Synth Site: Kawai: K4 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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sjmojo a professional user writes:
it's fair good pcm synth w/ a digital filter.but the waveforms are quite limited especially on today's standard. i bought a k4 at $1000 in 92 and it's quite expensive at that time but the filter is resonant then u can get some really extrmme efx and reso syn bass.the weak point is its noisy background,not so good for recording,and it's got effects too.later i also bought a k4r in 95 at bargain price $110,its the same as k4 but w/o effects,so it's quite dry and the noise still remains(so the noise is not derived from the effector),but at $110 just couldn't complain anymore,but for the older $1000-k4,it's not so worthwhile.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 10:52
Patrick Fridh a professional user from Sweden writes:
I had a K4 for a very long time, and I think I programmed the heart out of it; I even rebuilt it (!) using Plastic Padding... so it finally looked as good as it sounded. For a while, I thought about buying a new one when I'd traded it for a EPS 16 Plus, but I never did. I sold mine in 1993. Perhaps, one day, I'll stumble upon one in good shape for a decent price, just to use my own old sounds once again. You may use them as well, they're on my homepage - http://hem.passagen.se/sequence - free of charge. If you ask me, they're the best K4 sounds on earth. The same goes for my TX81Z, JX8P/10 and VZ-1 patches. Sorry to brag, but can you make better sounds? I'm really curious to hear if there's anyone else who's delved so hard into synth programming as I've done over the years...

posted Wednesday-Oct-25-2000 at 07:27
from Sweden writes:
Bought it (like new) with memorycard for 160$ a year ago. The onboard reverb (except the delays) are very bad so the first thing you must do is to connect a decent external reverb to it! Besides that it is amazing (considering the age and price!). Download some "analogsounding"-patches (theres many of them on the Net) and this synth can sound "like" a Juno106, OBX, Fairlight or whatever you want. Fat basses, pads, strings and so on... the sound is not clean but "dirty" - I really like this! The key-action (semi-weighted I think) is very fine too. Make a ROM-upgrade (v1.04?) and the OS will be faster (my own experience). I will never, never sell my K4 - it has an own sound once you tweak it (not boring like many other sample playback synths on the market)! B.T.W. I don't have time to make my own patches, so it would be great if someone would share some (unique) patches with me :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-31-2000 at 05:20
Jamie a professional user from Philadelphia writes:
This thing is a cheap hunk or junk. Don't even bother with the K4r, because it doesn't have the effects processor that the K4 does, which is the ONLY thing that helps this thing sound relatively decent. The design of the K4 is total analog-type parameters with PCM waveforms...which, might I add, are extremely NOISY and barely sound like the instruments they were sampled from. Yes, you can get a few original sounds out of the thing, but you'll soon run out of ideas. I've found two really good applications for the K4 though. You can get some nice 1 shot percussion-type sounds out of the thing, which makes it a decent drum slave for a PAD-80 or something like that. It also makes a good doorstop. I think it's kind of funny that the K1 sounds so much better than this thing, but doesn't have a filter. A very uninspired machine.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-20-2000 at 03:45
Bazz a part-time user from Holland writes:
I bought this thing about a week ago and i'm pretty much getting the hang of it...It helps that i've had a K 1 a few years back of course. Anyway, i already made some tracks with it and i must say it's a great addition to VA or analogue synths! If you have a track with some analogue-like sounds in it,you can 'color' the mix very nice with some digital sounding pads from this machine...

If you like hard,noisy digital stuff, the K 4 is great too with it's digital filter which can distort with the resonance cranked up...

I have a JP 8000 and MS 2000 in my setup and the K 4 is a great synth for complementing those two. So break out of this analogue-rage and buy yourself a digital synth with balls, such as the Kawai K4...

(my last review was dissed so i sent it again...)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-07-2000 at 03:47
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