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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
Want my advice? Don't buy this thing. This is a typical Kurzweil sample player. That means that it sounds artificial, thin, hollow, boxy and plastic. The piano is a joke. Don't buy anything from Kurzweil. At the same time they are the most expensive company. Unbelievable.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-13-2004 at 06:01
a professional user from usa writes:
wanted to add my two cents. For those with tritons and other workstations lacking in a great piano sound this is the perfect addition. This module is great, however it's also frustrating in it's lack of visual feedback (patch display, etc). Luckily it makes up for it in sound. I liked it so much I bought (and returned) the KME61 which was nice but a little too crippled for the money. These are first class sounds. I use the ME1 constantly in the studio, and on the road I bring it with me as my piano sound in case they can't give me a pc2 or pc88. Used live as a dial up and set thing for one or two sounds, it's great.

For the money this is a very nice module that is better in the studio than live. My only real beef about the sounds is that the string samples die after the intial attack, which is a shame because they are such great samples. Other gripes: no midi activity light. Bottom Line: As a layered box, or for piano sounds this is a great deal.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-29-2004 at 23:40
Rick a part-time user from USA writes:
Have been using the module for a month now. I use mine midied in with a Kurzweil SP-76. I am thrilled with the piano sounds. There are plenty of them. When I was playing one of the 'grand' sounds, my wife came in and thought I was playing the baby grand! The 'rock grand' sounds work well for live playing, cutting through the mix etc. I have other keyboards for other sounds so the main thing I wanted was great piano sounds without paying the price of a workstation and/or expansion card. With that said, the other sounds are quite good. The Wurly sounds are very well done. Also, the voices are exceptional. For the money, I can't think of a better sounding unit. Very well built too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-28-2002 at 02:53
Warren G. Beatty a part-time user from United States writes:
I've been playing pretty steady for a few years now, and I must say one thing about the ME-1 (and just Kurzweil in general): excellent piano and classic keys samples! I've been on a "search" for great sounding, realistic, pianos, and I think Kurzweil has nailed it for the technology available.

This module isn't loaded with tons of features, but is an inexpensive way to get into the great Kurzweil sound. It does however have a couple nice features: you can assign programs to each of the 16 MIDI channels - essentially giving you multi-timral capability. This is a gem for playing live and controlling the programs through your master keyboard. The module also can put all the programs into two MIDI banks - each bank with 128 programs (another nice feature which is useful live and for sequencing, etc.) The only downside to this functionality, is that when the module is turned off, all you've just set is reset to defaults.

Another nice feature is the headphone jack. This module doesn't have a MIDI activity light (like on the MicroPiano), but that didn't bother me.

Sonically, the unit sounds good. Low noise, and a wide dynamic range. It's built good, durable metal casing. I imagine I'll be using the sounds in here for some time to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-18-2002 at 23:54
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