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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Denis a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I bought my D5 10 Years ago and I use it more and more.

During the first few years, I had no effects to enrich the sound,and it sounded

very thin and plate. Since I bought a SX700 it gave my D5 the missing spark.

What I like in this synth is the &quot;analogue&quot; part which can produce excellent lead synth,

bass, strings and pads sounds.

Pipe Organ sounds are great with a big reverb, and electric organ sounds can be

really smashing when used with a saturated leslie effect.

If you're looking for realistic acoustic sounds, don't buy it (except for percussion sounds),

but if you like to program, and like analogue sounds, try to get one. You can even edit while playing the arpeggiator and make it sound like a TB303. Unisyn can edit D5 patches and sounds, but is, for this machine, really inferior to

steinberg synthworks for Atari which was exploiting hidden features like the

5th enveloppe point for TVA.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
DENI a hobbyist user from INDONESIA writes:
I bought my D-5 for only US$ 200 (2nd hand), unfortunately i don't have ROM card for music arranging.

I like the sound since I could modified voices which available built in.

If any of you have information where to find it, please mail me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Onsia a professional user from Belgium writes:
As a startup synth, you can enjoy it very much.

The only complain that I have, are the terrible key's. They guest vanish every time when I'm in the middle of a performance.

The brass sounds are loveley, as the strings...

But really, I can't miss him :-)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Kevin Brock a part time user from United States of America writes:
i've used the D-5 from '89 to 96 ( and stopped due to repairs) and have been impressed with the character of the sounds even though they may not necessarily match up to more professional level synths. However, with a bit of clever tweaking and some imagination tossed in for good measure, no professional synth can ever reproduce the sounds of the D-5 with as much character and personality. It's simply the best for fat, Phat

analog bass and analog brass. It was my first synth (next to a sequential circuits

600 and Roland SH-101) and will forever remain in my progressing arsenal.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Kevin Brock a part time user from United States of America writes:
I've used the D-5 from '89 to 96 ( and stopped due to repairs) and have been impressed with the character and personality of the instrument. The

analog bass, brass and string sounds were good and I like the piano sounds as

well. Whenever I found myself to be aching for a new synth but did not have the money to buy, I would dig deeper and come up with more new sounds that I had not discovered. I've reinvented the palette at least four or five times.

They way I see it, you already know what it can't do, so challenge yourself: buy it and see what it can do!!! Take it to the limit and set your imagination in overdrive!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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