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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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David M a part-time user from USA writes:
I ususally don't write keyboard reviews although I read them voraciously and find them very valuable. So, when I read the reviews for this particular synth and noticed that they seemed to run a gamut of great to terrible - I thought I would add my impressions. I imagine that a few music stores might still have some of these keyboards as new old-stock, but I imagine your best bet is eBay if you are looking for one of these synths. OK, here goes ... the WSA-1 is a workstation. It has three banks of internal sounds: one in ROM and the other two are user-editable. In addition, there is a fourth bank of general MIDI sounds. Some of these are the usual run-of-the-mill GM sounds, while others actually make use of keyboard's acoustic modeling synth engine and are very good. You can import patches via the floppy disk drive. This keyboard also has a vey nice 16 track sequencer and two complete sets of MIDI ports - so the unit can address 32 MIDI channels - this makes it somewhat similar in MIDI capability to the GEM S2 and Equinox workstations. The sequencer is thoughtfully laid out and thanks to the large display - editing tracks and events is easier than on many workstations I have used. There are many different real-time controllers for sound shaping. The built-in effects are clean and respectable - you can use up to three simultaneous effects (similar to most of the Roland workstations of the time). There are two expansion cards that were made for this synth. The first is a wave expansion board that gives more ROM sounds. The second is an output expansion that gives you two extra pairs of analog outputs and a digital output. Both of these expansions are VERY hard to come by. All the above-mentioned are positive points for the WSA-1. However, I think that one thing that folks should keep in mind is that this is a synthesizer workstation, but it is not really a traditional sample+synthesis workstation (what some folks call "Romplers" these days). It is also not a sampler and has no ability to import samples. So when I read comments about the sounds not being similar to someone's favorite ROM sounds or samples, I think they are probably right - but they are also wrong ... they are comparing apples and oranges. It is my opinion that this is great keyboard to have in your arsenal - especially if you DON'T want to sound like everyone else. This synth is capable of producing some very interesting and creative sounds. If this was to be your only keyboard, I think I would recommend that folks look around for a sound module of some kind to compliment the unique sounds of this instruments. There are very cost effective ways of getting great "bread and butter" sounds for composing these days. The Kurzweil ME-1 or the Roland JV-1010 come to mind.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-22-2004 at 18:08
robin wilson a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I own the WSA1 work station and have been happy with its usage. Currently I am using the Sonic 3 software and find no problems

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-31-2004 at 12:28
Paul Bisch a professional user from usa writes:
I bought a WSA1 in a moment of weakness. The guy at the store said it,s been in his store for a while and he would let it go for $1000 brand new. I took it home hopeing to to have a nice workstation to record midi track with. The sounds are horibble. Thin and weak, no sonic balls to speak of. The organs were beyond bad even with the digital drawbars and the special organ mode. Most of all all of the menus, even the seqencer menus were overly complex and did not in my quest to produce music. I ended up useing the keyboard as a controller in my studio because it has nice semi-weight feel to it. I soon traded it in on somthing else.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-May-28-2004 at 11:10
john haslam a part-time user from United Kingdom writes:
Had Wsa1 for 6 years now. Used Yam SY99 for 2 yrs before this and have used Trinity and Roland 1080 for bits since. There is a thinness to the sounds on WSA1 that is at first annoying. However, sounds play well with other instruments - jazz/rock bands and in orch pit as it does not drown other instruments - it remains distinct. Simple to use with reasonable synth action. Out of all sounds 1 good piano, 2 good e pianos, v good wind - sax, and enough usable synth pads for ambient music - warm & breath. guitars also good. Organs lack drive of classic rock organ, but where part of more complex arrangement they sound great. Esp good if band has lost bass player - gt clarity on layered combis with keysplit - bass organ, bass guitar, bass piano, sbass and synth.

For sequenced arrangements keeps indiv parts clear esp if tapped in or off web. however realtime playing sequences v. diff to sound tight.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-10-2003 at 07:59
NIKOS ZANNIS a professional user from HELLAS writes:
I have a WSA1 for more than 6 years and i'm satisfied. I've done many works on it and i was never dissapointed. A great work-station!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-05-2003 at 09:00
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