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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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-- a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
For the money, definitely one of de best fatt VA's there is. In no time you have made yourself some of those huge presets that you can store easy in one of the 200 userbanks. Besides that It's very handy that you can put an effect under the mod wheel like reverb or delay. In other words This thing Rocks!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-04-2002 at 05:15
JohnP from usa writes:
I like the sounds a lot, though I like the presets on the MS 2000 better. But I figured for ease of use, portability, and the fact I like the bass station, it won.

Problems, beside the software stuff already mentioned ie clicking, etc which will be fixed soon I hope:

1) The pitch wheel broke on the first one I had..not too convenient in the middle of a gig. Started my worries about reliablity in the real world. SAm Ash replaced the whole synth as I had it for all of 2 weeks before this happened.

2) I cannot find a good case for its oddball size. There are no cases that offer a good secure fit- anyone help me here? Also, the dimensions in the manual are for the A Station rack, not the K Station..not too helpful when you are on the phone long distance to a case company trying to figure out how much a small custom $$$ case will be.

it's weird- i went to Sam Ash and Guitar Center, both of whom were sold out of K Stations- but no one had ordered or even inquired about a way to get it safely to a gig. anybody play live anymore?

3) speaking of playing live, wait til you try to get this at the right height on a single X stand..when i set up an x type stand at the right height, the keyboard wouldn't go on the stand, it's too narrow. I suppose now i should look for a Custom Board (that will also fit in the Custom flite case) that will "allow" me to have this at the right height for playing.

OK OK..I really do like the way this synth sounds, and this may seem like minor stuff to most of you , but it's a pain to have to cobble together things to accomodate some ergonomic "features"..

One intereseting thing i have been doing when not complaining about this though-- I use Reason a lot and like the subtractor..so I have been reverse engineering some Reason patches into the K Station..and it seems almost made for this..put the hyper bass patch in the K Station, then stack the osc's in a mono patch until the subs blow out..bee you tiful.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 11:54
SDG a part-time user from UK writes:
Had one of these beasties for 3 weeks now and I love it. For once quite a lot of the presets are actually pretty good. I have spent most of the time since buying it creating my own sounds though, which is where the K-Station comes into its own for me. I also own a JP-8000 and an MS2000R, but the K-Station is the one that I want to fiddle about with most and seems to be the easiest of the 3 on which to be able to create really great useable sounds. I have experienced the same problems with noises when switching programs, not a major one for me as I use it in a studio setup, and Local Control permanently on, hopefully an OS update will fix, but for the money and portability, this piece of kit is awesome.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-22-2002 at 04:35
Rob a hobbyist user from Austin writes:
I put up a 6 minute demo running through the first 60 patches or so,,, it's called "demo" at the bottom of http://www.ampcast.com/nurf .

That should give you a good all round idea of the sound of the K station.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-22-2002 at 04:06
rob a hobbyist user from Austin writes:
Picked this up today.... small, but full of great sounds, pads, leads, xylaphones, arps, harsh sounds ready to be tweaked. The knobs are laid out nicely in sections that are pretty comprehensive. The envelope sliders are place perfectly for me to adjust and tweak and cut off as I modulate with the left hand and cut the sounds with the release slider... Input is a total blessing, and the manual (b & w- here's where they saved the money to make it so cheap) is pretty good so far for me. It's easily a great beginners synth to have hands on control of the sound and has added effects, all of which have seperate sub menus to adjust the effects. the resonance and frequency knobs can send a sound through the roof, be careful. the clicks are noticable switching from pattern to pattern, but only if it's still oscilating when you switch to another pattern... if you slide the "release" slider to zero before switching to another sound, that eliminates the click, but it is a pain and I've emailed novation about it and they explained that they would be correcting that in an updated version. Great synth for the price it's a definate 5/5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-21-2002 at 20:24
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