Hear the Kawai K5000R In Action

Additive Synthesis classic      18/11/08
The Kawai K5000 is often cited as a bit of an undiscovered treasure. Using Additive Synthesis as the basic for many of its sounds, makes it an unusual synth – most around at that time were either Subtractive or Frequency Modulation (FM), such as Yamaha's DX range. Additive Synthesis allows you to create waveforms from the blending of multiple harmonics to create unusual sounds. It never really made it to the mainstream of synthesis due to it's rather mathematical mode of operation. However, owners of the K5000R or K5000S swear by it for use in ambient and ethereal music. RetroSound72 has posted this 9 minute sound demo on youtube to give an idea of what this machine is really capable of.

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Greg    Said...

I do love the sound of the Kawai 5000 series. I had a Kawai 5000W keyboard but, just like the DX7, additive synth is tedious and slow for us mere mortals. If there had been a great computer editor with all the elements on one screen instead of trying to access the parameters through the tiny K5000 screen it would have been a real winner

18-Nov-08 09:47 AM


Cerebral Infect    Said...

Well, the K5000 was shipping with a special sounddiver editor software. But like all used products, some these little things gets lost as the synth changes owners.

Nevertheless, the K5000s has really nice pads, the arpegiator is really nice and to keybed is still unsurpassed.

i remember posting a k5000s demo here, but I think I lost it.

18-Nov-08 11:15 AM


Peter K.    Said...

I had a K5000r, and I regret selling it. I loved the unique and beautiful sounds it produced. I set my Z1's knobs up to control it, and it was really amazing.

03-Dec-08 10:42 AM


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