Synth Site: Kawai: K1 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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3rd Harmonic from UK writes:
Alfonso - I don't think the acoustic pianos are that bad - they're probably not as good as those from a Casio CT-600, which was, I think, a PCM-based board. They have character though, and that's what matters(and you can edit them till the cows come home. But the electric piano patches are something else - put "Real Rhodes" through a nice reverb and play some chords in a nice mellow key(A or E) - ooohh, instant jazz lounge. Buy a K1 - it's a little hidden gem.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-03-2003 at 15:35
celestrium a part-time user from USA writes:
I have some new programs for the K1, actually a whole bank. They bring the K1 back to competitive "new synth" life. Email me for the SYS bank.

posted Thursday-May-22-2003 at 02:16
Michael Diamond a professional user from USA writes:
In the past I've owned, used, and sold a K1 & K1r (to upgrade to K4 & K4r -I still have the K4r, which I like very much). I recently picked up a K1m because there are certain unique sounds I missed from it, even though I have a nice collection of very desirable synths. Excellent strings and "air pads". Great for ambient, electronic, and New Age music.I've done a lot of programming to get the most out of it, and I HIGHLY recommend using an external effects unit to make it come alive - I use a Boss SE50 for reverb and delay. This is an excellent synth that didn't get the recognition it deserved.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-11-2003 at 16:12
3rd Harmonic a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I got my K1 last summer for £150. Love it to bits. Horrified when I knocked it over and broke/bent it, but after an afternoon's work with a hammer and glue it's as good as new. There are many, many excellent sounds in this box if you are prepared to work to create them. The only thing it really misses is the ability to split the keyboard into different MIDI zones - it will receive on up to 8 midi channels simultaneously, but it will only transmit on one at any particular time, which is a shame.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-06-2003 at 09:13
M.Smith a professional user from England writes:
I brought my K1r second-hand about three years ago, without a manual. I found it a really great synth to explore, and it is really (in my opinion) easy to work out. I did buy a manual recently although they are no longer in production.

From that, I found that this bit of kit can do some good stuff. Its all easy to follow too.

The sounds are good, but you need to work on them to get them right. I managed to get a nice Rhodes sound (believe it or not!) out of it, and a nice pipe organ sound.

The actual synth sounds are good, with reasonable possibilities. It is let down by the lack of a Filter, which would make life alot easier when creating sounds and programming, where it sometimes requires alot of patience. There is alot of climbing through menus on this as well, which I'm not exactly a fan of, considering it only has a tiny LCD display.

So, it's not the best synth in the world, but it is by no means the worst.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-12-2003 at 17:32
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