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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Bjorn Larsen a part-time user from Norway writes:
I went totally crazy for the sounds of the MKS-20 in the early 9o'and went up buying to of them, just in case :)I still have one of these, though I rarely use it anymore. The MKS-20 is capable of producing some very warm and nice sounds, especially the two Ep sounds and the vibes. I don't think the Rhodes imitations sounds so very "Rhodish" (The DX-sound is better), but it has a very nice warm and full tone that i really like. The grand piano sounds , in my opinion, outdated compared to the latest eletronic stage pianos from Yamaha, Roland etc., but then again in the right combination with other instruments in a band, it blends in very well and can sound very much like a real piano. What impresses me most by this unit, is the many stages of sound characther (7) depending on how hard you hit the keys. This is important to bring out the nuances/ dynamics in a solo piano piece. Roland called the synthesis method SA, which I believe must be a kind of digital synthesis (It's defently not analog or sample based. I believe the new sample based Yamaha P-250 has only three different samplings per key. The MKS-20 look very proffesional. It has stereo outputs on XLR connection (as well as jacks), it contain a 3 band eq with sweepable mid frequency and Q-value, Very nice sounding stereo chorus and tremolo. I will reccomend it to everybody who wish to have recapture the piano sounds of the eighties.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-23-2005 at 06:23
Parrish Early a professional user from USA writes:
We used to have an MKS 20 at our church, but ? our Minister of Music left, the MKS went with him. As a gospel pianist, I love the expressive abilities of both the acoustic and electric pianos. I HAVE to find one! Even though my MOTIF 6 sounds great, I can just imagine the possibilities of combining these two great sounding devices. If anyone knows ? a MKS20 is on sale, please contact me ASAP at my e-mail address at [email protected]

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-04-2004 at 15:29
Carl Ashwin a part-time user from UK writes:
Roland released a few of their HP series pianos featuring the 8 preset voices of this module. We had one at my school (way back when) and the first recording I made with my first band featured the Clav sound. The piano had rotary dials for both chorus and tremelo so you could vary each in real time. This was particularly useful on EP1 and the Vibe sound. Of course, many artists have used these classic sounds and I have been on the look out for years for one of these units (they are rare here in the UK). Finally today I found one and it arrives tommorow (or today even as its 2 A.M here). I look forward to unleashing it on an unsuspecting crowd tonight. I guess most people who love the sounds from this unit are like myself and shy away from using true Acoustic piano sounds. The MKS has a character all of its own, like the DX electric piano, that simply cannot be imitated. I used a Super JV module for awhile (courtesy of our guitarist) and it had a couple of MKS20 patches but they just didn't come close! I think from a British point of view the MKS20 and even the RD1000 were commonly used on tracks of American origin so it automatically gives a very American flavour to the sound (this is a complement and I'm not trying to upset the lovely people of the USA). Its typically Roland; Smooth, Rich & Expensive sounding. Sheer bliss. Can't wait for the courier to arrive with the package. The neighours in the apartments above and below are gonna love me later on, oh yes :-)

This is a definate 5 out of 5 or in Spinal Tap terms, 6 out of 5. Pure class.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2004 at 20:12
al austria a hobbyist user from philippines writes:
after i save a song + sound (svq.) file to disk, then load it back into the xp-80, the effects of the parts changes back to the settings before i changed them, this problem occured after i reset the xp-80 to factory settings. only the songs i made after resetting the xp-80 are affected by this problem. help.

posted Monday-May-12-2003 at 23:26
jinwan kim a professional user from korea writes:
rhodes type elec-piano is very impressive. chorus and tremolo effect are fantastic. other sound(piano.vibe.clavi) are very nice too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 15:12
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