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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Mike J. a hobbyist user from USA Baby! writes:
I love the "little bugger". Just picked it up today during the Guitar Center Labor Day Sell-A-Thon and man, it is so worth the $100 I paid for it. Shoot, the thing was going for $600-$400 before they realized no one there wanted a true analogue synth. So, here I am, today, my first day with it and man, it's great. I really wish I had a manual though. Not for the presets, for I could care less, but just so I can figure out how to get some specific sounds. . ya know. . .other than the presets. Anyway, I think it's worth the $100 I spent on it, and since I got myself a Yamaha MU-80 with it for pretty much free, I'm a happy camper. Please, though, if someone has the manual, I'll pay for a photo copy+s/h.

-Mike

PS: It gets a 3 only because it's really touchy on the keys and the fact that I don't get any sound out of it when I first turn it on unless I mess with the noise volume and the cutoff.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-07-1999 at 00:59
a part-timer user from USA writes:
I rather like this synth. fat bass, gutsy mids, shiny highs. it's best at lush pads. detune the ocs. a little and hold a chord.....oooooo, soooo soothing. also good for VH's "jump." great sounding filter(not quite mini)but beats the juno 106 filter. knobs for everything. has pulse width mod on both oscs. the presets can be somewhat erradic, but this synth is made to be tweaked. forget the preset part. filter sweeps are pretty sweet if you don't overdo the resonance. the son of a bitch will even self oscillate. the noise is also pretty good, especially with the filter. all in all a pretty great sounding, playing synth. some stereo effects would really make it shine. easily worth $300. a lot more rare than a poly six or juno, but has a lot more character I think. if you have the means, I highly recommend you pick one up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-1999 at 03:58
daydream a hobbyist user from USA writes:
An evil, evil synth. The filters on this bad boy are down-right spooky. The presets, for the most part, suck, but with all those knobs, it's fun to create your own. It's capable of making incredible noises and bleeps. The sound is a bit thin and gritty, primarily due to the DCO's, but I've still managed to come up with some deep, oscillating drones and pads. If you play it through some pedals (I use chorus and delay) it really fattens up the sound. It has MIDI but it's always in OMNI (DAMNIT!) mode so there is no real reason to use it. This is a players synth. Let your Juno/MKS-()/TR() do all the sequencing and let the DK-600 round out the top. If you can find one for around $250-300, pick it up.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-09-1999 at 17:15
Scott Avid a professional user from San Francisco, USA writes:
I just picked one of these up at a flea market south of San Francisco for $40 from an Asian dude who had no idea what the heck it was. I figured, hey, can't go wrong for $40. When I got it home and plugged it in, I started cracking up. I knew right off the bat that this thing was worth more than the $40 I paid. It sounds pretty full, not Oberheim "warm", but the filter is nice and tweaky.

Mine has a few problems with the digital portion. At random intervals it will spontaneously switch to program 00 and refuse to make any noise until I turn it on and off again. Secondly, since I have no manual, I have no idea how to change the MIDI channel. Can anyone help me out here?

I give this thing a 2 because I'm a tough customer. (I give it a 4.5 on value considering what I paid) It seems to have very limited MIDI implementation and the modulation routings are minimal. No arpeggiator and the keyboard itself is pretty K-mart cheapo feeling. It gets kudos for responding to velocity. A 1 to me is a Korg Delta or some other cheapo analog synth like a Moog Opus3. A 5 is something like a Sequential Circuits T8 or a Matrix 12 (in the analog world), or how about a NED Synclavier? I could have some arguements about whether or not a true "modular" synth is the 5, but I'm basing my number on all parameters, including ease of use.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-10-1998 at 19:56
EDDIE D a hobbyist user from U.S.A writes:
I FOUND MY SIEL DK 600 AT AN AUCTION , NOBODY NEW WHAT IT WAS OR IF IT EVEN WORKED , I TOOK IT TO A MUSIC STORE AND THE GUY THERE OFFERED ME 275$ , I KNEW THEN I MUST HAVE SOMETHING DECENT IN MY HANDS, BEING THAT I ONLY PAID 50$ FOR IT. AFTER FINALLY GETTING POWER TO IT , IT BLEW MY MIND THE SOUNDS THAT CAME FROM IT WERE SWEET, ECSPECIALLY FOR THE TYPE OF MUSIC I WANT TO MAKE. IT EVEN CAME WITH A 150$ STAND, I THINK I MADE OUT PRETTY GOOD , OVER ALL I LIKE THIS KEYBOARD AND THE SOUNDS THAT I TWEAK FROM IT , ITS GOOD TO FINALLY SEE OTHERS LIKE ME HOLDING ON TO A LITTLE BIT OF SYNTH HISTORY.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:14
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