Teisco / Kawai Synthesizer 100F

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Although Kawai began manufacturing synthesizers under the company name of Teisco, they soon took over as Kawai which resulted in synths like the S100F above which can be found labeled either Teisco or Kawai (as pictured above). The Synthesizer 100F is a very good and classic single-vco monophonic analog synth. It has a small but usable 37 note keyboard. Sawtooth, square and noise waveforms and external sounds can be run through the synth's filters and envelopes and mixed with the oscillator.

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Although there is only one oscillator, there's plenty of modulation ability to really liven up the sound. There's an LFO which can modulate the VCO, VCF and VCA. The VCF resonant filter is good and can be modulated by the LFO, Envelope 1, the external input or even the VCO! There's also a VCA section with Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release controls and finally there's a Hi-Pass filter. There is also a portamento effect for that final crucial analog synth effect! A typical analog synth with just about all the features and functions you'd need. It's got the classic wood side panels and a front panel layout that leads to very straight forward programming resulting in good analog bass, lead and synth sounds.

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21 Visitor comments
ian
November 11, 2010 @ 9:52 am
alessandro= did you honestly pay 600 euros for this? I wouldn't pay any more than 200 euros maximum. It's a cheap and cheerful synth and should stay that way if sanity prevails.
alessandro_
October 7, 2010 @ 6:44 pm
totally underrated machine. this stuff is BANZAAAAI. one of the best machine i never heard to make effects. you can modulate the sound as you want. LFO is very FAST, meanwhile the lower section in the oscillator is UNIQUE. you can reach sounds that you would never expect. i found in a nice shape cheap 600 euros. not so easy to find out anyway...
Trystan
April 17, 2010 @ 4:11 am
Tom Ellard of Australian group Severed Heads used one of these.
etherealaudio
January 30, 2010 @ 3:29 pm
This was my first monosynth circa 1978,79. Really nice warm (not woolly).The filter is a real cracker for rich bells,chimes,tinklings and clangorous clangings.It self oscillates from the top of the audio scale right down the deepest sub basses. The single VCO is meaty. Shame there isn't another for a bit of naughty cross modulation! (of that amazing filter)
technical acousticd lab
March 27, 2009 @ 3:14 am
This baby was the first Vince Clarke synth
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO: saw, square, noise, external audio in (2', 4', 8', 16', 32', 64' and "low" pitches)
  • LFO - Saw, Triangle, square waveforms with adjustable Rate
  • Filter - Low Pass resonant filter and High Pass non-resonant filter
  • VCA - Simple AD, ADS or ADR envelope modes
  • Keyboard - 37 notes
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1977
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images by Nils Odegaard.

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