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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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shawn a hobbyist user from united states writes:
although i have already given a review for this synth a few months, i've been noticing some of the newer comments that are being made and felt inclinned to comment. first off it seems some people are appalled that they suddenly discover the kstation is mono-timbral. i must ask this: don't people read product description or do research before investing money in a bit of gear? secondly, for those people who seem frustrated that their kstations are deffective, why don't those people return them as someone commented previously? and if its multibrility you are after then perhaps it would be best to get a workstation. there is no specific synth that will do it all. each synth has something valuable in it, thats why you have it in your set up to add to your palette of sounds. just like the kstation is a lovely instrument to dedicate to a specific part. simply put, the kstation is a very good lead or bass synth,and i don't believe novation ever bragged it up to be more than that.in terms of craftsmanship, yeah it may not have keyboard like the supernova, but my synth has been perfectly fine. seems some people might have gotten a factory defect.

posted Saturday-May-04-2002 at 19:07
chud a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i added one of these to my studio a short while ago. i have a love / hate relationship with this thing. i sounds great, and it's fun to play, but really. when i got it it had four (!) screws rolling around inside it. i had to crack it open and reseat all of them. once i turned it on and hooked it up to my midi setup, i discovered that i couldn't turn local control off. only out of frustration and agitated dial turning did it turn off. i thought i broke it. that thought was furthered by the fact that the keys remained active while the dial did not. then i tried to select the sounds and found that the sysex bank messages it sends aren't compatible with something i have and will skip 100 presets on specific patches... and then it started popping when i scrolled through the sounds i could select...

sheesh. i think it sounds great, and it's fun, but with a fair amount of effort. i'm amazed that it made it out of factory.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-02-2002 at 20:18
Rob a hobbyist user from USA writes:
1.09 fixes the clicks!!! woo haaa... i put up another few tracks with using this as the bread and butter (used my dr 202 for the drums put through the k station's external input)... http://www.ampcast.com/nurf at the bottom again.

what else did the upgrade fix? anyone?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-29-2002 at 06:25
How Bowers a hobbyist user from Florida writes:
I discovered the problem with the K-Station -- I had a hunch it had something to do with the power -- and it turns out the dealer included the wrong wall wart (I bought the floor model). According to Novation's specs it needs 9V at 700mA of power and the one I got was 9V at 300mA of power. I switched the included transformer with the one from my Dark Star and now it is working perfectly.

Now that I've had a chance to really play with it, I love it. I plugged my guitar directly into the back of the K, dialed up a vocoder patch and turned the balance all the way towards the input, and lo and behold the K became an effects processor! I adding chorus, delay and reverb to the guitar, which sounds nice and clean. Bonus! Can't wait to try it with vocals now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-26-2002 at 02:04
Michael Berry a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Bravo to Novation, this synth rips! For the cost (Paid $700 US for mine, I've heard some got it cheaper) you can't beat it. Favourite parts are: the onboard effects (reverb is kinda weak but delay, chorus, panning are very handy), the layout (this thing is by far the most intuitive V/A I've used to date), sound quality is good. Only negatives? Not multi-timbral (no big deal though) and patches show a number rather than name. Heard many people complaining about noise when switching patches, and I haven't experienced it. I'm using my K-Station for live performances and in the studio and its been invaluable. There are minor complaints here and there but Novation has responded to all my questions promptly. I feel that Novation really delivered: great interface, size, sound, and price. I mostly stick to analog but this has won me over. Proved to be the "missing link" in my tracks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-25-2002 at 04:02
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