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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Andreas Viklund a part-time user from Porjus, Sweden writes:
It's just great. Simple to use, still very advanced. Small and compact, but still very good-looking. Out of all synths that I have owned, this is the one I find to be the most valuable one. It will be a great friend in the studio, and of course on the road... =) Even the presets are great, which is not common for a synth of this kind. As a pleasant bonus, it has a great vocoder. However, there is only mono input which is one of the few negative points that I could find... Overall, I recommend it. I rate it 5/5 (where I only rated the JP8000 and the AN1x 4/5).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-21-2002 at 11:29
matrix writes:
Umm... I didn't say velocity, I said aftertouch. Afterouch is when you hold down a key to begin with and then press down harder on it. The K-Station keyboard does not have this. Velocity is how light vs. hard/fast you hit and release keys. The K-Station has this. From the manual:<br><br> "Although the K-Station's keyboard itself cannot generate MIDI aftertouch messages, the K-Station's synthesizer engine can still respond to aftertouch if it is received via the MIDI in socket from another keyboard or sequencer."

posted Monday-Mar-18-2002 at 22:42
anon writes:
matrix, read your manual again (maybe you have an incorrect manual!). it DOES respond to velocity!! flip through the presets, around 1/10 demonstrates the effect.

posted Monday-Mar-18-2002 at 10:07
circuit a part-time user from uk writes:
I really love everyting about my K Station. I'm not gonna regurgitate what's already been said; the controls are powerful, well-placed and the display is clear and bright. I was a bit worried that it might be too 'techno' for me, since I make 8bit style music and the presets are aimed towards a totally different sound... but like the classic analogs I owned before this one, you just need to play around for a few hours. I've already made sounds to rival anything on the synths I sold to get this one. It's extremely versatile, which is the most important thing if you're spending £400. They could have been lazy with the design and the logistics of the layout, but they've really done a good job trying to take users into account.

The K Station is also sturdy, more so than the Bass Station (i.e. the switches won't disappear inside the case if you push on them!). I kinda wish Novation would make a case for it though, because of the weird shape.

I have had a couple of crashes so far, and the end result was that some of the presets were altered/erased (funnily enough, all the ones in bank 2 ending with 9!?). Also, I cannot turn off local control no matter what I try... I don't know if I have a faulty unit. However, I have emailed tech support about the clicks, and they took note and said it will be addressed in OS1.1. Before moaning here, try emailing the manufacturer.

Also - the K-Station IS pressure sensitive, but you have to set up the sound to respond correctly. Some of the presets demonstrate the effect already... did you try them out? Read the manual? I agree that it would be nice if it ran on batteries, but I'm sure it would cost a small fortune to operate it that way.

Giving it 5/5 - it's not perfect but it's as close to perfect as I need it to be.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-18-2002 at 10:03
matrix writes:
sup, well, it is capable of recieving aftertouch but the keyboard itself doesn't. Check the manual, it's in there. Don't break them keys trying to play something that isn't there. :)

posted Monday-Mar-18-2002 at 01:59
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