Synth Site: Kawai: K5000R: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Tom a part-time user from Switzerland writes:
Incredible machine with real audiophile power. To bad I've noticed this gear so late. Amazing pads, agressive leads, wide range of programing possibilities. Sounds like nothing else. Rare today, so if you can get one, buy it!! I got mine for 300$, what a deal!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-08-2006 at 04:09
a professional user writes:
For what the K5000r sells for today (about $500) you simply cannot get anything that is this unique or awesome sounding except maybe the FS1R by yamaha. This rack unit packs serious punch if you are looking for strange and unique sonic flavoring.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-12-2004 at 21:59
Peter Kadar a professional user from Toronto, Canada writes:
I've had my K5kr for almost two years. I've finally started to get to know it beyond just going through presets and making minor adjustments. As others have stated, it sounds great. I find it can actually do a decent imitation of analog tones, as well as beautiful digital timbres as well. The Wizoo book has been very helpful to me, even though I've been programming for a long time. This is a very complex beast of a machine, but the power it gives you coupled with the uniqueness of the results makes it a good buy. I have my Z1 set up as a controller, and it's nice to have control with all those knobs. I feel that the k5kr is one of the finest pieces of digital equipment that I own. It is tough to get predictable results right away, but that's because of how deep the synth engine is, not the user interface. This synth also layers well with other equipment. It has a unique voice and character all its own, and for that it will stay with me for a long, long time. Cheers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-15-2003 at 07:36
Mike Kasday a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought my K5000R to replace my K1 about two years ago. I first heard it back in late '96 when it was first comming out. It reminded me of what the K1 could have been with filters, and a better readout. So I multi-sampled my favorite waveforms from the K1 into my K2000 and sold it. Now that I've got the K5000R I don't miss the K1 at all. This synth really would be easier to program with a patch editor, but I have gotten used to the LCD display. Like most of Kawai's gear it seems as though they never get recognized for their brilliance until some broke musician who actually knows a thing or three about synth programming, buys one second hand years after release. I think Kawai just makes protable home keyboards bad. The one gripe is that the numeric pad cant be used to modify parameter settings (maybe they fixed that in a later OS) FX are ok, PCM's are good for the most part. The additive section can be overwhelming and difficult to create musical sounds at first, but hang in there and you won't be dissapointed. Don't use this keyboard for Acustic replications, though horns are awesome! Thanks for your attention.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 06:19
The Prodigy a professional user from London writes:
I have used this on all my albums. I consider it a secret weapon in the producer's community. The programming capabilities on this monster are endless. I have made sounds that have never been heard before and will be showing up in the next album due out soon after the new year. Orbital and Moby also use this, but it's the way that you use it that makes it a secret weapon. Peace to all my fans.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-21-2000 at 18:02
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