Submitted May 7, 2019 by a customer from gmail.com
"SPEND A LITTLE EXTRA $$"
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Sorry about the novel ahead of time but there are very limited reviews on the gokeys so I wanted to be thorough. I bought this keyboard cause I was tired of lugging around an 88 key Korg Kross as my bottom board (using a MX49 as my top board). Wanted to lighten my load for gigs as I mostly just use my bottom keyboard for piano/ep patches anyways. I figured although the gokeys doesn't have the ability to edit patches, split/layer or set favorites that it would at least have a couple usable piano/ep patches to meet my needs (since patches are derived from the Juno series? from what I read) and is super lightweight like my MX. I think I literally read every review ever on it and watched a bunch of demo videos beforehand (since I could not find one to try in store) and ultimately decided to give it a "go".. and ya know save a few bucks vs buying a mid-range replacement board for more then x2 the price.. Although the gokeys looks like a toy, it feels surprisingly sturdy compared to other personal piano type keyboards. It doesn't feel like just a plastic piece of junk like I expected but is still super light weight. The keys have a nice feel to them (non-weighted). They are kinda textured and not smooth which I like. Honestly think the keybed felt nicer then the one on my MX.. That being said the gokeys did not even come close meeting my needs or expectations (which weren't high to begin with). I could not find even one piano patch that was usable or up to par. There are a couple ok? EP piano sounds, had a few usable synth/pad patches but all the modulations/cutoff/res are preset and as previously stated you cannot edit the parameters at all (beyond chorus and I think reverb). The sounds/patches are what they are. The onboard speakers may as well not be there. They do not sound good and peak very easily. Even if I had kept the Gokeys I would never have used the onboard speakers even for home use. Youd be better off using a $20 pair of skullcandy or sony headphones. Beyond the sub par sounds and low quality speaker.. Although the key bed felt decent, there were keys that had little to no response (this could be a one off, I did purchase it as blemished). I even set it to max sensitivity and showed no improvement. I sent it back (zZounds gave me a full refund including shipping cost because of the key response issue, p.s I love you) and picked up a Juno DS instead which I couldn't be happier with. Overall underwhelmed with the gokeys.. I was hoping I could save a few bucks and get by but its has a low price tag for a reason. I had a Casio CTK6000 once upon a time and the Casio walks mile over the gokeys in every aspect! Its still not the greatest keyboard and definitely falls short from mid-range boards like the Kross, Juno, MX, ect, but the sounds on it are phenomenal compared to the gokeys, the speakers are actual good and can get loud without breaking up, it has an onboard 16 track sequencer, arpeggiator, a tone editor, multiple insert effects, split/ layering, and is about $120 cheaper. I would recommend the Casio over the gokeys all day. I gigged on the Casio and the person I sold it to still gigs on it to this day, I would never even try to gig with the gokeys. HOWEVER my real suggestion would be to take the $200-300 you would spend on either of these and double it.. Invest a little more in something that will meet your needs and you will be happy to grow into even if you are a beginner. Save yourself the time and hassle and spend a little extra $. The gokeys fell short of the already low expectations I had for it.
r&b, reggae, jazz, ska, rock, hip-hop, electronica
12 of 13 people (92%) people found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!