Synth Site: Kawai: K100F Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Brian Bridges a part-time user from Ireland writes:
My favourite synth of all time! Seriously, although it is definitely a niche monosynth, it has loads of character for distorted bass sounds or strangled lead sounds. The filter, as most others have said, is really the thing that sets this apart- this has a Fliter FM patching that you normally only get on modulars - that's the most significant thing about the filter sound - creates those weird sidebands when resonance is added. (The Logic ES1 can also do this, don't know of many pre-patched softsynths that do - this is my main post-K100f survival plan, although it's not the same). Lack of gate input is a pain, though - mine isn't MIDI'd up yet.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-07-2005 at 07:36
Jason from Philly writes:
"Outstanding",... well, its decent, for a 1 VCO, but has its limitations such as the lack of wheels, very annoying. Also the lack of volt-compatible gate/CV(to other brands units) is VERY annoying. Go for the 2 VCO 110F istead, has all the features of this one+++. Thats a very good machine, IMO. This one has a few too many limitations to be more than decent.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-May-10-2004 at 11:24
Jason from Philly writes:
"Outstanding",... well, its decent, for a 1 VCO, but has its limitations such as the lack of wheels, very annoying. Also the lack of volt-compatible gate/CV(to other brands units) is VERY annoying. Go for the 2 VCO 110F istead, has all the features of this one+++. Thats a very good machine, IMO. This one has a few too many limitations to be more than decent.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-May-10-2004 at 11:23
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Kawai is one of those brands that most people have heard of but few really know much about, and true, they havent produced nearly as many synths as have Korg, Roland, Yamaha etc, but...their boards are for the most part sonically truly uniqe. The last one was the K5000s, probably the best additive synth ever. Actually it had two parts: the additive & high class S+S part, and two filter knobs, incredible versatile and complex. Also the K4 synth (1989) is truly special, digital but with a resonance filter: warm & fuzzy, ever-evolving stuff was easily optained from this one. The SX-240 is also a very underrated synth, powerful analogue-monster somewhat similar to the Jupiter 6 soundwise, but more advanced! Also the Teisco 110F(early Kawai) is a great analogue machine from around 1980, that sounds GREAT! My humble suggestion is if you can get hold of any of these, esp. at a reasonable price,....buy it! They are all unique sounding unlike many of the Rolands, Korgs etc. And now, a few words about the S100F...Whats really unique with this one: its a 1 VCO, no MIDI or compatible CV/Gate, no memory, no LFO s/hold synth, it doesnt even have a sub-osc!! Then I ask you: What is the most important part of an old analogue? Oh, yes, THE FILTER. And, this one can run ext audio through, not only the filter, but envelopes (thats right, theres more than one), and it can be mixed with the osc and/or noise: rippin , trippin, OUTSTANDING is what it is. And, for the record the 1 osc is quite phat, more like two osc to my ears, nothing like i.e. the Arp Axxe soundwise, if you know what I mean. Good phat basses and noises are available with little effort. I personally think its better than an SH-101 or MC 202, even though those have sub-osc. I wouldnt swap it for no SH-09 either, although that is a good machine. It was analogue-guru Vince Clarks first synth, and I read somewhere that he thought it was TERRIBLE(?!), but in that he was referring to the CV/gate (that wasnt there), I believe. The synth has unique envelopes and filter (it actually has two, also a highpass filter without resonance. so all in all: Its unique, it sounds good, its quite rare and it is relatively cheap. Nuff said!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-06-2004 at 06:34
tieg a hobbyist user from Paris France writes:
eeeh me likes it lotsa funky bass lotsa funny modulatsounds lotsa sonic WONDER, eh? So, getting tired of that CV odditty which made it unarpegiable , i had Mr DIERSTEIN fix it: he actually made a PCB with the correct V/OCT setting wich made it sync to midi via the SBasstation.Cost me 250 euros, but me now TRIGGER HAPPY! Then i had no more room in the room so i opened the can and surprise all the electronics are with the front panel just had the fuses screwed to the wooden thing; now i have the nicest tabletop !I mean i made those sidethings in a beautiful wood but even barenaked with no cover on its cheeks it keepsasexappeal,ha! Kind of like a waldorf or clavia tabletop.But wholy holy analogue, sisters.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-25-2004 at 09:32
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