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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mark a professional user from Alaska, USA writes:
I have to give this board a "middle-of-the-road" rating because I only have limited experience with it. My favorite board in my set up is an Ensoniq ESQ-1. True, the X2 has on-board effects and a "newer" type of synthesis technolgy than the ESQ-1--but in comparison, the X2's sounds seem thin to me. I also like the ESQ-1's keyboard better. The X2's keyboard seems too soft. It doesn't SPRING back as solidly as my ESQ-1 (no the ESQ-1 does not have weighted keys--and neither does the X2). The ESQ-1 seems to communicate with me while I play (keys spring up solidly) whereas the X2 seems to just "do what I tell it to"...(ho, hum). The aftertouch can be pretty cool especially with the "Lead Guitar" patch. I've used the X2 off-and-on for around 3 years now but, honestly, haven't really dove into the thing to test it. It was bought used and I think there may be a problem with the sequencer because I have tried numerous times to record a seqence and I cannot hear the sequence which is already in the machine and I cannot record a new one. Switching sounds on the fly during a gig can be a disappointment. Once you change from Combi to Prog or change a bank, the voice in the board IMMEDICATELY changes. So if you are holding down a chord, the sound will change a little (a combination of the original voice and the "next" voice) when you select the next voice you are going to use. I'm sure that after spending a few more hours with this thing and getting it to make a good, solid sound (and after getting the sequencer up and running), I will enjoy it more. For the time being, I mostly use it in live gigs as a second board because I play 2 boards at once so that I can fatten the band's sound.

KORG skimped on the X2. The sound synthesis seems pretty thin and they tried to "cover" for it by putting on-board effects. Supposedly, you can "fatten" your sound with a bunch or Reverb or whatever. As far as I'm concerned, a cheezy, thin organ with reverb just sounds like a cheezy, thin organ that lingers after you pull your hand back (in horror) from the keyboard. By the way, the organ sounds in the X2 are total CRAP! Get a B3 emulator or a good synth with 3 or more oscillators if you want to create a good, believable organ sound. Even 10 years later, these boards seem to go for $700 to $800! WAY TOO MUCH! I really like KORG equipment but it seems that KORG didn't really offer anything new and exciting with the X2. It's just a production model, middle-of-the-road board...something KORG sold on the market to make a few bucks. KORG has done better with no only their newer boards but with other boards from the same time period.

Keep in mind, I don't use the X2 with a lot of outboard gear. It may sound great for Industrial or House mixes! With some distortion, processing, looping, etc. it may sound good. Personally, I expect a WORKSTATION to stand on it's own without a bunch of other gear. Still, I think the sounds are thin and if someone is going to make Industrial or House and is going to use a bunch of gear anyway...just get a really fat sounding ANALOG synth (like a Clavia Nord, an Access Virus,an old Roland Juno 106, or even an old ESQ-1...which is a digital/anaolog hybrid). In the end, DON'T BUY THIS BOARD.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-16-2004 at 16:30
Norman a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My friends who are hardcore Roland fans still shake their heads at the depth and power of the sounds in my X2 whenever I bring it over. I keep thinking I'm going to upgrade and then find new contexts for it's sounds that keep it fresh. It does have some limitations (electric pianos are not Korg's forte, for example) but if I was going to stick with my X2 until I had exhausted all of it's potential I might never get another keyboard!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-20-2003 at 14:10
Charles a part-time user from USA writes:
I find the Korg X2 to be one of the best keyboards still around, and believe it or not some sounds are more awsome than even the newer keyboards today. Final comment the X2 is still kicking rear end out here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-30-2002 at 07:29
Scott Strange a professional user from United States writes:
I was initially interested in the X3 but ran across a nice priced X2 off of Ebay so I bought it. I'm really a guitarist who is teaching himself keyboards so I know there are many functions on this I have no idea how to operate. I have used the sequencer for both on-stage tracks and as a composition tool. I keep the board set up in my basement digital studio and sit down to it atleast twice a day for about 5 minutes of heaven. The piano sounds are so sweet and the effects units are effective. If I keep at it, I may want to ungrade to either the Triton or the Fantom, But I doubt I'll ever part with my X2.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 22:14
josue madera a part-time user from Buffalo new york writes:

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-30-2001 at 14:32
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