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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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macshit a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
The problem with programming the K2000 isn't that it's <b>hard</b> -- it has one of the best menu-based interfaces out there, very logically layed out -- it's that it's <b>tedious</b>. It takes just too damn much moving between screens/parameters to change something, ESPECIALLY if you have more than one layer and want to make the same change in all layers (god is that annoying!).

posted Saturday-Jun-02-2001 at 21:59
Bruce Pilbeam a professional user from USA writes:
Bought the K2000 for $600. at a pawnshop,(some idiot let it go!)downloaded the manual from the web,and dove right in. Anyone who says it's difficult understanding it needs to read up,man. This thing has sound with no equal. Immediately was able to compose a few songs just by hearing and tweaking a few patches. I can't seem to let it be for more than a few hours,and my wife-thing is really gettin' all puffed up. IntheEnd-my wife or the K2000?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-06-2001 at 03:05
aliaser a professional user from US writes:
ah, my sweet k2000. i don't even know why i'm posting this, cause everything has mostly been said. but i just wanted to praise the dopest sound mangler you can imagine. this was the first synth i ever owned...so anyone who's whining about programming it....come on! i had NEVER used a synth before and after about 3 months i was programming killer shit. i mean, you select the algorithm, select what parameters make it up, adjust those parameters, and assign modulation sources to them. how hard is that? not hard at all....it ain't no dx7. i mean, if you buy a k2000 and use presets you need to be shot. a whole bunch of times. in the leg. let's see....this synth has the sickest modulation matrix i've ever seen. every damn thing can control everything. has brilliant response to after touch. and the interface is laid out really well. everything you need and nothing you don't. all just a few buttons away. i can fly around the interface on my k2000 as easily as i tie my shoes. this is the perfect synth. not just sample playback here. there are even algorithms that start with DCOs that you can use instead of the sine/square/saw/etc. samples. god....this synth has it all. and when i load samples from my akai into it and get busy? love at first tweak, kid. the only gripes? needs more assignable outputs. needs a hell of a lot more polyphony. what is it, 26 voices? that's pretty weak, i'll admit. unless you have the memory upgrade your 2megs will run out pretty fast. (i think it has 2megs standard, i forget) but whatever...the memory isn't very big is what i'm getting at. the effects are pure shit, and i wish it had better low end. i have put a paramatic bass EQ into an algorithm on a sine wave, and boosted the 30-40hz band by 48db and still don't get the kind of speaker shredding bass that i'd want. but hey, that's why i have a bass station. anyway...point is....get a k2000. you can get them so cheap now it's ridiculous. the most power you could possibly get for the money. only other thing that would possibly be comparable is a virus. fucking get one....read the manual a bit, and make insane creations! this is a programmer's synth. if you want piano sounds, get a piano. if you want guitar sounds, play a stupid guitar. if you want to embrace the future of sonic creation...program a k2000. word. i give it a 99 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-30-2000 at 10:07
Gerald Mullett a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The K2000 isn't difficult to learn at all. But the manuals are pretty thick, so be prepared to put in a little reading time. At first, I thought it was just a sample playback machine, but after working with it for 2 and a half years, I recognize that it's one of the deepest, most capable, and most idiosyncratic synthesizers available. It's as deep, if not as flexible in a few respects, as the most complex modular systems you've ever heard of. The effects do hurt it, but I turn them off and play the sounds through an MPX100, something anyone could afford. The standard pop/dance-oriented sounds are fine; the analog synth emulations, while static, are thick and have bite; but the K2000 is most capable at creating those odd electronic creations that we associate with old EMS and EML synthesizers. You have a wealth of filters, audio-processing algorithms, and modulations. And I've had no trouble out of mine in the 2 and a half years I've had it. It's a very underrated, very overlooked synth for people who like to experiment with sound. A K2000 and a Nord Modular or a Native-Instruments Reaktor would provide enough material to keep any experimenter busy for a lifetime, it seems to me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-10-2000 at 21:42
JB a professional user from UK writes:
Alan, I suggest that you pick-up the manual, read through the section that describes the ALGORYTHMS and see just how restricted the Akais architecture is. I admit that the Akai seems far more approachable with it's big screen but if you take the time to learn to *program* the Kurzi rather than only using the presets it is a quick and easy synth to find your way around.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-10-2000 at 07:48
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