Synth Site: Kawai: K5000s: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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futureretro777@aol.com a hobbyist user from san frandisco. california. usa writes:
damn this bugger makes sounds like no other. kinda reminds me like a hard edge FIZMO. but the edges are too many to repeat. incredible synth. who says its hard to program? easiest synth i ever used. in just an hour or so. f--k the va,s this thing sounds like its own. never had more fun making noise. and so easy to use. was wondering if the wavestation is as cool?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-09-2001 at 03:27
nathan kaines a professional user from USA writes:
Ok i just received my k5000s today, and i wasnt gonna post a review till i really got into the synth. But i sacrificed my friday night and spent hours with it. First impressions: ok this is one sleek looking synth, very sexy. Keyboard action is killer like said many times before. many control features make it a killer controller as well. At first i didnt think it could do good bass, but after a while of getting into it i pumpe out some good basses, not nord or virus bass, but good enough. The main thing i see this synth good for is, killer evolving pads, weird fx, and th most phucked up noises you can ever imagine. Seems a lil to bright to me, i do wish it was a lil warmer, but then whats warm to me isnt to others. The interface oddly enough feels right, and you almost get used to maneuvering around real fast. Filters are a little harsh, sorta like biting, you really have to watch the reso or you could pop your ears, and make some people real pissed. Overall im happy with the money i spent, and feel this board will add to my rig nicely. Its more o a board that should fit into a already functional studio. If you do ambient, noise, experimantal, or just want something very unique check this board out fast. Youll be amazed.

Pros: killer build, great action,huge lcd, amazing sounds, endless control, and not analog, i love analog, but its a refreshing change, dont expect this board to do analog, it can kinda, but then your missing the point of its power.

Cons: slow disk drive, steep learning curve(which is a plus, it weeds out the preset freaks) and last, not enough time in the day to really freak out on the sounds, some of them really freak me out, and thats so worth the wait and price.

Get one. You wont be sorry, which youve heard before, but trust me its worth the 500-600$ youll pay for it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-30-2000 at 04:33
andy a part-time user from oc ca. writes:
LOve this synth only thing is i have 2 and need a dedicated sampler,, its clean with mem upgrade will sell for 600 plus s/h if interested please respond> Thanks This is a killer synth i just need more sampling for my music but at least i still have 1!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-24-2000 at 01:31
dubcat a hobbyist user from uk writes:
programming is a nightmare(very complex).the arpeggiator is nothing short of brilliant. unique tones and sounds, unheard by the human ear are to be found here. as for the fx,delays arn't that bad and the band pass filter is quite usefull.

posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2000 at 21:23
Philip a part-time user from Dallas, TX USA writes:
This is really an exciting synth. While it is complex, it's not really the bugaboo everyone makes it out to be. I've found it to be quite intuitive and it has an excellent display. Although it is thought to excell at cold and harsh timbres, I've programmed some good replications of Polysix sounds on it. The key action is incredible as is the build quality. This synth was made for live performance with the buttons below the disk drive and the 16 knobs for realtime manipulation. It's not a generic workstation synth so I'm not expecting realistic ROMpler-type sounds from it. I bought it for it's synthetic textures. I guess if I had a complaint, it would be the fact that you can't continue to play while loading sounds like you can on the XP series, so you'll have to wait while loading sounds. Other than that, a very cool, unique beast.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-30-2000 at 17:35
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