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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Kawai XD-5 Demo
Kawai XD-5 Second Demo
Patch FilesEvery patch Kawai has for the XD-5, provided by Kawai.
ManualDownload the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.


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.