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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Zingrin Shishak a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got my N5 used for $500 and so am pleased with the price/performance ratio. None of the sounds I find stunning. True, acoustic sounds are not the N5's forte. I think for medium priced synths Roland has better sound quality/realism. N5 has good features (assignable knobs, aftertouch, 64 note polyphony,etc). Horrible pastic feel with keys. The whole synth feels very wimpy with a mostly plastic construction. When sequencing sounds suffer since only two effects can be used for all the sounds. Reason for this is many sounds are quite dependent on specific effects to come alive, and without it they suffer. I give only 3 out of 5 because if I had payed more I would not be too pleased with its performance.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-14-1999 at 12:55
Greg Driskell a part-timer user from USA writes:
Korg, stop making plastic pieces of CRAP!!! How about a little good old US made STEEL!!! Man, my DX-7, JV-80, and Korg T1 are built solid and strong. Korg must be in bed with the plastics companies cause that's all the N5EX is made of! I'd break this thing into pieces if I took it on tour.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I do like a lot of the sounds. Nice strings and woodwinds, but the piano leaves some to be desired. Roland has a nice full, sweet piano sound and Korg's seems to be a little flat and lacking punch and warmth.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-12-1999 at 15:53
GeoffSutherland a part-timer user from New Zealand writes:
Just got my hands on the N5ex, very impressed with it although searching the program banks can be a bit of a pain.

Loved the sounds, although the piano sounds are a bit flat, but he new samples on the ex are not too bad. Great pads.

For the money an impressive machine, spent hours going through the sounds. My last synth was a D50, surprised to hear the odd LA sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-1999 at 12:28
John Meunier a hobbyist user from Louisiana, United States writes:
The Korg N5 is my first synthesizer. It's great. There's really no adjectives to describe it. It has a ton of sounds and gives you the option to create new sounds on computer. I only have 2 complaints: (1)The manual is extremely confusing, and (2)There aren't really any wonderful piano sounds. However, the organs, bells, synth pads, and everything else are great. I think that the N5 would please everyone- from the extreme beginner (like me) to the professional musician.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-25-1999 at 18:11
Rich a part-timer user from USA writes:
One of my first synths was an X3. I got lured by others and went through the trade-in/trade-up syndrome (bought other brands including Alesis, Roland, Yamaha. I came back to Korg (via the N5) and am sorry I ever left the family). The N5 is awesome. Nothing out there in the price range can even come close to the rich palette of sounds, the ease of operation, the out and out functionality of this workhorse. I would rank the N5 as the best synth that I have used! I especially want to rave about the "combis", with the velocity-triggering of other patches - to my knowledge no other synth offers this features in such an easy-to-use manner. Buy one! Play it! Be amazed.... Rich

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-01-1999 at 09:30
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