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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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chris a hobbyist user from mostly uk writes:
Sorry to offend the comments that have passed but....this synth has more to offer than many of Korgs follow on's.... Firstly the bad points.. 1) wheres the resonance control? 2) pc connections.. why it has a midi in out thru. This synth has all the editability of anything before and after, any sound can be created from the huge banks, buy a filter bank and be creative. It costs peanuts to buy second hand and whats more put the cost of kaoss pad to it and you still have limitless imagination. Most synths (apart from the waldorfs and wavestations) have limits because of their tiny bank ranges or controller limits, but ai2 syntheseis has a huge potential that has not been realised yet (2002). Dont be fooled by expensive imitations..... Chris..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-26-2002 at 21:25
Joe a part-time user from USA writes:
I have a Triton and an o1-w/fd, and I'm still impressed with the n5ex. I bought it as back-up, because I thought I was having trouble with my o1w...thankfully, false alarm. The pianos and horns are actually superior to those on the stock 01w, the organs are at least as nice, and as I get more into it, I think the N is easier to use. The electric piano "pads" are very cool too. It seems to have a weaker gain than either of my other two Korgs, but my powerful amp easily compensates for that. The really cool thing is that the board is feather-light. It has no sequencer, so I suspect that accounts for it's weighing half of the o1w or the Triton. It has double the polyphony of the o1w too.Let me put it this way....if you don't have the bucks for an expensive synth (Triton, Fantom, Motif) and you don't need an onboard sequencer or sampler, you absolutely cannot beat this keyboard for sound in today's market. I bought a "virgin" model used on eBay for under $600.00!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-13-2002 at 17:25
I like mine..I think a lot of the people who were negative were just too confused....Its all how you sue it and there is a lot of sound possibility. If you know what your doing you can make the sounds sound can edit everything! Its no triton or nord or anything but its a damn nice keyboard to have

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-20-2002 at 21:09
Krix a part-time user from Hungary writes:

I`m pretty satisfied with my Korg N5EX. I guess this would be the top of the AI2, because of the 18Mbyte ROM sound collection. But! Don`t expect any new compare it with the old 01 series. More polyphony, 64 what is a standart of today`s keyboards, more sampled sounds, but not different sounding. Maybe it`s little bit more clear. I guess Korg built the same effect processors what used for the 01series. Piano, strings, and synth sound are good as it`s usual. I miss new chorus. 18Mb ROM, and no new chorus...just the same what earlier models has. Anyway, I like it. If you like those typical thick sounding (pads) what the strenght of Korg, and you can get this synth for a decent price...don`t hesitate!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-17-2001 at 16:29
Bruce S a professional user from United States writes:
Here's the problem with the N5EX. It's a reasonably good sounding synth that tried and didn't succeed at addressing the techo market. To a degree it was just another AI2 synth engine box and AI2 has gotten old.

That said the sounds of the N5EX are pretty good. This is a nice, inexpensive basic sounds kind of synth that is suitable to folks with more exotic VAs or analog synths. I like the piano sound and think it is far better than Roland's XP series. The Alesis QS piano may appeal to some over the samples found in the Korg but the pianos work well in a mix and are reasonable, especially with some filter tweaking for classical use although there are far better samples available in more expensive keyboards.

Korg skimped on the solo string samples. The guitars are pretty terrible although I like the distorted chorded and lead sounds. Strings are ok, reeds are good, brass is lacking.

As usual for Korg the pads and FX are good. You have to give it to Korg, they have defined several sounds as classics. You might never use them but programming something more personalized is easy with the Unisyn software.

I wish Korg would have scrapped the arpeggiator, trying to tweak it is an exercise in futility. Could they have made the menu available for any shorter?

The knobs are a nice idea but they don't really do much unless you want to control another synth that has something worth controlling. Yet another Korg synth without resonant filters and the effect doesn't count as far as I'm concerned.

Ok, so I've been harsh but getting back to the NS5R it really is a decent value for what it costs these days. The QS6.1 is dropping in price but that's because dealers are in a frenzy to get rid of stock until Alesis sorts out being a Numark subsidiary. Roland has a contender with more modern timbres in the RS5. It's a matter of whether you like Rolands sound. Many don't and at this point the N5EX and X5D are the inexpensive alternative.

For a inexpensive semi-pro board the N5EX delivers. I wouldn't pay more than $600 - 650 new for it. I picked mine up used for $300. It works well for digital and several realistic emulations but suffers from classic synth sounds.

Not sexy but good sounding and a decent value.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-19-2001 at 07:21
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