Synth Site: Kawai: K5000s: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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HolShot a hobbyist user writes:
Unbelievably versatile and expressive synth. I have yet to complete any patches on it, it's very time consuming. However, it seems that with enough work, you could produce just about any sound you could imagine. Not only that, but it's amazing to have a synth that can be updated via the WEB, considering what I paid for it. Version 4.0 of the operating system is available at "www.kawai.co.jp/emi/k5000_download.html". Download it directly to a blank floppy using Netscape Navigator and you shouldn't have any problems.

All in all, it's really quite a feat to have something like this for less than $500 considering that not too long ago, this was really break-thru technology!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-30-1998 at 10:35
George a hobbyist user from Florida, USA writes:
It's amazing and very addictive! The sounds are rich and unique! No wonder someone down the line went nuts over it. To Joe Santo I'd recommend to get a Yamaha PSR - it has pianos, drums, trumpets etc. and it can even play for you if you don't know how.

Piece

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-24-1998 at 23:05
Mark Sedran a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm a recent Sam Ash buyer. It looks like the mail order division is sold out, so you may only be able to get one at a local store. I got mine in New Haven. First off, the keyboard is excellent. Very nice feel and action. The black keys have a great feel, although slightly thin, compared most other boards. Great slightly rounded white keys too. Nice velocity and aftertouch response. Sounds are digital. Nice evolving, full sounding (although the presets have way to much reverb...) synth (definitely synth) sounds. No mistaking this thing for a piano, but that's not why I bought it. The knobs give great control over these sounds as well.

For the $460 I paid for it new, there is nothing better.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-09-1998 at 13:02
joe santo a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i baught it at sam ashe for $460, and that is about what it is worth. sam ashe is a good store because they took it back with no questions. i did not like any of the presets or multi's if you want to spend the time you may find something in there. i didn't want to spend the time. it may have potential, because it has good construction, but playing a korg trinity, the sounds don't come close.good keys,good arp, presets stink = 2 stars.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-02-1998 at 23:46
matrix a hobbyist user from USA writes:
A beautiful and original synth. Nothing else out there like it. This is a synthesist's synth. Sound quality is on a level above most others - very professional. This synth is actualy bizarre in a way, but in my opinion, an extremely good way. The first time I played it I was thrown back - kind of like traveling and discovering a foreign land. Too many synths out there sound the same. This one does not. I can totally see someone giving the horrid review above though. It's actually quite funny. My recommendation would be to try before you buy if you're just looking for a synth to play. If you are a die hard synthesist that appreciates the uniqueness and beauty of individual synths and their subleties in sound creation, get one. This synth is magical.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-28-1998 at 00:45
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