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Kawai | K1


The Kawai K1 digital synthesizer and K1m digital synthesizer desktop module and K1r rack module offer 16-voice (max) polyphonic output from Kawai's VM additive synthesis tone generator. The only difference is the 61-key weighted keyboard with a highly accurate touch response. 


VM tone generator

The K1/K1m/K1r built-in sound generator offers a selection of 256 basic wave forms using the two most advanced approaches to sound synthesis 204 formed by the additive synthesis of the first 128 harmonics, 52 recorded With PCM sampling You can freely mix up to four of these wave forms to produce an entirely new sound a crisp digital sound, a rich analog sound, or any combination in between.

AM (Ring modulation)

The addition of ring modulation expands the K1/K1m/K1r range to include overloaded sounds of the type that digital waves alone cannot reproduce.

Rich selection of tone patches

Each K1/K1m/K1r in leaves the factory With 64 SINGLE patches and 32 MULTI patches already stored in its internal memory bank The K1 's full editing capabilities and 008 memory cards (available as extra cost options) allow you to build up your Own library of original sounds.

Built-in percussion section

The K1/K1m/K1r contains its own rhythm section a total of nine drum and other percussive effects recorded With PCM precision.

Superb touch response

The K1 keyboard supports both velocity, the force With which you hit the key. and after-touch. the pressure that you apply as y0u hold the key down. 

Joystick for real-time control

The joystick provides real-time control over the balance between the four SOURCES of a SINGLE patch or between four SECTIONS in a MULTI patch During editing, it provides a rapid means of changing parameter values.

Multi-tone patch LINKs

The Kl/Klm/K1r LINK function allows you to link up to eight tone patches — SINGLE or MULTI, INTERNAL or EXTERNAL from the 192 available and then step through the series during a performance Simply by pressing the LINK switches

MULTI patches

The Kl/Klm/K1r's MULTI patches go far beyond the DUAL or SPLIT functions of other synthesizers in that they allow you to assign up to eight different SINGLE patches to different ranges on the keyboard and divide the key velocity as well.

Variable multi-timbre operation

This function helps maximize the use of the Kl/Klm/K1r 16-voice polyphonic capabilities by automatically redistributing unused capacity from one section to another consult the dealer or an experienced radio television technician. 

Full MIDI implementation

Since each sound source can be assigned a different MIDI channel, each Kl/Klm/K1r MULTI patch can Simultaneously serve as up to eight different MIDI sound sources For further flexibility, the keyboard version allows the musician to choose whether each sound source responds to notes received on the MIDI channel. those played on the keyboard. or both.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)16
Engine Detailed256 PCM waveforms (4 per sound)
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
Memory64 single-patches or 32 combo-patches
Key typeKeys
Produced:1988 - 1988
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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