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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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drew a hobbyist user from Detroit writes:
Just bought the pk-6 from guitar center used for $150. This is a steal. There VST that cost this much and more. even the e-mu rack modules cost about this much. I paid $150 for my m-audio oxygen 49. Any way killer bread and butter sound. The sub presets shook the window. No more taxing my CPU with piano sounds and synths. This means more power for the mixing. Don't get me wrong i like vst's but i find hardware easier to mix. Plus I found the xl-7 rom for $50.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-21-2011 at 12:58
Adam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Bought a second-hand PK-6 the other is an upgrade from a Yamaha DJX. The semi-weighted keys, controller features and sound quality are great, but it has a lot of useless patches. It's got quite a powerful synth section, so programming a bit adds a lot of tonal flexibility. Quality-wise, this thing is a tank compared to the current crop of non-workstation synths on the market i.e. Korg X50, Yamaha MiniMo, etc. Lots of plastic, lightweight junk out there with keyboards that feel like a portable. Overall, I like it a lot. I'm keeping my eyes open for decent prices on the various expansion ROMs out there, but for now I downloaded the free Proteus VX softsynth from Emu's site; this gives you a nice Proteus 2000 soundset and there are a few other free soundsets available too. This program compliments the PK-6 very nicely, as the keyboard can directly control just about every parameter without doing doing too much mapping, as the synth engines are the same. Of course the other two keyboards based on the PK-6 will do the same. This is a pretty good setup for not too much money, though the expansion ROMs seem to cost nearly as much as the keyboards do on the used market. If you want a quality piece of hardware in this day and age of junky plastic crap, this line of Emu keyboards fit the bill nicely.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-17-2009 at 11:15
bro ben a professional user writes:
After hours of research, then playing the EMU PK 6 I've discovered that it is a synth that needs to be programmed to get the powerful beauty of it's sonic qualities. If you just push buttons and hope to find something workable you might find it or you will get close, but if you are adventurous enough to tweek it and experiment and explore the possibilities, you will discover sounds better than the ones you were looking for. With some serious programming, you will have a synth that doesn't sound like other synths, but sound like your own unique creations but if you want to sound like a classic (moog, rhodes, clav, etc.) it can be done. With a computer running any virtual synth and a decent sequencer program, it's all you need to compete with any other synth costing thousands of dollars more (Motif, Fantom,etc) When layered with a decent virtual synth, the only keyboard it can not touch in sound quality is the Kurzweils and keyboards costing above $5,000. if you do the work of programming. Which brings me to the serious downfall of this synth, programming is long and hard trial and error and you can forget why you were trying to get a particuler sound after you've found it. If you want to play it like you heard it in your heart and don;t mind the work it takes and can invest in any other module, it;s all you need,

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-25-2008 at 00:55
O.K. Johnson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I purchased the board new at the $399 blowout price. I also added the Vintage, Protozoa and B-3 ROMS. I enjoy this board's expandability and quality of sounds (even though there are WAY too many drum sounds on nearly every expansion ROM).

I've used an MPS+ as my first keyboard and while I am disappointed the PK6 doesn't have nearly the Master Controller features of its earlier sibling, the PK6's expandibility and polophony make it a nearly even trade-off. (I'll use my E-Synth as the master controller in live situations.)PK6 external MIDI control is limited to one module and it must be on the same MIDI channel as the basic keyboard channel. The older MPS+ has this beat hands down in this department.

I also like the real time knobs for adjusting a sound on the fly. This board gets much better when you delve into the editing. A good program is essential and Patchpro works very well in that regard. You can make changes to the sounds layer by layer, adjust the filters, change the filters, select multisamples from any installed sound ROMS to your new patch etc., and then move the edited patch to any use location all from your computer and then send the sound back to the PK6. Editing on the PK6 is good like all EMU modules. It is really good when using a computer. This board is basically average until you begin to mess with the editing.

Sound quality is first rate, one of the reasons I've continued to purchase EMU equipment. While this board also has weaknesses-- such as limited external MIDI module control and the use of only two effect processors at a time -- you can always use an outboard processor if you need it. Personally, I made this purchase for a second keyboard in live performance. I didn't want/need a sequencer. The price blowout made it a no-brainer. No with computer editing and all those ROMS available (plus the one installed in my P2K), there are virtually limitless possibilities. I am sorry to see EMU out of the hardware business. Too bad. Maybe that will change.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-25-2004 at 10:46
Aaron a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This board is incredible! Forget the reviews saying it's only good for pop/jazz. If you take the time (a day or two) to really learn to program it, it kicks a$$! How about syncing your filter modulation to tempo - across 16 different sounds! (Each voice is comprised of up to 4 waves/sounds and can be linked to three other voices, each comprising 4 sounds). You can also modulate your amplitude synced to tempo. It can act as a master controller or you can slave it up to your drum machine. It is also totally expandable with 3 empty ROM slots and the ROMs are going relatively cheap on ebay these days. I do agree with too many drum/percussion sounds. I don't need drums on my keyboard, that's why god invented drum machines and sequencers. heheheh

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-19-2004 at 14:04
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