Synth Site: Kawai: PHM: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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TheBru a professional user from USA writes:
Interesting little box. 200 Tones, 50 Combinations (A combination can have any of 30 forms). Without a manual it would be hard to understand since each form is different and effects layers, note mapping etc, with a manual, it's easy. The only editing is to select the tones for the combinations and all the standard utility functions. 16 voice max.

A built in basic Rhythmn box with 30 types (Rock, Disco, etc) and fills. Very basic with no variation of beat but a good little quickie practice loops.

It has a slide volume, Utility, Rhythmn, Bank button in one column. A form, assign and level in another column, A intro/fill and Stop/Start for the rhythmn part on the third column.

Sounds are basically a small snapshot selection from the M1. A mix of everything from weird, organ, string, piano, etc. Some are real thin, some a quite decent. If you layer this with a 2nd module of any kind or layer combinations (form1) the results can be quite nifty. Throw some effects on for good measure. (It has none).

Bare bones display is a simple LED type.

Midi - Responds fine, can set all the basic stuff. Sysex -Nonexistant-. You can't save your combinations to computer. It has a battery that is supposed to last 5 years.

I typically see it sell from anywhere from $40 to $90 bucks. Anything in that price range like this is cheaper than a guitar effects pedal is a no lose buy.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-27-2000 at 02:12
John Profeta a part time user from NY, USA writes:
For what these go for now, ($50-75), this is a cool little box. Basically a preset K1 module with 200 patches and 50 sorta-programmable combos. Some decent bread&amp;butter sounds: Organs, e pianos, strings. Lousy ac. piano. Great Bagpipes patch. Very little poliphany (16 with most sounds doubled=8), only 4 part multi, but what do ya want for $50+?????? These were $300+ new. I've owned 3 and might go and buy my last one back!!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
Hazy a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got a Kawai PHm module at a pawnshop. They were asking $80 and I haggled them down to $20 with an as-is condition. I connected to my Korg O1W and started listening to the sounds. Thin instrument sounds, decent pop organs if you combine them right, very interesting space monster fart noises and special effects sounds, and a few thin analog sounds that are classic for duplicating certain old disco songs etc... There is no piano worth mentioning on it. Get it cheap just to hear the spaceship noises.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:41
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