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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Carl Ashwin a part-time user from UK writes:
Having been committed to the Roland MKS20 for a few years and the totally digital sound that the module has, moving to the SG-Rack was an experience for me. The first patch 'Concert' is a very playable general purpose Piano with a huge bottom end, a lovely bite in the middle registers and a nice hard hammer sound at the top when playing aggresively. Korg have done a superb job on this sound and I cant believe this module only has 3 reviews on here at the time of writing. Aside from the many variations of Acoustic Piano which range from softer & brighter in timbre to longer & shorter decay there is great selection of Rhodes patches which are also very playable and most of which also have a lovely bark when you whack the keys. The Wurli Piano is good enough though a little flat and safe for my tastes. To remedy this I selected distortion for on the of the FX patches per sound and had a very nice, useable classic sound. The FM Piano's are weak. So many manufacturers get this wrong and I was particularly surprised that Korg didn't do a better job here. Anybody who thinks the FM Piano's sound anything like the fabled DX7 which they are no doubt trying to emulate need their ears cleaning. At normal velocity they are to mushy leading you to thump the Keyboard to get anywhere near the sound of a DX7. These particular patches are no doubt useable but I wouldn't have called them FM E.P's. The Hammond selection are perfectly useable. Its a shame that many of the organ patches were sampled with distortion apllied at source meaning you cant take it off later. Despite this they are passable and work well with the onboard Rotary effect though, like so many others the effect is done across the Stereo field and oscillates from Left to Right just like a real Hammond didn't. Why do so many people get this wrong? The bass patches are handy but I think were wasted space. Synth Brass is useable but dont expect an Oberheim/Van Halen Jump type of sound, think more along the lines of Africa by ToTo and your in the ball park. Pads are useful but will not send you to another dimension of otherworldlyness. As a staple piano module its a winner. The addition of the Rhodes, the Wurli, the Hammonds & the Strings make this money well spent. They dont crop up too often, no doubt due to owners wanting to hang onto them and that comes as no surprise. If you see one, buy one. The only thing that's really missing is a half decent CP80 electric grand patch and perhaps an RD1000/MKS20 patch to round things out. I'll give it a 4.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-20-2006 at 13:16
jinwan kim a professional user from korea writes:
best piano synth! better than yamaha,kurzweil,kawai,roland,emu,ensoniq,alesis,clavia. but other korg synth(trinity,triton,karma...) don't imitate sg-piano. other korg synth's pianos are worst.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 15:08
Don a professional user from USA writes:
Wonderful piano module for live band settings in rock, pop, jazz, country. Not the best for solo piano setting. Doesn't record great, best for live. Rhodes and Wurlitzer EP's are very playable. Stage and Dyno EP's can be found in Trinity and Triton as well. As mentioned earlier, strings only good for pads. Decent basses. Very nice module.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-10-2002 at 18:03
Clive Raymond a professional user from Wales writes:
The main piano sound is very versatile, and beautiful to play. Nice easy module to set up layers on (only 2 sounds though). The strings are brilliant as pads but won't pass as lead sounds, I layer them under an electric piano to get some really full sounding comp sounds. Weak points are the brass... (why bother on a piano module??) and the fact that you can't flip between performance and program modes via MIDI. Oh well!! Overall a great bit of kit and worth every penny

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-16-2001 at 07:23
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