Kawai K1

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The K1 is one of Kawai's most economic digital synthesizers in the K-series. The K1 has 256 digital samples of waveforms, 50 of which are from acoustic instruments. You combine up to four wave shapes to create very new and unique sounds. The K1 is capable of very good acoustic recreation, excellent unique synth sounds or at times, completely noisy walls of complex sound.

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The K1 comes in many options: the K1m module/desktop version and the rackmount K1r (pictured above). It makes a great entry-level or back-up synth. Budget digital D-50-like synthesis doesn't get much better than this! It is used by Cirrus and Lab-4.

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56 Visitor comments
March 26, 2013 @ 6:29 pm
Justin Hand ,
i checked out the k1r owners manual online and still need help.
http://www.houseofsynth.com/hos-downloads/manuals/Kawai/Kawai-Owners-Manuals/Kaw ai-K1r-Owners-Manual.pdf

i looked at this and saw no list of sysex editing :-(
Justin Hand
March 25, 2013 @ 2:56 pm
midi CC only cover very basic stuff (volume, sustain etc.), you have to use SysEx to edit it. you can find the manual online, which includes the full midi implementation.
March 25, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
does any one have the midi information on changing parameters on the k1 with midi cc data?
February 7, 2013 @ 4:06 pm
The K1 sounds very much like the ROMplers that were around at the time, but with a much more 'midrange-y' grainy quality that never comes across as harsh. It can take quite a while to set up patches, what with having to choose from the array of waveforms and set up the four ADSR envelopes, and a lot of the time it's just down to experimentation and stacking 'single' patches in 'multi' mode to create complex morphine soundscapes. If you prefer the traditional synthesis approach, the K1 may be a bit of a hassle, in which case something like a Roland JV or Yamaha TG would be more useful.
November 29, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
HELP!! I have a Kawai K1m and a M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller. After I midi the two the keyboard controller It would function normally then after a few minutes It has this intermitently problem of not recognizing the K1m. and I also noticed one of the keys plays louder than the rest... or sometimes I would notice the K1m Changing to different tone patches... Help Please
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 256 PCM waveforms (4 per sound)
  • LFO - Standard LFO
  • Filter - No filter!
  • VCA - Standard ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity & aftertouch)
  • Memory - 64 single-patches or 32 combo-patches
  • Control - MIDI (8-part multitimbral)
  • Date Produced - 1988

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