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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Rock D House a professional user from Aus writes:
This is an amazing bit of gear. It is not necessarily the same as B3 - but I would say more useful for the average gigging musician - and a definately more useful for a pro the plays 4+ nights a week, diven that it will swave you and a roadie back pain and expense of carrying a B3 and leslie.

Its sounds are great and can vary greatly, and the expressiveness of the drawbars is very useful when looking for subtle changes without changing patches...and obviously for immense changes if you want givcen it has such powerful controls. I definaetly find i like the sounds and control over sounds far more than when I use to use my samplers for these sounds. I compared it to a korg model too and found myself walking away with this one). Whether I am playing funky dancy music or covers (i have to make a decent living) it always cuts it. i love it (it's up there with my old rhodes)

Take care

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-27-2001 at 19:50
Max a part-time user from Italy writes:
Almost perfect is the right definition, I think. If cannot have or use (expecially in gigs) a real B3 and a Leslie, It's the best think I've ever heard. The instruments its perfect exspecially for gigging musicians (like me!), in fatc the VK7 have a special vocation for the live situation, with is very good keyboard (although not strictly hammondly) and a lot of real time controller and the fantastic wood. The sounds need always a good equalisation, expecially in the bass. Be carefully, the VK 7 make holes in every mixer! Its a very playeble instruments, full polyphony, good simulation of vintage amp (but always a simulation), you can connect other keyboards and Pedal to have the 3 parts under your control (but only one assignable drawbars set) . If you want to use it in a studio set to add some vintage sounds its good too, but a little bit expensive, and perhaps, some good sample works better (and cheapier). I give a 5 to rise the medium evaluation, becouse 3 it's really not the true. The overall rating for me is, at least, 4,5. However, as any other instruments, you have to play it. I beg your pardon for my poor english.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-10-2001 at 07:07
b3tech a part-time user from USA writes:
I would not recommend the VK7. it initially sounds impressive, but one soon realizes how thin and plasticky it sounds. if you use the Leslie plug to connect a real Leslie, you lose the reverb and overdrive effect (what was the point in putting them on there if you can't use them?) you can find these used all day long for $1000. the best package I've found (I own one) is the Voce V3. it has a fatter, warmer, beefier sound. a one rack space unit with presets. every parameter is controllable by MIDI. it also has an optional drawbar unit which sits conveniently on your keyboard. it has a 6 pin 122 socket on the back of the rack unit, an effects loop (for reverb, overdrive, delay, gating, or any other effect,) and jacks to connect a volume pedal, speed switch, and brake switch (for the internal Leslie effect.) it's also USA made, with superb feel, build quality. although the Leslie effect is super editable, it leaves a bit to be desired. I've A/B'ed this with my B3, playing both through identical 122s, and it's dead on for the most part. not QUITE as fat, chorus isn't quite as intense, but it's the closest to the real thing out there, and I've tried them all. I've also spent extensive time with the VK7. I would recommend the Voce V5 however, since the Leslie effect of the V3 isn't quite up to par, it's a unit about the size of the V3 drawbar controller. it has the drawbars, a handful of presets, and no Leslie effect. you don't have to worry about a rack mount unit either. hook this up to a real Les, and you're ready to rock.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-May-22-2000 at 11:43
Steve Beach a part-time user from New York USA writes:
I am purchasing a VK-7 after reading much about it, and after a self taught demo at my local Sam Ash music center. Please email me any tips, or special set-up to try out. I will post a complete review of it on this page within a month. I should get my unit by Memorial day '2000. This will compliment my Alesis QS-8 when I play out. I'm in a rock band call The Generators that plays from 50's to Today's classic rock. Need that B-3 sound BAD !!! See ya soon !

posted Sunday-May-21-2000 at 20:10
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