unit to have if you perform as a soloist needing a backup band, or just laying down demo tracks. As a stand alone synth, it is too thin sounding unless you EQ the heck out of it or use the layering capability with the temperaments. Buy one if you can.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-22-2002 at 18:22
a professional user writes:
The G-MEGA module is like the K11 designed primarily for what i believe to be orchestral pieces given it's micro tuning and reverb hall efects.However the G-MEGA allso has a wide veriety of additional sounds that can be edited so that the user can create other types of music the drum sounds are awsome all any one has to do is read the manual learn the unit well and use your imagination programming and composing arranging bottom line.."The G-MEGA is nice....

posted Saturday-Nov-17-2001 at 13:14
Jeff a part-time user writes:
I have a K4 and got the GMega for a small version with better quality samples & more poly while still being able to use the funky AM modulation.

Unfortunately, this unit is vastly cut down from a K4, and a serious pain to edit on top of that, which makes it unsuitable for begginers unless you only want factory GM sounds.

Here are some high (Low) points of the GMega :

-Only 2 samples as opposed to 4 on the K4.

- It automatically writes your edits!

-Editing consists of manually paging through 2 menus to get to everything.

All in all, I would say the GMega is only suited to someone who just wants to use GM sounds from a box the size of a car radio.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-10-2001 at 12:42
Henk Goosens a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Using this synth gives you some ups and downs. When used for playing a GS/GM midi file, it sounds rather convincing. But at a not so high a number of simultaneous note-events (well, quite simultaneous it never is with midi, but you know what I mean), it starts to 'bounce': some notes simply come too late. Like I said, when not pushed to those limits, it sounds well. But then, when you pick a patch that seemed so nice in a midi song and play it solo, the charm drops, leaving you with a very thin sound. There are only a few exceptions, like acoustic piano, distorted guitar, some brass.

Okay, then you read a nice suggestion on this site about layering sounds, and that shows a new dimension of the GMega. It is possible to assign a sound more than once to the same midi-channel, and change for instance the tuning of each assignment. An electric piano, using the same sound twice and detuning one of them 5 or 6 units, gives a strong, thick piano, with a chorus/flanging-like effect. I am still working on the strings, which somehow don't get richer when layered this way, but for the organs it works very well. Especially when you 'build' your own organ sounds with the pure sine-wave like you would do with draw-bars (so, use the second oscillator in a patch to produce a 5th or an octave and add the same slightly detunde patch or one with the same groundnote but a different addition in the second generator), it's hard to tell it apart from a real Hammond. That is, until you feel the need to speed up the Leslie: that has to come from a separate effect unit, for the Gmega only has 6 effects (6 versions of reverb, that is). And don't forget that fooling around with sounds and channel-assignments will not work well while playing back standard midi files.

There is another aspect I think is worth mentioning here: the GMega sounds sometimes surprisingly better in a live situation, where it combines nicely with other instruments in the combo, than at home. It has the opposite effect from the Yamaha TG500 I use: that module doesn't have weak sounds, at least not in the family of sounds I am interested in, when used in the studio. But when used on stage, it's strong, yet silky and polished sounds seem to stay separate from the other instruments, and tend to get pushed to the background. Whereas the GMega, using the same amplification equipment, has more presence (not meaning being loud) and 'feels' more like a part of the overall sound of the combo. But here too: when the rest of the instruments are silent, the standard sounds of the GMega (not layered as mentioned above) are too weak for soloing.

So. some days you can't miss it, other days you want to throw it away. Seems like a normal relation to me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-13-1998 at 07:33
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