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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Jonas Kroon a hobbyist user from Norway/Sweden writes:
I've been reading through this page for a while, looking for other user's

experiences with this module, and I have to say that I agree in most of it.

The NS5R really IS a stunning great all-round module, with the full possibility

to move out from the world of presets by modifying a great amount of parameters

for each sound. The multi sample library offers a huge mass of warm and meaty raw-material

for program- and combination making. The 64 voices polyphony ensures that

you'll not run out of capacity while using a sequencer playing several

combination patches simultanousely, for instance. The FX part of the module is good - not fantastic, but good. I would really

have apreciated one FX processor (or two) extra - that would turn this box

into a real 'climax-machine'...! But the NS5R has (at least) one big BUT...

As many of you guys already have mentioned, the organization of the more-than

1000 sounds living in this little white box, is terribly bad!

I can go crazy by sitting for hours searching for the right sound - turning

that #¤&amp;%!! wheel around and around, while all my ideas and my creativity

simply disappears in anger... Anyway - nothing (or no one) is perfect, and with all that candy stuff you can

get out of this module in form of fat sounds and great effects, I'm sure that

many of us will forgive KORG for those extra hours of sound-searching. Or what...?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Bryan Ressler a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I really like my NS5R. Instead of trying to figure out which of about five competing modules to buy, I just bought all of them. And I find I use a few MIDI channels of NS5R sounds on every tune I write. The pads and combinations are truly huge, along with the strings and electric basses. If you're doing dance stuff (which I do), you won't be using this box for the leads or basses, I can tell you that. The filters (which DO have resonance, despite what some reviews here have said) just kinda suck, especially compared to the filters in some of the competing boxes. The best filters in my studio are in my Roland JV-2080 and my Yamaha MU90R. Even if you turn the resonance all the way up on an NS5R with say Pulse 4%, you don't get the satisfying acid squeal you want. Oh well. The other complaint is that the NS5R is the noisiest box in my studio. Some of the effects make this even more apparent. I'm gonna try grounding the mix audio input to see if that helps... By the way, turn on Effects Follow. Stupidly, Korg leaves it off by default, and it makes a HUGE difference in how good things sound. I'd definitely recommend this box despite it's few shortcomings. It took me a long time to review all the sounds in the box, but I found lots of great sounds that I would definitely use in my own material.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
Christopher Jones a part time user from Portland, OR, (US) writes:
Has great sounds for all your basic needs.. and then some. I would have liked some more bassy sounds for techno music, but they do work out. and it has a Nice wide selection on the drums. If your coming from some PC sound card, then these sounds are very cool. And I would recomend getting one... And just look at the price... I would think you could get on for about $500 now. It might be kinda hard to find them used cause they havn't been out to long. The extended 16 midi chanels goes through a serial cable.. and you have to run a special driver on your pc/mac to be able to use it... I for one havn't ran out of channels.. But I also do alot of midi and audio mixing in cakewalk...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
JUSZCZAK MICHAEL a professional user from POLAND writes:
GB. Excellent range of sounds for the money. Please software diskettes for ATARI TT with bank loaders and edit programs. PL. Znakomite brzmienie w stosunku do ceny. Duza ekspresja i dobra dynamika. Niesamowite mozliwosci (jak na tak maly modul) kreacyjne barw, oraz kombinacji. Duzy krok w kierunku kompatybilnosci (GM,XG,05RW). Cztery strony pamieci znakomicie ulatwiajace gre na zywo (mala uwaga dotyczaca transferu danych EXCLUSIWE - Po przeslaniu exclusiwu z zewnetrznego sequencera MIDI, nalezy zaladowac do pamieci strone 1 "Page Memory", w przeciwnym razie instrument nie zareaguje na otrzymane dane. Na zakonczenie mala prosba do firmy KORG: Do swej pracy uzywam komputera ATARI TT z programem CUBASE Score v.2.0, mysle, ze niezlym posunieciem bylaby jeszcze jedna dyskietka z oprogramowaniem na atari. Komputer ATARI TT rowniez posiada in/out typu LAN (mini din 8pin). Z powazaniem Michal Juszczak Zdunska Wola 12.06.1998

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
SeeniX a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I think it is a good module for all kinds of music. The GM part is good enough and the polyphony is also good enough. I only mis the second output for audio and a second midi inout part. Also the software which came with is good and easy to handle so my mark for this module is 8.5 when the 10 is best !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
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