Synth Site: Kawai: KC10: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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matt a professional user from uk writes:
I personally really like this synth.

Its VERY BASIC on some level , not that deep but its the tone and rather low fi nature of its waveforms and their unioque character your buying here.

This synth Stinks of Detroit techno and warp records idm , really i own most of the kawa / ensoniq and casio fz machines used in that genre aswell as the fm / dx synths and this ones unique , it somehow had this glassy pad tone i cnat get off any other synth , even the k1 etc .....i really recommend this if you after really nice chord / pad tones and smooth basses etc , it is cheap but it is utterly unique in its character and 110% detroit / deep hiuse / jazz techno .Very good for idm pads . . . its my favorite pad synth when i want that moody idm / detroit sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-12-2011 at 06:29
Nick Williams a hobbyist user from UK writes:
There's no point apologising for the Spectra's sounds - apart from some nice strings, they're all lame. And of course the K1 and K4 are better synthesizers, that's why they were more expensive!

With minimal editing facilities, the Spectra barely qualifies as a synth, but that's not the why anyone would buy it. It's simply the only five-octave keyboard you can strap on and wander about with. (Admittedly it was a bit dumb of Kawai not to make it battery-powered, so some kind of extension lead on the wall-wart is a must...)

As for the keys being a bit flimsy, well, yes, they click a bit - but the whole point is that the thing is light enough to wear! For a synth that's over 15 years old, the keys seem to have survived just fine, so they must be tougher than they look or feel.

If you want a 5-octave MIDI controller you can wear, get a Spectra. if you have anything else in mind, don't.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-May-30-2008 at 16:23
Lisko a professional user from Bulgaria writes:
Here's what this synth can do : take two cheap pcm waveforms and play them together, applying simple EG to each plus LFO modulation & velocity curve. It also has un-programmable drum machine with 36 patterns & fill, including for example "medium rock 1 & 2", "50's rock", "metal" and "techno funk". It also features an arpeggiator. It's cheap in any sense except for its slim design and lightweight, really cool to use as a midi controller. I sold mine some months ago and this was what got people interested. It looks cute. Modwheel is placed above the pitchbend, which is also cute. And "Spectra" is a cool name. It had a 3-digit display and when it had to show, for instance, paramater number and value, they were blinking one after another. It also has a plastic tray attached to its bottom that you could pull out; it listed the presets and programmable parameters. I actually made only two usable patches on it; one of them breathy, subtle and detuned, which I called 'summer', I can't recall the name of the wavesample but it really touched me; the other one - a simple vibrating sine, kinda Eno-ish, quite abstract, mild, neutral and thus useable. It can also make some nice fx, but just for the sake of programming or maybe if you do industrial (I don't). Multimode is decent, you can split keyboard or layer voices (if you could find 4 of them worthy, though). That's all I can say about Spectra.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-19-2007 at 19:27
Matt Smith a professional user from England writes:
I really couldn't get on with this one. The keys feel too fragile almost as if they will break sometime soon.

The sounds are awful! The Pianos are too toy-like, and the strings almost hiss!

Not one to go for, really!

Try the K1, or the K4; they are much better!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-29-2006 at 10:10
Joe Tindel a part-time user from USA writes:
I found the KC-10 to be useful. Even though all the sounds are not the greatest many of them are very good. I primarily play guitar and use a Roland GR-33 synth which sounds good. I still havn't found a piano sound for either that I really like. If anyone has a patch or other information on a great sounding (Stienway?) piano please let me know. The KC-10 is a good value for the money and easy to carry around.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-06-2004 at 11:40
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