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Kawai K5000S




Kawai K500S
audio demo Country: Japan
Weight: 14 Kg
Dimensions: 482 x 207 x 44mm
audio demo trend price : 500€
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Kawai K5000 S (1996)
Advanced additive synthesizer


The K5000 series mix additive synthesis with PCM samples waveforms.

Direct Kawai K5 descendant plus a lot of new features with enhanced technology: simply one of the most intriguing digital synthesizer ever made.

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info KEYBOARD 61 velocity keys with aftertouch.
Main panel features 240 x 64 dots, 1 data wheels, 58 push button and 12 knobs for real-time parameters On the left side there are 2 wheels for modulation and pitchbender.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- main signal out
- 1 pedalswitch input
- 1 expression pedal input
- 2 assignable pedalswitch inputs
- Midi interface.

edit VOICE
core CPU Risc-32 manage 32 voices polyphony based on DAS - DSP ADVANCED SYNTHESIS (3x ASP Panasonic MN19412A) relative DACs are a Burr-Brown PCM69AU.

A basic k5000 patch is composed by 6 digital oscillators or so-called "elements" and each DAS element can be either a:
- PCM sample wave (1)
- DSP additive wave (2)

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ADDITIVE ELEMENT DSP generates 128 sinewave harmonic that can be summed following the traditional Fourier principle. The whole sinewaves are split into 2 harmonic groups (each group counts for 1 element):
- first harmonic group: from 1 to 64
- second harmonic group: from 64 to 128.

The relative harmonics levels can be set in 4 ways:
- DHL: step by step values entries
- DHE: EG envelope
- 6 macro harmonic templates: bright, odd, even, octave, 5th and whole-harmonics selection.
- Morphing function which is able to record up to 4 harmonics snapshots with progressive interpolation values for a smooth motion.


edit PCM ELEMENT internal 16 bits ROM contains 123 PCM waveforms split into 2 main category groups:
- PCM acoustic instruments
- PCM transient attack PCM.


edit PERFORMANCE special MULTIMODE manages 4 parts with individual features:
- mix gain
- sterep panning position
- zone assign
- transpose and tune
- Midi channel assign.


5 EGs:
- amplitude osc: 4 segments+ 2 levels
- pitch osc: 4 segments+ 2 levels
- standard filter: 4 segments+ 2 levels
- formant filter: variable structure.
- harmonic: variable structure every harmonics has its own EG with possible loops scan between decay segments.


filter FILTER
the special filter DCF is multimode:
- highpass (for both PCM+ ADD)
- lowpass (for both PCM+ ADD)
- formant (only ADD) is a 128 bands resonant comb-model defined by 128 DFL steps, each step contains 2 values for both level and envelope. For quick edit it is possible to fill steps using the macro bands selections (5-10-15-20 or whole ALL).


lfo LFO
4 digital modulators (shapes: triangle, saw, random and square) and 4 destinations:
- LFO to oscillator pitch
- LFO to amplitude
- LFO to filter "standard"
- LFO to filter formant.

fully editable sections includes: reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, leslie, distortion, exciter and overdrive.

memory MIDI quite all parameters can be controlled by Midi Control Change and K5000S outputs the frontal knobs as standard CC# values.

arpeggiator ARPEGGIATOR really complete with adjustable octave range, hold, random notes, gate velocity. The arpeggios are midi-output to other devices and they can be synched to external Midi clock tempo.
TIP: IMPORT function loads short Midi files into special slots for creative arpeggios edit.

no great issues there, with time it might be necessary to replace:
- tact switches
- electro-luminescent EL display backlight

ram expansion k5000

memory MEMORY
- 256 RAM patches.
RAM doubled if special memory expansion model Kawai ME-1 is fitted.
Sounds and performances can be saved either to Midi Sysex dump or to internal 1,44 MB disk drive which file system is a standard PC MS-Dos file system.

Kawai ME-1
PIC Kawai ME-1


adsrEDITORS some free and commercial third-part external editors for k5000 series:
- k5k cuisinart (old PC, free) PIC
- Xaza K5000 editor (java, free) PIC
- Sound quest (pc/mac commercial) PIC
- Sounddiver (PC out of business)
- ctrlr.org control panel PIC
- Wavemaker harmonic generator (both k5/k5000 for Atari ST) PIC
- Kawai K5000 Controller 1.4 (Max msp) PIC

Kawai ME-1




K5000W wavestation bigger wavetable, performance parts, an internal sequencer, but no real time knobs.


K5000R 2 units rack with no control knobs for edit, but parameters can be accessed with external control change or directly with the Kawai box Macro Control.

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Company: Kawai
Model: K5000S
: 61 keyboard
Dates: 1996
Price: 600€
Synthesis: PCM + Additive
Oscillator: 6
PCM: 123 waves
Polyphony: 32 voices
Multitimbric: 4 parts
Filter: LPF / HPF / Formant
LFO: 4
Memory: 256 slots
Demo: 6






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Dates: 1996
Price: 600€
Synthesis: PCM + Additive
Oscillator: 6
Polyphony: 32 voices
PCM: 123 waves
Multitimbric: 4 parts
Filter: LPF / HPF / Formant
LFO: 4
Memory: 256 slots


REVIEW "ONE OF A KIND! really not so easy until you get into the logic--- hundreds of hours for some truly magic inspiring sounds"

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- macro knobs/edit
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