Kawai XD-5

Kawai XD-5 Image

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.

Lookup Kawai XD-5 Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics


Are you looking to buy or sell a Kawai XD-5? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

11 Visitor comments
May 16, 2013 @ 6:53 pm
my demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz2fEyD266I
March 27, 2013 @ 8:16 pm
This is a monster drum module! The only thing this wonderful thing lacks is a sequencer, since it has none to play those brutal kicks! I use my Korg DDD-1 to control this beast. Yes, you can have 808 style sounds without going out to buy one of those expensive Roland kits, almost everyone wants. Bow down to the XD-5!
Jason Adkins
August 11, 2011 @ 5:44 am
Hi Reg Rodgers,I have a DR660 and the reason it won't do 909 hihats is because it hasn't got them!!!! Try the DR770 (though like u say XD-5 is cool,got a Kawai K4r too,even cooler....,do that on a soft-synth...) supposed to have real 909 hihats,can't verify this as never heard one though.
February 6, 2010 @ 11:09 am
XD-5 user group:
Reg Rodgers
December 29, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
I purchased this unit at one of those Guitar Center blowout sales.
It was needed because it could produce better sounding 909 hats than my Roland DR-660. It was used for Random Access, Reggie R, No Down Payment, Vitamin C, Bizzy B, Jackstreet Inc, and DJ Tools tracks and songs way back in the day. I still have it. It was also very very tunable.
VSE Rating

It’s Good

User Rating

Rated 3.55 (179 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • 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
  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from

    Thanks to Tom J for providing information.

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.