Synth Site: Kawai: K4 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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DOS4GW a professional user from Australia writes:
Man, the K4r (rackmount) rocks. I make mostly drum and bass, dark and hard, and this thing has textures to suit any void in the mix. Love the lush pads and sweeping off the bat, but goes harsh and obnoxious when you tell it to. Some simple FX processing and resampling really make a huge difference with this board, and the sound has a real character, an identity that I reckon I can spot in a few tracks here and there.

I got mine for under $200 AUD, which is bloody cheap. Best $200 I've ever spent on a board. It has downside (but it's not really an issue with something this cheap)- it can't match the sheer warmth and power of an old analogue, so don't let anyone tell you that it can. But that's not what this guy is about, he's about subtle character, and filling up a mix.

Bottom line: I'm not throwing out my System 100, but any of the digital/FM stuff (and some of the cheaper analogue stuff, but shhhh, don't say it too loud) in my studio pales in comparison to the K4r.

Get one before Grooverider does.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-05-2005 at 10:52
DOS4GW a professional user from Australia writes:
Man, the K4r (rackmount) rocks. I make mostly drum and bass, dark and hard, and this thing has textures to suit any void in the mix. Love the lush pads and sweeping off the bat, but goes harsh and obnoxious when you tell it to. Some simple FX processing and resampling really make a huge difference with this board, and the sound has a real character, an identity that I reckon I can spot in a few tracks here and there.

I got mine for under $200 AUD, which is bloody cheap. Best $200 I've ever spent on a board. It has downside (but it's not really an issue with something this cheap)- it can't match the sheer warmth and power of an old analogue, so don't let anyone tell you that it can. But that's not what this guy is about, he's about subtle character, and filling up a mix.

Bottom line: I'm not throwing out my System 100, but any of the digital/FM stuff (and some of the cheaper analogue stuff, but shhhh, don't say it too loud) in my studio pales in comparison to the K4r.

Get one before Grooverider does.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-05-2005 at 08:30
Matt Toelle a professional user from Warrenton Oregon, end of the world writes:
Well I still like my Kawai K4, and I still use it all the time, its great to play along with Band in a Box, and I have made some decent recordings "I think", check this one out! http://webpages.charter.net/rmtoelle/anotherworld.mp3 I use a Kramer Focus 6000 and Digitech GNX3 with the Kawai K4 and Band in a Box, thats all! email me if you like what you heard! rmtoelle@charter.net

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-2004 at 01:05
Carl Ashwin a professional user from UK writes:
Just gigged one of these for the first time and would like to make the following points. 1. The programming interface is a breeze. I was programming this thing in no time. I only used the manual to tell me where the Wave page was stored and went from there.

2. Dont even think about using this for its acoustic piano. It worse than most home keyboards and definately not its main strength.

3. You can created some very nice Organ sounds but the absence of a leslie simulator is frustrating. I would imagine that putting it through a Leslie FX pedal would yield some pretty impressive results. One of the organ Waves (can't remember which one) has a lovely gospel type sound to it and chugs away nicely in the mix. Think the live version of Bob Marley doing 'No Woman, No Cry' and its kinda like that.

4. Whilst this unit can make noises like nails down a blackboard it can also make some very authentic Analogue sounds with some control of the Filter. Couple of Saw waves and a Rectangle Wave and it buzzes away nicely. You can almost smell the burning analogue circuitry :-)

I paid just over £100 for mine and its in first class conidition. I would definately buy another.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-08-2004 at 08:44
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A good little synth. Obviosly showing its age now, but hey! They cost nothing! Message to Essien, they don't really do modern sounds like you are suggesting. Certainly nothing as complex as XG stuff. Better for analogue simulations than for GM stuff. It's got a real good filter that can sound very warm. You can do sys ex dumps so no real need for cards unless your playing loads of sounds whilst gigging. The interface is crap but easier than most DAC systems. That external psu is so stupid and unneccessary. A good, sound buy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-15-2003 at 04:54
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