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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Raj a part-time user from mbUMWNTBTlt writes:
3. For all the reviewers who said the cable was leeblad backwards: MIDI cables are always connected so that the OUT of one device goes to the IN of another device. MIDI supports a ring-shaped daisy-chain of devices that way. This cable was not leeblad backwards. Elaborating on point 1: On the wrong equipment, when you do this: 1. Press-and-hold key1. 2. Press-and-hold key2. 3. Release key1. 4. Release key2. You get this: 1. Press-and-hold key1. 2. Press-and-hold key2. 3. Release key1. 4. Press-and-hold key2 again. For those technically inclined, here's the data stream from my SP-88 using the old serial cable I was replacing (I had to resurrect a dead machine to get this; I'm forging note velocities for easier comparison): 90 40 45 3c 48 80 40 62 3c 61 Here's what this product read: 90 40 45 90 3c 48 80 40 62 90 3c 61 Here's the nearest valid sequence it could have provided: 90 40 45 90 3c 48 80 40 62 80 3c 61 Note the 80 instead of 90 in the third-to-last byte 80 means note off , 90 means note on . This was a deal-killer for me; your mileage may vary. I replaced the cable with an M-Audio cable from a local shop for 3x the price; that cable also reprocesses run-on commands, but does it appropriately (the third sequence above is what I would get.) The seller was courteous and provided a full refund, including shipping, so all I lost to them was time. I'd buy from these guys again, just not this product.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-May-04-2012 at 00:59
Carmen a part-time user from rlgHtpsVe writes:
A lot of reviewer here on Amazon, and also on Guitar Center and YouTube seem to think the aciton is heavy and loud. I have now owned and used 5 full size (88-key) pianos to use with sequencing on my PC and this is the best one yet. I got the MPK88 because of all the controls it offered. I use it with Reason 4.0 and it works perfectly! I'll quickly compare it to my past pianos: 1) Technics (now Phillips) electric piano felt great, sounded great, but not many built in sounds and no MIDI controls except for the keys themselves, and MIDI playback was always at 100% velocity (so it was super loud when playing MIDI into the Piano. I got rid of this to get my 2) KORG Triton Extreme AWESOME keyboard/workstation. My hope was to do all my sequencing and sampling on this keyboard without a PC, but after discovering Reason 4, I just used it as a MIDI controller. It was only a step up from the Technics piano in that it had the pitch bend and mod wheels. The transport controls (stop, play, record, etc) didn't map to MIDI out data, so I couldn't sync those buttons to Reason. The knobs would map out okay, but there were only 4! The Triton was a $2500 board new, and it felt as good as the Technics to me. Since I wasn't using all the bells and whistles of the KORG, I sold it and downgraded to an 3) M-Audio Pro Keys 88 Advertised as a stage piano that thing is solid, but not really all that great for the built in sounds. As a MIDI controller it offered about as much as the KORG except the knobs and sliders were not mapable. The keys themselves were hard to play in that it took a lot of pressure to get them moving, then they collapsed down the rest of the key stroke. The velocity readings were always high because of this (one had to play hard to get to play evenly). I could change it to a different velocity curve, but then everything would simply be scaled down and the notes I wanted to be high velocity wouldn't be. In other words, the keyboard lacked dynamic contrast. This problem moved me to my spare gig board the 4) Casio CDP100 It has built in speakers and standard MIDI out (like the Technics), but with shorter keystroke (and less pressure needed) than the KORG and M-Audio boards. This allowed me to have expressive playing (smooth playing) without having to play hard. The problem here is that the velocity readings were all so low! Even when I did play hard, they rarely went above 75%. Finally, i was fed up. I wanted a ton of MIDI controls with accurate playing and no concern for built in sounds. This led me to the 5) Akai MPK88 Now that I've gone through all the other boards, I can say it feels somewhere between the KORG and the M-Audio. It's heavier than what I remember the KORG being and it does a bit of that key-collapsing feel of the M-Audio, but it reads the full range of velocity as I expect them to be read! I can play soft and loud passages, and they all show up as intended. That's the most important part to me. The board could be improved by taking out some of the initial force needed to press a key, but still, it deserves a much higher rating than it's been getting for a MIDI controller.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-01-2012 at 23:31
Dave a hobbyist user from USA writes:
OK, reading through this thread, I'm noticing quite a bit of comparison (and mud-slinging) between the CS6X and JX305. I own both, and have spent quite a bit of time with them...So let me attempt to set the record straight here...

My first board was the JX305. I loved the action, the sounds were acceptable, and the price was right. I judge a synth quite a bit by my initial test drive, whether the ergonomics, controls, and sounds drive my creativity....The JX is so ergonomic to my way of doing things, It's my main controller. The action is great...And the incredible array of sounds make it a great go-to keyboard. That said, the presets are pretty vanilla. Still usable, but...They can't really carry a song for me. But as a controller and basic synth, it works wonders.

As for the CS6X, I demoed it at around the same time...But it was more expensive. I had to wait a couple of years to finally pick one up, but to me the sound engine just feels more mature. As a controller, the action is adequate...But where the thing really shines is in the sounds and shaping you can do to them. I'm using the hell out of it for dark pads and bells...I mean, they're nothing but gorgeous and lush. But i'm only scratching the surface. To describe it, it's totally unlike the JX...But both have definite strengths and weaknesses over the other.

Can't imagine parting with either, but if I had to pick one on the strength of its sound engine and presets...The CS6X wins by a knockout in the first round. And I haven't even grabbed any of the expansion cards yet....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-15-2011 at 15:47
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hey, jx305 is one of best romplers for electronic m. made in 90` couse of it`s sound programing options..cs6x will had never touch it

tell me does cs6 have 10 different signal flow chains? with booster, ring mod, freq. cross modulation? how many raw waves r there, how many drum samples r in...compare it to jx and difference is a tad over your left eye

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-25-2008 at 18:23
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cs6x is outdated with very less features when you are in multitimbral mode, every sound possibility is limited. if you want a synth with great multitimbral mode features and quality, get a virus, its 16 multitimbral while preserving effects, warmth, etc.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-12-2004 at 02:03
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