Synth Site: Kawai: K1 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Markku a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Bought my K1m 5 or 6 years ago, the price was very low indeed, which I can understand very well... I just love that 8-bit crap, an exellent tool for whacked loops and textures, just tune it to the extreme values, add that AM and off you go!! Some trad sounds are more or less ok, though quite on the cheesy side, but I do find it more useful for the lo-fi trash.

It is surprisingly painless to program without manual; a quite noisy synth, though. Any filter or eq would be great, I´ve tried it with an outboard filter,a highly recommended combination, and a fuzz box, too; the worse, the better! I was just wondering how destructive it would be with the Sherman Filter Bank...

Nice little piece of crap!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-04-2002 at 08:03
Kultran a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm not a professional synth analyst. But I was introduced to the K1 shortly after their manufacture of 1988, in a music store. The thing I remember the most were the ethereal-air sounds of this machine were totally riveting! Vibes and chymes were great also. I'll also mention it has decent keyboard split capabilities. Where could I find one?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-14-2002 at 01:36
JiMmY a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I like it

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-01-2002 at 16:05
Trevitte Brown a part-time user from u.s.a writes:
Hi i can't add much info to the reveiws only confirm what seems to be the general opinions of this synth. I think it is well worth the price you can pick one up for these days. I am always finding ways to use mine in almost every sequence I make. Does great effects such as ocean waves, rain, electrical storms and such. Strings do sound nice! You can get some cool sounds out of it! But you do need to add some external Fx such as reverb to bring it to life.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-08-2001 at 20:36
sjmojo a professional user writes:
in 89 i bought the k1 at $450,it's a bargain at that time,'coz many synths around costed at least $850-$1000,such as roland d20.on my budget i only had another choice,d10 when i bought the kawai,but i liked the k1's fat(but quite noisy) pcm samples than the thinner linear synth from d10.8-part multi is good enough at that time.one year later i also bought the desktop module ver. k1m,it's the same as k1 w/o the keyboard,i paid $350 for it.a little bit dated today though,but u can really get one very cheap on 2nd hand market today.it's a very good synth for beginners.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 10:36
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