thread: Kawai K1
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Old 9th October 2017
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Hello Oask

yeah the Kawai K1 is a fantastic cheap synth….looks cool and its beautiful brittle warm digital sounds are inspirational and often a joy to work with.

It is almost if the bits are evaporating…like the synth itself is continuously high on some digital cyberhaze

its really easy to program imo, all the functions are pretty much selfexplanatory…and there is not a lot to program really when you think of it - basically you just select the waves, pitch them (in the FREQ menu) and play around with the envelopes. Some LFO over it and its cooked!

Like a lot of these digital cheap synths (D10, D50, K4, EMU, SY22/35 etc.) these things shine because they have 4 oscillators (or sources as they are called on the K1) which give them enormous harmonious power, detune the oscs in the harmonic chord-like pitches, make some oscs come in later with slower envelopes, and give some oscs a longer release, have slight differences on all 4 oscs to give the sound a more ‘organic’ vibe.

And then there is the joystick too, you can do a lot of freaky stuff with that! Stir it like a porridge.

Filtering through an MS20 (or any other filter) is indeed a good idea...I wonder what filter is best suited to K1's 'magic' sound.

When you start out programming it as a ‘beginner’ just ignore the whole MULTI PATCH thing…multi patches are just a bunch of singles patches thrown together to make huge advanced complex sounds.

Just concentrate on editing the single tone patches, press ‘single’ and edit and then you can select any edit function like the FREQ, WAVE, ENV and common, select the oscillator (Or Source in this case) with the source select button….ah well thats all pretty obvious but maybe some incentive for someone who never dared to program it