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Kawai K5000S



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Kawai K5000S (1996)

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

The k5000 series mix additive synthesis with PCM samples waveforms.

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info KEYBOARD (weight: 14 Kg) 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch, a very nice silvery futuristic design.
The main panel offers a 240 * 64 pixels, a jog wheel for data entries, 55 push button and 12 knobs for real-time parameters edit.
On the left side there are 2 wheels for bending and modulation, in addition some dedicated buttons for portamento and monophonic playmode.
Back panel terminal connectors: a pairs of stereo outputs, 2 pedal switches and 2 inputs for DAMPER and assignable expression control.

ac Power supply is internal.

edit VOICE main core CPU Risc-32 manages up to 32 digital voices based on DAS - DSP ADVANCED SYNTHESIS.
A basic DAS patch is composed by 6 digital oscillators or Elements
Each elements can be either a:
- 1 additive wave.
- 2 PCM waveform.

edit 1. ADDITIVE a total of 128 digital sinewaves harmonic can be summed following the Fourier principle. The sinewaves are split into 2 harmonic groups and each counts for 1 element:
- HARMONIC GROUP 1: from 1 to 64.
- HARMONIC GROUP 2: from 64 to 28.
The harmonics levels can be set step by step for both level (the DHL), by envelope (the DHE) or directly by preset Macro Parts which offers 6 ready templates: bright, odd, even, octave, fifth and whole-harmonics selection.
One of the most interesting features is the Morphing function which is able to record up to 4 harmonics "snapshots" with progressive interpolation values for a smooth motion.

2. PCM WAVEFORMS the more traditional subtractive synthesis is based on a 16 bits ROM that holds a total of 123 PCM waveforms split into different categories such as acoustic samples or transient attack PCM a bit like Roland D50.

adsr ENVELOPE there are 5 EG in total:
1. Amplitude: features 4 segments+ 2 levels.
2. Pitch oscillator: 4 segments+ 2 levels.
3. Standard Filter: 4 segments+ 2 levels.
4. Formant filter: variable values number.
4. Harmonic: variable values stages number for each EG.
Every harmonics has its own EG with possible loops scan between decay segments.

filter FILTER the DCF is multimode highpass and lowpass relevant on both subtractive and additive syntheses.
The additive section features an extra Formant filter a 128 bands resonant comb-model. The additive filter is defined by 128 steps (the DFL) and each step contains 2 values for level and envelope; for quick edit it is possible to fill steps using the macro bands selections (including 5-10-15-20-ALL).
The keytrack follower changes cutoff relation between higher and lower octave.

dcf filter

lfo LFO up to 4 digital modulators sharing same characteristics: 4 waveforms (triangle, saw, random and square) and 4 possible destinations: pitch, amplitude, "standard" filter and formant filter.
The modulation process is fixed to free-flown mode and it is no possible to retrig it.

fx EFFECTS internal DSP works in both parallel or serial mode.
The K5000 DSP is fully editable and offer a vast array of effects such as reverb, delay, panning , chorus, flanger, Leslie, distortion, frequency exciter and overdrive.

memory MEMORY the RAM holds up to 2 * 128 patches + 2 extra banks if special memory expansion model Me1 is fitted.
Patches and performances can be saved either to Midi Sysex dump or to internal disk drive which is, by the way, a 3"5 model, capacity of 1.44 MB and compatible with PC MS-Dos file system.

memory MIDI a very good implementation, in fact quite all parameters can be controlled by Midi Control Change. Note that 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-ouput to other devices and they can be synched to external Midi clock tempo.
The special IMPORT function loads short Midi files into special slots for creative arpeggios edit.



k5000 edit

K5000 W 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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- unique sound
- arpeggiator
- macro knobs
/ Midi


-outdated storage
- little memory
-not so easy to tame
- manual


"A true unique synth! really not so easy until you get into the logic--- hundreds of hours for some truly magic inspiring sounds! S version is my favorite for the real-time commands. "



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Kawai k5000s 4.5 out of 5 based on 61 ratings. price €500