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Studio R703/08/2010

Studio R7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha KX5
Let's put it all a bit clean.

The KX5 is a master laptop keyboard (Remote Keyboard, yamaha dixit) dating from 1984, "keytar" some say, has a keyboard 3 octaves from C to C, velocity sensitive and aftertouch (yes!) . The chassis is metal beast for most (solidity assured), but it remains surprisingly light KX5 (3.7 kg).
He has a look that belongs to him, it looks like something (on stage, we recognized immediately, custom or not): he has the mouth, unlike many other keytar. Initially it was "expected" to go with a DX7/TX7 or any other Yamaha FM synthesizer (which explains the design black / green one of the two models KX5: it is "unison" with the DX7).

Buttons like "synth" format 3 / 4: Key length is 3 / 4 of those of a conventional synth, the width of the keys is identical (except for the black keys, a narrower chouille). No mini-buttons "as a MicroKorg, for example, and so much more!

Because it is a MIDI controller, the connection is simple and effective: a MIDI Out, and that's all (we do not ask him more at that level).

Level controls are the classic range.
On the run: pitch bend (tape), modulation (wheel), volume (wheel well). Note the presence of a button "sustain" to, as its name suggests, maintain /'s not (s) current (s) with one hand while you do anything else with the other . Special Mention ribbon pitch-bend, I will return later.
On the chassis itself, it was also the classic: Portamento on / off with a knob to adjust the time, switch mono / poly, octave down / normal / up (story to cover 5 octaves), 1-4 and bank sorting articles votes 1-8, change MIDI channel 1 / 2 (why not more?), and power on / off. From classic!
There is also an entry for the famous "Breath Controller" (breath controller) Yamaha.

Note that the button "sustain" also allows, when maintained, access to banks 5-8, then 33-64 at the sounds. A little unusual, but not that stupid.

For me it is very complete in terms of features. It might be appreciated more channels MIDI switcher, but hey, it's already very good. I think that we can, in practice, have fun X switch between MIDI channels (it must be super boring). 2, it already. For me it's good, anyway.


Easier to use, you die! Manual? Useless!

Nevertheless, this keytar (mine is gray / silver for now) is rare. Rare and very nice to use.
Its keys format 3 / 4 are ideal for playing position preferred (standing), the velocity response is good, just like the aftertouch. In addition, the keyboard is very nice under the fingers. It's not "cheap", even if the keys are a bit noisy (but what a keyboard is not?).

I had a little trouble at first to get used to playing position, but after a little practice just come to me and we can no longer do without it!
One thing that is really the foot with this "keytar" is the pitch-bend ribbon. This little accessory permits expressive non-standard, can be obtained with a conventional wheel. Used to it quickly enough, but it is a bit lost and less accurate when it returns to a traditional pitch wheel.

Oh yes ... For the "transmission of MIDI signals": the KX5 forward to the events that have hair (note on / off, bend, modulation, volume, program change, channel change). No problem. It's stuff that works really well, that! It only MIDI, and it does VERY WELL.


It is a MIDI controller, it does sound generator NOT!
Nevertheless, I use a D50 and a Miniak ...