Synth Site: Kawai: XD5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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kr collins a part-time user from USA writes:
Good drum synth, you actually get to create your own drums sounds using up to 4 built in waves stacked together. (Well, 128 really, but the other 128 are backwards versions.) You can of course change all the parameters of each layer. (volume envelope, pitch bend, filers, etc) The kicks are veratile, it covers the spectrum of electronic snares, the misc and ethnic sounds are good to great. The cymbals are pretty weak, they sound like "pish" instead of "tish". I need a cheap drumbox simply for cymbals to compiment this!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-16-1999 at 14:00
E a professional user from canada writes:
I think it's a great drum SYNTH. The snares are better that "okay" in my opinion, particularly when you pump in some white noise samples or do some ring mod and some serious downtuning. I won't be selling mine any time soon.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-12-1999 at 21:28
Terminus Nord a part-timer user from Boston, MA writes:
Buy it used, tweek it for months, sample it, sell it. It can make some really fantastic kicks, ok snares, but the cymbals are awful so I don't recommend keeping the unit as a primary drum synth. I favor the Emu Procussion as a keeper (I'm keeping mine, sold the XD-5).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-10-1999 at 19:10
Jeremy Springer a professional user from San Francisco Bay Area...USA writes:
Cool synth..I got mine dirt cheap and I must say its kick drums have balls and its snares make tracks come alive, but the cymbals are lame. If you program techno or house, they may be your cup of tea, but for an acid jazz, funk, or R&B guy, I get them from my other modules.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-19-1999 at 00:47
Freshie a hobbyist user from Kanada writes:
A-ha...well if you don't already have one of these then you've stumbled on to our little secret. If you're tired of people telling you that some piece of gear is the business and it's not, or you buy something hyped up and it's simply dirt in a box then get ready to be enlightened. The Kawai XD-5 is the BEST drum synth I've come across. They say that the Roland R-8 is good? They lie. If you want crazy electronic percussion then you NEED this box. If you're willing to spend $1000 for that 909 kick, then you should be just as willing to dish out $2000 for this..although you should be able to get it for $300! OK, not every sound in this thing is amazing, but the fact that it's more programmable than anything else, you need not worry that you'll run out of deadly hard electro kicks, super snappy techno snares or those shiny 808-style hihats. Believe it when they say Kraftwerk ina box... it's techno/electro ina box...and if you're into industrial then you need this too! Should I go on?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-16-1999 at 09:19
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