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
April 29, 2011 @ 11:28 am
After digging into the programming parameter menus and testing the individual waveforms, I've discovered part of the secret of this synth's appeal is that the envelopes and effects are part of the waveform itself. I think the designers planned this somewhat brilliantly. Leave out expensive effects and filter chips and put a ton of waveforms that are so unusual that, when combined, create a totally unfamiliar sound. As for programmers, the K1 is as fun as the DX7 and Korg DSS1. 'Stravinski' blends beautifully with Korg's Cathedral organ patches.
April 24, 2011 @ 2:12 am
Larry youre a hateful dumbass.

Before you cast the blame, maybe you should understand the most basic of information about something you plan on using.

Just a thought.

Oh yeah, you need to plug it in to SOME [beep] ING SPEAKERS YOU DIP [beep] !!!
Rogue Ai
April 14, 2011 @ 12:30 am
I love this synth. It just arrived in the mail today after I bought it off of ebay. I got the rack version. It took a while to figure out how to program it, but now I can with ease.

Someone mention that the Arrangement patch was used in "LFO" by LFO. Another patch ReturnHome was used in LFO's "Track 4."
Gordon Ryan
March 31, 2011 @ 5:49 pm
In response to Larry Fowler:
Yes, you need to hook the keyboard up to an amp, as it does not have built-in speakers.
I have the same keyboard, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:
Larry Fowler
March 22, 2011 @ 5:42 pm
I purchased a used K1 because I wanted to learn to play this summer. The "friend" that sold it to me didn't have the ac cord, so I ordered it. it came yeseterday. Everything lit up but no sound. Do I need something else tomake this work like speakers or an amp or one of these cards i am reading about? I just downloaded the manual, but it dosent really help. Oh yeah, my friend "former co-worker" can't be reached. I appreciate any help I can get
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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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