Novation KS4
Novation KS4

KS4, Analog Modeling Synth from Novation in the KS / K-Station series.

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Happy_Jesus 05/22/2005

Novation KS4 : Happy_Jesus's user review


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4 octave keyboard pleasant velocity sensitive and aftertouch.
2 sensitivity levels.
Aftertouch not too hard not too soft.

The connection of the synth is enough: two separate stereo outputs, 1 audio, midi in connector / out / thru and sustain pedal. The separate output in addition to the main stereo output is welcome but due to the polyphony of the unit (16 channels), I do not use it other than on mono sounds low or lead type.

Factory preset high quality (the first preset - No. 100 - is already a very good example) but limited in number (200). The factory preset is overwhelming 200 + sites users. Additional banks are available on the site of innovation in. Syx. Too bad they are not available in. Mid, which would allow me to upload them from my mpc ...

This synth is obviously hard to find today. For my part I bought a copy removed from storage with the OS 2.0. Caring for updater with the latest OS from the site of NOVATION (same comment about the format. Syx as above). It has some nice additions, including the ability to not change the value of the parameters Lorqui knobs go through the original value, thus avoiding the jumps, especially when the knobs manage plupat time two parameters.

For topo:
This machine gives me the impression that the majority of the computing power was dedicated to the synthesis (it shows and it means: given the number of controllers on 3 oscillators per program, filter quality, number of effects by, etc ... and sound quality). The slight expense of the polyphony which severely limits the game mulitimbral (1 + 1 arpéggiée water and beat it too).

Or -1 for polyphony (but this machine is not designed as a workstation, I admit!)


Relatively easy to use synth. One thing is clear: the big jump in Syntesi analog.

Achieve its sound from a blank preset certainly require a few hours (days ?...) experimentation to arrive at a result as good as the factory presets. Especially since the possibility of synthesis is complete (and by the way very well thought out): the oscilloscope sync, PWM, multiple modulations, FM synthesis, etc ...

Summary aside, the ergonomics of this synth is exemplary in two words: knobs for direct access to all synthesis parameters basic dedicated by a sub-menu parameter for advanced functions. Clear.

Manuel clear in French. The manuals can be downloaded from the Novation website (completed listing of sysex).

The programs are cataloguable into categories, which allows easy retrieval.
The vocoder is quite easy to use (if one thinks of stalling the knob su 12:00 ET not 4:00 p.m.!) And remains to be discovered in more detail for a full review of this ... Limiting single point: the requirement to use as an internal carrier (-1).


Sounds very good quality set off by a very convincing filtering. Special mention for the overdrive (present also in the additional effects for the same quality) and self-Q which will avoid the flights of the volume when you push the resonance to its limits.

The effects are clearly designed to provide a "complete". Moreover they are very effective in this regard (including delay, chorus and distortion). Reverb OK to use. In my view, this multi-effect is not there to replace a dedicated rack. Note: it is remarkable that each program has all the effects available 7. Multiply by 4 parts in performance mode ... !).

Note: the performance mode uses a specific area of ​​memory separate and autonomous to the current program of the original program. Program changes affect performance not using it.

For sound: very good basses, leads, filtered sounds excellent.
A caveat: I am a little disappointed at first by the arpeggiator, which fulfills its function on the factory preset but does not supplant the arpeggiator on my mc303 that I intended to put in a closet.


I experience this synth for 10 days.

Analog synthesis is there and the synth gives the impression of having done everything in the sound, controls and effects. Therefore: limited polyphony.

Price / quality ratio of OCCAZ unbeatable if available. I intended to purchase a K-Station synth as a little extra. The KS4 is four K-Station! For polyphonic improved compared to K-Station and on the stroke of monotimbral enough.

I noticed a few copies available in regular ads.
I think it's an excellent choice if one seeks a modeling synth for sound and for use monotimbrale.