Synth Site: Kawai: K5000R: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Michael Godfrey a professional user from us writes:
I like my Kawai K5000R.


It's frigid sounding. It isn't like anything else in my rack.

Plus, you'll lose your mind trying to program the thing. Why do you think they didn't sell well?

Programming is hard, even with Sound Diver. I have the knobby box for the K5000R, but unfortunately, it doesn't remember a damn thing when you turn a dial.

Not a big deal, though. You can really create some eternally evolving drones with this instrument.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2000 at 18:53
Peter a hobbyist user from Chicago USA writes:
I'm not going to put any marks yet for this unit. I'va only had it 3 days now but I expect a big Fat 5 will be put in an update posting. I've spent a good amount of time with specral analysis of sound previous to this purchase so I'm not learning this from scratch. I thought of a good place everyone could access a spectrum analyser. There is one in realplayer 7 plus! It's a lot of fun to go to websites for synths and check out the different spectrums of sounds in sample downloads. If you picture each bar on the screen as a harmonic and it's movement im time as the individual harmonic envelope it makes it easy to see what is going on. It's not an exact science. It does help keep the steep curves in the sounds and not in the learning process.

posted Monday-Jun-19-2000 at 20:25
ashley a hobbyist user from london writes:
i read a reasonable amount of reviews on the net and i see people getting very excited about the most mundane s+s synths. they all get 5/5. i wonder what these people would make of the kawai k5000?

the k5000 gives you many options but once you understand how the thing works it is fairly easy to program. with the additive engine you turn your usual programming on its head and the filter becomes an afterthought. the meat and bones of the programming is the setting up of the additive wave. all the features around this such as morf, AM and looping envelopes add the icing to the cake (with meat and bones perhaps gravy would be better!). to coin a phrase you have to "think different"- i like that. i can only compare the k5k to my microwave2, not in the way it works but for the sonic madness you can get out of it. the k5000 has a unique sound, that rare today and justifies its purchase price on this alone. are they out of production now?

a well deserved 5/5, dare i say it a misunderstood classic. only time will tell ashley

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-11-2000 at 09:14
Terminus Nord a part-timer user from Boston, USA writes:
I have a K5000R, and I'm genuinely happy with it. I use it sparsly though, mostly to add pads and ear candy to songs that need a little more depth and fullness. I can't see using this as my only board, but for supplementing an already full setup, it is superb.

This unit makes evolving digital sounds you can't get anywhere else. I would go so far as to say that it even out-Wavestations the Wavestation.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-10-1999 at 18:11
Dr. Martein a hobbyist user from usa writes:
The Digital Filter sounds decent, distorts at high resonance (cool if you want grungy acid sounds). The additive section contains the essentials for background dark drawn out ambient randomness. The formant filter envelope is loopable for achieving those fluid hold the key sounds. Overall it is a nice piece to add to a semi-complete setup. -peace

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-09-1999 at 21:22
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