Synth Site: Korg: N364 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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samratb a professional user from india writes:
the korg n364 is a cool workstation with some great pad, analog and drum sounds for the kind of music in europe. the drum sounds are cool as compared to Roland, kurzwiel and ensonique. The effect processor could have been better as it's just like the o1w and x-series. The pads are really spaced out and some of waves and LFOs are slaming dirty (I wish they had given more...). The Pianos are just about OK. The loops are nice but tempo tracking is a slight problem.

Something fucked up and my RPPR does not work anymore, I remember it had some neat grooves. The sequencer is cool but the user screen is painful and the buttons create a racket and a tantrum at times. some industrial sounds are way cool and very original from other bbrands.

the Nsreies is a very cool buy for the money except the buck provides no expansion....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Kaliss a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This synth is my first so maybe i'm not too educated in this field. But, personally i think this workstation is awesome. i've heard some bad reviews but theyre usually about something that i dont really worry about (aka expansion..i can just get a tone module)

The sounds are great and can easily be edited. the sequencer is nice and easy to use (it would be more efficient if the display where larger). the disk drive is in a rather odd position (maybe korg is trying to start a new trend or be original or something.)

There are a few very minor things that could have been better (aka arpeggio synch with midi) but theyre just careless overlooked details. nobodies perfect.

survey says...one up for this synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Rich Whiffen a part time user from US writes:
I have owned this bad boy for upwards of six months, and so far I have

been very pleased. There is a massive amount of samples to feed the hungry

PCM architecture, and when you get down to the dirty sound editing, you can

make some really interesting sounds. It is a lot of fun to play with some of

the weirder samples, and with a little patience, you can get most any sound to

come out of this thing, exactly the way you want it. It's only limitation is

the realtime Midi Controller tweaking. The aftertouch is a little strange, and

to reach its very depths requires a bit more force than I am willing to apply

to a $1200-$1500 dollar piece of eqipment. The famous Korg log modulation wheel

off the X3 is still there, but for all of the control it offers, it is a bit

under utilized in the software. The 64 voices provide this synth with more than

its share of mix time, but the lack of realtime control hurts when you want to

perform. Overall, for what you pay for this thing, you get about twice that in

a synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Alhazred a part-timer user from UK writes:
Ok for general MIDI playback, Advert music, that sort of thing. BUT not for dance music. Amazingly this instrument is little more than an expanded M1. Nearly 10 years after the M1 was realeased!!! Still no resonant filters, 2 FX applied across your entire mix is poor compared to what comparable synths are offering. As if thats not enough, the fundamental samples are not as good as the M1, because data compression is now used! So the N364 'M1 Piano' doen't sound as good as the original. It's hell to program - you're only chance would be with a Computer editor, but there's none available as the N364 has generated so little interest. I hate the "Wobble Wheel2 thing that doesn't stay fixed at the Controller level you set - it springs back to centre. Why did I buy it? More money than sense, mate. On the day I walked into the shop, the pad sounds just leapt out at me (they are actually very good...), my brain leapt out my head and the money (plastic card) leapt out of my pocket.

I've tried selling it - but it's worth about a third what it cost (1 year later). I could have bought an M1 or X3 for a fraction of the N364 price, believe me, the N364 offers nothing SERIOUSLY ahead of those synths.

Back to those pad sounds (the ones that sell the thing in the first place). There's 10 years of Korg AI synthesis programming in there. They do sound impressive, but you really can't go any further. I've obtained thousands of sounds (X & M, nobody bothers with the N) but only a mere handful exceed the original presets.

As I said, if you want to create 'up-front' sounds, or dance, jungle, whatever, or 'experimental' in any way - DON'T even think about this (or the X or M). If you like advert music, soundtrackes, or maybe want a basic synth for live playing DONT get this - get a 2nd hand M1 instead! For that matter, Roland and Ensoniq make far more powerful S+S syths these days. I think the N364 is a bit of a con, an 'Emperor with no clothes', very much 'old wine in a new bottle', cheaply developed, extensively advertised, and even Korg aren't interested in it, other than raking in the cash.

Alhazred

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-30-1998 at 08:41
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