Why not KN6000
- I was introduced to KN6000 and Solton X1 at the same time. When first listening to the Technics I tought it is the best. But after hearing the Solton X1 instruments and patterns I was no more sure about Technics.
The Solton X1 sounds are terrific; natural sounds and arrangements especially the drums, very realistic, with HD at the same price level than KN6000, but I'm not comfortable with the user interface (not familiar with it?) and that there is not import possibilities like with Technics. The look is not so atractive as KN5000/6000. (Both keyboards was routed through the same amplifier with proper balancing).
- Second reason is that the KN6000 is not giving much features over KN5000 and third I still have my KN3000 waiting for suitable time to transfer the files from the hard disk. File copy one by one takes much time. KN5000 hard disk is not compatible to KN6000, shame. I liked to have the HD as standard from Technics, not from third party supplier, voiding varranty if installed, the hard disk option is also far overpriced. The HD Manager program from KeySoft was a disappointment, because it was not able to transfer my KN3000 files from the PC. Only KN5000 formats were usable. The HD-TechManager is not compatible with my Laptop allthough it has required ECP/EPP parallell port.
- Most recent keyboard models have sampling or wave input but not KN6000.
- The computer interface has not had any progress.
To be ready for the new millenium it should have Complete Computer Interface to get full functionality to utilze the:
The manufacturer should concentrate to get the keyboard easy to use and with large selection of quality sounds and patterns, with downloadable wave-samples and direct use of other keyboard manufacturer's software at least full compatibility to the same brand.
- easiness of computer keyboard entry (file naming etc.)
- direct use of standard computer's harddisk with all backup and organizing possibilities
- Combined MIDI interface (without additional cables)
- real sequencers with audio features
Basic principle - let the functions for PC which are easier to do with a PC like:
(These are not normally needed during live performance)
- sequencing editor
- sound editor
- storing and organizing
- naming, etc.
I'm no more buying a keyboard if I can't transfer files as easy as between computers. So my next keyboard will not be the KN6000, not Solton X1, Yamaha 9000 - who knows.
I'm still looking forward to Technics and I'm waiting what the new millenium brings with; - the next keyboard odyssey KN2001?
- wishing to get what I want.