Synth Site: Yamaha: CBX-K1XG: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I bought this to take on holiday. Tiny, fits in your hand luggage, takes batteries.

The built in speakers don't do this thing justice. It's a great little S+S synth.

The assignable wheel means you can add a bit of expression to your playing and the touch sensitive keyboard is fine, albeit 3/4 size.

I got mine from Turnkey in the UK, who are finishing them off at £130. A steal.

And with decent external XGEdit software, this is a really versatile little synth.

For this price, it's worth having just to get a decent set of XG amd GM sounds.

If you don't expect too much, then it's a definite good buy with a few real tasty surprises under the bonnet when you dig a bit deeper.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-16-2000 at 07:28
AdamT a part-time user from UK writes:
Basically an MU50 in a 3-octave plastic battery powered keyboard with tiny onboard speakers and no LCD panel.

Yamaha have done this trick throughout the ages with

1: CS01, tiny plastic analog monosynth (1982) 2: DX100, fully functional 4-op FM synth (1985) 3: now this (1996?)

They all work have mini-keys and sound far larger than they look and look like plastic toys, only the DX100 has no speakers in and both the DX100 and CBX make good remotes for stage use. the CBX is velocity sensitive and the DX is 4-octaves. You can have the lot with these three. REAL VCO analog mono, DX FM synth and powerful S&S machine.

I can`t wait til they produce a version of the AN1x like this and maybe a sampler to complete the pocket synth rig range.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-23-2000 at 17:35
Philipp Hirtler from Switzerland writes:
I bought this small sized 3 octave Keyboard for controlling my soft synth on a powerbook. For that it is excellent. It is small sized (51 x 15.5 cm), light wighted, works with batteries and has built in speakers - so I can take it anywhere to play with it...excellent. I know no other Keyboard which can afford this. The sound are as good as XG-sounds are.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-26-2000 at 10:29
Paul Phillips a hobbyist user from England writes:
I think this unit basically contains a DB50XG sound set so any sound reviews for the latter would apply. Using this with a Keyfax Phat-Boy midi controller brings a bit more life to proceedings as does the XGEDIT program I'm using. Built-in speakers are totally naff and require a plug in the headphone socket to disable them! The synth is at its best when pushing to the limit with built-in distortion and flanger etc. Don't expect to make a record with this one!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-04-1999 at 07:16
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