Kawai K3

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The K3 uses the same technologies as the popular K1. Although it was among the first from Kawai, it is surpassed by the K1 and K5. The K3 is a wavetable synthesizer. It has 32 waveforms, some of which are samples of acoustic instruments like piano and percussion as well as some unique waveforms. By combining two of these waveforms you can create unique new sounds or add a twist to a traditional sound. Since there are only 32 of these waveforms, the K3 also features a programmable digital waveform where you can tweak the harmonic content of a waveform allowing for added flexibility and range of sounds.

What's really neat about the K3 is that (unlike the K1) it has analog filters and envelopes! So although the sound may be digital at first, it sure does get warmed going through the filter. The low pass resonant filter even has its own envelope generator. There's also a high pass filter and a highly flexible LFO. The K3 is an interesting synth, nicely bridging the gap between the analog and digital domain of vintage synthesizers. The K3M is a rackmount module version of the K3. The K3 has been used by Jan Hammer and Patrick O'Hearn.

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mark Peters
October 7, 2009 @ 11:27 pm
I currently own 2 K3's and 2 K3m's and used to own 3 more, ALL had
MIDI thru / 3 total midi jacks.
BTW, haveing several K3's is great for layring its sounds, takes a lot of space, but what awesome sounds I can get with 4 hooked together.
The K3m's havea link function that allows multiple units to link together in order to get more than the stock 6 notes poly. (eg.. 2 k3m's linked will give 12 note poly! 3 will give 18 notes and so on!)
steven pelchat
September 3, 2009 @ 7:42 pm
Mine has all 3 midi jacks as well. If you have one of these and love it as I do, then if you want some more then grab a K5 as well. Still built like a brick shid house (a plumper) but different and just a bit wider feature size.
Both are very heavy and demanding to move around. The K1 and K4 are like a feather compared to the K3 and K5. Grab em all before the frenzie hits home!
Keytaro
September 1, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
I think the writer of this article must have meant "followed by" rather than "surpassed by" as the K1 has the worst, noisiest, low-bit sounds while the K3 has great analog filters and smooth chorus effects! Built heavy and solid, the K3 has great action and feel on the keyboard as well!

I would choose any single sound on the K3 over the multi-timbral K1 any day.
Keytaro
September 1, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
Some people here must have gotten jipped...my K3 has THRU.
bill
August 9, 2009 @ 3:38 am
my k3 absolutely does not have midi through. i am looking at it right now as i type this.
it is however a extremely good sounding poly synth.
 
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  • Demos & Media
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    Kawai K3 | demo
    by WC Olo Garb

    Patch Files - Every patch Kawai has for the K-3, provided by Kawai.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 32 digital waveforms
  • LFO - YES
  • Filter - Low pass resonant filter, high pass filter
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 note (velocity + aftertouch)
  • Memory - 50 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Jack Solkiewicz, found at Synth Site.

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