Desktop version from digital synthesizer K1 based on 8 bits short cycled waves.
Lo-fi or glitch freaks in special gig space-saving laptop.
LAPTOP (weight: 2 Kg) all made out of black plastic surprisingly solid.
The main panel features a 16 * 2 lines display, 25 rubber buttons + a slider edit for data entry, a vector joystick for real time control over sound amplitude moving between 4 sounds increasing-decreasing parameters.
Back panel terminal connectors: Midi Interface, main out and headphones out.
Power supply is external with 9V DC with -) polarity.
VOICE the K1 engine manages up to 16 voices of polyphony + 8 multitimbral parts, the whole synthesis structure lacks of filters.
A standard patch is composed by up to 4 layered digital oscillators or SOURCES.
WAVETABLE internal K1 ROM contains 256 PCM waves at 8-bits resolution, split in 2 families: 1- VM: 204 cyclic waveforms generated by additive synthesis process out of 128 harmonics. 2-
ACOUSTIC: 52 shots sampled from true percussions & drums. VM SYNTHESIS cyclic wave groups is composed by 2 categories: 1- BASIC classic basic waveforms such as square, saw and sine. 2- FREQUENCY RANGE are spectral transients from piano, strings, brass, lead, bell and organ
This family is
sub-divided also into 4 parts: 1) LOW 2) MID 3) HI-MI 4) HI.
ENVELOPE a 4-segments + 1 time EG DADSR for each source.
There are 18 preset velocities curves and no possible edit.
LFO one single modulator offers 4 waveforms: triangle, saw, square and random and 1 possible destination between pitch and amplitude. The LFO cannot be retriggered at notes, but can be time delayed.
MIDI standard implementation with just a few CC but full compliant to Midi Exclusives data for both edit and backup.
MEMORY hold up to 64 standard patches +32 multitimbral, in addition memory can be expanded with Kawai special cards model DC8 also compatible with DC16 and DC32.
The K1 RAM chip is a NEC D4464C with Lithium battery 3V Cr-2032.
K1m model has been mutilated and bent:
sound is just crazy!