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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Joe Hodgson a hobbyist user from England writes:
This a very usefull synth which i used as my starting point in midi and i still use it alot years later. There are tonnes of sounds but unfortunately the lack of organisation of the sounds is a poor aspect leading me not to use the full potential of the synth. Its well worth buying but i advise that you go through the sound sets first and somehow organise an easy way to find the sounds you like.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-22-2000 at 06:07
The DigitalSorceress a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I use the Ns5R as a multitimbral tone module for MIDI recording. The logical layout of the diferent parts is really one of the most intuitive I've run across. I like the volume meters provided for each track as well. Recently, I have been making much more use of the part mapping where I can tell the unit to ignore/pass through any particular channel. The only real drawback here is that the setups can't be stored internally - if you want to save your settings for all the parts, you have to use an some form of external MIDI dump

While the piano and choir sounds are a bit on the weak side, I am pleased on the whole. HOWEVER, I will throw in with everyone else is saying that the "logic" behind the patch layout is beyond me. I spend more time trying to find "that damn sound" than I do playing it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-17-2000 at 12:48
a part-timer user writes:
Can only reiterate much of what has been said here. I love this thing for its value and variety. Organization of sounds is silly and inexplicable, but many of the sounds are superb. Unlike some other owners, I really dig the drum sounds, especially the ethnic kits. There are also a wonderful variety of dry, metallic garbage can sounds, which I love and use frequently. And, despite what others may say, the GM accordion is terrific. I'm not much of a programmer, so I won't begin to address effects and combis and what. This box has served me extremely well, though it's utter lack of an acceptable piano sound has led me to purchase an Alesis QS 8, which, in most other respects, is not the sonic equal of the NS5R

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-16-1999 at 23:46
Jussi Väisänen a part-timer user from Finland writes:
Very good. After using Korg 01/Wfd, this was a surprise to have the same effects capabilities. Effects can be routed in many different ways, and I think variety of effects (enchancer, exiter etc.) is very good; yes, the small box is a bit noisy (through my set I measured -71.2 db snr). It has *lots* of sounds, lots of usable sounds. GM crap could have been cut off, but who cares. You have a editor coming with ns5r, you can program the box via midi. And the editor works. And for the low price tag, if you have a computer keyboard and want to start making music, BUY THIS.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-02-1999 at 08:18
Paul Johnson a part-timer user from England writes:
Having used the korq prophecy for a few years I was a little dubious at the NS5R purley due its very low price tag!

However getting it out of the box I was very pleased to see that it was a very sturdy little box, plugging it in for the first time and setting up the midi was very staight forwards.

Now with a few months experience on the NS5R I am very pleased to say "What an amazing piece of kit" OK, so the sounds aren't up to the JV2080 but it is amazing for the price and I can fermly say if you want to add some very smart sounds to your midi setup go for it!

Also remmember to check out John Melas Web Site for some excellent tips and great patchs, Nice one John :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-13-1999 at 16:57
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