Synth Site: Kawai: KC10: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Robert Girardin a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Ugh, this thing sucks so bad. I too bought it cause I needed a cheap midi controller and the 49 key kaysounds and fatars just seemed too limited. Big mistake. What good are an extra 11 keys if they all play horribly? The sounds? Ha! Could there ever have really been a market for this kind of product? If so then I'm glad I'm young enough to have bypassed that dark chapter in synth history. I sold this a few months ago and never looked back. Funny thing is that now I'm saving up to buy another kawai product that will function as a midi controller, the k5000s. I'll give it a 2 just cause it's cheap and it makes an passable organ sound (for indie rock at least).

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-19-2001 at 13:52
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought it new for $350 in 92. it's a fair midi keyboard w/ a lot of cheap synth sound made of pcm. for a controller keyboard,it lacks knobs and slider(only one) and a led. i used it as a control at that time.sold it later.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 11:02
dervish a hobbyist user from ca writes:
Pluses: Compact Lightweight design, with fittings for shoulder strap, this board is lighter than some electric guitars and so could be played easily with a shoulder strap.

low-noise 16 bit sound, decent audio quality. non-GM i.e. true synth features.

CHEAP (used)!

Minuses: programming the midi or synth part without the manual is no fun.

preset sounds dont really show off the synth's features.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-31-2001 at 06:10
Keanu Xenakis a part-time user from USA writes:
Well, it is not a great keyboard by any means, but for $80 you can't really ask for more. Hell, a friend of mine spent $50 and drove halfway across the state to get a mint Casio SK-1 a couple of years back.

I bought this simply because I needed a cheap, compact MIDI controller. The fact that it had any sounds at all was of no concern. The sounds are AWFUL, but in a kind of nice, cheesy, early 90s way. Not fashionable at all.

The only problems I've had are: the pitch bend wheel stopped working a week after I got it and I am not sure if it is proken or disabled in software. IT worked fine on an old, mid-80s Akai sampler I have, but it never actually worked on the internal sounds and when I hook the thing up to my computer there is NO data detected from the pitch wheel. Still, it DID work on that Akai last time I checked. Weird.

The other problem is that the thing is, for all intents and purposess, not programmable if you do not have the manual. I have learned to change the midi channel and tune it, but that's about it. Not that I've put any real effort into figuring it out, really.

The velocity-sensativity is not all that great. it is easy to play at low velocities and high velocities, but not in between. That means either play hard or expect to do a lot of tweaking in your sequencer. The velocity curve may be editable to improve this, but I have not figured out how.

Basically, if you need a good keyboard, do NOT get this. If you need a good midi controller, don't get this. If (like me) the only midi controller you have available is a beat up Korg Poly 61m, then this seems like a major upgrade.

And for the price, it is pretty good. The keyboard isn't great, but it is a hell of a lot better than any other midi controllers I have seen under $100, new orotherwise.

And if you like cheesy keyboard sounds, it is actually quite useful as a sound module.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-03-2001 at 14:24
B.S.Cooper a professional user from Germany writes:
The only sound you can use is the flute. It sounds really good or use this "synth" with an external distortion effect. Then you will get illy sounds. Programming is very difficult and strange! Buy it if you need a small and cheap Midi Keyboard.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-07-2000 at 10:15
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