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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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pavlicko a professional user from usa writes:
Ok. Every review site i have seen for the Karma has been the same. Love it or Hate it. At least no one is apathetic on the subject. This is for everyone that bought the Karma for the piano sound...WHY? It is not a piano, so don't expect it to be. What it is, is freaking mindblowing. I got mine almost 2 months ago, and everyday, I learn some new way to manipulate my performance that blows me away. Remember how everyone used to b*tch and complain about how using samples was a cop out for people who had no musical skill? They are the same ones who are dogging the Karma. I would rather not waste my time spending hours over how to make a part sound better by adding filter sweeps and volume changes and changing the modulation here and there after it has been played, when i could do it all in real time while Im performing it. Talk about control! Why do we all get so mad when someone finds a way to make it easier to make better sounding music? Are we threatened? Do we want to get rid of the sequencer so that only people who can play complicated two hand melodies can play them? Why work with 5 different musicians to realize a musical vision of mine, when I can get the same result by myself, using a sampler, a couple keyboards, and a guitar? This is I want a keyboard for...not to be a piano. And to it's credit, Korg does have some really fantastic sounds on this thing.The organs, some of the string patches...and the fantastic effects onboard...yes the piano sucks, but if you don't have another sound module for piano, just shell out the dough and get their piano and organ expansion card...there are some pretty decent pianos and some kick ass organs! Anyway...the long and the short of it is that the Karma is going to shake things up for the keyboard community...get prepared to see a slew of copycat boards as these processors get more and more powerful. If you sit down with this puppy for a couple of hours, you can't help but be inspired musically. I love it. Thank you Korg.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-03-2001 at 16:23
midi a part-time user from USA writes:
Got it for $1599 for AMS,I wasnt going toget one but after hearing the review i decided to take the plunge...had it about a week and this is what i think: Well the KARMA function is definately kewl but a little unpredictable & hard to control but it can take your music places you've never been.. The sounds are typically Korg sounding, some good, some not so good some GREAT! The effects really help and these are the best effects I've ever heard on a Korg keyboard. I think this is their best synth since the Wavestation. Some of the pads sounds are really stunning. The acoustic patches are'nt quite as good as the Roland XV series however. The keyboard is very fast, a little cheap feeling but i like it, the Display is nice, mine came with the 2.0 software I hope they come out with more presets & more GE effects. I love this keyboard, its beautiful and makes some really energetic sounds. I'll give it a 5!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-01-2001 at 18:03
Stuart a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Having never played on a keyboard before in my entire life (unless you include a Casio that wouldn't look out of place in 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids') I can honestly say that life with the Korg Karma is much better!

I have only owned mine for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately I've had to return it to my dealer because the keys hadn't been smoothed properly! How annoying! I'm sure this is an isolated case so if you're considering buying the Karma (which I at least urge you to check out) don't be put off by this.

So, since I have only had this monster of a synth for just a couple of weeks I certainly haven't seen half of what it can do (well, I've probably seen only a fraction). Each time I have a session I experience something new. The sound quality is exceptional. It plays through my stereo system like a dream.

I would like to warn you that it's not easy to get to grips with. It is VERY POWERFUL but that means VERY COMPLICATED at the same time. Nevertheless, you'll want to make time to play this synth. I've only just explored the sequencer so I can't comment anymore than it appears to be very sophisticated and probably quite easy to use (I would imagine!).

On the downside (there aren't many) some of the pads are weak - notably the cello - but you can always tweak them. It's pretty expensive too but you could spend half the price and end up with something completely inferior. It's worth every penny, believe me!

When I walked into my local dealer one saturday afternoon my mind was almost set on buying an XP-60. A classic synth, plenty of pads, a good sequencer and a very good reputation - until I had a go on the Karma. You'll find this strange but when I first started playing on the Karma I wasn't immediately impressed. You have to get past the cheezy demo programs to experience the delightful range of ambient waves. Also, I felt the synth was happier playing itself rather than being played by a novice. The Karma function does seem to want to take over but once you discover how to tame the lion you'll realise YOU ARE THE MASTER and the synth is the slave. This is a FANTASTIC synthesiser!!!! After only 30mins with the Karma I agreed to buy one. I took mine home that day.

I'm now looking forward to receiving my new Karma - hopefully with the keyboard in decent working order! (fingers crossed)

My final comment: Every home should have a Karma

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-01-2001 at 15:40
Michael Harter a part-time user from USA writes:
The Karma is a great keyboard.. Let me elaborate.. Do yourself a favor and turn all the knobs to the left, take out all the voices, arpegiations, "realtime controls" - out and just listen to the pure tones. Play keyboard as you normally would. NOW, pick one of the knobs, turn slowly.. listen to the changes in the music, subtle yes, but creative nonetheless. Then turn another knob, and another, you get the picture. Now play with the cutoff and HPF, get new tones.. keep exploring..

There, of course are keyboard purists who will scoff at the "Fisher Price..My first synth" (to quote a former reviewer), but that's what Logic Audio is for.. grab you favorite plug-ins, effects.. whatever, and lay out some tight tracks.. then modify them real-time to make something totally different.. Its intuitive abililty to create something new is astounding, and more than just a "toy".. It can be used, you just have to learn how to use it!

By the way, I make Ambient/Techno./New Age on mp3

2 tracks I have made with the Karma:

<a href=""> Instant Karma </a>

<a href=""> Revolution </a>

Enjoy the tunes. Forgive me for promotion, but I wanted to give credit to the creative possibilities of the KARMA. Peace!

: Enjoy, and whatever you do, If you have the mind of a musician, you can be creative and explore new musical realms.. if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. Get into the Karma, it is a deep, intutitive instrument, that if given time, can give the patient muscian new avenues to explore..

Thanks for listening.. Michael (one more time)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-22-2001 at 02:45
Nigel Day a hobbyist user from Near Bath - United Kingdom writes:
I have to disagree strongly with some of the hasty, negative comments about this very cool piece of kit - I've had mine for 2 months now and am totally staggered by what this monster can actually do - have come up with some amazing and incredibly unique wavestation type loops. Also loaded the one I bought up with a Future Loop Construction kit board and a Vintage synths board plus the MOSS board - sit back and watch it rock ;-) Top marks for Korg for investing in something new and forward looking- shame the keyboard itself is a bit lame but not lame enough to be a serious problem. The only things I wish it had were a ribbon controller ( Why was this not implemented? a huge long ribbon a la Kurzweil K2600 would have been nice)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-20-2001 at 12:46
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