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Kawai K1M

 

 

kawai k1M

info Country: Japan
Weight: 1,3 Kg
Dimensions: 370 (w) x 260 (h) x 80 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 150€
manual factory patches demo video comments

Kawai K1M
Digital Synthesizer Module (1988)

 

K1 Module version, classic budget digital synthesizer based on 8-bits short cycled waves.

k1 and k1m
kawai k1m tech

info SOUND MODULE The main panel features a 16 X 2 lines backlit display, 25 buttons, a slider edit for data entry and a vector joystick for volume mix.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- Midi Interface
- main signal out
- headphones out.

acPower supply is external with 12V DC / 500mA - any general PSU AC/DC 9/12V can work with correct polarity -)+

 



edit TECH a 8-bits cpu NEC D78310G manages up to 16 oscillators or voices polyphony- relative DAC is a uPD-6355G. Each K1 voice is composed by a maxium of 4 assigned waves or SOURCES with a simple ringmodulator (fixed depth) which modules the sources.

pcm demo hear ringmodulator


 

wavetableWAVETABLE ROM contains 256 waves at 8-bits resolution organized in 2 families:
- PCM acoustics: 52 waves sampled from true percussions & drums.
- VM cyclic waveforms 204 waves: generated by additive synthesis process out of 128 harmonics
composed by 2 sub-categories:

signal flow

* BASIC classic basic waveforms e.g square, saw and sine.
* FREQUENCY RANGE are spectral transients e.g piano, strings, brass, lead, bell and organ.

demo hear all PCM waves / some VM waves

 

 

adsr PERFORMANCE machine manages up to 8 parts with individual parameters:

kawai k1m

- keyboard zone assign

- voices reserve (priority)

- mix gain level

- Midi channel assign

- semitone transpose

- pitch tune.




adsr ENVELOPE
a 4-segments + 1 time EG DADSR for each source.
There are 18 preset velocities curves but no possible edit.

decay

 

LEFT - Vector joystick controls a global mix amplitude EG moving between 4 oscillators

demo hear pad vector

 





lfo LFO
a single oscillator (4 shapes: triangle, sawtooth, square and random) modulates 2 destinations:

lfo

- LFO to pitch
- LFO to amplitude

demo HEAR all lfo WAVES




midi MIDI
standard implementation with just a few CC# but full compliant to Midi Exclusives data for both edit and backup.




memory MEMORY
:
- 64 RAM standard patches
- 32 RAM multitimbral
RAM is doubled with memory card model DC8, also compatible with DC16 and DC32.

k1m motherboard

- LEFT - Battery replacement: soldered lithium battery 3V Cr-2032

- click to enlarge pic -



memory MODIFICATION

kawai k1 circuit bent!

K1m model has been mutilated and bent: sound is just crazy! hear a demo.


memoryLast modified K1m ha been sold. Time for another project, thanks :)


 

memory EDIT there are some editors like:

- soundquest (mac/pc) PIC
- soundiver (mac/pc)
- soundlib (pc)
- caged artist (Atari ST) PIC
- K1 edit (Atari ST) shareware) PIC
- Kawai K1 editor (Commodore Amiga) PIC
atari st k1 edit


 

memory K1 related models:

kawai k1 k1 II family

 

 


K1 original keyboard version.

k1r rackmount version without joystick

K1 II: reverb and new drum waveforms

K1 rII: rackount version of K1 II minus joystick and effect DSP

 


 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

cycled waves kungrille free
(cycled waves)
n/a


 

demoAUDIO DEMO

demo a full track made only with K1
demo full track by Justin Noyce *thanks*
demo ambient: 4 bits pad
demo ambient: lo-fi choir
demo Vector: strings
demo Synth: obx
demo Synth: crystal whine
demo Synth: square (space harrier)
demo Multi mode 1 demo
demo Noise: ringmodulator
demo Noise: ringmodulator 2
demo piano acoustic
demo piano: EP rhodes
demo organ: farfisa like
demo brass: saturday night show
demo harp: the avatar stones
demo percussion: General Rico
demo XP: all PCM waves
demo XP: first VM waves
demo XP: ringmod VM1 / VM2 then s1>s2
demo XP: all LFO waves
demo XP circuit bend K1 demo



video VIDEO SELECTION

KAWAI K 1-M DEMO 2012 Kawai K1M demo Kawai k1 100% sounds
DEMO 2012 demo demo polynominal



Company: Kawai
Model: K1M
Class: Synth Module
Dates: 1988
Display: 16 x 2 lines LCD
Synthesis: PCM rompler
Polyphony: 16 voices
N.waves: 256 PCM
Resolution: 8 bits
Multitimbric: 8 parts
LFO: 1
modulator
Envelope: 1 EG
Vector control: joystick
Memory: 64 slots
CPU: D78310G
DAC: uPD-6355G
PSU: 12V DC
Demo: 22

 

k1m full hd
wavetable HD PIC
BENT PROTOYPE


manual
MANUAL

manual
SERVICE MANUAL

manual
FACTORY PATCH

 

kawai k1m
500 free sounds
for k1 k1m k1r - all card dumps.


manual
- K1m EPROM DUMP

 

original scan
wavetable original brochure

 

original scan
wavetable original advert

 

original scan
wavetable original brochure

 

original scan
wavetablewavetablefun cover

 

original scan
wavetablewavetablea k1m synthcat!

 

 

K1M FOR SALE:

for saleCHECK OUT EBAY OFFERS

 

 

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awardSPECIAL AWARDS:

solid

solid
Bang for the Buck LOFI Killer



comment


REVIEW "The k1m is a classic for Lo-fi sounds or noisy textures. Don't be fooled by presets and give it a good programming. For unlimited textures bending is a wise choice :) "

manual manual
- bargain price - no filter structure
- Lo-fi industrial sound
- edit

 

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