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
August 26, 2010 @ 7:53 am
Own this keyboard for 18 years and will never part with it.
Shawn, i think the refered initial sensitivity might be what you call Velocity, or how the attack will perform according to how strong you hit the key.
The programming of each source for a sound in this machine has five parameters for envelope programming. The last one of these parameters is the release, or better saying, the ammount of time it will take for the sound to fade away after we release the key.
That might be what he ment by Release Sensitivity.
With a better processor, broad effects offer and better acoustic wave samples, this keyboard would be out of this world. But for something out of this world, Kawai has the K5000 :)
June 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
even though this board is an 8 -12bit board you can still find sounds that stands up in a mix especially when you are looking desperately i will not give up on this board kawai i stick by.
February 16, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
Guy who told you this keyboard has Release Sensitivity and Initial sensitivity?

The K1 only supports Velocity (initial touch) and Aftertouch (channel pressure). That's what's in the manual.
February 6, 2010 @ 11:06 am
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January 25, 2010 @ 2:01 pm
I love this machine...the keys are the best...better than any cheap Midi key controller (as Sven also said)...aftertouch, Initial touch, pressure and so on. Its a Masterkeyboard. The Sound Engine is dated but you can program very dirty sounds for Techno. Hip Hop and other styles. Sven is right.....everyone who makes this synth bad in public...has no clue about music making and Synthesizer!
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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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