8 Reasons why the good old
K5 is better than the K5000
The K5 has a key scaling function(I
miss this the most in the K5000) with breakpoint, left slope and right
The K5 has a compare function!
All K5 parameters are editable in
realtime(sends sysex too)!
You can edit both sources simultaneously!
The K5 doesn't have individual envelopes
for each harmonic. Instead it has 4 envelopes(which is enough?). For each
harmonic you can select which of the 4 envelopes it should be assigned
to. The envelopes has 4 attack segments(the 4:th being sustain) and 2 release
segments. Each envelope has an LFO for modulation of the sustain segment.
The K5 was built for interactive
synthesis. You can temporarily mute/bypass objects in the sound chain which
makes it easier to understand and modify the sound. Kawai, probably, thought
this would be better taken care of with the included editor program(which
it isn't. In my opinion the Emagic crew don't know how to make synth editor
Nicer looking display with better
visual feedback of DHL level(I just love that warm green LCD. When it feels
like working that is. Should anyone
read this and know where to get hold of a NI03-05-5 NICHIA 14S7Z T LCD
backlight driver, please let me know.).
In the K5 16 clicks is 6dB which is twice the resolution of the K5000.
This means that peaks are more evident in the K5 DHL(DHG) display.
Better edit 'Macros'. In the K5
you can select a range of harmonics to be edited simultaneously with either
equal, positive or negative slope. Furthermore you can choose to alter
only even, odd... harmonics in that range.