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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Dante a professional user from New Zealand writes:
The Korg I5m works well running from the disk as long as your GM midi files are midi format 0, if your GM files are in this format then you get multiple song files loaded and very quickly. The sounds are very good. A thing you need to watch are effects on drum tracks may need to be switched off. There is a problem with the Effect RAM chip(s), which you may need to replace, the newer versions come with 5 Effect ram chips, the older maodule with one, these chips are reasonable expensive, but overall I am quite happy with this Module and are still using it for live performances.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-18-2000 at 07:22
Tim Posey a part time user from USA writes:
The I5m has great sounds and if you have another keyboard or computer it may be an alright piece of equipment. However, if you are using the I5m to play midi files that you are loading from disk, then this unit is definitely not for you. The I5m is not user friendly, the unit will only load one midi file at a time and takes about 15-20 seconds to load between each song. This will certainly not work for a live performance. I took someone elses recommendation to buy this unit, but if I had it to do over again, I definitly would NOT buy a KORG, I5m. One hint, try to find any place on the web that you can email a korg customer relations center, there is not one. Try finding a phone number of someone who can answer your questions. I have not been able to find any number for Korg in the United States or Internationally, after you buy the product it is as if they don't exist. Korg USA to my knowledge does not have any factory product support for their units. Sure they have a list of Korg dealers, and service centers, but call them and see if they even know what an i5m is without looking it up in a book. Simply put if you buy this unit, you are on your on. Just because you knew someone who had an earlier version of this product, don't believe for a second that this unit will necessilary be advanced. Example, I was reccommeded the i5m by someone who had a i2 which will load multiple midi files in the disk mode. Don't expect the i5m to do anything like this. On a scale of 1 - 5 I would have to rate this unit a 4 for sound quality, and a -5 for technology and a -10 for user friendly operation. Korg USA's customer relations is rated as non existent or at least I havn't been able to find them.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Nhu a 0 user from Australia writes:
It's is a great product

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Helmut Licht a professional user from USA Maryland writes:
Great module! Korg did their research on the rhythms. They sound authentic, escpecially the Latin ones. Do you have any ideas whom I can contact to ask a technical question about the i5M? Thanks, Helmut Licht

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Ann Elisabeth a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
I have to disagree with the guy who wouldn't buy the i5m over again. I definitely would. While what he says is probably true, it all depends on what you want it for. The GM soundset is far superior to anything I've ever heard, and once you get into it the playback feature is not hard to do. The best thing about it is that it is so lightweight. I can lug it around without straining ANYTHING. I've heard lots of complaints from others with fullsize keyboards that they put their backs out. I'm not the type to want to do much editing of sounds and styles, so for me the lack of such features are well outbalanced by the portability. I have a Korg N364 as well, and really like the sounds on it for playing without sequencing. I probably use the i5m more, though, because I DON'T HAVE TO play. It does its own thing once you record a piece or pop in a midi tune. You definitely need a midi'ed keyboard to use as controller, though. Entering chords via the buttons on the unit itself is not userfriendly. If you know how to play chords that is far easier than learning a new skill such as pressing those buttons. The good thing is you don't absolutely have to bring the keyboard to gigs because you can preprogram everything. Of course using it with a computer is easier, you don't have to worry the onboard disk drive will some day give out to dirt and wear...

Overall this piece (and I hope newer similar models with updated features, we ARE talking about a product with a few years behind it here) is probably a good buy for girls who are more interested in keeping their back straight than 'even daddy can use this' ease of use. It's probably good for guitarists (with midi'ed guitar) too, if they're not too into making their own styles. Remeber also that there is a list of Korg i-series users with access to style-making i-models, and they're usually willing to share.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-30-1998 at 06:13
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