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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Nuala a professional user from New York City writes:
I bought the K-station as soon as it came out.... the sounds are amazing...I have a nord, JP8000, Moog Source, Arp od, several synths but I bought this because it's a small little package which would make gigging easier and still deliver some of those awesome sounds. However, has anyone noticed that when you page up or down to go through the patchs there's a LOUD clicking sound? Also the volume makes annoying crackling sounds when you turn it. I would NEVER gig with this professionally and upon going to Sam Ash and playing their demo which did the SAME EXACT thing, I'm returning it. I've called and emailed novation to no avail. Sad really. So be careful guys - don't blow any amps with this thing!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-11-2002 at 15:01
Chris a part-time user from United States writes:
This is my first synth and I gotta admit, I really like the K-Station. Why spend over a grand for other snyths (virus, waldorf, etc..) when this lil baby packs quite a punch. I just got it today and this lil mofo is Phat, the sounds are crazy.... I'm really looking foward to using this board bigtime.

Peace

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-02-2002 at 22:22
Bill Cummings a part-time user from USA writes:
Whoa.....this little baby caught my eyes & ears immediately. IMHO, the first great hardware synth of 2002! Everything about it SCREAMS instant classic! It sets a new price/value standard too, one which other manufacturers will now have to get in line behind. Love the small footprint (and weight!) The sounds are incredible, and infinitely tweakable too. The build quality is super solid, and the interface is wonderful, completely logical layout, everthing right there in front of you. So far I've only played it as a stand-alone (I'm on the road this week) but I can't wait to get back to the studio and check it out as a controller for my softsynths. Did I mention the PRICE., at $699., they are going to sell BOATLOADS of this little gem.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-23-2002 at 09:06
Black Acid a professional user from USA writes:
Just got this synth today. Went to Samash to buy a Nord Lead 3, well for some reason they didn't have one. They had the Lead 2. So played with it for maybe 30 mins. Nice toy Mod wheel was pretty kool. THEN I saw the K-Station, started trying it out and WOW, all that in this little box? NICE, I liked the sounds Much better with the K than the lead 2, Plus it was pretty powerfull in it's analoge. But wow, I love this K

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-23-2002 at 04:18
shawn a hobbyist user from unites states writes:
i almost bought a korg ms2000 myself convinced that it was the machine for me. then this cute, intriguing little unit caught my eye... thank god i waited. i don't mean to inpune the ms as i know its got a signature sound which alot people do find valuable. however, when you compare the k-station's 3 oscillators, 8 voice polyphony, and 400 program memory to the ms's synthesis capability, this unit comes out much stronger and is a much more logical buy. i'm certainly not an expert but i think korg's market for an affordable, yet powerfull va synth has just been taken over. why else has korg suddenly dropped the price of the ms from $950 to $750? although the k-station doesn't have the mod sequencer and a 12 band vocoder in place of a 16 band, it seems like a much more versitile synthesizer.

i'm still quite amazed at just how much synthesis power you get out of this unit for only $700. i was a bit skeptical at how well built a synth would be for that price range, but i was pleased to find its built just like a supernova (metal shell with plastic end-caps) only about half its size, and of course lacking the weighted keyboard. a somewhat light, weak feeling keyboard and some multi-function buttons seem like the direct results of having to leave out certain frills in order to keep it at this price. however, i do think this keyboard does at least feel much better than the nord lead's keys ( you would think you'd get something better for $1200). as long they don't break off when you press them, you really can't complain if you are investing in a synth for its sounds.

another thing i do love about this synth, especially if you are new to virtual analog synthesis like me, is how logical the interface is arranged. its a left to right approach, beginning with the oscillators and finishing with the envelopes. this is wonderfull for someone like me who has had to struggle with digital menus on a rom-based synthesizer in order to tweak sounds to my liking. everything is so direct and instant. even the multi-function buttons are arranged well enough to figure out in short amount of time. and finally a company like novation offers a manual that is comprehensible. i can't tell you how lovely that feels in comparison to interacting with roland gear.

i'm sure that for $1500+ you could get a virus, or waldorf, nord lead 3, supernova, or an andromedia that could probaly put the k-station in its place, but who has that kind of spare money these days? i think novation has proven that now you can get a moderately powerfull synthesizer on budget when you stick to whats most important. these are just my feelings because i've researched what best meets my needs in a synthesizer. alot of people complain because they can't find a perfect synthesizer that will do everything imaginable. the k-station isn't going to do everything imaginable either, but it will do what i what it for, bass and leads. this is my own particular interest just as each musician is going to have something different that fits his or her own interests. i love this synth, but don't take my word for it research what you need.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-23-2002 at 02:15
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