Synth Site: Kawai: Kawai K1 mkII: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Dan Roitner a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I bought this used 5 years ago. It has served me well as my only keyboard.

As a touch sensetive MIDI kybd it was the cheapest entery enty level around. Cost me then $600.

At the time I ran it though a Alesis sequencer into a tape deck. Real basic,very quick to

write musical thoughts.The small edit window and few button requires time to write patches.(I love knobs)

So now I bought a computer to edit on screen but then it's bogged me down with technology.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
ASD Labs a professional user from USA writes:
An interesting piece, and very often underrated. Differing from the K1 in its drum and effects section (although the effects are not to be found on the K1rII - don't ask me why), this 1 rackspace box has some interesting 'unconventional' editing features and latent artifacts residual to its 12-bit wavetable. That wavetable is the key here, as it is quite crunchy and never seems to exceed a sampling bandwidth of 22kHz. Although filterless, this can make for some interesting editing as certain DCO samples can be intentionally 'zippered' or have their sampling quantization errors vastly exaggerated by LFO modulating a radically detuned (16va) oscillator. Kawai seems to have been vaguely aware of this potential, as they conspicuously push this box's ability (although it is incorrectly referred to in the documentation as 'Ring Modulation') to execute 'musical' amplitude modulation - not as nice (or flexible) as Yamaha's FM, but a lot of fun anyway, given inspiration and elbow grease. Tune two low-harmonic DCO samples a microtone apart, apply amplitude modulation, and you instant Eno ala Discreet Music. The random LFO shape is nice as well, although it truly isn't random; it is a true S/H LFO, though, which is nearly indiscernable from the genuine chaos it purports to output. As stated, no filters, but the LFO can be either pitch or volume assigned. . . and with keyzones, AM, and a few of those 22k 12bit 'loop' wavetable samples, some very interesting sound design can be achieved. Worth the money, certainly. 8 part multitimberal, with a 12 bit drum section as well (!! Kawai 'beatbox' samples - tunable!!) that does not infringe on the unit's polyphony, 4 outputs plus the mix out and all the software editor support you could need. I've never sold it, and it still worms its way onto my recordings. Listen to LFO's &quot;We Are Back&quot; and you'll hear that 'random' LFO squirming around back there (yes, it is a real K1II on that record). By the way, Kawai will freely distribute their complete patch banks for the machine for the asking. Six banks, I believe, with some truly memorable patches. Very synthy. No pianos here. But then, that's not why you'd buy a 12-bit wavetable, is it?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Sabella Rodrigo a hobbyist user from Argentina writes:
It's a good synthe.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
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