The Korg N5 is a pretty powerful synthesizer that you will love how simple it is to use. There are not special things about this board its pretty plain and cut and dry. With really good sounds on board and a basic interface its evident that they created this board just to make good music flat out. Nothing more or less.
Pretty easy to understand, all the knobs/ buttons are labeled and the screen is backlit . Reminds me a lot of the MPC 1000 screens. Pretty simple and easy to use. You will have no issues getting up and running with the Korg N5.
The sounds of the N5 are very good im my opinion. I really wasn’t a fan of the piano sounds though as they arent as good as they are on other Korg boards. But it comes with over 1000 sounds or presets so you will have plenty to mess with and keep you occupied for some time. The effects on this board are pretty good too, there arent a lot of them though, but if you are using an external mixer then you can add more effects after you are done.
Overall, not a bad board from Korg. Not the best board they have made and not the worse . It has a very professional sound and feel to it. You can get it up and running in no time. So with a good sound and easy to use how could you say no to it? Plus the price now is a lot cheaper than what it was when it first came out, these things fly for cheap online. Read a lot of reviews on it, most of its users pretty much feel the same way. I purchased it without even trying it out first so im sure you will like it too! Take a shot with this one!
The Korg N5 uses AI2 synthesis and has 2 built-in multi-effects processors with 48 effect types. It has 1269 patch memories and 402 combination memories. It has modes for General MIDI, GS, and XG compatibility.
The N5 has 20 different arpeggiator types avaialble and they can be set anywhere from 40BPM to 240BPM.