Kawai K4

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The K4 from Kawai can be thought of as a warm and fuzzy digital synthesizer. A sample-based digital synth, its sounds are those typically weird industrial type sounds that can still be useful in lo-fi, big-beat and trip hop music styles. The sounds are 16-bit preset PCM samples of acoustic instruments. However, unlike its predecessor the K1, the K4 adds a welcomed digital filter section. This truly makes the K4 more flexible, fun and useful for today's filter tweaking music effects!

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The K4r is the eight output rackmount version which has all the same features except for the effects processor. Both feature 8-part multitimbrality which is great for stacking, splitting and layering sounds. The K4 will give you strange, new and unique sounds with plenty of flexibility and analog-style sound shaping and control at an affordable price. It is used by The Chemical Brothers and ATB.

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53 Visitor comments
August 8, 2011 @ 10:25 am
This was the first new synth I ever bought, paid $1000. It was WELL worth it. Since that point I've changed out all my gear except the K4. They release sensitivity on the keyboard is so unique, it's like nothing else I've ever played. The preset patches were ok, although the strings are still fantastic, but the synth capability of it are amazing!!! I still love it!
Dark Company
July 12, 2011 @ 7:30 am
We've been using the K4r since 1992 and still love it. When the first one was destroyed, we found another on eBay in 2008, loaded up all our old patches via Chameleon on the Atari and were ready to roll again. So simple to use and beautiful rich lush sounds. Come and listen to what we did with ours at wudrecords.co.uk or bandcamp. :-)
Eiber Azuaje
June 22, 2011 @ 7:03 pm
I recently bought a K4 because of the good reviews it had, and also for a little proyect of mine, I wanted to know if there´s a chance that any of you (owners of K4) could assist me in my task... I´m in need of a picture of the K4´s main board... especially the power input and specifications of a couple capacitors found right next to it which burned on mine. I would really aprreciate any help you can give me... Looking foward to play this beast! Thanks in advance!
June 6, 2011 @ 7:12 am
is there a piece of gear that hasn't been used by the Chemical Brothers on vintagesynth?
Gaston Bouchard
March 10, 2011 @ 7:32 am
The K4 was my first synth. I later bought 3 heavy-weight analogue synths but will NEVER EVER part company with my K4. With its 26 analogue waves ( and some hard work) I've been able to emulate about 95% of the analogue sounds of the music from the '70s and '80s, and that includes great analogue drums (not the preset ones) that could be mistaken for a Simmons SDSV - and I'm VERY fussy! It's a shame that if you look up Kawai k4 on Youtube, you can only find boring conventional digital sounds you find on conventional digital synthesizers. I think most K4 owners only use 50% of its capabilities.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16-voices, 8-part multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 16-Bit PCM digital synthesizer
  • Filter - Digital Dynamic Filter
  • Effects - Yes
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1989
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