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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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lifeDefrager a hobbyist user from KOREA writes:
VERY GOOD. good fatar touch- so COOL! THAN any softtouch keyboard.

REAL variable performance modeler... I like it. It is not mc303+triton. KARMA is typical synth type in future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 04:59
gruff a professional user from USA writes:
The Karma synthesizer has a quality synth engine, at least by popular standards. The Triton HI synth engine is very useful for a sample playback synth.

Coupled with the Karma GEs the musician that spends almost any quality time with the synth will be rewarded with the first truly interactive algorithmic performance engine in modern, perphaps all of synth history.

For those who spend an hour not knowing what they are doing playing the synth at a store I say, what would you think of a K2600 when you tried to program in the VAST system only to find out it took time to learn it.

Why it would suck of course.

Could the keyboard action be better? Yes, it could. Users agree with that too. Of course if the previous "reviewer" spent any significant time on the Karma list they'd know that besides operational discussions there have been ongoing threads about getting the most out of Karma GEs.

If you don't know the synth chill with the knee jerk reaction to auto hate and fear what you don't understand.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-07-2001 at 10:37
elmokeys a part-time user from USA writes:
So the Karma keyboard is "cheap"? Well, maybe but it functions fine. I have had mine for over about two months and have had a great time with it. It is a songwriter's dream, as a previous reviewer said.

Look, I think this is more of an issue to paino players than straight synthesists. I have been playing synths for thirty years and I think the keyboard on here is fine. I know lots of people love the heavier 88 key action of the S80 or heavier model Trinity and Triton models. They would be absolutely useless to me as they are two "hard."

Is the Karma keyboard durable? Time will tell. But, give it time and if you play it and don't like the feel, let others try it and see if it is for them. Let's talk durability when we discuss cheapness and let's give the Karma time before we make conclusions.

The Karma sounds great, the KARMA function is delicious for a songwriter, there is a chat group on Yahoo that gets technical advice from Stephen Kay, the inventor, too. Tell me where else you would find that. Is Yamaha doing that? Kurzweil? Roland? Cone on!

This is a monster keyboard - not perfect, but what is - that is worthy of heavy consideration if you are looking at pieces in that price range. If you are a songwriter, check it out, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-01-2001 at 15:49
David Harper a professional user from USA writes:
Wow... wham bam! This keyboard kicks butt. I bought one. I agree, the keys feel wierd. But really, who cares? It's a songwriters dream come true. Yes... you have to play with it. But the drum loops alone make it a quick composition tool. All the other sounds are pretty much Trinity sounds. And that combo will work well for us songwriters.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-30-2001 at 21:55
Ron Gray a part-time user from England writes:
As a 54 yr old synth/keys player, I have found much in Karma that is useful. Some oven-ready presets are a joy to use, without adding gravy ! But, Korg has added far too much cheese. Instead of masses of sweepy/synthy/spacey/ icing, why not include a decent piano ? Some of the electric pianoes are so poor ! Shame on you, Korgies ! The manual on seq.recording is badly presented. The Karma effects are excellent, but setting up to record, with effects, more than 1 track on its sequencer has tried my 54 year old patience !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-19-2001 at 11:13
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