|Synth Site: Korg: Karma: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.6 out of 5|
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|ER a part-time user writes:|
Karma is the right choice! It's a great musical instrument (aside from the display! and lack of sampling option). I'm definitely going to buy one, but I'm waiting for the price to go down. Or perhaps Korg will soon come up with KARMA "2" that will have a better display and perhaps even the sampling option....But regardless, KARMA is great!!!!
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-20-2001 at 00:17|
|aural a hobbyist user from USA writes:|
Y'know,I see alot of reviews here about the more controversial synths where people slam something merely because they don't like or appreciate the concept.But the whole point of these reviews should really be to evaluate how well something works,i.e."Does it do what it is supposed to do?"
Now the Karma is a schizo synth-"what it is supposed to do" is hard to nail down.Korg and Mr. Kay consistantly deny that it is any kind of auto-accompianment keyboard,but if they admitted it was,it would leave all other such instruments far behind in its dust.The KARMA system is light years beyond any mere arpeggiator as well.
Anyway,enough philosophy-on with the review.By any (reasonable) person's standards,it sounds great.The synth engine is identical to the Triton,and is very full-featured.The fx are very good,and plentiful.Even without the Triton's touch screen,it is quite easy to navigate the OS.
However,there a couple nits I have to pick.The keyboard itself seems pretty cheap.I am not at all a snob about keyboard action or anything like that,but the Karma's keys are noisy and I worry about breaking them.
My other complaint is that there is no onboard memory to save sequences.If you want to keep something after powering off,you must save it to a floppy.Though I didn't buy it for the workstation features,I was expecting something more like the RM1x,where everything you do is saved,till you run out of memory.
Most people reading this have probably witnessed the "Karma and the death of musicianship" debate.I've found that Karma is actually helping me become a better player.Not just because it makes me want to jam to the cool patterns,but because to use the Karma function fully requires a lot more of me than "one-finger music".Many of the GE's only really get going when you play a chord with your left hand,for instance.Without Karma,I'd often be content just playing a root note with my left hand and chords and leads with my right.
Anyway,I actually give it a 4.5,but S.S. doesn't allow fractional ratings.
PS-I have to laugh that people can get so seriously upset about a lump-in-the-line power supply.Sorry-guess everyone has their own priorities.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-16-2001 at 21:24|
|EJ a part-time user from Canada writes:|
I agree with CB. Those trashing this board have missed the train. Granted, it may seem unfriendly or alien for those used to a different scheme of things. And I understand there are those for whom this device just leaves them revolted. But, I too have spent hours exploring the depths of Karma. To me, it was like going into a large unfamiliar mall in a strange land. Yet, each visit made the trip more generous in stuff to bring home, so to speak. I have not pared down to the root sounds minus the filtering and fxs. My son, a music buff and sales agent claims they are crap. Frankly, what comes out of the audio ports is where it counts. And to me, this is where the Karma produces. After you twig the GE's, play with the knobs, alter from the tons of karma structures, store your creations, etc., it's "Good Karma" sonically speaking. I've yoked the Karma to drive my R8 drums and my EMU Morpheus. Really kicks ass!!! I'm going to experiment with driving my other modules and boards soon - a JD800/990 combo. I am very confident with the capabilities of the Karma; and I have ordered the EXB MOSS board to compliment it's palette. I do have a few gripes - small display, no touch screen, too many unintuitive layers to get what you want without the manuals (which also need improvements), but the more time I spend with the Karma, the more I will be fluent with it's potential. I'm having trouble saving or loading single programs or combi's from disk without having to save the entire PCG's. I tried to load Triton patches saved to disk, but I just couldn't find the individual patches; nor could I find the routine for saving individual patches that I have created to disk for future call-up. Has anyone gotten into that process and been successful? In my analysis, this board gets the thumbs up from me. I've owned a host of devices right from the old pre-midi Roland Juno's, Super Jupiters, Yamaha's, EMUs, Ensonics, Kawai, other Korgs etc., etc. I think this is one will be with my D50, JD's, Morpheus, etc. for some time.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-03-2001 at 11:02|
|Stopper a professional user writes:|
I like Karma, but have two complaints: One, is the display. Why didn't Korg use the same technology that it used for Trinity or Triton. Even without touch sensitive feature, but at least as big as the Triton's. I really hate those tiny letters that look like a calculator from early eighties. My second is lack of sampling option. How expensive would it have been to have sampling as an option. Some people don't need it, so they don't have to purchase it. Others, like me, would definitely buy it. I just don't understand Korg's philosophy here. I'm almost getting suspicious that Korg's focused only on the Karma technology and wanted cash in quickly on it so it made a simple synth (like M1 from 1989, for crying out loud!) and didn't bother to think that this is 21st century already and that musicians want to get their money worth....I hope Korg will put more effort when putting their next new product on the market.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-29-2001 at 22:37|
|JC a part-time user from uk writes:|
Just wanted to drop a line and say way to go CB for your mature post.
I needed a Triton but didn't need a sampler...the Karma came out...I got it since I wanted a Triton and plus I have a cool feature to mess with from time to time.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-28-2001 at 19:05|
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