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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Chris Conway a professional user from canada writes:
this is my report as i put it on harmony central.

paid 1800us

Ease of Use: 10 This beast is very easy to use - even if you have no experience with drawbar organs or synths. Some of the presets are great, but any organ sound (not mention other great sounds) can be achieved when you use the drawbars- and why wouldnt you use them??? The manual is not all that necessary for most functions and the quickstart is simple and quick enough to even get your drummer ready to make some great b3 sounds.

Features: 10 I love the feal of the unweighted keys (i realise its personal) The effects selection is not huge but it does what it does well. Adding a leslie makes a difference and i occasionally use outboard effects with it on less staight edged projects. I feel the same about the overdrive, except for the fact I would not use it at all and opt for a better overdrive source (i.e.Tubescreamer). Basically it does everything it sets out to do and does it well (plus a bit more with some extra sounds/options)

Expressiveness/Sounds: The closest i have ever come to true b3isms - i tried all the opposition at the time and i chose this above all else. In a live situation no one would tell the difference (especially with the aid of the correct amplification/effects device). the non organ sounds very from passable to outstanding.

Reliability: 10 Never had a problem. I have some sounds on my triton just in case...but have never needed them...nor can i imagine them being needed barring a freak incident.

Customer Support: n/a n/a

Overall Rating: 10 Nothing comes close. I imagine the vk8 might...but all it seems to have is some useless gismos for the extra dollars...i found no need to try it as i am 100% satisfied with this beast. If it were stolen i would be more than angry - and it would most definately be replaced - i paid a lot for this one but would pay that again if it came down to it. i love this one. its up there with my rhodes and my old prophet 5 (R.I.P.)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-15-2002 at 08:11
hanttu a professional user from finland writes:
About 2 weeks ago I was in a workshop, where I could test one vk-7. I was surprised, it sounded for me just like B3. I don't know what to say about the touch, because I've never tried to play the real hammond,:(, but anyway it was quite good too. I could use the same vk-7 in a little gig too, and now I don't want to play any other synth more.. so, I think I have to buy one! I'm a music student, and becoming professional, and one of my instruments is gonna be vk-7. (I still need some digital piano for getting a perfect grand piano sound, I'm still looking for one..)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-25-2002 at 07:43
John G a professional user from USA writes:
This is a great B3 emulater - but the sounds and options beyond the B3 sounds it are also great too.

I liked it much more than some of the modules I tried.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-23-2002 at 09:23
rich a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Got my VK-7 in February 2002 and immediately ordered the PK-5 foot controller to use with it. This organ is a great addition to my rig of a K2000 and XP-30. The VK-7 has a very solid feel to it, and I have no regrets in buying it at all.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-29-2002 at 20:27
Stephan Schwantner a part-time user from Germany writes:
I bought the Vk-7 about three years ago and I still love it. Sounds are all very usefull. The only thing I miss, is a Grand Piano Sound in the orchestra-section. The leslie-effect ist very very good, so you can leave your heavy Leslie at home. Vk-7 is the first choise, if you want a real B3-Sound with little work. Forgett the Hammond XB organs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-18-2002 at 06:42
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