Synth Site: Kawai: SX-210: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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syntahsaurus a hobbyist user from prehistoric earth writes:
definately not the centerpiece of my set up, but a beast that i've been lugging around for years and just can't let go...i bought it from a poor musician and promised him i would give it a good's taken a beating and still going strong...not the best for bass lines, but one hell of a noise maker...a couple of bong hits and you'll lose a week...easy to use...crunchy high end noise that'll make your ears bleed...i'll agree the sound is a bit thin at the low end, but a little imagination and people will be asking, "where'd you get THAT sound?"

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-08-2003 at 09:11
museslave a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
It should be noted that I bought mine never having heard it, but simply because it is uncommon, essentially analog, and looks so 1980dorky with that big clunky alphanumeric display and fields of led buttons! Looking at it, it has a lot of the same features as the Juno-106! It doesn't sound like a Juno-106 though... and that's a GOOD thing unless you're dying to sound like everyone else. The SX-210 is capable of some very warm and interesting sounds. It sounds much more "analog" than my Jx-3p, despite the fact that they both have DCOs. The Jx-3p, however, is much more capable of creating a variety of deep fat basses. I was surprised how useable many of the presets are. The Mono/poly4/poly8 function is very nice. The portamento is that "last note" type that sounds a little more eighties than seventies, but it'll still work. The Glissando function is a blast, and I've never heard anything like it on other keyboards. In general, if you look at the functions, it's VERY full-functioned. It sounds better than I expected, and if you're open to discovering what it does well, it's a very versatile instrument. You can't beat such a big field of christmas-tree like LEDs, either.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-28-2002 at 01:23
I got one, I rate a 5, because I say so

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-01-2002 at 16:27
Gil a professional user writes:
Had it for many years. It is much silmiliar to the Roland Juno 60 in it's features, but it's sounds are much thinner than the Juno as well as than many other analog synths. The increment controller is digital so sometimes it is impossible to get to specific point when determining a parameter's value, especially with the "Resonance" where value of "98" will not "shrink" while "99" is 100% shrinking and you cannot get the sounds inbetween... about 30% of the buttons on the machine work only partially ...

A good machine but far to be good as the prophet or Juno...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-14-2002 at 22:24
Kelly Harris a part-time user from USA writes:
I own both a Roland Juno 106 as well as the Kawai SX-210. Although they have very different sounds, I have to say that I enjoy using the Kawai! The sounds I have programed are very rich and I love being able to control the R and C with a dial rather than a slider. I play this keyboard live in a rock band, and manipulate the sounds through each song. The Kawai is far better when you are using it on the fly, or in an improv situation. Check out Clone at to listen to the Kawai in action. You won't believe it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-25-2001 at 21:31
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