Synth Site: Korg: X5 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Adam from Australia writes:
Ahhh...I remember my little X5! It's got some absolutely beautiful string and pad sounds in it. Great board for single mode operation via midi in a good studio setup but useless when in multimode since with only two FX processors your once-beautiful voices become thin and shitty. No resonant filters make it limiting, but this board is more a general good-quality soundset than something that you would use for dance, etc. The cutoff is pretty lame, too. If you're after a basic board with fantastically-big-and-warm (yes, WARM!) pads and strings then this machine will bring a smile to your face. Crap for lead sounds. Bloody total crap for drums. No machine is that good at everything, though and with the relatively cheap used price of the X5 your can't go wrong. Progamming is very very simple (both in terms of operation and in what you can do with it!). The X5D is identical apart from a few more wave samples.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-24-1999 at 01:25
Clint Kingsbery a hobbyist user from USA (texas) writes:
The Korg X5 is my first synth...and it's a great synth to get started on... I've messed around with many other synths and they were so complex at first I was nearly shocked. After using the X5 I've learned a great deal in creating different sounds and such... I think this board's greatest limitation is the lack of SFX chips...which really only comes into play when in multimode. It's hard to get the nice synth sounds you wanted when you switch into multi mode since oyu only get two effects which are shared between all sounds...this sucks But as far as sounds are concerned...it has a ton...I have about 20 banks in sysex format that allow me a variety of flavors...from pop..rock..ambiant...and dance...It can do it...to a point If you want some banks just e mail me...they are small...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-11-1999 at 03:09
James Kountz a professional user from USA writes:
Well I just got this thing and so far for the money I paid for it I cant complain really. I have other synths, better sythns, cheaper more expensive you name it Ive had it. The funny thing is Im not a keyboard player but I do sequence my own backing tracks for live performances. I play guitar, mandolin, and sing live to the tracks I create. I basically use the X-5 for its sounds so things like keyboard features and all arent as important to me as Im sure they would be to a key player. The thing that I like the best is the sounds (drum/bass) and the size. I should say however that the sounds that came with it had to modified to suit my tatse but that was an easy task. I didnt even get a manual for it as the one I got was a floor demo and the dummies lost the book to it. But I still managed to get in there and edit sounds. With some tinkering and some imagination you can get top notch sounds from it. Dont go by the factory sounds. It can do alot more than that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-28-1998 at 19:02
Ville Metsola a part-timer user from Finland writes:
This is obviously a great synth, especially considering the price. I'm a beginner on synths, but comparing to the synths i've heard so far i think the sounds on X5 (or X5D) do very well.

I haven't bought a synth yet and before i will i'd like to know if i should buy X5 or X5D? I mean is the difference considerable (and worth about $200)? I sure could use the 64-voice polyphony on X5D though... (please e-mail me if you have an opinion)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-13-1998 at 06:22
Rey Espino a part-timer user from U.S. writes:
The X5D is a good keyboard. It was my first board so I'm very glad with it. But Korg should have put a little more into it, such as more sounds or a sequencer.But otherwise it's great,especially the strings and the organs. But the weird sounds kind of suck.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-15-1998 at 03:20
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