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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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mabre a professional user from dela writes:
it's a awesome board, i looked endless for a board with good hammond sounds. Well this one is it. good elec. keys. kinda weak on piano's. but still convincingly good. great drum performance's arg. is great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-25-1999 at 01:36
Chris a hobbyist user from England writes:
Exelent, even though most piano sounds not so good, some if edited with real time knobs can sound quite good. Most sounds are cool. Great for performance. manual is quite conusing but most things are asy to work out once you've got the geral idea of things. I got an exellant price of £499 brand new! I would recomend the N5 to anyone looking for an all-rounder synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-07-1998 at 12:45
Stephen Beaumont a hobbyist user from Virginia, USA writes:
The N5 is my first synth and i think it is fantastic! I am using it with Cakewalk Pro Audio 8 and that program has a neat search facility in it for patches so i don't have to delve through pages and pages on the Korg screen.

The manual is pretty confusing but I find that user groups and other web sources have helped with geting around the complexities. i still find the effects a bit of a mystery.

I think the sounds are generally excellent.especially the strings. I am using the instrument for composition of music for a CD-ROM and it is proving to be a source of great inspiration. I agree that the patch organisation is poor and it should be improved. For live performance, the 16 performance settings are pretty good providing you take the time to program them initially. The factory programmed ones are interesting but pretty useless for most situations. i am going to link mine up via the pc/if cable when i get around to it, although the MIDI cabling works just fine, i would like to access the additional 16 chanels of MIDI though, so I will go that route.

All in all, I love it and will not be changing it any time soon (although the new Alesis does look intesting)

By the way, for the person that was looking for an N5/N1 instrument definition for Cakewalk, they must have it on their site because it is now included in Pro Audio 8

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-05-1998 at 00:53
Hrvoje-Vinko Lozic a hobbyist user from Croatia writes:
Well, this is an excellent keyboard for it's price. I use it together with Roland XP-10 and It's a great combo for less than $2.000 with all accessories... However, there is certain stupidity incorporated within this cute instrument. The first thing is extremely uncomfortable way of finding any wanted sound. I can think of at least 10 ways of better organizing of access to different sounds, but never mind. The worst part is definitely the software for it's quasi-MIDI interface that connects the keyboard to a PC or Mac. The PC version installs a very poor 16-bit software and a driver that cannot be uninstalled otherwise than by deleting it from win.ini & system.ini files. Of course, there are no updates on Korg's Website... A good piece of customable software for organizing groups of sounds and controlling the synthesizer would leave me with no complains at all.

Definitely, I am glad that I have bought N5 and I do not intend to change it for any other synth in the next few years...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-06-1998 at 06:12
jim lilley a 0 user from jim lilley writes:
i give it five also if i could get my cakewalk software to change the patch banks so that i can use othere banks . at the moment it will only choose gmidi banks a,b,r,y ,could someone help me. i need to be able to select the user banks performance and combination banks. please help

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:42
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