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Kawai K5000S



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Kawai K500S
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Kawai K5000S (1996)

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 synthesizer ever made.

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k5000 edit

info KEYBOARD (weight: 14 Kg) 61 velocity keys with aftertouch.
Main panel features 240 x 64 pixels, 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 out
- 1 pedalswitch input
- 1 expression pedal input
- 2 assignable pedalswitch inputs
- Midi interface

edit VOICE
core CPU Risc-32 manage 32 digital voices based on DAS DSP ADVANCED SYNTHESIS.
A basic k5000 patch is composed by 6 digital oscillators or elements
Each DAS elements can be either a:
- DSP additive wave
- PCM sample wave

k5000 edit

ADDITIVE ELEMENT DSP generates 128 digital sinewaves harmonic can be summed following the Fourier principle. The sinewaves are split into 2 harmonic groups, each counts for 1 element:
- harmonic group1 : from 1 to 64
- harmonic group2 : from 64 to 128
The relative harmonics levels can be set in 3 different ways:
- DHL: istep by step values entries
- DHE: EG envelope
- 6 Macro templates of harmonic groups: bright, odd, even, octave, 5th 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.


PCM ELEMENT subtractive synthesis is a 16 bits ROM that holds a total of 123 PCM waveforms split into different categories
- PCM acoustic instruments
- PCM transient attack PCM (like Roland D-50)



adsr ENVELOPE there are 5 EG in total:
- 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 DCF is multimode
- highpass (PMC+ ADD)
- lowpass (PMC+ ADD)
- Formant filter (ADD) is a 128 bands resonant comb-model, defined by 128 DFL steps and each step contains 2 values for both level and envelope.
TIP: for quick edit it is possible to fill steps using the macro bands selections (5-10-15-20-ALL).

lfo LFO 4 digital modulators and 4 destinations:
- pitch
- amplitude
- filter standard
- filter formant
The modulators have no synth or retrig mode, but offers 4 waves: triangle, saw, random and square

fully editable sections includes:
- reverb
- delay
- chorus
- flanger
- Leslie
- distortion
- frequency exciter
- overdrive

memory MEMORY
the RAM holds:
- 256 RAM patches
- RAM doubles if special memory expansion model 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 PC MS-Dos file system.

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-ouput 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.


dcf filter


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


- 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! "



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