Synth Site: Kawai: K5000s: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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ChemVein a part-timer user from USA writes:
I'm another "Sam Ash" kiddy...

I ordered the K5000s on the basis that it was a good deal. I had never heard it before excepting a demo at sweetwater's site... but now i'm really glad i ordered it... So i'm sitting around at home and i hear screeching air-brakes of a UPS truck outside. I jump to the window, and there is a large box for me (but they shipped it to the wrong address, those bastards.) No matter... I went inside and called Sam Ash to check again if they accepted returns on opened gear, which they do, so i opened it. I saw a bunch of cardboard. exciting. Then I pulled it away to reveal the slinder, wrapped-in-white-foam form of the beautimus K5000s. First impressions on looks alone... The sides are metallic blue (blue!) which is a change from the usual "It's lame black plastic" look that we're all firmilar with. The knobs... OOH the knobs. So many damned knobs. The display had that ugly clear sticker stuff over it (you know what i'm talking about.) Anyway... on to the sounds and snit... I turned it on (without looking at the manual, because i hate manuals) and started playing with the sounds. There weren't as many sounds as i had expected, but they're so good anyway it didn't really matter. You can morph and change sounds so much you can't really tell it's the same preset. The knobs are what really got me. . . The filters on this thing can kill a cat (literally) and i nearly popped an ear drum many-a-time today. The overall sounds on the thing were very pleasing, but i was expecting more "piano-drumkit-solostrings-horns" kind of crap that you expect from a big ol' keyboard... but this was not the case. Lush, rich, analoguy sounds came out of this thing, which was a VERY pleasant suprise. I'm not sure that i'll even need a "virus/supernova/an1x/microwavext" thingy anymore. (Most likely, though) I wanted at least one drum kit. That was rather dissapointing, but you can download one from "Eat at Joes" (search for K5000 at yahoo) My favorite knobs (sorry for bring up the knob thing agiain) are the reso and cutoff knobs. They scream (and i mean SCREAM) There's a TB-303 program on there... it's called TB5005. It's not very good if you just play it all alone, but grab a knob and it turns into a very convincing TB. The Arpeggiator is great... portamento is implemented well... the synth is great overall. If you're looking for a synth with great piano patches, full drum kits and GM compatablilty, look elsewhere... this is a synth for ambiant textures and sonic soundscapes and SCREAMING scathing backdrops.

Sorry for all the spelling errors, but i've got to get back to my machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 20:14
Chad Gould from USA writes:
The best pad machine since the Wavestation and SY99. Thinnish and additive sounding in most cases. But who cares? It's the most evolving synth I've EVER heard aside from these two - great for ambient and soundtracks. Its unfortunately the most complex synth to program I've ever seen, period. This alone makes it somewhat unuseful to me of limited time were it not for the Sam Ash $459 price. The keyboard action on this kills the Fatars, its useful as a controller as a result. Plus this has one of the most trippy MIDI arpeggiators I've seen. Really nice there. As a bonus, I get a swirly, complex synth to boot. Given the price I paid, I'm pleased.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 19:33
Cho Ming Wong a hobbyist user from USA writes:
a well built machine with extensive real-time controlling features. sonically unique(yes, it's neither a sample playback nor analogue unit). synthesis approach is complex but that's where its power lies...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 18:43
Rigoberto a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I also bought my K5000S from Sam Ash for $459.00. You can't ask for anything better at that price. The sounds are terrific and their support is quick to respond to any questions sent via email. This is a very nice synth and it has a cool arpeggiator too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 14:52
s0n1k<>b00m from United States writes:
I bought mine from SAM ASH a couple of weeks ago for $460+shipping (what a great deal!), and all I can say that I'm very impressed with the quality of this instrument that Kawai has to offer. The synth certainly doesn't sound like anything else out there (by a mile). It wasn't ment to replace any analog or other gear you might have, but it's a wonderful addition to the existing set up you might have. So if you don't want to be a lamer and sound like everybody else out there, get this synth and start programming it. With tons of real time control, this synth won't let you stop tweeking it ;)


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-24-1998 at 18:40
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