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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Tom a part-time user from UK writes:
'Mike from Texas' says he bought it and sold it a few days later. This says more about his inability to program a synth, than the quality of this unit. If you can't get a good sound out of this, you're doing something wrong I'm afraid! It's a wonderful machine. No it can't do everything, but what synth really can? If there was one synth that did it all, we'd only need that one synth! I for one am glad each synth has it's own colour, it makes songwriting anbd performing more pleasurable.

Anyway - the sound. It has a lovely, smooth, very analog sound, great for strings, pads, and bass. Construction - only the end cheeks are plastic, the rest is metal (what do you want? wooden knobs? wooden keys?!) It will last if you treat it right. NO instrument should be dropped..

Like most synths that are released that aren't a boring clone of what's come before, the KS4/5 and the rack are hugely underrated. The benefit for you is that you can buy these cheap, so DO!

People love to criticise equipment to make themselves sound knowledgeable, especially when it's a bit of kit their heroes didn't use, and especially when it's a VA. OK I might be getting off topic here but basically it maddens me when people dismiss this beautiful sounding instrument.

Buy one, you will love it. And if you don't, you're not twisting the knobs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-16-2008 at 06:50
Jeff Sepeta a hobbyist user from Chicago USA writes:
I picked this up at Guitar Center a couple of years ago for $350. It was a great price then and still is. It's small and lightweight -- I'd prefer it be 61 keys but it's still not too bad. The controls are laid out well and are easy to read. I wish the dials were lit up like a Nord but for the price I cannot complain. It's got 4 part layering (good) but that often leads to voice stealing (bad).

The sounds are typical UK dance stuff -- white noise hihats, basses, detuned saws, etc. HyperSync is an awesome feature that really makes sounds come alive. The arpegiation added to drum sounds makes some performances sound like they have a drum track behind them.

Here it is 2008 and I'm wondering if I should upgrade. I also own a Remote25 and so replacing them both with an X-Station would mean cutting polyphony in half and losing the vocoder. ugh, think I'll hold onto it. This synth is probably best for a beginner since it's easy to get in and edit your own sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-08-2008 at 17:15
mike a professional user from texas writes:
Hello, this is my first review here at, but there'll be lots in the phuture ;-)

Ok, here we go. I have bought the KS4 at ebay, plugged it in, powered it on and... sold it a few days later, at ebay again...

I bought it for its hypersync function, which actually is an ordinary syncronisation algorhythm. The oscillators are very thin, the filters sound too clean... It just sounds too mathematic, no musical aspect... Nowadays, there's the Virus, probably a Q and the nordlead (looks great, nice distortion, weak overallsound), that's what u gotta go for...

I give it a 1 because it doesn't even look good, cheap plastic

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-24-2006 at 15:19
DrDream9 a professional user from Philadelphia writes:
I was looking to up-date my synth kit... Wanted a poly-midi-keyboard analog-like/control synth... Two choices seemed to fit my need... Nord Lead2...and Novation KS4... I'm very happy with my choice... Novation KS4... It's packed with features... Some I will never get around to... The late 80's was when I bought my last keyboard synth... How things have changed... From what I can tell the KS4 is a synth kit all by itself... 4 outputs...drums...multi-timbral, effects...! You press a key with a factory program and you get driving/sonic drum/synth... that is oh so contemperary/generic... But...oh so impressive... It has major possiblilities for "original" programming... My KS4 "up-grade" could no doubt replace half my synth kit...

I was so happy with the KS4 "analog" sound... Lots of "pots" make sound building "retro"-city... I soon had a quick releasing... "round"... full sounding bass/synth that rivaled my Korg Polysix... add some delay... Look-out Georgio Moroder...! For me... synths have been a hit or miss thing... Sound... Control... ect... The KS4 met my analog/midi synth demands... "You have chosen the correct path Grasshopper"

The KS4 has a low profile... sorta solid feel... A metal bottom... plastic top/sides... Don't want it broken...? Don't drop it... ;)~

The Dr.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-29-2005 at 01:34
ridszero a hobbyist user writes:
I have the KS-5 which is the 61 key version. This synth is awesome for everything from modulated pads to deep in your face heavy bass, fx and leads. Has a lot of things going for it, FM, ring mods, Hypersync, liquid more realisitc filtering, not to mention 4 parts to get your sequences pumping. There is good selection of osc waves with the traditional sine etc. with like a whurly EP, organ, clavinet, kick drum, snare, bass, cowbell, white noise, etc. A great VA that has a nice organic sound to it. This one is keeper in my setup!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-15-2005 at 15:46
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