Novation KS Rack

Novation KS Rack

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KS Rack, Analog Modeling Synth Rack/Sound Module from Novation in the KS / K-Station series.

6 user reviews

Novation KS Rack tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Novation
  • Model: KS Rack
  • Series: KS / K-Station
  • Category: Analog Modeling Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 04/16/2004

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Novation KS Rack user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 6 reviews )
 3 reviews50 %
 4 reviews67 %

roots37's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Novation KS Rack
Rack version of KS5/KS4
200 Factory Programs (ditable) 200 users
50 plant performance (ditable) 50 users
4 Stereo Outputs (and 2Main 2For)
3 oscillators
2 LFOs
6 simultaneous effects per share (reverb, chorus, distortion, panning, delay, EQ)


The configuration is simple, the menu navigation is intuitive.Rien say.

The edition is ultra-intuitive thanks to 33 faders and buttons faade.Rien say.

Manual in French (March 2004). This is the manual for KS4 / 5 but does not change.
Version 2.0 is installed in usine.Pas point of cracking (it is relieved


Most sounds are music-oriented lectroniques.La Dance / Trance but not for dnus of Intrets autant.Certains are INTERESTED to give power and prsence a mix.

The sounds are what trs good price: powerful, rich (but not too much), EXCELLENT! The effects are not for nothing ...

All Fully Settings, Control is fait.La INTERESTED HyperSync is effective (Mmorisation 4 of 4 programs paramtres effects).


I've had 24 hours and I do not see what could dcevoir me (it did not crackle).
I love the subtlety of the sounds, the psence, punch, 6 simultaneous effects, the edition intuitive HyperSync.
Even if there should be better (more CHRE), we can say that it is no fault that price.
Report qualitprix perfect.

Solid construction, treated.

It is seen that in apprciable Novation, there is no public mensongre. (What you are promised, as you can)


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

Novation KS Rack
The KS Rack is a rack ...... very solid with a nice geule blue and gray.
200 200 factory presets users
50 multis plants 50 users
Trio twelve o'clock
4 out spares, 1 headphone and 1 audio (mono only, but y 'has at least one, I told the gentlemen's home Clavia)
6 effects (delay, reverb, chorus, distortion, EQ, panning) can be used at the same time + 1 vocoder simpliflifi trs.
Lfo 2 3 3 osc Slavic.
Multi 4 shares bcp is too little and enough to put 3 points less on the note


The ergonomics of the machine is trs good and for that reason I counsel all who wish to embark on the buying a first edition because the VA machine sounds is very simple and available button is clear. Manuel trs well done if you understand English.


The machine is trs oriented techno / trance with a lot of FM sound (no cracking report on mine), it lacks a little potato, but I compare with the NL2 so it's something else . Unfortunately there is no big modulation matrix as a virus but it is not the same price of course. But overall the sounds are the road, as the effects despite the lack of accessible paramtres. Little extra for the function HyperSync which can be very useful. Download the patches at the site of Novation is virtually no Intrets apart from an excellent 303 pRSET quite impressive.


I've had 8 months and I love this cot "fun" because of its ease of use even though it would rev reducer to compare a simple toy. Its default is the big block 4 performance part that makes the rack Ks is not sufficient itself, but as I said to begin in the VA is perfect and I remake this choice in the same price range without hsit APRS, to complicate the thing he should stick a Q or a virus to move to something serious.

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

Novation KS Rack
The KS Rack is designed with a clearance at the rear, thereby placing it in a rack without losing a unit above for jacks and other measures noon. It is five units high and has an internal power supply.
Originally, it comes with 200 presets and much in Program Performance. There are 200 user for each category, plus the sounds of plants are erasable. It is equipped with a multi FX with 6 different effects with some editable parameters, more than enough for me.
The connector includes the usual trio twelve o'clock, a headphone jack, an input and four output (+ to hand out).
This is a VA synth, it produces electronic sounds. But the oscilloscope waveforms samplées also have to have a wide variety of sounds, such as a Wurlitzer. But do not look in the General Midi synth (and good).


I have this synth for only four days, but for me a model of ergonomics. Everything is clear, direct access to the settings from the front with multiple controllers, manual well written and objective en français sorry, no French version for the moment! But it will certainly come. I would but only 9 for this reason, thinking of the non-English speakers who may galleys. Otherwise, I think I would have been 10!


I bought this synth sounds used for teak, trance, trip hop. That's exactly what I was looking like sounds! Nothing more to add.

CHANGE OF 29/12/2003:
Unfortunately, this synth has a bp, which may explain its low price in Turnkey (about € 450). The sounds are good but accompanied by cracking! The pb is + or - according intense users, but is very common.

A solution that works with me: to increase the attack to 8 mini, because it would be a problem of closure.

Long silent despite the posts on the forum of SOS, Novation has finally responded to Use: they will do an update of the OS in March 2004 (!!!! foutage of big mouth) and a pdf for "help" delete bp.

So, the note takes a hit in the face!

CHANGE OF 27/09/04:

A few almost six months late, the update of the OS is finally here and has solved the problem completely at home.
The VAS Novation has finally restarted.

So, I give him the deserved rating.


At first, I loved this synth. The sounds are terrible, editing hyper efficient and amazingly low prices. It is found in Germany at € 890 and I got to 690 € chez Star's music (do not rush, they have more at this time and apparently was a mistake in the labeling ...).

I do not know if it actually plays of the bp, but is found currently in € 450. What, you're not placing your order ?!!!! Go, quickly before there was more.

Too bad though that Novation has been slow to react to provide an OS.
nova akropola03/04/2005

nova akropola's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Novation KS Rack
Rack facade with pots pots are of good quality circular linear Masila I think it will age very evil against facade and the carcass is sturdy
the connection is correct with no separate output path multitimbralitbr /> 16 poly unsine sounds good in quantity even if not indicative of the capabilities of the machine


Manuel nickel English
edition sounds intuitive, and the few sub-menus are accessible enough to avoid the edition through a soft
ditto for the effects an easy very easy to take over this subject all is cool


1 - It is an electronic oreint is the base electro trance dance and say business (factory sounds sound like they give a course dja ide (small) capacity of the machine

The realism of sound and rhodes is wurliter etonnat and the few of percu
the rest is not a sample player has a reason or the mc909

2-effects are good but too flat for the reverb to be used very sparingly because very vague and fuzzy say the pice reverbr is full of fog (that one image)
the distortion sounds very digital chorus and phaser very CS1x it is far from small stones or effect analog back properly but it gives relief

3 - expression Nicke nothing to say just running too short of controllers that can harm the edition

You can reach the ground soft and scalable (use of performance) of cool noises (with the possibility to mount the LFO in the audible and zap fm .....) blips of the noises of the kraft bass Pansonic has a pulse and intestinal gurgling (without the smell) and lead well cool


Home for a week I like the compactness of the solid casing exits separated maneuverability easy to edit the sound quality and the relief and diversity and how sound and how to synchronize all hypersaw that moves

I like some effects in. (too much or too blurry digital) slides that seem fragile plant that banks do not represent the possibility of the machine and especially the absence of modulation matrix and choice in the order of effects I would say that it is the only missing from this powerful Becane

I aceti 438 Roros Thomann for that price I definitely do it again like in France ... 899 in France a year Thomann warranty ...... 2

it's not the machine of the century but for those like me who want a touch of pseudo analogue without switching a PC .... but I advise you Listen to the before and especially since the demo and tweak the sounds of plants are misleading power ....

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