Kawai XD-5

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This is an awesome drum synth module that has 256 waveforms, four of which can be combined to create a drum sound. It also has great resonant lowpass filters and envelopes for shaping the sounds and is excellent for techno, electro and industrial drums. For effects, a delay type effect is possible as well as a ring-modulator. It also has stereo outputs plus 6 individual outs for the studio pros. Mouse On Mars might use it.

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Joseph H.
September 22, 2008 @ 1:55 am
My buddy and I bought the XD-5 at Guitar Center back in the early 90's on some kind of super blow out deal they were having. I don't Kawai was really ever known for it's drum modules so this thing was never very popular. The sound quality of the samples is fairly decent, but not completely on par with the R8 or SR-16 of the era. Strengths of the XD-5 include a decent "synth style" filter and a good diverse sample set.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Drum Tones - 256 Waveforms; 1 to 4 per voice
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - DCF: digital resonant lowpass
  • VCA - DCA: digital envelope
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 64 patches, 16 DrumKits, external memory card
  • Control - MIDI (1 channel)
  • Date Produced - 1989 - 1990
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    Thanks to Tom J for providing information.

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