Synth Site: Kawai: XS-1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Michael E Litchmore a professional user from United states writes:
Hello spiritual family, This synthesizer module is very clear sounding and from far away heard softly when I tested it in a recording using many sounds. It is worth $200.00 in my opinion because as I use it in my daily worship to the Lord it plays all things I have made to present beautifully. Any instrument that does that is as accurate(perfect)as it needs to be. Only the Lord is flawless perfect. This instrument is good for professional use that I do in worship.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-05-2008 at 10:37
Tim a hobbyist user from England writes:
Hi there,

Just have time to add my two pennies.

The XS-1 is without doubt one of the best buys I have made recently.

Cost me a total of £35 including postage

I used to own the PHm (a non programmable module with 200 of the k1 presets) I used this module mostly for strings and choir and was sad when it went to the big gig in the sky (broken beyond repair)

I thought I was going to have to rely on the multi samples reason K1 refill for the sounds I lost until I came across the XS-1.

The XS-1 has all the choir and strings sounds I had previously lost, with a much clearer cleaner sound.

To add to that the ability to take those sounds and then change them to what you really have in mind is far more than you had with the PHm.

The major down side is the polyphony sucks with only 10 notes with an additional 4 if you include the drums.

Actually the drums are not bad at all, especially if you are running this unit through an Effects rack of some description.

BTW Effects are a MUST!! This unit doesn't sound very good without the added reverb or delays you need to make the most out of this unit.

If you run the drums through a nice plate gate you have rock nirvana.

To conclude.

If you are looking for a very cheap Synth module that offers quality strings and choirs with the ability to tweak then the XS-1 is for you.

However, if you are looking for an all rounder as a central piece of equipment then look at spending more money on a Korg Trinity or Roland JD/XV.

All the best People,


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-17-2008 at 09:24
jay a professional user from USA writes:
Well I will say that I have owned one for about 12 years now. the sounds are pretty good considering its price range. the drums are punchy especially the kick,the bells are real good.And the basses are good as well.with 14 note polyphony if you have 2 of them they are quite good to produce music with, providing you have some sort of out board fx box. The biggest strength it has is that its super when layered with another synth...I wouldnt sell mine ever...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-21-2004 at 20:45
Curtis a professional user from Canada writes:
Ya ok its cheap, hard to work with, and some of the sounds make you think Casio made this, BUT and I say BUT!! The piano, basses, Strings, Choirs. sound awesome. Thick and rich and if you layer it with other another sound source you get some really nice sounds. Its not your main piece but when your looking for thick synth bass os strings, and stuff pull it out!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-13-2002 at 01:17
Dfine a part-time user from Nyc writes:
The sound are ok I paid $50 bucks for it. it's a pain in the ass to to write cakewalk ins files for but for what it's worth it ok.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-12-2002 at 21:09
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