Kawai K1ii

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The K1ii was the first major update to Kawai's popular K1 digital PCM-waveform synthesizers. The K1ii has the same synthesis architecture as the original K1. There are 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. They are capable of very good acoustic recreation, excellent unique synth sounds, or at times completely noisy walls of complex sound.

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The new and improved K1ii added on-board reverb effects and better drum sounds to the original K1. The multitimbrality is up to 8 parts, which is great for sequencing in the studio since you can have (up to 8) multiple patches playing simultaneously. The K1ii is also available in a rackmount module, known as the K1iir. The rack version is identical to the keyboard version except for the effects. The K1iir has no effects processor built-in as does the keyboard version.

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21 Visitor comments
January 9, 2014 @ 10:39 am
@kle: The K1 II has no sequencer, you can't program patterns in the machine.

This was my first synth back in 1990. I wanted a D 10 but the shop had sold it a week earlier or so. I was in hurry before doing a one week duty in the german army, so I took it. I already had a sequencer back then. This synth really teached my a lot except all about filters! ;-)
December 28, 2013 @ 2:56 am
I'm looking for a manual for DC-8 extension memory card. Maybe someone has a pictures with electronic diagrams?
December 2, 2013 @ 4:26 am
I've read the manual, but I can't really figure out if there is a possibilily to do your own drum patterns/tracks as you can with Roland D-10? Do you have to settle for those patterns that are build in? There's D-10 or K1 II available and i'd rather take the Kawai but programmable rhythm patterns would be a nice plus.
June 7, 2013 @ 12:38 pm
Sorry i cant figure out the manuals help me pls how to figure out
June 2, 2013 @ 5:20 am
Jerem - go here to get your sounds back....
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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
  • Date Produced - 1989
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Joseph Baksay, found at Synth Site.

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