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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Rob Maguire a professional user from Canada writes:
I've been using the A90 for over 4 years, and I have yet to find a better all-around keyoard for performance. The acoustic and electric piano sounds (such as the rhodes and wurlitzer) are near perfect... couldn't get closer unless you had the real thing. The organs could be improved on, however. They are still very usable though. I definately reccomend this to anyone who is looking for a all-around keyboard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-11-2000 at 01:40
Carlos F. March a hobbyist user from Brazil writes:
I bought the A90EX with VE-RD1 and VE-JV1 boards, and I can say here in Brazil it costed almost $2550. I'm an acoustic piano player and I felt the A90 keys a bit heavy for me. But it's a matter of training, I think. The grandpiano sounds of the VE-RD1 are very useful, but I think they were programmed with a too fast decay. When I try to lenghten them, the sounds change with time. They become unreal, there appear some ringing. I fight with the numbers trying to find the best compromise between decay time and quality of sound, using sometimes the velocity curves. But, as I'm only beginning to reshape the patches, maybe I'll become happier as I acquire experience . I want also to say that I don't intend to use the host of master features of this beast, because I bought it instead of a RD-600, my first choice. I also tried Kurzweil PC88 and Alesis QS8. I intend to use it as a grand electronic piano and maybe I'll add only one or two piano modules from Yamaha, Alesis or Kurzweil.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-14-2000 at 11:20
Michael a hobbyist user from United States writes:
5 out of 5 rating. I just bought this big beast yesterday. I bought the A90 without the expansion, although reading the other reviews that might have been a mistake. Anyway, I got a great deal ($1600 in the box). I love the action. I'm not trained as a musician, but I plan to use this thing for ten or twenty years so I wanted to buy the best feeling controller. I tried the QS8, PC88, Studiologic sl-880, Korg N1, and even a few really expensive digital pianos (Yamaha, etc.). This felt the best. The most responsive, with enough bounciness for quick play, but also a very smooth and heavy feel for slow playing. The great thing is this: I am used to playing on an unweighted Korg X5 (for about 6 years). Now that I have the A90, I can hardly believe I was playing anything else. The only bummer so far is that I cannot figure out how to connect my other devices to my midi interface and the A90 at the same time. When I used my X5 as my main controller, I could control all other devices through my opcode Studio 64X hooked up to my Mac. The A90 freezes the 64X and all other devices when I do anything other than hit a note.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-1999 at 16:03
Russ Armstrong a part time user from US writes:
Purchased A-90 1/98. Quite happy overall. I purchased it without the expansion

sounds since I wanted to use all 8 zones for external. I drive a JV-880,

RealPiano Module, Hammond XM-1, and (out the sequencer port) a DR-660. Great

features include: the large number of dedicated buttons that allow for fast

real-time use and the ability to store all the button settings in a performance.

Undocumented item: to switch from 1-64 to 65-128 (in order to save a single

performance to a memory card) press the -/B button and then Enter and the

display will move to the 65-128 range. (Thanks to a helpful Roland Product

person). Problem: (unsolved by same support person, but he tried hard) trying

to assign volume for a subset of the zones to an FC foot controller port.

It would not take. The same thing can be accomplished by plugging into the

total volume port, but it should work for the other ports but doesn't. I use the ability to assign zones to do things such as: assign both a bass

sound from the Hammond and an acoustic bass sound from the JV or RealPiano

to the same keyboard range but, of course, with their own Midi numbers. This

produces a &quot;pluck&quot; on the front end of the bass note (like Jimmy McGriff!).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
Hart Ramsey a professional user from USA writes:
I love the A90EX. However, There are some draw backs:

(1) When you change patches, it immediately cuts off the sound. The PC88 doesn't do that

(2) The manual claims that you can use your internal zones to control external devices. This is somewhat true - but the trade-off is that you must first disable the local control of the internal sound source. I was hoping that they would allow you disable two of the four internal zones and use the other two exclusively for external sound sources.

Other than those two minor complaints, I love the A09EX.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
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