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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Jan Linton a professional user from UK writes:
I bought mine when I was down and out in Tokyo in 1990.Really dug it immediately trying it out in the shop and so did the assistant, though the shop owner was grouchy. Cant think why..

This module was a lifesaver at the time as I had no instruments at all-used a Casio something as a controller. Almost all sounds are good, some are really "out there".

My first commercially released CD "TrueNirvana" by Jan Linton(Polystar Japan Hi1023) was largely done in it, esp. strings.

I bought a second one off someone in Tokyo so I could layer them, as the sound can be a bit thin.But they dont take over.

I went on to use it on several commercial Cds in the 90s-check them out for the sounds. "Sarajevo" has the best use of it, from "Alienshamanism" by dr jan guru

Thank you Kawai! Shame about the mixer that keeps breaking down tho...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-28-2006 at 15:50
neven dayvid a professional user from berlin writes:
an oddball mix: you have umpteen naff "jump", piano, and brassy presets and a few weird and wicked pads that sound quite creamy thru fx, you can´t really go wrong at this price. i like it better than my yamaha sy 35, if only for its uncut 80´s sampledelic madness. some pad sounds are quite useless for conventional pop - they sound more like sth autechre or myself would use. as always, one keeps wondering what the **** kawai engineers were on. enjoy...

btw.: the rating is based on its price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-13-2004 at 17:35
Cheg a professional user from UK writes:
Kawai PHM pop synth - £15.00, excellent pad type sounds, dreadful pianos, passable bass sounds - if you see one going cheap, buy it !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-18-2001 at 08:01
Carl Ashwin a professional user from United Kingdon writes:
Just borrowed one from a local music shop. It sounds much like the Kawai K1 only slightly scaled down. The Piano's are awful, the Brass patches are even worse. The only good things here are some atmospheric sound effects and the usual string pads (something which I think Kawai have always excelled at). People always say that they are not bad for the money, I prefer to say its not good for the money. There are other modules around. The sounds are all very noisy so I can't imagine using one at a gig, and the absence of a dedicated headphone socket is a real pain. If I was pushed Id rather go for the K1 or the K1r which sound pretty much the same only slight more polished.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-11-2000 at 17:19 a professional user from USA writes:
My rating was 3 not 2, I clicked the wrong button.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-27-2000 at 02:14
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