Solton MS5 user reviews
- The Solton MS5 seems like it has been around forever, it has probably been around since the mid 90’s or so. But it still gets used in most studios that carry vintage keyboards. I havent really heard to much from Solton as far as production goes since this line of boards and maybe a few before it.
- It is very easy to understand and to start using. No need for instructions or manuals as long as you have a basic knowledge of keyboards and equipment. It is a 61 not board with velocity and also pitch bend. The pitch been wheel is a little stiff even now still it is 20 years later. You can have up to around 48 patters.
The sounds is pretty good, nothing I could see myself using anymore though, but many years back I was really into this board. I recently saw one at a music store in the used section which is what inspired me to write this review on here. The effects that are built in are the best, they are very basic and standard and nothing that will leave you shocked. Just some basic reverb chorus and maybe some rotor effects.
- Overall Opinion
- Overall, a board like this would only be sought after if you are into vintage equipment. Don’t expect to get this and want to use the sounds in your music if you are playing up to date stuff. But if you are a vintage buff then you will love it just like we all did back in the 90’s. Call around and see if you can actually still get your hands on one of these. It is pretty addictive though if you are just messing our with it, but as I stated I wont be using it in any of my compositions as my style is very up to date.
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- Keyboard arranger of the early 90s. One hundred sounds for the right hand, 48 styles for the left.
As a reverb effect
It was the top in 1992-93 but is now outdated
- Simple to use, touch function, direct access to sounds.
Some configuration menus, that's all.
It is possible to create one's own styles, but it's a real grind and was quickly abandoned.
Thus it's very simple for routine use, off-putting to go further.
The sounds are not programmable or changeable, just the possibility of making a few layers
- Overall Opinion
- Some sounds are not bad: synthetic sounds, organs, accordions, and trumpets.
The pianos are a disaster, as are most of the guitars and string.
The strings are difficult to use without external effects.
The arrangements are still not bad, but they are too few. It is possible to change them, but as it is equipped with a memory card reader (not SD as now, but the memory card of 20 years ago ...) it is virtually impossible today
Sounds require equalization; external filtering but as there is only a stereo output, it is difficult to establish because the effects (equalizer, filter, chorus, ..) will be common to its right hand and arrangements and beats.
I've had it for 17 years and it is always faithful. I use it as extra keyboard, or for holidays.
This remains a good deal if is not expensive, less than 80 euros, beyond taking an all-new one.
I put 8 but it is very relative, when compared to current arrangers I put 2