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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Robert Weigel a professional user from USA writes:
One of these reviews is in Error. I just reviewed the schematic to supplement my cu.imt.net/~sounddoctorin page's global synth resource info. The machine uses a digital signal generation and then indeed has analog filtration and...it appears some digitally controlled analog enveloping going on. I think what Morely meant was...they did a typical Roland Job of keeping the digital hints out of the signal path by keeping the resolution high enough on the envelops etc. I haven't listened to one yet but that's what the diagrams tell me for anyone interested. -Bob

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-30-2006 at 20:07
day vaux a professional user from australia writes:
I have had one of these since I first got into midi in the 1980s. It was acually thrown in when I bought my first Kurzweil Midiboard and had no money left to buy any sound moduldes. If your trying to find an authentic piano sound forget it, this module sounds nothing like a piano. However if you want to create something different this is where the mks 10 comes into its own, particularly through an external fx processor. The best feature of this unit by far is that it has the best clav sounds ive ever heard, even before you use the onboard effects! The clav in the mks 10 seriously rocks and is my 1st choice for clavs out of anything including the Kurzweil k2600.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-10-2005 at 17:57
Thomas B. a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I've just read "they are great sounding for 12 bit..." from the David Morley 's review... He is all wrong ! this machine is pure analoge circuitry. it uses 16 instance of the mighty IR3109 custom VCF chip from roland. (yep, the same as in the jupiter 8 /jupiter 4 ,juno 6/60 and the mks-80) So it is a true analogue preset synth with 16 (!) voices of polyphony, wich is great. I believe the MKS-10 is going to be used for replacement part for greater synth in the future, so if you own one, just keep it and wait for the prices to raise. The sound isn't bad at all, its a rich and mellow electropiano sound, usable for a lot of musicstyle. I use mine on electro trash housy music and it fits perfectly in the mix. It won't do anything else though... It also features 2 cool analoge effects : one vibrato and one chorus/flanger. They can add a lot of richness to your sound. And there is also a finetune knob that I like to use when it plays to add a subtle detune effect.(very analog)

My conclusion : rich analog mellow sound, very cheap although it won't last... The only thing i don't like about it is it's weight and the size it takes on my rack.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-28-2005 at 11:53
Frans Scholtze a hobbyist user from netherlands writes:
I do own this module, only sometimes it has little problems with Midi-receive. sometimes the module does not react on velocity lower than 127, and when I force the channel to send 127, by Cubase velocity function, the module responds correctly. Still I am very surprised because the module lets hear all played notes, when you are playing big accords, with sustain of course, there seems to be no limitation for the played notes, only after studiyng the inner, I only see 12 generators, can anyone tell me how this is possible?

I know this is a very old module, but they are rare to find. Please respond if anyone owns this module, and wants to excange expieriences.

Sorry for some mistakes in English, I am only some stupid Dutchman, with an obsession for making music of my own.....studio is finished and I am happy....

with regards

Frans

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-13-2005 at 07:49
frankle a hobbyist user from US writes:
Just got one recently...it's really pretty nice, considering what it's *supposed* to do, and the limits of analogue technology. Good, sorta-imitative-but-not-really analogue piano and e-piano, with ever-so-slightly more believable harpsichord and clavi sounds. Sonically not unlike the Yamaha CP-35, the MKS-10 might have fewer permutations, but I think it has a bit more character, and certainly quite a lot more range of response to velocity. Built-in chorus and flanger can make for a nice swirly texture. They're usually cheap when you find them, and for the price, they're a lot of fun for just sitting down and playing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-12-2005 at 19:09
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