Synth Site: Kawai: SX240 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Monza a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Not the fattest synth around but has a nice nasal quality to its tone. Good for a variety of strings and pads, bleeps, percussion sounds and leads. There's a few decent bass sounds in this, but don't expect a very 'deep' sound. Filter is beautiful and creamy and it has a very sweet 'ensemble' function.

Very basic MIDI implementation: you have to give an OMNI OFF message and then it switches to channel 1 - there is NO other way to controll this synth, unless you use midi transpose equipment. It does respond to program change and pitch bend data.

Functionality is OK but not great: just one big dial knob, that can be routed to each function - very clearly printed on the synth's top.

Mine has a problem with one of the ocsillator's VCA enveloppes and I STILL haven't sorted the noise AMP out, but the outside of the synth (all wood and metal) seems sturdy.

I would say it's pretty close to the juno generation, but still (quite unique actually) different in sound from any other synth I have. I do use it a lot actually, but that's also because it's so big (it's almost begging to be used in my tiny studio room...)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-22-2004 at 09:04
Giordano from Milano - Italy writes:
I want to play techno? No problem.

I want to play D'n'B? No Problem.

I want to play NuJazz? No problem.

I want a cup of coffee? No problem.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-27-2003 at 12:42
victor a hobbyist user from usa writes:
This thing is very good at making rich and punchy sounds. Everything is very simple to use The keyboard is not pro but who cares it's sounds good and fits in the mix like nothing else I own. I use this synth mainly for pads and some sound Fx. Love it and will never sell it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-17-2002 at 14:47
Jason J a professional user from Seattle USA writes:
When I was buying it i sure wasn't expecting much based on the name. But it ended up being the best synth i own thus far nd by far the best bang for the buck. Bought it for $125. Granted i have heard better filters but none the less still have no problem getting an awesome sound out of it. Real solid hardware and very very programmable. That fact that the person who sold it to me seemed to dislike this board but loved his Juno 6 leaves me a little surprised. I think the other reviews are dead on when they say that it is a well kept secret. I only rate it four not because it didnt live to my expectations but a 5 point should be left for the better ultimate synths like a Matrix 12 or the ungodly Arp 2500 (gasp!)

posted Wednesday-Dec-12-2001 at 12:19
Marshall a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've owned an SX-240 since they first came out, and I've never had any problems with it. The thing is built like a tank! My problem is that I lack the talent to program the thing!! I've managed to come up with a few original patches, but nothing that really thrills me. Does anyone have any patches for the thing that they would like to share with me? No doubt you guys have come up with some pretty cool sounds for the machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-26-2001 at 20:41
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