Korg NX5R by loneraver
The Korg NX5R, released in the late 90s, was an update on the Korg NS5R by the inclusion of a XG daughterboard. Soundcard daugherboards were not uncommon for computer gaming soundcards in the 90s but on a ROMpler, it was rather unusual.
The first impressions with the synth is that it looks like a fancy aftermarket car audio system. Don't let that fool you, it is a ROMpler with more presets than you can shake a stick at. Sadly, the presets are a bit more filler than you would might want. A large percentage of the presets are full of oneshot loops that sound nice at first but when you realize that many of these rhythmical sounds (which is many) don't sync to tempo and change speed with which key you press, you come to understand how limiting these sounds are.
The synth engine is rather complex. There are a number of things you can do to shape your sound (if you really want to). Sadly, it's full of deep menus which makes this rather confusing. You end up feeling like you are trying to remember how to reset the clock on your car radio around daylight savings time. But not only are the menus rather confusing, the components aren't really that sonicly pleasing. There is a really bland digital non-resonating filter that does nothing to the ROM samples.
The presets that aren't filler aren't bad. There are some really nice dance pianos and a handful of good pads. These sounds are good on their own but unfortunately don't mix well together, which is a shame because it has 64 note polyphony and 32-part mulitemaraly.
In short, Korg has a had a history of making great workstation synths. Sadly, this is not one of their greats. Not by a long shot.