Synth Site: Kawai: K5000s: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Elmacaco a hobbyist user from US writes:
I've had my K5000S for about 2 months and I must say I am in awe of this machine. I bought it from a Dj who didn't have time to program it(or learn to program it) so I guess I got it because of the inconprehensible manual (thanks Kawai!!). So he's got his groovebox, I've got the K5000S. People say it's hard to program, but I don't think so. C'mon people! it isn't a DX7, although it certainly is as flexible (if not more so) and will keep surprising for years to come. It does take a while to get your bearings with additive synthesis, (the Wizoo book helps heaps) this is a programmers synth. If thats what you want, you can't do better. And I can't be happier.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-17-2000 at 08:07
Ben Loftis a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought this a few months ago after a lot of research. Once I decided to buy it, they had become scarce so I had to fork out $700 (with expanded memory).

I love the synth. I don't program it as much as I expected to, because there is already quite a wide variety of sounds in the public domain. I just tweak them a bit and use them. The sounds are so much more organic than sample-playback type synths that noone is going to say "Oh, he used patch xyz just like everybody else". Sometimes I think the sound of a given patch changes day-to-day!

Th build quality is excellent. This is the first synth that I don't mind my 1-year-old daughter playing with. It's bulletproof. And the key action is great!

I only have 1 complaint .. the controllers send their data very sporadically. I'ts impossible to do a smooth filter sweep or whatever. You can smoooth the data once it gets to your sequencer, however, and it will play back just fine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-16-2000 at 10:14
J.Saez a part-time user from Chile (South America.... not the vegetable) writes:
Ah... i forgot: NO GENERAL MIDI sounds. THANKS GOD !!!!

www.mp3.com/orbiter

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-15-2000 at 20:24
J.Saez a part-time user from Chile (South America.... not the vegetable) writes:
Well, i had this synth for a week. I had to pay 1000 US$ for it, used (but almost new) because you can't get this things at my country. I don't regret it. A brand new k5000s is sold for about 1600 US$ here.

Well... the keyboard... is great ! the knobs are great ! display is great ! the outputs are great ! The sounds.... digital but warm, gargling, burbling, pads, space sounds, morphing leads, mellow synths. It is not a Virtual Analogue Synth, but i think it cn beat the crap out of the JP-8000. (more poliphony, more effects, more controls, bigger keyboard, aftertouch, etc.).

I have an MC-505 groovebox... it is a great synth/sequencer (even it seems there are a lot of people who hates it) and it complements great with the K5000s.

www.mp3.com/orbiter

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-15-2000 at 20:22
Jake a hobbyist user from a-town writes:
The K5000s is soooooo deep you could spend a lifetime trying to delve into the sonice possibilities. Everyone seems to think that this synth is just good for ambient/trance, and while that is its forte I use mine for all sorts of music, including guitar based music. For frustrated users about to sell their K5k I say be patient. The trick with this synth is to forget trying to sound like other boards and to accept the K5k's sounds on their own merits which are IMHO quite substantial. Although the K5k's sounds are quite unnatural they are highly musical and really very beautiful. Of course you can get ugly with the filters and blow out your speakers if you're so inclined. Although it's digital, the K5ks sounds animated and organic, never static or 'same-y'.

Additive is initially frustrating because most of the parameter changes don't change the sound noticeably, and you can't whip together "techno bass #5" in five minutes like you can on other synths. Despite this frustration, I don't think additive synthesis is terribly confusing, it's just awfully tedious at times. At least for me additive synthesis is far less confusing than FM which I've never understood.

As if the most powerful synthesis technique were't enough (yeah, yeah I know it's not a Kurzweil) a used K5ks is worth the $500-$700 as a controller. The keyboard is a player's dream and the knobs are a tweakers delight. I use mine to control an e6400 ultra and an access virus, all-in-all a nifty set up.

Although the K5k was not an instant classic, there will come a day when people are dying to get these things. Why? Because there's nothing on the market that can make the sounds this can.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-29-2000 at 16:52
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