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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Zoron a professional user from Canada writes:
I like the PC88 I'd say the action is satisfactory, and if your careful with the sounds you can get by with the strings, and maybe even the Organ patches too. Personaly I'd like to see something come out with a fantastic Piano feel, without being too heavy to lug around. Wouldn't we all though.

posted Monday-Nov-12-2001 at 16:01
steveh a part-time user from UK writes:
I've had a PC88 for over 5 years and gig about 3 times a week. Still think conceptually its superb - a Midi controller that you can also use on its own as a dig. piano for reheasals, songwriting etc. Piano is superb, easily the most usable sound. EPs not bad but a bit thin at top end. Strings good but rest either a bit iffy or not much use - who uses a harpsichord in Y2K?? Midi spec superb and fairly easy to program. Manual straightforward. Intuitive, so don't need to keep refering to manual.

Major gripes: Keyboard quality awful. Have to keep dismantling and repairing it. Key weight a bit light. PSU was underspecified and died after about a year, couldn't get another so built my own. Internal PSU reservoir caps very cheap and nasty and lasted about 2 years. Replaced these with high quality ones. Occaisionally crashes for no apparent reason. Bizarre problem when switching from setup 36 to 37, where it produces DC/LF waveforms out of the audio socket which cause havoc with the PA - probably due to the uP writing garbage to the DAC. I've tried this on various units and they all do it. Sustain pedal disintegrates. Replaced with Yamaha one. Paintwork blooms and falls off. No music stand even though there are mounting points - a bit of a mean omission at the price. Outputs seem to vary in level over time and are noisy. LCD almost useless in live situation. Would be far more useful if LCD displayed basic info about setup of each zone similtaneously including name of module it's assigned to and the parameter being adjusted. It's difficult to remember all this info for 100 setups. OK it would mean a bigger LCD but there's a lot of empty real estate on the front panel.

Maybe I should have written all this before the PC2 arrived! Haven't tried it yet though. Has anyone else?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-15-2000 at 08:48
AdamT a part-time user from UK writes:
Just picked one of these up. a 10 month old one with the newer improved Fatar action, only twice out of the box for little more than a new Fatar SL880 (just to put it into perspective).. welll

The Much maligned PC88 is one hell of a MIDI controller, only 4 programmable sliders (like the £1000 SL2001) BUT boy are they programmable. each slider can be attached to any of the 128 MIDI CC numbers and four "Zones" or slider combos can be stored per setup.. 16 virtual sliders per setup, like a Peavey or Kenton, but you access each bank of four with the zone buttons, easy. you can combine zones so pushing one slider can activate up to FOUR parameters at once, excellent. SO you have 16 V-Sliders to work with AND there are 128 setup storage locations!. Sooo over 128 setups of 16 controls, those four sliders give you up to 2048 controls .... ever fancied a Jellinghaus programmer (;-). link this with all the pedal inputs, wheels and 88-note hammer action (now supposedly reliable) Keyboard, an impressive controller indeed..

BUT this thing makes noises too. Pianos aren`t IMO up to K2500 standards but above the sub-£1000 Korg, Roland, Yamaha stage pianos in quality. there are 64 presets (and they ARE Presets too) in all incorporating a belting harpsichord which has the all important Quill drop sound at the end (like on the Roland JV Orch Expansion board`s one), there`s no Hapsi in the 2500. the rest is standard K fare although the sounds are larger on an actual 2500, I wouldn`t want to live with the difference in a live situation..

Oh, it has a cracking and totally unique arpeggiator with note transpose, Random mode and glissando amongst others, easy to get to as well (you press a button called "Apreggiator" on the front panel)

Gripes... the thing weighs MORE than a bloody Jupiter-8 but STILL has an out board powersupply (Poooooo), also it`s hard to grip hold of due to smooth rounded surfaces making toting a pain. physically it`s built like a tank, all the buttons, sliders and wheel are positive and give a feeling of class.

I`m damn chuffed with the thing as a controller, and to get an onboard "Micropiano" thrown in for free sweetens the deal no end. new they can be pichked up for £1000. Fatar SL2001 prices, no contest.

5 for the controller functions, physical build, feel of the new Fatar action and the "free" micropiano

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-15-2000 at 17:03
Jesper Andersen a part-time user from Denmark writes:
I love my PC-88. It was cheap and the touch of the keyboard is great. I chose between the Roland A90, Korg SGX-pro and PC-88. The PC-88 has got a softer touch than the others, wich I like better. The internal piano is also ok.

posted Monday-May-15-2000 at 08:55
Daniel Hames a part-time user from England writes:
The PC88 is the best I've come across in my travels around music shops- I've got one. I know a few people who will play nothing else.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-18-1999 at 17:21
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